Posts Tagged ‘polish’

The Ciaté Caviar Manicure

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

Great Britain seems to be shaping up as a breeding ground for cool nail lines. There’s Nails Inc., which turned us Statesiders on our side with stunning glitter effects polish as well as magnetic manicures, and now has Couture, a nifty personalized nail experience where you can pick your color, polish bottle cap, and box adornments.

And now there is Ciaté, which has a cult following in the U.K.  Started by Charlotte Knight, a top U.K. editorial manicurist who also has a chain of highly successful nail bars, the brand offers everything from polish colors to hand and foot care.

And now Ciaté has finally crossed the pond and brought us the Caviar Manicure.  It puts 3-D nail art at your fingertips. The kit comes with a Paint Pot, a bottle of “Caviar pearls“—which look like seed beads, but lack the little pin hole—a tray to catch any errant pearls that wish to escape you, and a little funnel for making sure you don’t lose any of those precious pearls that managed to escape.

The steps are fairly simple: After applying two coats of the supplied Paint Pot, place your finger over the provided tray and sprinkle on your pearls. Once you achieve full coverage, gently push the pearls down using your finger (this supposedly makes them last longer). Then you’ll go about funneling all your escapee pearls back into their bottle, and probably read your latest issue of Allure or watch Dance Moms repeats—I don’t know what you do, but this is what I do—and after 20 minutes, you have yourself some Caviar nails.

The Ciaté Caviar Manicure is kind of pricey – $25 for the set – and if you want it, it’s now available at Sephora.  But there are a lot of do-it-yourself videos and tutorials on the web that will show you how to get the same look for less.  This video is my favorite.

So, are you as excited for Ciaté’s stateside debut as I am? Would you wear a Caviar Manicure?

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Polish Me Crazy

Monday, August 1st, 2011

Have you seen the Salon Effects Nail Strips by Sally Hanson?  I’m super obsessed. 

It’s real nail polish that you simply press onto your nail, and voila!  You get a crazy, cool, and perfect multi-colored design. 

There are 24 options to choose from, but if you’re not into nail art, you can also apply solid colors and glitters.  And the best part:  the strips last forever.  There’s no fading, chipping, or receding at the edges.  Zero drying time.  Quick and easy to apply.  And easy to remove with nail polish remover.

It’s $9.95 to buy a box of 16 nail strips, so I what I did to make them last a little longer is paint the rest of my nails with polish and only apply one strip to my ring finger.

I can’t wait to try all 24 designs and colors!

Polished Piggies

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

Polishing my piggies is certainly not my favorite thing to do, but I do love it when my toenails turn all pink and shiny. 


Go ahead.  Give your piggies a fresh polish.