2014 in review


Sorry I’ve been absent since Christmas Eve! I’ve been very busy over the Christmas period. I hope to be back and posting again in the New Year, so bare with me! x

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Mr and Mrs Claus

Mr and Mrs Claus Nail Art


It’s Christmas Eve! Hurray! I’m super excited… even though I’m currently at work whilst you’re reading this.. (scheduled post!) but it does make the time pass quicker! I thought I would do Mr and Mrs Claus for my christmas eve nail art. Enjoy!

Mr and Mrs Claus

For this nail art I started with one coat of NYC Pinstripe White (reviewed here) on my index and pinky and 2 coats of China Glaze Just Be-Claws on my middle and ring finger. I wanted Mr and Mrs Claus to sparkle! I then added one coat of Moyra Angel Dust over the white and let it dry whilst I did the details on my other fingers. I used a dotting tool to add the white fluff to their coats and acrylic paint and a nail art brush to add the belts. The gold detailing was done using China Glaze Mingle with Kringle, which I also brushed over Angel Dust using a fan brush. I’m not sure about this bit but oh well… I finished the Mr and Mrs off with a top coat and it’s done. Very festive! I actually received the China Glaze polishes last year for Christmas and I haven’t really worn any of the reds that I got but now is the right time!

I hope you all have a very lovely Christmas, enjoy the food and let all your wishes come true!

My swatches of days 21-24 from my Ciaté minimanimonth will be up on boxing day 🙂

Merry Christmas!

C x

Ciaté Mini Mani Month: 20-24

Hello 🙂

Today I have the final 5 polishes in my Ciaté Mini Mani Month – 20-24.

Ciate ivory queen, confetti, christmas tree caviar, locket, serendipity Ciate ivory queen, confetti, christmas tree caviar, locket

Day 20: Ivory Queen. Very similar to Members Only but slightly more opaque and a little less shimmery. 2 coats, no topcoat. Consistency is fine.

Day 21: Confetti. A holographic glitter. 3 coats isn’t quite full coverage but it is pretty decent.

Day 22: Christmas Tree Caviar. Green, red and cream caviar pearls, which I don’t like. Meh – that’s all I have to say.

Day 23: LocketA shimmery silver base with multiple glitter sizes – also silver. Coverage isn’t great, could probably do with a silver base colour. 3 coats, no topcoat.

Ciate Serendipity

Day 24: Serendipity. A pink/red glitter. Full coverage in just 2 coats. I actually really love this pink. Shown without topcoat.

4/5 – only one I really didn’t like is the caviar pearls.

Overall this calendar was good but some of the colours were a bit same-y… which was a little bit of a shame. You can see the other colours here from Days 1-45-89-14 and 15-19.

C x

Snowflake Nail Art

Snow Is Falling! Featuring Ethereal Lacquer – Neptune

Hello 🙂

I wish the title was true! I can’t remember the last time I had a white Christmas where I live! Oh well.. one day. This is just a quick post to show you one of my Christmas nail arts, featuring Ethereal Lacquer – Neptune. So enjoy..

Ethereal Lacquer Neptune Snowflake Nail Art Snowflake Nail Art

I started off painting all my nails with Barry M Matte White, then on my index and pinky I applied 1-2 coats of Neptune. I bought this nail polish from Mei Mei Signatures a long time ago, so I’m not even sure it’s available anymore.. Anyway I thought it felt quite christmas-y with it’s mixture of various sized blue and  silver hex and circle glitters. I has a crelly white base so does need a base colour really and the larger glitters do need a bit fishing and careful placement!

I then did a sponge gradient using Barry M Matte White, Huckleberry and Guava on my ring and index fingers and applied a fast dry top coat. Once this had dried I used BM Silver Foil Effect polish and the snowflake designs on Born Pretty Store plate m59, which is from 16 piece bundle (now unavailable, sorry!). And that was it 🙂 It didn’t take to long at all.

Is everyone is the Christmas spirit yet?! I’m so excited despite working a LOT!

C x

Ciaté Mini Mani Month: Days 15-19

Hello 🙂

I have days 15-19 of my Ciaté Mini Mani month today. Once again I apologise for the crappy lighting! 😦 and.. my nubs! I had a lot of breakages at work yesterday so I’m starting fresh…

Ciaté Play Date, Members Only, Frost Yourself, Amazing Gracie & Underwear Ciaté Play Date, Members Only, Frost Yourself, Amazing Gracie & Underwear IMG_2720 Ciaté Play Date, Members Only, Frost Yourself, Amazing Gracie & Underwear

Day 15: Play Date. A pinky-red, not too dissimilar to some other colours in the Mini Mani Month… opaque in 1-2 coats.. nothing special and no complaints really!

Day 16: Members OnlyA sheer shimmery nude, which I don’t think will go opaque in any less than about 10 coats!  A lovely colour, none-the-less and would probably look good over a nude base colour.

Day 17: Frost Yourself. Blue and silver caviar pearls… I hate these things, sorry but I do.. They’re unnecessarily messy and don’t even look that nice on the nail.. maybe I’ll use them for embellishments rather than the whole nail.

Day 18: Amazing GracieA lovely soft very baby pink/nude! Surprisingly opaque in 2-3 coats. No complaints here 🙂

Day 19: Underwear. A basecoat. Nothing special.. again.. dries quick so can’t complain!

4/5 – Some of these colours are getting a bit same-y! And caviar pearls. = totally not my thing.

Don’t forget to check Days 1-45-8 and 9-14!

C x