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.
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! I have another bornprettystore review for you today. I waited really long for these items to arrive and was right in the middle of kicking off Christmas manis when they did. I just *had* to use these full nail water decals (purchase here) that I received to review. When I saw them on the site, I immediately fell in love with them and knew I HAD to have them! Now that I’ve used them, I totally want to order a back up set. Let me show you why 🙂I started off with an L.A. Girl base coat to protect my nails. On my index and pinkie nails I painted 2 coats of Design Turquoise and placed two 2 mm round neon purple studs (purchased myself – purchase here) near my cuticle. On my middle and ring nails I painted 2 coats of essence wild ways as a base for my decals. I cut the decals down to size and removed the hard plastic from the front of the design. I have forgotten to do this before and if you do, they won’t work. You will need to remove this protective plastic before placing the decals into the water. I just cut them into rough rectangles as there is no need to try and cut them to fit on your nail. These decals needed to sit in the water for a while before the came off of the backing easily. I put them all in the water at once and let them sit there while I completed some clean up. By the time I was done, they came off the backing easily. Once the white nails were touch dry I placed my decals. They stayed firmly in place once I removed excess water with a tissue and didn’t move around when I used acetone and a clean up brush to remove the excess decal from around my nail. These dissolved very easily using acetone and I had no problems with cleaning them up at all. I know my Seche Vite can shrink and cause wrinkles, so I used a regular non fast drying clear top coat over the decals and let that dry for a minute or two before sealing everything in with a coat of Seche.
Once in a while I do a mani that I really love and this was definitely one of those! These decals are amazingly gorgeous! I am a fan of both paisley and purple, so these are absolutely perfect for me. They were also very quick and easy to use with maximum impact. These decals are currently out of stock (I’m not at all surprised!), but bornprettystore have the facility for you to be notified as soon as they are back in stock. You can also find bornprettystore on their social media channels:
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Hi everyone! Today I have a review for you from one of my favourite places to shop online – Born Pretty Store! If you are a regular reader of my blog, you would have seen that I often feature nail art using supplies I have purchased from Born Pretty. I was thrilled when they accepted my offer to review for them! They offered me full nail water decals to review. I was a little apprehensive since I had purchased full nail water decals from them before, but I struggled to use them and they were gathering dust in my drawer. Since our post office has been on strike forever and a day it took a full two months for the decals to arrive. I was very happy to finally receive them and enlisted the help of a seasoned blogger, Emily who blogs over at Very Emily, and she gave me some awesome tips that really helped me to apply these decals. The application and use of the decals was the same for both sets. Let me show you!
I started off with my usual base coat of Tip Top Miraculous Results. For the nails I planned to apply the decals on, I painted 2 coats of Sinful Colors Snow Me White. Both of these decals had a white background around the designs so applying white undies was a good idea. I painted complimentary colours on my accent nails and thumbs. I will state the polishes used for each under the photos. I also used two coloured 2 mm rhinestones, also purchased from Born Pretty Store (here), placed vertically close to the cuticle on my accent nails. Once my nails were dry I set to work applying the decals. Something that I was very nervous about was trying to figure out how to cut them to size before applying them. I am completely useless at it. Emily advised me that they don’t need to be perfect as you can also clean them up using a clean up brush and acetone. Eureka! I cut the decals out to match the size of my nails. I removed the plastic film over the decal and held them in water with a tweezer (the instructions say to use warm water in winter). After about 10 seconds the decal slides off the cardboard backing allowing you to apply them to your nail. The decals are quite sturdy and I wasn’t worried about tearing them at all. I dipped my nail into the water and placed the decal over my nail. I used some paper towel to absorb excess water and blew on my nail to dry the decal further. Once most of the water is removed the decals become somewhat sticky which prevents them from slipping around. I used a nail scissor to cut off the excess at the tip of my nail. I left a tiny bit of decal at the tip and wrapped this around my nail and held my clean up brush dipped in acetone under my nail, this “melted” the decal slightly and let it stick. Instantly wrapped tips! I cleaned up around my cuticles as usual with a brush and pure acetone, also removing any part of the decals that were out of place. I did not want to top coat them with Seche Vite as I was afraid it would wrinkle the decals as Seche is known to shrink. Emily advised me to use a non fast drying top coat and once it was dry to use the Seche Vite over it. This worked perfectly! The results:
Accent nail is 3 coats of Maybelline Portebello Pink (gift) – Purchase decals here.
