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VoxBox Review: Kiss Nail Dress

Aaaaand we’re back! I could make up some lame excuses about why I haven’t posted in forever, but who wants to read that? Basically, I wasn’t inspired…and no one wants to read a lame post about nothing? Not me (which is why I refused to write one)

Anyways, I developed a borderline obsession with nail polish (thanks, Pinterest!) over the past few months, and while browsing polish ideas, I stumbled across Influenster. Basically, you sign up with Influenster, and earn badges (yes, kinda like the ones you earned in Girl Scouts) based on your lifestyle. The brainiacs over at Influenster segment participants into groups, and if you qualify, they send you a box of free swag!

And if there’s one thing I love, it’s free stuff! Here’s what I scored in the LoveVoxBox, sent out in February:

First up on my to-try list were the Kiss Nail Dress. About a week and a half ago, my 10 week old German Shepard broke his leg. Since he required so much attention, I had ZERO time to paint my nails. There are very few things that I am super “girly” about, and my nails are probably on the top of that list. If I don’t have polish on them, they break like crazy. Why? Who knows…but polish seems to strengthen the nails and prevent breakage, so I try to keep some sort of polish on all the time.

The problem? My nails take forever to dry. I’ve started painting my nails at 7pm, gone to bed around midnight, and still woken up with little hair tracks in my nails. My mom’s the same way, so apparently I’ve got some sort of freaky mutant nails. My polish also pops off  my nails. Sometimes in one whole piece; I almost never use polish remover. So, I was wicked excited to see these nail stickers in my VoxBox.

Kiss Nail Dress (Fashion That Sticks!) retail at around $6.99 and are available at major drugstores (CVS, Walgreens) and other retailers like Walmart and Target. Unlike normal polish, you don’t have to apply several coats and you don’t have to wait for them to dry. You just peel off the right size sticker, apply it to your nail, fold over, and file off. I was a little skeptical at first, but the stickers looked great  on my nails…most people thought they were real polish with nail art done at a salon:

Pros:

  • Literally zero drying time. I put them on about 5 minutes before jumping in bed.
  • They are gorgeous and fun. I love nail art, but I am an abysmal artist. If it involves more than polka dots, you can bet I am not drawing it on a nail.
  • It’s polish and top coat in one. The stickers are already super shiny, so there’s no need to wear a top coat to get the “yeah, I paid a bunch of money at a salon” look
  • At $6.99, they are cheaper than a bottle of most “classy” polish brands (OPI, Orly, Essie) and about the same price as most Sally Hansen polishes.
  • Easy, easy, easy to apply (once you get over the learning curve)
  • Removing them was just as easy, just pull the sticker off. If there’s any glue residue, you can rub it off or pull out the polish remover…I had no problems just rubbing off the glue
Cons:
  • When you first take them out of the box, you get hit with a strong whiff of polish. It was overwhelming at first, but luckily dissipated  quickly.
  • The stickers can be hard to line up on the nail,  but luckily they don’t adhere until you press down and smooth them out.
  • I had a lot of trouble finding stickers to fit my nails; I have small fingernails and there were only 2 of each size. I had to cut a few larger sticker to fit correctly.
  • The folding and filing can be a pain, and it takes some getting used to. I “ripped’ the edge of my first few nails while filing the excess off. My nails are pretty short (they barely extend above the finger pad) so this could be easier with long nails.
  • About two days after application, one of my stickers started peeling up. I ended up pulling them all off about 5 days later (the stickers can last up to 10 days). Again, polish doesn’t stick to my nails well, so keep that in mind.
  • The tips of the nails started to wear off about 3 days in. This happens with my normal polish, and I was hoping that the Kiss Nail Dress stickers might be a solution to that. Sadly, they were not:

While cheetah print nails really aren’t my style, I got a ton of compliments about my nails. Even the woman at my salon complimented me on them! I put these babies on the night before my friend’s birthday dinner, figuring it was a special enough occasion to test them out on, and we spent about five minutes talking about my nails. Not even joking!

Bonus: these work on toes as well, and I have some of the larger sticker sizes left over. With the unseasonably warm weather, I need some polish on my toenails, and now have an easy way to make my feet look fab.

At $6.99, I definitely want to pick up some of the other style available (they have 18 different varieties) but haven’t seen them at my local CVS. I have a few weddings coming up this summer and fall that these would be absolutely perfect for, so I really hope a store in my area starts to carry the brand. (Plus, I am kinda, sorta, completely with the MINI style—a pretty lace overlay patterned sticker).

Have you tried nail stickers? What do you think?

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