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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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Hi everyone! Did you have a good weekend? It is slowly dawning on me that Christmas is coming faster than you can say ho ho ho. I am not ready for it to be Christmas, but I am always ready for Christmas nails! That aside, for the mani I want to show you today I tried my hand at gradient stamping. I was seriously impressed when I saw someone doing this on a YouTube video, but it took me ages to get around to trying it. Let me show you how it turned out.

I started off with my usual Tip Top base coat to protect my natural nails. I painted 2 coats of Tip Top Grecian Urn on all of my nails. Grecian Urn is a gorgeous metallic bronze coloured polish with a pink colour shift. In direct sunlight you can even spot a sparse holographic shimmer which is beautiful! The formula is good, but you need to apply it carefully to avoid brush strokes. If you have too much polish on your brush this will also cause an uneven finish so make sure to wipe enough off before applying it to your nails.  Once my nails were dry I used the bottom image of PUEEN 26 to stamp over all of my nails. I used Tip Top Crushed Grapes and Sherbet Angel to create the gradient in the stamped image. I wish the Sherbet Angel showed up a little better over the Grecian Urn, but since this is a first attempt I’m going to give myself a break 😉 I sealed everything in with a coat of Seche Vite. The result:

Gradient Stamping over Tip Top Grecian Urn

 

Gradient Stamping Macro

 

First of all, can we please take a moment to acknowledge the absolute awesomeness of my new macro lens? Wow. I’m so blown away by the macro photo! Such an awesome little gadget! No buyer’s remorse over here. I ordered my macro lens for my Samsung SIII here. As I mentioned before, I wish the Sherbet Angel showed up a little better over the base, but other than that I like how this mani turned out. It really is beautiful and one of my colleagues even referred to it as “exquisite”. So much love for that! Next time I do a gradient stamp I’ll be sure to use a lighter base and hopefully pick up some better contrast.

Be sure to let me know what you think of this one in the comments!

Sherbet Angel, Your Present Required

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Hi everyone. Welcome to a brand new week! I am hoping that this week will be better than last week. With almost the whole household coming down with bronchitis it was a tough one.  The last time I got bronchitis I took so long to get better and was so miserable I even hated all the nail art I did. Let’s not go there again! I couldn’t decide whether I liked this mani or not, but it was one of those I fell in love with more and more while I was wearing it. Let me show you…

 

I started off with my usual base coat of Tip Top Miraculous Results to protect my natural nails. I then painted two coats of Tip Top Sherbet Angel on all of my nails. This polish is nice and pigmented. A beautiful pink creme. I think some people may get away with one coat, but I needed two for a nice even finish. It applied really well. I used China Glaze Your Present Required to create a glitter gradient on my ring and middle nails. I was going to try and pick out studs to wear by laying different studs which I purchased from Born Pretty Store* on my nails to see what would compliment the polish and glitter best. What I didn’t realize was that my polish was still tacky. I didn’t apply a top coat yet and as soon as I dropped the stud onto my nail it was stuck. I couldn’t move it without risking ruining the polish underneath…so what you see is the first thing I tried. I thought these pastel peach coloured studs would suit the glitter nicely and I don’t hate how it turned out at all. So even though it was an accident, it isn’t too bad. The result:

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How gorgeous is this glitter?? I absolutely love it! I’m not sure the gradient came out well on both nails…I’ll try harder next time 😛 I really love this pink though and the combination of all these things. What do you think?

*Born Pretty Store is currently having a stud sale! Up to 30% off! If you don’t have an account, you may use the banner on the right to register. This is an affiliate link. You can also use my 10% discount code on the other banner. Happy shopping!