ImPRESSed | Press-on Nails
For all you nail lovers out there, listen up. Unfortunately, I was not blessed with the best set of nails. They are short, wide and always break. I’ve tried manicures before, but within a couple of days my nail polish starts to chip off. I’ve had gels and acrylics too, but was left with ruined nails afterwards. But let’s be honest, even if I wanted to get my ‘nails did,’ I couldn’t afford it anyway. The upkeep is too expensive and hello, I’m a babe on a budget.
Cut to me buying press-on nails at CVS. Now I know you are all saying, ‘really Sara, seriously?’, but after my review you will all be running to the nearest drugstore to buy some.
The Tools You Will Need
- Nails – I bought the ‘Broadway’ brand and was extremely happy with this purchase, but I imagine other brands would work just as well.
- Glue – The nail package comes with glue, but I decided to buy a separate brand (Nailene Ultra Quick Nail Glue) because the glue that comes along with the nails ins’t always the best.
- Nail File – Again, this should come with the nail package, but just double-check. You will use this not only to file down the press-on nails, but also to buffer your actual nail before application.
- Nail Polish Remover – Any brand will do! You will want this to clean your nails prior to putting on your press-on nails.
- Nail Clipper – Use this if you want to make your press-on nails shorter (for a more natural look).
- Nail Polish – Optional. Choose a polish if you would like to add some color.
Step by Step, Nail by Nail
- You want to separate the nails out, there should be two sets of nails, one bigger than the other. Set out the pair you want to put on.
- Use the nail polish remover to remove any old nail polish you have on. This part is important because it makes the glue stick better.
- Buff up your actual nails with the nail file, making them rough for the glue to attach to. After buffing, wash your hands and then repeat using the nail polish remover again. (This step will make your press-on nails stick longer than 7 days!)
- Start putting on the nails one by one, starting with your pinky nails and moving upward. Put the glue on both your actual nail and the press-on nail. Hold the press-on nail down for 10 seconds.
- Optional- You may choose to cut your nails shorter with the nail clipper (I did this for a more natural look).
- Optional- Painting them – I chose Essie’s ‘penny talk’ for the finishing touches.
And there you go – beautiful nails that lasts 7 days (2 weeks if you use both sets) for less than $10!
Nailed it | The End Result
Never before have I been so obsessed with my nails. After day 7, they felt as if they were about to come off so I followed this video on how to take off press-on nails properly. I received many compliments and people were shocked to hear that they weren’t my actual nails, let alone, press-ons. If you thought compliments weren’t enough, just wait until you become the #1 back scratcher in America. Boy o’ boy did my boyfriend and our dog love my new nails.