I’ve always been a sucker for a good manicure – ask my sister. after the manicure I’d send her a photo of me > aka my nails < in every situation. I just can’t help myself hahahaha. here’s an example of photos:
unluckily getting your nails done can be quite expensive, especially when you live in Switzerland: CHF 80.- for shellac that lasts for approx. 2 weeks is just way to much!
long story short: I tested different ways of ‘doing my nails’ and here are my conclusions:
Miss Sophie Nail Wraps
with about CHF 18.- for one set of Nail Wraps this is the most expensive one at first sight. but the price can be relativized, because a set can be used up to three times > a sheet of 24 Nail Wraps contains seven different sizes from which you can choose the appropriate size for your nail. I just used one wrap and cut it in half, that worked perfectly for two fingers of the same size.
what I really liked about it was the amount of different designs that are available online. however… they don’t look right the same in real life and that’s what bothered me a bit. I ordered 5 different types and some are way brighter and some way darker than online – still pretty, just different.
it was quite easy to apply them: just clean the nail, remove the cuticles, choose size and stick it on. BUT it takes quuiiite a while to file them and of course your natural nail shape stays just like that.
I absolutely loved the sealing top coat > I chose the mat one and YES they are beautifuly mat after that – so that’s perfect.
one thing I didn’t like at all with these nail wraps was how easily the back of the foil came off. it’s just a tiny bit and the other part of the foil won’t come off either but I got stuck in my hair when I ran my hand through it and that stressed me out a lot! plus they only last for about 4 days and I definitely hoped for more.
all in all I feel like it’s only worth the money and time if you like special designs on your nails. they do really lovely designs but I’m more of a ‘monochrom-kind-of-girl’ so that didn’t quite work out for me – I’d give them 5 out of 10 stars. ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
imPRESS Nails by KISS ¦ *gifted by Herba Collection
I’ve never been a fake nail person… but as my mum works with such products she made me curious about the imPRESS Nails by Kiss. so I got in touch with Herba Collection and they kindly gifted me some of their collection > you can get them on www.clickandbeauty.ch
what I liked most about it was how flippin easy it was to apply them! clean your nails, pop them on – DONE! they were a bit too long for my taste so I just filed them a little. even if you don’t like the shape of it – just do it your way – that’s brilliant! but wait until about 1 hour after initial application in order to give the imPRESS nails time to fully bond with your natural nails.
it says that they last from 5 days to a full week > I’ve had mine on for 12 days and they still looked good (apart from the nail grewing out a bit – but that’s not their problem). so that’s definitely a success.
imPRESS nails are made with a high-performance resin material that’s flexible, like your natural nails. a slim tapered cuticle creates a weightless contoured fit, resulting in the most seamless natural look > I never got stuck in my hair or anywhere else, which is perfect!
each imPRESS Manicure kit includes 30 nails in 12 sizes, so you won’t need all of them. you might be able to use some of them with another manicure. try buying a pattern that complements a color and mix the leftovers together for a unique manicure.
removing the nails is just as easy as applying them: you gently peel off from the side to remove. if the nails seem really ‘stuck’, apply acetone nail polish remover around edges, wait 1 minute, then peel off. you can use the enclosed wood stick to help lift the imPRESS nail at the sides. however, I feel like my natural nails were a bit ‘dry’ after I’ve removed the imPRESS ones – so I just put some nail oil on and then they were completely fine.
my overall imPRESSion (pun intended) is definitely positive! they’re easy to apply, feel super natural, look amazing and your nails won’t be damaged from it. they’re definitely a bit more on the pricey side with about CHF 10.00 – 15.00 (they’re CHF 11.50 if you order them @ www.clickandbeauty.ch) but in my opinion it’s worth it. I’d give them 8 out of 10 ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
I’ve also thought about mentioning just ‘normal’ nail polish here… but I think we’ve all been there with various brands: they look great on the first few minutes – then you don’t let them dry enough – they don’t look great – you get annoyed – you do them all over – same thing happens – maybe not – they last for 2 days – they look shite – you don’t remove the polish for another few days – you get ashamed – you finally take it off – you’ve got your nail polish all over your hands – you’re annoyed again – you forget about it the next time and do it anyway.
how do you get your nails done? I’d love to hear from you ❤