Friday, October 5, 2012

Champagne Wishes and Caviar Dreams... DIY Caviar Manicure

So, the Ciate Caviar Manicure Set at Sephora caught my eye.  How fab is this...

But at $25, I wasn't willing to commit.  So I found that you can do caviar manicures yourself. 

Here's what I used...

-Clear Microbeads (found in the scrapbook section at Michael's...I choose clear beads because you can use them with almost any nail color)
-Clear Top Coat Paint
-Nail Color of your choice (I prefer black, soft pinks, grays, opaque colors)
-Plate to catch the microbeads (I would actually use a deeper bowl in the future, since these beads get everywhere)

The steps are fairly easy peasy!

I used fast drying nail polish, because I am impatient lol. 

1.)  Apply a thin first coat.  Allow to dry completely.

2.)  Apply a much thicker coat of nail polish and immediately sprinkle the beads on your nail over the bowl or plate to catch the beads.  Gently tap the beads that stick to your nail to ensure they stay secure.  Then sprinkle the microbeads again on areas where the beads did not stick and gently tap those in.  ***I actually did one nail at a time for this step and not the whole hand.  It was much easier, and I was able to take my time with each nail.***  Allow the nails to dry completely.  I waited 10 minutes, since I used fast drying nail polish.

3.) Then apply a thick clear top coat over the entire nail ensuring all the nooks and crannies are covered.  Allow to dry for about 30-45 min.

That's it!

The beads actually stay on pretty well.  I think it should last at least 3-5 days.

Here's the final product...

Domesticated Diva Cost Breakdown:

Clear Microbeads: $4.99 but with 40% coupon = $2.40
Nail Polish and Top Coat: FREE (already had)

TOTAL: $2.40 (and there's plenty of microbeads leftover to do this at least 15 times)

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