Accent nail is 2 coats of Revlon Revlon® Red – Purchase decals here.
After figuring out how to use these decals the application is fairly easy and I can’t wait to dig out the previous decals I ordered to use them! I was SO in love with these and receive loads of compliments. A friend called me out and texted me in the middle of a meeting saying ‘Stop staring at your nails!’. I just couldn’t help it! They are so beautiful! Decals take your nail designs to another level. I love the variety of designs and the colours and detail you can achieve using them.
Born Pretty Store is a one stop shop for nail art supplies and they sell a host of other items as well. Whenever I have had to interact with their customer services I have had good service from them. I have never been dissatisfied with anything I have ordered from them and recommend them to friends often. If you are not a registered customer, I have an affiliate link in the sidebar that you can use to sign up. I also have a 10% discount code that you can use to get 10% off any non discounted items. Born Pretty Store ships worldwide for free! I pay $3 for a tracking number as my postal service likes to lose things, but I don’t think $3 is very much at all.
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Oh how I loved and hated this mani! I decided I wanted to use my panda decals that I bought from luckystarstyle. I thought they would be fitting for the Valentine’s Day theme because the pandas are holding hearts. I also wanted to use my new Sinful Colors Sugar N Spice and Sinful Colors Glass Pink that I had bought and figured out a way to use all these things together. Once I had taken out the polishes and decals I was inspired and pulled out my stud wheel as well. That is when the struggling began!
I started off with a base coat to protect my natural nails. I painted two coats of Sinful Colors Sugar N Spice on my thumb, index and pinky nails. It applied well and looked nice. I decided to accent all the Sugar N Spice nails by adding a black stud near my cuticle. I absolutely LOVED how this looked. My troubles were with my accent nails. At first I tried to paint multiple coats of the Sinful Colors Glass Pink to opacity. Fail. 4 coats later the colour was still not opaque. After I added a coat of Seche Vite to dry it the polish was really thick on my nail and looked it too. Ordinary Misfit warned me that Glass Pink was really sheer and mentioned that it looked nice layered over Tip Top Melting Marshmallows. So I took off the 4 coats of Glass Pink and repainted my base coat with two coats of Melting Marshmallows. I painted one coat of Glass Pink over the Melting Marshmallows and sealed it in with a coat of Seche Vite to dry it quickly so I could apply my decals. I am not usually one for redoing nails when I stuff up. I would rather try to ‘fix’ whatever is wrong, but in this case I had to redo and my patience (as well as Rudi’s) was running out. The kids were getting restless and I needed to get done. So I decided that my nails were dry enough to apply my decals. I was wrong. I have used these decals before on nails that had been painted the previous day and had zero problems with them. I really think the issues I had were because my nails were not properly dry. I applied the decal, but when I stuck it down the polish was still soft underneath so I could only press down on the middle of my nail. Pressing it down over the curve of my nail would have been catastrophic. I rationalized that the decal would soften when I applied the water and stick over the curve. It did, but I still had to apply some pressure. Then this bright spark painted another coat of Seche Vite to get everything dry so I could attend to the whiny
husband children. Somehow my top coat formed a big bubble on top of my nail. I think this was me trying to ‘float’ my brush (where the actual brush doesn’t touch your nail, just the top coat) and having too much top coat on the brush. At this point I was definitely not willing to redo them AGAIN, so I licked my finger and pressed down on the bubbles to make them more flat. Wah! I noticed later that this caused pink polish to ‘leak’ onto the decals. Oops.
I loved the idea of this mani. If I had not messed up the accent nails in execution I’m certain I would have loved it in its entirety. The Sugar N Spice nails with the black studs just tied everything in so nicely with the black of the pandas and the hearts the pandas are holding. I often find I learn something regarding technique when I do a mani. First lesson here, trust Ordinary Misfit when she tells you something is sheer! Second lesson, don’t do decals on nails that are not 100% dry. Third lesson, hurry up and wait! Fourth lesson, don’t push around bubbles (which there won’t be if you learnt anything from lessons two and three).
I took a few pictures in different light for you. You’ll notice the polish leak over the decal on my ring finger. I nearly didn’t want to put these on the blog, but in all honestly, they are cute and I thought maybe someone else could learn from my mistakes 🙂
What do you think? Other than the polish leak the decals don’t look too bad in the photos. I definitely learned some lessons!