Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Micro Bead Manicure


I got this idea from Coleyyyful when she posted about her little ebay buy, I had to try them just out of curiosity. The ebay seller has a number of different colour beads so there's probably something for everyone depending on what sort of colour you are wanting. I got silver (pictured above) and rainbow so I could have two different looks. 

You get 20g for £1.75 which isn't bad at all; because these are so tiny 20g is actually a lot! After using them once I still have enough for at least another 3/4 applications I reckon, if not more! As Coleyyyful's tutorial suggests, this is a really easy look to recreate; there are 3 simple steps (after the obvious prepping beforehand which you do before any manicure). All you need is a little pot to keep the beads in, a bigger tub (where excess beads drop), a nail colour of your choice and a top coat.

- Choose a base colour and paint it onto your nail (I used one quite thick coat)
- Hold your finger over the larger tub and pour beads over the nail until completely covered; repeat on all nails and let them set for a minute or two.
- Paint some good quality topcoat over the top to try and seal the beads onto the nail.

And there you go, a Micro-Bead manicure for £1.75!

I love the look of these especially for a special occasion; not so sure about the feel of them but they are very eyecatching. Unfortunately for me longevity is pretty much nil, they are so easily flicked off but as I say it'd be ideal for a night out or 2 days absolute tops because after that they start to look scruffy as some of the beads have fallen off. This isn't anywhere near as messy as I first thought, they don't drop off in bed like I thought they would, they just come off during everyday activities (i.e. Washing up, opening cans etc.)

What do you think? Will you be trying this Manicure out??
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12 comments

  1. That looks great, and so simple! Thanks for the heads up xx

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  2. This looks lush, well done :) I'll definitely be giving this a go (this way- not by buying the brand name 18 quid bottles!) for a night out and stuff. Looks so pretty and for the price I don't really mind if it doesnt last! xxx

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  3. This looks brilliant-and what a bargain too.
    Shall bookmark this :)

    Liz
    http://www.aspirationsofglam.blogspot.com
    xxx

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  4. This looks great! And what a great price too!
    Will definitely be trying it out!
    Sharleena
    markedbeautyblog.blogspot.com

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  5. These look amazing!

    http://golddustk.blogspot.co.uk/

    xx

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  6. I really love the idea behind it but for only two days.... that really makes me hesitate! It's so cute! I feel very conflicted.

    Kindness is the best accessory,
    Rebecca

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  7. i wont be trying it but it looks amazing on you :)
    www.whokilledlola.blogspot.com
    x

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  8. This looks incredible! I'd love to try it but I'm so blimmin' clumsy they'd probably fall off after half an hour! xxx

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  9. I tried this last weekend and I will be posting some pictures this week. The effect is amazing x

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  10. This looks cute, I bet it's a pain to take off though!

    xo

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  11. WOW at those nails!

    found your blog via facebook on the Northern fashion, beauty & lifestyle bloggers page. I'm also from Yorkshire (York) so it's cool to see other northern girls' blogs and support :)

    Now following!

    Myfanwy http://goldenthelight.blogspot.fr/ xoxo

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