18 April 2013

Review and How To: Ciate Very Colourfoil Manicure

I'm not really one for nail art or following nail trends, mainly because I don't have the patience for it so the launches of the caviar, velvet, leather/textured nail products have happily passed me by. One product I couldn't resist though was the Ciate Very Colourfoil manicure set.

As the Selfridges lights picked up the beautiful foiled box I knew I couldn't resist giving this one and try and a quick glance over the instructions on the back made it look simple enough: no fiddling or fussing which is perfect for me.

Each set contains instructions, a nail art wheel, foil fix glue, nail foils and a full size Ciate polish.

Each set contains five different foils and you get five of each foil. They're surprisingly economical and really last - one of the things putting me off buying this set was that it was quite pricey for something so transient but you definitely get use out of the foils - I used two main colours (and a third for an accent on my two ring fingers) and managed to get both hands done without using an entire sheet.

My set contained foils in: Blaze, Babe, Bounce, Beaut, Bloom and Brill.

My kit came with the shade Pepperminty which is a gorgeous Tiffany-box shade. The polish is well pigmented and although I opted for a different shade for my fingers, I applied it to my toes and it was opaque after one colour - my only gripe is with the smell: it's SO overpowering and it's what puts me off buying Ciate polishes usually.

The kit is surprisingly easy to use and completely idiot proof, it's also a lot less messy than the Caviar and Velvet manicure sets which is always a bonus.

To start with, apply two coats of your nail polish of choice - again, I opted not to use Pepperminty as I was wearing a white dress and orange heels so I didn't want anything that would clash.

I decided to use Barry M Gelly Nail Paint in Lychee as my base coat. I already had a rough idea of the design I wanted - my dress was quite detailed so I didn't want to use any colour that would compete for attention so I settled on a simple silver holo and gold design that would be placed sporadically over the nails.

After your two coats of nail polish have completely dried, paint on a layer of Foil Fix adhesive and allow it to go clear and tacky. Once the glue becomes clear, place your foil shiny side UP onto the nail, press firmly and then pull away.

It's like sticking Quality Street wrappers to your nails (mmm... Quality Street, my favourites are the Strawberry/Orange cremes - how about you?)

As you can see, the foils come off sporadically so you get a custom finish every time - no two nails will be the same which I like.

You can then layer the foils over and around each other if you want to, creating a full foil nail.

As I've said, I wanted to keep mine quite simple as I didn't want anything to distract from, or clash with, my dress. 

Once you've finished applying your foils, apply a good top coat to seal everything and prevent lifting or wearing. I applied Seche Vite and my foils survived baths, showers, hair washing and antibacterial hand gel with no chipping, lifting or scuffing on the edges.

I think the brighter colours over a black base would look really cool and even the foils over no base colour - as I applied mine over press on nails they're clear so I think they'd create a really interesting effect.

Ciate Limited Edition Colourfoul Manicure Kit - £18.00 available at Selfridges. 

Have you tried the Ciate Colourfoil Manicure? Which nail art trends are you favourites?

Vicky x


16 April 2013

Lifestyle: Kieran Farrell Benefit Dinner

As you already know, sport is one of my greatest passions so I didn't need to think twice about jumping on a train to Manchester on Friday to attend a benefit dinner in aid of boxer Kieran Farrell with my friend Matt.

Kieran had a short but successful career as a boxer and was sadly forced to retire following his only professional defeat in December after sustaining a brain injury.

The event was held at the Renaissance hotel in Manchester and consisted of a dinner, an auction of some great prizes including sports memorabilia (sadly all out of my price range!) and speeches from Kieran as well as two of my favourite British fighters: Jamie Moore and Ricky Hatton.

I could turn into a serious boxing anorak here so instead I'm going to leave you with a *lot* of pictures and keep scrolling down for a FOTN/OOTN!

This is already one of my favourite pictures!
L-to-R: Ricky Hatton, Me, Kieran, Matt, Jamie Moore

Ricky has been one of my favourite fighters for as long as I can remember so I couldn't resist Instagrammin' this!

A reminder of what we were there for.

