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I’m a big fan of nail art, I own several stamping plates etc to help me create beautiful designs. The trouble is that nice nail art takes time, and working full time and then looking after my family leaves little time to spend hours on my nails. Luckily, NailHugs offer to make nail art easy and less time consuming.
NailHugs were created in 2016 by a lady called Alexandra who has called on over 25 years of experience as a nail professional, salon owner and teacher. The concept is simple, it’s a nail appliqué that utilises a dry transfer process to apply to your nails. The range consists of a wide variety of designs including lace work, geometric designs and lots of different patterns. I was sent a sample of designs to try.
The application process is pretty straightforward, you cut a piece of your chosen design, no need to be precise as the excess can be easily removed, then apply to either a bare or painted nail. You use your thumb to smooth down the design starting at the nail bed and working towards the free edge, go round your nail to separate of the excess using an orange stick and then apply a normal, or gel, topcoat. Once dry remove the excess using an alcohol wipe. You can see how to do it in the video below:
I tried these on both my natural, bare nail, and also over the top of a regular polish. I found the principle of application to be quite straightforward, however I did smudge the designs at first, I also found it applied better over a polish than my natural nail. I applied Seche Vite topcoat (my all time fav) and let dry. I found that the topcoat didn’t dry as it normally does, and when I used the alcohol wipe provided to remove the excess it took my nail design off too!
I have alcohol wipes that I use at work so I tried one of those instead and it worked much better so I would advise using just around the unwanted portion if using the alcohol wipes provided as they are very efficient!
I like the idea of these and I will definitely persevere with perfecting the application as I think they would make a great alternative to stamping and other time consuming nail art processes.
These would also work really well when creating accent nails due to the wide range of designs available to choose from. If you are new to nail art I would definitely say check these out, just allow yourself time to practice first. I would also advise using a gel type topcoat instead of quick drying ones as I feel the end result will be better and last longer. You won’t need to worry about the designs smudging either which is also a plus. Find Nailhugs here
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