About one month ago I was contacted by a rep from Born Pretty asking if I would like to pick a couple of items for review. Um, duh, yes! I love Born Pretty nail goodies! It also worked out perfectly because I have desperately wanted to try nail decals again (I say again because I remember nail decals as a kid.. and how rad they were - so they can only be more rad as an adult.. that is how things work.. right??)
Last week, my goodies arrived - and it was time to play!
I was suuuuuper excited about all items, but one in particular screamed out to me, that, and my sister requested I sport these on my nails for her birthday. Did & done!
I also really wanted to try out the dry brush technique ala Chalkboard Nails (minus the distressed black polish activity)
What I did first was paint my nails a base colour, and in this case, it was white (Formula X for Sephora white Matter), then I went in with various polish using the dry brush technique (you basically brush your, uh, brush, against the polish rim so that you have next to no polish left on the brush, then just swipe at random on your nail).
I am so pleased with the polish I chose to use; I feel I have a complete 80s vibe going on with these nails and that thrills me more than anyone could ever really know!
I used all Girly Bits polish: Arctic Sunrise (blue), Sailors Delight (orange), Jelly Shoes (pink), Glo Worm (green), Banana Hammock (yellow).
After they dried, I grabbed a cup of water and cut up my decals. The set I received had 3 different sizes. The large size I used on my thumb, the small size I used on my index, middle, and pinky fingers, and the medium size was used on my ring finger.
You remove the protective film, submerge the decal in water for 10-20 seconds, and then apply it to your nail. The really awesome thing about these is that they don't immediately set - so in an instance where it isn't placed quite how you wanted it to be, you can move it a bit.. I mean.. not that I had any trouble.. Ok! Dangit! I had to manipulate the decal on my index finger a lot to get it just right. Don't tell anyone though, I am supposed to be good at these things.
Once you have it placed and all is right with the world, you can dab off any excess H2O, and apply your top coat. The instructions say to use a blow dryer as well - I skipped this step and everything turned out all right.
I absolutely loved the results.. and while I am someone that loves freehanding, this is an amazing way to take your painted nails into nail art territory - and who doesn't love going there??
The set I received is available from Born Pretty in the nail art section HERE - and they are .99! If that isn't rad enough, you can also use my special little code "AHB10" and save yourself an additional 10%. Plus, they have a wealth of other fun nail goodies for your use! Kind of rad.. and dangerous, all at the same time!
Thanks for checking out this post - see you all again reaaaaal soon!!