They're here! They're here! My Nail Rock Nail Wraps are finally here! These DIY, Minx-style nail wraps are becoming very popular at a rapid pace--even the Queen of Pop, Kylie Minogue was sporting Nail Rock tips in her Get Outta My Way video. You know if Kylie likes it then it must be something worth trying!
Here's what they look like unopened in the package:
I ordered mine from ASOS.com and it took forever for them to arrive to the states from the UK (seriously, if you order from them use express shipping so they can give you a tracking number. They lost my order the first time around and after some research on the internet I've found this to be something that's VERY common). This isn't Nail Rock's fault, and at this moment I don't know where else to buy them in the US except Topshop.com.
Nail Rock Nail Wraps come in a variety of intricate, impossible-to-create-with-polish styles, like metallic gold/silver, lizard, lace, leopard, dots, zippers, etc.
Here are the product description and application instructions from ASOS:
The new NAIL ROCK range is designed to last up to 7 days on nails and 8 weeks on the toes, with each at home nail wrapping treatment taking just 15 minutes to apply. Unlike polish they won't chip or stain the nail and quicker to apply as no drying time required.
Each pack contains a full set of wraps for fingernails and toes.
HOW TO NAIL ROCK
1- Gently ease cuticle back and remove any nail polish.
2- Shape and file the nail edge.
3- Gently remove surface shine using a nail buffer or a smooth nail file.
4- Select Nail Rock Wrap nearest your Cuticle size. These can be trimmed to fit if needed.
5- Do not touch the adhesive side of the wrap that will be used on your nail.
6- Gently place at cuticle edge and apply heat from a small or travel
Hairdryer for a few seconds until the wrap begins to soften.
7- Applying firm pressure, push the wrap onto one side of the nail bed. Re-apply heat and repeat on the other side.
8- Re-apply heat and push firmly over the entire nail for a secure fit. If there is a crease; re-heat, gently lift the wrap off the nail and reapply adding further heat if necessary.
9- File off excess wrap at the end of the nail in a downward motion with a fine wooden file.
1- Apply heat and peel off gently.
2- Nail polish remover may be needed to remove excess adhesive off the nail bed.
After following the directions above, here is my result:
Pros: They look magical. Yes, magical, like nails a greek goddess would have or even an angel's nails. You could never get this look with polish. From far away my nails don't even look like they're from earth--in a good way! They're the epitome of eye-catching. They're also a decent price (around $10).
Cons: Maybe it's my own poor application, but mine are having trouble staying attached to the edges of my nail all the way around. On the other hand, maybe it's my nail shape which is currently short and round. However, on my thumbs they're flush with the nail. Perhaps it's because that's my biggest/widest nail? The metallic isn't very forgiving on application mistakes either--I think a print wrap would hide mistakes better. You also can't apply a clear coat over the wrap to seal in the edges... at least you can't use Seche (I learned that the hard way).
Final Verdict: Despite application problems, these are so gorgeous that I don't mind that so much! I do want to try one of the prints though to see how that turns out compared to the metallic. I also want to try these on longer nails to see if that affects the application. So should you buy them? They're at least worth a try because they really are quite unique! They'd be great for special events, too.
How long did they last?
I also purchased Eyelure's Girls Aloud Festival Lashes (Cheryl Cole edition). They were on sale, so I had to seize the moment to get something that shows my Girls Aloud/Cheryl Cole love. If you don't know who Cheryl Cole is, Google her because she's probably going to take America by storm.
The lashes are SO long width-wise. I haven't put them on yet, but I think they may be too big. They're plastic-y feeling and have gold flecks on them. No biggie though if I never wear them because they were only a few bucks and they're pretty just to look at!