DIY Manicure #1

One of the ways I committed to helping our new family reduce expenses is to do my own nails. I’ve always been pretty good at doing my own nails, even enjoyed it. However, when shellac came out, my whole world changed. But given that DIY nail art has become such a huge trend of late, I thought I’d give some of these techniques a chance as a sort of money-saving creative outlet (blogging my way through it, of course).

I had two huge client events this week, so naturally I wanted to put my best finger forward. Normally, I would’ve embraced the excuse to get shellac’d. But instead I decided to try out the “beaded” manicure look I’ve seen from Ciate and NYX nails.

This is the general idea of what they are supposed to look like.

I used NYX’s $10 Precious Pearls kit:


I did two coats of the white base coat:


… then sprinkled the beads over the wet paint, gently pressing the beads into the polish as instructed.

Et Voila!



I added my own top coat because the whole effect was very … bumpy … on my nail. The topcoat definitely helped to smooth everything over, though the texture was still reminiscent of sandpaper. “Scratching” my ear or nose felt quite literal. Overall, I was pleased with the results.

BUT THEN, within 24 hours (and still before my first event), my nails were transformed:


NOT. THE. LOOK. Apparently I’m just not mature enough to have anything affixed to my nails that’s not completely smooth. It became my new obsession to pick off the polish bead by bead. I couldn’t stop. It started with fidgeting, then as the stress of the day seeped in, it became a mission. By the time my event rolled around that evening, my nails looked like crater-filled moons. Isn’t that always what happens when you actually TRY to be cute for an event?

So I had no choice…


I succumbed to shellac before my second event. It was the “professional” thing to do, or so I told myself (and Tristan). 😉

I am still going to test out other nail art trends, but perhaps not ones that are so…dimensional.




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