Tuesday, 26 April 2016

The best false lashes for easy, everyday eyes

Review of best false lashes for easy everyday eyes - the Betty by The Vintage Cosmetics Company

Alright, first things first; I'm not suggesting that all of us think falsies are part of an 'everyday' make-up look. In fact, up until late last year I'd avoided them in both my day and night life. I was convinced false eyelashes looked absolutely ridiculous on me and that every time I put a pair on I became some kind of drag queen alter ego I never knew I had.

Actually, it turned out, I was just picking up your typical pair of lashes without giving much thought to how most are geared towards the more dramatic, evening look and thinking big was better anyway, because if you're going to be false you might as well be really false right? These just feel too much for daytime to me though, so this year I challenged myself to scour the shelves to see if a more subtle pair were out there, for putting on for a day out if I felt like it. I picked up two very different pairs of lashes - one pair were a full strip of lashes, but very fine and not too long and the other were this pair from The Vintage Cosmetic Company. I'll admit I was completely trying to not buy anything from this brand to avoid being a complete cliche, but this pair of lashes were doing something a bit different. Let me just say, when I put the first pair on I honestly couldn't tell the difference. They were so subtle they were practically invisible - perfect if I was trying to camouflage them in my own lashes, but that wasn't really the idea. No, I wanted to be able to see them and I was after a sort of 'daytime pin-up' look where you'd get extra length, volume and definition, preferably with a Marilyn-esque, feline flick out of the corner of my eyes.

This Betty style provides. Here's why I love them:
  1. They're not a full-length strip, but more like 2/3 of one - this makes them both easier to apply (as less to align) and more natural-looking. There's no faffing with trimming these to size - they worked for me from the word go
  2. They're also more natural-looking - but not too natural - because the only exaggerated length is at the ends of the strips, providing that lash-flick I was after and added volume for the rest of my lashes
  3. For both of these reasons, from a distance it probably wouldn't be obvious I'm wearing them, but in these photos you can see they're adding just enough extra to look like enhanced versions of my real lashes - perfect
To demonstrate the pretty, yet subtle, difference these lashes make, I took some before and after shots, where I'm coincidentally pulling really similar facial expressions - let's pretend I planned it that way! See what you think...


Review of best false lashes for easy everyday eyes - the Betty by The Vintage Cosmetics Company
Before

Review of best false lashes for easy everyday eyes - the Betty by The Vintage Cosmetics Company
After

Review of best false lashes for easy everyday eyes - the Betty by The Vintage Cosmetics Company
Before

Review of best false lashes for easy everyday eyes - the Betty by The Vintage Cosmetics Company
After

Review of best false lashes for easy everyday eyes - the Betty by The Vintage Cosmetics Company
Before

Review of best false lashes for easy everyday eyes - the Betty by The Vintage Cosmetics Company
After

So I hope you can see, it's not an OTT look, but they do add a little bit extra to my everyday pin-up style make-up here. When I'm looking up, they offer more in the way of definition, but they're not overly apparent. They're ideal for my wants for the everyday, although do see below for my warning about the glue that comes with them.

Now, I'm not a pro at applying lashes by any means, but I have picked up some tips from wearing these that I thought might help anyone who's as un-used to them as I was!

