POW PRODUCTS OF THE WEEK : DIY NAIL DECALS
This week I’ have some very special products to feature. Special because they’re not only fun, affordable and adorable, but they were born of a creative who has an eye for all things kawaii and has worked hard to make her creative talents a dream come true business.
It was here on tumblr I came across a lovely nail technician called Nancy MC Nails who creates the most adorable and quirky nail art I’ve seen in awhile. Just check out her Moonmin Nails :
Upon coming across her blog I discovered that she’d collaborated with a really cool brand called DIY Nails. They create “nail decals” (nail art transfers activated by water) which stay in place. Read : E-A-S-Y Nail Art! This led me into the wonderful world of uber cool nail enterpraner Tammy Koslowski.
DIY Nails founder Tammy said “I started DIY Nails in early 2011 as a hobby. When I was painting nails at vintage fairs lots of girls would comment that they didn’t have time for an appointment but really wanted some nail art. I painted a few sets of false nails with my most popular designs to take along with me and they all sold out on the first day! After their success, I set up a small online shop and I still can’t believe it’s grown into the site you’re looking at today!”
I have to say as a nail art lover, but not always the cleanest at creating tiny intricate designs the nail art decals she’s made are just GENIUS! I’ve played with nail art stamp sets as well as nail art pens and for someone who is “okay” but impatient when it comes to these tiny little tricks I would say the decals are the best idea on the market. They come in all kinds of adorable designs from 90’s retro yingyang and smiley faces to hearts and donuts and even Walt from Breaking Bad! Pretty much any design you can think of she has created and she collaborates regularly with up and coming nail techs to keep on trend and in demand!
The best thing about the decals is they are really easy to use. You’ll Need a few things :
- A little pot of water
- Small Scissors (eyelash scissors work well)
- Base Coat (I used Rimmel Nail Nurse)
- A colour of your choice (I used Ciate Mini Ferris Wheel)
- Topcoat (I used Seche Vite)
- DIY Nail Decals
Start by painting your nails as normal with a base coat and colour of your choice.
Step 1 After the base coat and colour are dry, cut out the desired nail decal from the nail decal sheet
Step 2 Place the nail decal into a little pot of water for 5-10 seconds
Step 3 Carefully remove the decal from water and lay it over your nail with the decal image facing down and the white paper facing up - then slide the white paper off the nail (you’ll find the nail decal stays in place but you may need to adjust it in a similar way to applying false lashes - there is a little play time to get the decal manoeuvred where you want it.)
Step 4 Let it set for a few minutes and then paint with topcoat of your choice (I used Seche Vit top coat.)
Considering how short my nails are at the moment I’m really pleased with the outcome. I think certain polish colours will definitely work better than others for certain designs but with so much choice and with a few of the same design in each pack there is room to play!