When life gives you lemons…

So I was having a rummage through my nail art supplies and came across some lemon water decals that I’ve not used since last year. I decided to pair them with some simple gingham-esk lines to create this super cheery look, great for brightening up the week!

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Puppy Love…

So apparently it was ‘National Puppy Day’ yesterday? (What I want to know is when national guinea-pig day is!) To honor the occasion, I cracked out these unused dog decals and made them in to a mega decal on the silicone mat I reviewed earlier this week.

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Lucky Bag #2…

So this ‘lucky bag‘ was purchased back in June ’16 as I was previously pretty happy with the other lucky bags I’d received. For $0.99 it’s a little bit of fun and excitement! This one however was pretty horrific, which is why I’ve avoided using it, mainly down to the ‘Coco Channel’ metal decorations. I’m afraid I would never wear anything Coco Channel, least of all a knock off of their logo in the form of a  metal nail decoration. I’ve tried to hide what it is (rather unsuccessfully) by turning it on it’s side to create more of a pattern than a logo…

The water decals and lace stickers are cute enough, 2 out of 3 isn’t bad.

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Lady Fingers…

So I bought these 3 in 1 water decals in June, (so not too long ago…) and decided to focus on the lady sheet as there’s also cat and dog sheets hence the ‘3 in 1’. I don’t know wether they had dried up or something but they didn’t adhere at all. Therefore I had to stick them to wet polish on a stamping head and create a decal of decals – a mega decal!

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Lemons with a side of Lemon…

So I actually love citrus fruit, I can eat lemons as if they were apple (obviously not the rind but I mean the aspect  of biting in to it). I use citrus shampoo, I make sure to have a constant supply of lemon and limes in the fruit basket, and I even recently made a trio of citrus related polishes. So when I saw these super cute lemon water decals from BPS, I just couldn’t resist buying them. They come as individual lemons, so I had to spend time placing each one to fit my nail but I think the effect is quite cool – it sort of looks like a printed nail wrap!

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Feathered Sealife…

So this is the results of a combination of feather polish and sealife water decals. I hate wearing feather polish as it’s just so dang catchy on everything unless you smother it in topcoat, but even then there’s still a risk. Is it worth it?

The polish I used is ‘Need for Tweed’ by Ciate, which I got from their mini-mani month calendar. The water decals were bought from BPS in pattern: YE-345.

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Ammonite Fossils…

So last month BornPrettyStore had an offer where you could pick 8 sheets of water decals for like $5.99, these pretty gold shell skeletons were one of the sheets that I picked. When I saw them online, the idea of fossilized Ammonites immediately came to mind.

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Unfortunately my camera couldn’t pick up the depth of the layers, and the polish was way too shiny so was reflecting lights at all angles even without the flash, meaning a lot are out of focus. Not a good day in the world of photography for me today, which is a shame as the nails are way more interesting in reality.

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Lucky Bag #1…

So having previously purchased a BornPrettyStore ‘lucky bag‘ before and was happy with the items, I decided to order some more. They’re so cheap ($0.99) that there’s not much to lose, I mean out of three items you’re bound to get something usable right? This is one of the two lucky bags I received and I really couldn’t believe my luck – a set of leopard head water decals, leopard print water decals and some cute bows. The bows aren’t very practical for me but the others are!

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Seeing as the whole bag seemed to compliment each other so well I decided it would be fun to include all the items in one design. I’d like to do the same with  my other lucky bag, but I don’t know if it’ll turn out quite so well…. Stay tuned.

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Dragon Claws…

So I purchased some Dragon Water Decals (pattern M-71) from BornPrettyStore as I admittedly have a thing for them. When I say ‘thing’ its honestly not massive, like I don’t collect dragon ornaments or anything just more that I’m interested in the mythology of them. Anyway, the dragons sprawls itself over your five nails which is pretty cool and I wanted to do so much with them but then I sort of crumbled under the pressure. So much so I actually considered not posting this as it’s such a mess.

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When looking at the ‘water decals’ at first (you’ll understand soon why there’s inverted commas), the dragon looks like it’s white. However after putting the ‘water decals’ in the water and sliding the first one off I found that they were in fact transparent and the white was from the backing paper. This meant I had to re-paint my base colour from black to white or else the dragons would have disappeared.

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Once I was re-painted, I tried to apply the ‘water decal’. Now every other water decal I’ve ever used from BornPrettyStore (bar the ones I used for my Jellyfish base) have been fantastic; flexible, adhesive, top-coated well and so on. However this one was rather thick, and felt more like an unsticky nail wrap if that makes sense? It did eventually stay, after a lot of convincing, and fortunately didn’t melt upon top coat application. Clean up was kind of messy as even though I was using acetone soaked cotton buds the ‘water decal’ seemed to go all gloopy and stringy and it made a smooth removal really hard as it was dragging the rest of the decal off with it. As you can see it wasn’t too horrendous though, and as hassle-some as they were I absolutely want to get them again to see if I can make get my plans to fruition.

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Aren’t they pretty though? After finding out that the decals were in fact transparent, I decided to experiment on my other hand with a different base colour. I may have went too dark but I think it makes the purplescales on the dragon look kinda funky! I suppose it depends what look you are going for, which colour do you prefer?

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If you fancy making a better job of these ‘water decals’ than me, please use my code ‘AZYW10’ to save yourself 10% off all full priced items in your order.

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BornPrettyStore: Tribal Pattern Water Decal…

So I was super happy to receive a sheet of these ‘Tribal Pattern Water Decals’* from BornPrettyStore to review. Why? Well because BPS decals are so easy to use; cut out the decal you want, dip it into water for 10seconds(ish), slide the pattern off the backing paper on to your nail, dab off any extra water, top coat it all and ta-da!

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The sheet is pretty large and contains plenty of decals to do several hands worth of designs. The fact it includes ikat patterns, Indian head dresses and dream catchers makes it great value – you’re getting variety rather than a lot of the same thing which can be dull!

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The sheet is available in three different colour options, all of which I would say are perfect for this time of year. Everyone’s dressing in cozy autumn/winter jumpers so it made an excellent match for brown.  I hope it doesn’t look like a smelly, itchy blanket as I was going for snugly… I do also realise it’s some peoples summer, so if it’s your summer I suppose you could brighten them up with a neon base or something. So actually it’s suitable for all the seasons!

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I decided to customize my look by adding a gold border – I think it brings out the pattern! I bet there’s loads of different looks you could get by using these water decals, have you used them before? I would love to see your look. If you fancy trying them, my code ‘AZYW10’ will give you 10% off full priced items when you’re at the checkout of BornPrettyStore.

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