Ironic though it sounds, it was nail wraps that got me into painting my nails in the first place. I wore some for a party, then decided I liked the idea of something on my nails and started adding to my stash of less than 10 very ancient polishes. In fact, they were so old, they were bought back in the days when we called it nail varnish. You don’t really hear the term varnish any more.
Anyway, I love painting my nails so much that I don’t often wear nail wraps any more. I’ve used some made of real polish, and I’ve used whole nail decals, but these vinyl-type ones haven’t graced my nails in many a year.
My last experience with them was when I didn’t take such care of my nails, and I only did a fairly average job. Now though, I’m more precise and have more patience because I am keen to ensure that my nails look good.
I was pleasantly surprised with these OMG Nail Strips. I found them flexible and easy to stretch without breaking, making them easy to apply. I did get e few tiny wrinkles, but they were under the free edge, because I didn’t file the excess off, rather tucked it under. However, they didn’t bother me, and they weren’t at all visible to anyone else.
OMG Nail Strips cost $7.99 (about £5.24) per set and can be bought from their website, and there’s free shipping to the UK.
For this manicure I’ve used:
Wraps: OMG Nail Strips OMGB1002
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Products shown in this post were sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.
Nail wraps were what first got me interested in doing my nails. I tried a few styles and loved the look on my nails, but found that they damaged my nails when I removed them. Not long afterwards, I became completely polish obsessed and I’ve never considered using nail wraps ever again.
But when Incoco asked me if I would like to review some nail polish strips for them, I found myself swiftly changing my mind. You see Incoco nail strips are made of real nail polish. They’re not wraps or stickers. So you can add great nail art without having to wait for polish to dry, and you can remove them again without damaging your nails. They are like nail foils but without the glue; Minx but without a hair dryer; or nail wraps without the stickiness and nail bed damage.
These strips are called Very Rosy. You get 16 strips, so there are plenty to do a whole manicure with – even if you mess up a couple (I managed to mess one up!)
The strips are easy to apply and they can be gently stretched to fit your nail. So strips that are seemingly too small can be made to stretch a little further. Also, because they are made of real nail polish, ones that are too large can be applied, and then you can remove the excess with acetone and a clean up brush.
The strips come with a base coat and top coat already included. One of my nails, my index finger, has a repair currently, so it’s a bit lumpy and bumpy with nail glue and tea bag. Most of the time it’s not obvious because I use base coat, a couple of coats of polish or more, and then top coat. But with this manicure, I was worried that just one layer would make the lumpiness show up horribly. So I applied a base coat to smooth the nail out first. That was a bit of a mistake because I quickly discovered that you can’t remove and replace the strips when you have used a base coat. Without a base coat, if you don’t get them lined up perfectly first time, you can easily gently remove them and try again.
The directions suggest removing the leftover bit of strip with a nail file, but I just sort of pulled them over the tips of my nails and gently pulled them off. Then I made sure that any tiny edge was definitely pushed around or under the nail. That way, I got wrapped tips too, for a longer lasting manicure.
I did however add my own top coat. I just wanted to ensure that the tips were nicely sealed so that the edges of the strips wouldn’t catch on anything. I was a little nervous that I’d get some bubbling or damage, but I was pleased that my top coat (HK Girl) behaved perfectly well with these.
I really love these. There are some fabulous designs to choose from, and Incoco now ships internationally, so those of us in the UK can get our hands on them. Including economy delivery, they work out (at today’s exchanges rates) at just a touch over £11 for a pack. That’s more expensive than a bottle of nail polish, but I think they’re great for special occasions, perhaps to match a wedding outfit, or for a Christmas party.
For this manicure I’ve used:
Colour: Incoco Nail Polish Applique in Very Rosy
Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl
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All images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned. Products shown in this post were sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.