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For Christmas, my sister and I have for the past few years begun what now is a tradition - filling each other's stockings now we are too old for a visit from Santa. A port of call every year is Claire's Accessories - usually for some Christmas earrings or novelty headbands. However, this year there was something a little more interesting: novelty stick on nails!
Unfortunately I can't find an image for the product, but the tuxedo (hopefully shown) will help give an idea of what the nails are like. The ones that instantly caught both of our attention were the Santa false nails. They are a lovely red colour (his jacket), a belt across the middle with a sparkly buckle. At the base of the nail is a lovely white 'cloudy' bit - the fur at the bottom of Santa's coat. Towards the top of the nail, there is more fur in a V shape, surrounding some skin colour nail; and voila, you have Santa's jolly middle. Although my colleagues at work said it was a bit disconcerting that Santa didn't have a head, I personally feel that the nails look quite cool - and very shiny!
So how do you get the nails on? Well the nails come pre-glued, which is wonderfully sticky and looks a bit like gel. You place the nail on your own nail (sticky end at the base) and push down firmly. However, you can peel the nail off and reposition it if you need to, although I suggest you check and rearrange before firmly pressing down! In the box are two trays, and a total of 24 nails (12 sets). This means that there is more chance of finding a nail that fits your own - and in my experience, I managed it. I have quite wide nails, especially my first three, but I was able to find a size that fit each of my nail. My sister who also had a set, and has tiny nails also managed to successfully find nails that fit well (especially once she realised there were a range of sizes)!
The next stage is actually wearing the nails - I have quite long fingertips & nail beds, so even though my actual nails were short, the false nails were about half a centimetre maximum from the tip of my finger (the thumb nail was the longest and most irritating). However, my sister has dinky fingers, so had the false nails almost 1cm longer past the tip of her finger (at worst). I would recommend perhaps trimming them down, especially if you are not used to false nails - and you may avoid the slightly headless look of them. I didn't, basically because I got used to their length, and I thought that shortening the nails would lose their effect.
The glue held really well; almost surprisingly well, considering that the nails had been pre-glued goodness-knows-when. As long as you press down firmly, the nails will stay in place until you want to take them off. I wore them from 8 in the morning til 8 in the evening, whilst teaching, writing reports, eating dinner and opening presents - so they held up pretty well! To take them off, you can peel them off from the base of the nail; don't pull from the tip as they will not budge. You can also soak them in warm water to help them lift easier, but I wanted to try and save the glue. Unfortunately it stayed on my nail rather than the false nails, so I will need to buy glue before I use them again.
The nails cost £5 for the set, but considering they stayed on the entire day and held up to a lot of use, I think it is worth it (especially as I can use them again). I think they are a fun accessory that definitely attracted attention from pupils and colleagues alike, and brought a little smile to my face!