It’s been over a year since I started blogging, and when I first started I couldn’t even paint my nails properly. Oh how far I’ve come! Sort of. To get funky nail art without the necessary skill needed, I used to rely heavily on nail wraps and became quite nifty at applying them speedily and neatly. After a while I started braving the world of freehand nail-art and now I get a real kick out of all things nail pretty.
I was recently sent a set of Nail Rock wraps to have a play with and the application experience reminded me of how there’s definitely a knack to applying them; a knack that I sadly lack. That’s whack. Erm, yeah….
It was only by the last three nails that I remembered that the key to success with nail wraps is to get them in position by the cuticle and then pull and stretch them so there’s no creasing right up to the edge. If you don’t do lots of pulling and stretching then you will end up with creases that ruins the effect of the wrap, which is a bit of a shame, but only if you’re a pedant like me as you do have to look for the glitches; they don’t really jump out at you. Sadly, my application this time around was rather creased which you can see in the photos.
In the Nail Rock kit you get a cuticle pusher, a nail file, a preparation wipe and a set of 16 wraps. It’s such an easy kit to work with and you really don’t need to allocate a lot of time to apply them, so they’re great if you’re in desperate need of pretty nails in a hurry.
The idea is that you apply them and then file the edge of, but I prefer to apply them and then cut down the length so there’s only a little bit left to file off. This does make it a bit more finickety, but it limits how much creasing can occur.
I love the design of these, but that’s because I love anything polka-dot. I do think these would be quite easy to achieve yourself with a dotting tool, but if time is of the issue then this is a good and quick way to update your nails. The only thing that really puts me off nail wraps is that if you don’t get the application spot-on (and this time I certainly did not!) then you end up with what I call ‘scratchy nail’ which feels like nail tips with a very rough surface.
These are currently available from Amazon down from £6.65 to £5.32 with free delivery which is a great price for nail wraps, but there’s only a few left so get in there quick!
Disclosure: PR samples.