I'd worn this strip design before, way back in summer of 2011, when I was not pleased that the navy stripes showed a lot of wrinkles/puckering. This box of Ay Ay Captain was better on that score, although the navy stripes still weren't as crisp and flat as I'd like. Here's a shot that shows the issue more clearly:
I did get some compliments on my nails at the game, so perhaps the flaws were not as obvious to casual observers as to my camera and my critical eye. I didn't have time to change my nails last night, so I'm still wearing this look today.
Since I subjected you all to a raggedy naked nail photo in my last post, I thought it appropriate to show you what my nearly bare nails looked like before I put these strips on. This is after my treatment coat (pretty sure it was Starting Over After Artificials this time, though I didn't write it down because I did this mani on the fly, not all organized-like—I actually put the Mango Mamma on in my car before I pulled out of the garage to head to work yesterday, knowing I had an hour-ish commute for it to dry). I've got a spot on my middle finger that looks ready to peel and another tiny one on my ring finger, but that's so much better than where I was three months ago that I'm delighted.
The only drawback to my nails getting healthier and longer is that it's a bit harder to get two manis out of one box of Sally Hansen strips (traditional packaging with two strip packets in the box); I had to cheat a bit and leave a bigger gap at the base of some nails in order to be able to cover the tips with half a strip. I'll take that problem over rampant peelies any day.
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