Applying false lashes the easy way
  1. Put mascara on your real lashes first. I've seen lots of advice about putting mascara on after you've applied falsies, to blend them together. I say a) this isn't necessary and b) this is only going to work perfectly once! Just make sure you curl your real lashes as much as possible for your mascara application, as falsies always have a lot of spring that I know my natural lashes don't. That's really all you need to do - they will still blend into one this way. Apply mascara to falsies and you've got to get it off before you try it again with that pair. I just don't think they'd ever be the same again somehow.
  2. Ignore all advice about using tweezers to place them. I put this on a par with whenever I try to eat noodles with chopsticks - I attempt to use an unfamiliar pointy tool until I eventually realise that what I'm used to is easier. In that case, it's a knife and fork, but in this case, it's my good ol' fingers. I was having a total nightmare with applying lashes until I just used my hands - instead of trying to work out how to angle lashes on the end of a metal instrument 
  3. Use the best glue. For me, we're talking Eyelure glue - just the regular stuff that comes with their pairs will do (although I believe you can buy it separately too). I made the mistake of using the glue that came with this pair here and I almost ripped out all of my real eyelashes as a result. That stuff was more like superglue than eyelash glue, it's truly dreadful. It shouldn't hurt to take falsies off - so if it does, get yourself some different glue.
  4. Give the glue some time to get tacky. When the glue is first applied it's not as sticky as when you wait at least ten seconds. Some advice says to wait as long as 45 seconds - I've never done that, but giving 20-30 does help them to stick right away, rather than pinging off because the glue is too 'fresh'. This is extra frustrating when you're trying to get them stuck perfectly to the outer corner of your eye, believe me.
  5. Apply the strip from the outer corner in. It felt more natural to me to stick the lashes down from the 'inside out', but every time I did it that way I was ending up either with one pair starting in a different place to the other, or both ending too soon before my natural lashes did on the outer corner of my eye, which looks really weird with falsies. Changing to stick the outer corner first means I get it right every time.
  6. Check you really have got the outer corner stuck down. If you turn your head to the side, you'll see if your lash strip is actually glued to your eyelid, or if, as kept happening to me, it was hovering a millimetre or so above my skin, which looked perfectly weird. You will need to firmly push it into the corner - it feels a little bit unnatural to do, but makes the difference! If you only notice it's not stuck properly after you've applied, you'll have to take the whole thing off and start again to fix it.
So there you have it, those are my favourite falsies right now. The 'Betty's are available to buy direct from www.thevintagecosmeticscompany.com for £6. I picked my pairs up from Boots so you may find them there too in the UK. Do you have a favourite pair of lashes? Do share!


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Thursday, 21 April 2016

Outfit: off to the boat races

My oh my, have I got a beautiful dress to show you all today! I've been really excited about the SS16 ranges generally, having previewed some at London Edge in February (mint green Hell Bunny bag, come to mama!), but one of the ranges I was really looking forward to launching was Voodoo Vixen's. Over the past year or so I feel like their designs have gone from strength to strength and when I saw the previews for their summer range it was love at first sight. So many cute prints, so many unique dresses. In a now fairly saturated repro market, I felt like they'd found a way to push to the head of the pack this season.

And one of the reasons was this dress. Ok, so I've been looking for a nautical-themed something for a long while (my last post probably got that message across fairly bluntly), but it's kind of hard to diverge from type with these kind of pieces. They're often navy with white piping, they might feature stripes, they'll likely have red or anchors on them somewhere... It's easy to buy similar things from different brands, is what I'm getting at. But not this dress, this dress is something a bit different and it owes it all to this fantastic neckline. 

This dress is girly, glamorous and one-of-a-kind. Yeah, I could do without a couple of inches on the hem (story of my 5'1" life), but while with most longer dresses I'm straight to the tailor with them, I just didn't want to have this one chopped because it felt like it's meant to be this way... It's probably the best quality piece of Voodoo Vixen's I own; it's lined and the fabric is a kind of crepe material and it all hangs precisely as it should. I have a (not particularly fluffy) petticoat on under it here, but it doesn't look that different without it if I'm honest. Could certainly wear it both ways (it's not meant to be a full circle skirt, it's more of a 40s skirt shape). 

When we took these photos, it was coincidentally the day of the Grand National over here (a huge annual horse race for anyone who doesn't know), where traditionally female guests dress up in their finest to attend. As I was standing in front of the boats for these photos, I couldn't help but think I looked like I should be watching a race of some kind... and that is no bad thing.

Voodoo Vixen Magdalena dress review

Voodoo Vixen Magdalena dress review

Voodoo Vixen Magdalena dress review

Voodoo Vixen Magdalena dress review

Voodoo Vixen Magdalena dress review

Voodoo Vixen Magdalena dress review

Voodoo Vixen Magdalena dress review

Voodoo Vixen Magdalena dress review

Voodoo Vixen Magdalena dress review

Voodoo Vixen Magdalena dress review
Hair flower: eBay
Bag: Collectif (similar)


A very good start to the nautical collection, I think you'll agree?


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Sunday, 17 April 2016

Wishlist: nautically nice

It occurred to me last year, when putting the outfit together for this post by the seaside, that somehow I've gone through years of vintage fashion loving without owning things that are particularly nautical. That outfit was the closest I could get at the time and although even less than a year later I think I could take a better stab at it, the fact remains I love the seaside and my wardrobe just does not reflect this fact adequately. Isn't that a crying shame? 

Thankfully, repro brands are on it this year with seaside-inspired pieces. In fact, there's altogether too much choice as a result. Usually I wouldn't complain, but please someone tell me how I can afford all these pretties...?

