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Showing posts with label Decals. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Decals. Show all posts

7/13/13

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!


5/30/11

Happy Memorial Day!

Happy Memorial Day to everyone in the U.S.! Memorial Day is such a fun holiday! Its a great day to remember all of the brave people who died fighting for our country. So of course I had to create a manicure just for this day.


For this manicure I used Wet n Wild White French Creme as the base. Then I went in with a nail art brush and painted red stripes with China Glaze Hey Sailor. The blue I used was China Glaze First Mate. After everything was dry I went back and added dots and rhinestones to some of the fingers. The middle finger is a tattoo from bigRuby as well as an added blue rhinestone. (I get all my rhinestones from Born Pretty Store)

Did you create a manicure for Memorial Day? If so, leave a link below! I'd love to see it. (: 

*bigRuby nail tattoos sent for review.

5/27/11

Sally Hansen Salon Effects Review: 3rd Day Wear

I meant to make this post yesterday but I was so busy studying that I didn't have the chance to. Now I'm finally done with finals! I passed all seven of them and even made a 100/100 on one of my exams! I'm so proud of myself and also SO happy I'm done with school for the year.

Now for the review, the Sally Hansen Salon Effects strips in Girl Flower are holding up very well.


You may remember in the last part of this review that I mentioned I had trouble applying these and they were poorly done. Well, even so, they are wearing pretty nicely. No real chips, only a little tip wear--which you can't even notice in real life unless you look closely. I didn't apply top coat to these nor was there a base coat and it's wearing better than my normal manicures do. Also, they are just as shiny now as they were when I put them on three days ago.

To make the comparison easier, this is what they looked like after wearing them for one day...


And here's a closer look at what they look like now...


As you can see, they are holding up really well, especially when I didn't do the best job at applying them! They look pretty much the same as day 1. So far, I'm impressed. I still cannot wait until I can take these off! As pretty as they are, I really miss doing nail art.

P.S. I've said this a million times, but don't forget to enter my giveaway if you haven't already! It ends in two days. To enter and have your chance at winning one of two prizes, click the picture on the upper right sidebar of this blog. (:

5/24/11

Sally Hansen Salon Effects Review: Application + 1st Day Wear

I was super excited when I won these in Madison's (My Nail Art Blog) giveaway! They came in the mail yesterday and since I knew I'd be busy with final exams all this week, I was eager to put them on ASAP.

I'm going to keep this review as quick and short as possible since I know I like reviews best when they are straight forward. I'll also be breaking this up into separate parts as the days go by. Today I'll cover the application and first day wear since that's all I can tell you about at this point.

Application with this was horrible! It took me about an hour and a half to get all ten nails done. The strips kept on tearing as I tried to fit them and most of them did not fit well enough. I later learned that you can stretch them carefully on the sides to fit them. I wish someone told me earlier. But I think this is one of those things were some people will struggle more than others do.

Here's what my nails look like after wearing "Girl Flower" for one day:

As you can see, there are bald spots towards the tips and edges of my nails (see Exhibit C). That is ONLY because of my application. I did not apply them very well to some of my nails so they ended up looking bad. The ones with good application (middle, index) still look perfect with no tip wear or chips. My middle finger has a dent from it because I was checking to see if it was hardening yet. Clearly it wasn't.

Exhibit A
Exhibit B
Exhibit C
So far, I'm pleased with this product. Sure, the application was difficult, but only because this is so new to me. I've heard from other reviews that the second time they purchased these strips, application became easier. The fact that there's no dry time, no odor, and no need for topcoat makes up for it. I also love the design. I got tons of compliments today and everyone wanted to know my secret. They were so shocked to hear they were stickers!

I'll be back in a few days to continue this review, let me know how your experience with these are if you've ever tried them.

4/12/11

bigRuby Nail Tattoos- Review and Photos

I was lucky enough to receive these amazing nail tattoos from Lauren over at bigRuby who kindly sent them for review. This is my first time to try anything like this, but as soon as I heard about them, I was dying to try it!

bigRuby is a company that creates tattoos designed for easy manicures and pedicures. Each set comes with 10 different designs and a total of 86 tattoos for only $12.00 a set. The tattoos come in different sizes to guarantee a fit for your nail size. I was sent over a few samples including the Sea Creature and Mod design sets which I mixed together to get this manicure:


(Base color is Wet n' Wild Shiver and the glitter layered on top is Constance Carroll Glitzy Aqua Sparkle)

These tattoos were super, duper easy to use. Easier than stamping and way easier than free-hand nail art, in my opinion. All you do is cut out the design you want, remove the plastic overlay, apply it to your nail, then hold a damp towel over it for about 5-10 seconds. Once you're done, seal it with a top coat.

My first thoughts about these were that they would transfer onto the nails as a sheer color. But I was so wrong! Instead, they are much more opaque once on the nails than on the sheet. The design comes out exactly as you see it.

These tattoos are quickly becoming my favorite form of nail art. They are quick and easy to use, affordable, and super cute! I really have nothing but good to say about this product and I definitely recommend checking out bigRuby's website.

This product was sent to me for review

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