Ciaté have done it again! As you lot know, I have a lot of new mini’s to try out and this week I gave ‘Mineral Clarity’ a go as it looked really cool in the bottle.
The formula is REALLY thick and there are no gaps between the glitter as you apply it first coat. This means it would be a great polish to use when you want to look like you’ve made a lot of effort when you have very little time.
This looks completely different in the bottle to how it looks on. When applied, it actually takes on a cool toned lilac/blue colour, which is really unique and very on trend. (The lilac doesn’t show at all in the photos but it does in real life). The glitter is quite coarse, but when it catches the light it is really pretty.
I can imagine that I will end up using this polish up really quick, as 1. I LOVE IT and 2. it is really thick so the brush gets pretty loaded up with polish.
In the bottle it looks like the sheen you get when you see a puddle that has drops of petrol in it (some people somewhere will know what I mean and not think I’m a psycho). But like I said on the nail it is a really pale lilaccy blue, it has quite a frosty look about it.
Have you guys got a favourite Ciaté polish?
I’d never really tried them before until I got my advent calendar, but I have to say I’m now a massive fan 🙂
For years and years I had used the same cheap eyelash curlers that I had bought when I was a teenager. I had bought them from Boots, just simple ones that had seen their best days!
Then, the Shu Uemura eyelash curlers waltzed their chrome-y way into my life. They are so beautiful! Well designed so they fit snugly in your hand, and the black silicone pad is so comfortable and gentle when you close the curlers.
I was so used to the more flimsy, well worn pad on my old eyelash curlers that I was really surprised at what a difference a good silicone pad would make. To be honest, I was probably being a bit rough in the way that I used to use my old ones, and what I noticed the most was that you hardly need to apply any pressure in order to get a good curl.
I think using these, I won’t actually have to curl my eyelashes every day. I am quite lucky as I have naturally long eyelashes, and actually I doubt I will want to ruin these curlers by curling my lashes AFTER putting on mascara!
These curlers seem like a worthwhile investment to me, and will probably last a lifetime! They will probably last much better than my old ones :p
Also it came with a little cat charm which is apparently meant to look like Karl Lagerfeld’s cat?!
Working in marketing, we are often trying to think of ways we can get and maintain loyal customer bases. Delivering above and beyond customer care is something most companies try to achieve, the ‘Amazon’ way of operating.
When it comes to beauty brands, for me there are a few drug store and premium beauty retailers that really hit the nail on the head in terms of providing a more tailored shopping experience.
Here are my top 3 Beauty Retailers, and why I think they are treating customers right:
1. Boots –
For a drugstore that sells a myriad of products, Boots Advantage card system is just brilliant. In particular, the offers that they send you are actually useful, and when scanning my emails I tend to open the ones from Boots as they usually send really good deals.
One of the promotions they do that is great for a more tailored customer communication is double Advantage card points during your birthday month (I am turning 25 in January :(). Although to some people this might not seem like a big deal, but providing double points for the whole month means you can really build your money up. I am an advocate of the advantage card system, and I have saved around £70 worth of points over the years!
This kind of promotion is a bit more personal, and keeping things personal whilst maintaining a massive commerce company is getting the best of both worlds.
2. Space.NK –
Again another birthday promotion, but Space.NK have offered a free Sarah Chapman sample, when the full size item costs £40!
Only niggle with this is that to redeem it online, you do have to purchase something else but it makes sense because of the delivery…I’ll just have to take a sneaky birthday trip to London at some point!
3. Feel Unique –
In the beauty industry, getting customers to repurchase from the same company is a big win, and for me Feel Unique have adopted some really useful tactics to make this reality.
I purchased some Morrocanoil a while ago, and whilst scanning my promotional emails in my inbox I came across one entitled ‘Is Your Favourite Morrocanoil Running Low?’
The fact it contained a product I had previously bought in the subject line made me open it, and basically it has based the sending of the email assuming that it is time for you to repurchase the item you originally bought, because you have started to use it up.
This is a very simple idea, but I think this is a great tactic, and it would be ideal for a product like Seche Vite, which I use regularly and actually need to repurchase now!
For a glam post New Year’s manicure, look no further than this Tanya Burr ‘New York Night’ and No7 glitter combo.
