Nails by Asami: July 2010
I’m sure by now you all know how much I love Nailene’s Perfect Tips guideline stickers. I shared my personal tips and tricks for using them in my Polka Dot French Tips video and packages I’ve purchased myself have been featured in my past Mermaid Manicure and Starry Night Nails posts.
So, regardless of the fact that I was sent this particular kit to review, I want you to know that when I tell you I love these guideline stickers, I’m telling you that I’ve loved them for years and continue to purchase them myself on a regular basis. The stickers themselves are absolutely worth the few dollars they cost, and I was pleased to see the kit includes a bottle of my favorite topcoat as well, which I separately reviewed in my Acrylic Strong Topcoat post. Just these two items alone make the kit something I would purchase myself and recommend to friends. The results are simply beautiful and I greatly prefer using guideline stickers to pens made for French tips, just because with the stickers you have the option to apply colored French manicures using any other polishes you may own.
I think the results are simple and elegant. I chose to accent my French manicure with some gemstone stickers sent to me from Esther’s Nail Center just to give the look a little extra something.
This is what the kit looks like and I love the whole thing; the white polish covers well, I adore the topcoat and I think a sheer French nude is a necessary staple of any polish collection. This is a great starter kit and I really stand behind the quality of these products. The price varies depending on your location but Nailene is so affordable and this kit is much cheaper than if you were to purchase three bottles of nail polish separately.
Pictured are the contents of the kit next to the gorgeous gemstone stickers I used to decorate my manicure.
Here’s a closeup of the gemstone stickers; they’re shaped to fit my smile line nicely. There are ten stickers in each pack, two of each size to fit all your fingers. Each pack costs $3.75 from Esther’s Nail Center. These were super easy to use; I just placed them on and was good to go. I love gemstones for adding a little bit of “jewelry” to simpler looks.
To begin, place your guideline stickers against your nails.
Paint past the stickers with the included white polish; do two coats to reach full opacity. For more in depth tips on getting a perfectly crisp line I’d like to suggest the Polka Dot French Tips video I previously mentioned just because I’ve already visually demonstrated my personal tricks there so I won’t be going over them again in this post.
Add a coat of the nude-tinted clear to blur imperfections on your nail bed and give your nails a healthy sheer glow.
Add your gemstones or stone stickers like I used and apply topcoat to finish. I mention this in my full review of Acrylic Strong, but I love how super shiny it is. It has that “wet look” quality.
Would I buy this kit? Absolutely. It’s not expensive in the least, it’s easy to use, the results are gorgeous and even if like me, you don’t typically wear white tips you can substitute a fun bright pink or bold blue instead. I enjoyed using the gemstone stickers as well because they are much quicker to apply than individually placing many loose stones; I will likely be buying more because I wear colored French tips a lot and I like how they accent French manicures.
I know when bloggers review items they received for free it can seem like they’ve sold out or are only promoting something because they didn’t have to pay for it, but I promise you – I will never say I like something unless I truly do. This is something I enjoyed so much that I will be buying one to include in a future reader giveaway. I will never put the integrity of my opinions of products up for sale because the honesty between you and I is so important to me. The day I lie to you about something is the day I throw the trust you may have placed in me away, so even though seemingly overly positive reviews might make you question the blogger’s motivations, know that I take this issue very seriously and I take my blog very seriously. I love you guys and I respect you and that is all.