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I don't have time to spend hours having pedicures or manicures and for every day purposes I just paint my toes at home whenever I get chance. I choose a random colour from the many I have, paint them quick and that's it, all done until it looks worse for wear, chipped and needs doing again. For holiday though, I wanted something a bit more special, plus I was trying to save on space in the case because I was way over the 15kg limit allowed and every little helps, even taking all of those little bottles of nail varnish adds up.
My friend suggested I try minx nails, because once applied are designed to last for 4-6 weeks in good condition. They come for either finger nails or for toe nails and are available in a large variety of colours and patterns - every type you can think of! As it was my first time using them I went onto amazon and found the cheapest minx toe nail foils on offer at £11.99. They were pale red colour with a slight leopard print design on, they sound ghastly really when described like that but they really weren't, the pattern was pretty.
It is suggested by minx that they are applied by a professional who can use a specially designed lamp to apply the foils onto your toe nails to make them stick as they need a bit of warmth to mould them to your toe nail. I would recommend this first but I didn't have time to sit through a pedicure session so I really can't comment on how well they look with the help of a professional, but I assume they look really good. I decided for £11.99 it was worth a try to just apply them by hand myself and see what happened. It came with mixed results.
The first set I tried worked ok and I thought looked good on my holiday. I wouldn't have applied them while away as it took too long - I did it a couple of days before we were due to go and it took me around half an hour. Basically if applying yourself, you need to cut out each transfer from the sheet that they come on using some small scissors and then trim it down to size, comparing it to your toe nail, so it fits the size of your nail, doing so as neatly as you can. It can get fiddly to be honest but I managed ok and I'm not the most patient person around when it comes to all things beauty! Obviously everyone needs slightly different sizes for their nails and you need to match each toenail up to the foils on the sheet and use the one that suits the size the most. On the set I received, there were 20 on the sheet so I found that if I trimmed it incorrectly by mistake, it was usually ok to use another bigger sized foil and just trim it a little more down to size. I assume that all standard minx nail sets are the same. This then meant though that I didn't have two full sets to use. If you want two sets, there isn't room for any errors.
I then peeled away the foil from the backing and stuck it onto my toenail. As I didn't have the help of a professional and their accessories, I pressed it down hard trying to warm it with my hands instead (that are usually warm anyway) to mould it down into shape. This worked fine on some nails, but was rubbish on others. In the end, I did manage to get all of my toes looking quite presentable, even the very fiddly little toenails. They were very tricky because they're so small.
As for the look of them - I thought they looked brilliant, very different than just boring old varnish and they lasted very well - they were great all through my 2 week holiday and lasted way beyond this when I returned home so I think it's pretty true that they last the 4-6 weeks on toes that minx say. In fact, it was getting the transfers off my nails that proved to be tricky and this is when I really could have done with a professional to help out.
I decided that I wanted a change - a couple had started to peel up a bit and started to look a bit knackered, so I started to try and peel them off with heat as minx suggest, although again not with the proper accessories. The feeling went through me. I am not a feet person and the feeling of peeling the foil off was disgusting. It's going through me now just thinking about it. I eventually got them all off but it took a long time and my toenails felt a bit strange for a few minutes afterwards.
The second set I tried a few months later, didn't go so well using the method I tried to apply them previously, some just came off of their own accord and I ended up taking them all off after a couple of days because they didn't look very good.
I think minx nails look fabulous on - they are brilliant on holiday because you can have them applied before you go and then that's it - all done for your trip and they last well. But after my experience of using them to apply myself at home, I will visit a salon for a professional job in future and treat myself to minx toe nails foils there in time for my holidays and then ask them to remove them when need be, carrying on with my trustee nail varnish for everyday wear. The kits are quite expensive too really, as £11.99 is one of the cheapest prices I've seen for them, although if you're careful with them I suppose it gives two sets. Even then that seems quite a lot of money for what to me, when it came to it, was a sheet of posh stickers.
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A friend of mine is a beautician and has been applying Minx nail foils for a while now, my mates have been raving about it so I asked her to do mine for a wedding I was going to a few weekends ago. First of all she asked me to choose the pattern I wanted so she could order them, she also advised me that although they can last for roughly 4 weeks on toe nails, the time can be severely shortened for finger nails as they are usually subjected to a lot more work than your toes! I still decided to have both done and chose 'bridal 2' which is one of the more sober Minx designs, a pale pink background with a white lace effect. Very pretty and fairly neutral (I still hadn't decided what to wear by this point!).
