Ciaté Very Colourfoil Manicure – Kaleidoscope Klash

There’s one thing for certain about this year, and that’s that nail trends are coming in from every direction and going off in all different angles. So far we’ve had standard nail art, textured polish, 3d manicures – and now, Ciaté have released a limited edition set of Very Colourfoil Manicure – which contains everything you need to create a professional foiley finish in your own home.

There are three sets in the range, Carnival Queen, Wonderland and Kaleidoscope Klash. Each set has a different coloured Ciaté nail polish in it, and different coloured foils. I’ve been testing out Kaleidoscope Klash which includes a full sized Pepperminty Ciaté Paint Pot, and holographic ‘Colourfoil’ foils in Blaze (red), Babe (pink), Bounce (gold), Beaut (blue), Bloom (silver dotty pattern) and Brill (silver squarish pattern), as well as the Foil Fix Glue and a nail wheel to practise on.

It’s really simple to do – you paint your nails with two coats of the polish, then once it’s dry, apply the Foil Fix, leave it for a minute, then press the foil onto the nail and pull away quickly, then seal using a top coat.

The instructions say to dot the Foil Fix on where you want it, but when I had a go on the nail wheel, I much preferred the effect left by painting the whole nail with the Foil Fix and then adding big chunks of foil in random places, not to mention this makes the job a lot quicker and less fiddly!

The look was inspired by urban street artists – and it’s definitely the kind of feel it gives me when wearing it. It’s funky and rough and effortless and pretty all at the same time. It’s not the kind of thing I’d wear for a posh meal out, but it’s certainly something I’d do again! I love the Pepperminty polish and next time I think I may just use the gold or silver foils over the polish for a different kind of look again. There are so many possible outcomes with this kit! Here is my first attempt, using all of the foils in random places.

What do you think? Will it catch on!?

Ciaté limited edition Very Colourfoil Manicure sets are available at Selfridges for £18

Party-Perfect Tips

Every girl loves an excuse to get done up but if your Christmas schedule is anything like mine then it means you need to do your nails at your desk and your make-up in the back of a cab. So for real glamour on the go, I’ve got some beauty solutions I plan on using that I thought I’d share which will have you looking party-fabulous in no time at all.

The Look-At-Me Lips

I am a massive fan of red lips – they will never go out of fashion, but more and more people seem to be wearing red lipstick these days. To be a little different and for a modern twist, opt for orange. Not only is it fun, it’s clever too as the eye-catching colour ensures people will look at your lips and not notice tired eyes. Two tangerine hues I have my eyes on are Tom Ford Lip Color in Wild Ginger and Bobbi Brown’s Creamy Matt version in Valencia Orange. One of my faves is Hibiscus by MAC, gutted it was limited edition. Here I am wearing Morange by MAC. 

The Sequin Manicure

It wouldn’t be Christmas without some sparkle. If you are yet to try glittery talons, now’s the time to give it a go. Get into the festive spirit with Ciaté’s show-stopping new Manicure kit in Sequin. It’s a quick fix from plain to sparkalicious – simply paint your nails with the Glitter Grip, roll them in the sequin pot and seal for a glitter-tastic manicure that will glamorise any outfit. I cannot wait to try this!

Fuss Free Hair

You want your hair to look ‘done’, yet don’t have the time or funds to keep getting a blow dry – Sleep-in Rollers are your friend! Pop them into dry, moussed hair at  night – the rollers have sponge in them so they squish right down when you lie on them. While they’re working their magic you can get your beauty sleep. When you wake (or leave them in for as long as you want) take them out, and voila – big, bouncy hair.

If you prefer wearing your hair up but a simple pony tail won’t do, cheat with a luxury hair-piece. There are loads of great styles to choose from – I particularly like the look of Hersheson’s hair bow as it seems quick and easy to put in and will make sure you stand out from the crowd.

Party-Proof Make Up

If you want your make up to last all night (who doesn’t!?) a setting spray will help ensure that your make up will last longer – I have put various sprays to the test, and always come back to my old faithful, Urban Decay -All Nighter. For extra staying power, spray it on between layers – after your moisturiser, after foundation then after powder.

Men – Take Note!

It’s that time of year when the super cool advent calendars come out – yes, it may seem a little early to be thinking about it, but if you want one you need to be quick! These things are exclusive, limited edition, and sell out like hot cakes! Men, if you want to be in the good books, I suggest one of these may go down a treat!

