It's me again, Fay from Truly Polished!
Just to let you know, this will be the last of my fortnightly posts on here, but the lovely Rachael has offered me a permanent position! I'll be continuing my Purse Friendly Tips column on a monthly basis from now on. I'm really excited about this opportunity and would like to take this chance to thank Rachael for letting me share my ideas with you all!
Now onto my post!
I've taken a popular mani and made it more financially accessible! If you've seen the Ciate Caviar Manicure before and wanted to try it, this post may be for you. I know there was a lot of hooha a few months back about DIY versions of this and Ciate getting funny, sending Cease and Desist letters, but seeing as they didn't actually invent this, I'm going ahead with it anyway, I just won't use their "trademarked" name!
Here's what you'll need:
|Microbeads, Beauty UK Smokey Lilac|
I bought these microbeads on eBay for £1.99 and the polish cost me £2.49 from Internacionale. So the total price of this manicure is £4.48.
I was a bit stuck when it came to choosing a classic mani with a twist using the beads, so in the end I went for a vertical line down the middle of my nail. Here's how I did it:
Step one: Paint on two coats of Smokey Lilac, don't let the second coat dry completely.
Step two: While the second coat of your base polish is still wet, add the microbeads one by one onto the nail in a line. You can use anything for this, I used pointed tweezers...
That's it, and here are the results:
I loved how this turned out, I think the base colour complements the microbeads without overpowering them.
For my nail art design I decided to go for a full on microbead mani. This is so simple to do, so here's how I did it:
Step one: Paint on one coat of Smokey Lilac.
Step two: One nail at a time, paint on a second coat of Smokey Lilac and dip your nails into the bag of microbeads.
Step three: Tap off the excess beads and press firmly onto your nails to make sure the microbeads are stuck on properly.
All done! Here is what my nails looked like:
I actually loved how this turned out and even my boyfriend said it looked really cool. It takes a lot for him to pay any attention to my nails (...men!) so I'm taking his comments as a compliment!
I wasn't sure how I'd feel about having so much texture on my nails so I knew I had to try it. Paying £18 for a kit to do it wasn't for me, so I chose a cheaper alternative...
There are a ton of different colours of beads on eBay, so have a look on there if this colour scheme isn't your thing! Good luck with your microbead manis and see you soon!!!