Showing posts with label Ciate. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Ciate. Show all posts

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Beauty | 5 Everyday Glosses I'm obsessed with


It's no secret I'm a lip colour obsessive and currently my addiction is of the gloss variety. I tend to go for a more natural look in general so I always gravitate towards neutral shades. It's often hard for me to pick just one favourite (of anything) so here's 5 I'm obsessed with.


(£15/4.2ml) 
I picked this gloss up on a whim whilst browsing the plethora of makeup in Sephora whilst in New York. Without knowing much about the brand I felt the urge to buy it which is unusual for me as I tend to research something to death before I part with my coins. This is a glassy gloss - no glitter or shimmer - and it has a plumping effect so it leaves a slight tingle on the lips. My lips are naturally full but this does make them more plump. The colour pay-off on my deep-toned lips is subtle and natural-looking.

 (£11/4.2ml)*
The ultimate super shiny transparent gloss. I've talked about my love for this already in a separate post exclusively on  products so I'll keep this short and sweet. It's hyped for good reason. My lips feel like butter with this on and it lasts pretty darn well (for a gloss).

 (£16/9ml)
Another I've already gushed about in my Fenty Beauty review back in September which was love at first swatch. It's described by the brand as universally flattering and the *ahem* 'unicorn of nudes' which is a mighty claim but the Fenty gloss does not disappoint. It's a non-sticky, long-lasting, shiny, slightly shimmery, rose-tinted bottle of pure genius (hence my infatuation).

(£8/3.4ml)*
The newest member of my lip gloss arsenal and the most opaque of the products here. I love this most as my lips are two-toned and this shade is pigmented enough to even out the tone and still look natural.
 (£15/3ml)*
The liquid chrome gloss has a lot more impact than the others featured here as it has a golden metallic feel. This particular shade Nova has the chrome effect but is still super wearable for everyday and gives makeup looks a pop without feeling too over done.


Top left clockwise - bare lips, Glossier, INC.redible, Fenty Beauty, Ciate and Buxom


*samples - read my disclaimer here.


Christine Stewart x

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Friday, 14 October 2016

New In | Ciaté Manchester Chloe Morello Beauty Haul


How is it October? Winter is drawing closer and whilst I'm still pouting over the lack of sun I am looking forward to the festive beauty sets which pop up this time of year. Ciaté has a few offerings for this Christmas (it definitely feels too early to say the C word but lets go with it), one being the Beauty Haul (£45)*. This is a limited edition set which has been curated personally by beauty YouTuber Chloe Morello. It includes an eyeshadow palette, mini liquid velvet lipstick, mini wonderland mascara which all slot nicely into the included faux leather makeup pouch.


Ciaté is well known for their quality nail polishes but also have a line of colour cosmetics which I've become pretty familiar with recently. My favourite of their products has to be the Liquid Velvet Matte Lip Slicks and a mini version of their best selling shade 'Pin Up' is included in this set. The matte texture is really comfortable to wear, lasts well and is so pigmented. The formula includes Hyaluronic Acid which is supposed to give the appearance of smoother, fuller lips. I have quite full lips naturally so it's hard to tell how much this actually does for me but I will say that it's a really comfortable matte lip to wear and it doesn't feel drying. The other mini is the Wonderland Mascara which Ciaté claims it's a long-lasting, no-clump mascara which gives a false lash effect.


The 'pretty, fun and fearless' eyeshadow palette contains 15 shades (9 matte and 6 shimmer) and it's love at first swatch. The shadows are well pigmented and there's a good range of warm and cool tones to suit different skintones. I'm naturally drawn to the warmer colours at the top of the palette, 'shine bright' in particular is just beautiful. I love the cooler purple tones too which are perfect to wear this time of year. Some of these shades are new and unique to this palette.


Overall it's a great set for any Ciaté fans and the star of the collection is definitely the eyeshadow palette. There's so many shades to play with and this kit is ultra-portable making it the ideal set for travel. This is a limited edition collection so if you want it you'll have to grab it quick. The only place I've seen it available in the UK currently is ASOS (for US try Sephora). Find it  and the full details about the set can be found on Ciaté's website.  


*sample - read my disclaimer .

Have you tried Ciaté beauty?

Christine Stewart x

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Friday, 9 October 2015

Review | Latest In Beauty Get The Gloss Box



I love the idea of subscription beauty boxes but I've been looking for one that gives more freedom with allowing me to choose when I want to buy one and what's inside.  appears to deliver this perfectly. Their main appeal is their boxes are released seasonally or you can build your own out of their selection of products, without being tied into a subscription. The samples in each box allow you to get a feel for the brands and if you like them you can purchase the full-size products using exclusive offers included.  

