Wednesday, June 18, 2014

First Review - Born Pretty Store Water Decals

So today's post is kind of an exciting one for me. I have been blogging for quite a few months now and have finally been given the chance to do my first review! 

So if you guys have been following my blog from the beginning, you probably already know that I have a small obsession with the Born Pretty Store. Most of the extra's I put on my nails (studs, sticker's, water decals) have been purchased from the Born Pretty Store. 

So let me start by saying that they carry some really cool nail products. Aside from decals and studs, they have stickers, spikes, nail polishes, top coats, stamping plates, foils, loose glitter, brushes, and tons of other nail related items (They also have jewelry and make up which I haven't yet experimented with). The majority of the items are affordable, with most studs and stickers ranging from .99 to $5. I think the nail polishes are a bit more expensive. But the best part? They ship worldwide with free shipping. I don't know about you, but I get a little excited when I hear free shipping. And as a little bonus, every time you leave a review of one of their products on their website or upload a picture of how you used their product, you earn points (which are converted to money) towards your next purchase. Yay!

But there is a small downside. I am not entirely sure why (maybe it has something to do with shipping internationally) but once you place an order, it will take a while to get to you. Like maybe a month or two. Therefore, if you want to order special decals for Valentine's Day or gold spikes for Halloween, it is best to place your order 2 or 3 months before you need your items. 

I have been ordering from them for a while now and I find it best to buy everything you want at once, several times during the year. Hence in February, I might order all of the nail art I might want to use during future seasons (spring, summer). And then I might place another order during the summer for everything I want for the fall. So with just a little more thought/preparation you can definitely get everything you want sent to you by when you need it.

So yes, waiting a month or two for nail stuff can be annoying but I think their products are definitely worth the wait. Most of the time, I forget I ordered something and then it comes in the mail as a pleasant surprise lol  My packages have never gotten lost/been misplaced, but for those of you who are a little skeptical, they also offer tracked shipping for a mere 3$. 

Now, onto the nail art!

So about a month ago I received these very pretty rose water decals from the born pretty store. At first, I wasn't sure what to do with them! I mean, of course I could just throw them over a solid base, but that would look too ordinary (As Jim Moriarty might say...kudos to those of you who know what I am talking about). So instead, I decided to place them over a water marble base of several Zoya colors. And bam! Instant fabulousity.

I am happy to report that these decals were super easy to use. First, cut out the design you want to use and soak it in water. After a minute or two, you can slide the decals off it's backing, so you can put it onto your nail. I would recommended using tweezers or your finger tip (which you should also wet) for accurate placement. This is the tricky part. Once you put the decal on your nail (on top of your dry base), 9 times out of 10, your decal will not move. Hence when you slide it off the paper, make sure you put it exactly where you want it to be on your nail, because you will not be able to move it around or peel it off and replace it. If you do, most likely you will damage the decal or make it stick to itself. They are super delicate. 

However, I found that if I first place a topcoat on my base color and then once that is dry, wet the nail and THEN place the decal on the nail, I can move it around to adjust it a bit. But that involves a little extra work and a little extra polish, so really its easier to just make sure you place it right the first time. After you place the decal, you are all set! Just add topcoat. So in sum, with a bit of patience and accurate placement, you are good to go with these decals.

As I said, these were easy to use and I will definitely be purchasing some in the future. Also, you can use my code CJCX31 for 10% off your next born pretty order! Happy shopping!

I hope you enjoyed my first review!

*This Post Contains Items Sent for Review

Like what you see? Check out my other designs on pinterest!

Zoya - Neely (light green)
Zoya - Bevin (light blue)
Zoya - Taylor (light cream)
Zoya - Brigitte (mauve/purple)
Matte Top Coat - Born Pretty Store
Rose Decal - Born Pretty Store

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