Ciaté Mini Mani Month 2016 Swatches + Review

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This Cyber Monday I did a lot of shopping for Christmas gifts, and of course I couldn’t resist picking up a few nail polish items along the way, including Ciaté’s Mini Mani Month 2016Continue reading

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Distressed Pineapple Nail Art

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A quick pineapple design I did using some nail polishes from the new Ciaté Mini Mani Month advent calendar. I really like the distressed look of the pink and green nails. The index finger is my favorite since I used a green base instead of pink, so the design looks darker and grungier.

Ciaté Cupcake Queen
Ciaté Seas The Day
Ciaté Antique Brooch

Stamped Geometric Print Over Gradient Nails

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I love this nail art! My stamping has improved a lot over the last few months as I’ve been doing more of it.  Continue reading

Swatches and Review: Ciaté Caviar Mini Bar Vol. 2

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Although I’m not a huge fan of caviar nail art, I found the Ciaté Caviar Mini Bar Volume 2 kit on sale, and decided to give it a try. As you can see from the photo above, the kit comes with four mini polishes: Snow Virgin (white), Fun Fair (pink), Ferris Wheel (blue), and Mistress (red); and four mini bottles of caviar mixes: Front Row, Fatal Attraction, Stick or Twist, and Wild Fire. The kit also comes with a funnel so after application you can put the extra beads back into the bottles. As a side note, I would suggest doing this over a piece of paper or something with less static. The instructions suggest doing it over the plastic, but I found that the beads stuck to the plastic too much, and it was difficult to get them into the funnel.

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These are the colors before I sprinkled the beads over them. I applied two coats for this photo, and as you can see, the pink and blue are still a bit streaky. With only one coat, the red, while not as streaky, is sheer. Although all the colors are pretty standard, I really like the vibrancy of the red and white – I think that’s the brightest white polish I have, which is nice.

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I applied the caviar bead combinations over the complementary polishes. What I like about these is that they don’t just have different color beads, but also glitter and sequins. Front Row, the one on my index finger, has black and silver beads, as well as clear iridescent sequins. But, while I think it looks great in the bottle, I’m not sure if I like it on my nails. Some of the sequins were sticking out and that was a bit uncomfortable.

Wild Fire, on my middle finger, is my favorite of the four. I felt that it went the most smoothly on and evenly covered my nail. It’s only made up of caviar beads, red and clear. Although the texture is somewhat different from other caviar beads I’ve tried, more jelly-like, if that makes sense.

On my ring finger I have Stick or Twist, a combination of teal and clear beads with the same clear sequins that are in Front Row. I like the colors better, but again, maybe it’s the sequins, but I wasn’t as big a fan of this one. I feel like I have too many “bald spots” on my nails where the sequins are.

The last one on my pinky nail is Fatal Attraction. It’s made up of light and dark pink beads and pink glitter. This is my second favorite; it covered my nail really well. I love the glitter in this one because it fills in any of the random spots between the beads.

I like this kit, though I’m not sure if I would get a lot of use out of the polishes (except Snow Virgin) unless it’s to pair them up with the bead mixes. The caviar mixes are unique, though I’m not totally sold on the sequins. So, if you can find the individual mixes full size and want to try them, I would suggest Wild Fire and Fatal Attraction.

Swatches & Review: Ciaté’s Haute House

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The Ciaté Haute House is one of the nail polish sets I bought on sale recently. I was excited to see it because I love dark, saturated colors. On the packaging it says the polishes have a “rich ink formula” and are “high pigment one stroke color.” I usually always do at least two coats, but these were good with just one (except For the Frill of It and Sass Pot). The polishes are also fast drying without using a top coat. I would still put a top coat on them for longer wear and shine, since without it they’re not super shiny.

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31DC2014 Stripes: Dried Flowers

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I’m on the fence about these nails. I had a different design in mind, but when I finished it, you could barely tell the stripes, so I decided to save it for the floral day of the challenge.

I was excited to use the dried flowers in the Ciaté Flower Manicure – Strike A Posy, which comes with two containers of dried flowers, tweezers, a speed dry top coat, a nail file, and Ciaté mini Candy Floss, a bubblegum pink I used in the design. The flowers were really easy to apply. Once my nails were nearly dry, I applied some top coat (not the Ciaté one) on the area where I wanted the flower to be, then applied the flower with the tweezers. I cut some of the bigger flowers in half, but for the rest I just got rid of the excess using the sharp end of the tweezers. With my finger, I pressed down on the flowers and they stuck well to the nail, since the dried flowers are thin.

The other nail polishes I used in the design are Revlon Parfumerie Sunlit Grass, Art Club Nail Art White, and an unnamed purple polish by Chic + Pretty. I liked the design before the flowers, but I think the problem I have with it is that from far away the flowers kind of look like blobs, since being natural they’re not too defined. I think they would look better on nails with only a base color, like in the promotional photos.

Water Spotted Turquoise Foil Nails + Ciaté Colourfoil Review

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Ever since I saw the water spotting technique by cutepolish, I’ve been wanting to do it, but just haven’t gotten around to it. Recently, I saw a turquoise stone nail design by Spektor’s Nails, and knew I had to try it out. A couple days ago I bought the Ciaté Very Colourfoil Manicure in Kaleidoscope Klash, and since it comes with a turquoise polish, I decided to use it for the design.

I started off with 2 coats of Ciaté Pepperminty (it was a bit streaky with just one). I then applied the gold foil in Bounce. For the water spotting, I used a few drops of Wet ‘n’ Wild Black Creme. For the spray, I found that eyeglass cleaner works well. Finally, I added a few rhinestones, and top coated it.

The Ciaté Very Colourfoil Manicure in Kaleidoscope Klash comes with an envelope containing 30 foil sheets with different designs in Blaze (red), Babe (magenta), Bounce (gold), Beaut (blue), Bloom and Brill (silver). It also comes with a 5ml bottle of Foil Fix adhesive, a full size polish in Pepperminty, a plastic nail wheel for swatches, and the instructions.

To achieve the effect, I painted on the glue where I wanted the foil, waited until it was tacky or almost clear, pressed on the foil sheet (gray side down), then quickly pulled it off. I was able to use one foil sheet for all 10 nails, and there is still some foil leftover on the sheet. Overall, I really like the design, and it was pretty easy to do, though a bit time consuming.