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Nautical Stormy Seas

I'm back with a nail art design I have had planned in my head for the longest, looooongest time. 

This is my first time using Born Pretty Store's water decals but I was very pleased with them. They actually surprised me because I wasn't sure I would like them. 

These decals work great for nail art! I don't know about you but I couldn't do this design without the decals.
When I'm shopping for nail stickers/decals the most important thing to me is that they don't just look like a photo printed on your nails. And in real life these blend perfectly!
You can purchase these water decals for $2.86 at Born Pretty Store using my coupon code  GFL91 for 10% off your purchase plus free shipping.
For this manicure I used China Glaze Sea Spray, China Glaze First Mate, and CCUK Midnight Blue for the gradient background. I used the Compass Chain Anchor Pattern water decals for the nautical print. I found that the directions were helpful but not specific so below I've written out exactly how I applied them. 

EDIT: I wore these decals in this manicure for almost four days and had no problem with the decals coming off, lifting,fading, etc.  

How to Apply Born Pretty Store's Water Decals
1. Paint your base color and let it dry completely.
2. Fill a cup/bowl/tub with room temp. water.
3. After choosing which design you want to use, cut it out and dip it into the water for about 15 seconds. 
4. After it's been soaked in the water the design itself should literally slide off the white paper (if this doesn't happen, dip it back in the water). Once it slides off apply the design to your nail.
5. Wipe off any water excess and use a blow dryer on low setting to set the decal. Do this for about 8-15 seconds.
6. Apply top coat to your nail and blow dry again for about 8-15 seconds and you're done!
*TIP: Do this one nail at a time.

What do you think about water decals? Have you ever tried any? Let me know below!


Constance Carroll Apricot Sun with Zoya Richelle Sponging

I have some more sponging for you! This time I took this orange by Constance Carrol called Apricot Sun and sponged it with Zoya Richelle as well as ChG Lighthouse.

Actually, I'm not sure, is the brand name CCUK or Constance Carroll? I've searched both and they both come up. Someone correct me if I'm wrong because I've been calling it CCUK.

Anyway, I decided that as pretty as this color was, I wanted to add some sponging. I've been really into sponging lately. Especially since I learned how to do it! I've even been giving myself sponged pedicures (I'll spare you the pictures)!

For this manicure I used Constance Carroll Apricot Sun as the base. When that was dry I used a cosmetic sponge and sponged on Zoya Richelle. It looked a hot mess so I went back and sponged China Glaze Lighthouse over it.

And here's Apricot Sun on it's own.

Constance Carroll Apricot Sun is a bright, citrus orange with strong gold shimmer. This took a lot to be opaque. It was so sheer that I used 3-4 coats. Other than that, application was great. It went on nice and smooth and dried quickly.

That's all there is to it! It was really simple and easy. I have not been feeling creative lately so this is enough to satisfy me!

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