Much unlike many a magazine editor who recommends you buy all sorts of crap that they most likely got for free, your Jezebel staff doesn't get jack shit (other than books, unsolicited). And that's how it should be. But on our own time, in our personal lives, we still buy stuff. So this is Worth It, our daily recommendation of random things that we've actually spent our own money on. These are the things we buy regularly or really like, things we'd actually tell our friends about. And now we're telling you.
The problem with DIY nail designs is that you not only have to be friggin' Rembrandt to get a pattern to look decent, but you also have to be ambidextrous in order to get your hands to match. And if you're like me, you've lived much of your life between coats of drying polish. (Insert infomercial montage here of an exasperated woman trying to do things like look for her keys in her purse, open a Diet Coke can, or wipe after peeing, all with wet nails.) With Sally Hansen Salon Effects nail polish strips, your frustrations are over.
Available in an array of patterns—leopard print, houndstooth, stripes, hearts, etc.—and solid colors, they are basically fingernail-shaped stickers. The application process is so simple that I did mine with my baby in my lap. The kit comes with an emery board, a buffer, and cuticle pusher to prep your nails in addition to the individual, various-sized nail stickers (with extras provided for fuck ups, although you'll find you won't need them). You stick it onto your nail, kneading it down around the sides and top, and then filing off the excess with the provided emery board. And that's it—zero dry time!
I was afraid that, because they're stickers, they would peel up and flake off, but they actually wear like polish, only beginning to chip after about week. To take them off, you simply need nail polish remover.
Sally Hansen Salon Effects nail polish strips, $8.38 Amazon.
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