Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Born Pretty Store Nail Foils





This was my first experience with nail foils. I had read that you need foil glue to apply them, and somewhere along the line I'd read a description of foil glue that I thought sounded a lot like PVA glue. I didn't have any foil glue but I have plenty of PVA glue so I thought I'd try to apply the foils using that.

I started with a black base because I didn't expect to cover my entire nail with the foil. You need to make sure the base colour is COMPLETELY dry before applying the foil. I used Seche Vite top coat to speed up the dry time.

Once the base and top coat was completely dry I applied a thin layer of PVA on one nail. When the PVA had just turned clear I put the foil over my nail with the patterned size facing up (I originally attempted applying them patterned size against my nail which doesn't work lol). I used the plastic handle of an old nail file in a rubbing motion to press the foil onto my nail. The pressure transfers the foil onto your nail. This is why you need to make sure that your base colour is completely dry otherwise you'll smudge and dent it trying to apply the foil.

I worked one nail at a time so the PVA glue would still be tacky enough to grab the foil. You need to wait until the PVA has turned clear, it won't work if the PVA is still white.

Each roll of foil came in a small plastic container and you get a substantial amount of foil on each roll! Born Pretty Store has a lot of different patterned foils available on their website here. Don't forget you can use my discount code for 10% off!


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26 comments:

  1. I love it! It looks so nice :) We are so much closer to getting those bang on pure metallic gold nails!

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  2. Gorgeous! Did you put another layer of top coat on after the foil? I'm going to have to order some foil :)

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    1. Thanks Katie! I didn't for these photos because I'd hear that top coat can wrinkle foils. I ended up using top cover over one of the nails but didn't have any wrinkling. I forgot to mention this in the post, whoops! I think I used Seche Vote top coat, but I did these quite a while ago and can't remember.

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  3. wow...love this effect...I'm not able :( I try many times but ever bad results :(
    xoxo
    happy day

    NEW POST!!

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    1. Oh no :( I hope you can get it to work someday, I love the effect! It's been almost a month since my last post! I haven't been a very good blogger! :P

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  4. I'm going to try this with PVA glue next time. I tried these out and they were super hard to apply. Someone said to use foil glue at the time but I had no idea what that was at the time.

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    1. Yeah I tried to find some foil glue in the local craft shop but had no luck. I couldn't be bothered to wait for an online purchase to arrive so I just gave them a go with the PVA glue. I'm happy with the result. :)

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  5. These look great! I can't believe that I never thought of using black underneath - I've never been able to get them to apply 100%, but it doesn't matter that way. Genius :D

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  6. Hi! The torn effect over black is pretty cool on itself or as a base for galaxy nails.

    You have to use proper foil glue to get it to stick perfectly and not tear, I have both and it very different from PVA glue.

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    1. Thanks for the tip Romina! :) I did try to find some foil glue in the local craft shop but had no luck. I couldn't be bothered to wait for an online purchase to arrive so I just gave them a go with the PVA glue. I'm happy with the result. :)

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  7. I love these! I'll have to get some from The Born Pretty Store.

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    1. Yeah definitely! There are heaps of different designs! :)

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  8. Love this stuff - I have to order some..reminds me of the old di-chromic jewelry made and popular back in the early 80's.

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    1. Early 80's was before my time but you should definitely order some foils. There are heaps of different designs! :)

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  9. I was also wondering if it would be similar to pva.. you are a genius! Now I can try and use this again :).

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  10. Thank you for this post :)

    I get my Nail Foil Top Coat at Amazon called "Nail Foil Transfer Top Coat and Sealant" here: http://www.amazon.com/Nail-Foil-Transfer-Coat-Sealant/dp/B00E6ZA94W

    It's only $1.99, It works really well and keeps my foils looking great! I can even top it with my Sally Hanson No Chip Acrylic Polish and it lasts as long as normal acrylic polish.

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