Owl Always Love You

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I was in the mood for playful nails so I dug into my stash of nail decals for something cutesy. A while ago I had a giveaway that went bad because the company that sponsored it (moon sugar decals) never mailed my winner their prize. But since then, the company got a new guy running the show and he made it right by sending the winner her goodies months after the fact. He also sent me a bunch of decals to sample. Some of which are these cute owl designs. I paired them underneath a variety of nail polish colors to get this cool mix n match look….

owl nail decals owl nailsI did the other hand a little different just for fun. I think the yellow nails are my faves.

owl water slide nail decalsAnd on each hand I added a polka dotted heart accent nail using Incoco brand’s ‘Perfect Accents‘ in BE MINE. Perfect Accents are small and inexpensive packs that contain only a few nail appliques so you can achieve a quick and easy accent nail!

I’m glad I did these nails when I did because the very next day I had my surprise bridal shower. I had no idea! I never saw it coming. I’m thankful I wasn’t wearing bare nails for that, especially since I was just coming from the gym and had no makeup on. At least my nails looked good! I’ll be walking down the aisle very soon (11 days to be exact), that’s why I’m calling this design OWL ALWAYS LOVE YOU. Til death do us part, my love! xoxo

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Moon Sugar Decals – a giveaway gone wrong!

If you are a regular reader of my blog you’ll see that I offer my opinion on a lot of nail products.  Although I have a very happy-go-lucky approach to blogging and many of my posts are upbeat… you need to know that I take my reviews and recommendations very seriously.  That’s why I need to share with you the recent issues that I’ve had with Moon Sugar Decals.  It pains me to criticize a small business. But I have to write this post to inform my readers of what’s been going on.

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Last month I hosted a water slide decal giveaway along with Moon Sugar Decals <original post here>.  The company offered a $20 gift certificate to my randomly selected winner.   I figured this was a great opportunity for my readers to experience these decals that I’ve always had good luck with.  I did not go into this giveaway agreement blindly either- I have ordered from them twice and also reviewed their products twice and have communicated with their rep a bunch of times.  I’ve always had positive experiences with this company UNTIL…

I picked the winner of my giveaway and she used the $20 gift certificate code to purchase products on their website.  She ended up paying out of pocket for part of the order as the gift cert didn’t cover all the charges.  However, she never received her order that she placed roughly 5 weeks ago.  She was communicating with them via email for a while… until they stopped responding.  When I heard of the issue I tried to touch base several times, but no luck.  Neither my winner or I have heard from them and it’s been weeks.  I waited a bit before I typed this because I wanted to give them the benefit of the doubt.. there could’ve been an emergency, or vacation, or any number of things.  But enough time has passed that I believe this is a lost cause.  My winner never received the products she was promised and luckily her credit card company was able to re-imburse her card for the charges she made on February 11th.

I would like to apologize to my winner.  I feel horrible that I was involved in this giant pile of disappointment and frustration.  I’m sorry that I wasn’t able to get her the decals she won but I’m glad her credit card company was able to reverse the charges.  I would also like to apologize to everyone who entered my raffle and got their hopes up wishing they would win my giveaway.  Because now I know, there is no prize.

I needed to get this out in the open since I have referenced their products several times on my blog.  Previously, I was happy with their quality of product and level of customer service.  But I will not be recommending them any longer.  I know that my readers look to me for advice on products and the opinions that I voice may impact others’ choices.  That’s why I vow to always tell the truth, nothing but the truth, so help me God.  So there ya have it!

xx Jacqui

Moon Sugar Decals Giveaway Winner!

WinnerCongratulations to REINA  who is the lucky winner of my Moon Sugar Decals giveaway!  She won a $20 gift certificate for some rad new decals from moonsugardecals.com!  Way to go!

A note to all my readers-

If you did not win, pleeeease don’t be sad.  I have another decal-ish-type giveaway scheduled for next week so make sure to check back.  Thank you for being so awesome and loyal!  I want presents for everyone!

x Jacqui

Dreamcatcher Decals

Today I’m wearing some more Moon Sugar Decals!  These are a cute dreamcatcher design that come 33 to a sheet as shown here.  BTW, did you see that I’m having an international GIVEAWAY where one lucky winner will get a $20 gift certificate for moonsugardecals.com ? Get on it!

Here’s how to enter my giveaway: a Rafflecopter giveaway

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For this look I painted my nails with OPI My Vampire is Buff and I did a wood grain accent nail using my MoYou London nail stamping plate.  Then I put dream catcher water slide decals on the other nails.  Don’t know how to use water slide decals?  Here’s a step-by-step that I put together: DECAL TUTORIAL.  I followed the same application process for these dream catcher nails, except I also applied a very light layer of clear nail polish before sticking the decals on.  You don’t need to do that though.  They stick well enough from the clearcoat that you put on afterwards, but I just felt like trying it a different way.

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I also used a dotting tool and some Wet n Wild I Need a Refresh-Mint to make some simple turquoise dots.  It only took a minute to place the dots, but they really transformed the manicure.  It gives a Native American feel I think.dreamcatcher decals

I hope you like my nails and good luck in the giveaway! With a $20 gift certificate you could probably buy about 5 full sheets of decals!  If you win…. which designs would you pick from their catalog???  I really like their sugar skulls, but I also have some of their lotus flowers that I haven’t tried yet.  I got the lotus flowers from Julie at Short & Sweet in Texas.  We purchase different decals online and then mail each other little samples.  Julie and I are like an after-school-commercial… COLLECT THEM ALL, TRADE THEM WITH YOUR FRIENDS!  LOL

♥ If you place an order on moonsugardecals.com make sure to use my crafty coupon code 20OFFCN to save 20% off your order!!!  Code 20OFFCN is good til Feb 21, 2014. 

