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Get Your Shine On with A Very Colourfoil Manicure from Ciaté

By on February 22, 2013
in Ciaté, Nail Art, Turquoise with 14 Comments

In recent history, no manicure I’ve worn has garnered more compliments or sparked more nail conversations than the Very Colourfoil Manicure from Ciaté. Over the course of a week I had no less than five strangers inquire about my look in addition to friends who asked about it.

With the 80s resurgence we’re seeing, like the fact that perms are coming back (say it isn’t so!), it’s no wonder foils are having a moment. They started making their comeback at NYFW Spring/Summer 2011 when Celebrity Manicurist Pattie Yankee used them at Cushnie et Ochs and now, thanks to Ciaté, they are finding their way into the mainstream.


It’s funny, when I first heard of the foil nail art kit, I thought it sounded like a waste. I mean, why wouldn’t you just go out and buy nail foils on your own, right? Well, what I found out through my convos is, the majority of people either aren’t hip to the availability of nail foil or don’t want to hunt down the components individually. For the same reason that I love an eye shadow palette over putting together individual shades, lots of people prefer a kit that contains everything you need to create a look.
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ALU’s 365 of Untrieds – MAC Ocean Dip from the Surf Baby Collection

mac ocean dip nail polish surf baby collection 2011 365 of Untrieds is my personal challenge to weed through the polishes in the ALU stash that I’ve been wanting to try but just haven’t gotten around to.

This week marks the launch of the MAC Surf Baby collection. It is already for sale on MAC’s website and releases in store this Thursday, May 26th.

Much like florals and pastels are heavily associated with Spring, beach themed collections go hand-in-hand with Summer. Summer 2007 brought the China Glaze Surf collection, 2008 the OPI Retro Fun In The Sun and 2010 saw RBL Surf’s Up.

This year MAC is heading to the beach with one of their classic themed summer collections with packaging to match and they didn’t leave the nail polish out of the fun. Surf Baby includes two new nail polish colors, Ocean Dip and Hangin’ Loose and I have the former to share with you today.

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ALU’s 365 of Untrieds – Models Own Moody Grey and China Glaze Crushed Candy Crackle Glaze

models-own-moody-grey-china-glaze-crackle-crushed-candy-nail-polish-bottle 365 of Untrieds is my personal challenge to weed through the polishes in the ALU stash that I’ve been wanting to try but just haven’t gotten around to.

Today’s manicure was inspired by turquoise rings I saw on Tumblr. I know I’m so late to the Tumblr party but I’m really enjoying it. Anywho, when I saw those rings I reblogged the pic stating that if crackle nail polish could create veining like what appears on those rings, I would be more into it.

Now I’ve made it pretty clear that I’m on the fence when it comes to crackle. I’ve seen people use it in ways that look good, like Kellie Gonzo’s manicure using OPI Silver Shatter, but for the most part I haven’t been its biggest fan.

Today while attempting to replicate a turquoise ring using Models Own Moody Grey and China Glaze Crackle Glaze in Crushed Candy I may have leaned a bit more in crackle’s favor. I wouldn’t go printing me a Team Crackle tee shirt just yet but I “could” get there.

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ALU’s 365 of Untrieds – Essence Pool Party

essence pool party nail polish bottle 365 untrieds 365 of Untrieds is my personal challenge to weed through the polishes in the ALU stash that I’ve been wanting to try but just haven’t gotten around to.

Have you ever spotted a nail polish line that is so inexpensive you can only assume that it has to be a waste of money?  Well, that’s what I thought the first time I heard of the Essence Colour & Go line carried at ULTA.  I mean, how great can a nail polish be when it’s priced UNDER A DOLLAR?!?

Well, I finally bit the bullet and decided to order some colors from the line last Summer but even after they arrived, the bottles looked so cheap and tiny that I felt no immediate need to try them.  Today I put this budget brand to the test when I took Essence Pool Party for a spin.

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OPI Texas Collection for Spring/Summer 2011 – Creme & Shimmer Swatches, Review & Comparisons

opi texas collection for spring 2011 The stars at night are big and bright
Deep in the heart of Texas

~Deep in the Heart of Texas lyrics by June Hershey

Tell me you can hear those lyrics and NOT clap your hands. Go ahead, tell me! This Spring, OPI is venturing down south to the Lone Star state of Texas. In the past OPI has focused on areas within the US (Painted Desert, New England) or specific cities (New York City, Chicago) but this is the first time I can remember where and entire state has been the inspiration for a collection.

The OPI Texas Collection for Spring/Summer 2011 is standard in that it consists of twelve polishes but for the first time there is a definitive dividing line between each set of six shades.  OPI is introducing their take on the beloved jelly texture with six “sorbet” style polishes; semi-sheer colors with a lucite look.  Before we tackle the sorbet lacquers let’s examine the creme & shimmer polishes.

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