Nautical themed vintage style dresses and skirts
1. Collectif - Adele Dress (coming soon)

Certain brands have always done nautical well - Collectif and Hell Bunny are two of my favourites and they really don't disappoint this year. In fact, there are four variations of dress 3 - you can also get it in a pencil, mini or jumpsuit version! Skirt 5 uses a pattern on several of their pieces this spring/summer too, but I particularly love the side button details on the swing skirt. I have to say though, the tie straps on the dresses  (not pictured here) are also lovely touches. As for Collectif, the print on dress 1 isn't that dissimilar to Hell Bunny's, but with lovely details like the ruched bust. I love skirt 2 for its brilliant simplicity - I like my navy Lindy Bop circle skirt, but I tend to like pieces with more to them than this and the buttons on Collectif's skirt really push my, er, buttons. It fully undoes, so it really would be perfect beachwear. As for Emily and Fin - those prints on 4 and 6! 4 isn't easy to see and it's probably the least 'nautical' here, as the criss-crosses are actually tiny swimmers! So unique and I adore the neckline and again, the buttons. Just worked out I've got a thing for buttons on clothes. Fun fact for you: B is scared of buttons. I can tell you he doesn't share my love for any of the aforementioned.

Nautical themed vintage style separates

I just love me a stunning separate and the beauties here are just some I would love to get my hands on. House of Foxy have got some fab tops this season and are particularly nailing nautical - I really, really love top 2 in particular. I think it's the way the direction of the stripes follow the bust and the sweetheart neckline. Hell Bunny's tie bardot top (6) is definitely joining my closet at some point this year - I just can't decide if I like the blue or red colourway more! Or the striped versions, or the hawaiian print versions... For about £15 you really can't go too far wrong with it. Special mention for Freddie of Pinewood's marvellously authentic top 7 and more cute button details, which are also a charming feature of Unique Vintage's sailor shorts (4). There's quite a few pairs of sailor slack's around but what I really love about 1 here is that they aren't mega wide like a lot of them. For the shorties like me, they're going to be much less swamping (that's a word). As I'm really into my new Atomic Swag tee, (yeah, you'll see it here some time soon - or sooner if you check out my Instagram) I couldn't resist this cheeky print from Mischief Made - casual pin-up at its finest.

Nautical themed vintage style accessories

Oh, the endless amazing sea-themed accessories you can get your hands on! It was such a challenge picking favourites from all of the choice out there and really I just had to draw the line somewhere because I was getting exhausted from photoshopping them all together. Could you get a more perfect themed headscarf than this vintage lovely from Chronically Vintage (1)? How well would it go with the Bow and Crossbones yacht brooch (5)?! If boats aren't your thing, perhaps sea creatures are? I love anything with a lobster or crab on as they remind me so much of my trips to the Norfolk coast where I always hanker after some fresh seafood - Cromer crab is pretty famous in England. I did already order the lobster necklace, but unfortunately it got lost in the post so now I'm waiting for a replacement (and I found out they may not have more red chain till nearer May, just in case anyone wants to order) - in time for wearing to the Lobster & Crab festival I'm hoping to get to in May ;) Seahorses are another favourite, but then who can resist them? Bow and Crossbones have so many fab colours and styles of their seahorse jewellery, but I love the sparkly gold for reminding me of sandy beaches.

Seen any seaside pretties I've missed? There's a dress I haven't featured here, but that's because it's coming in my next outfit post. So check back on Thursday for my first, full-on nautical outfit! It's a beauty...


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Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Outfit: two spring outfits are better than one

If you've ever wondered to yourself 'Just how small is CiCi? I mean, she's always banging on about being short, but really?', well, you've come to the right place as you're finally going to see for yourself that the answer is: pretty small. Particularly when standing side-by-side with her wonderful, but much taller friend, Porcelina (of Porcelina's World)! 

That's right, over a year since we first met in person, B and I took a drive over to her amazing 30s house in Wales and got under her feet for a whole weekend. She and her husband showed us round St Fagans on a wonderfully sunny day and because we're both bloggers, we had entirely coordinated our outfits beforehand to be able to take some photos together. Because that's not strange at all...

Fear not, though, as we weren't trying to match, but merely look like we'd jumped out of the pages of a fashion catalogue - well, you've got to aim high. I had the idea of making myself look even shorter through us both wearing our Lindy Bop Bethan cigarette pants and starkly illuminating the differences in our leg length. Porcelina thought it would be nice to wear them with some spring colours, and thus, these outfits were born. The fact we both chose to wear headscarves was actually a complete fluke, but a rather cute one if I may say so myself.

