Sunday, 19 August 2012

Purse Friendly 'Tips' - 2 Manicures for £5 #5

Hi guys!

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:
Microbead stripes
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:
Microbead mani
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 (!) 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!!!

Fay xxx


  1. Very cool....I am obssess with nil art and I am gonna try. YOu know I jsut brough some very cool pre fabricate Japanese nail art yesterday..they are $45 /pack. I am going to try that too....have a great day:)

    BTW>.will the beads fall out easily?

    EDGYMIX Bloglovin

    1. I wore this all day and none of the beads came off. I'm a full time mum of a ten month old so always using my hands. I don't think it'll last much longer than that. You can apply topcoat to it to help stick the beads on, but only a thin one, if you use seche vite it will ruin the look of the manicure

  2. oooh i love these :)

    my favorite are they aren't first as they to overpowering :)

  3. this is such a greater and cheaper alternative. I've been wanting to try this for ages but was no way going to pay £18 for it, especially seeing as I might not like it. I love the idea of this though. Thanks for sharing lovely x

    1. Ebay is definitely the place to go for microbeads that are cheap cheap cheap! x

  4. This is so pretty! I'm going to have to give this a try x

  5. So cute. Love the microbead stripes!!


  6. Wow love this idea such gorgeous looks xx

    1. They're so pretty aren't they! I love them too x

  7. love both of them, but I've gotta say the line one is my favourite!

    1. Yeah the line one is definitely my favourite too. So original x

  8. This multi-coloured one reminds me of those little sweets 100s and 1000s :)

    1. Yeah it definitely reminds me of those too!! :D x

  9. I really like the look with the stripes!

    Sandra from The Puzzle of Sandra's Life


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