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S&S 30 Day Challenge: Caviar


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Ok onto today’s challenge! CAVIAR dum Duuum DUUMMMM!

I had a plan to do an intricate pattern with these tiny coloured beads but then I put on The Following (so so tense) and my ability to concentrate on two things at once vanished so I just went for it and sprinkled!

The base colour here is 2 coats of BarryM Gelly Plum which is a gorgeous dark purple. I am not a huge purple fan but I like the depth of this colour and the glossy shine is incredible. I never top coat Barrym Gelly polishes as I always think  it diminishes the finish. They’re about average when it comes to dry time, perhaps slightly slower than a normal BarryM as they’re slightly thicker. You could possibly get opaque in one coat but these days I am finding two works best for me.


The caviar beads I have used are from George in Asda – I did try and topcoat over the beads but this did cause colour run so I reapplied and all of the pictures here are without topcoat (which means the beads are not a smooth finish and less protected from wear and tear). I will say that the beads applied very evenly to a wet coat of polish and do sit considerably flatter than I thought they would. I have been fiddling and they’re actually quite hard to persuade to move – my concern with caviar has always been how impractical it is to walk around with hundreds of tiny beads barely gripping onto your finger – I am fairly confident this look would last at least two days although the tip is most likely to begin showing bald patches, unless you pick/fiddle and then it will not be lasting  very long at all. I did not persuade the spare beads back into the bottle put instead trasferred to a little sandwich bag for later use. I used considerably less beads than I thought I would and you could easily get 2 full manicures out of this bottle and if you’re only using for accent (as I have done) then even longer). There are a range of colours available from George so it is worth checking out as a cheap alternative to the more expensive kits available. 


As I really didn’t consider a couple of coats of nail polish and a light sprinkling to be very exciting (although it does look fantastic) I decided to spice my manicure up a little further. I added 1 coat of BarryM Pink Irridescent over my index, middle and pinky – the delicate holographic glitter catches the light beautifully but without challenging the accent finger. For my thumb I added coloured dots with a dotting tool to echo the caviar finish on my ring finger. Polishes used: W7 Sheer Pink, BarryM Shocking Pink, BarryM Cyan Blue, Rimmel Peppermint, BarryM Foil Effects Gold. I added one colour at a time randomly placing the dots as I went (I did slip with a gold one but the rest went on without a hitch).

So how does this all look together?


caviar3                                                        caviar1

Does anyone else watch tv while they do their nails or do you prefer to focus on one thing at a time? I think I am a caviar bead convert, are you? Let me know with a comment below!

For all the details about this challenge please check out  Short And Sweet’s challenge. To see all the other wonderful creations click the following link: Inlinkz.


6 comments on “S&S 30 Day Challenge: Caviar

  1. Megan
    April 23, 2013

    Love this manicure 🙂 Caviar is such fun to do! I’m defo a convert! 🙂

  2. Mina
    April 23, 2013

    Oh yes, this is definitely a good one! 😉
    Caviar is just too cute! And Ilove how you also nail arted your thumb! 😀
    I don’t watch TV while doing my nails, but I do take the time to look through nail blogs and eventually do a sudoku or two in between layers 😉

    • pocketmoneypolishes
      April 23, 2013

      Waiting between layers is the worst part! Your distraction sounds more productive than mine though!

  3. I always have something on in the background as I do my nails otherwise I get bored coz it’s such a labour intensive thing!

    Loving this combination, your spots match the beads perfectly!

    • pocketmoneypolishes
      April 23, 2013

      Thank you 😀 I always find the tricky bit is if what you’re watching finishes and you need to change channel half way through…

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