To apply, my friend firstly prepared my nails by giving a mini manicure, tidying up my nail length and the cuticles and applied a cream which I assume was to clean the nails and ensure the Minx adhered properly to my nail. The Minx were all stuck to a transparent piece of plastic film in various sizes and looked fairly long, at least three times the size of my nails. She measured them up against each nail (easy to do by hovering them still on the film over my nail) then removed the chosen size and warmed it up with a hairdryer. Once hot, she then applied it to my nail, smoothed the bottom edge with a cuticle tool and stretched the rest (not pulling too much) around and over the rest of my nail. After smoothing with the pad of her thumbs she then cut off any extra and left it to cool while she started the next nail. After all fingers were done, she then returned to the first nail and gently filed away the overlapping nail foil until it matched the shape of the nail perfectly. There were some nails where the Minx didn't quite fit my nail. On these she trimmed any excess away with some sharp clippers to follow the contour and get a nice shape.
No top coat was applied, the nails were very shiny without it and as my friend said, it would only be sat on top of the Minx anyway and wouldn't provide any extra protection. She advised me to be careful with my hands and to try and protect them from the water as much as possible. Also that if I found the tips lifting I should heat them with my hairdryer and smooth them back down again.
I had the Minx applied on the Thursday, the wedding was on the following Saturday. My nails looked lovely, I was really happy with the pattern I chose and the finish was lovely. They are in effect, patterned stickers, so therefore are very thin, only slightly thicker than a couple of coats of varnish. This means they feel nice and natural, in the past I've tried false nails and the gel where they build the nail up, but both have felt like I've had something odd stuck on. The Minx do feel light and natural and it is easy to forget you have them on. The only problem I had was that one fell off when I went to bed that night. Luckily it was stuck to my thumb when I woke up! I think that it hadn't stuck properly from the beginning, but as I didn't have time to get back to my friend who offered to replace it I just stuck it back on with a bit of topcoat! Not perfect but it did work! I protected the others by buying some disposable gloves from Tesco so I could shower and wash my hair, using hair elastics around my wrists to stop the water from getting in. The finger Minx lasted me about nine days although I did find that some of them 'puckered' after 3 days and I warmed and smoothed with the dryer a few times to try and get them back to perfect. Okay, much less than other reviews state, but I do have three young kids and couldn't go to the bother with the gloves every time I needed to wash my hands or face! My toes lasted two weeks, but I ruined those when I had to wear my pumps for the day shopping. I could feel them rubbing and knew my feet were getting hot. When I got home there were creases in my big toe nails. I helped them to last a bit longer by warming them up with my hairdyer and smoothing out as much as possible. After that, I'm afraid I ended up picking them off a few days later. (It's a bad habit!). My friend had advised me to warm them with the hairdryer again to remove them, but I just picked at the edge until the Minx just peeled off in one tidy piece.
My friend charged £15 per set. I had a lot of lovely comments about them and I did feel that they looked great and made me feel a bit more dressed up. They lasted well past the special event I wanted them for too, so every extra day was a bonus to me, even if they didn't last as long as advertised. I would definitely get 'Minxed' again, maybe just my toes though and I would love to go for something a bit funkier next time as there are so many great patterns to choose from. I also would like to have a go at applying them myself as the process didn't really look that difficult and obviously would be cheaper!
Check out www.sweetsquared.com to see some of the designs!
I recently attending a beauty party that was a surprise for my cousin's birthday and in this party each guest was allowed to choose from a list of beauty treatments. One thing on the list was minx nails which to be honest I hadn't heard of. The beautician showed me a book of different kinds of patterns that can be applied to the nails with heat. These patterns can range from leopard print to check and really add a bit of excitement to nails instead of using nail polish. I was happy with what I seen so I decided to give the minx nail a go on my toes and finger nails, just to be matching.
I decided to go for a leopard effect nail which was actually silver black and white in colour. The beautician first preps the nail to ensure the cover goes on smooth and then measures to which size covering the nail will need. Once chosen the cover is then heated and applied firmly to the nail and pressed down to ensure its sets and sticks to the nail. Once firmly in place the beautician used some tweezers to define the end of the nail and then filed the minx coating off the end so all edges were smooth and fitted. Glue is then applied to the ends of the nail to make sure the ends are firmly in place to allow no movement or chipping. Once all nails are done a layer of clear varnish is applied to add shine.
I was very impressed with the range of different colours and textures that were available from the minx range. As I mentioned before I chose the silver, black and white and the silver of my nails appear to be foil to make them stand out even more as with a lot of other minx designs. The point in minx is to add something a little different to nails and create an art rather than a flat polished look.
