Caviar Scales…

So I’m not kidding when I say this design took forever, like we’re seriously talking 2 hours plus.

I firstly had to separate the beads by colour. Now I do have a wheel of beads that are already separate but there wasn’t going to be enough of them to do all my nails nor were they the colours that I wanted to use. This task alone took goodness knows how long as  tried not to look at the time as it could have been classed as torture.

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Then it was as simple as applying them in the scale like pattern. However it wasn’t that simple, it took just as long to pick them up and precisely place them. Sometimes they hadn’t stuck, sometimes they pung everywhere and went through several dozen balls of pick-up gel (thank goodness I had that!).

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The sheer frustration of it all was mind numbing and I wholly regretted starting it as the results aren’t even that impressive. As expected my top coat melted the colours of the caviar a little meaning that all but my pinky were top-coated. This resulted in the beads starting to drop off within the hour and by the end of the evening I had taken the whole thing off my nails. *sigh*

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Please head my warning, DO NOT ATTEMPT TO DO THIS AT HOME!


Caviar and Jewels…

So I’ve made a few new year ‘suggestions’ for myself, some of which are related to nail art. One is firstly to not buy any new nail supplies for as long as I can, with a definitive ban for the months of January and February. (I’m not sure how long I can hold out after that) The second suggestion is to use as many unused and neglected nail supplies that I already own. Hopefully, the combination of the two will result in money being saved and a reduction in my nail supply stash.

First up, we have the majorly neglected ‘Caviar beads’. I bought 3 phials of the stuff, all from MUA’s constellation collection way back in 2012. However, I’ve only used them a handful of times, like seriously, looking back I’ve used them here, here and here. But even more embarrassing to admit is that I’ve never used the ‘scorpio’ bottle, whoops!

I think this makes a good start to my new years suggestions, even if the design is a little gross. The design did look a little better further away, more blingy and sparkly rather than like dirt and boogers.


MiniManiMonth ‘Deck the Nails’…

So ‘Deck the Nails’ is a caviar bead blend of gold, red and I’m sure some silver. I didn’t really know what to do with it so I made a strange abstract design, again including negative space which I can’t seem to get away from lately. I partnered it with ‘Boudoir’ which I’ve already used and Barry M ‘Gold Foil’ effect. It’s not my neatest work, but don’t those beads look so juicy!

Deck The Nails

Crackle Caviar Combo…

So I’ve not worked with my caviar beads in a while, and I’ve been seeing a lot of precise placement going on. Nor have I used my crackle coats in a while. I really like the Avon ones, they apply well and crack nicely. Here’s the results! I couldn’t get a good photo, my camera kept picking up the gold wrong or the pink and crackle weirdly, but never mind. It does look better in reality which I seem to say a lot, ooops. Either I’m not a very good photographer or my £60 camera isn’t up for the challenge! (Combination of both I think!) I added some gold studs inside the triangles which just livened it up a bit, but I seriously could not get a nice photo so decided to leave it out, sorry…

Crackle Caviar Combo

Caviar Cross

I don’t use my caviar beads very often, mainly because they’re a little impractical. I don’t like how rough they feel, and the beads don’t stay on that well – but maybe I’m doing something wrong? On only two nails though, I can almost handle the feeling of them.

Caviar Cross

Caviar Nails…

Caviar Nails! When I was looking at other posts, I thought never am I ever going to try that. Well, guess what I bought. Not only one bottle, but three.
MUA are calling them ‘Nail Constellations’ – I bought ‘Leo’, ‘Scorpio’ and ‘Pisces’. A total snip at £3 compared to other caviar bead prices, and they come in cute little glass bottles.

On my right hand I’m wearing Leo and Pisces . I want to see how well they last, are they a quick, good-looking effect just for the weekend or can they last for at-least a few days? I cheated by putting a top coat on which kind of washed the purple colour from ‘Leo’ oops.

On my left hand, I didn’t apply the beads quick enough while the polish was still wet so I didn’t get as good coverage. Not bad for the first try though!