Experi: Nail Water Transfer Designs

Posted on 01-07-2013 | Tags: , , , , , ,

So along with reviews, I’m doing “Experiments” – i.e. trying new things (or at least things that are new to me); they’ll be titled Experi because it’s shorter LOL.

So the other day I tried out nail stickers/transfers!  Actually, they’re more like temporary tattoos, but for nails :D  I purchased this Geisha design set of 15 for AUD$4.20 on Ebay… which is kind of pricing for only 15 nails worth considering you can buy whole polishes which last ages for the same price, but I really like them!  The seller is based in Sydney, so it only took 2 working days, or 4 days (incl. the weekend) to arrive, which is great.

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There are 5 unique designs, which is just enough for one per finger, if that’s what you’re after.  You get 3 of each design:

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Applying the design is super easy.  I started with my normal nail poilish (2 color layers and 1 top coat- but I’m sure you can get away with just the two layers of color because you need a top coat later anyway).  There are instructions on the back of the package, but I found a few little extra tricks.

1.  Cut out the design you want; I just cut a square out of the sheet around the design I wanted.
2.  Peel off the plastic film, try not to touch the design or it will lose it’s stickiness.
3.  Wet the paper under cold/warm water and wet the nail you wish to apply it on.  I used cold water and it seemed to work fine.
4.  Press the design face down onto your nail, I held mine down for a bit to make sure it adhered.
5.  Check the design has transferred to your nail, then peel off the backing.
6.  Dry the design gently with a paper towel- be careful not to break the design!  If there are bubbles, gently push the design down onto your nail.
7.  If there’s excess, don’t worry about it.  I tried to cut it off with a nail clipper, but I quickly found that was a bad idea.  Instead, after the nail has dried, just leave the excess and paint over the design with your clear top coat, and the excess will probably “melt” a little.  Just use nail polish remover on a cotton swab to gently remove the excess, making sure to press down the design on the edges of your nail so that it doesn’t peel away.

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Mine turned out like this, I decided to only put it on my ring finger because I sort of want the pack to last longer, anddd it seems to be a trend to do fancier stuff on your ring finger, which I like because I didn’t want a lot of distracting things on my nails, haha.  I love nail transfers, I’ll probably be buying more in the future because they’re just so easy haha.

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