Wednesday 4 September 2013

Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips from Poundland ♥

Poundland is simply amazing sometimes - high street brands for £1! There's been a lot of hype in the blogging world recently as Poundland started stocking Dainty Doll products, they also stock/have stocked Revlon, Stila, Maybelline New York etc. On a recent trip to Poundland I found a number of Sally Hansen products - I couldn't believe it! I have awful nails, so weak and flaky at times, so I like to wear nail varnish (although I do think it is the nail varnish that makes them like this! Oh the irony).
Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips (retails in Boots for £7.99) make some pretty big claims - no dry time, lasts up to 10 days and fits all nails. So for £1 I thought I'd try these out. I've tried some nail wraps before but they were from Primark and I just didn't get on with them! These were SO much easier to use, I would say they were easier than painting your nails and probably quicker to apply too.

This is what was provided - a cuticle stick, nail file, 2x 8 nail wraps and instruction leaflet....

Firstly, you have to make sure your nails are completely clean. I used nail varnish remover to clean my nails, if there are any little specks left on your nail then the nail wrap won't properly stick to your nail.
As you can see the range of sizes provided is brilliant, you get two sets of these sizes!
I held each one to my nails to see which would be the best size. Now although there was a good range of sizes I did find that the shape wasn't quite in line with my nails. But if you think of all of the different shaped nails in the world, they were never going to fit perfectly on everyone!
Once you've found the nail wrap perfect for your little finger (always do your thumb last) then you can take off the protective plastic cover.
As the thrifty person that I am, I noticed that the wraps were much longer than my nails, so I decided to cut them in half! This means that I will now be able to apply these nails wraps a second time - hooray! 

 The next step I didn't believe would work - the nail wraps aren't sticky (like I thought they would be), infact I dropped one of the carpet floor and it wasn't ruined - you simply hold the nail wrap in place. After about 20 seconds of smoothing out the wrap onto the nail and using the heat from your fingers, the wrap is very securely in place, it really was that simple.
Next, you file off the excess nail wrap and that's it!

One of their claims is true - there isn't any drying time, which is a massive bonus! You could easily put these on in the car - I'm always trying to paint my nails last minute in the car but it goes everywhere!
These didn't last 10 days though, I defiantly saw a difference between normal nail varnish - these lasted longer. But after 7 days they were starting to 'chip' at the ends of my nails.
I took a picture of what they looked like after 10 days but then my phone broke and I lost the photo! If I hadn't been reviewing them for my blog I would have taken them off before 10 days. I'd say they looked nice up until about day 7, which is an improvement from most of the nail varnishes I use!
Overall, I'm impressed with this product, especially as it was only £1!
Have you tried this product before?
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  1. I bought my sister a load of these last Christmas as stocking fillers. She thought I'd spent a bomb (I think I'd got about 8 of them), but in reality I'd only spent £1 each.

    I've even seen the exact same ones in boots, so it's not even old stock PL are selling.
    I'm personally rubbish with nail stickers, no matter what I cannot do them - otherwise I'd have snapped them up for myself too xD

    Juyey xx

  2. I've always been put off nail wraps because I didn't know how to use them but I love the finished effect. I think if I could get used to using them they could become holy grail because they'd definitely be a lot easier than painting my nails regularly and you can get ones with amazing designs too xx

    Angelica [One Little Vice]


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