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I'm a simple Scottish girl with an unusual name and a strange obsession for nail polish! My aim is to capture what the eye sees, with a camera! Too much nail polish and never enough time. Welcome to my little world :-)

Monday, 6 December 2021

Ciate Day 6 - Base Coat



The base coat has appeared a few times over the years and in different forms and formulas.

This is easy to use, easy to apply and super good drying (less than 30 seconds). The brush and formula are really good and the top polish goes on really nice with this on as a base. It is smooth too. The top polish, which I will post tomorrow, lasted really well with this. I'd happily change this to my regular base coat. And this version is much better than previous years.

Rating
Easy to use = 8/10
Application = 8/10
Drying time = 10/10
Lasted well = 8/10
Coats = 1
Finish = base coat
Removal = easy
Overall = 9/10
Purchased from = Ciate Online

My Personal Rating = 8/10

Sunday, 5 December 2021

Ciate Day 5 - Cherry Bomb

 



This is easy to use, easy to apply and good drying (3 minutes a coat). Both the brush and formula are really good as well. This is a really nice dark colour and looks good. Swatched only so no idea if it lasts well.

Rating
Easy to use = 8/10
Application = 8/10
Drying time = 8/10
Lasted well = n/a
Coats = 2
Finish = creamy
Removal = easy
Overall = 7/10
Purchased from = Ciate Online

My Personal Rating = 7/10

Saturday, 4 December 2021

Ciate Day 4 - Sweet Blush

 



This is easy to use, easy to apply and good drying (3 minutes a coat). The brush and formula are both really good. This is a browny peachy colour but I think it looks okay. Not really my colour though, but nice enough. Lasted really well.

Rating
Easy to use = 8/10
Application = 8/10
Drying time =  8/10
Lasted well = 8/10
Coats = 2
Finish = creamy
Removal = easy
Overall = 9/10
Purchased from = Ciate Online

My Personal Rating = 6/10 great quality just not really my colour!

Friday, 3 December 2021

Ciate Day 3 - Supernova

This is a doubler from 2018 - see here.




This is easy to use, easy to apply and good drying (3 minutes a coat). The brush and formula are both good. I tried it over a dark and white colour and think it looks good over both. It seems to be quicker drying than the last version. I only swatched this so no idea if it lasts long.

Rating
Easy to use = 8/10
Application = 8/10
Drying time = 8/10
Lasted well = n/a
Coats = 2 solo and 1 as topper
Finish = shimmery and iridescent
Removal = easy enough
Overall = 7/10
Purchased from = Ciate Online

My Personal Rating = 7/10

Thursday, 2 December 2021

Ciate Day 2 - I Lilac You

 



This is easy to use, easy to apply and good drying (3 minutes a coat). The brush is really good and the formula goes on nicely. It is a really lovely colour. I only swatched this polish.

Rating
Easy to use = 8/10
Application = 8/10
Drying time = 8/10
Lasted well = n/a
Coats = 2
Finish = creamy
Removal = easy
Overall = 7/10
Purchased from = Ciate Online

My Personal Rating = 7/10

Wednesday, 1 December 2021

Ciate Day 1 - Play Date

So it is that time again! Time for the nail polish advent calendar. It certainly has been a quick year! So on with the show.






This is a doubler from 2013, but looks slightly different! 2013 Play Date.

This is easy to use, easy to apply and good drying (3 minutes a coat). The brush is really good for a mini and the formula goes on nicely too. It is a nice colour but seems to be more coral than the 2013 version. I do like it and it lasted really well.

Rating
Easy to use = 8/10
Application = 8/10
Drying time = 8/10
Lasted well = 8/10
Coats = 2
Finish = creamy
Removal = easy
Overall = 9/10
Purchased from = Ciate Online

My Personal Rating = 7/10


Monday, 29 November 2021

OPI - Chic From Ears To Tail

 


This is hard to use, hard to apply and good drying (3-4 minutes a coat). The formula is very streaky and awkward to use. This is a mini bottle and that didn't help having a mini brush either. Make sure there is plenty polish on the brush and keep strokes to a minimum to reduce drag and streaks. Maybe the normal bottle with the regular brush would be better? It is a lovely pink and has a really subtle silver shimmer that doesn't really show....though you can see it in the bottle in the middle photo. Nice enough but hard to work with. Lasted really well.

Rating
Easy to use = 5/10
Application = 4/10
Drying time = 8/10
Lasted well = 8/10
Coats = 3
Finish = creamy with subtle shimmer
Removal = easy
Overall = 6/10
Purchased from = can't recall

My Personal Rating = 6/10

Friday, 19 November 2021

Dance Legend - Supergalaxy

 



This is okay to use, okay to apply but kinda need to dab glitters on and it is really slow drying. The others from this collection (Round Space) where also very slow drying. After 1 hour I put on a top coat as I wanted to get on with my life! The polish is dark green black based with holographic glitters of different shapes and sizes. This polish didn't catch either with or without the top coat. The brush is good but the formula isn't and said before, you need to dab on the glitters. The last photos is of the little light that is in the lid. Some of them still work! Lasted really well.

