Wednesday, July 11, 2012

A New Place To Put Zebra Print

I don't know what's gotten into me lately but I have an obsession with nail polish (again).  It's been some time since I've been off the wagon and mostly because I stopped wearing nail polish on my fingernails for years.  My nails were healthy and strong, albeit boring.  Then, about a year ago, I got adventurous and decided to try the UV Gel nails at the local nail salon.  What a mistake!!!  I actually, really liked the way my nails looked, but then the edges started coming up and dirt would get underneath and I would drive myself crazy trying to keep them clean.  So, I tried the version I was told would be better (and more expensive) and that supposedly wouldn't come up at the edges.  Well, that one did the same thing and I wanted to have them taken off.  I'm told that the nail technician is supposed to wrap your nails in nail polish remover with tinfoil around for about 10 minutes to "soak" the UV gel nails off.  The woman that took mine off took a metrocard and got into the edges that weren't supposed to come up and popped off the gel coating.  Trouble is, she popped off a bunch of layers of my nail along with the gel coating.  Great!  After that my nails were weak, breaking all the time, really thin and in really bad shape.  They not only looked terrible but they felt terrible.  I had no choice but to cover them with nail polish to try to strengthen them.  I used nailtek under the polish and that stuff really helped to heal my nails.  It took almost a year before my nails were strong again.  So, back to nail polish.  I've been wearing nail polish again and doing my own manicures.  One day I noticed this product by Sally Hansen, called Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips and was intrigued.  They are strips of dry nail polish that you kind of stretch over your nails, smooth out and then file off the excess.  I was very skeptical.  Months later and after looking at them over and over again because they are not cheap, I decided to give them a try.  I bought a pack and the color is called Running Wild.  According to the display, Avril Lavigne helped design a collection of these strips for Sally Hansen.

This past Sunday I was getting ready to do my nails and decided it was time to try Running Wild.  A perfect name for the design, not only does it speak to my new nail polish obsession, but take a look at what it looks like!  It is much wilder than what I normally have on my nails.  And I have to say, it was really easy to apply, no dry time at all (the most annoying part of nail polish) and looks fantastic.  I read some reviews that say that it can be hard to remove.  I can't speak to that since they are still on me.  They are supposed to last for up to 10 days.  I'm going on day 4 days and they still look great.  I think Sally Hansen should let people design their own nail strips and Sally Hansen can print them, just like  That's the site I use to make my own fabric designs.  I think that's a great idea for a company.  I mean fabric is one thing, but nail polish is something else.  Women use tons of it, change it up weekly, want tons of variety, etc.  I would make monogram nail strips with little IG's on it.  Oh and little red dragons and all sorts of things.  I love personalizing stuff.  For my ipod I went to this website called where I was able to make my own skin to cover my ipod.  Totally awesome.  You design and they print.  Anybody want to back me on the personalized nail strips?   

Thanks for stopping by and Stay tuned for more creativity!


  1. Your nails looks so beautiful and different. Did you have to put a clear coat on top?

  2. Thank you Jennifer! I have enjoyed wearing these nail strips. I did not put a clear top on which was a joy! Check back for an update on how easy/hard they are to remove.