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piCture pOlish Alive water decal nail art

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It’s been a while since I wore some nail art, so I recently decided to do something simple using piCture pOlish Alive and some water decals I had. I bought Alive along with a swag of other piCture pOlish polishes in its recent stocktake sale (see my haul pic on IG) and thought Alive might go nicely with the decals I chose. Let’s take a look!

piCture pOlish Alive water decal nail art by Dry, Dammit!

piCture pOlish Alive water decal nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Alive is a deep fuchsia scattered holo with magenta hexes. It’s a simple polish, which I like, so I thought it would go well with some jazzing up, hence the gold studs. Can’t have too much bling! πŸ˜€ With the water decals, I didn’t realise until I cut it out ready for my ring finger that it was going to be mostly green thanks to the leaf – obviously I think it would have been better as pink/orange you see in the decal on my middle finger.

With Alive, I found the polish to be very smooth and easy to apply. What you see here is two coats with a top coat of Seche Vite to all fingers, including on top of the studs. I find it easier to seal studs in with a good top coat than use nail glue (aside the fact that I don’t actually own nail glue!) and I’ve never had a problem with any falling off prematurely.

piCture pOlish Alive water decal nail art by Dry, Dammit!

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: piCture pOlish
  • Cost: AU$11 (retiring shade)
  • Volume: 11ml
  • Coats to opacity: Two

I think I bought the water decals from Born Pretty Store and the studs were part of an essence trend collection, but I forget which one. Thanks for reading!

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Nicole Diary floral water decals

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Hi there! Tonight I have some water nail decals to show you from Nicole Diary. I was approached by the Nicole Diary team to test run a few of its water decals and I have to say – they’re a lot of fun to wear! I have two designs to show you, but I still have more that I’ll post as I wear them. Before we begin, a note on the pics. Sorry about how they look a bit off, when I took the photos I was trialling my new nighttime set up and some of the lighting is a bit “extreme” to say the least. Let’s go!

Nicole Diary water decals swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Nicole Diary water decals swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Nicole Diary water decals swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Nicole Diary water decals swatched by Dry, Dammit!

So the two designs I have are both floral because I’m a sucker for the floral look as I am so incredibly bad at doing flowers freehand. My nail polish bases were Femme Fatale Cosmetics Horae Awaits (in the top pics) and Emily de Molly LE30 (in the bottom pics). In both instances, I had to cut the decal to my rough nail shape, soak in water for about 10 seconds and then apply to the nail. I then used a brush dipped in pure acetone to clean up the edges – the decals melted away just like magic, which was wonderful, and I found them to work just like MILV water decals, to be honest. I then added a top coat of Seche Vite.

The downside of these decals is that in some of the packs, one side has a clear backing and the other side has a (usually white) opaque backing. I now like to wear decals over some kind of funky polish so they stick out rather than just white, so I found this to be annoying – and there’s no indication of such on the packaging so I only found out after competing one full hand! Otherwise, I thought these decals were great. Like all decals on me, even after a day (and going hard on wrapping my tips) the decals somehow seemed to pull from the nail edges, but I reckon I could get a few good days’ worth of use out of these. Removal is simple – just with acetone.

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: AliExpress
  • Cost: US99c each
  • What you get: 1 packet of water decals enough for 10 nails

There are some lovely decals to choose from at AliExpress, so I recommend you take a peek, even if you hadn’t thought of buying. I’ll bring you some more pics on Instagram, so pop by my account and follow me if you’d like to see more. Thanks for reading!


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Born Pretty Store water decals & half moon nail art

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Hello! Tonight I have some more Born Pretty Store goodies to bring you: water decals! I’m seeing water decals everywhere now and they really have come a long way since I first started blogging (and that’s nearly three years, so not all that long at all!). These decals from Born Pretty are just lovely and very easy to use. I recently saw a design by Zlata on IG (@de_briz) and knew I had to recreate this look for this Born Pretty water decal post; take a look below.

Born Pretty decals in half moon design by Dry, Dammit!

Born Pretty decals by Dry, Dammit!

Born Pretty decals by Dry, Dammit!