Rating
Easy to use = 6/10
Application = 6/10
Drying time = 0/10
Lasted well = 8/10
Coats = 2
Finish = jelly glitter bomb
Removal = easy with foil method, let it soak for 2 minutes
Overall = 6/10
Purchased from = Rainbow Connection

My Personal Rating = 7/10 despite the drying issues I still like it!

Tuesday, 16 November 2021

Deborah Lippmann - Believe

I am finally back. Not had a great few months but doing better now. I doubt I'll be posting everyday but will try to post every few days. Thanks to everyone for their kind words :-)



This is easy to use, easy to apply and good drying (3-4 minutes a coat). The brush is thin but very good and applies the polish nicely. The formula is very good too. It is a nice metallic champagne colour but not really sure it is an ideal colour for me. It lasted really well.

Rating
Easy to use = 8/10
Application = 8/10
Drying time = 8/10
Lasted well = 8/10
Coats = 2
Finish = metallic
Removal = okay
Overall = 8/10
Purchased from = Frasers

My Personal Rating = 6/10 good quality just not my colour

Monday, 27 September 2021

China Glaze - De-Light

I put this on top of Rimmel's Hot Gossip from the other blog!



This is easy to use, easy to apply and quick drying (1-2 minutes a coat). The brush is good and one coat gives really good coverage. It is a gold glitter with holo bar glitters. It does catch a little on clothes and hair, but for whatever reason I didn't use a top coat with this. It does last well and looks nice. Festive do you think?

Rating
Easy to use = 8/10
Application = 8/10
Drying time = 9/10
Lasted well = 8/10
Coats = 1
Finish = glitter
Removal = easy with foil method, let soak for a minute
Overall = 9/10
Purchased from = Can't recall!

My Personal Rating = 7/10

Monday, 20 September 2021

OPI - Comet In The Sky

I put this over Miss Beauty Neon Green, from the other blog! 



This is okay to use, okay to apply and good drying (2-3 minutes a coat). It is more like dabbing than painting to get good coverage of the glitters on the nail. The brush is good. This look great on the green I think and it is a crazy mix of glitters! It didn't catch on anything, like some glitters do and it lasted really well.

Rating
Easy to use = 7/10
Application = 6/10
Drying time = 8/10
Lasted well = 8/10
Coats = 1 but more dabbed on!
Finish = glitter
Removal = easy with foil method, let soak for 2 minutes
Overall = 7/10
Purchased from = Can't remember haha!

My Personal Rating = 7/10

Tuesday, 14 September 2021

OPI - A Definite Moust Have

 


This is easy to use, easy to apply and good drying (2-3 minutes a coat). This is a mini bottle but the brush is fairly decent, just make sure you have plenty polish on the brush for good coverage. The formula is good too. It is a lovely pink with a nice subtle blue shimmer. I did notice slight tipwear but lasted well otherwise.

Rating
Easy to use = 8/10
Application = 8/10
Drying time = 8/10
Lasted well = 6/10
Coats = 2
Finish = pearly shimmer
Removal = easy
Overall = 7/10
Purchased from = eBay maybe

My Personal Rating = 8/10

Wednesday, 8 September 2021

Deborah Lippmann - Amazing Grace

 


This is okay to use, okay to apply and good drying (3 minutes a coat). The formula is quite streaky and the brush is thin, which isn't ideal for a streaky polish! Make sure you have plenty polish on the brush while painting. It does require 3 coats but is quick drying at least! I think it does look fab and a good white, with a nice finish. And it lasted really well. 

Rating
Easy to use = 7/10
Application = 5/10
Drying time = 8/10
Lasted well = 8/10
Coats = 3
Finish = creamy
Removal = easy
Overall = 7/10
Purchased from = Frasers, I think

My Personal Rating = 7.5/10

Sunday, 5 September 2021

Chanel - Pirate

 


This is easy to use, easy to apply and good drying (3-4 minutes a coat). The brush is thin so have plenty polish on it for good coverage. The formula is good and goes on nicely. It really is a lovely red and lasted so well. Good quality.

Rating
Easy to use = 8/10
Application = 8/10
Drying time = 8/10
Lasted well = 8/10
Coats = 2
Finish = creamy jelly
Removal = easy
Overall = 9/10
Purchased from = Frasers

My Personal Rating = 8/10

Tuesday, 31 August 2021

China Glaze - Light My Tiki

 


This is easy to use, easy to apply and okay drying (5 minutes a coat). I did notice that the second coat seemed a lot slower than just 5 minutes. The brush is thin but really good and the formula goes on nicely. It is an older polish, so could explain the slower drying. It is really stunning and love the shimmer! It lasted well and since it is so pretty, I can forgive the slow drying haha!

Rating
Easy to use = 8/10
Application = 8/10
Drying time = 6/10
Lasted well = 8/10
Coats = 2
Finish = shimmery
Removal = easy
Overall = 7/10
Purchased from = maybe eBay, was a long time ago!

My Personal Rating = 7.5/10