Moon Sugar Decals Giveaway!

GIVEAWAY ENDED ON Feb 9 2014.  Congrats to the winner- Reina!

My blog just recently hit 100,000 page views so I’d like to do something fun for my readers!  How would you like to win a $20 gift certificate at moonsugardecals.com?  Yay for waterslide decals!  Yay for giveaways!  My giveaway is open internationally until Feb 9th, 2014 and the lucky winner will get an online gift cert to spend on some awesome new waterslide decals, courtesy of Moon Sugar Decals!!

Here’s the link to enter: a Rafflecopter giveaway

Make sure to enter at the link above (you can tweet daily for extra chances to win), but don’t stop reading here!  Keep scrolling to see me wearing some moon sugar decals!

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Moon Sugar recently added some new decals to their repertoire.  They’ve got new sheets of sugar skulls, stars, gems and even some hearts & cupids for valentines day.  Their new sheets have an assortment of decals on them so you won’t end up with too many of any one design.  Check out the new sheets here: moon sugar home.  They recently sent me some of their Star Nail Decals Assortment as a sample so let’s see what they look like in action!

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Aren’t they cute??  I especially love how my thumb came out!

Good luck in my giveaway!  The winner will get an online coupon code that they can use to purchase their pick of decals from the online shop here.  MAY THE ODDS BE EVER IN YOUR FAVOR!!  I’d love for you to win so you can try out these sweet decals too!

Stay tuned, since tomorrow I will post another manicure using a different style decal from Moon Sugar.  See you then!

♥ UPDATE!  ♥ If you place an order on moonsugardecals.com make sure to use my crafty coupon code 20OFFCN to save 20% off your order!  Code 20OFFCN is good til Feb 21, 2014. 

How to apply water slide decals to your nails- a quick tutorial!

There are mainly two types of nail decals: 1-STICKERS which are traditional sticky-type decals with adhesive backing and 2-WATER SLIDE DECALS which must be dipped in water to become adhesive.  I have only recently tried water slide decals and they’re so much easier to use than I expected!  When compared to traditional stickers, water slide decals are much more forgiving, especially for beginners.  They’re not very sticky which means you can move them around as much as you want to get them positioned just right.  On the other hand, traditional adhesive stickers are very sticky so you better place them carefully- you only get one shot at it!  Most of us know how to use sticky stickers….but in case you’ve never used water slide decals before- I’d like to show you how!

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I was recently sent some rose Moon Sugar Decals to test out.  I’ve only tried water slide decals once before, but these Moon Sugars applied very similarly to the others- so here’s how I did it….

1) Paint your nails whatever base color you’d like.  Wait for your nails to dry a bit.  They don’t have to be totally dry, but you don’t want them wet and tacky either.

2) Cut out your nail decals with scissors so all you have is the design without much clear border around them.

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3)  Do your decals have a clear plastic protective coating?  If so, you’ll want to peel it off after you cut your decal to size.  Moon Sugar Decals do not have a protective layer, but some do.

3) Grab your decal with tweezers and submerge it in water.  Hold the decal under the surface of the water for about 15-20 seconds.  See photo below.

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4) Remove your decal from the water and it should easily slide off of the paper backing.  I like to grip the decal between my pointer and thumb fingers and it should slide right off the backing.  If the decal does not slip off when you do this then that means you didn’t submerge it long enough.  Simply dunk the decal for a few more seconds and try again.  When it’s ready it will slide right off the paper with barely any pressure as seen below….

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5)  Then place the decal on your nail.  You’ll see that it’s not too sticky so you’ll have the opportunity to slide it around on your nail ’til you find the right spot.

6) After placing your decal then apply some pressure to help squeeze out any water that may be under the decal.  The pressure caused by pushing down on it will also help it stick to your nail better.

7) Wait a couple minutes til you know any droplets of water have dried up and then apply topcoat to get the decal to really stick!  That’s it.  Here’s my finished product….

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This brand seemed easy to apply.  They are also pretty tough so you don’t have to worry about tearing them if you rough ’em up or re-position them on your nail a bunch of times.  My only problem was that I got some bubbling around the corners of my decals after applying my topcoat.  I used seche vite topcoat for this mani.  I’m not sure how other topcoats would work.  One of my decals also lifted up a bit on the edge of my nail since I didn’t trim it enough.  So if you are using large decals make sure to snip them a bit so they fit your nails well (you don’t want any overhang).

What do you think of this rose design?  Because my nails are pointy I didn’t quite know how to position them.  I think they were designed to be worn on the tips of square nails, but they still look really cool.  Moon Sugar has a bunch of other awesome decals to choose from too.  Here’s a few of my faves– Rainbow Nature Girl and Dream Catcher.  Since they’re only a few bucks each I’m tempted to try them both!

→If you’re interested in purchasing some Moon Sugars I have a wicked discount code for you- use code 25CRAFTYNAIL ’til December 31st, 2013 to save 25% at moonsugardecals.com.  It’s also good to know that they offer everyday free shipping in the US.

So what do you think?  Do you wear water slide decals?  Do you apply them the same way?  These are kinda new for me, but I like them!