My First Attempt at Nail Art!

Hello everyone! I hope you all enjoyed your weekend.  Mine was pretty relaxing.  I just watched a lot of TV and spent some quality time with my wonderful boyfriend.

Today I want to share with you my first ever attempt at nail art.  It came out pretty decent! I got the inspiration from this YouTube video.  If you like nail art, you should check out this channel.  It has lots and lots of easy tutorials for all kinds of pretty designs.

The video I followed was for a Heart Leopard design.  I changed up the colors and didn’t use the heart.  I was drawn to this design because I like the way it’s only on part of your nails.  I’ll call this a Pink and Silver Leopard Gradient, for all intents and purposes.

Leopard Gradient

Leopard Gradient

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Thumb close-up

My thumb nail came out the best, but I really love the design on all of my nails.   I wish I had used a darker pink so the silver didn’t steal the focus, but overall I’m very pleased.  I’ll definitely be doing more leopard designs in the future.  It’s so easy and very trendy right now.

I used OPI Don’t Burst My Bubble for the base color.  The leopard spots are Nicole by OPI Naturally and they’re outlined in OPI I Haven’t the Foggiest.  I applied one coat of Seche Vite top coat to finish up the look.

For step by step instructions, watch the video by Cute Polish (linked above).

So what do you think of this design? Will you try it? Let me know in the comments!

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Sally Hansen Salon Effects Polish Strips Review

Hello readers! Today I’m reviewing something a bit different than the products I normally gravitate towards.  Sally Hansen Polish Strips aren’t something new as they’ve been on the market for awhile now, but I’m just now trying them out.  I want to start getting into nail art, but I’m not really good at stuff like that.  I figured that these strips would be an easy and fun way to add a little flair to my manicures.  When i saw them on sale at Walgreen’s for 2 for $12, I snatched them up.

First up is a pretty pink zebra print called Animal Instinct.

Sally Hansen Salon Effects in "Animal Instinct" and OPI Black Onyx

Sally Hansen Salon Effects in “Animal Instinct” and OPI Black Onyx

I used the polish strip as an accent nail and painted the rest of nails with OPI Black Onyx.

To apply the polish strip, you first push your cuticle back and shape and buff your nail.  A nail file/buffer and orange stick are included in the package.  You then select the right size strip for the nail you’re applying it to, then match up the end that best fits your cuticle.  Then you stick the strip to your nail, smooth it out with the orange stick and you’re done.  It’s a very quick process, but can get a little messy.  When you break the strip from the backing, it can tear so you need to be careful.  Also, when I was stretching the strip to fit my nail, it broke so once it was applied it looked like I already had a little tip wear.  Other than that, the strip was fairly easy to apply and looked great.

I’m not very pleased with this manicure since I did it in a hurry before work yesterday.  Aside from the messy application, I think the colors look pretty good together.  Next time I do this I’m probably going to use pink because the black is a little dark for spring time.

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Close up of the strip

Close up of the strip

You can see a little bit of tip wear from the breakage

You can see a little bit of tip wear from the breakage

100_0130The box says the strips are supposed to last for up to 10 days.  I can’t say how long they last because I took this manicure off today.  I did have to top coat one of the strips because it had a little tear, but that fixed it right up.

Today, I did a manicure with the other set of strips I got.  These are a super cute skull and heart print called Heart Breaker.  I used the strip as an accent nail and painted the rest of my nails with Essie Marshmallow.

Sally Hansen Salon Effects in "Heart Breaker" and Essie Marshmallow

Sally Hansen Salon Effects in “Heart Breaker” and Essie Marshmallow

I had the same difficulty with stretching the strips this time and it didn’t quite cover all of my nail.  This strip didn’t tear though, so the tips look much better.  Overall, I think this combination makes for a much cuter manicure.  I also added Seche Vite to both of these strips to make them shinier.

Close up of the strip

Close up of the strip

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The Salon Effects Strips are a neat idea, but they’re a little difficult to work with.  I think once I get the hang of applying them, I’ll be more pleased.  I do like how they come in a variety of cute designs and are pretty easy to remove.  Have you tried the Sally Hansen Polish Strips? What do you think? I’d love to know, so make sure you tell me in the comments!