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I don't get the opportunity very often to dress up and look a bit glam so when I do go out I tend to go the whole hog and get simply everything done. This includes adding my own false nails. The reason for this is generally because I have to keep my nails very short, as I work with members of the public as a nurse and try to avoid catching delicate skin by keeping them as short as possible. I have tended in the past to use press on nails as I have always had a phobia about damaging my own nails and due to the fact that extensions can only be worn for a day or two as they are an absolute no no in my ward for health and safety and infection control purposes. I had worn stick on nails previously and unfortunately throughout the course of the evening I ended up losing them a bit embarrassing, however for this particular occasion I thought that I would bite the bullet and try some more permanent nails for a change.
I was shopping in Boots for this particular item and I have to say that I actually had no idea what I was looking for. I approached the correct aisle and was met with literally dozens of false nail kits to choose from. They varied enormously in price from a couple of pounds right up to ten pounds. I also noticed that there were several size variations available in addition which at least was instrumental in narrowing my search down somewhat. I have quite petite hands and nails so began focusing on the products that they had for petite nails. In the end I opted for a pack which cost £4.49. They were Nailene real French Short Natural Nails. In addition I also purchased a bottle of acetone and a nail file.
The pack was purple in colour and had a plastic insert which contained the product inside. The contents of the pack included 24 nails two full sets of each in different sizes, a buffer a wooden stick and a small bottle of nail glue. There was a small insert with the instructions for use also. The back of the pack included instructions for application and removal of the nails, ingredients, product warnings and an address for potential complaints if any.
I have to say I was a complete novice when it came to applying this product. I decided to put them on a good few hours before I was due to go out. I tipped the contents out of the packaging and arranged them on my bedside table. The first problem I encountered was that the glue did not stand upright which I thought would cause potential problems later on when I would need to keep it open to apply the nails. I overcame this problem however by getting some blue-tack which resolved this issue and kept the glue upright. The next task was to sort out the nails into the required sizes to suit my natural nails. This was generally easy enough to do however it also became apparent that I would have to file some of the nails so that they would give a perfect fit without looking too unnatural. The nails themselves did look natural and rather attractive with a French manicure style. They were however very square looking which I was a little disappointed about as I would have preferred them to be a little more rounded. Still I tried one against my own nail before application and I was generally pleased with the potential of this product.
I began to prepare my nails for application of the product as per the instructions given. First I buffed and cleaned my nails with the buffer included. Then gently pushed back my cuticles with the wooden stick. I must say this took me a considerable length of time to do. I must point out that the manufacturer states that these nails are fast and easy to apply. Not in my case probably more so due to my inexperience than anything else. I then selected the required size of nail and applied the glue onto the artificial nail. Once appropriately positioned on my own nail I pressed firmly until the nail bonded with my own. I was aware at this point that some of the glue was seeping out of the sides of the artificial nail. I hadn't considered this might happen so frantically had to run round looking for some suitable wipes. The glue set extremely quickly and the bond was strong. I have to say that I was more than pleased with the results. However I am glad that I had the foresight to shape these nails first as I feel that I would have damaged the overall appearance of them by filing after application. All in all it must have taken me over an hour to apply all of the nails. I would certainly recommend using this product as they did look really natural more so than I was actually expecting. The beauty also was that I had another set to use as well for when I decided to apply them again.
I would suggest applying this product in a very well ventilated room as the smell of the glue is extremely potent. There is actually a manufacturers warning regarding this on the pack in that the glue can potentially be an irritant to the eyes, respiratory system and skin, and that it must be kept away from children. Hence it should be used with extreme caution. Residue should be wiped away quickly as it really does bond quickly and just to ensure you don't end up sticking your fingers to your nose or something silly like that. Gladly I have to say that this was not an issue for me as I did use it sparingly. If you do however get this in your eyes or anywhere else rinse with water and seek medical attention immediately!!! Overall I was delighted with this product and would certainly purchase it again. If used sensibly you do get super results which stay on for a good few days. The only draw-back of wearing these I encountered on my night out. I scratched myself and my husband as they are extremely sharp. Be warned!!!
When removing the nails it is vital that you don't break them off as this can cause permanent damage to your own nails hence the reason I purchased the acetone nail remover. This is simple to use you just soak your nails in the solution and the artificial nails just pop off easily or dissolves after a few minutes. If you require any further information on this product or others in the nailene range visit the website at www.nailene.com .