Good Afternoon! (Or morning or whatever it is where you are right now!)
So, it’s January. The Christmas/boxing day sales are still on but the major chaos that comes along with these sales have pretty much disappeared completely and with that I finally dared to have a look around to see if there was anything actually worth getting. Usually on these sales there’s just things you don’t really want or things that are of half decent quality and you come home with the feeling that you kind of just threw your money in the bin. Because of this feeling I’ve been careful with what I’ve been buying during the sales in 2014 and I think I’ve done a pretty good job, including this time.
One of the items I picked up this time was the Ciaté Dolls House Collection which is a nail polish collection with five different mini nail polishes in it. I’ve actually never owned a Ciaté nail polish before (if you can believe it) but I’ve heard great things about them so I thought I might as well try them out.
First of all I just have to say that the packaging of this is to die for. I saw some of the other collections Ciaté does when I as out and about as well and all of them are so cute. I really love the fact that they’re all inside a little dolls house and get their own window and all that and I also think it’s really nice if you’d like to display them in your home since it’s so adorable. In this collection you get, as I said before, 5 different colour polishes; a soft mint, a peach, a lilac, a beige/nude colour and one white, all of which have really cute names.
These polishes all have a matte finish and I have to admit that I’ve never really been a fan of the matte nail polishes. I think they’re hard to work with, leave loads of streaks and they chip quite easily. Despite this, I still picked these polishes up because I simply couldn’t resist the minty Sweet Pea colour. This is also the only colour I’ve been able to try out so far. I know a lot of people like changing their colour as often as every other day but I find that this really harms the nails so I try to keep my polishes on until they start looking a bit cracked and chipped.
Sweet Pea is a really lovely colour. It’s minty and fresh and I would say that it’s great for spring but I think you could just wear it all year around. It also feels quite strong. It doesn’t leave the nails really soft and bendable which is a problem I have with some polishes. This is, I’m afraid, where the positive feedback stops and the mixed feelings start.
I’m all about quick drying nail polishes. The worst thing I know is having to wait around, for what feels like hours sometimes, for your nails to dry only to find out that you accidentally bumped into something or your hair got stuck on one nail and there’s now an ugly little cut on it. So when it comes to quick drying I’m quite impressed considering it only took between 30-40 seconds for a nail to dry. This, however, makes the polish very awkward to deal with. Since matte colours already are hard to get an even finish with you don’t want any other factors making that any harder. The quick drying, in this case, made that quite a lot harder.I was sitting there trying to apply an even coat when the colour quickly just started to drag around and make really ugly streaks and the colour didn’t want to stay on. After a few nails you’d learnt this and tried doing it as quickly as possible. It turned out a bit better, but since I’m so extremely clumsy it now looked like my 4 year old cousin had painted my nails instead of me.
In the end, I decided to apply two coats of polish to get it somewhat even, to get the streaks out and to make it look okay. This is a big deal for me since I always just apply one coat due to being too impatience to wait for it to dry. On top of that I applied my favourite top coat, Seche Vite, and for my base coat I always use one from Sally Hansen. I find that using a top coat really helped the polish with the whole “4-year-old painted my nails” look as it looked a lot more clean than with just the polish. It will obviously help with chipping as well so always try wear a top coat if you don’t already.
My final thoughts on this collection is that the colours and the packaging are gorgeous. The fact that it quick dries is amazing but you have to work fast and if you’re clumsy like me you are going to end up with a bit of a mess so have some cotton buds and nail polish remover at hand so you can clean up afterwards. You also want to make sure you do work quickly so you don’t get the ugly streaks on your nails and it’s definitely worth to apply 2-3 coats just to get it that way.
When it comes to chipping, mine hasn’t started to chip yet after a few days but I think that’s all thanks to the top coat. I think you should definitely invest in a good top coat if you paint your nails a lot. Since I used a shiny top coat my nails aren’t as matte as they would be without it but if you’d like to keep that completely matte look I’d suggest purchasing a matte top coat. Also, remember that a good base coat is just as important. Especially if you use darker or more pigmented colours since they tend to discolour your nails, leaving them yellow and looking horrible.
I would recommend this collection to people who don’t rage that easily and who can be bothered to redo them if they turn out bad, or simply some who just doesn’t care about streaks and finishes and is only in it for the colours!
In other news
I have recently bought this “make your own cookbook” or “store your recipes book”, or whatever you want to call it, thing. Being a vegetarian, and wanting to go vegan, it’s kind of essential that you can cook, at least a little bit. I’m not going to lie and say that I can’t cook at all because I know a little but, but I’m quite dependent on recipes still and I needed somewhere to store them so I bought this little thing to help me out with that. I think I paid about £11 for the whole book and 50 sheets which I think is a pretty good deal! Perhaps I’d even post a few recipes on here if anyone’s interested!
So, what’s your favourite nail polish colour? Or maybe just colour over all?