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I am updating this from a hotel room so if it's awkward, I apologize. Also my nails all broke, which seems to happen when I travel so there's that as well. Today I have another item from the awesome online nail art retailer Born Pretty Store. They have probably the biggest selection of nail art tools and my blog coupon ARBQ10 will grant you 10% off and free shipping worldwide. If you're brand new to nail art, check out Born Pretty Store - I can't deny the great prices they have and free shipping is always a winner in my books.
I haven't tried water decals before so that's one thing I wanted to try. I am also a huge Sanrio fan, with the Twin Stars being some of my first characters that I loved so this was a no brainer. They are labelled as Nail Water Decals Sticker Lovely Cartoon Baby Star Moon Rainbow Pattern (item 6075) on the Born Pretty Store. I can't beat around the bush, though - It's the Twin Stars. Here's the packaging, it's fairly simple and straight forward with instructions:
Here are the instructions:
1. Trim, clean and polish the fingernails: paint the background color on the fingernails and dry it out.
2. Remove the film of the product, cut out the patter and plunge it into water 10-20 seconds (use warm water in winter)
3. Moisten the fingernails, stick the patter in position
4. Sop up the water with a paper towel and blow dry.
5. Cap with clear nail polish and blow dry.
It was very easy to apply. Basically the water just separates the decal from the paper backing and if you want to change the position, it's VERY forgiving. I love it. You don't need to be perfect. You can always change where you want to place it. The background color of the decals are white. I used OPI White Alpine. Here are my results with no top coat:
As you can see, there are no issues and the shape and colour remained very consistent even though I had to reposition a few. My only criticism is that the background is a bit plain so I took it upon myself to sponge on some colourful tips and add a top coat. I like it much better like this:
I definitely have been a bit hooked on water decals. I even spotted some Breaking Bad themed ones on eBay that I might just have to pick up! I definitely recommend these ones if you are a Twin Stars fan and if you aren't, Born Pretty Store has a ton of water decals to choose from. I know that I'll be picking some up soon. Again, if you want to try them out, my blog coupon is ARBQ10 for 10% off your purchase, and as always included is free worldwide shipping.
What do you think of water decals? Are you familiar with Sanrio? What was your first Sanrio character?
Full disclosure: This sample was provided for an unbiased review.