ciaté mini mani manor advent calendar - days 1-5

Monday, 8 December 2014

So I am late with this post yet again. I honestly think one of my New Years resolutions needs to be getting organised. I just feel the older I get, the less organised I get, so this definitely needs to be something that I work on more...sorry guys!

I was lucky enough to receive a Ciaté Advent Calendar from my mum again this year and was debating whether to post this Advent Calendar everyday like I did last year. I definitely don't think I would manage it as well as I did last time. So I am going to be doing it in instalments of a few days or so, meaning that I can still get to post what goodies are behind each door.

If you do not want to see what you receive behind the doors, please don't read on..haha!

ciate headliner
Day One - Headliner
This is a gorgeous bright teal shade that I instantly popped onto my nails.

ciate sharp tailoring
Day Two - Sharp Tailoring
This is a creamy nude, that reminds me of cappuccino. Its a bit too pale for my liking but I will probably use it as a base.

ciate girl with a pearl
Day Three- Girl With A Pearl
A pot of different sized pearls, what more can I say? I will have so much fun playing around with these.

ciate members only
Day Four - Members Only
I'm sure this nail polish was in my calendar from last year. It's not one of my favourites, but I'm sure my niece will love it.

ciate sloaney, sweetie
Day Five - Sloaney, Sweetie
This polish is so Christmassy. A mixture of gold strands that just fit together so lovely, although the polish did dry with a matte finish on my nails.

My favourites so far are definitely Headliner and Sloaney, Sweetie. What are yours? ♥
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nails inc - exhibition road

Tuesday, 2 December 2014


nails inc exhibition road
nails inc exhibition road swatch review
available from nails inc & Debenhams

Nothing says Christmas quite like a glitter nail polish. I was feeling a bit festive whilst I was out shopping (when do I not feel festive) and discovered this little beauty. Please excuse the length of my nails in the photo, I had a bit of a breakage spree so they all ended up snapping within days of each other.

I haven't brought a new nail polish in forever, I was actually beginning to forget what the nails inc counter looked like! But after what felt like forever deciding, I finally caved and brought Exhibition Road. This polish is a mixture of large lilac and gold pieces of glitter in a clear base. I prefer an intense glitter hit, so used 3 layers for boldness but could easily have used 1 coat layered over a different colour too. The finished effect looks a lot like mermaid scales layered like this, as the pieces are bigger they tend to fall over each other really nicely. The colours are really nice together too, it's not until you look closely that you can see the tint of purple but it is still neutral enough to go with everything.

My only niggle is that this really doesn't last a long time at all! I have tried a variation of top coats and base coats and the maximum it has lasted on me is 2 days before it started to peel off in one go. So if anybody has any ideas on making this last longer, please share! ♥
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MIA

Sunday, 30 November 2014


I am still around here...honest! You may have noticed that I haven't been posting/tweeting/instagramming too much lately. It's not that I haven't wanted to, but real life has caught up with me a little bit and I just haven't found the time. 

I decided to take a few weeks away from blogging completely, as I have always stood by the fact that there is no point forcing a post if my heart isn't in it. I never wanted it to get to the point when I was blogging for the sake of getting a post out rather than enjoying what I was writing. This is why I found myself stepping away for a few weeks to get back to the real me and rediscover why I enjoyed blogging to start with. Blogging can definitely take over your life at some points and I think it can be hard to get that balance right between blogging and having a social life. With my new job, I get weekends off, which is something that I have never had before but it's great. With this, my social life has grown and blogging was put on a bit of a backburner, which is something that I really didn't want to happen, but then it also made me realise that I shouldn't feel bad for having a social life too. I think I am finally adjusting to getting the balance right and should be blogging as much as I can again now, but still not being too hard on myself if I don't.

I just want to say thank you for sticking around, whilst I have been away, it means the world! I have lots of exciting posts planned ahead and am really looking forward to sharing them with you all! 
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five things I have loved this week.. #12

Sunday, 9 November 2014

I really don't know why I have found it so hard to find time to blog lately. I find myself getting home from work, sitting at the computer and just staring with a blank mind. I am so not used to working with computers all day, so I have a feeling it must be that! I think that may take a bit of getting used to but hopefully I can power through it and get back into a routine.

I keep seeming to miss this post, but here is five things that I have found myself loving this week..

I was playing with my niece and her dolls house this week, when the cat decided it was his turn to join in. I found it hilarious but she was less than impressed that he was ruining her game.

I have spent the weekend helping to clear out my nan's house as she has had to move into a home. The whole process has been filled with so many mixed emotions but I have had the chance to rediscover a whole new world of photographs which made me smile a lot.

This is my mum's new favourite Yankee Candle scent and gosh does it make me think of Christmas. I absolutely love it and if you are looking for a festive winter smell this is definitely it.

Forget the John Lewis advert. When this came on the TV during X Factor on Saturday, I let out a little scream. Christmas is most definitely on its way now!
I found this app on my phone and have been addicted to it ever since. You create your own android robot, by changing all different features and making it look like you or anybody you want really. Simple but addictive.

I hope you enjoyed my five loves this week. Also it's 46 sleeps until Christmas, how exciting! ♥

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