Attempted one of those popular blogger selfie poses - nearly caused myself an injury!

Dress: Savida at Dunnes (picked up last summer) €80
Shoes: Zara £29.99 

I absolutely adore this dress, I picked it up last summer on a trip to Dublin and I've been waiting for a reason to wear it ever since, the beading is absolutely exquisite.

Look at that detailing! 

These bad boys were incredibly popular when I posted them on Instagram yesterday and I am in love with them. I picked them up on a last minute dash to Zara after work on Thursday and they're the most comfy shoes I've ever worn! I love the wrap around ankle straps, the non-existant sides and the asymmetric toes. They're a round point which I love too.

My tan is Cocoa Brown One Hour Tan and I have a review coming soon!

Clarins Beauty Flash Balm
Etat Pur Radiant Complexion Care
YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat in B40
MAC Studio Fix Fluid

MAC Vanilla e/s
MAC Omega e/s
MAC Amber Lights e/s 
MAC Espresso e/s
Elizabeth Arden Gel Eyeliner
Rimmel Extra Super Lash mascara
Millie Mackintosh 'Soho' lashes

MAC Omega
MAC Carbon

Chanel Solei De Tan 
Illamasqua Rumour
Aerin Floral Illuminating Powder
MAC Soft and Gentle

Aerin Poppy lipgloss

I tried out the Ciate Colourfoil manicure kit over Barry M Lychee but more on that in the week...

I had a lovely night and I'm so pleased that I went and that good money was raised for Kieran. 

I really hope you enjoyed this post and have a lovely week.

Vicky x

14 April 2013


Aerin Lauder is the granddaughter of Estee Lauder and founder of AERIN, a beauty brand that encapsulates effortless style and sophistication. 

I found AERIN by chance as I browsed the Selfridges website one morning at work - it's one of my favourite daily rituals and is often (read: always) accompanied by a mountain of toast and tea - when I spotted the most gorgeous lip and cheek tint. Sadly when I went to the counter that lunchtime to get it, it had sold out and unfortunately it was limited edition :( I didn't leave empty handed however....

Floral Illuminating Pressed Powder

This gorgeous illuminating powder was almost too pretty to use. Tucked safely into the signature pale pink dust bag, the gold compact is delightfully elegant with the only downside (if you can call it that) being that it is made from plastic, this isn't a huge issue as a metal compact would be heavy but I was expecting it to be metal.

Lightly rose scented, the compact comprises of six shades which are beautifully complementary and swirl together to create a lovely flush of colour with a slight glow hence the illuminating factor.

As it's an illuminating powder it isn't overly pigmented however it can be built up or layered over another complementary shade for more of an impact.

AERIN Floral Illuminating Pressed Power - £45 for 9.5g




I couldn't decide between Cassis and Poppy so I decided to pick them both up (it was an expensive lunch break..).

The lipglosses are quite sheer and heavily rose scented, this put me off quite a bit at first however I really like the colours and thankfully the scent doesn't last for too long. Poppy is more pigmented than Cassis which looks more like a 'just bitten' shade yet Poppy is slightly sticky but not enough to be off-putting.

Sadly the range is quite limited as only three shades were released with the Spring Colour Collection and they're too pricey in my opinion, had I been thinking with my head and not my bank card I probably would have only bought one and seen how I got on with it. 

AERIN Lipgloss - £22 each

All in all I think the products I picked up were a nice introduction to the AERIN brand and I'll certainly be keeping an eye on their future collections.

Have you tried anything from AERIN?

Vicky x

13 April 2013

Lifestyle: One Direction at The O2

A few weeks ago my friends and I headed to The O2 to see One Direction. Thankfully we had a box so the view was amazing and we had a really nice night, leaving with our ears ringing from all the screaming (I've never heard noise like it!) and singing along to What Makes You Beautiful in the car.

I wouldn't say we were your typical 1D fans and aside from a few parents, we were probably the oldest people there! 

I met my friends straight from work so I threw on a pair of jeans, a vest and blazer and added my new favourite clutch bag to try and dress my outfit up a bit!

