Sunday, 22 June 2014

Big Cats water decals from BPS

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Hey y'all!

I was recently sent a couple of sheets of water decals from Born Pretty Store for review, and since they are both prints for big cats, I thought I would use them together in a single mani!  This was my first experience using water decals and I am so incredibly pleased with the results!

Big Cats leopard tiger water decal nail art born pretty store

As I mentioned earlier, this look was created with two different sheets of water decals, both of which are available in the new arrivals section of the BPS site. 

Leopard print black french tip water decals born pretty store H037 Leopard print black french tip water decals born pretty store

This sheet is called the Trendy Leopard Pattern, and it's pattern H037.  As you can see, it has full nail leopard print (black on clear), and black tips.  I did try to use the tips, but as it turns out they were all just a bit too small for my nails, so I wasn't really able to use them successfully.  The full nail images are more forgiving because of the nature of the pattern, but I did have to use two of them turned sideways to get full coverage on my thumb.

Tiger print water decals born pretty store BLE576 Tiger print water decals born pretty store BLE576

This sheet is called the Stylish Mini Leopard, although this pattern BLE576 is actually tiger print.  Again the images are a tad smaller than my nails, but because they're designed to be used as corner pieces, you can easily get away with using them even if the fit isn't perfect.  I used two on each nail, one with the face and one with just the print to create a bit of negative space running diagonally through my nail.

Big Cats leopard tiger water decal nail art born pretty store

To begin this look, I started with a couple of W7 polishes that I've had sitting in my untried pile for a while, both of which are UV formulas, so if you charge them enough during the day, they'll glow in the dark.  The pale blue on my index and middle fingers is Dance, and the pale lilac on the rest is called Rave.   I used 3 coats of each respective polish for full opacity, and then topcoated with SV before I began the water decal process just in case.

Big Cats leopard tiger water decal nail art born pretty store

As I said, this was my first experience using water decals.  I have a few sheets hanging out in my nail art box, but I haven't had an opportunity to use them yet, so I was a bit nervous about reviewing these sheets, but my fears were fairly quickly put aside.  The application is pretty straight forward and similar to other water decal instructions I've seen in tutorials.  The only issues I experienced were in trying to use the french tip decals, but that was because of a sizing issue rather than a problem with the decals themselves. 

Big Cats leopard tiger water decal nail art born pretty store

Once I had all the decals placed on my nails, I wanted to add a little bit of bling, so I used a string of tiny clear round rhinestones along the edge of the tiger prints to set them off.  Everything was sealed in under a coat of HKG (because I was really nervous about smudging, and that's the least smudgey topcoat I own).

If you like these, be sure to check out the rest of the nail art supplies selection.  Remember that when you make a purchase, you can use discount code FXX31 for 10% off regularly marked items in your cart!  Once this code has been used 10 times, Born Pretty Store will sponsor a giveaway on my blog!

I hope you all had a fantastic weekend, and I'll see ya soon!

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  1. I love what you did with this. It's super fun and artsy at the same time!

    1. Oooh. "Artsy". I like that! :) Thanks hon!

  2. Ooh these are too cute <3 I love the faces actually, usually when you see cheetah print manicures, it just the print alone, never the faces. It's a nice touch!

    1. I think the faces are my favorite part too!

  3. AWW your nails look soo cute!

    Your blog looks absolutely beautiful, I love the layout!

    I’m looking forward to read your next article ;)

    ~Xx~ Julia


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