There are two nail looks that people have been asking me about for ages: That nail polish that crackles when laid atop your favorite color (see: The Katy Perry for O.P.I. collection) and Sally Hansen Salon FX Strips.
I have tried the Sally Hansen jawns a few times now with varying results. The first time I did them they lasted for two weeks. The second time they chipped the second day I had them on, but I decided to try it a third time because I finally found the design of my dreams at Target: Houndstooth.
Little known Molls Fact: I was a HUGE Gwen Stefani fan for years. I mean, I still am, but in college my screenname was GwenStefwannabeX. That should tell you something, and if that doesn’t tell you something, then maybe consider the fact that I’ve seen No Doubt live five times.
Whenever I see houndstooth, my immediate reaction is “GWEN!” and I’ve been seeking these particular Sally Hansen joints ever since I found out they made them.
I have to admit that I was tempted to show off these Nail Couture self-adhesive nail stickers before I committed to the houndstooth, but I realized that these are something that will be a little bit more difficult to find than the Sally Hansen brand, which I’ve found at both Rite-Aid and Target. Expect me to show these off in the future, though.
The first thing I did was remove my old nail polish before taking a moment to scratch Wagandstuff’s head before I chopped all my nails off. They were long and looking okay, but they were feeling slightly frail and I felt like houndstooth would look best on a shorter nail. Remember your animals and loved ones that need to be scratched, my friends.
I chopped my nails off, and this is what they looked like before I filed them. I went short, short, short and then I cleaned the bejesus out of them.
For a little less than ten bucks, the kit comes with everything you need. You get an orange stick for pushing back your cuticles, and a file that preps your nails and will later help you remove the excess nail sticker.
I have magical girlfriends who’ve told me that they can use these two packages that come in a single box as two separate manicures, but I have yet to figure out how to do this. I use one on each hand and then have a couple left over from each box that don’t fit on any of my nails.
Once you’ve filed your nails to the shape of your liking and then buffed them with the grey side of the nail file that comes in the package, you swab your fingers down with nail polish remover one more time and then start to stickin’.
This is what it looks like once you’ve checked to make sure that the sticker is the size of your nail, applied it and are waiting to scrape off the excess. Yes, you totally just scrape off all the extra using downward motions and the orange part of the nail file they gave you in the box.
This is what your first nail should look like when it’s done. Pretty cute, huh? You kinda want to keep going, huh?
And this is the finished product. I think it’s pretty cute. Ignore my left pinky, that one just has a little bit of extra sticker on it and will be fixed, but overall? TIGHT, MOLLS. TIGHT NAIL GAME.
This option is definitely better than having to hand paint houndstooth and it’s sure to be a hit at my next social gathering (aka, when we all meet around someone’s desk at the office to talk about what happened on So You Think You Can Dance the night before.) I’m thinking these ones might be my favorite and most long-lasting attempt at the Sally Hansen faux-Minx look so far and that probably has something to do with the fact that I read the directions. And now you’re reading my directions, you know? Damn, Molls… why you gotta be so accessible!?
Be sure to note that while these may peel off eventually, they’ll also come off with a liberal amount of nail polish remover on a cotton ball and some elbow grease.
What’s your experience with Sally Hansen Salon FX? Do you have a favorite design or a better solution? Hit me up in the comments or at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know what you’ve tried and if you have any fancy tricks that may make this process even easier.