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Avril Lavigne For Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips — Manis For Sk8er Girls


I’ve become so fixated on the Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips that designing my very own collection of adhesive nail accessories has now become a career goal. For the time being, however, I’ll have to leave the collaborations to boldface names like Canadian pop singer Avril Lavigne, who recently unveiled a limited-edition collection of original nail strip designs inspired by her skater-meets-punk aesthetic.

The Avril Lavigne for Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips collection, then, includes an assortment of fun, slightly rebellious, riotous teenybopper fare — from black skull-and-crossbones motifs against a hot pink backdrop (as in the “Headbanger” design) to a purple-and-black zebra print (a pattern called “Running Wild”), a red-and-black plaid design (whimsically dubbed “Plaidical”) that speaks to Lavigne’s own decade-long obsession with plaid skirt and pants, a dalmatian-esque print called “In the SPOT-light” consisting of black polka dots against a white backdrop (very reminiscent of the top she wore on the cover of 2007’s The Best Damn Thing Ever) , and a three-dimensional studded pattern created on a gunmetal-colored backdrop (a design dubbed “Studio Time”).

All twelve original designs have a brazen, bold, “tough cookie” vibe, so don’t expect to find any floral patterns, bow motifs, cutesy kittens, or lacy prints. These designs are assertive and rambunctious, but they still feel feminine and youthful. Retailing for $9.99 per 16-strip box, the Avril Lavigne for Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips are currently available at select Duane Reade, CVS, and Target locations.

After the jump, you’ll get a closer look at the three designs I tried out: Sound Check, Purr-fect, and You’re A Star. You might just find these worthy of some chart-topping action!

As promised, below you’ll find close-ups of the three designs I selected from the Avril Lavigne for Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips.


This yellow-and-black checkered design instantly conjures up images of taxi cabs in New York City’s hectic Times Square area — after all, checkered cabs were as ubiquitous in the Big Apple circa the ’80s as boomboxes, rope chains, and Reebok Classics. The nostalgic, hip hop-era references embedded into this particular pattern choice appealed to my sensibilities and, once I saw the checkered design on my nails, I was as excited as a wannabe breakdancer spinning on his first broken-down piece of cardboard.

Check out how fun the design looks on nails:

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Leopard prints have been done a million times (google Snooki and you’re bound to find at least 10 different versions of this animal print), but what makes the “Purr-fect” Salon Effects design unique is the color gradation built into the full set. Rather than ensure that every silver-colored nail strip feature spots in the exact same hue, Lavigne created a rainbow effect by switching up the color of the leopard spots on the strip pertaining to each finger. Wider strips meant for the thumb, for example, featured magenta-tinged purple spots, while thin strips designed for the pinky finger featured royal blue spots and mid-size strips donned yellow, green, or red-orange designs. Once you applied every nail strip to its corresponding digit, then, you saw a prismatic effect, and it’s this simple twist that made this standard animal print feel fresh and new.

Here’s how your nails might look once you apply all the “Purr-fect” Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips:

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This Wonder Woman-esque design features black five-point stars scattered against an azure backdrop with a lovely metallic sheen.  Wear these at a Fourth of July soirée and you might just set off more fireworks than the party hosts!

Here’s a closer look at how the star-spangled strips look when applied to nails:

See how easy it is to give your look some supernova flair?

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