The minx on my toe nails lasted the longest out of the two as obviously my hands are used a lot more and upon getting the minx nails I was advised that they might not last as long on the fingernails. My toe nails were still looking fab after about 4 weeks and too be totally honest apart from 1 toe I had no missing pieces from the ends. The only thing that spoiled the look at this point was the fact that my nail had grown and I had a section that wasn't covered in minx.
My finger nails on the other hand lasted about 2 weeks however my friends lasted a little over 3 weeks so I put my chipped ends on the fact that I work in a salon and use bleaching and perming products as well as getting my hands wet very much throughout the day so for me 2 weeks isn't bad going.
Minx nail are basically covers that are put onto your natural nail they will never lengthen the nails and do not act as a false nail. They are funky, vibrant and extremely pretty to look at. I love having the minx nails done and I will certainly be getting them re-applied again. If I could give you one tip it would be to try and find a beauty therapist who will come to the house and caters for parties as they tend to be considerably cheaper than the store. I paid only 15.00 for my minx on toes and fingers and I couldn't have been happier.
I have had my toenails minxed 3 times now and I love it. Each time I have had a different pattern, as there are so may styles to choose from from animal print to tiny hearts. Each time I have had them before going on holiday and they have lasted from 3 weeks to 5 weeks (depending on the type of holiday). This included a lot of time spent in the sea and in the pool. Unlike nail varnish, the minx does not chip or fade.
It takes around 30 minutes to apply minx as the nails must be prepared fully to make sure the final result is neat and tidy. As I have only had minx on my toenails I would be unsure as to how neat the finish would be on fingernails as they are much more closely viewed than the feet. However, I would highly recommend minx for your toes.
At my salon it costs £25 for a set of minx which I believe Is good value since the length of time that minx lasts for.
I am so excited to be writing the first review of Minx Nails. I'm saddened by the fact that I can't post a photo because my new leopard print toenails are a sight to behold! Luckily the thumbnail picture that accompanies the product will give you an idea of this product.
What are Minx Nails
Basically, it's a foil nail art effect that a number of beauty therapists are trained to apply to nails. You can have your fingers or toes done but it lasts longer on toes than fingers.
Why did I want them?
I've seen them on lots of celebs now and and also on a few friends and admired the variety of patterns you can choose from. They are a different effect to nail varnish and you can achieve so much more than nail art with these foils. They are quite loud and garish though so perhaps not for everyone but certainly a bit of fun and will be a future must have before I go on holiday!
How does it work?
You find a local minx nail therapist, book an appointment and go and choose your pattern. Mine had a folder with about 30 designs in, from plain gold or silver metallic to colours, patterns, stripes, spots and I loved a Mexican 'day of the dead' pattern (I might have that one next time) but this time I went for a gold metallic leopard print pattern slightly shinier than the one pictured above. My therapist filed the nails down quite short and then cut out the 'stickers', trimmed the ends to the same shape as my nails whilst using a heat lamp to seal the product. No top coat or nail varnish, it took about 25 minutes and I was good to go straight away.
How long does it last?
Mine's been on just over a week and I've been swimming five times and it's as good as the day it was done. I am careful not to wear shoes that rub over the nail though and have stuck to flip flops inside and soft furry lined boots when out and about. I can expect the nails to last 4-6 weeks apparently. I'll amend this review if it turns out to not last that long.
How do you remove it?
Should you tire of this product or want to remove it, I have been advised that the adhesive is heat activated and can be removed by gently heating up the nail and using a manicure tool like an orange stick to gently break the seal and remove the product.
A pair of tips
Tip no 1: My beautician advised me that if the foil happens to lift a little, I can carefully use a hair dryer to heat up the nail and foil and smooth down and it should re adhere. I haven't needed to do that yet though.
Tip no 2: The nail will obviously grow whilst minx is on and you can prolong its life by having a row of tiny crystals applied to fill the gap. A bit more bling never hurt anyone!
I landed my appointment during a special offer so got mine done for the bargain price of £15 but you can expect to pay around £25 for a set of minx nails. The product is expensive to buy but I believe it's good value for money as it lasts for such a long time.
Would I recommend?
Being very pregnant now, I needed a 'me' treat and this beauty treatment fitted the bill perfectly. My Sister in Law has had hers done for holiday in pink leopard print which sounds awful but they look absolutely brilliant. I think this is a great present to give someone and blokes out there could look into getting vouchers for the lady in their life for a surprise Christmas present ... they'll be amazed at your insight into the latest look for nails!
I can't vouch for the longevity or success if this is used on finger nails but I think the look is perfect for toes as you can keep them hidden at work or when you need to be serious and then get them out for parties and nights out especially over the party season. Don't hesitate, go and get them done!