The DIY Manicure You Can Actually Do In the Back of a Car (PHOTOS)

Sephora by OPI trend tipsThe other day I found myself with a bit of a nail polish emergency. I know, I know, compared to -- oh everything in life! -- a nail polish emergency is not a big deal. However! An emergency it still was, one that I ingeniously solved with the help of my new favorite manicure tool: Sephora by O.P.I. Trend Tips Nail Lacquer Strips.

Ok, so are you curious about my "emergency"?


Last Saturday, I had to attend an important work event during Fashion Week in NYC. I live out in the 'burbs, so the PR company hosting the event had arranged for a car service to pick me up in the morning ... woohoo!! (This is seriously one of my favorite treats in life). I set my alarm early because I not only had to get gussied up, but I had to finish some work before I could leave. Once the alarm went off, I made some coffee and headed upstairs to my home office, planning to quickly knock out a couple of blog posts AND do a quick manicure because my nails were a total mess. Like, a have the rats been chewing on your fingers? kind of mess. Like, a too embarrassing to be seen with at an event filled with way cooler than me fashion people kind of mess.

But when I reached for my nail polish remover, what did I find? AN EMPTY BOTTLE! Oh yes! Bone dry, in fact! Thanks to my 10-year-old daughter, who must have used the last drop and put the empty bottle back in the nail polish bin, instead of informing me of this important development!

AURGH! I definitely did not have time to run to the store, so I figured I would just have to suffer the mortal embarrassment of showing up to the event with my tacky, trashy nails. I've suffered worse.

BUT! Just as I was about to run out the door (work done, hair blown dry, and high heels stuffed in my bag), I had a brainwave. Why not try those Sephora by OPI nail lacquer thingies I had stashed away? I grabbed the package on my way out, thinking I could give it a whirl on my way to the city.

IT TOTALLY WORKED!! And I have photographic evidence!

Here's a "BEFORE" shot I snapped of lap in the car, so you can see my terrible, half chewed off manicure:

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Here's a very blurry "action" shot of me putting on the strips right over my old nail polish:

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Here's an "almost done!" shot:

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And the final product:

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Wow, right? The whole thing took me about 25 minutes, and this is in the back of a moving car, with interruptions for texts and giving the driver directions. My final manicure was not perfect, obviously, because I didn't have time to do it really carefully and, uh yeah, I didn't even take off the old polish: Total manicure "DON'T." However, it looked damn good, if you didn't get out a magnifying glass and peer at it too closely, and I literally got complements on it all day!

This particular "Mod" design I used doens't seem to be available on right now, but there are a bunch of cute ones, and they're on sale for $6!

What amazed me even more is that the manicure lasted for a while -- it didn't chip at all for several days, and I think it would have lasted a lot longer if I had started with a clean nails. Really awesome, and I highly recommend this product! Here are three cute designs available now:

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"Gold and purple ombre", "birds" and "floral" Sephora by O.P.I Trend Tips ($6 each at

Have you ever tried nail polish strips?


Images via April Daniels Hussar and

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