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A Most Dangerous Mani...

You may recall yesterday I had some fun experimenting with my new pinking shears (scissors with a zigzag blade).  Those scissors weren't the only thing I found in my local arts and crafts shop - I also found micro beads which means I finally get to try one of the most dangerous looking manis I've ever seen...  

Let me walk you through what I did.
  • First up, I applied two coats of a new Rimmel Lasting Finish Pro I found called Lava Red.  A dark brownish-red, it's a nice shimmery duochrome.  
  • Next, I applied a think coat of Seche Vite to one half of my nail and taking a pair of tweezers, carefully stuck a micro bead, one at a time, into the polish.  Surprisingly they stuck nicely.  
  • Add another coat of Seche Vite to the other half of your nail and repeat. 
  • Add a final coat of Seche Vite over the top.  
  • DO NOT ADD ANOTHER COAT, no matter how much better you think they'll stick.  You'll just get cloudy patches like me. 

CHECK IT:





See what I mean about too much top coat?  I wish I could go back in time and smack myself. 



This is what the beads look like in the packet.  They're suuuuper cheap at art stores, this whole bag was only 83c.

The Verdict: I LOVE how this turned out.  It felt so cool and dangerous, it gave me goosebumps.  It probably goes without saying that this isn't especially practical or durable but I had a fun night wearing these.  I bought two other colours of these beads so you will be seeing this look again :)

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  1. I have seen another mani like this recently, haven't taken the time to attempt it myself though yet lol. Yours looks fab!

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  2. I really love this! The dark red was a great choice for the base color. I think I'm going to have to pick up a bag of these microbeads myself and give this a try.

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  3. Out of curiosity, were you intending for your nails to look like tiny Daleks ( http://dft.ba/-23kD ) or was that just a crazy random happenstance? :)

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  4. rather than using a regular top coat, I suggest using a gel top coat and setting the beads into that before curing.

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