In which I share pictures of my plaid nails

Today seemed as good a day as any to revisit my experiments with Sally Hansen Nail Polish Strips.

This time around I had a really fun plaid design from my mom. I applied them the week before Easter and they lasted a good three weeks. I was more careful with application this time so there was no peeling at the cuticles. Some nails had air bubbles but the overall effect was not diminished. Also, because it was such a light base color I was able to retouch small chips with a coat of clear nail polish.

Here are some pictures I took for posterity:




You can also read a poem I wrote about these nail decals because . . . why not?

A poem I wrote about . . . nail decals

Since it’s National Poem in Your Pocket Day it seemed fitting to post a poem on the blog today.

Initially I was considering posting about nail decals (again) or a poem as I had not remembered the date for Poem in Your Pocket Day.

My cheeky fellow bloggers Andi and Nicole suggested I write a poem about nail decals. Which I was loathe to do. Until I remembered that I like writing poems about, well, stuff.

So I did.

Here’s the poem:

Plaid Nail Decals


I painted my nails plaid

three weeks ago


If by “paint” you mean

applied tiny plaid strips to each nail


It all started to chip away a week ago


Only after did anyone notice

to tell me

how pretty it was

(This poem is an original work by me. Copyrighted. Please don’t steal it.)


In which I have fun with nail decals

A couple of weeks ago I won a blog giveaway hosted by Andi of Andi’s ABCs. (I really enjoy Andi’s blog because it has my favorite things–books and accessories–and she’s great to talk to on Twitter too. In fact, I’m going to go ahead and call her a Twitter friend! So you should check out her blog.)

Anyway she was giving away a box of Sally Hansen Salon Effects

I think of them as decals but Sally Hansen calls them nail polish strips.

The print there is called “Tri-bal it On” and that image is via Target. But they’re also available at Duane Reade, Amazon and I’d imagine most places that sell nail polish.

Here’s the cool thing about them: these aren’t fake nails. They’re pieces of nail polish that you peel and stick/burnish onto your nail. While it’s a bit daunting at first the whole process is actually quite simple. When Andi did her own manicure she used the decal as an accent nail with black nail polish.

I was really excited when I got the decals in the mail and I had planned on doing a silver manicure with an accent nail. (My nails are tiny–especially my pinkies–so I didn’t really think the decals would fit all of my nails anyway but it turns out a pack includes 16 strips in tons of sizes so it wasn’t a problem.)

But then I applied one nail and it was really easy! And then I showed my mom and she thought they were the coolest thing ever. So she told me I should do a full manicure. So I did.

And I took pictures to show you, dear readers. (At which point I discovered photographing your own hand is kind of weird but that’s a whole different post.)



So far the manicure is holding up great (I used a clear top coat just in case and no chips almost a week after application). The edges of the polish near my cuticles are coming up on some nails but I’m not sure if that’s typical wear or me messing up the application somehow. I’ve been getting tons of compliments and really enjoy the overall look–it may even have been faster than a typical manicure.

The really fun thing is since there are 16 strips in the pack I still have six decals left to play with as accent nails.