Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Budget Caviar Manicure

While in Superdrug picking up some last minute holiday essentials with my friend, we spotted the MUA Nail Constellations

These are the perfect budget solution to Ciate's Caviar Manicure. I picked them up in the colour Gemini to test, and I must say, they didn't disappoint. The price difference is amazing, MUA costing a mere £3 compared to Ciate's £18! Although with Ciate's version you do get a matching nail varnish, which you don't with MUA. But any nail varnish works great with these beads. 

I chose to use an Essie nail polish in the colour Bahama Mama. I was really impressed with how easy this manicure was to apply. I envisioned a messy affair, but it was reasonably quick and easy! 

I started by painting my nail with the nail polish, then sprinkled the Nail Constellations all over my nail until it was completely covered. I shook off the excess then moved on to the next nail while it dried. After a couple of minutes, I pressed slightly on the beads to ensure they were all stuck fast.

I really love the finished result, I think they look great, and for the price, it's fantastic! I sprinkled the beads on to my nail over a bowl, that way you can pour the unused beads back in to the bottle. There's enough beads for dozens of applications. I will definitely be purchasing some other colours, they look great for the christmas party season!

Has anyone ever tried either the MUA or Ciate version? One things for sure, I'm definitely sold on the Caviar Manicure.

Chanel's Christmas Collection

I'm back!!! I haven't blogged for a couple of months now due to various reasons. I went on holiday and things were just crazy busy! But I'm back, and have plenty to blog about coming in to the Christmas season!

So every Christmas we all like to shop a bit more than usual, whether it be treating yourself or your loved ones. One thing I look forward to is seeing all the new collections come out for winter.

This year I am loving Chanel's winter collection, it's full of really deep vibrant colours. I'm a big fan of Chanel make up anyway, their products are always really well packaged and last really well on my skin.

There are a few items I would like to try out of this range. I did have a sneak peek when I was in Selfridges last week with a friend, but resisted the temptation to buy anything just yet.

I think these two items might be my favourite from the collection. Rouge Allure Velvet Lipstick in the shade 307 L'impatiente, and the Le Vernis Nail Polish in the shade 637 Malice. I love the deep shade of the nail polish, it's the perfect colour for winter. And the lip colour is normally a bit too dark for me, I don't tend to suit really dark plum colours, but a quick swatch showed me that this lip colour is very wearable.

My other two favoured items are the Regard Signe de Chanel eyeshadow quad in Harmonie Dusoir, and the Joues Contrast Blush in shade 73 Star Dust. The eye shadows are all really wearable and such gorgeous colours. They have a slight shimmer to them making it the perfect quad for the party season. I really like the packaging as it comes with a little mirror and two applicators. The blush is a lovely light pinky/peach shade, which looks lovely on winter skin when we're all slightly less tanned. Again, the packaging is really nice and comes complete with a little blush brush.

So these are just four items from the winter collection which are my personal favourites. As we all know, Chanel isn't cheap, so I'm trying to decide which one to treat myself to. After all, it is Christmas! :) Which Christmas collection is your favourite this year?


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