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Essie Sleek Stick Nail Strips Review

One of my extremely photographic friends, who has a beauty supply hookup, recently gave me a set of Essie’s new Sleek Stick nail strips to try out. I’ve only used nail strips one other time and was eager to see if this experience would be more pleasant. Read on to find out!

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I received the pretty design Over The Moon, which has slightly raised silver circles that go on the moons of your nails. 

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The base color is a pretty, taupey mauve. I love the festive bling, and think it’s neutral and classic enough to be worn for a nice occasion {I saved these to wear to my boyfriend’s annual company dinner}.

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Onto application. There are several shapes and sizes included, but I had a pretty hard time finding something for each nail. Some worked better than others, but none were perfect. The main problem was the cuticle shape and the width of the decal {being to narrow/not covering the whole nail or too wide/overlapping to skin}.

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Next: the hunt to find the closest shape for each nail, and trying to apply them straight. I had to take them off and realign several times. It gets a tiny bit easier the more you do, but still hard as every shape is different.

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Once you line up and firmly press down the strip to your nail, bend the excess over the nail tip to ensure the nail is fully covered.

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Then you use the enclosed nail file to remove the extra part of the strip by filing straight down, perpendicular to the nail.

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This part can be a bit jarring, but the end comes off fairly quickly.  The straighter up and down you hold the file, the smoother the end of the strip/your nail will be.

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Here is my final result. There were still some slight ridges around the ends and the cuticle areas were far from perfect. From a distance, though, they looked great! I’m a texture person and loved feeling the 3D bumps.

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The edges were slightly jaggedy and uneven, but much better than my previous nail strips.

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These definitely had the wow factor that I wanted for the evening I wore them.

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These strips claim to be “UV Cured”, so I had high hopes for long wear. I was worried about the ends snagging on things {hair, clothes, etc.} and peeling off, but thankfully that never happened! The longevity, however, was disappointing.  These below pictures were after one day of wear {I didn’t even do dishes!}.

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Though they didn’t peel, they wore off completely at the tips. You can see in the photo above how poorly the thumb fit, too.

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I took them off the next day because of the unsightly tips. I just peeled them off, which as I recall {don’t quote me!} is what the instructions said to do. Sadly, they were pretty destructive to my nails. Lots of peeling.

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To summarize, I enjoyed the nail strips for the small time they lasted. The design {color + decoration} was great, but the difficulty in application and quick wear mean I will not be purchasing these in the future. I’m thankful to my friend for gifting me these to try {I would have been really disappointed if I paid $10 for these}. Maybe the rest of you will have better luck!

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Nails Nails Nails

Here’s my recent manicure roundup courtesy of my Instagram account. 🙂

Confetti Glitter

It's always a confetti kind of day in my book! #glitter #confetti #mani #nails

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Copper Micro French Tips + Dotted Accent Nail

Aqua + Glitter Accent Nail

Blueberry scented nails on my new snakeskin clutch. #nails #mani #scented #blueberry #vintage #thriftstore #thrifted #snakeskin

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Subtle Pearl + Copper Plaid

Nails #nailart #subtle #plaid #mani #konad #copper #champagne #showusyourtips #zoya #nailpolish

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Ombre Ingredients {+ Breakfast}

Morning tea, cookie, and nail polish. You know, the basics. #breakfast #cookie #horse #pink #nailpolish #ombre

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Pink Ombre + Ring Pops!

Ring pop power. #bachelorette #ringpops #candy #jewelry

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Nude + Gold Polka Dots

@burchgirl inspired some polka dots! #nailart #nails #polkadots #mani #nailpolish #nails #nude #gold #sparkles

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Black & White Checkered French Tips + Gold Glitter

Crazy nails. #readysetgo #mani #manicure #nailart #nails #diy #konad #glitter #blackandwhite #checkers #frenchtip #tacky

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Ballet Pink  + Silver Glitter Accent Nails

Last week's neutral and sparkly nails. #mani #nails #accentnail #silver #glitter

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Metallic Foil Purple + Silver + Black Scalloped Tips

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Festive. #nails #nailart #metallic #foil #silver #purple #black #scalloped #mani

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I still can’t believe how huge and popular nail art has gotten! Such a fun and creative outlet for me.  I wonder what my Thanksgiving nails will be! Ooh . . .

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Mani Mania Part 2

Stamped and dotted

These were my graduation nails. 🙂 I didn’t put much too much thought into them, but I ended up loving them for the occasion. They seemed appropriate for beginning a fresh chapter of my life.

4th of July

These ended up looking rather Egyptian/80s

Lace print

Confettiesque

Playing around with nail art polishes

Nude dots & stripes

Another nude mani that I first painted  with gold to look dipped. . .

. . . then topped that with gold & copper glitter. Reminds me of champagne bubbles.

Fuchsia and glitter accent

Bubblegum pink & black leopard  over super foiled  silver

Black tips over shimmering hot pink

Still more to come! Wow. If you want to see more crazy nails, check out my Pinterest board Nail Fun. There are some really talented artists out there!

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Mani Mania

I’m so behind on manicure posts (like over a year. . .)! Go figure, as those are my fav entries. Let me know if you’d like to know any of the colors seen. Here’s part one of a few catch-ups to come:


I’m shocked at how popular nail art has become in this past year. It’s EVERYWHERE now! I don’t get as many double-takes on my manis anymore. Mine are tame nowadays, compared to some. haha.

Ta-ta for now; more nail pics to come!

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Water Marbled Nails – 1st Attempt

Hey! So as promised, here is the documentation of my water marbled nails. I’ve known about the technique for years but have never been terribly interested in trying it. A prompt in my 365 creativity challenge said to “use only water as your medium/inspiration today”. Okay, I used nail polish too, but water was certainly entirely necessary for this “creation”. Perfect occasion to give it a go!

My workspace

Taking the plunge

Exciting first results

Hands done before getting cleaned up (really messy!)

Tape made the process a little bit neater

A day or two later and the cuticles are finally clean!

I love the unique patterns on each nail. Hard to pick a fav!

I got lots of comments about my thumb

Picking the color combo was my favorite part (Essie Bordeaux, China Glaze Awaken, and Zoya Penny)

This was my first time doing it, and I was happy with the results considering some of the horror stories online. I didn’t end up redoing any of the nails, so what you see it truly the first attempt.

I could use some practice making the patterns, but the whole thing was easier and more fun than I was expecting! Has anyone else out there attempted water marbled manis?

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Nails x4

Here’s a mini nail update for the fellow nail enthusiasts out there! If you would like the names of any colors, feel free to ask in the comments!

This time I did a reverse accent nail, sans glitter. (With my favpair of earrings!)

Feathers on blue

Amazing safety cone orange with scalloped designs

Green and mermaid teal/tail half-moons

Today I have an exciting mani planned that coordinates with my 365 Creativity assignment. 🙂 Stay tuned for results next week! Hope you have an awesome weekend.

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