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Review: eBay Nail Pearls

eBay Nail Pearls - £2.69
A while ago I bought some nail pearls off of eBay to try use on top of a nail varnish as an accent nail. I've tried these nail pearls previously but they didn't quite look right so I thought I'd give them another go.

If you type nail pearls into eBay I'm sure hundreds of listings come up. After a little search, I ended up purchasing from a seller in Hong Kong and the price was £2.69 with free shipping. The nail pearls arrived after a couple of weeks and come enclosed in a little wheel which is kind of cute. The nail pearls vary in 4 different sizes and there are hundreds of them. Hundreds. Heaven forbid I ever drop them all on the floor!

Products used were:
- Avon Revitacool Base Coat
- Avon Nailwear Pro+ Nail Varnish in Pastel Pink
- Sally Hansen Base and Top Coat
- eBay Nail Pearls 

What I did:
- First, apply a layer of your base coat and two layers of your colour - I chose Avon's Nailwear Pro+ Nail Varnish in Pastel Pink.

- Then choose which nail you're going to put the nail pearls on (If you choose to use them on all of your nails, do this process one at a time) then apply a layer of top coat.

- Let it go tacky then using either a pair of tweezers (and a steady hand!) or your finger, pick up the pearls one at a time and very carefully arrange them on your nail(s). This is very time consuming but once you get the hang of it you find you get quicker.

(If you use tweezers: be careful when picking the pearls up, especially with the very tiny pearls as they have a habit of pinging out of the tweezers and flying everywhere.)

(If you use your finger: take a few pearls out of the wheel and using a finger from the opposite hand, impress it into your finger and you can easily drop it onto your tacky top coat.)

I did my left hand with tweezers and my right hand with my finger, both looked the same! The only difference is that when using the tweezers you can be more precise than using your finger and hoping for the best.

- Once the pearls are successfully on the nail you have a bit of time before they dry so you can move a few of them if you're not happy with how they ended up but try not to move them too much as you may move the nail varnish underneath.

- Once the pearls have set on the nail, you can choose whether or not you want to apply a top coat or not. I applied a top coat just to seal them in place but looking back I wish I didn't as the top coat gets in between the pearls and I don't think it looks as nice as it does without but it's up to you.

The nail pearls last remarkably well but that may be down to the huge thick layer of top coat that sealed them in place. I managed to wear them for a week before I took it off, not because they were falling off, just because I had had enough of them. When it does come to taking them off I'd soak cotton wool in nail varnish remover and give them a scrub until they fall off. I wouldn't try using Bourjois's Magic Nail Polish Remover only because you'd probably end up with the pearls stuck in the pot.

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