Spring glamour

By Sarah Redman

I have been experimenting with nail polish skills again. Surprise, surprise.

This time I have gone with a subtle lilac hue from Ciate: Sugar Plum. I gave my usual manicure a little twist with glitter tips in Confetti, also from Ciate. I loved this look, its simple yet adds a bit of party glamour to your every day spring nails. The glitter also goes rather well with my ring. Bonus.

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I am always looking for new ways to experiment with my nails and think I have found my next favourite thing…

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I have seen Ciate’s cuticle tattoos floating around social media and various blogs recently and they popped up on my Instagram feed the other day. Elle magazine’s post is in agreement with me, now I just need to save up and buy them. Weirdly enough cuticle tattoos are not in my weekly budget!

What are your favourite new twists to your traditional manicure? Will you be trying either of these styles? Or do you think cuticle tattoos will be the next big thing? Let us know and leave a comment, Tweet us a pic of your nails @thesarahsblog or post on our Facebook page.

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NOTD

By Sarah Redman

Not a classic OOTD (outfit of the day) but a NOTD (nail of the day).

Today I have gone with a nude look. This weather is playing havoc with my ability to decide on a nail colour. I’m done with winter now – I love a cuddly knit but I’m just so fed up of being cold – so I’m not sure on my dark polishes, my effects and my glitters. But then again, I’m not really ready for my bright summer styles. So I’m left with my muted pastels and after painting my nails I’m not complaining. It’s a nice in-between.

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I have gone for a nude. My nail polish is by Ciate and came as part of my Mini Mani Month. It’s called Amazing Gracie and not only is it pretty, but it reminds me of my lovely little sister, Gracie, back home. My base coat is Ciate Underwear and my top coat Ciate’s Speed Coat. I have also used Essie‘s Apricot Cuticle Oil.

What’s your favourite nail colour of the moment? Let us know and leave a comment, Tweet us @thesarahsblog or post on our Facebook page.

‘Tis the season to party

By Sarah Redman

For this festive season and because I am receiving a nail polish a day from one of my advent calenders (post coming soon) I have gone all matchy matchy on my nail polish.

No gimmicks, no falsies, not even a teeny little bit of nail art. No this time I have gone old school and just painted my nails.

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My colour of choice if from Ciate and is called ‘Fit for a Queen‘. Difficult not to paint your nails with it when your nail polish is called that! I love this colour is has all the sparkle a silver should have without verging into glitter territory yet it’s not a nail foil. This nail polish is part of Ciate’s ‘Shimmer’ collection and it does just that, shimmer and shine when it catches the light (even with no top coat). I actually haven’t worn a top coat with this polish yet and much to my surprise and delight is not chipping or flaking as I find more mettalic nail polishes can.

Ciate: ” Think liquid platinum, full of glamour and seduction.”

This polish retails at £9.00 for a standard pot. Its well worth the money for something that will last on your nails as well as in the bottle. I loved this look so much I went all matchy matchy and painted my toes too.

20131212-164829.jpgAre you a fan of silver polish or do you like Ciate’s collections? Leave a comment and let us know, Tweet us @thesarahsblog or leave a comment on our Facebook page.

On the tenth day of advent…

By Sarah Redman

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On the tenth day of advent Ciate have a great nail polish tip for you all:

20131210-151243.jpgKeep your mani/pedi looking fresh by adding a new layer of topcoat every other day.

What you you think of their Christmas tip? Let us know and leave a comment or Tweet us @thesarahsblog

New Nude: Faded Glitter Tips

By Sarah Redman

My treat for revision the other day – nails. I am waiting on my delivery of Ciate nail ‘wow kits’, so I thought I would dig into my shoe box of nail polish [Yeah, they fill a large shoe box now…] and find something I haven’t used for a while and have some fun.

So here they are:

(Please excuse the poor state of my nails)

New Nude: Faded Glitter Tips

New Nude: Faded Glitter Tips

I decided to give the ‘nude’ nail an update, starting with Art Deco’s 294 Sparkling Beige Ceramic Nail Lacquer –  a Christmas present from the wonderful Josh Johnston, which I haven’t used in a few months. This colour has quite a sheer coverage, so I have three coats on, but it doesn’t feel heavy or peal or easily. The only thing worse than chipping – when you have too much polish on and it just gives up sticking to your nail.

Art Deco's 294 Ceramic Nail Lacquer

Art Deco’s 294 Ceramic Nail Lacquer

To give this shimmering shade a fun twist I have used Barry M’s 351 Yellow Topaz Glitter 247 Nail Paint – another Christmas present, this time from my sister Gracie Redman. This ‘colour’ as I have been informed by Jem Hill, apparently glitter is now a colour in girl world. But I figure if my parents can paint four colour swatches onto our dining room wall entitled ‘Frosted Dawn’, ‘White Cotton’, ‘All White’, and ‘Wimborne White’ and I still can’t tell the difference between these shades/colours (another debate for another time), then glitter can be a colour! But I digress, this colour is great for a top coat or as I have used it here, for a faded effect from the tip of my nail.

Barry M's 351 Yellow Topaz Glitter 247 Nail Paint

Barry M’s 351 Yellow Topaz Glitter 247 Nail Paint

I love this look, it’s subtle yet still gives your every day look a bit of sparkle. The nail polishes work well together and with the right base and top coat can last for days as small chips can easily be touched up or hardly notice with the pale colour scheme and the light reflection from the glitter flakes towards the end of the nail. The faded tip is a nail art technique I hope to experiment more with pastel shades over the summer months. Keep checking our blog to make sure you don’t miss out!

If you like this look or have experimented lately yourself leave us a comment or Tweet TheSarah’sStyleBlog @thesarahsblog

A ring from Sorrento, Italy

Ring from Sorrento

By Sarah Redman Or to give it its full name; Sorrento, Province of Naples, Campania, Italy. My parents have recently returned from the wondrous heat of Italy *yeah because I’m not jealous* but they did bring me a pressie.   My beautiful ring comes from … Continue reading

A productive day:

By Sarah Redman

Nail polish Revision

Taking a break from a bad PA revision session and end up buying two Ciate nail kits and a mint green Asos shift dress… oops!

A girl can never have too much nail polish. Fact.

Any guilty purchases you are enjoying instead of revision at the moment?

Nail polish Revision

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