Saturday, February 28, 2015

BPS Patterned Water Decal Review

Hey lovelies!

I made a new lighbox recently and I now have a black background. I'll be using it for a few posts just to see if I want to stick with it or not. Let me know what you all think!

Today I have a review of these cute patterned water decals from The Born Pretty Store. I really love their water decals because you can get them in a variety of patterns, so there's always something new to choose from. Let's take a look!

These water decals come in one sheet of five patterns (one is not shown in the photos). Each pattern has two sets, making a total of 10 decals for each of the patterns. The great thing about these decals is that you can basically cut anywhere in the pattern and it will give you more variety in your design.

For these nails, I started with two coats of Color Club's Over the Moon. Once the polish dried, I placed the water decal in lukewarm water for 10-20 seconds. Next, I dipped my finger into the water to make the decal stick and placed the decal on the nail. Finally, I dabbed the water off with a paper towel and filed the excess pattern to fit my nail shape.

A helpful tip for removing the excess is to dip an angled brush (mine is my cleanup brush) or a qtip into acetone or nail polish remover. I found it to be easier and quicker than filing it off. Filing it off also pulled the decal and it would start to fold.

Overall, I really loved this water decals. I think my favorite pattern out of them all is the moon and stars patterns. It looks cute on the nail. As far as durability, these lasted a few days for me just because I'm a little rough with my hands. I would recommend not putting a top coat on just because the first time that I wore these, the top coat made the decal streak. It's up to the person though.

You can get these patterned water decals and other nail art supplies at The Born Pretty Store. You can also use my coupon code SHBQ10 for an extra 10% off your entire purchase! 

What do you think of these water decals? Thanks for reading!

*This product was provided to me for my honest review*

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

BPS Nail Stamper Review

*Provided for review*

Hello everyone!

It's been quite some time since I posted last. Last year was pretty stressful and hectic, but exciting at the same time. I moved into my own apartment, I received an opportunity to edit a novel (which is actually going pretty well and more books to come!), and I got a job. 

I've really missed blogging and just doing my nails in general. This year, I hope to post more on the blog and get back to where I was before. I will try and work hard, but at the same time I want to have fun with it. I don't want to feel burned out like I was before. So hopefully, you will bare with me while I get myself together. 

Anyways, for today I have a review of a nail stamper from The Born Pretty Store. Now, I'm a total beginner when it comes to stamping. I don't really do stamping often, but when I do I pretty much fail. However, I actually really like stamping now and I liked this stamper. That's saying a lot right there. It took a bit of practice, but I like it now. Let's get to the review!

This set comes with a stamper and a scraper. The stamper is plastic, which is different from my other stamper that is rubber. I actually like the plastic because I can get a better grip on it and have more control. With the rubber, it felt like it slipped out of my hands a lot (or perhaps that's just me being clumsy lol). This stamper set is $3.47, which I think is very affordable. I also like the size of it. It's great because I have small nails so it fits on my nails, but it also works with long nails as well. 

For these nails, I used three coats of Color Club Tiny Umbrella for my base color. The best way to not ruin your nails is to wait until the polish dries and then use a top coat before you do any stamping. It creates a less chance of you ruining your nails and makes it easier to remove the stamp if you mess up. 

Next, I placed the polish on the stamp of my choice. I used Color Club French Tip. Then, I used the scraper to take off the excess polish. With the stamper, I pressed down enough to get the polish to stick to the stamp, and rolled the stamper across my nail. With this, you'll want to be very fast. These three steps you should do in 10-15 seconds or you'll have to start over. 

With the stamper, you have to press a little hard on your nail to get the stamp on fully, but I didn't mind that. It took me a few tries, but you get the hang of it (after the first 100 times lol). 

Finally, I used Out the Door Top Coat to finish the design. As you can see, it streaked a bit, so don't mind that.

Overall, I like this stamper. I can't wait to get more stamping plates and practice stamping more. You can get this stamper and other nail supplies from the Born Pretty Store. You can also use my coupon code SHBQ10 for an extra 10% off your purchase!

Thanks for reading! Let me know what you think!


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