I have a very simple, but VERY bright nail look to bring to you today. I’m really looking forward to spring, being able to come home from work in the light and seeing flowers and blossom around in the world (could I be any more of a stereotype right now).
I got about a million and one Ciaté nail polishes at Christmas in the Advent Calendar, and the only nail polish I haven’t tried was ‘Sherbet Fizz’. It didn’t seem right to crack this one out at Christmas as it is quite a corally, pinky red which reminds me of tulips and sticks of rock!
As with the rest of the Ciaté nail polishes, it works best if you apply a very thin first coat, then build up the opacity in the second or maybe third coats :).
The name ‘Sherbet Fizz’ is really fitting for this polish, not sure if you can see some of the shimmer in the bottle but there are some little golden flecks running through out it.
Compared to the rest of the Ciaté polishes, I think this one doesn’t tend to last as long without fading (even with a layer of Seche Vite over the top). In spite of that, it is a really beautiful colour and makes me look forward to sun and barbecues and…MORE SUN.
I really like how this looks on a ‘squ-oval’ shaped nail, it’s a really pretty shade and because it’s quite corally it is bang on trend.
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This post rounds off the final instalments in the Ciaté Christmas Advent Calendar…I’m a bit miffed that I won’t be opening those tiny little doors from now on! It ran up to December 24th, with a lovely LARGE reward for Christmas Eve.
Here are the final *weep* polishes:
If you ever get one of these advent calendars for next year, BE WARNED, some of these polishes are actually loose glitters.
My sister learned this the hard way with ‘Let It Snow’ from a previous week, cue horrified looks and a small pile of glitter on her lap – haha!
‘Sand Dune’ is a lovely pearly gold, and ‘Cupcake Queen’ is the most saccharine pink you will ever see.
‘Celestial’ is a surprising polish, it has tiny light blue particles in it which makes it really unusual.
‘Sherbert Fizz’ is a great coral red, with touches of tiny gold glitter. Finishing off, ‘Slumber Party’ is a GORGEOUS iridescent loose glitter (iridescent is the perfect word for these glitters).
I will be slowly doing more nail looks with these, and overall I am really pleased with the calendar. (In fact the only polish I didn’t like was the lurid, bright yellow one!)
I went to Lush recently and bought quite a few little treats for myself and for family/friends. The Christmas range is amazing as always, and there are a few things that I have tried and I thought I would show you what effects they have so that you can decide if you want to get the odd present for yourself and for Christmas gifting! (I operate on the ‘One for Them, One for Me rule quite often).
As I am a shower person usually, and there are only so many baths I can have without feeling like I am hurting the Ozone layer or something. The two products I am reviewing here are the ‘Melting Snowman’ and the ‘Shoot for the Stars’ bath bomb.
This is a classic Christmas scent, smelling of Vanilla and Cinnamon. Although this is not a bubbly bath bar, this is a really lovely moisturising bath product. It leaves your skin feeling so soft, and you can actually smell the cinnamon on your skin afterwards (don’t worry you don’t end up smelling too much like a pastry). The texture is quite similar to ‘Butterball’!
I took a picture which made me laugh, I’ll share here:
The second product I have tried is the ‘Shoot for the Stars’ bath bomb. When I saw this in the Lush store I just knew I had to get it! It looks like the cosmos, (well what I imagine it to look like) and the smell is not dissimilar to the ‘Twilight’ bath bomb which is probably my favourite.
The real wow factor comes when you drop it into the bath. As you can tell from the outside it holds lilaccy, bluey tones, with a great colour hidden in the centre which I won’t reveal! (It’s Christmas, I’m not the Grinch).
It smells stronger when you are actually smelling the bath bomb itself rather than once it is dissolved in the bath, but it still fills the bathroom with a lovely bonfire nighty scent.
I know the bubbles look like embryos but hey ho, what you gonna do.
Well, as you guys know it is that time of year to be merry and…cheer? This means we are in the full flow of the christmas build up. It definitely feels cold enough to snow in the UK and my car has been getting suitably icy in the mornings…and tomorrow I will be making mince pies!
