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02/01/2012 04:12 EST | Updated 04/02/2012 05:12 EDT

Nail Rock Designer Decals

By Karen Brochu, TheKit.ca.

I have always been wary of nail decals. They seem too good to be true, and the designs are, in a word, tacky. Zoe Pocock, nail technician to the stars, has set out to change that. Her trendy Nail Rock Designer Nail Wraps, originally launched in the UK, have made a big splash here on the other side of the pond. The wraps are available in a wide selection of colours and patterns, including metallic tones, animal prints and fishnet! While they blow away all other competitors as far as visual appeal, are they truly easy to use? I set out to find the truth!

How To:

- Start with your nails clean and trimmed. Have them filed to the length you like and your cuticles pushed back. Nail Rock Designer Nail Wraps work well with any length of nail, which is good news for you biters!

- Give each nail a swipe with a cotton pad dipped in nail polish remover.

- Using a nail buffer, buff up each nail, removing all shine. If you do not own a nail buffer, don't rush out and buy an expensive one; just use an emery board on the top of your nails to achieve the same effect!

Select a nail decal that will fit on your corresponding nail. Each set comes with 16 different nail decals in 6 different widths, so it is easy to find one that will work!

Press the decal down at your cuticle, and using your nail (or anything with a crisp and smooth edge) work up your nail smoothing as you go.

- Use nail clippers to trim off the excess, and then file down anything that is remaining.

I recommend holding on to the six extra decals in each set. You can use them as a highlight nail. Paint all your nails except for one on each hand a solid colour, and apply a decal to the remaining nail! Just trim them with scissors if necessary.

To Remove: Peel off from the tip of your nail to the base! It's really as simple as it sounds.

The only difficulty I found was that some creasing occurred, but it was fairly simple to solve. The wraps are designed so you can peel them back, correct a crease, and then reapply without any loss of adhesive.

Click through the below slideshow for more DIY nail art.

Photo gallery DIY Nail Art See Gallery

I would absolutely recommend this product to anyone interested in trying out nail decals. You can find them in Canada at eBeauty.ca for $10. While I love painting my nails, nothing beats being able to apply an incredible design to my nails and then rush out the door! No dry time makes Nail Rock Designer Nail Wraps a no brainer!

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