Monday, December 30, 2013

FIX YOUR MANICURE CRISIS QUICK!

Hello my lovelies! I thought my previous post would be the last of the year but, it turns out I had a crisis and thought it would help out any of you ladies that need a quick fix for your manicure for New Year's Eve!

First, I really hate doing my own nails. I used to all the time, but then I discovered a great salon near my home and I started treating myself to manicures and pedicures. (Oh...those massage chairs! I need one in my house!) I would usually get traditional manicures but, one day last year I decided I would try a gel manicure and see what all the fuss was about. I am now addicted! Although my own nails are relatively strong, they do tend to split and the gel manicures have solved that problem entirely. I also keep my nails short because I am always using them to mess with my camera to open battery compartments, etc. (not to mention opening that stubborn makeup packaging!) and the gel manicures keep them from breaking and chipping. The biggest problem I have with gel manicures...I always wait so long between them that I get that big gap on my fingernail where the new growth is. Here's a photo of what my nails looked like before I "fixed" my crisis.

 I had these done about a month ago, and as you can see, there is a very big gap between the polish and the new growth. I have been so busy (and a touch lazy!) and haven't been able to get back to the salon to get a new manicure for New Year's Eve. I wanted a quick and easy solution to disguise my icky looking nails so I bought some of those nail "polish" stickers. I knew that they could easily disguise the issue, I didn't have to mess with other nail polishes or creating a design or something to camouflage the regrowth and, it was inexpensive. I didn't have very many options at the drugstore, so I picked out something fun that was still my "style".
These are the Kiss brand "Nail Dress" stickers, which I found at Walgreens for about $3.50. I'd never used nail stickers before and wondered how easy it would really be. It turns out it only took me about 30 minutes to complete all of my nails and I found that the pattern was very forgiving if I had any little air bubbles. They are pretty easy to use and will fit any nails...even toenails! All I did was stick them on directly over my gel manicure, trim off some of the excess sticker with some clippers, fold them as the package directed and used the enclosed emery board to file away  the excess.This is what they look like now.


The do feel a bit strange on the ends though...not quite completely smooth and I've used another nail file to try to buff it to make it smoother. Since it's the first time I've tried these, they aren't perfect and they have a few bumps and bubbles. And, some of the sizes didn't quite fit my nail shape. But, they definitely suit my need for a temporary fix. I think they're pretty cute actually! The package claims that they last up to 10 days. They come in a variety of patterns ranging from the glittery zebra print I have on my nails, to floral and even pink leopard. These can also be trimmed into different shapes and you can create your own accents for your already polished nails. I can't speak to staying power yet.

I can't say yet whether or not I would repurchase these or not. I want to see how they perform and see how long they last on my nails. I didn't put a topcoat over these as the package directions say that you are supposed to just peel them off. I will have to give an update on how these perform. But, at least my nails look decent for New Year's Eve now!

That's it for today my lovelies! Have a wonderful New Year's! Stay safe, DON'T DRINK AND DRIVE! In my area, some taxi companies give free rides if you've had too much to drink. And, many tow companies in my area offer a free tow to get you and your car  home safe and sound. Check in the area where you live and see if there are taxi companies or tow companies that offer the same type of services.

Don't forget to follow me on Instagram @reneebruch and on Twitter @ReneeBruchPhoto. Also, check o ut my official website at www.reneebruch.com and my Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/ReneeBruchPhotography

Happy New Year! See you in 2014!!!