Posts tagged Ciaté

NOTW: Summer Gradient

I wanted to try a more summery theme this week so went with a yellow/orange gradient. After trying gradients a few times, I’ve realised that I’m not very good at them, so I used my Nubar Polka Dot to draw attention away from how rubbish the actual gradient was! The colours I used were Mellow Yellow from 17 as the base, Showgirl by Ciaté for the middle bit and then Models Own Fluro Orange (which I picked up recently from Littlewoods) on the tips.Summer gradient nail art Summer gradient nail art


NOTW: Nail Jewellery Combo

A few months ago I wore the Nail Inc Nail Jewellery over Ciaté Sand Dune to a friend’s wedding.  I really liked the combination but decided to try something a little different this time so layered the Nail Jewellery over Ciaté Oil Slick.  Usually the Oil Slick changes from green to gold depending on the light so I thought it would work really well with the Nail Jewellery.  Unfortunately, when I layered the two polishes the Oil Slick just turned into a flat gold colour.  I was a little disappointed but still think the Nail Jewellery looks really good over gold so I wasn’t too upset with how these turned out!Nail Jewellery 20130328_073551


NOTW: Gold Stamping

For all of the stamping designs I have tried so far I have used the special black Konad polish.  I really wanted to try out a different colour and thought my gold polish from Ciaté would be pigmented enough to stand out.  I was wrong!  The design looks really faded so I was quite disappointed by my nails this week!



NOTW: Glitter Gradient

I really love this design!  I used Ciaté Angel Wings as the base and then Nails Inc Nail Jewellery to create the gradient.  I wish I’d managed to take photos in daylight as these photos could have looked so much better!



NOTW: Christmas Sparkles

To be honest, the only thing remotely Christmassy about this nail design is the glitter!  I started off with a layer of Rimmel Green With Envy and then sponged some Ciaté Angel Wings over it.  I was going for an icy effect but was a bit heavy handed with the Angel Wings so it didn’t look great.  I decided to add some purple glitter and I really liked the end result.  What do you reckon?


NOTW: Favourites

Last week I decided to go with something simple and just used my two favourite polishes of the moment – Sand Dune by Ciaté and Milan by No7.  They both go on so smoothly and don’t really show up chips too much.  I think they go really well together, what do you think?



NOTW: Wedding Nails

Here’s how I wore my nails at my friends wedding last weekend.  I had ordered Nubar 2010 from Amazon but unfortunately it didn’t arrive on time (took them a week to tell me that it was damaged in the post and they didn’t have a replacement to send – so annoying!) so I had to make an emergency purchase on Friday afternoon.  After much deliberation I went with Nails Inc Royal Arcade Nail Jewellery and paired it with my Ciaté Sand Dune.I really love the combination and can’t wait to try the Nail Jewellery over some other colours. Some bonus points- it drys really quickly and is really good at staying chip free! It is however a bit of a pain to remove but totally worth it!  Do you like it?

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NOTW: Colour Blocks

For the first time in ages, this week I attempted some sort of nail art!  I went with a simple design – I’ve done a similar one before so was pretty sure it would work out.  I’ve used Rimmel Green With Envy and Ciaté Sand Dune.  I really like these two colours together and I think they complement each other well although next time I might try to make the tips a little smaller.  I also could probably have done with an extra coat of gold as there are a few little turquoise bits showing through but I don’t think it’s anything major.  My lines are a little wonky but it’s not all that noticeable from a distance!  What do you think?


NOTW: Showgirl

My first NOTW since getting back from Thailand and I had to cut my nails really short after biting them to death on the flight home – I’m quite a nervous flier!!!  I’m wearing yet another Ciaté polish, this one is called Showgirl.  Out of all of the Ciaté polishes I’ve tried over the past few weeks, this is my least favourite.  I do like the colour but I wish the glitter was more obvious.  The real life colour looks nothing like the picture on the website which is a bit annoying.  The consistency of this one seemed to make it harder to apply although that might just have been because I hadn’t put any nail varnish on for the three weeks I was away….  The colour didn’t seem to want to go right up to the edges of my nails so looked as though it was wearing at the tips even though I’d literally just applied it – you can see this in the photos which were taken literally a few hours after I’d applied it!

What do you think of the colour?


NOTW: Sand Dune

Can you believe that this is the very first gold nail polish I’ve ever owned?!  Sand Dune from Ciaté is the perfect gold colour, not too yellow and with plenty of shimmer.  I love it!

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