I've had the Zeb-wraps nail wraps from Nouvella nails for a while now but I took soooo many pictures that it took ages to get around to editing them :P I have a little tutorial too because they are a bit hard to get right.
First up you have to pick the nail wrap that matches the size of your nails. The only wrap that fit my nail perfectly was the pinky finger. I had to cut the rest to get them to suit around the cuticle and sides of my nails perfectly.
So I got a piece of paper ( I used an old receipt because the paper is fairly flexible and it's eco-friendly to re-use them instead of throwing them in the fire) I wrapped it around my nail and used a ball point pen to trace around my nail to get an idea of the shape. I cut out the tracing and double checked it with my actual nail. It's always fairly accurate so you should get a decent result at the end :)
All you have to do then is stick your tracing onto the nail wrap with a bit of scotch tape. I try to keep it as close to the curve as possible so it sits really smoothly against the cuticle. When you are happy with it just cut the shape out with a scissors.
Now the weird part! You have to heat up the nail wrap with your hairdryer first and then fairly quickly place it on your nail and smooth it on. Don't worry if it creases because you can lift it up again, re-heat it with the hairdryer and then smooth it down again :) Be carful with the heat setting though. Only leave it on for a couple of seconds. That sucker will burn your cuticles!!
Then all you have to do it file off the excess wrap with a nail file! Do this in a downward motion so you get a nice clean, crisp line and it doesn't look like you have tip wear already. That's it! Now for the review ;)
Nouvella nail wraps are actually the first wraps that I have ever tried out. Unfortunatly I couldn't pick the design to review. I hate this design. It looks ok in the pictures but it's not something I would choose to wear. I haven't done a few accent nails using the wraps that were too big for my nails so I'l be posting them up soon enough. The process of applying them is fairly long I have to say. It took me well over an hour to do one hand. It's a pain but it does guarantee a fairly clean looking manicure. I'm also lucky I did these when my nails were fairly short. Far easier to control the nail wrap when you are working with your non-dominant hand ;) Also ignore the weird angle of my middle nail. The design makes the nail look wonky.
Now wear time varied greatly. I used these for 3 accent nail manicures and they lasted well. They stayed on until I decided to change my manicure which is great. They did however feel a bit sharp towards the tips. I smoothed them down with a file and used a topcoat but the same thing happened again. I think this is the nail wrap version of tip wear :P It's annoying because if you are a picker, you will dig and scratch and pull at sharp bits until the whole wrap has come off. Making that hour you spent putting them on a complete waste. I didn't use a topcoat on this manicure and had to go for a shower. Bad idea! one attatched itself to my hair and it hurt a lot! The others fell off one by one in the time it took for me to get out of the shower and grab a towel.
All in all I wasn't really thirlled with the Nouvella nail wraps. I didn't like the design at all and the longevity of the wraps without a topcoat is a big disappointment. Would my opinion change if I had tried a different design? I doubt it unless the formula was different on it. These wraps are on sale at the moment so if you want to check them out here is the link Nouvella Nails website
Let me know what ye think! The sally hansen lace it up nail strips are in Penny's at the moment so I might pick one up....