Sunday, July 15, 2012

my cherry week

oh HEY.
so...oops, i guess it's been like three months since either haylie or i wrote an entry. desole!! to make up for it, i'm going to write an entry every day this week. so awesome of me!

today's entry is about nail decals!

this blog makes it look like i'm a little obsessed with my nails, which i (a little bit) am. my life is a constant war of wanting to bite my nails because it's calming and wanting beautiful perfect nails and to not look like a crazy person who gnaws on her nails all the time.

today at target i picked up some nail decals - i was intrigued by a) the instant drying-ness, b) the pretty patterns, and c) the clearance price.

Salon Effects
i did not get the cheetah print, in case you're wondering. i got white with black polka dots.

the box makes this process look ridiculously simple. all you do (ostensibly) is peel off the little strip, put it on your nail, and marvel at how awesome you look. let me assure you that this was not my experience, exactly.

the strips come in a variety of sizes for your different fingernails. i started with the thumb first, which is apparently the opposite of what you're supposed to do, according to the directions. oops. anyway, instead of giving you the play-by-play, i'll just cut to the chase.

the pros:
- the nail strips break easily, and you can use one nail strip for two nails if your nails are embarrassingly short, like mine.
- they look pretty if you don't look too close

the cons:
- it's really hard to get a secure fit around your nails. i still have some unwanted bits and weird folds where i don't want them.
- sometimes when trying to remove the excess, i almost removed the whole decal. problematic.
- it somehow took me 45 minutes to do this, which might be as long as it would take me to paint my nails white and add little black dots.

the bottom line:

it's possible that i would try this again, it kind of depends on how long it lasts. i had to frankenstein some pieces together at the end for some nails that looked a little disastrous, so we'll see if that makes a difference. i would also add the disclaimer that i am historically bad at these kinds of precision tasks, so if others are more adept at things like this, they may have more successful results.

c'est ca!


  1. Don't you need to be ambidextrous to do this? My left nails always look better than my right nails. And clearance = killing time, almost always, no?

  2. hand definitely struggled...but it doesn't require the fine motor skills of actually painting the nails, so that's good!

    and omg, yes, clearance is definitely a time killer. luckily, i usually just get overwhelmed by how disorganized everything is and walk right on by...