Happy Manicure Mondays everyone! I’m actually posting this on Sunday since I’ll be on the road all day tomorrow. My husband and I are going to Virgina from Florida for the holidays and I’m so excited about my “much needed” two week vacation! We went to Virgina last year and it snowed every day that I was there. I’m from Georgia and never experienced snow more than a few flurries here and there, so I’m really hoping for another white Christmas. I’d walk my dog at night and the woods on both sides of my in-laws house were lit up by the full moon reflecting on the white snow as far as you could see. It was so beautiful and peaceful.
I’ve got a New Year’s Eve manicure for you all today. I’ve been wanting to do a sparkly embellished manicure for so long now, and I just happen to pass these Kiss Nail Dress jeweled nail strips at Walgreens the other day. The press on nail strips (not real nail polish) were pretty easy to apply and they were way easier than placing all of these beveled jewels individually. Because it’s not real nail polish, the strips were a little stiff which worked and it didn’t – it helped support the weight of the crystals as I applied them whereas real nail polish strips are pretty floppy; however they weren’t as pliable as real nail polish strips, so I did experience some rippling.
My main concern about these strips was the staggered placement of the jewels. I thought that I’d end up with a jewel or two hanging off the end of my nail, but they were really easy to file through for a smooth nail tip. I filed in a downward direction, rather than side to side, to help seal the strip to my nail as I was smoothing the tips. The backing on the nail strips is a sheer silver, which was actually really pretty on natural nails; however, I didn’t want any visible nail lines, so I started with two coats of Zoya Jules, a beautiful shimmery gilver (goldish silver) nail polish, featured on its own below.
So what do you all think of my jeweled manicure? Is this something you would try? Do you all have your holiday manicures picked out already.