be a rebel

I struck gold when I won some Rebel Nails through one of their twitter contests. I received the Limited Edition 22 carat gold wraps which I thought looked really fun and I couldn’t wait to give them a go. I had never used nail wraps before; call me old fashioned but I quite like just painting my nails rather than messing about with stickers and hairdryers. Rebel Nails however offer some fabulous patterns and finishes which you could never achieve from nail varnish alone, which is probably what makes nail wraps so popular.

On the Rebel Nails website there is a whole step by step guide on how to apply the nails, along with a video so you can ensure you are doing it correctly. But basically, you chose the nail wrap that will fit best on your nail, peel it off and hold it under a heat source, such as a hairdryer, for a few seconds. This makes the material more pliable which means it lies better on your nail and makes it easier to smooth out any bumps or bubbles. Simply smooth the sticker over your nail from cuticle to tip and then pull the wrap taught over the end of our nail and onto your finger. To remove the excess sticker, the video demonstrates just pushing down the sticker with an orange sticker and then file down the edges to get a clean finish.

I have to say I did struggle with the whole technique of applying my Rebel Nails and it was a frustrating half an hour or so. It was all going well until I had to trim the excess wrap off. It looked so simple in the video but I ended up have to snip the end off with nail scissors and then file the edges. I don’t think the finish looks as smart as I would have liked and it did take quite a while to perfect them. It was just a bit fiddly and time consuming for my liking although I can’t argue with the finished product. They do look very bling bling and extremely eye-catching – certainly a bold look which couldn’t have been achieved by nail polish alone. Practice definitely makes perfect, but I think I might just stick to my trusty nail varnish in future! To remove them, you just need to heat them up again and gently peel off.

What are your thoughts on nail wraps? I’d love to hear if you have tried these yourself.

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  1. 25th September 2011 / 8:09 pm

    Oh, Milly – these are awesome. I bought some nail wraps for my sister but i've never tried it myself. The gold ones are always my fave. x

  2. 25th September 2011 / 8:19 pm

    These are lovely. Really like how sparkly and eye catching the gold is, they look like they'd be great for going on holiday! x

  3. 25th September 2011 / 8:22 pm

    These look lovely x

  4. 25th September 2011 / 8:24 pm

    Love the colour of these. I'm learning how to apply Minx nails on Tuesday which I'm super excited for, hopefully it won't be as fiddly as it looks! My previous experience with nail wraps have all ended rather badly! x

  5. 25th September 2011 / 8:28 pm

    I've never tried anything like this before, and I think I'd get in a strop & end up throwing them in the bin!
    HOWEVER, they look amazing 🙂 xxx

  6. 25th September 2011 / 8:37 pm

    I agree, I tried some for the 1st time a couple of weeks ago. Mine were black with silver stars, so they looked fab to look at like yours do, but so time consuming and if you cut a little too much off, thats the whole nail ruined. Also mine began to peel at the top literally hours after I'd applied them, not impressed! x

  7. 25th September 2011 / 8:43 pm

    LOVE!! xoxo

  8. 25th September 2011 / 9:01 pm

    These are really pretty!

  9. 25th September 2011 / 9:27 pm

    I got some rebel nails in one of the past glossy boxes. I found them alright to apply and the finished product was really cool but I found the adhesive could have maybe been stronger as they only lasted a day. So I guess they'd be okay for an event or party, otherwise I'll stick to trusty polish 🙂
    I did see minx nail wraps for toes being applied to another lady last time I was in Champney's spa in town and they looked really good and the therapist said they should last 4-6 weeks (longer if you don't wear open toed shoes all the time).

  10. 25th September 2011 / 10:07 pm

    So class ..


  11. 26th September 2011 / 8:16 am

    oh wow love the colour of these and they sound easy to apply!!

  12. 26th September 2011 / 12:27 pm

    Great post,I did my minx training the other week and loved it. I have also literally just put up a post of it. Love the gold design and I think you did a great job considering it was your first time.

  13. 26th September 2011 / 12:28 pm

    I found them quite hard to apply to myself, definitely easier if you have a friend to help 🙂 xx

  14. 26th September 2011 / 12:51 pm

    wow the golden ones look fab!
    ive also got a blue one but i don't think it would look that gr8

  15. 26th September 2011 / 1:35 pm

    hmmm im still to scared to try the set i got in my glossy box although they are for toes which i hear are a little easier. I like the look of the silver/gold ones and maybe some novelty ones like christmas style but i dont think they would be something i would use all the time, i like the polished look of a good manicure… 😀

  16. 26th September 2011 / 5:06 pm

    I tried the ones that came in my Glossy Box, but found them difficult and fiddly to apply. I didn't think they looked that great when I had finished, but I think the design played part in that. These gold ones look great though, I've now been convinced to perhaps give these nail wraps another go!

    Mollie xo

  17. 26th September 2011 / 6:30 pm

    I bought some fab zebra print ones a while back but just can't get the hang of applying them 🙁

  18. 26th September 2011 / 6:30 pm

    I bought some fab zebra print ones a while back but just can't get the hang of applying them 🙁

  19. 26th September 2011 / 6:30 pm

    I bought some fab zebra print ones a while back but just can't get the hang of applying them 🙁

  20. 26th September 2011 / 6:54 pm

    They look great! I still have some to try from my last glossybox so I'm looking forward to giving them a go xx

  21. 27th September 2011 / 7:16 am

    these do look really good but i can see what you mean, a bit of a pain! x

  22. 27th September 2011 / 4:09 pm

    Now that really looks expensive. Hehe. Loving your blog. Definitely going to follow you! Keep it up 🙂


  23. 29th September 2011 / 9:27 pm

    Wow, these are seriously gorgeous! Love them. X

  24. 4th October 2011 / 8:00 am

    I really want some foil nails! Look great!!

  25. 7th October 2011 / 9:02 pm

    Wow that looks great x