My luck with clear stampers

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I am just not having much luck with clear stampers! I want them to work so badly, because how smart are they?! I love the idea of being able to see how you are positioning your image.

However, not even on the third attempt at finding a good one have I had any luck.

First, I bought this one which only seemed to pick up parts of the images half of the times.

Then, I bought this one for my mom for christmas, but she didn’t have much luck with this one either – she says it didn’t pick up anything at all.

When I was given the chance to review this one, I thought: “Okay, last chance.”

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Unfortunately, this didn’t turn out to be the stamper that salvaged all clear stampers for me. It picked up some of the bigger images okay-ish half of the times, but smaller images and thinner lines was a no go. I mean, I have a silicone stamper and a regular stamper that works just fine for me, so I know it’s not my technique that’s wrong.

I tried using it with several different stamping plates – both from Born Pretty Store and two other companies, but it was all the same.

Given that this is my third unsuccesful attempt at finding a clear stamper – and the fact that all three have come from Born Pretty Store – I do not have much confidence in their clear stampers, and I will be looking towards other companies when I am buying stampers in the future.

Silver and Marble

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After some practice, I’ve really grown to love water decals. I didn’t find them too easy to use at first, but now that I’ve gotten good at using them, I love how quickly they can spruce up a manicure for a very little cost.

For this manicure, I used this sheet from Born Pretty Store, and I guarantee that you will see more manis with this sheet, because there are so many images, and I really love the simplicity of the images.

I messed around with making diy decals on my nail art mat and attempted doing marble nails this way, but I still think I prefer Continue reading

The hype with nail art mats

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Lately, it seems that silicone nail art mats are all the rage in the nail art community. I have been torn as to how to feel about the mats. On one side, I find it super cool, but on the other side, I find it to be a glorified baking mat.

I was given the opportunity to review Born Pretty Store’s small silicone stamping mat which is 21×15 cm. The big one is 28×15 cm, if you feel like you need the extra space.

The mat has a 3 cm ruler, two circles (one clear and one black), 5 clear rounded rectangles and 5 black rectangles. The mat comes rolled up in a tube that you can use for storing, which is super neat and space saving.

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The mat allows you to test nail polish colors over black or clear, make diy decals, use with stamping, use as work surface to protect your table etc.

The mat is easy to clean with nail polish remover, and it doesn’t stain from the polish, even though I tried with dark colors and smeared it all over.

I like using it beneath my stamping plates where I usually use a piece of paper, because when you scrape the plate, some polish scrapes off to the work surface.

I use it to test nail powders over black and white without having to do it on the nails. Even the nail powders, which usually gets EVERYWHERE, easily sticks to the cotton pad with nail polish remover, and there were no particles left after a couple of swipes. I use it to test images from stamping plates and for quickly discarding stamping images where I didn’t get a complete, crisp transfer.

I want to try to use it for making diy decals as well, because it seems like it will be much easier than using a plastic bag.

The silicone makes sure that the mat sticks to the table and doesn’t slide anywhere.

I am glad that I got a chance to try it. I can imagine that once I get more used to having it, I will find more uses for it and thus use it more. Already, it saves me several pieces of paper (/paper towels) each week, which is more sustainable in the long run.

For the low price of $5,99 it is worth having for sustainability alone – anything else you can think of using it for is just an added bonus.

Use the code BOTX31 for 10% off the entire website.

Holographic Foil Nails

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This review has kinda been in the pipeline for a long time. I received these sheets of holographic foils, which I thought looked super awesome! You get 16 different kinds of foils for under $2 – granted, the sheets are not that big, but it’s a nice option if you have trouble deciding on a design.

The reason why this has been long underway, is that the website says that you can apply it over nail polish, and it will stick just fine. I tried that, and it. did. not. work. I was prepared to give this a very negative review, but then – by chance – I saw a YouTube tutorial on how to apply foil where they used nail foil glue. Once I bought a bottle of that, I was able to get it to transfer.

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The sheets where folded in half, meaning that the transferable parts stuck together, and when I went to peel them from each other, some parts of the design didn’t come off. That was kinda annoying since that meant I couldn’t get a crisp design.

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When I actually tried out the foils, I discovered I needn’t have bothered getting annoyed about that, because it was nearly impossible to transfer the design perfectly anyway. I was left with this distressed look instead. I don’t know how I feel about that, maybe it was because I was expecting something else?

Well, doing the same design on both hands when you have 16 different to choose from was boring, so I did another one on my right hand. This stuck even more together and thus the result was even more distressed, and I don’t really like this design.

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Overall, I have mixed feelings. First, why wasn’t I informed that I needed to buy nail foil glue? It could have saved me the additional shipping time. Second, the packaging was not optimal because the sheets stuck together. Third, the transfer wasn’t as crisp as expected, but if you go into this wanting a distressed look, then you’ll like this. Fourth and final, this is under $2 so what can you really expect? This could work nicely as an accent nail, maybe?

Use the discount code BOTX31 for 10 % off the entire website.

Flower Water Decals

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I’ve been given the opportunity to review these water decals from an online store called Nicole Diary.

The water decals work just like other water decals – you paint your nails a solid color (I almost always choose white), then you cut out the decals to the size and shape of your nail. You remove the protective film from the image, and soak it in water for 10-20 seconds. Then, you slide the image off the backing paper and place it on your nail. Cut off any excess decal and finish with a layer of top coat. A quick and easy way to get a nice, intricate manicure with minimal effort.

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In contrast to some of the decals I’ve tried previously, these are significantly thinner and more sheer. With some of the other decals, a quick, uneven coat of white polish underneath was enough, but with these, I’d definitely recommend taking some time to apply the polish and making it look neat, because it’s gonna show through. The advantage to the thinness is that if you didn’t cut it precisely to size or apply it crookedly, you can easily soak it off your skin/cuticle area with nail polish remover – something that would be considerably more time consuming with thicker decals. They also need less time in the water before they are ready to be peeled off, which is a definite plus.

When you apply them, you have a few tries to apply them right – it is not until you press them down on your nail that they stick. This is good for a straight application, but I did manage to pull them off before pressing them down, because they stuck to my tweezers, and I had to try again. That’s really a matter of practice, though.

You can buy them in their Amazon Store or their Aliexpress Store. These ones are number 30 (direct link). They have a big range of nail art items, water decals, stamping plates, pigment powder etc.

You can use the coupon code Na2016 – leave it in the order note and you will get a small gift with your order.

What do you guys think about water decals?

Tribal Nail Decals | HOW TO

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After a few posts of trying to explain how I use water decals, this time, I’ve made a video showing you! You can find that further down this post. Continue reading

Slanted French Tips With Flower Decals

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Not too long ago, I made fun of the obsession with slanted and alternative french tips I had last year around this time. I guess the weather just does something to me, because here I am, at it again with does slanted french tips! Continue reading