Review of Born Pretty BPY33 Ocean Life Water Decals

If you find that doing any kind of nail art is an ordeal but don’t want to pay huge amounts of money for nail wraps, these water decals from Born Pretty are what you need.

Born Pretty has a huge selection of designs available on their website, but today I’m reviewing their ocean life themed set, BPY33.


There is one sheet enclosed in the package with enough decals to make at least two full manicures depending on how you decide to use them. The entire printed surface is basically one large decal, so you will need to cut out the areas you want to use, preferably before you paint your nails. Because you can cut the decals down to the size and shape that you want, you can get really creative with how you integrate these decals into your manicures and get the most bang for your buck from the sheet.


The two sets of designs can be mixed and matched to create a pretty manicure.

Although the decals are not pre-cut, if you look closely, you can see that there are rectangular sections formed by the change in patterns. The height of each of these sections is 2.5 cm. Upon further inspection, the width of these sections gets smaller by 1 mm from the left to right sides starting at 1.8 cm and decreasing to 1.4 cm, so you will want to plan accordingly, especially if you have wide nail beds. Based on the measurements, it is possible to use these decals on your toenails without cropping the pattern, and you won’t have a problem using these on long nails, either.

The back of the package has instructions for how to use the decals. I would definitely change the order of steps 2 and 3, and I would also start by preparing a cup of water to submerge the decals into so that there is less of a chance that you will smudge your base coat color.


Instructions for use on the back of the package.

It is also good to know that the decal is printed on a clear surface, so any color you choose to use underneath it will show through in the background. I still prefer to use white as a base color because it makes the decal art pop, but you can use your imagination and get creative.


Steps for applying the decals. The picture in the top right corner has a holographic top coat applied to the white base. The picture on the bottom left is what the decal looks like floating in water with the paper backing removed.

Placing a decal on your nail is super easy with either your fingers or a pair of tweezers, and as long as the decal is wet, you can slide it around until you are satisfied with how it looks.

You will notice that I did not cut the size of the decal to perfectly fit my nail. After blotting the decals dry with a tissue, I was able to easily remove the excess parts of the decals from my skin with a brush dipped into acetone. The portion that extended above my nail was filed off or trimmed down and then dissolved with a cotton swab dipped into acetone. In either case, cleaning up the edges was an easy job.

Also noteworthy is that I used only one rectangular section to cover the two nails in the picture. Because I opted to do a water marble design on the other fingers, I only needed two rectangular sections from the sheet to do all my nails! It’s a very savvy way to get more use out of what you are given.


Beachy ocean life manicure using BPY33 water decals and a water marble technique.

This was my first foray into using full nail water decals, and I honestly have to say that I loved using them. These are perfect for nail art enthusiasts who don’t have a lot of time to paint their nails because the designs are beautiful, and they are easy to apply. With top coat applied, the decals will last as long as a normal manicure would, and you can remove them with regular nail polish remover. No fancy tools are needed to use them other than a little water and some scissors to cut the patterns, and you can change the way the design looks simply by applying a different base color. I know I’ll be getting more decals in the future!

Diamond rating: ♦♦♦♦♦ (5/5)

If you are interested in purchasing these water decals (retail price is $2.99 USD), the link for the item is shown below.  Using code RSSPX31 will get you 10% off the regular priced items your order, and Born Pretty Store offers free worldwide shipping.  Happy polishing!


Beachy Ocean Life Manicure

All the sunny days that we have been having in NYC have made me want to hit the beach. It’s still too cold outside to really enjoy a beach day here, but I can always live vicariously through my nails!

I used some water decals from Born Pretty for this manicure because I’ve been feeling lazy about painting my nails lately. These decals are perfect for when you want something fancy looking but don’t have a lot of time.


Aquatic themed water decals, item BPY33 from Born Pretty Store.

Before I applied any nail polish, I cut out the portions of the decal sheet that I wanted to use and prepared a glass of water to dip them into later.

Next, I painted all my nails white with Brigitte by Julep, then added a subtle holographic top coat from Pretty & Polished called Halo TC over it so that it would have some shimmer to the tint. I don’t think it photographed very well, but in person, it looks as if someone sprinkled some fairy dust over my nails.


After allowing my nails to dry for a bit, I put the cut decals I prepared previously into the glass of water, allowed their paper backing to soak through, and then slid them off the paper with my fingers. I used tweezers to pick them up one at a time and applied them to my nails. You can arrange the position of the decals on your nails easily as long as they are still wet. To set them into their final position, just dab them with a paper towel to absorb any extra water. You can clean up any extra decal print around the nail bed with a brush dipped into acetone before you apply a top coat.

I decided that a water marble design would look the best alongside these decals, so I made my bulls eye pattern with a combination of Brigitte (white), Shay (teal), and Penny (copper) from Julep and made zigzag patterns in the water to create the look below.


Water decals and water marble are a match made in heaven!

I was pleased as punch about how nice the water marble came out. Seems like I’m improving with practice, which is nice to see!


Hope the weather gets warmer soon so I can actually go to the beach! Happy polishing!

Review of Born Pretty Store YE-261 Audrey Hepburn Water Decals


Do you think nails that are all painted one color are boring?  Are you yearning for nail art but aren’t good at painting?  Water decals are the answer to your prayers.

I remember my mom using water decals long before nail art became such a huge thing.  They were the coolest way to get little hearts, stars, and flowers onto your nails with no fuss.  The designs are printed onto very thin, clear flexible film and slide off their paper backing when wet, so all you have to do is transfer the sticker onto your nail, blot it dry, and you get nails that your friends covet.

Water decals have come a long way since those simplistic designs.  When I saw these decals featuring Audrey Hepburn in her role as Holly Golightly from Breakfast At Tiffany’s, I knew I had to have them.


