Friday, January 31, 2014

Ciate Caviar Manicure : Impractical Polish For Moms.

I love a fancy unconventional beauty product.  Which is why I couldn't wait for a reason to try out one of my Christmas gifts, the Ciate Caviar manicure.  What better occasion to try this look out than for my birthday yesterday?!  

{Caviar pearls, funnel, and gold polish.}

This Ciate Caviar Manicure Luxe set in "gleam," $19, was honestly kind of intimidating when I opened it.  How in the world was I going to get these tiny little gold pearls on my tiny nail beds without making a huge mess??  Luckily, it was a lot easier than it looked to apply.  I figured I would start off slow the first time and just pick 2 accent nails on each hand to bling out and just paint the rest with the polish.

 {The key was to do this manicure over a paper plate to catch the fall out pearls!}

{Excuse my super dry skin - ouch!  Just wanted you to see these pearls up close and personal!}

{Driving the kids to school in sweatpants, Uggs, and then my fancy caviar nails!}

{With Flash.}

Upside.  Like I said, they're not that hard to apply at all which is a bonus.  You just paint 2 coats of the included rose gold polish (although I think it tends more bronzy yellow) then immediately sprinkle the pearls over the nail until they're covered. Then lightly press them into the nail bed until they stick. I saw that you could apply a topcoat over them, but I was afraid that would mess with the shiny finish so I didn't.  They look super cool - my kids were amazed with them, and wanted to keep touching them while asking me "HOW did you DO that??"  They look very cool and 3D.

Downside.  As a mom, I applied these last night before going to bed.  Then this morning did my usual mom stuff like tying toddler tennis shoes, loading the dishwasher, and fixing my daughters hair.  All of these normal things caused a few of the balls to immediately pop off, leaving me with weird bare spots on my nail bed.  Sad face.  This goes to show that this look is definitely only for special occasions and maybe for when you are just relaxing and not supposed to be doing anything with you hands.  Which in my case, is literally impossible.  Maybe next time I will pick accent nails that don't get as much action as my thumbs which I did this time. We might go pinky nails only next time!  Do you realize how much action your thumbs get??  They do a lot. 

Have you or would you ever try the Caviar nail art trend? 

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