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bornprettystore Vintage Damask Water Decals Review

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Hi there! Today I have some water decals from bornprettystore to review for you. I think perhaps today I’ll start out with my explanation and opinions before I show you my pictures. When I first tried water decals I failed miserably at using them. I didn’t realize that they can be cleaned up with acetone, so cutting them down to the perfect size/shape for your nail wasn’t really necessary. I also forgot on mulitple occasions to remove the protective plastic from the decal once I had cut them out, rendering them useless once I had put them in the water. Since I learned from my mistakes I have had much more success with them on the whole. I really loved the pattern of these decals, so as soon as I received my items for review I sat down to use them. I failed. I failed hard and decided to try again on another day and spoke to a nail friend to see if I was sabotaging myself somehow.

I found these decals hard to use. On my first attempt I could not get the decal to come off the backing without it completely disintegrating. I did not have to leave them in the water for very long for them to dislodge from the backing, but each time I touched them they fell apart. This happened whether I was using my fingers or a tweezer to remove the decal. After discussing this phenomenon with Michelle, she advised me to wet my fingers and/or try to apply the decals with my nail in the water. This sounded like a genius idea. Perhaps my execution was not spot on, but I had more success than I did when I tried the first time. Let me show you how it turned out.bornprettystore Vintage Damask Water Decalsbornprettystore Vintage Damask Water Decalsbornprettystore Vintage Damask Water Decals

I started with a base coat to protect my nails. I sponged a gradient using a make up sponge with Tip Top Purple Bow Peep (purple) and Tip Top Sherbet Angel (pink). Once that was dry I tried to use the decals. Because I was blindly applying the decals underwater, I could not control the orientation of the design. The designs on my index and ring nails came out the best, but my pinkie is a good example of a decal that came apart. I was just so happy I managed to get them on my nails. Due to the delicate nature of these decals, I chose to add a clear coat of polish before sealing it in with Seche Vite.

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Purple Bow Peep & Hello Marshmallow (new)

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Hi everyone! The mani I’m showing you today made me feel really meh. I’m just going to show you and then go into details about why.

Tip Top Purple Bow Peep

I started off with my regular Tip Top base coat to protect my natural nails. I painted 2 coats of Purple Bow Peep on all my nails except my ring. Purple Bow Peep is an extremely opaque dark purple polish. You could really, really get away with one coat. I just did 2 because I always do. The formula was good and it dried pretty quickly too. On my ring nails I painted 3 coats of essence hello marshmallow (the new one). This is the first time an essence polish has disappointed me. essence released a new formula under the same name as a previous polish, they do this quite regularly and it is annoying. In the bottle it looked like a foil and I was excited because I thought it would be the lilac version of pink & proud. It isn’t. It is what I can only describe as “watery”. It isn’t even because the polish is runny, it is almost like a clear polish with some lilac pearl pigment which is sheer and inconsistent. I don’t like it. I much prefer the old version which is a soft lilac creme. I tried to make decals again and they completely failed. I think my problem is related to the top coat I was using to make the decals. On my first attempt it distorted the design on my stamper head and on the second attempt the decal hadn’t dried properly and even though I removed it from the stamper head intact, the decal wouldn’t release the tweezer and it stretched and tore. The one I managed to apply successfully dragged very badly when I top coated it. I had to redo two nails and go back to the drawing board. Eventually I took essence pink & proud and BP-17 (press sample) to stamp on all the PBP nails and I used PBP to stamp onto my ring nails. I knew PBP would stamp like a boss as soon as I discovered it was a one coater. I sealed everything in with a coat of Seche Vite.

You might notice that you are seeing my Cinderella hand here and not the hand that you usually see. Somehow my other hand got dinged and you could still see my peachy coloured base coat through the essence on my ring nail because it is so sheer, yes, 3 coats later! After looking at the photos I hated my mani and wanted to take it off. Luckily the Nail Anarchy girls talked me out of it and I decided to photograph my other hand which came out ok.

What do you think of this mani? Am I being too hard on myself? Let me know in the comments below 🙂

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Purple Bow Peep you Treasure

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Hi everyone! The mani I have to show you today was inspired by a pin I found on Pinterest.  Unfortunately Liloo’s blog isn’t in English, but there sure are pretty pictures to look at and a picture was all I needed for inspiration. I decided to use different colours and I did not have enough clear rhinestones to make it look the same, so I replaced them with studs. This is my version:

Nubar Treasure Tip Top Purple Bow Peep

Nubar Treasure Tip Top Purple Bow Peep

Nubar Treasure Tip Top Purple Bow PeepI started off with my usual Tip Top base coat to protect my natural nails. I painted 3 coats of Nubar Treasure on all of my nails. Nubar isn’t a brand we get consistently over here, so when I do spot them in Clicks I pick up whatever I like because I’m never sure when I will find them again. I really like Nubar polishes, I haven’t had a bad experience with them yet. Treasure is a light purple scattered holographic polish. It seems extremely sheer when you paint it, but it builds up really well. On my ring nail I used Tip Top Purple Bow Peep and the polish brush to add the creme on the tip. I just freehanded it. Once it was a little tacky I started placing 1 mm gold studs I purchased from Born Pretty Store (purchase here*) along the line dividing the polishes. When I got to the middle I added a 2 mm stud and then continued with the 1 mm studs. I sealed everything in with a coat of Seche Vite.

I really loved this mani! The Nubar wore really well and I loved the soft purple that came alive in the sun.

What do you think of this mani? Do you think I did the original justice? I would love to hear your opinion in the comments below.

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