As you know if you read my post featuring my Disney Themed Manicure, I was contacted by the Born Pretty Store to review some Nail Art products. You can find them online at bornprettystore.com. I had heard great things about the Born Pretty Store from various blogs and youtubers, but had never ordered anything myself. I was happy to try out the products that Born Pretty sent me. Here is a picture of everything.
I was sent a Disney themed stamping plate, floral water decals, and a set of dried flowers. Today I am focusing on the floral water decals. I had never heard of water decals until the Born Pretty Store contacted me. They are basically temporary tattoos for your nails. They arrive with a clear plastic sheet over the designs that you remove. Then cut out the design you want, soak the designs in water, peel away the paper backing, and stick them on your nails. I loved temporary tattoos as a kid, so I had to give them a try.
The 1 sheet Beautiful Colored Rose Flower Floral Pattern Nail Water Decals come in four different patterns that you can see here (Floral Nail Water Decals). I chose pattern 1621 because the gorgeous blue and purple flowers looked so awesome. It may be hard to tell, but 1621 has tiny gold glitter accents in the center of the flowers. It is very subtle, but it is there. The single sheet comes with ten decals that need to be cut apart. If you have very long nails, that means that there is no room for error for a full floral manicure. If your nails are shorter, you have a little bit more room to play because you can cut the designs up and use one decal on two nails. Luckily for me my nails are short to medium length, because I needed the extra help. The directions sounded easy enough, but there is actually a pretty steep learning curve.
My first attempt at using the water decals was a total failure. I didn’t realize that they would be so transparent, so I first tried them over black polish. I thought the flowers would look amazing over black, but the sheer pattern basically disappeared and could not be seen at all over black. I also didn’t let the decal soak in water long enough because it would not stick to my nail. That seems to be they key- letting the decals really saturate with water. My second attempt was much more successful (as you can see). I gave myself lovely blue tips with Wet n Wild I Need a Refresh-Mint and applied the decals over that. You will know when the decals are ready to be applied when they slide off the paper backing with ease. You need to be careful placing them on the nail because, although they don’t easily tear, they do get crinkled up easily and it’s hard to unfold them. It can be tricky straightening them out and getting rid of any creases. Just be patient, and let them dry completely before applying topcoat. It takes practice, but the final product is gorgeous.
I love how these came out. I think it looks almost professional. I applied the full nail design to my middle finger so that you can see what that looks like, but otherwise, I played around with the designs, choosing individual flowers or small groupings to put on each nail. For my ring finger I chose to show you what a couple small flowers off center would look like, almost as if they are growing out from the side of the nail. You can do some interesting designs, even within the parameters of the given pattern. Because I did it this way, I was able to do all ten fingers (plus the one decal that was wasted on my first attempt), and still have four full decals left for future manicures. Again, those with very long nails, will have to use the whole sheet for a full floral manicure.
I really love the way the floral water decals look on my nails. They are so beautiful and professional-looking. But I have to admit that for a first timer, applying them was a pain. I feel like I have the hang of them now and would be willing to try them again, but boy howdy, was I frustrated at first. They certainly aren’t simple stickers, I can tell you that much. The Born Pretty Store is located in China, so shipping takes a long while. Plan on two to three weeks. On the upside, shipping is free worldwide with no minimum purchase amount, and orders ship within 24 hours. Check out their website, or facebook page for more details. For 10% off any order from the website, use coupon code BBBK31. I have been enjoying my items that the Born Pretty Store sent to me. I still have the review for the dried flowers coming soon, so keep an eye out or that.
FTC Disclosure: The products reviewed in this post were provided to me for free by Born Pretty Store for consideration. This does not guarantee a positive review, and my thoughts on these products are 100% honest. No other compensation was accepted.