So the same trousers, but two very different ladies. You'll notice straight away that these are basically full-length trousers on all 5'1" of me and they are high-waisted. I really like the shape of these trousers for my body-shape, but they do rather cling to your curves. I didn't tell Porcelina this, but I had my favourite Rago shapewear on underneath mine, for my less than naturally flat stomach! Unfair advantage, huh? Worked a treat though, je n'regrette rien. Mine are still brand new, so I haven't washed them yet, but I do find they're a slightly different shape and material to my black pair and again seem a different fabric to Porcelina's here too. So don't take consistency for granted if you buy a pair of these and like them enough to get another one...

And here's what Porcelina thinks of them: these Lindybop trousers are more calf grazing than ankle-grazing on my 5'9" frame!  The waist isn't quite reaching my natural waist either, but it's not too far off.  I love the light cotton fabric, and the absence of pockets helps keep a sleek silhouette.  On the downside, I have only worn and washed these a few times, and they've already faded a little bit.  These are a great everyday casual trouser that I am not worried about wrecking.

Obviously, we're both fabulous and we're not inviting a comparison, but isn't it funny how different the same pair of trousers can look? 

Don't forget to read Porcelina's side of the story!

Lindy Bop Bethan trouser review - CiCi and Porcelina

CiCI and Porcelina in spring outfits

Lindy Bop Bethan trouser review - CiCi and Porcelina

CiCi and Porcelina and tonnes of daffodils

CiCi and Porcelina in the sunshine

Lindy Bop Bethan cigarette pants review - CiCi and Porcelina

CiCi and Porcelina

CiCi wearing a yellow top and cute brooch from Chronically Vintage

Lindy Bop Bethan cigarette pants review - CiCi and Porcelina

Lindy Bop Bethan cigarette pants review - CiCi and Porcelina
Porcelina (left)
Headscarf: Old (can't remember)
Sweater: M&S (via charity shop)
Necklace: Erstwilder 'Mai Tai Time', gift from CiCi!
Trousers: Lindy Bop 'Bethan' (all available colourways)
Loafers: George (old)
Bag: Joules (no longer available)
Lipstick: Revlon 'Kiss Me Coral'

CiCi (right)
Headscarf: eBay
Earrings: vintage c/o Chronically Vintage
Top: New Look
Brooch: vintage c/o Chronically Vintage
Trousers/pants: Lindy Bop 'Bethan'
Shoes: BAIT 'Halina' via Zulily
Bag: Jo Totes (all available colourways)
Lipstick: Revlon 'Kiss Me Coral'


Spot the photos where I was cheating with the steps!


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Thursday, 7 April 2016

Outfit: 60s shifts and dogs and Spring!

Wow, where did March go? I'm looking forward to the first quiet weekend at home in weeks and getting very excited about one of my best friend's weddings next weekend! My bridesmaid outfit is ready and raring to go - and let's just say I doubt you'll have seen another quite like it. Follow me on Instagram and I'm sure you'll catch a peep before I post about it more fully here :)

Anyway, the result of the past month going so fast is that we are at last in Spring! I'm not shy about how much I loathe the winter months and while this one wasn't too cold by usual standards, it feels like it literally never stopped raining. Literally. So thank heavens for Spring's arrival - I was at Porcelina's last weekend and we had the most glorious sunny Spring day out (ok, it's rained ever since, but what can you do?). Photos from that trip coming in the next post, but meanwhile let's have another Spring outfit!

As you'll have gathered from recent posts, I've been dipping my toe into 60s style lately and today's outfit is a continuation of this theme. I never really saw myself in a non-fitted dress but I couldn't resist this cute dog print, so I got it partly for that reason and partly for one of sheer bloody-mindedness. Why couldn't I work out a way to style it, even if loose shift dresses are my body's worst nightmare? Call myself a fashion blogger!

Fortunately, Hell Bunny's Paloma cardigan exists in the world and I happen to have most of them, so it wasn't too hard to find one that complimented this dress. The great thing is that they are by contrast very fitted, so they helped to define my silhouette and prevent the 'I'm wearing a sack with dogs on it' look I'd been fearing. I ended up really pleased with this outfit, which isn't my usual style but still feels like it ended up very 'me' indeed.

