Magazine Freebies – Ciaté Mini – Ferris Wheel

Hands up who has ever bought a magazine just for the freebie that comes with it? *both my hands and one leg instantly shoots up*

This happens to me regularly, but no more so than when I saw the July issue of Marie Claire (which I have never read before). The reason I bought it was because of the little Ciaté Mini duo that came with it. I think they were available in lilac and a light blue, and I went for the light blue. I’m really glad I did actually, because the colour is really chic and the formula is very nice :).

The duo contained one normal nail polish, and a strange ‘Caviar’ bottle which contained lots of little silver and blue beads. This is meant to be sprinkled over the shade ‘Ferris Wheel’ before it dries, but I’ve been too chicken to try it out because I feel like it will look a bit stupid. Strange, as ‘Ferris Wheel’ looks so grown up and chic, yet this Caviar malarky looks a tad childish.

Here are the oxymoronic duo:



I used the same process as I did in my ‘Barry M’ post, which resulted in a satisfactory shiny finish (that is until I hung up some trousers and trapped my thumb in the clips – hence ruining the polish. Redoing one nail is not the one.)

The formula of ‘Ferris Wheel’ is quite streaky and wan when you first put it on, but when you let it dry for about a minute and apply a second coat, you can easily build up the colour to a lovely duck egg blue. This looks great with a tan (or genetically brown skin) and is perfect for the heat wave we are currently experiencing in the UK.

Look at them chubby lil fingers


I have used this a couple of times before, and can already see the amount of polish go down :(. So am pretty impressed with this as the first Ciaté polish I have tried. Shame I thought the magazine was crap, but oh well!


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What I Put On My Face Erryday

I thought I would do a ‘What I use daily’ post, so I can give you a quick round up of what is on my face most days. When I wake up I usually have pillow creases on my cheeks, so I wash my face and give it a quick dry (most original tip ever) to get it looking normal and un-zombie-like.

What I haven’t pictured is face creams etc so to summarise, I use Nivea Creme, Nivea Q10 Face Cream and the Superdrug Naturally Radiant Eye Cream (all the boring stuff) before make up.

To keep this brief, here is a picture of everything that makes up my every day make…up:

Top Row: Bourjois Happy Light Foundation in No 54, Garnier Miracle Skin Cream, Rimmel Stay Matte Powder, MAC Mineralise Blush in Dainty, Middle Row: Collection 2000 Concealer in Deep, Soap & Glory Brow Archery in the brown one, Benefit Hoola Bronzer , Bottom Row: Maybelline the Falsies Mascara


Starting with skin, I tend to use the Garnier Miracle Skin Cream on days when my skin isn’t too shabby. It is a little light for my liking, but once you have bronzer on it evens out. The Bourjois Happy Light is a good summer foundation, and perfect for when you want more coverage. I use a Real Techniques stippling brush to buff either of these in (there will be a tools picture further down). Then I move onto my eyebrows, and use the waxy pencil end of the Soap & Glory Brow Archery to fill them in, and a bit of eyebrow gel (Collection 2000) to brush through.

Once this is done, it is time for the Collection 2000 concealer, which has the most annoying packaging in the world. Do not use this after a hot shower, because the black text on the tube will just ink up your hands, and I ended up smearing this over my face and trying to work out where the black marks came from. Actually either way I think it would transfer so maybe try to rub off all the ink when you first get one 🙂 hence the naked tube above in the pic. I use the same Real Techniques stippling brush to buff the concealer over any blemishes, and I use the Real Techniques Contour Brush to dab it over my dark circles. (I think you can see I like Real Techniques.)

Then I move onto bronzer, and I use the FCUK brush (it doesn’t have a name, it was in a set) to search for non-existent cheekbones. My face is as round as  a penny, so I apply it lightly to avoid looking like a stripy round lollipop. I just do a weird fish smile and apply it to what sticks out.

Then I powder my T zone with the Rimmel Stay Matte, I think it is just the translucent shade. I use the Real Techniques Multitask Brush for this, and then move onto blusher. This is the gorgeous MAC ‘Dainty’ blush that I reviewed here. I just dot this on my cheeks, and brush a light amount on the tip of my nose with a Real Techniques Buffing Brush (strange I know, but it makes my face look a lot more even).  Most people tend to use the Buffing Brush for foundation, but I prefer the stippling brush because the bristles are shorter and you can really work the product into the skin.

Lastly, I curl my eyelashes and use the Maybelline the Falsies mascara on my top and bottom lashes. The spoony curved shaped brush is really good at lifting the eyelashes, and I like this one because the colour is not an ashy black, it stays very black throughout the whole day.

Here is a picture of those millions of brushes I mentioned:



Hope this is interesting to read! 🙂

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