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Joe Fresh “Kaleidoscope”

Aloha! This isn’t an Advent Calendar post because today’s post was loose glitter and I can’t deal with that tonight. So, instead of not posting at all, I decided to toss up some swatches of a polish I intended on showing you a while ago but couldn’t find the bottle when I wanted to blog it. I’m pretty awesome that way. This polish comes from Joe Fresh, which I have talked about before. Most recently with Nude Glaze. Kaleidoscope is a gorgeous insanely dense, multichrome flakie that flashes from gold to green to purple and pink. Which obviously means I had a hard time capturing it. The few pictures I did get to turn out, really only show the gold/green flash with hints of purple. But at least it’s something. I used it alone, with two coats, though I’m sure it would look stellar over a dark polish. I may try it over a dark purple after Christmas. I bet that would look great.

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It’s actually a great colour for my skin tone and I’m SOOOOO glad I have it. Funny story about it actually. It was part of a special collection, which meant it was always excluded from the sales and priced a bit higher than the other colours in the core line. It still wasn’t expensive (six dollars compare to four) but it was more than I wanted to pay for such a small bottle. So, I was wandering around the grocery store and I saw the heart stopping sale tag. ON THIS POLISH. The sake was 4/$10 so I “begrudgingly” looked at all of the other polishes to find ones that really caught my eye. When I did, I made my way to the self check out and scanned them all. Well. The deal wasn’t registering. So I flagged the attendant. She then called someone else, who looked at me and said “This has a different coloured cap and isn’t part of the sale”. To which I replied “Well the tag was on them so I grabbed it.” At this point, I was getting antsy because I needed to catch a bus and this was wasting my time. So, the lady sort of gave me the “You’re full of shit” look and stated she was going to go check my story. The Superstore has a policy where, if something scans at the wrong price, you get it for free, assuming it’s under a certain limit. By now, you can probably guess where this is going. Sure enough, when the woman returned from making sure I wasn’t a liar, I was rewarded with four free polishes. I missed the bus, but Christmas came early so I didn’t care.

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And here I am trying to show off the purple. Didn’t do the greatest job but you can still kind of see it. Anyway, I will leave you with this and see you tomorrow with Day 11. I’ll incorporate the glitter in with it!

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Ciate “Mineral Love” AC day 9

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Aloha! Welcome to Room 9 of the Mini Mani Mansion! After two less than stellar rooms, I was over joyed when I opened door number nine. Mineral Love is a GORGEOUS salmon pink with gold sparkle and shimmer. What was even more surprising was application. It went on like a dream again and dried with a texture! A texture much like the OPI Liquid Sands. I’m not sure if Ciate ever jumped on the texture bandwagon, and if Mineral Love was advertised as a texture. But boy oh boy. It’s one of the best textures I’ve used. And it is incredibly flattering. This one is pretty opaque at two coats but you could use three if you wanted to really cover any VNL.

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So pretty. I can’t wait to see it in the sun.

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This will be a stunner in the summer, with Espadrilles. See you tomorrow, same bat time, same bat channel!

Ciate “Boom Box” and “Loop the Loop” AC Days 7&8

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Aloha! I know, I did it again. But I promise that won’t be a habit these next 16 days. I just didn’t have any energy yesterday at all. So, instead of doing two separate posts, I just wore these colours together, using “Loop the Loop” as an accent.

After all of the praise-singing I did about the formula of the last 6 colours, these two colours really let me down. I did actually expect this from LTL, since it was a yellow. But Boom Box was a surprise. They both applied like a hot, patchy mess and still weren’t 100% opaque after three coats. Boom Box was a little easier to control and I did get more pigmentation out of it, so that leads me to believe I could do it properly if I was very careful with application. But there is no hope for Loop the Loop. I also feel like this colour would look better on someone with darker skin, but that’s just me.

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I don’t know. I’m not really leaning one way or another on these two. Boom Box is pretty but I feel like it’s very close to Sally Hansen’s Blue Me Away, which is a colour I love. Maybe I’ll have to do a comparison post when all of this is done.

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I know my skin looks blue here. I don’t know why. See you folks tomorrow for Day 9!

