Monday, 18 June 2012

DIY Manicure: Caviar Nails

About a week ago I saw an amazing post on about caviar nails and how to do your own caviar manicure without spending a fortune!
You should go and check out Elicia's post as I loved it so much and wanted to give it a try myself. 

As you may know, Ciate brought out a a caviar nail kit a little while ago, which allows you to add a caviar (bead) like effect to your nails. Iv always thought it looked so pretty, but I was reluctant to purchase the kit as it can retail between £18 and £40, which is pretty pricey as it only lasts for a couple of days. After seeing Elicia's post about how you can achieve this look at home for a fraction of the price, I knew I had to give it a go!

I went ahead and purchased the beads from Ebay costing £1.99 for a bag of beads (a whole lot cheaper than the Ciate kit), I will link the seller I used Here. I was really impressed with the service I received and got the items within one or two days! If you order multiple items, you get a combined shipping rate so I picked out  the colours 'Blue Denim Mix' and 'Light Pink'.

Blue denim is an assortment of dark and light blues, mixed with some pink and purple, which is so so gorgeous.
Light pink is exactly how it sounds, a light baby pink, a lovely colour with a tan.

I followed Elicia's method of first painting my nails with a polish. I chose Leighton Denny's Babydoll, which is one of my favourite everyday polishes. 

I applied one coat of this and left it dry. I then applied a second coat, which I then sprinkled the beads over, making sure to put a container or bowl underneath to catch any of the lose beads, so as they hit the wet nail and stuck. 

I then gently pushed the beads down into place, and removed any that didn't look quite right. 

I applied a top coat of Sally Hansen Insta Dri to the edges of my nails to set the beads in place and this is what I came up with;

I absolutely love this DIY caviar manicure. It may not last very long, but as it is so affordable that can be forgiven. It is so fun and quirky and becomes a great accessory to an outfit. I love that there are lots of colours to play around with and endless designs, I may try creating a colour blocking pattern on my nails next!

Have you try the caviar manicure? What did you think? Please post photo's if you have tried this!


  1. love these nails! im so going to try this out soon! looks really good :) now following you! :)

  2. Thanks! You should, they are super easy! Also following you :)

  3. Amazing caviar nails, love them! :)

  4. Love your post thanks for the mention hun and just getting back to you sorry about that as I have just got back of hoilday xxx

  5. Your welcome, was really inspired by yours! Hope you had a lovely time! xx

    1. I am finally back to blogging haha !! i have followed you ! xxxx


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