Friday, October 17, 2014

NCLA Nail Wraps Review + Two Week Wear Results

Press Sample

Nail wraps and nail stickers have been really popular lately due to the general ease of application and minimal fuss to get a beautiful nail design. I received a sample of the NCLA Nail Wraps from the House of Hollywood collection and the sample had 12 wraps with a nail file.

These nail wraps aren't made of polish so you don't have to worry about them drying out in the packaging over time.


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Where to Purchase: NCLA
Price: $16.00-$18.00 for 26 nail stickers, enough for 2 applications according to the company.
Do they test on animals?: The company does not.
Packaging: The Nail Wraps come on a sheet incased in plastic. You peel off the nail stickers via the tabbed end. It was a bit fiddly to get the sticker off at first so I had to bend the paper to lift the tabbed edge so I could peel it off without ripping.


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Application: 

Prior to applying the nail wraps, you're supposed to apply a coat of clear nail polish, let it dry, then apply to the nail. I think your wear time will depend on the clear nail polish you use; I chose to apply a layer of Nailtek II Intensive Therapy which dries a little sticky. I think the stickiness really helped the nail wrap adhere.

Overall, the hardest part was trying to figure out the right size. I went through three wraps before figuring out the correct size for my finger. The problem is that it's difficult to see the edge of the nail wrap so you're guessing as you peel it off. I did figure out that they do have wraps for even my most slender pinkie finger but I didn't want to go through the three wraps to figure it out.

Removing the excess was easy; I made sure to pull the extra over my free edge and used the included nail file to file off the rest. It only took a few files for the excess to come off. However I did notice that some of my free edge was not fully covered by the wrap.

Wear Time

Here how my nails looked on Day 1, prior to putting a topcoat on the nail wrap. After I put the top coat on, I noticed some wrinkling at the top part of the nail (which you'll see in the after picture). 

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Here's how my nails looked after two weeks. There's some obvious nail growth and wear at the free edge. Despite the wrinkling towards the cuticle, the sticker didn't keep peeling or lifting even through copious applications of cuticle oil.

ncla wear test 2 weeks 3 (1 of 1)

Removal:

One of the big cons to the product is that since it's not made out of nail polish, you have to peel it off your nail to remove it which can damage the nail underneath. However, you can ease product removal by "melting down" the wrap with acetone. Once I rubbed a little acetone on the wrap, it softened and made it easy for me to remove with little to no damage to my nail.

Conclusion:

Although more expensive than most nail stickers/wraps on the market, $16 for two applications means each manicure costs about $8 and I was personally able to wear it for two weeks. However your mileage may vary of course and I've read of other people experiencing only a few days wear. 

NCLA is unique because of the collaborations they do with different fashion houses and brands so you can get designs themed around them. I also got two compliments over the two weeks that I wore the nail wraps and I hardly ever get anyone to notice my nails. I think if there's a design you like that you can't replicate through typical nail art methods, the NCLA nail wraps are worth considering!

Disclaimer: I received a sample of the NCLA Nail Wraps through attending an event. All opinions are my own. I was not paid or compensated to write this post.

Monday, October 13, 2014

LORAC Mega Pro Palette Collaborative Giveaway

If you've been following the news on the LORAC MegaPro Palette, you'll know that it went on sale then immediately sold out after two days on both LORAC's website and on Amazon. Amazon is supposedly receiving another order but who knows if anyone will actually get their hands on it. A few of my fellow beauty bloggers and I teamed up to give away one of the coveted palettes so be sure to enter for a chance to win.

This ends on October 27th so get your entries in until then!
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LORAC Mega Pro

Monday, October 6, 2014

Charlotte Tilbury Colour Chameleon Eyeshadow Pencil in Amber Haze: Swatch and Review

I Purchased This Affiliate Link

Oh how I am such a stan for Charlotte Tilbury and her makeup line. When it launched months ago in the UK, I waited patiently for it to come to the US (since I was not going to pay exorbitant amounts in UK shipping). It's launched on Beautylish and after swatching the line, I bought the Colour Chameleon Eyeshadow Pencil in Amber Haze. Although the color selections are set up as Day/Night for different eye colors, I picked my selection based on the color that I liked the most.

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More details, swatches, and the results of my 10-hour wear test will be available under the cut!

Friday, October 3, 2014

Zoya Dove + NCLA House of Hollywood Accent Nail Wrap NOTD

Gift Press Sample

Today's Nails of the Day features Zoya Dove (aptly named because it's a dove grey) paired with an accent NCLA Nail Wrap from the House of Hollywood Collection. Maybe it's because my Zoya was a mini but I thought the formula was watery and sheerish, it took four coats to get to full opacity.

The NCLA Nail Wrap was a bit of a pain to apply, mainly because it was difficult for me to figure out which size fit me best. Thankfully now I know that the wraps come in sizes small enough for my slender nails. Once applied and sealed with a top coat, I only noticed a slight wrinkle at my cuticle, and none at the free edge. It was also super easy to file off the excess. I'm going to continue wearing the nail wraps to see how long it'll last on my nails.

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I've been super busy with clinic, work, and school and it's definitely taken a toll on the blog but I'm glad that doing my nails is a nice way to relax. I hope you have a great Friday/Weekend! 
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