YE-261 nail decals featuring Audrey Hepburn/Holly Golightly.

You get actually get more decals on the sheet than what you think.  I was pleasantly surprised to see that the polka dot patterned cardboard backing covered up the rest of the stickers.


The decal sheet measures 6 cm wide by 12.5 cm tall. You get 60 stickers in total, not including the one that says YE-261. 😉

The only bad thing about having the cardboard covering parts of the sheet is that the paper sticks a little to the surface of the decals.  There is supposed to be a protective clear plastic sheet of film that covers the patterns to separate them from the cardboard packaging, but I think they forgot to put the film over the decals for this particular pack.  The good news is that any damage done to the decals isn’t very noticeable.  Parts of the image may look slightly smudged, but I would recommend that you remove the cardboard backing if your pack of decals comes without the protective film.

On the back of the package, you can find instructions on how to use the decals.


The translation is a little dodgy, but it’s a good example of why it’s important to proofread!

For those of you who have no idea what the instructions say, here is a native English-speaker’s rendition of what the manufacturer intended to print:


Product service instruction

• Trim your nails, apply your base color, and let the polish dry.

•Remove the thin sheet of film from the top of the decals and cut around the patterns that you wish to use.  Soak the cut pieces in water for 10-20 seconds.  In the winter, use warm water for best results.

•With the backing paper still wet, slide the pattern off the sheet.  Wet the surface of your nail and slide the decal on your nail into a satisfactory position.

•Blot off any excess water with a paper towel so that the decal is totally dry in order to set the position of the pattern.

•Apply clear top coat and let your manicure dry.


A close up look at decal sheet YE-261.

The watercolor renditions of Ms. Hepburn are stunning and chic.  However, it has to be noted that the words are misspelled.  Upon close examination, “beautiful” is actually spelled “beauliful,” although you can correct this error by crossing the “l” with a detail brush and some black paint or nail polish.  Also, “Angel on earth” comes out looking like “Angd an eaeth.”  My guess is that the typographer had trouble reading script letters and had little understanding of the English language, so he typed the words incorrectly.  You can choose not to use the words, as I’m sure that the real reason you want to buy these is for the artwork.  Even if you do put the words on your nails, chances are that no one will take the time to figure out what they say because they will be too stunned by the beauty of the portraits to notice.

The decals are all various sizes, so you are sure to be able to find something that fits proportionally well to your nails.  The images of Ms. Hepburn range in height from 0.6 to 1.2 cm and in width from 0.6 to 1.1 cm.  “Beautiful” is 0.3 by 0.9 cm and “Angel on earth” is 0.5 by 0.9 cm.  Anything that is too large for your nails can also be cut down with a small pair of scissors.

They are very easy to use as well.  For my manicure, I followed the steps listed previously.


Cut out the patterns that you wish to use.


Soak the decal in water for a few seconds until the paper backing gets saturated with water.


Slide the decal off the paper backing with your finger. The image pictured here is actually floating on top of the water in the container. Also note that the skin tone of the design is white and not transparent, so you can use these decals over any nail color you choose.


Wet the surface of your nail so you can adjust the position of the decal to your liking, and blot it dry with a paper towel before applying top coat. The borders of the stickers become totally invisible once top coat is applied, so it looks like you painted the artwork yourself.


Even with misspellings, these decals look awesome.

I’m in love with how classy these nail stickers look, and they’re a definite must-buy for anyone who loves Breakfast At Tiffany’s.  At such a low price, who can resist them?

Diamond rating: ♦♦♦♦♦ (5/5)

If you are interested in purchasing these water decals (retail price is $3.69 USD), the link for the item is shown below.  Using code RSSPX31 will get you 10% off your order, and Born Pretty Store offers free worldwide shipping.  Happy polishing!


Audrey Hepburn/Breakfast At Tiffany’s Inspired Nails

I have been hanging onto these Audrey Hepburn water decals for the longest time now, so I wanted to finally use them in a manicure.


YE-261 water decals from Born Pretty Store.

This manicure is so simple to do once you have the decals.  I started out by picking out which ones I wanted to use and cut around my selections with a small pair of scissors.


My left hand and right hand decal choices. The words have some typos (“beauliful” and “Angd an eaeth” should read “beautiful” and “Angel on earth”), but no one really notices that they are misspelled unless they look closely.

I also prepared a small container of water in which I could soak the decals later.

For the polish colors, I wanted white nails for the decals and black nails for contrast.


Left: Johnny by Julep. Right: Alpine Snow by OPI.


Does anyone else feel like playing Othello after seeing this?

I worked with the decals one at a time, first soaking the decal in water for about 10 seconds before sliding it off the paper backing, applying it to my nail, and blotting it dry with a napkin.


Underwater Audrey.


The decal can float on the surface of the water after you slide it off the paper backing.


The final decal layout.

I wanted to add some pearl studs to liven up the black nails.  After all, Holly Golightly wears quite an impressive pearl necklace along with her iconic black dress.


Pearl rhinestone decoration wheel from Born Pretty Store.

I opted to use two different sizes of pearls to mimic the necklace, so I placed a larger sized pearl in the center of my nail and flanked each side with a smaller pearl.  I used Kiss Nail Art Glue to secure the beads.


The finished look. Of course I made sure that Audrey had her tiara on for her closeup.

I know using water decals is kind of cheating for a nail artist, but I really loved the artwork and couldn’t resist buying these.  I don’t think I’ve used water decals since I was in junior high (trust me, that was quite a long time ago), so it was great to see how much more advanced the artwork has become.

In any case, classy ladies will love this manicure, and if you have any friends who are fans of Breakfast At Tiffany’s, these decals make a great gift.  Using code RSSPX31 will save you 10% off any regular priced items in your order from Born Pretty Store.  Happy polishing!