Sunday, April 12, 2020

Impress Press-On Manicure Review & How-To

Hi All!
I hope you're finding some light in these unknown times we are living through. One of my favorite things to do is get my nails done with my Mom. For the past 4ish years we've gone every 2 weeks for a manicure on Saturday morning. Obviously, we're unable to get our nails done and won't be able to for the foreseeable future, so I decided to try an "at-home" option for my nails.

My friend Annaliese had mentioned these press-on nails to me before and raved about them so I thought now would be the perfect time to try them. 
I'm now on my second set of them and safe to say I LOVE them. Some of my favorite things about them are: they're under $10, they require NO glue, and they take less than 10 minutes to apply. 
When I was a kid I use to buy fake glue on nails and I would apply them completely wrong, my fingers would be stuck together, and when I went to hit a button on the microwave they would come flying off- so I went into this whole thing not expecting much out of these nails. If you're considering trying out an at-home nail option, I would 100% recommend these!
How To Apply //
Applying these is pretty foolproof but I thought I would share the steps I take to apply them. My last set lasted 8 days at which point I got bored with them and wanted to try a new pair. They definitely would have lasted a few more days. 

Cut your nails down and file the edges. The nails will apply much easier if your nails are as short as possible- it will also help so that your nails aren't coming out of the edges of the press-on nails. For example with the oval-shaped press on nails, if I left my nails long and square, they would peak out the sides of the press sons. 
Buff the top of your nail and push down cuticles. I like to buff my nail to give something for the adhesive to really stick to. The purpose of pushing down your cuticle is so that you can place the press on nail as close as possible to the cuticle to create a seamless look. 
Find the perfect nail for each finger. I usually dump all of the nails out and then pick a pattern I want to do with the nails. From there I take the different designs and size them to my fingers, if you're in between sizes, size down not up- if you size up the nail won't secure properly. I put the nails in the order they're going to go on my hand.
Use the prep pad that comes with the kit and thoroughly clean each nail and cuticle area! This is important!
Start with your pinky on your non-dominant hand. Peel off the backing and line up the nail with your nail bed. Press back and down so that the nail is touching your cuticle- this will create the seamless look you want! I find it easiest to apply my non-dominant hand minus my thumb and then do the other hand. I do my thumbs last. Make sure you hold each nail for 5 or so seconds. 

I'm going to link some of my favorite sets below for you. I have so many now because I bought every pair I liked!
Let me know if you try them out!
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