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How to: Apply an imPRESS Press-on Manicure

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Okay okay, I know.

Applying a press-on manicure is not exactly rocket science, and Broadway Nails makes it really, really easy to stick and go.

But I have worn a few sets of these guys over the last few months – I got my first set from Influenster in December and ever since then I’ve been hooked – and have definitely figured out some stuff that works and some stuff that doesn’t.

This is the method that I use to apply the imPRESS Press-on Manicure, and find that by doing it this way I can get about four days of solid wear out of them.

All you’ll need is your imPRESS Press-on Manicure, a nail kit, and some clear base coat.

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First, whip that nail kit out.

I always trim my nails way down first. Once I applied the imPRESS Press-on Manicure right over top of my normal length nails, and noticed that it looked a little strange because you could see my own nails plus the imPRESS Press-on Manicure nails when you looked at my hand palm up.

After I trim my nails, I press my cuticles down.

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Next, I go through the kit and pick out the right sizes.

Once I have all of my nails lined up, I then slap a quick coat of clear base polish over my nails. I let it dry a bit until it’s sticky before applying the imPRESS Press-on Manicure nails.

Also, if you do happen to lose a nail later in the week, throw some clear base coat on it and pop it back on.

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Last, it’s time to press the nails on.

I always line them up and go through and peel the backings off. I find the process way easier when I’m not fighting with the plastic sticky backings when my hands are covered in clear base coat and freshly applied press-ons.

Start from your thumb and work to your pinky.

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And blam-o! You have some rad nails.

You should get anywhere from 3-7 days wear out of applying the set like this. It really depends on how much water you’re sticking your hands in. Usually after a shower I’ll check how sturdy they all are, and re-apply clear base coat to any as necessary.

Have any of you guys ever worn imPRESS Press-on Manicure? How did it go?

PS: Thanks, Influenster, for the new set! If anyone wants an Influenster invite, just leave me a comment with your email address below.

Hair Confessional!

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Okay, so I totally have a confession.

I am really, really bad about taking care of my hair. Like, I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve had it professionally cut in the last ten years. I started a pretty serious regimen of bleaching from root to end when I was a teenager. From the ages of sixteen to twenty (and sometimes beyond) my hair has been red, blue, purple, green and pink. I was totally that kid.

Once I stopped bleaching my hair, I realized I had a problem. That problem was largely my hair straightener, and I was addicted to it. I gave up blow drying my hair in my early twenties, as it took too much time in my morning routine and inevitably made me look like I had recently walked through a wind tunnel. Instead, I started going to bed with my hair wrapped in a towel. Bad idea. I would straighten it for ten minutes every morning before work. Even worse idea.

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By the time I was twenty five, I had recently gotten back into bleaching and dying my hair varying shades of purple. I hadn’t had a hair cut in three years – my last one had been a Betty Page esque cut that I had committed to after a particularly troubling blip in my dating career – and generally considered shampoo and conditioner to be the beginning and end of my routine.

To be honest, my hair looked like I hadn’t taken care of it in ten years. I had cowlicks I never had before because I never got it trimmed, it was falling out and broken, the ends frizzy. You know that “uh oh” feeling you get when you touch the ends of your hair, and your hair is… crispy, for lack of better word? Yeah, that was totally my hair from scalp to end.

I realized pretty soon after that I needed to step up my hair game. And now, a year later, even though I still haven’t had my hair cut in three years, I have a plan.

Back in the mid-00s, there was a Garnier Fructis commercial that featured a song from The Transplants. You’d know it if you heard it. That was the year my love affair with Garnier Fructis began.

When I was out shopping for a new product to try on my hair, I had two options. First, I could actually visit a hairdresser and take out a small business loan to purchase a line of “hopefully this will work” salon brand hair product – or! – I could visit my drug store. I chose the drug store. I’m also scared of hairdressers now as I feel like they will judge me and my poorly maintained head of hair.

I picked up the entire new Garnier Fructis Damage Eraser line to try out, and couldn’t be happier with the results. It took about three washes for me to begin seeing a change in the condition of my hair, which started with the ends. After using the Split End Bandage (before wrapping my hair in a towel for three hours – old habits die hard), I noticed that the ends of my hair went from being frizzy and rough to soft and smooth.

My shower routine has hardly changed. Now I use the Fortifying Shampoo and Repairing Conditioner instead of the shampoo and conditioner I was using before. When I’m feeling fancy, I’ll dig into my little tub of Repairing Mask, and leave it on for a few extra minutes before rinsing it out. It has hardly taken me any extra time to do these things, but the improvement my hair has seen has been incredible.

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It’s funny how different you feel about your hair when you actually start taking care of it, and I am just so stoked I got to try these new Garnier Fructis products out to prove that. I was a little skeptical when the bottle told me that the Damage Eraser line can improve your hair quality up to 90%, but after using these products for less than a week I am totally sold.

So you’re probably wondering how you can get in on this now, right? Well, today’s your lucky Monday! Garnier Fructis is currently is offering a trial offer on their Damage Eraser products. Click the link right here to find out more information.

I also totally want to see your hair transformations. Leave a comment below or tag a photo of your before and after hair with #DamageEraser. We can be hair repair buddies!

This post was brought to you by Garnier L’Oreal Canada via SheBlogs. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Garnier L’Oreal Canada.

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