I saw this in the Accesorize window on my way to work one morning and it was love at first sight. At £30 it's the most expensive clutch bag in my collection but it's beautifully made and the jewels are absolutely gorgeous. 

Kala and I couldn't decide if we were more excited about the concert or candy floss...

They are on the stage there... promise!

Apologies for the little conversation in there: "he's waving at you!' "awwwwwww!"

I didn't know all of their songs but they did sing one of my favourites and it was my favourite performance of the night aside from Little Things which I love.

Considering it was a real spur of the moment thing it was a great night out and they're really good live, I was quite surprised by just how good they were, especially Zayn - he can hit and hold some serious notes! 

Have you been to see One Direction on tour or are you going? If you are, you're in for a treat!

Vicky x

9 April 2013

TAG: The Procrastinating Beauty Blogger

Image borrowed from The Style Khaleesi. credit to original poster.

I am such a bad blogger at the moment! I have a mountain of products to write about and posts to publish but when it comes to actually sitting down and doing it, I just keep hitting a wall. My weekends are crazy busy at the moment and I honestly don't remember the last time I had a proper break...

On the plus side I have a train journey to and from Manchester to fill this weekend so I'll write some posts then and I may even film a Getting Ready With Me video for YouTube as I'm going out on Friday night - would you like to see that? Let me know!

Anyway, excuses aside, I've still been reading blogs (mainly on Bloglovin', if you're on there let me know!) and I've loved reading this tag so when I saw it on Kirsty's  blog, I thought I'd do it.

The Rules:
1. Thank the tagger and link them in the post. 
2. State that this tag was created by The Beau Bow
3. Copy and paste the rules.
4. Tag some more beauty bloggers and link them to the post.
5. Title this The Procrastinating Beauty Blogger Post so bloggers know what the post is about.
6. Have fun! :)

Name a beauty regime that you rarely do.
Apply eye cream. I know I should, especially now I'm getting a little bit older and the weather is disgusting but I just can't find the motivation! Maybe it'll come with hindsight when I'm 40 and I have six inch crows feet!

Is washing your makeup brushes something you do regularly?
Yes, I spot clean my brushes after every use and give them a deep clean twice a week.

How long will you last with chipped nail polish?
Usually a day. I have a really bad habit of picking it off once it chips too which is beyond gross but it's so relaxing!

How long do you put off buying/replacing a beauty or nail polish product even if you need it (i.e. purchasing a new top coat, foundation etc)?
I hate running out of anything and I have a pretty large professional kit to dip into should desperate times ever arrive but I never let myself run out, I'll buy a replacement when I know I only have a few more uses of a product.

What is your worst beauty habit?
Pulling my mascara off after a night out - I just can't help myself. I know it's wrong yet it's like a compulsion! I'm also a bit rubbish with keeping my body moisturised, my skin doesn't get very dry so I skip it sometimes but tanning lotion is an acceptable substitute isn't it?!

Name something non-beauty related that you put off doing all the time?
Tidying out my filing cabinet at work - there's still a few folders from the last person who had my role in there, I just can't find the motivation to go through it all!

When going out somewhere, do you leave getting ready until the last minute or not?
Sometimes but I try not to. If I have time I'll have a proper pamper and leave my hair to dry naturally for as long as possible and then it's a mad panic in the last 45 minutes to dry and style my hair, get dressed and put my makeup on!

Can you commit to spending bans? 
No. In all fairness I work hard for my wages, I save and I don't have massive beauty spends often so I don't feel I need to. I was brought up to believe if you can't afford it then you can't have it (my family are anti-store and credit cards) and I live by that still.

How organised is your makeup and nail collection?
Very. My nail collection is in my Great Grandma's sewing box with each brand in a different section and organised by colour. My makeup collection and kit are organised similarly in dark towers with a section per item (personal collection: face, lips and eyes; professional kit: foundation/concealer, blusher/contour etc etc).

What is the longest amount of time you have gone without writing a blog post?
Probably a few weeks. I really need to make more time!

I tag you all to do this, leave me your links below if you do!

Vicky x

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