Reader, I fear I am a baaaad beauty editor. Despite admiring the spectacular nail art adorning the fingers of stylish women – who’ve either had it done at Wah! Nails, or it’s a genius DIY gin job or similarly inspired at-home manicure, or the results of an arduous session in a nail bar – I cannot be bothered. I can’t remember the last time I painted my fingernails, and such is my sloth, I’ve even abandoned my own hatred of polish-free toenails and am currently sporting naked, maggoty toes. Lazy.
But while sitting quietly admiring my ridiculously tidy desk after lunch today, I suddenly felt the urge to delve into the ‘nail box’ beneath it, where all manner of products patiently wait to be tested. I pulled out the Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips (in leopard print!) and decided to give them a whirl.
Now I am, quite frankly, amazing at putting up flat-pack furniture so I figured following the instructions in the box would be a breeze. Not quite. These little nail transfer sticker thingies (technical term) look easy enough to apply – you just peel off the backing paper, press them to your nails and then ‘lightly buff’ away the excess with the nail file. Except it didn’t work. Whyyyyy? Oh, I didn’t notice there’s a clear plastic sheet across the top of the strip as well as the paper backing. I felt a bit like the first time I ever used a herbal teabag and didn’t know you had to take it out of its little paper sleeve. Moron.
Anyway, once I’d figured that out, it was easy! You sort-of smoosh the strip down onto the nail with a cuticle stick, pressing it into the corners, then perforate round the edges and rub away the extra bits. And ta-da! Leopard nails! Rarghhh. *Makes claw hands*
Now this may not seem like an earth-shattering achievement to many of you and I concede it probably isn’t, but it was fun to try something new and while the results weren’t flawless, my nails looked pretty good for a first effort. And this is the moral of the story: don’t be afraid of experimenting with beauty – it probably won’t be perfect first time, but who cares? As long as you’re being safe (patch test!) with hair dye, facials, nail art or whatever, it can be satisfying and surprising.
So tell me, when have you pushed yourself out of your beauty comfort zone to try something different, and what were the results?