A couple weeks ago I tried InCoco Nail Strips for the first time, and was pleasantly surprised at how well they worked.
I bought the full kit of Runway Ready print on clearance (I believe this design now only comes in Accent Finger packs) at Walmart just to give the brand a try. I cleaned and prepped my nails as usual – a key step before applying any nail color or enhancements. Then I applied the strips as directed on the package, which is pretty much the same for any nail strips. When I peeled these strips off their backing I was happy to find that they’re very pliable and curved with my nails.
After application I added a coat of Gelish Top It Off, and the strips stayed in place for over a week. There was no excess wear and tear when I removed them; I simply had too much growth and was ready for a new set.
What do you think? Have you ever tried these? What was your experience with them?
This is Gelish Rocking My Stocking, of course, from the Wrapped In Glamour collection. I used a light gray from Apple Barrel Paints to hand paint the stripes and dots.
As usual, I loved this Gelish collection when I bought it, and love it even more now that I’ve experimented with the colors. Just a beautiful collection, and it holds up even past the holidays… I can totally see a client requesting this color for Valentine’s Day.
For this design I used the following Gelish colors:
- Black Shadow – for the tips
- Fashion Week Chic
- Let’s Hit the Bunny Slopes
- Clean Slate – for the base
This design was done with the color Perfect Landing by Gelish, from the Fall 2016 Sweetheart Squadron collection. I stamped the nail art using Fingerpaints Still Life – Is Good! and Born Pretty stamping plate BP-L 003 for the background, then Fingerpaints Calligraphic Calico and stamping plate BP-L 008 for the leaves on top.
Note that this design is over a week old: a testament to how well Gelish stands up to everyday life. Over the week plus that I had this manicure, I did all my normal daily housework as well as some painting on the outside of my house. In the end, the only reason I wanted to take it off was the growth at the cuticle, which is visible in this photo.
So far I’ve used three of the six colors from this collection and they’re all beautiful. What do you think? Have you used any of the colors from this collection?
This is Gelish B-Girl Style, which is a beautiful pink that reminds me of bubble gum. On the two middle fingers I used Born Pretty Store Mirror Powder in silver. It was supposed to have a mirror-like finish, but it didn’t really work for me. As you can see, it looks like packed glitter rather than chrome, and it left pigment in my Top It Off brush which then transferred to other nails.
This photo was taken a few days after application and you can see it’s already beginning to chip. I was ready for a new manicure by this point.
With all that said, I do plan to give it another try. I only paid $2 for the powder, so it is worth it even if it only lasts for a couple days. I also need to practice getting the chrome finish and cleaning off the leftover pigment before top-coating.
On a side note – are you like me, wondering what “B-Girl” even means? I guess I’m old, but I had to look it up. In this case the B stands for “break”, as in break dancing. I kinda assumed that’s what it meant, but needed confirmation from the ultimate authority (the internet).
This polish is from Gelish’s summer collection, Street Beat, and it is called Give Me a Break-dance. For some unknown reason I thought adding glitter would be a good idea, so I sprinkled a little of Paradise (by Recollections brand) on top of three coats. In the end I was unhappy because this polish, like others from the collection, has a really pretty shimmer to it, and all I did was mask it.
The stamp is from Born Pretty Store, XL rectangular plate BP-L003, and I stamped with white Konad stamping polish. This plate works really well, especially for the price. Highly recommended it!
I’m getting some Born Pretty store brand stamping polish soon, so stay tuned for a review of that.
The chill in the air inspired me to do some winter-themed nail art this week.
This is Gelish Medieval Madness topped with 2 coats of My Secret Santa, from the Gifted With Style holiday trends collection. I created watercolor decals using FingerPaints Artistic Azure, It’s Azure Thing!, and Fall-ing for You, and stamped with Bundle Monster Plates BM-14 and BM-319 and Konad plate k20.