Stick it with Broadway Nails imPRESS Press-on Manicure (+ a Giveaway!)

I like having nice nails, but I struggle with painting them on a regular basis and I’m too cheap to cough up the dough to pay to have them professionally done. The result? I either have no polish, or I’m left with one hand having perfect polish and the other looking not so hot. OR I mangle the polish within 30 minutes because it takes so long to dry.

So, enter imPress Press-on Manicures by Broadway Nails. I must admit, I’m not 100% sold on stick-on nails, whether they’re store bought on professionally done. I’m not sure why, but it could have something to do with finding them on the floor of pool changerooms and nearly stepping on them … I digress.

I got my Influenster VoxBox in the mail yesterday and was excited to open it up to see what colour or design I’d received. Low and behold, I got not one, but two different “bottles” of nails to try out! One was “Over the Moon,” a funky, swirly design, and the other was “Stiletto,” a pretty reddish-burgundy shade.

I decided that I’d give Over the Moon a try. After reading the instructions, I figured it wouldn’t take me long to get them on. All I had to do was clean my nails with the enclosed towelette, figure out what sizes I needed (there’s 12 sizes and 24 nail covers, which is great because my nails are weird, wonky sizes), peel off the sticker and press them on. Pretty easy, if you ask me!

The result? Pretty looking nails … from afar. Here’s where I get a little critical.

I really liked how smooth and glossy the actual nail cover was, but up close, you could kind of tell that they were not and I think that had to do with they way I applied them. I definitely should have trimmed my actual nail to below the end of my fingers so that you couldn’t see the real nail. I also probably done a bit better job of tidying up my cuticles before applying as well. Personally, I wasn’t crazy about the shade – I lean more towards nudes and “fun” colours rather than reds – but that’s what’s great about the imPress nails – you can take them right off with ease, but they definitely could last up to a week like the box says. If I were to see them at the store, I may just have to pick them up in a different colour!

You can find the imPress Press-on Manicures at a bunch of different stores – Walmart, Target, London Drugs, and more, and they’re pretty inexpensive – about $9 for the colours and $11 for the designs. (Considering a bottle of good polish can cost $9 and you may only use it once, that’s not bad!)

Just for my awesome readers, I’m going to give away the other tester shade I received so you can try it out for yourself! The shade is “Stiletto” and would look great on a night out on the town! To enter, just comment below and tell me,

How often do you get your nails done, or do you DIY?

You can gain extra entries by: 

1. Following me on Twitter. (Leave a comment that you are and with your Twitter handle).

2. Tweet about the giveaway. (Leave a comment with the link to your tweet) You can even just copy & paste the following:

“I entered to win an #imPressManicure kit from @KaraEvs, courtesy of @InfluensterVox and @BwayNails! Enter here:”


3. Following me on Bloglovin. (Leave a comment when you do and leave your username!)

I’ll pick one lucky winner by Noon, Pacific TimeMay 30, 2014, so you have one whole week to enter!

Win me!

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Good luck!!

voxbox-blogimage-popup2Disclosure: I received the Influenster imPress Manicure Canada Vox Box for free in exchange for my honest opinion of the product. All thoughts and opinions are my own and I was not compensated financially for this post. The giveaway is my own idea and was not mandatory by Influenster or imPress Manicure.

What’s in My Cabinet

Or should I say, what products are sitting on top on my bathroom counter?

I’ve seen similar posts on a couple of different blogs recently, so I figured I may as well give it a whirl :)

I’ll start with the stuff outside of the bin:

Clockwise, from top left:

  • Vaseline Total Moisture Cocoa Radiant Lotion. I bought this to help fight stretch marks, and I think I’ll continue to use it afterwards since it smells so good and leaves my skin nice and soft.
  • Pantene Medium-Think Volumizing hair spray. I actually don’t use it to volumize, just to keep my hair in place when I toss it into a ponytail.
  • Proactiv skin care line. You know: The stuff Katy Perry, the Biebs, and celebs alike vouch for in the TV commercials? I’ve been meaning to do a product review on these, but I keep forgetting!

Now, for the stuff IN the bin, clockwise from top left:

  • Hairbrush! I love this hairbrush but it’s starting to fall apart a little bit. I also have a 1″ round brush that I use when I blow-dry my hair.
  • Bath & Body Works Lemon Vanilla body lotion. It smells SOOOO good – I usually wear it in the summer since it’s so summery smelling.
  • Clean & Clear Dual Action Moisturizer. This stuff is awesome! Not only does it moisturize my dry skin, but it also fights zits at the same time! A lifesaver, for sure.
  • Dove Clinical Protection Visibly Smooth anti-perspirant. This stuff works wonders for keeping my pits dry and smelling fresh. The only downside is that I find it just makes me sweat elsewear more. (Back, stomach, chest.) Luckily, I only break out in that much of a sweat when I’m physically active or completely nervous.
  • I have a little flower pot inside this bin, which has:
    • Cover Girl Fresh Complexion Concealer in Natural Beige. I get lots of random breakouts, so my concealer is my one “makeup bag must-have!”
    • Clean & Clear Invisible Blemish treatment. Zip-zapper for zits that are starting to form that are going to be huuuuge and sore. I love how it goes on clear!
    • Sally Hansen eyelash curler. My eyelashes stick straight out if I don’t curl them, which leads to my eyelashes sticking together when I apply mascara. Annoying!
    • Cover Girl LastBlast Fusion in Very Black. I’ve tried lots of different mascaras and this one seems to work the best for me. It’s water resistant, not water proof, so it still comes off when I wash my face at night but it doesn’t run everywhere if I get teary-eyed, and it stays on all day! Plus it adds a little volume and length to my short, stubby lashes.
  • Back in the regular bin, I have John Frieda Frizz-Ease Straight Fixation Smoothing Creme. I use it in my hair before I blow-dry to help keep it nice and smooth. It’s really helped in the dry winter to cut back on static, plus it makes my hair smell nice!
  • Bath & Body Works Apricot Vanilla lotion. It smells almost as good as the Lemon Vanilla lotion. Again, I use it mostly in the summer.

I also have a few other odds & ends, but these (other than my shampoo & conditioner) are my main go-to’s for my morning routine!

Do you use any of these products?
What’s in YOUR cabinet?