Thursday, May 09, 2013
Good morning, dear readers!
Today I have a review for two products that were sent to me by KKCenterHK.
First up is a shiny nail transfer foil:
This transfer foil is very beautiful!! What you do is apply the included glue on your nail, wait for it to go transparent (for some reason while it is still opaque it isn't tacky enough), then place the underside of the foil on your nail. After pressing down to ensure adhesion, you remove the remaining foil/plastic sheet and are left with the lovely foil on your nails.
Unfortunately, I had some problems with this. While I love the concept and I am sure there are plenty of people out there who have no problem using this product, I unfortunately am really bad at applying it. However, I have seen other people use this product and have some beautiful results, so please do not think that it is a bad product because of my inability to use it.
Sadly the foil loses most of its shine and effects (like the rainbow color reflection this one has) if you add a top coat. :( As I always wear top coat with my manicures, this was a big turnoff for me. Also, the glue under the foil takes a long time to fully cure, and the designs on the nail are easily dented if you press them against anything.
Here is after I applied the glue:
I tried to do a whole nail transfer, but I wasn't too successful and it kinda looks like I glued cigarette foil to my nails:
I also am wearing topcoat, so the rainbow effect is almost completely gone:
I was disappointed with this, but I know that in the future I will try using it again (and hopefully will be successful!!)
Next is some white striping tape:
First I would like to apologize to KKCenterHK (I am so sorry!!), as I misplaced my roll of tape!!! D: Talk about a blogger nightmare!! D: My nails and hands have been in not the best shape lately, so I sent them an e-mail telling them that I would have to wait to do the review for a few days due to the condition of my hands. While my cuticles are still not at their best and I still have a snapped nail (the mani from yesterday was an older photo, that's why my hands don't look to bad in it), I hate waiting to do reviews so I decided to do it anyway. In the meantime I misplaced my roll of striping tape, and have yet to find it :(.
So, for the review I found some older striping tape so I could do a demonstration for those who have never used it before. I am positive that the other tape would behave the same as this.
For this manicure I did a really simple design. I started with painting my nails the base colour that I wanted, and then I added two strips of tape to each nail:
I then painted my nails with the second colour I wanted (it was sheer so you can still see the tape underneath it):
After that, I removed the tape while the nail polish was still wet, and added topcoat. :) You can make some really lovely patterns on your nails quite easily by using this type of tape:
There are a few tips I would like to add: make sure that the base colour is dry before adding the tape (I added a quick-drying top coat to aid in this). Also, remove the tape while the nail polish (the top layer) is still wet, for a near-seamless removal. Last but not least, try to remember which tape strip is on top (if you are doing a criss-cross design like this), because if you accidentally remove the tape that is under it, you can smear the polish (I've done that before and it is really frustrating!!).
All in all I am very thankful to KK Center HK for allowing me the opportunity to review these products. I think nail tape is awesome, and while I can't seem to get the hang of the foil transfers, I like the idea and I know that there are a lot of people out there who can use them successfully.
Have you used nail foil transfers before?
(P.S. use the code 'artevolve' for 10% off your KKCenterHK order!)
Have a wonderful day!! :D
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