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OF THE INVENTION
1. Field of Invention
The present invention relates in general to pre-cut cosmetic products, in particular, to nail foils applied to fingernails or toenails without the need for heat, friction, or nail polish remover.
2. Description of the Related Art
Nails are known in the related art. Nails are typically a hardened keratin protein typically formed by a mammal's body, commonly known as a fingernail or toenail.
Nail polish brushes are known in the related art. Conventional nail polish brushes can vary widely in brush tip size and shape; such brushes can be as small as 1-2 mm in brush tip size, and thus conventional nail polishes consistently suffer from poor resolution, lack of detail, and streaks occurring during application on the nail when trying to achieve fine detail.
Nail foils are known in the related art, some of which include: U.S. Pat. Nos. 4,600,030 (Newman), 4,781,484 (Goncalves), 4,974,610 (Orsini), 5,415,903 (Hoffman, et al.), 5,928,457 (Engler), 5,964,977 (Sirdesai, et al.), 5,976,140 (Haas), 6,296,836 (Engler), 6,328,949 (Tessarolo, et al.), 6,367,485 (Dutton-Davis, et al.), 6,516,813 (Yiu), 6,536,444 (Chung), 6,797,261 (Le), 6,742,237 (Chang), 7,861,730 (Janice Jordan of Minx, Inc.); U.S. patent application Ser. No. 12/893,561 (Jordan); U.S. Pat. App. Pub. Nos. 20110061670 (Schneider, et al.), 20110132384 (Han), 20100178321 (Hanatani, et al.), and 20030209249 (Park); U.S. Provisional App. No. 60/848,126 (Jordan); PCT Pat. App. No. AU1993000474 (Schmidt); Korean Pat. App. Nos. 1020000063944 (Kim), 1020020008283 (Lee, et al.), 1020030075440 (Hwang, et al.), and 1020030088611 (Park); and EP Pat. No. 1362523 (Chang). Nail foils also vary in the level of skill required to apply a nail foil, such as professional manicurist as opposed to a consumer retail foil. Conventional nail foils are typically heat-based or provided in the form of nail polish strips.
Heat-activated nail foils are known in the related art. Heat-based nail foils in the related art typically require heat to activate the adhesive. Such heat-based nail foils require the use of a hair dryer, heat lamp, friction, or other heat source. However, heat-based foils are often awkward due to requiring more steps, and for some foils, a person must be certified to perform such steps, such as a manicurist. Conventional heat-based nail foils are directly applied to the nail plate.
Nail polish strips are also known in the related art. Nail polish strips typically have to be removed with nail polish remover. Therefore, such strips can be difficult to remove. Sally Hansen nail polish strips are a non-exhaustive example of a nail polish strip. Such nail polish strips known in the related art consistently suffer from ease of removal since nail polish remover must later be applied. Nail polish strips typically provide a dry nail polish on a strip, directly applied to the nail plate. After it is applied onto a fingernail or toenail, the strip then has to be removed using nail polish remover. Nail polish remover can carry an undesirable or pungent odor, and can create a second difficult clean-up process when removing the nail strip.
Therefore, it can be seen that there is a need for a nail foil system that does not use heat or friction, has a more resilient material, facilitates an easier application process onto the nail, and permits easy removal after use. It can also be seen that there is a need to use common clear nail polish in applying a nail foil. Furthermore, it can be seen that there is a need for a nail foil that is applied and sealed with clear nail polish, yet does not require any nail polish remover to remove the nail foil. Moreover, it can be seen that there is a need to provide a nail foil that does not require nail polish remover. Additionally, it can be seen that there is a need to overcome the lack of ability to apply intricate, finely detailed designs on a nail using hand-painted nail polish with greater consistency, resiliency, and a wider variety of designs. Finally, it can be seen that there is a need to address any combination of these problems.
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OF THE INVENTION
To minimize the limitations in the prior art, and to minimize other limitations that will become apparent upon reading and understanding the present specification, this specification discloses a method comprising cleaning a nail surface, applying a first coat of nail polish, adhering a nail foil, adhering the nail foil without requiring thermally activated adhesive, heat, friction, heat lamp, blow dryer, or any other heat source, and sealing the nail foil by applying a second coat of nail polish on the nail foil is disclosed.
The following aspects are non-exclusive and are not always required of all embodiments and are provided herein as non-limiting illustrations to better understand the present invention.
An aspect of the present invention can be to provide a thin yet highly durable nail foil.
An aspect of the present invention can be to achieve ideal fitting.
An aspect of the present invention can be to provide a safer application process for nail foils, including having no formaldehyde, no toluene, no DBP, no camphor and no animal testing for health and environmentally conscious consumers.
An aspect of the present invention can be to provide a more accessible highly detailed nail foil design.
An aspect of the present invention can be to provide a nail foil that can be applied with common household nail polish.
An aspect of the present invention can be to provide a nail foil without the use of heat or other thermal activation.
An aspect of the present invention can be to provide a nail foil which is highly durable and resilient.
An aspect of the present invention can be to provide a stretchable nail foil for ideal fitting while balancing highly desirable durability.
An aspect of the present invention can be to provide a nail foil which is safe and easy to use.
An aspect of the present invention can be to provide a nail foil which adheres permanently unless desired to be removed.
An aspect of the present invention can be to provide an alternative to nail polish that does not chip easily.
An aspect of the present invention can be to provide a pre-application high quality printing process on a durable material to achieve very high quality, intricate prints
An aspect of the present invention can be to provide an extremely thin and comfortable nail accessory.
An aspect of the present invention can be to provide a nail foil which is easy to remove when desired, particularly, without the use of nail polish.
An aspect of the present invention can be to provide greater selection, variety, and higher distinction by providing a medium which can facilitate non-utility (decorative) aspects while benefitting from enhanced protection.
An aspect of the present invention can be to pre-coat the nail to better protect it, minimizing or avoiding direct contact of the nail foil with the nail.
An aspect of the present invention can be to provide better protection of the design on the nail foil by sealing it with another coat after application to the nail.
The description of the preferred embodiments is to be understood as non-limiting examples of the present invention. The true scope of the invention is to be understood by the claims and not limited by the preferred embodiments.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
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Referring to the drawings in which like reference numbers represent corresponding parts throughout:
FIG. 1 illustrates a method diagram of a possible embodiment the present invention;
FIG. 2 illustrates a schematic diagram of a possible embodiment of the present invention;