Nail Polish Tuesday: Ciate Flower Manicure Set

Hey folks! I am back on the manicure horse with a new nail look this week.

Nails of Literature isn’t gone, by the way. It just won’t be every week. 🙂

So, while I was out shopping in Sephora, I came across this Ciate kit. Now, I should have been wary of this kit, because the first one I tried led to such a fail (and it was the first nail look I shared on my Tumblr!)

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Good grief. Those were supposed to be polka dots. Yes, yes. That was the goal. Don’t rub it in! 🙂

But because I don’t know how to leave well enough alone the FIRST time it goes south, I decided to give it another go. This kit is called Flower Manicure, and it seemed simple enough. Nail polish, flowers, topcoat. File to fit. Ok. I can do this…right?

This comes in two colors, a blue base with red and dark blue flowers, or a pink base with blue and yellow flowers. The pink, blue, and yellow combo is one of my favorites to do with clothes, so I picked that kit. You get a small paint pot, large top coat, two sets of flowers in different colors, a file, and tweezers. Also an instruction book. Good.

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As I did the first time, I read the directions. Two coats of color, let dry. Put top coat, add flower(s) to nail, let dry (work one nail at a time, duly noted). File flowers off of the edges of the nail (if you do the overlapping look), add more top coat. Yeah, I can totally do this…I think. The pink shade, by the way, is called Candy Floss. The rhinestones didn’t come in the kit. I just always need a little sparkle in my life.

So, how did I do?

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Success! I would probably recommend doing this look on longer nails, so you can get better overlap, but I love it. I did the yellow and white flowers on eight nails, and I did blue flowers on both ring fingers. And because I love shiny things, I put a couple of green rhinestones on there too.

This actually was pretty easy. Work with one nail at a time, because the quick dry topcoat is no joke. It dries pretty quickly, and you will find yourself having to reapply coats if you don’t move with a purpose.

I am so glad I didn’t have to do another failed manicure post this week. 🙂

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A Tale of Three Lipsticks

I normally stick to neutral lip gloss for my day to day looks, because at work most customers’ emphasis is on eye shadows.

So I’ll play up my eyes, and downplay the lips.

I’ve grown tired of that look for day to day, but it works for work. Since I had the last four days off, though, I went to put on some crayon colored lipstick before I went out…and couldn’t find any.

What? How does this happen?!

I had browns, my go to red, but nothing with some pizzazz. I have the BH Cosmetics 66 Lip Gloss palette and it’s awesome, but I wanted brighter. Like liquid Skittles.

So of course that means…shopping! 😀 I’ll look for just about any excuse, really.

So I shopped and shopped, hit up Macy’s and Ulta, came home, and spread out my spoils.

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*sigh* Why do I do this?!

What you see here are three very similar colors. Granted, all three have very different finishes, but I probably could have gotten away with one and used some gloss or powder to come up with the other two looks.

But I’m not taking them back. Because, I really need all three, you see. 🙂

So, first up: the color in the shiny gold tube. I found this when I went to get some shampoo and came out with this lipstick as an addition. This is called Violet Volt by Milani. Creamy, shiny, and it has shimmer in it. If you are not a fan of the frosted, it is not for you. Here it is on me:

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Next color in the neon colored tube is called Brazen Berry from Maybelline. I actually found this two minutes after I got home while digging for my phone in my purse. It’s a replacement tube–I lost the first one I bought. Had I found this beforehand I probably wouldn’t be in this dilemma. Now this one is glossy, but has no shimmer:

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Often when I wear Hot Plum, it’s mistaken for this third color, clad in the iconic black packaging: Heroin by MAC. Here’s the thing. I don’t normally do matte lipsticks because they make my lips drier than they normally are. But I put this on and OMG. I didn’t even do a gloss after it…which is odd for me. But it works:

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So, from a makeup artist to you,my wonderful readers if you have a lipstick at home that you love, but you see a similar one…okay, go buy it if you want. 🙂 But if you want to save a dollar, here’s how you spruce the one you have up easily.

If you want it frosted (glitter), add a sparkly gloss to it. You can do it with or without color, as the look you’re going for dictates. If you want it matte, tap (sparingly!) a little bit of translucent powder over the top of your lips. This will give you matte without having to search for matte colors.

Sidebar: if there was a way to do a matte gloss like they do a matte topcoat for nails, companies would make a killing. Just sayin’.

And of course, if it’s matte and you want it shiny, do a glitter free gloss over the top. Simple!

Or, you could do what I end up doing…buying the same color in three different finishes accidentally (maybe on purpose? *shifty eyes*)…and keeping them. Whichever works. No judgment here! 🙂

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Updates! And a Public Service Announcement

Hello my lovelies!

So, I didn’t intend on taking a break from writing while taking a break from the day job, but perhaps I needed to unplug just a little bit. I wanted to give y’all a quick update on the birthday things while I wait for my sunscreen to sink in.

PSA: please make sure if you’re using a chemical sunscreen (ahem, that stuff on the back of the bottle you can’t pronounce too well), that you give yourself 15-30 minutes for it to sink in so that it can do its thing. If it’s a mineral sunscreen (titanium dioxide or zinc oxide are the most common) as soon as it’s dry you can head out. Reapply every two hours if you’re sunbathing, swimming, etc. I don’t want you sunburned now that we actually have some sun!

Now that’s out the way: my birthday week’s been awesome! The day of was rained out but I was armed with wine and Netflix, Thursday I slept all day long (GLORIOUS!), and Friday I had dinner with a friend.

No, not THE dinner. It’s coming, though!

Today is gonna be spent buying new makeup brushes and crafting supplies. And I’ll be back in full swing Monday–I got some new subscription boxes and goodies I can’t wait to share with y’all.

And here: have a pic of me with day off makeup on (it’s rare, but it does happen!)

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It’s neutral because I had on blue and purple (and I was going lipstick shopping.)

Enjoy the rest of y’alls weekend, and I will see you Monday! 🙂

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