The Selfridges Beauty Advent Calendar – £82

This is the one that opened my eyes to the fact luxury calendars existed! I had it 2 Christmasses ago, and the one before that (although I’m pretty sure it was £70 then). I think I’ll skip this one this year, only because I found a lot of the things tend to be repeated, but if you’ve yet to try it – it is amazing, and such a treat! The official blurb says Containing a selection of luxury skincare, make-up and fragrance from brands including Lancôme, Kiehls, Viktor & Rolf, Shu Uemura and more – if you get your magnifying glasses out you may be able to see from the photo what kind of surprises are in store behind those doors. Get yours from Selfridges QUICKLY if you want one, these sell out fast!
The Lancome “All I Want for Christmas” Advent Calendar
This contains 24 mini sized Lancome treats including their new fragrance La Vie Est Belle, and new mascara Hypnose Star. Everything I can find about it varies – so I’ll tell you what I know. It either costs £70 or £82 – and was supposedly getting released on 1st October on the Lancome website – however it’s now the 16th and I can still see no sign of it! It’s also available at flagship counters, so keep your eyes peeled if this one tickles your fancy. 
Although, I did find the Lancome Beauty Crackers – £50 in Selfridges, which sound as though they have the same thing inside so perhaps they changed their mind about the calendar?
And last, but not least – the one I hope someone that loves me buys me this year *cough cough* (not that he’ll even be reading this, but one can dream!) is…
The Ciate Mini Mani Month Advent Calendar – £38

Which has 17 mini bottles of Ciate Paint Pot nail polish, 4 mini caviar blends, and 3 exclusive glitter Paint Pots that will never be available again – arghh, I want it!!!!!! This one is also available at Selfridges, exclusively.
It is so lovely to open a beauty treat up every day in an otherwise cold and miserable month of the year – and far kinder to the waistline too. Ladies – you might want to leave this page carefully open on your other halves computers – good luck!
If anyone knows the official scoop with the Lancome calendar, or has seen it anywhere – please let me know! 

Nails of the Day – Ciate Lemon Sherbert

I’ve toyed with the idea of yellow nail polish for a while; sometimes I’ll see it and think ‘yuck – smokers nails!’ and other times I really like it. With Chanel’s Mimosa polish being released, I think the yellow nail trend will pick up – so here I am putting a tentative toe in the water.

The polish I am wearing is by Ciaté, I love their bottles with long black handles and cute bow around the neck of the bottle. The brush is wide which makes for easy application and they have a wide range of colours available. Lemon Sherbert is exactly that, the colour you would see in the Sherbert Lemon jar if you visited an old fashioned sweet shop. It’s a pale, pastel yellow creme polish – kind of like a glossy half Tippex, half yellow mix. I’m still undecided as to whether I like it or not… I think perhaps darker skin tones would pull it off better. It has lasted well so far… currently on day 2 and no signs of chipping… I think I will try it again once I’m more tanned!

Ciaté Paint Pots are available from Powder Rooms, as well as lots of other lovely beauty items.

Nails of the Day – Frosty Nails

Brrrrrrr, it’s freeeeezing so to fit with the weather I thought I’d experiment with my nail polishes to create a frosty look.

First I painted my nails with Ciate Refresher, which was very kindly sent to me by It is just like its name – a Refresher, a whitish pastel blue colour which is really pretty and I look forward to using in the summer. Then I painted the tips and dragged the brush down using Illamasqua Harsh polish which is a silver glitter. It’s really pretty as the glitter particles are little dashes rather than specks. I think it makes a great effect although it’s a bugger to get off!

Nails of the Day – Ciaté Access All Areas

This is the second Ciaté Paint Pot I’ve tried. The first (Cupcake queen) was really thick, so I’d assumed this would be too, but it wasn’t, which was a welcome surprise.

The brush is really easy to use, with the long handle and wide brush, I think this is actually the best I have ever painted my nails myself!

Access All Areas, in the bottle, had looked like an orangey shade, but now it’s on my nails I’d say it was more of a bright red with a hint of orange,

The finish is really gorgeous – great coverage, full-on colour, and super glossy. I’m becoming more and more impressed with Ciaté with each polish of theirs I try – I can’t wait to try some more!

The lovely Powder Rooms sent this to me – check out the site, it’s available to buy from there (and if you become a FaceBook Fan she quite often adds promo codes)

Nails of the Day – Ciaté Cupcake Queen

This polish is another sent from Powder Rooms – this time it’s by Ciaté, another brand I have never tried before. The bottle is a cute horizontal rectangular shape with a long black handle, and black bow around the bottom of the handle. The label states that Ciaté Paint Pots are ‘long lasting full coverage nail enamel’ which so far, seems true.

The polish was extremely thick in formula, which meant that a second coat really wasn’t necessary, but I went for it all the same and used Poshe topcoat on top. The colour looks really glossy and is wearing well. I’m currently on day 2 and no chips or wearing to be seen. The shade ‘Cupcake Queen’ is a cool toned pink – in the bottle you can see lots of blue shimmer, but this doesn’t show once it’s on your nails at all, and I’ve examined it in many different kinds of light. It looks like a completely flat pink.

As you can see from the picture, it looks quite thick – as this is the first Ciaté Paint Pot I’ve tried I’m unsure whether this is unique to this shade, but I have a few more colours to try so will report back. It almost looks like gel nails on my nails. A very grown up kind of polish – lovely.