Aloha sunshines :) I'm now back from my summer holiday and am suffering from a rather bad case of holiday blues after coming back to rainy old England. Theres nothing worse than stepping off the plane and getting rain drops in your sandals instead of sand! *crys* Apologies for my lack of comments and twitter-y activities the past 10 days (although i did schedule a few posts) and a big hello to my new followers i've gained since i've been away - i promise you I'm not usually this ignorant on the blogging scene!
'The new NAIL ROCK designer nail wrap 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 nail polish they won’t chip or stain the nail and quicker to apply as no drying time required. Choose to embellish your nails with a vast choice of styles which can’t be achieved with regular polish. Designs include metallic gold, silver, dots and animal print'
Application: The pack comes with everything you need for application: Cuticle stick, nail file and an acetone-based nail wipe. For the Nail Rocks to stick properly the nail surface has to be as matte as possible - the acetone wipe is used to prepare the nails and remove every trace of previous polish. After this, the nail surface has to be filed slightly to remove any 'shine' and the cuticles pushed back. Once you've done all this then you simply select the size best suited to the nail and apply using a firm pressure smoothing outwards towards the edge of the nail (I found it best to use a size slightly smaller than your actual nail as any bigger looks a little fake - they can be trimmed if need be). It took me a while to get the hang of it completely but it definitely got quicker and easier to do as I got to the second hand - the only bit i found difficult was getting the tips to stick properly. Luckily, they give you a few extras so if you do make a mistake or find that one peels off before the others, you have a couple of spares handy.
Staying Power: I wasn't expecting them to last too long if i'm honest (i bought a spare polish with me because the thought of bare nails for 10 days sparked utter fear in me :)) - suprisingly they lasted a good 7 days before they became a little tatty round the edges and looked a bit bedraggled. I thought as soon as i washed my hair they would peel off but they still looked as good as new - even the heat of the sun didn't make them budge! The pack says they last up to 10 days (i reckon they would have done with a little bit more practice) I had to peel mine off after 7 days because they had started to peel up quite a bit around the nail tips, but they came off so easily! I must admit, after 3 days I noticed the odd bit of wear and tear but if you compare this to a nail varnish which would probably be a little bit chipped after this amount of time, it's quite good staying power!
Overall I was really impressed and I will be ordering more of these without a doubt. They made a nice change to nail polish and were great for a 10 day holiday. If you have an event coming up and want something a bif different i'd really recommend these - once you get the hang of it I can imagine they would last even longer than the 7 days they did with me (as you can see, my first attempt wasn't exactly perfect but I was still chuffed with the results) You can even use them on your toes! I purchased mine from ASOS here for £6.70, but you can find other designs on the highstreet - i've seen some of the best designs in Topshop.