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07 April 2012

DIY: Ciate Caviar Manicure

Nail polish company, Ciate recently launched their Caviar manicure which I jumped on as I can't resist anything to do with nail art! Except, I wasn't too keen on the £18 price tag! After watching the tutorial on the Ciate website I realised that Caviar beads are the same as micro beads, which quickly prompted an eBay search! Low and behold I found some micro beads for an extremely reasonable 99p with an additional 85p P&P. Which means my little manicure cost me just £1.84! You can work out the saving on that ;)

Firstly, choose your beads. I got mine from this seller, but there's a wider selection of colours here if you prefer. I went for a pale pink colour as I thought it would be nice for a wedding I'm going to next month!
Choose a base colour, I'm using Barry M's Strawberry Ice cream, it doesn't have to match I think a bright pink or even a pastel blue would look good with the pink beads! Apply your first coat of polish.
Find some kind of tray, I just picked up the first lid I found which happened to be the Harrods Glossybox lid! If you have any tupperware from the Chinese takeaway that would work well too!
Paint on a second coat of polish and place your hand over the tray to catch any of the beads. Whilst the polish is still wet, pour the micro beads all over the nail. Lightly press down on the beads to ensure they stick to the polish.
Once completely dry, seal just the tips with a top coat. Also repeat on all your other nails for a more wacky look! From your tray tip all the beads back into the tube and you're ready to go again. If you're still unsure then Ciate have a good video tutorial!
Hope you enjoyed!
x

26 comments:

  1. Your nails are such a lovely shape, and this is so cool! x

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    1. Thank you! My mum doesn't like my pointy nails! x

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  2. I have just posted the Caviar manicure to my blog! I have just seen this and they are just as good and I imagine cheaper xx

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    1. An 18th of the price if you don't include postage :O So yes much cheaper! x

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  3. This looks really good :)
    Thank you for the tutorial!
    x x x

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  4. Great tutorial and it looks amazing! A brilliant alternative for a hell of a lot less money :)

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  5. Your nails look so much healthier than mine, haha! This is beautiful, I think I'd like to try this :) xx

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    1. Thanks :) I've been trying to keep them in better condition! x

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  6. wow it looks beautiful! x

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  7. This is the best version I've come across! Looks soo good. I ordered my cheaps when they announced it, but mine still aren't here :| Idiot me ordering from hong kong.

    http://lucyywrites01.blogspot.com
    Lucy
    x

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  8. Wow this looks so amazing! Will have to try this :) x

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  9. Wow! Amazing idea!

    xx
    http://www.f-scrapbook.blogspot.com

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  10. This looks great, thanks for the ebay links, gonna come in very handy ;) xoxo

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  11. I thought of doing this when I first saw the Ciate ones, but I wasn't sure if it would work or which beads to try. Thank you for sharing, I'm going to order some beads asap!

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  12. These look great! Love the colour as well : )

    xx

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  13. I just found your blog, it is so amazing! I followed and this looks so cool

    http://georgialouisa.blogspot.com

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  14. I love that nail polish!
    Amazing post :) Visit my blog :)

    wiktoriabachowskaphotography.blogspot.com

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  15. omg! you really have a lot of patiente!


    xoxo from München
    La Vie Quotidienne
    www.laviequo.com

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  16. Thank-you for the comment my lovely, what a wonderful tutorial. It's really simple but effective I have to say.

    Lots of Love,

    Lily from Red Brick Lipstick

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  17. wow I love how you have done that its so so pretty x

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  18. Thank you for the recommendation, Sophie :) I was actually thinking about using Photobucket but wondered how you resized the images & if they show as an actual image on the blogger dashboard, or just the URL code thingy? Ahh, hope that makes sense? :) xxx

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  19. cool :)

    xxx
    Rose
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    www.sunkissedlovechild.blogspot.com

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