Racy Lacy Nail Art for Dummies: ncLA I am your Muse Designer Nail Wraps

Long-time readers might have noticed a total lack of nail art on this blog. Truth be told I am pretty clumsy, and it took me long enough to apply nail polish without making a mess. I have tried glue-on nails without much success (they fell off within a day, and the ones that were stuck on properly were a pain to remove), but when these ncLA I am your Muse Designer Nail Wraps found their way to me, I thought why not? If you’re a fellow nail art dummy like me, this is your chance to get a fancy party going on your nails without breaking a sweat!

ncLA nail wraps come with two sheets, each containing 22 nail wraps of different sizes. I like to gently lift the edge off (you need a little bit of patience for the job. Otherwise you might lift the nail wraps off with it) so that I get to see exactly how big the wraps are. My nails are quite narrow (I need the smallest size there is for my pinkies), and I will get three manicures out of this set. The nail wraps are pretty thin and smell slightly like nail polish. The instructions do specify that they have to be stored to avoid drying up, so I guess like nail polishes they have some kind of life span.

So what do you have to do? It’s easy! First you clean your nails with a nail polish remover (I always do this prior to applying nail polish to make sure no dirt or grease will compromise the lasting power) and apply a layer of clear top coat. It takes a little experience to figure out what size you need for each nail, but the good thing is these nail wraps don’t latch onto your nails like crazy. Without pressing them down, it’s rather easy to lift them up, so if you realize you’ve made a mistake while holding the nail wrap against your nail, you can always go back.

Now that you’ve got the right size, lay the nail wrap down from the cuticle. Firmly press down without creating bubbles so that they will last!

Time to take the nail file that is included in the set out! Remove the excess by filing downwards. Don’t do what you normally do when you file your nails. What I have realized in the process is filing the nails horizontally will just lift the edge and shortens wear. You need to do a clean job if you don’t want the tiny extra bits to snag. Last but not least, finish the manicure with another layer of top coat, and that’s your intricate nail art done with minimal fuss!

ncLA I am your Muse Designer Nail Wraps have black lace design on a red base. Once you put that final layer of top coat on, you will be able to see some shimmer on the red base too. They are very gorgeous and festive! I might not want to wear nail wraps all the time, but they are so perfect for parties. People simply cannot fail to notice your nails!

I wore them for my New Year’s Eve look as well. You can see it here:

I’ve heard people complaining about nail wraps showing tip wear the second day, but these don’t. Even with my rookie application skills, these hold up perfectly for two days on me. They don’t chip or show tip wear. Most of the time I decide to remove them before they even start looking shabby, because I can feel the tip lifting off a little (though that really could be because I didn’t file properly). Removing these is a piece of cake (all the better. I can’t bring myself to go through another nasty nail glue episode). If they have lifted off a little, simply tear them off from there. If not, try to do it from around your cuticle. Either way they come off clean with little to no force, and your nails won’t have to suffer!

Bottom line: If you’ve got little time, patience, or skill for nail art but want something fancy for perhaps a special occasion, ncLA nail wraps do not disappoint. I am your Muse is perfect for someone who is going through a black lace phase! I’m also looking at another lacy design over a metallic silver base (Roomservice, Stilettos and Champagne) as well as the fun leopard print on bright yellow (Jungle Fever)!

Have you tried nail wraps? Have you tried anything from ncLA? I am your Muse is my ncLA initiation and I have to say we definitely started on the right foot! I get a fun, edgy, and glamorous vibe from the brand. Can’t wait to see more!

Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx

PS: If you live outside of the US, Zuneta stocks ncLA.

  • http://www.bellachique.be/ Teri

    Ooooh, I love these! Red and lace? So classy and sophisticated! They look amazingly well too!

    • Sunny

      I know right! It’s practically calling your name haha

  • http://beautiesatwork.wordpress.com/ beauties

    good colour combination :)

    • Sunny

      I agree! Very classic, but lace never gets old 😉

  • http://followmarla.blogspot.com/ Marla

    These are really pretty.

    • Sunny

      Yup you should look into them, Marla!

  • http://myfashiontrendencies.com Chris

    Ooh I need to try these! They look gorgeous. I’ve tried Sally Hansen and those work well for me but their design selection is limited.

    • Sunny

      You do, Chris! Part of the reason why I never wanted to try nail wraps is because many designs aren’t my thing. Kudos to ncLA for coming up with multiple ones I’d like to wear!