I know that glitter is more suitably reserved for Christmas and party season, but there is no reason you have to leave the glitter behind.
Particularly, if combined with a really chic dark mauve, which looks great with yellowy gold toned glitters like the No7 one I have used below.
This nail look is SO easy to do because of the sturdiness of the No7 brush. All you need to do is apply two coats of ‘New York Night’ to build up the opacity, and finish with one thick stripe of the No7 or any dense glitter top coat down the centre of the nail.
I can’t stress how easy this manicure is as long as you have the right tools. A sturdy brush on your glitter polish is necessary to make this look neat and tidy, if the glitter is not kept to the centre of the nail you risk it looking messy.
Here is the finished look, which would be perfect for your next evening out!
I’m going to run down the top 5 beauty gripes, if you have any beauty gripes I haven’t thought of please leave them in the comments so we can unite in our grumbles!
I think this post is going to get some of you nodding along in agreement, and if you are beauty junkies like me then you will know all about these annoyances.
1. MAC packaging
OK, so you can’t fault the products. Or the tools. One thing that MAC mavens MUST have encountered is the little plastic discs popping out of the black eyeshadow or blusher pots. Yep, the ones that you can’t get back in.
For one thing, the product is now extremely irritating to use. Rattly. Messy. Your powder will start to disintegrate. There is potential for your entire make up bag to end up looking like a beauty massacre.
My dad even tried to superglue the disc from my Satin Taupe back in but it just looked a mess!
2. Overpriced Skin Care
Since when was it OK for big beauty brands to charge over the odds for the smallest amount of skin care possible?
Benefit is a classic, they aren’t even famed for skin care and yet they can charge ridiculous prices. When you work it out to be around 59p PER GRAM that is verging on the ridiculous. Nevertheless if it feels nice on your skin then hey ho :).
3. Powder Breakages
Particularly when travelling, you guys will probably have known the horror when you open your make up bag, and find suspicious particles covering your make up brush handles…look further and you find your favourite powder completely smashed and just, everywhere.
Somewhere, some special person must be working on this predicament right now and they will probably end up making a lot of money.
Prepare to reel at the below image:
4. Lip Gloss and Your Hair become very quick BFF’s
You leave the house with some newly slicked on lip gloss or a gloss lipstick, only to find that the world’s most violent tornado has arrived outside your house.
The worst product of this scenario? As soon as you turn a corner your hair ends up welded to your bottom lip. No matter how many times you try to reinstate the air between your hair and said bottom lip, it just won’t budge. Also, you have now smeared it across your cheek.
5. Ruining a brand new lipstick
In the past, I have managed to ruin lipsticks in really unimaginable ways. The one I have taken a picture of to include here I don’t even remember how I did it :/
Typical, that when you get your brand new shiny lipstick out of it’s case and pop the top off, a freak slip of the hand means you can do one of the following:
1. Drop it.
2. Clip the top of the bullet when you try to shut the lipstick but haven’t put it away properly.
3. Take a chunk out of it by accident.
I hope you enjoyed hearing me moan about really important beauty issues.
What are your biggest beauty gripes? 🙂
*Disclaimer* – a couple of these pictures are from google, one reason being that I wasn’t going to smash a powder on purpose!
I have returned to using Celestial as a top coat YET AGAIN.
It is definitely my most favourite glitter top coat of the moment, and probably my favourite polish that came from my Ciaté Christmas Advent Calendar (which makes sense as it was the biggest bottle!)
I decided to pair this with a more beige-y toned grey, which arrived in the form of a Christmas gift from my sister, Tanya Burr’s ‘Penguin Chic’.
Now, I have loved the other two Burr nail polishes that I have tried (both dark purples) but I have to say I am slightly disappointed with this polish.
It’s…grey. At most it’s greige.
When I heard about Tanya naming her polishes due to things she loved, I thought that was a really lovely sentiment. I also like penguins, but in particular I think it’s unfortunate that on asian skin, ‘Penguin Chic’ genuinely just looks grey.
Grey grey looks grey.
Also I have to note that even with Seche Vite over the top, the polish started to wear off around the tip after about a day.
Have a look below and judge for yourself, but I have to say I really prefer ‘New York Night’ and ‘Midnight Sparkles’ from her same range.