Ciate “Ivory Queen” AC day 6

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Aloha! Second post of the day, I know. I missed yesterday because of work and Christmas and hair cuts. Also life. I was so sad I missed posting yesterday. But I hope that was just a blip and I don’t do it again. The polish I unveiled today was an excitement. But…as soon as I put it on my nails, I was pretty sure it was a bad polish colour for me. It gave me the worst mannequin hands. Dollar store mannequin hands, if they had mannequins. In the bottle, its a friggin amazing nude/peach colour with warm gold shimmer. On my skin tone, it looks weird. Not bad, but not quite right either. I used three coats for my photos and I still had dragging and patchiness at my cuticles. I’ll try it one more time over a solid base before I decide its fate.

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Here it is in indirect light, I didn’t use topcoat because I knew I’d be covering it.

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The shimmer…damn you. Why can’t you be so obvious? Yeah…I’m on the fence with this. Maybe one more wear during the day to see how well it looks in the sun. That reveals all the wonder. Sorry these posts were so short but dang I am tired haha. Let’s see what tomorrow holds.

Ciate “Espadrilles” AC Day 5

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Aloha! I know I am late with day five. I had reasons. They were worth it. Anywho, I am going to post day 5 and day 6 together because of reasons. You know what? I am sad I missed this. This colour is PHWOAR. Seriously. Even Mr J said he had never seen a colour this nice, in all the years I have been showing him nail polish. I have to agree. This colour is…WOAH. It looks like it is on FIRE when you see it in the right light. It’s a gorgeous copper red polish with a major gold flash. There are no words, or sounds, for this polish.

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I wish I had better pictures for you so you could drown in how amazing this polish is.

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To quote teenage girls and tumblr users everywhere: I can’t even.

I am actually so sad that this precedes day 6…

Ciate “Girl With A Pearl” AC Day 4

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Aloha! Today I have a different spin on my Ciate advent calendar. Behind the little paper door this morning, I found a mini bottle filled with pearl studs. I was both excited and mad. Excited because it was different and mad because it was different. I have very small nail beds so studs are kind of a sore spot for me. I LOVE them. But they overwhelm my nail pretty much always. I persevered for today, because it’s for the good of the blog. There are really small ones, but I have to dump the bottle out to get to them, so that’s annoying. Plus, I accidentally tipped the bottle over and righted it. Then, when I opened it, pearls went everywhere. Also annoying.

I used two coats of Sally Hansen Midnight in NY from the Complete Salon Manicure line. This is a gorgeous black polish with multi coloured shimmer. I will have to do a post on this polish, with daylight or lightbox photos to do it justice. And then, I added dots of top coat near my cuticles where I wanted the pearls to sit. After they were secured, I sealed the look with top coat (which bubbled) and called it a day.

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These are cute and I would use them again maybe on false nails or the small ones on my natural nails for sure. They weren’t as giant as I thought they would be, but they were still a touch too big for me.

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A cute bottle shot! Seriously. In love with these mini bottles! I can’t wait to see what tomorrow brings! I almost peeked…but no. This pushes me to blog on a schedule and I love it! See you tomorrow!

Ciate “Meet Me In Mayfair” Day 3 of my AC

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Aloha! It’s day 3 here at the Ciate Mini Mani Mansion! Today’s polish is Meet Me In Mayfair, which was from Ciate’s Tweed collection of polishes. It’s a bar/feather glitter topper that consists of black, silver (possibly gold?) pastel pink and yellow glitters. Or so Ciate’s website says. I’m having a hard time seeing pink and my eyes can’t tell if they see yellow. But I know I see black, so I’m not completely blind. Guys…the lighting in this house is not the greatest. Well, that’s not fair. The lighting in the living room is not the greatest. My eyes hurt just thinking about it right now. Maybe that’s my mascara…now I’m rambling again.

The density of MMiM was awesome. I only used one coat for my pictures below and I got the coverage I wanted while still seeing the base colour: China Glaze “Wait N Sea”.

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How pretty is that?! You know, I have to say, the formula on these Ciate polishes…day-um. They are SO easy to control and aren’t runny (I’m staring at you, Wait N Sea) or gloopy. They are a friggin dream to paint my nails with. Which is so weird because I had three full size Ciate’s that had the worst formula of life. Hmmm…they must’ve changed things up.

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I love holding these mini bottles. It makes me feel like a giant. Anyway, today it’s going to be short and sweet because I’m cutting it close to bed time and I don’t have much else to say about this polish other than IT’S FABULOUS. Stop by tomorrow and see what Day 4 is! Hopefully another glitter!