Their latest box - the 'Get The Gloss Cult Collection' (£15.95 + delivery)* features 8 'hero' products handpicked by the beauty experts at . Included is (from left to right above) Gradual Tan In Shower Lotion, Fat Liquid Eyeliner,  Manchester Paint Pot in Mistress, Miracle Balm, Indigo Foot Cream & Pink O'Clock Hand & Cuticle Cream,  Pro Genius Rescue Oil and Youth Enhancing Lift & Brightening Eye Cream. I'm familiar with all of the brands but hadn't actually tried any of these products before. 


My favourite product is the Dr Lipp Miracle Balm. It treats dry, rough and sore skin and has so many uses. You can apply it for priming the lips before lipstick, adding shine to your cheeks, taming your brows, softening dry elbows and cuticles, the list is endless! It's colourless, odourless and tasteless so really is the perfect versatile product. It retails for £12 which is 6 times the amount I'd usually pay for a balm but I'm actually pretty sold on this product already. I'm stashing it in my handbag for the foreseeable future. 

I also love the Ciate Manchester nail polish in a classic red tone and the Eyeko Fat Liquid Eye Liner. These are similar to some of my staple beauty products. The Ciate polish is such a flattering shade of red and I think it can work for anyone. I have few Eyeko liners but haven't tried the 'fat' version. The thickness of the liner makes it much easier than I thought to get the perfect flick or graphic effect. 


My skincare collection is lacking in any eye creams so I was excited to try the Bee Good Youth Enhancing Eye Cream. I really don't get enough sleep leaving me to often look quite tired with dark circles and I was hoping for a brightening effect. I've only used the cream a couple of times and I haven't noticed a difference yet but I probably need to give it a little more time. Products which I have noticed a difference from instantly however are the Prismologie hand and foot creams. They smell amazing and with one use my skin feels baby soft. The full size products are definitely too pricey for me at £30 a pop so I'll just have to enjoy these whilst they last. 

Even though I have oily skin, I love facial oils but recently I've neglected to use any completely. The Nude Skincare Pro Genius Rescue Oil boasts a blend of so many awesome oils in the ingredients that I'm not surprised this is considered a hero product. I haven't used this yet but applying a few drops to the skin is stated to leave it nourished and glowing. I also have yet to experiment with the St. Tropez Gradual Tan In Shower Lotion. Tanning is something I rarely do especially as I've always found application awkward or too much work. I love that this product can be applied on wet skin and after 3 minutes you can rinse it off. I'll be giving this product a try when my legs eventually see daylight as they're looking a little pale! 

You can get this box from the website now and if you're interested you can get it delivered free with the code GTG2015 until 11th October. 

*Sample. See my disclaimer .

Have you tried a beauty box before?

Christine Stewart x

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Monday, 30 June 2014

NOTD | Ciate Caviar Polish by Marie Claire


I love a magazine freebie, especially of the nail polish variety, and I was excited to see this Ciate Manchester Caviar Manicure Mini duo included with this months Marie Claire UK (July 2014 edition).


There were several different colours included with the July issue, though admittedly stock was limited to the Sugar Plum nail colour and Ice Queen Caviar (pictured above) at my local Asda. The magazine was reduced to £2.50 so I can only assume that's what led the stand to look a little bare by the time I had got to it.

I've never tried this brand before or a caviar type of polish. The 'caviar pearls' (which are tiny coloured beads) put an interesting twist on my usual mani. I did imagine all sorts of mishaps when applying the caviar pearls but it was a lot easier than I thought it would be.

You start off by painting all of your nails with one coat of polish and allow that to dry. Then you apply a second coat and, whilst it's still wet, pour over the caviar pearls and carefully press them down into the polish to make them stick. After my nails were fully dry, I finished off by applying a top coat at the bottom edge of the nail to make the beads more secure. If a top coat is applied over the whole of the nail it can remove the colour of the beads.


The result was really pretty and though I love pastel colours I just didn't think it suited me. I think it's because I'm so used to wearing quite safe and muted colours. I'm also really picky with nail polish - if there's the slightest chip, bubble or streakiness I often end up taking the whole thing off and starting again. Initially the beads seemed to stay on my nails quite well, but after washing my hands several times some of the beads fell off which just made me want to remove it. 

It was definitely cool to try this and if I find out a way to make this last longer I would definitely try it again, but maybe with a darker colour. 

Have you tried a caviar nail polish before? 

Christine Stewart x

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