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Metallic Mirror Nails!

October 18, 2010

If you follow me on Twitter, you’ll know that I’ve been on the hunt for a specific shade of silver nail colour for some time now. Not the cloudy silver you find in many of the nail colour brands, but a more shocking kind of silver – call it metallic, tinfoil, reflective or mirror type nails – you know the type Lady Gaga is often seen wearing?

As it turns out, my search was misguided by searching for a “nail polish” and I’m not quite sure how I hit the search jackpot, but what I found was that I should have been searching for adhesive nail wraps. The ones Lady Gaga wears are called Minx, but there’s another brand called SheeKee that offers the same concept and both are available in South Africa!

Last week Wednesday I was lucky enough to find, and even luckier to meet Eleni Fourie who is the official importer for both Minx and SheKee nails in South Africa. She happened to be in Durban on the day and invited me to get my nails done with the SheeKee wraps.

Its been four days since my nail wrap experience and I’ve got to say that I’m loving the look – even more so the attention! Almost every single girl has noticed my nails and stared! The response has been unanimous “wow your nails”, “who did it” “where” “how” and the questions just keep flowing.

So, here’s the whole thing, step by step!

So many choices!

colour craze

The first step is to buff the nails to ensure there is no oil residue which will help the SheeKee nail wrap to stick

Cleaning up the cuticles

The appropriate size is selected from the sheet to fit your nail and removed under a halogen heat lamp

Stick onto the nail, starting at the cuticle

Nail wrap pressed down again under halogen heat lamp to ensure it sticks

Pressing it down to fit into the nail properly

Snipping off the extras

whaddaya think?

Bear in mind that these picks were taken at night and using a flash, so they do look a bit bronze, but here is one of them taken during the day so you can see how fabulous the gold really is…

Although I wanted silver, with it being the most popular colour, Eleni was sold out, so I opted forΒ  gold, which Im really quite happy with as it goes with my ring πŸ™‚

Overall, Im really impressed with the effect and longevity of SheeKee nails. Truth be told, Im quite hard on my nails – hence the reason I keep them shorter – and polish generally only lasts on me for about 3-4 days before the chips creep in. With my SheeKee nail wraps, I’m already on day four and am confident they will last at least seven days!

My SheeKee nails - four days later and still looking fab!

The great thing about SheeKee nails is that they can be applied to natural or artificial nails – and you can even apply them to your natural nail and follow with gel to keep them lasting super long!

To find out more about SheeKee nails and to check out which salons offer them visit Eleni’s website.

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  • Lilly

    This is AMAZING! Wow! Looks fantastic!

  • Lilly

    How long does it take?

  • Its very quick – mine took about an hour to do but I was asking a lot of questions along the way πŸ™‚

  • Kierryn

    Where can you get them or get them done?

  • Hi Kierryn, go to they have a list of stockists and contact details there πŸ™‚

  • Danielle

    I have got to try this!!! Soooo cool!!!

  • Nikki Ramphal

    FABULOUS!!! I am goin to find the nearest salon to me ryt now!
    Thanks Stylescoop πŸ˜€

  • Nikki Ramphal

    Which salon in durban did u get ur sheekee nails done? Im askin cos the Perfect10 salon that i contacted doesnt seem very interested in doing it as i called them twice and they still havent called me back for an appointment…. πŸ™ So jus wonderin wer did u go?

  • Hi Nikki

    I had mine done by Eleni from Sheekee herself. Sorry to hear that Perfect10 had that attitude – one of my friends also went there after phoning and booking only to get there and they “didnt have stock” so she ended up doing a regular manicure. I’d have walked out.

    Try calling the number on the sheekee website, Im sure Eleni will help you out. She also sells the kits so maybe ask your salon to get them.

    Good Luck

  • Nikki Ramphal

    Thanks Dimi. After the attitude i got from Perfect10 , i really didnt wanna go there. But i put my pride aside and went there and got an appointment. I really wanted to get my sheekee nails done. I did them and they lasted 2weeks πŸ˜€

    Thanks again for the blog, widout it i wudnt have known about sheekee πŸ™‚

  • Eleni Fourie

    Hi Nikki, so glad you managed to have your nails sheekee’d but I apologise for the salons attitude. You can also contact Natasha at The Nail Factor (031) 262-2693 and she will be able to assist you. Call me on 0861 846 873 and next time I am in Durban I will give you a complimentary Sheekee mani.

  • Nikki Ramphal

    WoW thanks Eleni. My sheekee nails lasted 3 weeks. Cant wait to try a new design :D. I will def give Natasha a call, thanks πŸ™‚

  • Mel

    Hi there, can anybody tell me where I can buy sheekee in Gauteng East rand area? I am battling to find πŸ™

  • Hi Mel
    I dont think Sheekee is available anymore. Try Minx

  • kate shange

    Need to know where I can get the nails in durban