I'm Pretty Sure I Both Made It Snow and Eased My Seasonal Affective Disorder With These Post-Holiday Nail Wraps

Nail wraps are the easiest way to wear complicated nail art without any effort, which is great because I've got Cheetos to eat.
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Nail wraps are the easiest way to wear complicated nail art without any effort, which is great because I've got Cheetos to eat.

On a cold winter morning, three weeks after Christmas:

Me: "SELF-FULFILLING PROPHECY!!"

Mom: "Shh. Why are you screaming?"

Me: "IT SNOWED! I BROUGHT US A WHITE CHRISTMAS!!"

Mom: "Christmas passed. When are you going back to New York?" *eye roll*

I made it snow, you guys. Me. I may not fully understand the proper use of the phrase “self-fulfilling prophecy,” but I do know that before bed I applied snowflake nail wraps, and woke up to two inches of snow.

In all seriousness, the changes in weather (and these nail wraps) were exactly what I needed. Since we’ve never spent the holidays together, you wouldn’t know that I have an extremely difficult time letting go of Christmas. My self-diagnosed, mild case of Seasonal Affective Disorder peaks after December 25, and hit an all time low this year due to the seemingly endless gray weather in combination with mid-afternoon nightfall. Honestly, all I want to do is eat, sleep, and shield myself from human contact.

While rifling through a highly unorganized makeup bag (does anyone else return to a messy child-like state when they visit home?), I found three forgotten sets of NCLA holiday nail wraps. Oh right, I was supposed to write about those, I thought between bites of tuna sub, Family Feud blaring in the background. These blue ombré snowflake wraps called my name, ready to deliver some much needed wintry relief, and I obliged.

NCLA calls this design “Eskimo Kisses.” How cute is that?

NCLA calls this design “Eskimo Kisses.” How cute is that?

Honestly, I’ve never been much of a nail art girl. While everyone was busy Instagramming crafty geometric designs on their pointy acrylics this year, I tried painting tiny flowers on my ring fingers and they looked like pink turds. That single experiment was it for me — I can’t be bothered with disappointing myself for no reason. 

Nail wraps, however, are by far the easiest way to wear complicated nail art without putting in any effort. Wahoo! I mean really, can you imagine me taking the time to paint all of those snowflakes? Please, I have Cheetos to eat.

These appropriately seasonal nail wraps were easy to apply (start with a basecoat, pick a wrap to fit your shape, file, add a clear topcoat, and DONE!) and brought heaps of winter bliss. Because happiness is best when shared, I found five more patterned nail wraps for anyone else struggling to let go of the remnants of their holiday joy.

NCLA Designer Nail Wraps in Candy Cane Cutie, $9

Candy canes are candy, and candy is not season specific.

Candy canes are candy, and candy is not season specific.

NCLA Designer Nail Wraps in Meet Me Under the Mistletoe, $9

These are infinitely cuter than a classic red nail, which you were probably planning on wearing anyway.

These are infinitely cuter than a classic red nail, which you were probably planning on wearing anyway.

Jamberry Nails “Sweater Weather," $15

Why wouldn’t you want to wear tiny Fair Isle sweaters on every nail?

Why wouldn’t you want to wear tiny Fair Isle sweaters on every nail?

Jamberry Nails in Iced, $15

Ice is always a safe bet as far as winter designs are concerned, and glitter can be worn year-round. It’s a neutral like cheetah print, duh.

Ice is always a safe bet as far as winter designs are concerned, and glitter can be worn year-round. It’s a neutral like cheetah print, duh.

Sally Hansen “Red My Tulips”, $9 

I don’t know why, but these remind me of a thong peeking over the top of low-rise jeans. Anyone? No? Okay, bye.

I don’t know why, but these remind me of a thong peeking over the top of low-rise jeans. Anyone? No? Okay, bye.

So what do you all think? Does anyone else seek cosmetic comfort during their time of SAD? I’m also interested in finding out who prefers nail wraps to regular nail polish. I can’t say I’m a total convert, but these won’t be the last nail wraps I try. If they’re good enough for Beyoncé, they’re good enough for me.

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