So, third entry into the competition! I’m determined to win those prizes, it’s an amazing bundle to get a hold of. (I’d also probably have to buy some more storage for all the polish…) I decided to use cling-film, ‘saran wrap’, inspired by DumbGirlNails as she introduced a different way to use it to me. I’ve always used scrunched up cling-film to blot on the polish, however her technique was to place the cling-film over the wet polish and just smoosh it about. The way Michelle’s nails came out are so pretty, I think I need a little more practice as I ended up with my base coat lifting up and everything. However, over-all, I’m happy with how the whole thing turned out.
So these were the nails I was wearing to the actual game on Saturday. (Unfortunately we lost, but it was still a fantastic day) I used crushed up clingfilm/saran wrap to create this look, I’ve not used that technique in a while as I was a little obsessed with sponging. I chose colours out of my kimono obviously, as I love to be coordinated. I also couldn’t find the correct necklace to go with my outfit, so I made one of course! I used clear shrink plastic to roughly trace one of the flowers from the kimono, baked it, then painted it on the reverse with… nail varnish! I was worried at first as it stank of polish but fortunately after a few days it lost it’s stink. Phew! I hope you don’t mind me saying so but I think it looks really cool, I was happy with how it turned out. Just a shame about the game…
So when I saw a Scratch nail wrap review over on ‘Lifes Glitz Pagent‘, I just had to try them out. They were a company that was new to myself, and the concept of an actual nail wrap made of nail varnish was (then) unknown to me too. Their designs were cute and funky and even though quite expensive for my usual budget, I thought ‘Why not!’ (Left-over Christmas money ae…). I chose two designs, ‘ROPPONGI Glam’ and ‘HARAJUKU Kawaii’, mainly because I couldn’t re-create those designs myself and also because I love Britney Tokyo designs. They’re ones that you look at and go, ‘How over the top and impractical, and I could never do that or wear them, but they’re still awesome!’ kind of thing. With them being so expensive, I wanted to wait for an occassion. So at the weekend I was taken out for dinner in Glasgow which was a perfect excuse to whack them on!
They were really thin and pliable which allowed them to hug my nail, and they stuck really well – sort of blending into my base colour. I found that heating them up between my fingers first help them become like this, as the first one I applied sort of cracked a bit. They don’t feel as ‘heavy’ as other nail wraps – like I’m not conscious of them being there and they just feel like thick nail varnish. You get plenty in a set and once open you have 1 month to use them before they dry out, meaning you can use them on (almost) every nail like myself, or use them as accent nails resulting in more wears for your money. They have a clear background, meaning you can customize the look even further – I used a saran wrapped silver on-top of a Barry M ‘Guava’ base and then added half pearls and gems. They had a lovely glossy finish, and have stayed on until now without any damage.
Over-all – I’m super impressed! I’d certainly recommend giving them a go if you have the spare cash or just want a treat!
I just can’t get away from this colour combo the now, I think it’s because it creates such a contrast. This was my first time attempting that technique of scrunching painted cling-film and dabbing it onto the nail – if anyone knows what that’s called, please tell me! I then did my mum’s in slightly muted colours, it was a lot more subtle and delicate.