Ciaté Doll Face

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So here it is, day one of the Ciaté Rundown! The first polish was literally the one that appealed to me most at that particular moment when I opened the box. I haven’t painted my nails in a good few weeks now to give them a break and I wanted to ease myself back into wearing nail polish before I went for the brightest one in the box so Doll Face seemed like the way to go. I’ll give you a perfect description of how I felt as I was putting this on. It reminded me of being at school, probably secondary school, and I’d just get bored and tip ex all my nails white and then continue to vandalize them by drawing on top with my biro penI can assure you my school memories were a lot more exciting than that, but this is honestly what it reminded me of. It looks like it will go chalky as you apply it but it dries lovely and smooth yet with a matte finish. One big tip, is that all of these polishes are very bright and garish, so be sure to make sure you nails are filed, clean and preferably cut down to a normal size (call me a Granny but I have no idea why these talons are in fashion at the moment) because trust me, it won’t look good otherwise. But I should give a big round of applause to Doll Face and a very warm welcome for joining my existing collection of Ciaté polishes.

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Essie’s Bikini so Teeny

 

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I’m going to join in with every other beauty blogger and celebrate that spring is coming! This means bye bye dark toned clothes, nails and make up and hello pastels! My Valentines Day present off Harry was Essie’s ‘Bikini So Teeny’ which is a lovely periwinkle blue colour, which obviously I had to pick out myself and physically give to Harry to take to the till and then pretend I had no idea of it’s existence. I have heard mixed reviews about this, but overall I’m impressed. It’s been said that this polish is streaky? Personally I have no idea why people would think that. For the pastel colour that it is, it’s so pigmented and goes on so easily. I could have just applied one coat but I always do a second coat of polish to get it to last longer. However.. I do agree with the reviews stating that a top coat makes it go darker. I have no idea why this happens (anyone who knows please feel free to let me know) but in future I will steer clear of the top coat and just make sure I’ve got a couple of hours free to sit and relax, so my risk of smudge is reduced. Other than that though, this has made me feel so cheerful and summery and I’m so excited to whack out my spring jacket (probably won’t be for a while yet though!). The other colours that are part of the range are also incredible so I’m sure I’ll be spotted lingering around Douglas deciding what my next buy will be soon enough. What do you think of the new Essie collection? Yay or Nay?

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Day 17 and 18 of Ciaté Mini Mani Month

Confession time. I actively decided not to write a post yesterday as the polish I got was something that I would never, ever wear. It was Caviar Pearls ‘Frost Yourself’ which is nice and all, but honestly, I just don’t do nail art. There seems to be a trend of decorating your ring finger with beads or glitter and call me opinionated, boring or just miserable but I don’t understand it! It just looks half done to me. So to anyone who likes the look of it, let me know and I’ll send it your way, otherwise it will probably go to a make up charity.

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On the other hand, I got a nail polish today that I absolutely adore. It’s called ‘Amazing Gracie’ and resembles Essie’s ‘Ballet Slippers’ which I have had my eye on for so long now. Hopefully this should tide me over for a while and satisfy my craving for ballet slippers. It took a few layers but what else would you expect with such a pale nail varnish colour. I topped it off with speed coat which has fast become an essential part of my routine. In this case, every cloud has a silver lining.

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Day 9 & 10 of Ciaté Mini Mani Month

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I have decided to incorporate today’s polish and yesterday’s polish into one post. I couldn’t put a post up last night due to an exam I had today so I had to fill up my day with procrastination and short bursts of revision. However I was very excited to take off sundays polish ‘Kiss Chase’ and replace it with ‘Pillow Fight’. Pillow Fight is a bit of a contrast to Kiss Chase as I went from having bright pink nails to a murky lilac colour. It’s a very similar colour to YSL’s Gris Underground but it hasn’t quite got the blueish tones to it. Feeling tired from my long day at univeristy and my exam, it’s been quite nice painting my nails with such a relaxed colour and to cosy up inside.

 

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I went over the top of Pillow Fight with ‘Speed Coat’ which is my first ever top coat! I’ve always been quite lazy when it comes to my nails so I was curious to see what difference a top coat makes. This top coat really does live up to its name and reputation as I was able to go and rip a cardboard box open (only a small box but it’s still fidgety work!) within minutes of painting my nails without the slightest smudge! As it’s a clear polish I am also convinced that Ciaté have put more in this bottle that they have in the others as it’s full to the brim whereas I can tell the other bottles aren’t. I feel like I’ve added an essential item to my beauty routine today. Thank you Ciaté!

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