June 26, 2014

Born Pretty Water Decal Review + Nail Art Video Tutorial


Hello Lovelies! I was excited to receive an email from The Born Pretty Store a few weeks ago asking if I would be interested in reviewing products for them. I happily accepted their invitation and selected these pretty, lacy Water Decals for my first product. I picked this item because I have lots of experience working with stamping decals I've made myself, but I had never tried water decals before. I liked the idea of challenging myself a little, learning something new and creating a YouTube video to show others how to apply them.

Main image for Born Pretty Water Decal Nail Art tutorial



Born Pretty Store Futuristic Geo Laciness Water Decals
The design I chose is called "Futuristic Geo Laciness Water Decals". They come in 4 different patterns and I am working with 1704. The package includes 10 decals in a variety of sizes that would surely fit everyone's nails. You could use all 10 at once on all of your finger nails, or use them on accent nails as I did and make them last over a few manicures. At $1.93 a package (or $1.73 if you use my discount code) I think they are an incredible value.


Colors by Llarowe When Doves Cry swatch
I was scratching my head about what color polishes to use with them, trying to avoid falling into the traditional black and white trap, while still using a color they would pop on. I happened to be swatching this soft dove grey holo called "When Doves Cry" from the Colors by Llarowe Summer Collection today and decided it would be perfect.
 
Final image for Born Pretty water decal nail art video tutorial
I hadn't given any thought to application when I chose this water decal design. I found myself staring at the package once it arrived wondering if the wide straight side should go at the top or tip of my nail. Then it occurred to me that there are no rules when it comes to nail art, that's what I love about it, and I decided to apply them both ways to show the versatility.

I finished off the design with a few 3mm Round Gold Studs to enhance the glitter in the decal. It came out amazing and was done in about 30 minutes, including the time it took to film the tutorial.

In conclusion, I have to say that I am really impressed with these water decals. They couldn't have been any easier to apply. Just be sure to keep your fingernail wet until you have them positioned perfectly, then dab it dry with a paper towel and add topcoat. If the decal extends beyond your finger nail, allow the topcoat to dry and use tweezers to pull off the larger pieces of excess. Finish with a brush dipped in acetone for clean up closer to the cuticle. At $1.73 per package, water decals are a wonderful option to create gorgeous nail art if stamping isn't your thing. They are also a great alternative to stamping when you want a professional look fast with very little mess and clean up.
 
I created this video tutorial so you can see step-by-step how I created the finished design.
 
Don't forget to use my coupon code for 10% off your next purchase!
 
Have you tried water decals yet? If so, I would love to hear about your experience with them.
 
Thank you for taking the time to read this review! I'll see you at the next post.
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4 comments

  1. What a great and informative post!! Wow, now I know some more tricks in working with water decals. Thank you. ;) And, I love WDC with the black/gold lace and gold studs - great look all together.

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  2. Thank you Kim! They were much easier to work with than I expected. YAY, I am glad you loved the color combination! I wasn't certain about it at first, but I loved it in the end too!

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  3. Thanks Anne! It's funny, I wasn't thinking when I reversed the decal that it would end up looking like a piece of lace stretched across my fingernails. I love the end result too!

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