Welcome to the 13th day of Blogmas! We are more than halfway through Blogmas now and Christmas feels just around the corner. Today’s advent calendar goodie is a tiny nail file.
I actually really liked this nail file. It’s a little larger than my thumb and will fit easily in any purse. I think that nail files are really helpful to have on the go because you never know when you’re going to break a nail. I hate when my nail tears and it leaves a weird jagged edge that keeps snagging on everything for the rest of the day. It’s much easier to have a small nail file with you to take care of the problem right away.
Its’ Day 8 of Blogmas! Today’s goodie from my Sephora advent calendar was this collection of bamboo manicure sticks. Now, I couldn’t actually find these on the Sephora website, but these are something that you can get at pretty much any drugstore anyway.
Bamboo manicure sticks are super helpful if you do your own manicures. The tips are shaped perfectly for removing excess polish from your cuticles and from around the tip or under your fingernail. These are really the easiest way to make your manicure look perfect. I know it is tempting to use one of your other nails to scrape off wet nail polish that gets on your cuticle, but more often than not you’ll just end up hurting the polish on that nail too and then you have two messed up nails instead of one. These bamboo sticks are super precise and let you clean up a messy manicure without using the nails themselves.
The fox mirror is super cute! It’s the perfect little size for tossing in a handbag or makeup bag. The nail polish wipes also work really well. I like the wipe texture, which definitely beats a cotton ball hands down. You can get the full size container that has a pre-moistened foam center from Sephora for $9.50, although I do think that most nail polish removers are created equal and you can probably find something just as nice for half the price at the drugstore. Still, today was definitely a win because the fox mirror is just so cute!
The other day, I was in Walgreens, and I noticed that they had a few essie nail polish colors on clearance, so I bought two of them! I went for a dark pink and a bright red because these are shades that I use all the time.
Essie nail polish will typically set you back $8.50 per bottle, which isn’t terribly expensive, but it’s still way more expensive than my favorite brand Sinful Colors (which you can get for $2). I remembered trying this brand several years ago, but I couldn’t remember how I felt about it. I wanted to give it another try because this is such a popular brand.
Unfortunately, I really hated the formulation of these nail polishes. First, I found the brush to be way too narrow for my liking. I much prefer a broad brush, but you might like this product if you prefer something very narrow. I also disliked the texture of the formula – it was almost too sticky and it was very difficult to apply. Now, to be fair, I did get two clearance bottles, so maybe they were so old that the formula was starting to go bad? In any case, they ended up looking kind of gloopy and they took forever to dry.
I think I’ll be sticking to Sally Hansen (they have broad brushes) or Sinful Colors (they have a very smooth formula that is easy to apply and dries quickly).
Have you used this product? What did you think? What are your favorite nail color brands?
Are you looking for a nail look with zero dry time? You might be interested in Jamberry nail wraps. About a year and a half ago, a friend invited me to a Jamberry party. I was intrigued, and I ended up buying several sheets of this product. Essentially Jamberry nail wraps are stickers that you can heat with a blow dryer and then stick on to your nails. They are supposed to last for up to two weeks before chipping.
There are literally hundreds of colors and patterns. The selection is really great. The wraps are usually $15, although some of the limited-edition ones may be more expensive. This price gets you two sets of stickers in one package. This equals either one manicure and one pedicure or two manicures or two pedicures.
So, should you buy it?
Pros: These stickers do last quite a while. I can go two (or sometimes three) weeks before changing my pedicure. Also, the various patterns that are available are just awesome. I know that inevitably someone will notice an admire these! Also, since you get two sets per package, it’s only about $7.50 for a pedicure that can last me nearly three weeks. I don’t think this is too bad for the price, although I don’t think it would be worth the expense to do this all the time.
Cons: While this product does have many sizes per sheet, these just do not work for my fingernails. My fingernails are too small, so I have only been able to use these for my toe nails. Also, while these don’t have any dry time because they’re stickers, these are still not a quick fix because it takes time to apply them correctly. You have to trim the stickers, heat and smooth them several times, and then file them down to the perfect length. I honestly think that painting my nails with a quick-drying polish would be faster, although it may not last for as many weeks as these do in the end.
Overall, I think this is a fun product. However, if you are someone who likes to change up your look weekly or more often, this product is probably not a cost-effective choice for you.
Well, that concludes this post. Tonight, I’m going to my local Sephora because I subscribe to their Play! Beauty Box and they are having a “Play! Date” event for their subscribers. I’m really curious about what will happen, so stay tuned for an update later this week about that event!