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Moon Sugar Decal Review

It’s the last day of 2013 and I thought I’d end off the year by doing something that I’ve been meaning and wanting to do for a while. David from Moon Sugar Decals contacted me and offered a free sample of their nail transfer decals for review. You can visit their site here.

I was very impressed that these were sent all the way to South Africa, no problem. I received them a while ago and I’ve been so excited to try them. I’ve put together a short How To as well as a review of the product and my experiences.

I’m going to skip ahead to the final result, as I think it’s really great. I’m so happy! If you want to know more, you can read further. Here is the final mani:
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Here’s the finer print for those of you who want to do this at home:

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I received 2 types of decals: A skull rose design and pink Breast Cancer Awareness Ribbons. The decals come in long strips with between 10 and 13 decals (my skulls had 10 and the ribbons had 13).

This is what you will need to do a decal/transfer manicure:
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Step 1:
First things first, you need to apply a base coat and whichever undercoat you would like. I used Revlon COLORSTAY “090 Sorbet” for the accent nail. The other nails have Revlon “Sparkle Aplenty” on them. Paint the required number of coats and wait for them to dry completely.

Step 2:
Now, the first thing I noticed that was different from other transfers I’ve used is that you do not need to remove a top plastic layer. The plastic later on top actually has the design attached to it (so don’t tear it off).

Cut the decals as close as you can to the image.

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Step 3:
Using your tweezers, dip your decal into the warm water.
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Step 4:
Place the transfer on your nail and slide it off.
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Step 5:
Paint two coats of top coat on top of the decal. And that’s it! Easy 🙂

What do I think?
All in all, I was impressed with the quality of the transfers. The detail and clarity of the images are amazing once they are on your nails. The only confusing thing is the transparent layer on top which was different to what I was used to. I didn’t know to cut it so close the the image. But hopefully my trail and error will help you with yours.

I would really recommend these decals, the product is great and they have a good selection of different images.

You can visit their website: www.moonsugardecals.com
You can like the Moon Sugar Decals Facebook page.


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Little Bow – Tutorial

Merry Christmas everyone! I hope you all had a lovely day filled with delicious food and quality family time!

Here’s a quick post and tutorial that I wanted to do after I posted the “Gifts/presents” post for the Christmas with FLP challenge.

This is what the end result looks like:
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If you want to try this mani, here are the steps:

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That’s all from me for today. Short and sweet.

Wishing you all a happy New Year!


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Tutorial: Hand-painted Roses

I’m extremely happy with how these turned out! The nice thing about roses is that they don’t have to be absolutely perfect to look gorge! Here’s the final result:

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I got the inspiration from Katy Perry. I absolutely love her nails, she always has such crazy designs. See the rose mani below (top left)?

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If you are curious as to how to create this look yourself, check out my photo tutorial 🙂

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The polishes I used were:

  • Black: Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear “Black Out”
  • White: Modi
  • Red: Tip Top 958 “Corel Candy”
  • Maroon: Modi 68 “Riding Hood”
  • Pink: Modi 4 “Nude Shine Orange” (it’s in Korean, but I think that’s what it says)
  • Green:Nail Cone It Girl’s 1762 “Mint Cone”


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It’s Movember Baby!!!

It’s that time of year again folks! That suspicious stubble chilling on your boyfriend/crush’s top lip just gets longer and longer, thicker and darker. Eventually, you have to think to yourself: “Something is going on here!”. And you would be right. It’s Movember baby!

I’m not sure about the rest of the world, but Movember is a pretty big deal in South Africa. I was looking at the website and it is so well done, I just had to do a mani! They’ve really gone all out this year making the website look grungy, masculine and funky. Really, it’s just full of wolves, snakes, lightning bolts, etc. Check out the international Movember website here. 

So all the men out there (not sure how many will be reading a nail art blog) pledge to grow your mustache this month to promote awareness for testicular cancer, prostate cancer and mental illness. It’s hard to believe that all the hairy faces this month are actually growing their ‘tashes for a cause. But what an awesome way to initiate conversation and increase awareness.

Here is my mani (you kind of have to see the website to understand, so check it out):

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Halloween Challenge: #4 Gothic

I hope you have all had a fabulous weekend! I’ve had a very relaxing and restful one.

Here is my design for the “Gothic” theme. I’m not sure if it’s really Gothic, but I tried! I used a Modi deep red that I had from Korea (number 68 – my Korean is quite rusty, but I think it’s called “Riding Hood”). I left some of the nail natural. I also went a bit gem-crazy. It’s nice to go over the top once in a while 🙂

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I hope you all like! Remember to check out the other bloggers participating in this challenge. Click on the InLinkz link below to see what the others have done.

 

 


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Halloween Challenge: #3 Things that go BUMP in the night!

Fresh off the press! I’ve just finished this mani and I’m very happy!

The theme for today was “Things that go BUMP in the night”. I decided to stick with one type of monster and just make a little family of them on my fingertips. I think they are more adorable than scary… What do you think? Which is your favourite.. the “baby” on my pinky nail is definitely mine!

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Halloween Challenge #1: Scary Movies

The first of the Halloween Challenge, and I must say, I’m extremely excited! I love how it came out and I hope you all love it too!

I decided to do one of the “classic” cheesy scary movies, Scream. I watched Scream 4 over the weekend, although most of the horror came from the terrible script and acting, a part of me actually enjoyed it! I love, love, love how this mani came out!

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Check out the challenges to come:

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