He he he – I just had to have the instructions in there too so you could see. I just love Engrish! You can still interpret the instructions though, even though they are a little confusing. Regardless of the packaging, these “worked” like every other kind of decals I’ve used. Cut, soak in water for about 10-15 seconds and then apply to a (usually) white-painted nail. The decals were a bit narrow, which I did struggle with sometimes to smooth out the sides after they’d curled from being in the water. But this wasn’t with every decal.

Born Pretty decals in half moon design by Dry, Dammit!

Born Pretty decals in half moon design by Dry, Dammit!

Instead of using silver studs I wanted to use sequins, which would be closer to Zlata’s original look, but the only sequins I have are really transparent and it looked a bit messy where the half moon started. The pink holo polish underneath is Emily de Molly Poser, which I bought in its Boxing Day sale. It’s my first time wearing it and I love it, too!

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Born Pretty Store
  • Cost: US$1.50 (here)
  • What you get: 1 packet of water decals in two designs enough for 20 nails

What do you reckon? Are you a fan of water decals? Do you love Engrish as much as me? If you’re considering purchasing from Born Pretty Store, feel free to use my discount code, HVX31, for 10% off your order. Thanks for reading!


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Born Pretty Store peacock water decals

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Hello, hello! I hope everyone is having a wonderful festive season so far. Mine time has been busy full of family, work and just life in general. Because of this, I pretty much haven’t changed my nail polish for about a week! (I know, right!?). To fill the void I’ve been wearing a lot of bright lipsticks as I feel this is an easy and fun way to add some colour to my day. I’ve got a nice little stash going now, too! So much so I’ve bought a beauty bag specifically for lipsticks… it’s all a bit of fun! At least my husband hopes so.

Anywho, for the past week I’ve been wearing some peacock water decals from Born Pretty Store. There are four designs you can pick from, some a little more abstract than just an actual peacock, but I played it safe and got C197 – the most realistic-looking design to me. Plus, I do love the overall colouring of the design. Also, I just want to say warning about my dry cuticles up ahead. I was going to put some hand cream on before I started taking photos but there was a crying baby and a shot amount of time and all that jazz. So dry it is!

Born Pretty Store peacock water decals swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Born Pretty Store peacock water decals swatched by Dry, Dammit!

So, as you can see above, the bottom half of the decals is where all the good stuff is, I think. However, annoyingly for me, the bottom decals had to go on my Cinderella hand as that’s the way they best fitted. So that’s why in my pics it’s all just feathers. On my IG I showed my followers a macro of the peacock head on my Cinderella hand and I think it looks pretty good!

Born Pretty Store peacock water decals swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Born Pretty Store peacock water decals swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Born Pretty Store peacock water decals swatched by Dry, Dammit!

I really enjoyed these decals. They were really simple to put on once cut to fit your cuticle line. I find that the most difficult part, actually cutting each individual decal to fit your nail. This is probably because I use large, awkward scissors and not little cuticle scissors. I just know how to use scissors better, if that makes sense? Oh well, I think I did a decent job, only my ring finger had a bit of the white base showing. The white polish I used was one coat of Face of Australia Miss Congeniality as I just needed a general base for it to be placed on. I didn’t think the decals would look too good just applied to the nail as the white areas were slightly see through. I did find these decals a bit difficult to trim when once on the nail though. And when I did trim them, it would stretch some of the decals, making them look as if my nails had a slight white tip (such as my index finger). I think I just need to practice more, personally. Once the decal was on the nail I applied two coats of Seche. And then it was as simple as that, really. A week later the decals were still going strong and it was only when I did my friend’s nails for her wedding when they started to come off a bit as I was using a lot of acetone.

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Born Pretty Store
  • Cost: US$1.67 (here)
  • What you get: 1 packet of peacock water decals of your choice, which is enough for 10 nails

I really enjoyed these decals and I do think they’re such fun. I actually wouldn’t mind trying out C199 as I think that looks really psychedelic. Plus you could probably use them here and there as accent nails rather than a whole nail art look if you prefered. If you’re going to check out Born Pretty Store, use my 10% off code, HVX31, for 10% off your next order. Thanks for reading!