This all adds up to the below thought running through my head:
I AM SO EXCITED FOR CHRISTMAS AND PRESENTS AND CHRISTMAS!
I have been tagged by the brilliant LittleBitSoph, so without further ado let’s answer some christmas questions!!!
1) What is your favourite Christmas movie?
I have a few staple films that I have to watch that most people will know and love. The first one is Elf (my favourite bit in it being when Buddy discovers the chewing gum stuck under the railings…it grosses me out at the same time but it is hilarious!). Will Ferrel is amazing in it, and seeing the bit where he FABULISES Gimbles makes me feel all christmassy and decorate-y.
Miracle on 34th Street is also a film I love to watch, it has that girl who was in Matilda in it and a very convincing Father Christmas in Richard Attenborough’s fine display of acting. There’s nothing better than watching this curled up with a blanket and a cup of Nutella hot chocolate! (literally a massive spoonful of nutella with lots of milk microwaved).
2) Do you open your presents on Christmas eve or Christmas morning?
We ALWAYS open our presents on Christmas morning, if my sisters knew that I had opened any of their presents on Christmas Eve I’m sure they would be having words with me.
When we were little it was always me (being the youngest) going to jump on everyone still in bed and going ‘WAKE UPPPPP!’. This usually progressed to annoyance as we waited for my Dad to get up and come downstairs to open presents! And then my mum thrusting the black bin bag at us to quickly gather scrunched up dregs of wrapping paper…JOY
3) Do you have a favourite Christmas memory?
This is a fairly recent Christmas memory and typically it revolves around food. I am ALWAYS in charge of Christmas desserts, and last year I made an apple tarte tatin. The smell that engulfs the house is incredible, apply caramelly pastry-y goodness. We all gathered around the dining table as soon as it was put down, and leant over the dish gobbling it until it was all gone (we also ate it with ice cream which was amazing)!
Don’t let anyone tell you we aren’t classy…
4) Favourite festive food?
Mince pies are definitely up there (I say I make them but I basically use jarred mince meat-fruit and encase it in lovely short crust pastry). Other than that, SHEDLOADS of chocolate, garlic and rosemary roast potatoes and an amazing roast chicken.
5) Favourite Christmas gift?
It probably has to be the red and white Christmas onesie that my sister bought for me last year. I’m sure they only had a teenage sized one left so I can’t bend down in it but it sure is the comfiest thing that I own!
6) Favourite Christmas scent?
Hmm well it’s not really a ‘scent’ but I LOVE the smell of the amazing cooking and baking smells that fill our house around Christmas time. You can’t beat a Christmas dinner, and I particularly love baking when I’m off work because it makes our living room smell like a bakery. Can’t complain about that!
7) Do you have any Christmas Eve traditions?
To be honest we usually spend Christmas Eve preparing the food for the next day so that we don’t have to faff around Christmas morning. When I was younger though, we always used to put out a mince pie and a glass of brandy for Father Christmas (aka my dad). The sweetest thing was when my family would hack some chunks out of the carrot I would put out for the reindeer to make it look like they had had a little snack as they waited for Father Christmas to unload the presents :):):).
8) What tops your tree?
A giant gold star! Depending on who decorates the tree it can be a little wonky, but not if i’m around…
9) As a kid what was one of the crazy things you always asked for but never received?
Oh my goodness, get ready for this list, and let me know if you wanted them too:
An Elefun, a Blush Art, a Sticker Maker, a Tamagotchi and about a million things starred in the Argos catalogue 🙂
10) What’s the best thing about Christmas for you?
Hmmm, I think the best thing about Christmas for me is actually pretty selfish…having time off work!! I have always been very lucky and get around 2 weeks off for Christmas…which means shopping, baking and watching Christmas films!!!
I hope this post has made you feel Christmassy and reminisce about fond memories with your own families.
I’d like to tag a few fellow bloggers, please let me know if you get around to doing it! I’d like to read them 🙂