Spotted: Ciate Nails Caviar Manicure

I wasn’t originally going to write about this little find but so many people have asked about it, either in this week’s What to Wear post, or on Instagram and Twitter that I thought I should spill the beans.

Way back in the early spring when I wrote about Nails #trending, Jenny commented and pointed out the Ciate Caviar manicure which had been featured in Grazia online that day. My initial reaction was a bit nonplussed, although a fan of bright and cheerful colours on my nails, I keep them short and find that anything too long really irritates me. I like my hands free and able to do anything I need, so I thought the surface effect of Ciate nails would get on my nerves.

Fast forward a few months and I saw the Ciate team were in Selfridges doing demos via Twitter, then happened to stumble across them last Friday evening on a quick trip through the Trafford centre. They were offering a tester nail so I took them up on it, thinking I could report back. The manicure kits come in 3 shades, Rainbow, (pink polish with multicoloured balls) black pearls, (black with black pearescent balls) and mother of pearl, (white with pearlescent white balls) and I chose Rainbow, planning to paint the rest of my hand a matching pastel shade later that day.

Application is easy, the kit comes with a tray that you hold you hand over whilst sprinkling the beads onto wet polish. You then gently press them into place, tidy any strays at the edges by pressing them into shape and along the nail edge then let them dry. I loved it, despite my initial reservations.

On the down side, it is definitely a special effect nail, I don’t fancy them on all my nails at once but as a ring finger accent it looks brilliant. It drove me mad in the shower – imagine the hair getting stuck in them as you wash your hair and me being terrified of knocking them off. And they did start to come off a little by the next day already. However, as I write this (on Tuesday) they are only really now getting to the stage that they need removing. Since having the nail applied I have been to the allotment for a couple of hours, washed my hair 3 times, done the washing up a couple of times and they have pretty much stood up to things. Also the sparkly effect is so distracting that it kind of gives an illusion of perfection even when there are minor chips and missing beads.

Ciate Nails are now available in Selfridges, Selfridges online or from Ciate nails online – with 10% off for signing up tot their newsletter. The kit (tray and funnel for collecting the sprinkles, beads and polish for underneath) is £18.

Let me know what you think ladies!


Nails #trending…

I’ve been a-noticing recently, nails just aren’t what they used to be. They’re even better!

I’m fairly confident that I can award myself the title of nail queen. From leaving school right through to my early uni years my nails were painted 24/7 in every colour possible, then medicine and hospital hand washing rules got in the way. (Despite the fact that nail varnish has absolutely nothing to do with how much you wash your hands or how clean they are.)

Freed from the wards now, I’ve been getting back into nails in a big way over the last year or so, and quite topically after this morning’s discussion, I thought I’d do a round up of nail trends I’ve been spotting.

You see, it’s no longer enough (and I say that of course with a pinch of salt,) to simply have painted nails. They must be the latest shades like blues, greens and neon, have contrasting tips, stripes or ring finger accents. And then there’s, *gasp* glitter!

Once upon a time I thought these trends were so lacking in cool (remember nail art and hideous acrylics with piercing and a diamanté? And when blue nail polish was so your-ten-year-old-self?) but now I’m all for experimenting. It’s funny how things change 🙂

Turquoise with china glitter
Space Nails (DIY)
Red and coral mani (how do you like the zip transfer?)
Sparkled Apricot nails – Cupcakes and Cashmere (DIY)
Galaxy nails – A Cup of Jo (DIY)
Grey and gold sparkle fade tips via Pinterest
I love these Deborah Lippman glitter top coats and this baby blue one is perfect for spring – Kellie Gonzo
Gold leaf manicure – The Beauty Department (DIY)
Faded neon Tips – High Fashion Magazine
Yellow neon ‘V’ nails –

So today I was wondering… What do you think about all the new nail trends we’re seeing, are you game? Or too many memories of the 90’s?!


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