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Nail it

on August 22, 2012

I’m not really a mani-pedi kinda gal. But sometimes I see people with perfectly groomed nails and I wish I could be so dedicated. And if I were so inclined, there are certainly many ways to bring some personality to the tips of your digits through polish or decals or, you know, metallic caviar beads.

Hail the Nails in the UK sells this bizarre look, which would appear equally at home sprinkled on top of cupcakes (though these ones aren’t edible). There are a few steps to the process – painting the nails, then coating the nails, then sprinkling on the beads. This ‘metallic caviar’ is interesting, but I think I’d prefer 100s and 1000s. Maybe there’s a market for a new look: Fairy Bread Fingers. Maybe…

Or perhaps this poodle decal is more your scene. The Fog Shoppe (and yes, I do always pronounce that “Shop-ee” in my head), feature a few different breeds, so you can wear your favourite. And in case you’re a fickle kinda person whose favourite breed changes regularly, I recommend a nail decal instead of a tattoo.

Then there are these fairly creepy black spider and spider web nails from Inspired Nails. I like to think that somewhere there’s a serious, conservative corporate type prepared to don these for a Board meeting, just to see the reaction. Or the coolest paediatrician in town could impress Spiderman fans with this set.

There’s also a huge collection of Hello Kitty nail decals, if they’re your thing. And lots of moustaches, which is a craze that I still don’t quite get. And chess pieces and sporting team logos and South Park characters and spots and stripes and checks. It’s like a whole other world of fashion out there – and they’re cheap and disposable, so you can change your mind daily.

You can check out Hail the Nails here, The Fog Shoppe here and Inspired Nails here. Or just google ‘nail decals’ and prepare to be amazed. And a little bit scared.

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8 responses to “Nail it

  1. Sparks – I find this nail art craze just the teensiest bit scary. Perhaps, at the ripe old age of 42, I am just too old to get it? I shall stick to my OPI ‘Thrill of Brazil’ red on my toes and be done with it! :-)

    • Cate says:

      I’m with you, TSL – and I think I’m a bit too clumsy / practical to keep pristine nails painted like a peacock or a cat face or some of the other peculiar designs! :-)

  2. The Hail the Nails one would not last 5 minutes on my nails before I scraped half the beads off by accident!

  3. I cannot even make a simple coat of polish last the day! God knows what sort of mess would happen if I attempted those balls! Maybe I should try the hello kitty! :-)

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