Wednesday, September 18, 2013

[Review] OMG Nail Polish Strips

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Hello my lovelies,

I have recently received some nail polish strips from OMG Nail Strips for review. I got 2 different designs: Sneakers and Dalmatian Print.

Each design comes with 14 nail strips in 7 different sizes, which will pretty much fit all kinds of nail sizes. If you can't find a perfect size match for your nail, you can trim the strips to the desirable size. It's as easy as that!

Now onto the application! These are the steps to follow according to OMG Nail Strips' website:
  1. Soak your hands in warm water for 5 minutes. Dry hands, then gently push back cuticles. Carefully remove any excess skin around the nail bed. 
  2. Moisturize your hands with lotion, and wait 1 minute. 
  3. Using a Q-tip, remove any leftover lotion from the nail bed, paying special attention to the sidewalls, cuticle area and tip of the fingernail. 
  4. Select the appropriate sized nail strip for each nail to ensure the nail will be covered from sidewall to sidewall. Using a nail strip that is too large for a particular nail is not recommended; rather, trim the strip the scissors to the appropriate width. 
  5. Peel off the clear coating, and then carefully remove the nail polish strip from the sticker backing, 
  6. Start by placing whichever end on the nail strip that works better for your nails at the cuticle and apply it by smoother the strip towards the tip and your nail, smoothing out and bumps and ensuring the strip is tucked neatly into the sidewalls. 
  7. File away any excess nail strip by holding your nail file parallel to the surface you are working on, as filing the nail perpendicularly will cause tearing along the tip. 
  8. After you have applied all ten polish strips, take a cotton ball the has been dipped in polish removed with the excess remover wrung out, and swipe each nail 1-3 times, paying special attention to the sidewalls, tips and cuticle area. This step is especially important, as it melts the strip to your nails, allowing for longer lasting wear. 
  9. Apply a finishing topcoat, and wait 5 minutes for it to dry completely.
I followed all the steps above, with the exception of step 2, and here's the result:

This was actually my 2nd try, since my 1st attempt at placing the nail strips ended up in a total fail! As my nails are quite curvy, I found it extremely hard to get the strips all smoothed out with no wrinkles. As you can see, there are a couple of folds and wrinkle in the pictures above and below. The wrinkles are not too visible to the naked eye though, but IMO these strips will work better on flatter nails. 

Instead of filing away the excess strip at the tip, I used a Q-tip soaked in acetone and just placed it underneath my nails and let it melt the nail strip, which is actually made of real nail polish. I got this idea from Wacky Lacki and it works pretty well.

These and all other nail strip designs can be purchased directly from OMG Nail Strips' website and they offer free world wide shipping on all orders. 

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