New year nails

This year for new years, as with every new year, my friends and I rented a cottage to have japes and joyful frolics. We had a party on NYE where we all glad ragged up and I decided to give nail wraps a whirl to make sure my nails were perfect.

I’d eyed up the Revlon by Marchesa 3D Jewel nail wraps for some time – it was love at first sight having spotted them on Pintrest. Unfortunately I could never find them. Finally at Christmas,  having got gift cards for Boots I finally found them. I bought myself the Crown Jewels, Silk Rosette and gave the Royal Burgundy design to my biggest fan (my boyfriend’s mum). At £8.99 they’re not super cheap, and having grown accustomed to getting manicures for free and the equipment and other bits and bobs being given as gifts or obtained obscenely cheaply off Amazon, I wasn’t about to just go and do them without a special occasion…

Revlon by Marchesa

Revlon by Marchesa

Thankfully an arbitrary celebration of the ending of a calendar year was coming up…

I chose to give the Crown Jewel design a whirl for NYE. I wasn’t sure what background colour to use so did a bit of Googling for the original gowns that inspired the wraps and decided that black would be best. AND I’d just bought a new black and gold dress that I was planning on wearing to the party so it was perfect really.

Marchesa gown

Marchesa gown

I’d never used wraps before so I watched a couple of YouTube videos to make sure that I didn’t make any rookie mistakes. This was the best one:

So off I went to give it a go, having lashed on some Rimmel lasting nail polish in 080 Black Cab the night before. I wiped my nail with some alcohol rub to make sure the surface was clean and oil free.

Sizing up was pretty easy, though I couldn’t find a wrap to match my index fingers, but the others were fine. I tended to go for a size that seemed a bit big – though it is important not to get the sticker on skin or cuticle as otherwise it will just come off. You get 18 appliqués in the pack so in any case you’ll have some left after doing a full manicure on both hands to do either featured nails or other interesting things…

Anyway from there it was simply a case of placing the wrap carefully on to the centre of the nail and flattening it out. The material the wrap is made out of is quite sturdy so it’s easy to handle, but is also a bit stretchy – I found the best result was to smooth out the wrap around the top (cuticle end) of the nail and then pull it down quite firmly to fit around the curve of my nail. The cuticle pusher that you get in the pack was useful for pushing down the nail at the edges, especially the pointed end. Then I used the sleeve of my jumper to give it a good rubbing to make sure it was all smooth. To get rid of the excess I just filled downwards using the file that came in the pack, which was super easy and I didn’t pull the wrap off the nail as it was stuck down really well.

Then some top coat et voila! And here’s what they looked like:

My NYE nails

My NYE nails

They were super-easy to do, which was great because I had a guest staying over and I’m sure they’d of gotten very bored if I was fixated on my nails for hours.

And they lasted really well for a whole week! In the end I actually only took them off because I broke one of my extended nails (that I’d done with waaaay to much haste), but the wrap was actually holding it on hehe! Removing them was reasonably straight forward. I soaked them in acetone for about 20 seconds then was able to get a hold of an edge and pull them off. Some were a little bit awkward and required using an orange stick to push off, but it was no more difficult than removing glitter polish! All in all a very positive experience, super-easy, beautiful nails that lasted!

Now I’m just trying to figure out what to do with the 8 appliqués that I have left – they’re all small so I’m wondering if the best thing to do is cut them in to strips or halves and use them on the odd nail on a multi-nail-design mani (don’t fancy having my pinky as a feature nail). I’ll post that up as and when I get some inspiration.

Now I can’t wait to have the excuse to use the others!

Now, some action shots:

Crown Jewel nails in action - me and the boy at NYE party

Crown Jewel nails in action – me and the boy at NYE party

Crown Jewel nails still rocking on NYD for PJed fizzy fun

Crown Jewel nails still rocking on NYD for PJed fizzy fun

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