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How To: Water Decals Stripes

This past few weeks have been literally crazy hence why it's been a bit quiet here recently. The reason? Well, for most of it, I was visiting my family. Hardly an excuse? Ok then, try getting to your boyfriend's family who lives on the other side of the country on public transport and then fly home to visit your own family. While you're there, do just about everyone's nails in the 5 mile radius while catching a lovely virus. At the airport totally lose it once you find out your boyfriend printed out boarding passes from 2015. And when you finally land, still coughing and sneezing, learn that your coach is 2 hours late due to an accident on M1. I rest my case. Rant over!

And ok, I MIGHT have exaggerated slightly on one thing (or according to my boyfriend, all of them) when I said my boyfriend's family lives on the other side of the country. But in my defence everywhere seems far when you don't drive. There, hopefully my boyfriend's Gran (who reads my blog) won't have a go at me now! 

floral anastazja water decals mini 16 striped studs

Anyway, now that I'm back, I'm planning on getting back to my normal schedule. Today I want to show you this seriously overdue post featuring Anastazja water decals* from their new Mini Collection. I've also included a little 'how to' chart to show you how I've created my design! I think water decals are so much more versatile than people give them credit for. Of course you can apply them on your whole nails (like I did here) but there are so many other ways to do it. All you need is your imagination. I decided to create this striped design.

HOW TO: Water Decal Stripes

You will need: a while polish, a top coat, a kitchen towel, a pair of scissors, a cup with water, tweezers, water decals and a clean up brush.

anastazja water decals how to apply tutorial step by step

The Process 
Step 1. Choose your water decals (Anastazja Mini 16*) and cut out your desired design. Shape one side of your water decals to fit your cuticle. I always do it as it makes the clean up so much easier. 

Step 2. Using scissors cut your design into stripes of different sizes. I kept the part closest to my cuticle the largest. 

Step 3. Apply a layer of opaque white nail polish such as Barry M Cotton and wait for it to dry completely. 

Step 4. Dip your first water decal in a small container with water. Wait 10-15 seconds then take it out and slide it off the backing paper. Apply the first piece (with the pre cut cuticle line) at the base of your nail. Once you're happy with the placement, press the decals using a bit of kitchen towel to absorb all the moisture.

Step 5. Prep your next water decal piece as detailed in the previous step. Using tweezers apply your water decal slightly lower underneath the first decal leaving a white gap. Continue this way with the rest of your strips until you reach the end your your nail.

Finishing Touches
I used OPI Nail Envy to seal my design. It doesn't dissolve, shrink or distort any water decals I've used to date. I then applied Glisten&Glow HK Girl top coat for extra shine.

opi rich girls and po-boys new orleans collection

striped water decals studs floral summer spring nails

I couldn't help a little close up! I love how this design turned out. On the rest of my nails I used OPI Rich Girls and Po-Boys and a few square and round studs from Born Pretty Store that you can find here. Don't forget that you can get 10% off at bornprettystore.com when you use my code SXL91 at checkout. 

I hope you liked this mini tutorial and my design! To find out more about Anastazja and her products read my review in English and Polish. Xx


  1. I quite like you Decals stripes. AND would I have a go at you? Of course not. Just get better.

    1. Thank you Gran! :D I think my antibiotics are finally kicking in :)

  2. Gorgeous mani hun sounds like you've been quite busy :D hope you feel better soon x

    1. Thank you so much! Ugh, the flu just doesn't want to leave me alone, so much for my bank holiday! Xx