  • http://sugarmitten.wordpress.com Amy

    I love the design and color. So pretty!

    • Sunny

      Yay, glad to hear you like them too, Amy! You should look into ncLA. They have a lot of limited edition designs available in the US. They’re really pretty too!

  • http://icarias.blogspot.ca Icaria

    These are so pretty! I haven’t tried any yet but this looks very inspiring. :)

    • Sunny

      Oh you should give nail wraps a go! I think they’ll be pretty big this year 😉

  • http://www.lenallure.com L e n a

    i love these! they look perfect on your nails.
    you did such a nice job smoothing them on, too! maybe i should give strips another go. 😉

    • Sunny

      Haha well I am really clumsy, but these are really easy to smooth out! If I can then I’m sure everyone else can!

  • http://redhotjillypeppers.com Redhotjillypeppers

    I haven’t tried nail wraps yet. These look great !

    • Sunny

      They’re awesome! Easy to use, decent lasting power, and great design!

  • http://mylucitedreams.com Taylor

    Ooh I love it! I’ve been wanting to try nail wraps forever! They look perfect and I love the design with your lips Xx

    • Sunny

      Aww thanks Taylor! Look into ncLA. They have some really nice ones!

  • http://mybeautysample.com/ Becca @ The Beauty Sample

    Gorgeous! Love the intricate details of a nail wrap–these are so chic!

    • Sunny

      I’m already thinking about getting back-ups!

  • http://www.bellezzabee.com/ Naomi Hing

    wow! I love this, so elegant

    • Sunny

      Look into ncLA nail wraps, Naomi! They have many cool designs!

  • http://www.unprofessionalbeautyblog.com Angela @ The Unprofessional Beauty Blog

    I’ve just noticed that I have actually never tried nail wraps before. I think I should give this a try, considering that I’m a bit clumsy when it comes to drawing tiny stuff on my nails. LOL

    • Sunny

      LOL well if you’re not a big nail art person you’d really appreciate some nice nail wraps!

  • http://www.pinklavenders.com Rainy Days & Lattes

    FANCY! And I love the design. It looks very elegant and a complete difference from the US drugstore ones! LOL

    • Sunny

      Haha I know what you mean. I think that’s part of the reason why I haven’t been interested in them till about now!

  • http://www.cuteandmundane.com/ Dovey

    Hi Sunny, wow, these are daring nail designs! I’ve never tried nail wraps, but this looks fun :)

    • Sunny

      Hey Dovey, you should look into nail wraps! They are really fancy and fun :)

  • http://nails.blogmesin.com Rabbit

    This nail wraps look very good on your nails. I love the design! It must take a lot of time to paint pattern like this, so why not use the wraps ! :)

    • Sunny

      Haha I will never be able to paint something like this in a million years, so nail wraps are my only hope!

  • http://www.peggytimmermans.be/blog Peggy Timmermans Visagie

    Well that looks pretty cool to me! I think you’ve done great with placing them Sunny!

    • Sunny

      Thanks Peggy! I really think it’s because these are easy to use LOL

  • http://buyingcrueltyfree.com Catherine (@bcrueltyfree)

    This is the prettiest nail-sticker design I’ve seen! I’m definitely a nail art dummy and while I love seeing all the intricate designs others’ create, I usually prefer just nudes and neutrals on my own nails. But these – I would love to try!

    • Sunny

      Yaay grab them fast because I think they are LE! I am actually itching to pick up some backups. I have one manicure left and the thought of not being able to wear this more than that makes me sad!

  • http://www.beauty-reflections.com Tracy@Beauty Reflections

    I like them! Really pretty!

    • Sunny

      Yay glad you like them too!

  • http://bronzerbunny.com Joyce (bronzerbunny)

    these are so cool on you! i always want to try these strips but i’m too scared haha. but now loreal has ones that are coming out that have glitter fades on them! and sally hansen is doing a french tip one… so maybe i’ll have to try! lol

    • Sunny

      Haha you should! I love these because they’re easy to put on and strip off. I was initially worried they’d be hard to come off, but it was a piece of cake!

  • http://confessionsofacanadianwallflower.blogspot.com Victoria

    I don’t think I’ve described nails using this adjective, but they looks so sexy! :)

    • Sunny

      Haha I know what you mean though! That’s exactly what I think!