Sugarhill Boutique dog print dress for easy 60s style

Erstwilder Goldie brooch

Sugarhill Boutique dog print dress for easy 60s style

Erstwilder Goldie brooch and Sugarhill Boutique dog print dress

Sugarhill Boutique dog print dress for easy 60s style

Sugarhill Boutique dog print dress for easy 60s style

Erstwilder Goldie brooch and Sugarhill Boutique dog print dress

Sugarhill Boutique dog print dress

Sugarhill Boutique dog print dress for easy 60s style
Brooch: Erstwilder 'Goldie' (available here)
Bag: Warehouse (old)
Shoes: Clarks 'Serin Sing' (old)



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Sunday, 3 April 2016

Jamberry nail wraps - are they better than polish?

If you haven't heard of Jamberry yet, it's probably only a matter of time before you come across it somewhere, somehow as now that I have, I'm seeing it everywhere. Essentially, they're a company that produces nail wraps and then sells them through sale consultants (anyone can sign up), who make commission through affiliated sales. In the UK, think Avon ladies and that's the kind of thing I mean. Already out in the US, they launch in the UK on 5th April, so if you're over here you might just see them around from now on.

I've never tried any kind of nail wraps before, so when a consultant got in touch I was intrigued and not just a little bit sceptical that a sticker, essentially, could ever be in any way preferable to good ol' regular nail polish. Surely it would just peel off? However, as Jamberry's big USP is how long-wearing they are - 2 weeks, they claim - suddenly I was more interested in this wraps thing. They put this longevity largely down to the heat application method, which seems especially unique to this brand. We'll see, I thought...

Jamberry nail wraps UK review

I was sent a little kit (above) to get me started and I thought it was all a bit 'extra', until I realised that for long-lasting application you're advised to sort out your cuticles, buff to make the nail surface even and have a file on hand for trimming down the edges of the wrap. It was actually pretty handy to have all the tools I needed as I am generally pretty lazy with nail care and hadn't had two out of three of those things for years...

Jamberry nail wraps UK review

The wraps themselves come on clear plastic sheets like this and it all looks pretty smart. You then cut out the stickers to fit each nail, making sure they're slightly narrower than the nail bed so that you don't overlap the edges with your skin (which causes the edges to come un-stuck; they need nail to stick best).

Jamberry nail wraps UK review

After heating each sticker up and wiping over each nail with nail varnish remover (to get rid of natural oils which again cause the adhesive to be less effective), they just get stuck flat to the nail, then heated again for firmly gluing to the nail.

Jamberry nail wraps UK review

They look pretty smart when they're done, but I thought I'd do my usual pros and cons list to summarise the rest of my thoughts... And I do have a lot of them!

