Yup, I’m already back with another NOTD. I was not kidding when I said I change my nail polish a lot!!! LOL.
If you saw my last OOTD, then you already saw a picture of these bad boys. I bought these nail wraps on Little Black Bag, but you can easily find them on their website: http://www.shopncla.com. They are $16+ on their website but I believe they were cheaper when they were featured on Little Black Bag. It only took me about how many months to finally use this product. But if know me, the only reason that is the case is because I have a massive nail polish collection to chose from. Too many choices, I’m indecisive! Anyway, out of all the nail wraps that were feature on LLB the one that appealed to me the most was Dunes. It looked like the water marble nails that were all the rage a few years back. Since I would not have the patience to do this or want to “waste” that much nail polish in order to do so, these nail wraps totally had fit the bill. At first, when I saw this product, I thought it was pretty cool, but I had a feeling it would be hard to perfectly match the wraps onto my nails. Surprisingly, I was totally wrong. These nail wraps are actually really easy to put on. Instructions are as followed:
1. Clean your nails with nail polish remover. Apply a coat of (your favorite) clear nail polish. (NCLA Gloss It recommended.) LET DRY!
2. Choose correct size for each nail. Peel from the sheet by the flap. Wraps can be worn bottoms up!
3. Apply the round side against the cuticle. Nail wrap can be removed and stretched to fit perfectly.
4. Once in position, firmly flatten the wrap starting from the cuticle. Repeat to remove all air bubbles, until completely flat.
5. Use the nail file to remove any excess. File in a downward motion. Apply another coat of clear polish for seal and shine! Repeat on all nails.
Pretty simple, ne? I also recommend you use some sort of base coat because to remove these nail wraps, you have to peel them off your nails. So, protect your nails, ladies! ^^ As for trying to find the right wrap size for your nail, it can be a little tricky! I ended up choosing wraps that were a little too small for my nails. The instructions say you can stretch the nail wrap to fit your nail. While that may be true, it much easier to stretch them out length wise but not so much width wise. I stretched them width wise too much which resulted in me tearing the wrap! So, be gentle, they can stretch quite a bit but nothing drastic. You can definitely flip them around if you want, just as the instructions say, but there is this little tab on that end. I just folded that piece under but you can cut it off if you want, that is just more work for you, however. If you mess up, say miss your nail completely, just lift the wrap off carefully and rearrange them as desired, they come off rather easily. Make sure your base coat is completely dry!!! I didn’t wait long enough and the wrap started to pull my base coat off when I tried to fix my mistakes. Once you got those freaking suckers on, flatten them starting from your cuticle to the edge of your nail. Try your best to do this step carefully, or you will end up with awkward looking bumps and folds–no fun!!! After that, take the nail file they provided and swiftly, (no hesitation!!!) in one fluid motion swipe down at the edge of your nails to remove the excess. It takes some time getting used to, but it’s rather easy after a few times. I find that doing it once in a quick fashion makes a cleaner edge. Then apply your top coat as usual. Protect and Shine! That should seal down your design and you are ready to take on the rest of your day. It can be a little time consuming at first, but I bet I could do this in like 25 to 30 minutes, start to finish, easily. Even less if I’m really wanted.
What I really enjoyed about these nail wraps are they provide you with really unique designs that if done with regular nail polish would take a considerable amount of time (Ain’t no one got time for that!!! LOL.) and patience to get the details perfect or at least reasonable. Not to mentioned, it can require lots of different nail polishes–colors, finishes, textures–dear lord, it’s too much. Plus, it’s great for that inner lazy girl inside all of us. Don’t lie, I know you ladies know what I’m talking about! Hehe. Well, most of you…haha. Moving on!!
Price: Ouch. It is kinda expensive. $16+. You do however, get two sheets of nail wraps and standard nail file. You could probably get two uses out of this for sure and maybe four times if you really are careful about using and applying them.
Accessibility: So far I’ve seen these only online. I do remember seeing the brand, NCLA in Little Tokyo, LA. But other that, I’m not sure where you can buy these in-store. 😦
How long do they last? Quite long actually, but since I’m pretty brutal with my nails, the edges started to peel off after a week.
Ease of Use: Simple and forgiving. If you mess up applying they easily lift off and you reapply them again. If the size is too small you can stretch them out a few cms, I would say. Though, if you pick a nail wrap that is too big for your nail, I suggest trying to find another nail to put it on. If that doesn’t work trash it and try again. You can try cutting them down yourself but it that seems to defeat the purpose a little. =/
Overall: These are super cute on the nails and it looks like you spend hours on your nails. Effortlessness in a sheet of stickers!!! I know I keep calling them wraps just because that is what they are called but they are really just stickers! Co-owner and friend, thought I had actually water marbled my nails until I told her they were just nail wraps. Can’t get any better than that! I then said to her, “Though is it hard to get the nail wrap to perfectly cover the entire nail.” She replied with, “It really doesn’t matter now that I think about it because even when you apply nail polish on your nails, you don’t get the polish perfectly to the edges anyway.” True dat! Nothing is perfect in this world, I guess I should stop using this word. Hehe. ^-^
This product is definitely, Mar approved!! Despite the price. Meep.
A shot of me removing the nail wraps. As you can see pulling off the nail wraps somewhat damaged my nails. But, I buffed my nails out and they’re just fine now. ^-^
The remnants of the nail wraps after removing them from my nails. It looks like an abstract piece of artwork! lol.
Till next time,