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