Pros
  • They give a really polished (ha) finish - let me just say that I've never got a pale almond shade of polish to apply this evenly and look this neat. Worth bearing in mind that this is just a plain finish, more intricate designs will also look perfect. To anyone looking, you've just got great nails, end of.
  • The options - and intricate pattern opportunites - are endless - this would be a really good option to do that pattern you've always wanted to try, but are hopelessly awful with when attempting to do it with polish. For me, that's definitely leopard print, so I'm really looking forward to trying the wraps I was sent and finally having a pattern that looks like an animal and not a big blobby mess. What I'd really love is a wrap with half moons, which is something else I'm awful at - but the consultant said that pattern wasn't available right now, but could be again in future (so that would go on the 'con' list for me - if I like something, I don't want to wait for it to be available to purchase or be in rotation with other patterns!). I'm quite boring with my nail preferences though - there really are a lot of fun things with these wraps you can choose from so if you like jazzy nails this is for you
  • They're good to go from the moment they're stuck down - you don't have to wait an hour before you can use your hands normally again, like with most polish. Once they're on, they're on. It's pretty refreshing because I am an incredibly impatient person and pretty much always smudge or damage fresh varnish within 20 minutes of applying it.
  • They DO last longer than polish - you probably can wear these for 2 weeks if a) you managed perfect application in the first place and b) you don't type all day long so your nails grow at a rate of knots. For me, at around the week one mark they were looking less than ideal because I had at least a millimetre, if not more, of growth and the wraps I hadn't done such a great job with had started to come loose at the edges. The latter didn't make them come off, but you can see it and if you run your fingers through your hair you might get some caught! Saying all this, a week of pretty flawless nails is no small thing for me. No polish I've worn has ever lasted that long, no matter how many top coats I apply.
Cons
  • The big one - the price - I don't mind the thing of buying through a consultant - it's nice that another person can benefit from a purchase as well as a corporation. I do feel like you see this sales technique reflected in the price of the wraps though - £15 for one sheet, which will probably do two hand applications (and can probably do toes too, with crafty cutting), feels pretty expensive to me and is on the pricey end for wraps. Not only that, as usual the UK is not at parity with the US, as the price in the US is $15. I really, really hate when companies do this. I think it's common that UK prices are a bit higher than the US and it's something I see in my own industry, but when the currency symbols are interchangeable like this it drives me nuts. Also, when a bottle of polish costs £5-10 and lasts numerous applications, it feels like a really pricey alternative, to me. The consultant pointed out that this price is preferable to that of a manicure, but she was talking to a woman who's never had one of those in her life...
  • They are fiddly - it doesn't help that I'm a perfectionist, but these are a faff from start to finish. First you have to work out what size wrap for which nail (something I know I got wrong for my index fingers), then you have to heat each wrap individually, and several times to really stick it down. All without EVER touching the sticky side for fear of ruining it with your oily, oily fingers. I watched some online tutorials first and that really helped, but beware the angst when you accidentally stick one down slightly wonky - you can't peel it off and try again. Don't get me started on how impractical applying to toenails would be - I am not that flexible. If you are that flexible, apparently they last a month on toes, so good for you!
  • They take time and concentration to apply - you might have guessed from the above that this is not an in-front-of-the-tv job, you need to concentrate to get these on right. This is a shame, as putting on nail polish is such an evening job for me and I like having something on in the background. Technically, you could have the tv on while applying these but I bet you won't be watching it... Especially not if you don't have the official Jamberry heater, as I don't, and have to blast your hairdryer every few seconds (I'm sure my neighbours were wondering what on earth I was doing). They also took me far longer to stick on than painting two layers of polish does (note I'm not counting adequate drying time here)
  • Air bubbles are the worst - like I say, forget about re-sticking something that's already pressed down and if you've got an air bubble good luck trying to smooth it out. I managed to do so on one of my nails, but had an air bubble at the tip of my thumbnail since day one that drove me slightly insane.
  • On close inspection, they do look, and start to feel, like wraps - from a distance I doubt anyone would know, but you'll know. You'll definitely know when after about a week of wear the edges of the wraps become sticky and tiny bits of everyday dirt/fluff clings to them. You'd never spot this at a distance and it's way worse if you've bodged application by not applying the right size etc (guilty), but it's kind of annoying.
  • The templates might not fit your nails preceisely - the ends of the wraps are very rounded, which worked marvelously for my fingers but not remotely for my thumbnail. I had to trim to fit the shape of my nail and it sent my perfectionism crazy. I also have three nails that are the same size and the templates aren't great for that as they assume more of a difference between them. It's where I went wrong in application and if I did it again I'd have to trim more down to size. It's a small thing really, but it all adds extra faff time.
  • The consultants don't seem to have a bad word to say about the products - this makes sense, they're trying to make commission and to be absolutely fair the lady I spoke to wasn't pushy. BUT something I've seen other people say when I did some research into this is the over-zealous, near-constant sales pitch you can encounter when speaking to a consultant. I'm someone who does really bad with being over sold to, I like being able to make my own mind up and I want honesty about the pitfalls of a product. So while I understand this as a sales technique, it's not up my street at all. I'm fortunate as I got to try them for myself and make my own mind up, but I know not everyone will have that luxury.

So there you go, that's what I think. You know, even after all the niggly things, I think I might well purchase a sheet of these if I a) really loved the design and b) had some special occasion that I wanted my nails to look extra nice for and last, like going on holiday, perhaps. It probably generally isn't worth it if you're like me and want plain nails all the time, as the real merit of these is having exciting nails you'd usually have to go to a salon to get your talons on. If they release a lovely vintage half moon style, though, I am fairly sure I'd want to give those a go. (Before anyone says it, I've tried every trick in the book with half moon polish and the sticker one almost worked for me, but my stickers were too sticky and ripped off the base paint...)

If the price doesn't put you off, you can get hold of these wraps and the various tools through the consultant that helped me out here (note: you'll need to change your region in the top left to see prices for your location). If you want to be a consultant yourself, do drop her an email (her contact details are on her page) and she can explain how it works.

I will be honest, what this experience has mostly done is make me wonder how good other wraps out there are from other brands. From what I know, most other brands have more straight forward 'sticker' application and be a bit cheaper - from what I've read there might be some good ones out there. I would really like to try some more out before I know if Jamberry is the brand for me. Anyone else had any experience with nail wraps - can you point me in the right direction?


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