The Best of Ciate Mini Mani Month

Favourites from Ciate Mini Mani Month
Nail polish from Ciate Mini Mani Month

The Best of Ciate Mini Mani Month Nail Wheel
L-R Pillow Fight, Sugar Plum, Pepperminty, Candy Floss, Main Stage, Play Date
No you’re not lost.  you’re on lilmisschickas and that is a picture of nail polish that you’re looking at.  As I mentioned in my make-up collection video I have a very bad habit of biting my nails and it makes painting them a lot more difficult.  I also mentioned that for the last two years I’ve owned a Ciate Mini Mani Month advert calendar.  Together, it makes no sense but when my nails aren’t suffering, I like to dress them in pretty colours and Ciate have A LOT of those.
After the success of the original calendar, Ciate actually created two versions for 2013.  I think there was a Space NK and a Selfridges version.  This year (or last year) I actually picked mine up from the Clothes Show for half price (£20) and I think it was the Selfridges version.  From what I can gather from instagram the Selfridges version was full of pastels and lighter shades and the Space NK version was full of deep, winter shades.  As 2012’s calendar was full of darker shades too I’m really happy I’ve picked up the lighter one.
I’ve picked out my favourite six shades (I did try to limit it to five but couldn’t) from the box.  All of the shades below are available in the full size from the Ciate website.  I love the mini bottle as they’re a lot easier to store but it also means you get to try lots of different shades without buying the full sized product.  
Pillow Fight –  This is my winter to spring shade.  It may look like a dull grey but once you get it on the nail it reminds me so much of Porchester Square by Nails Inc (maybe a tad darker actually) and looks great.  It’s not bright by any means and probably won;t stand out but it’s great for when you want no fuss nails.
Sugar Plum – This light but vibrant purple would look fantastic paired with pepperminty.  This was a testing shades as it took quite a few coats to get the right shade but it really looks lovely.  I love light lilac shades and think this may be making an appearance very soon.  Great shade for transitioning from spring to summer!
Pepperminty – This is perhaps my favourite shade.  It takes a few coats to get it right but once you have it opaque it really reminds me of a lighter ‘Essie Mint Candy Apple’.  This will look great in the spring.
Candy Floss – Well the name of this one is accurate.  The shade is exactly like the sweet, sickly treat that you can get at a carnival.  This was the most challenging of the shades as it took quite a few coats to get it right.  also the brush had bent out of shape with this one so I had to improvise to get a good coat.  But once it is on it looks so pretty and girly.
Main Stage – Main Stage is the most opaque shade of the selection I’ve picked.  The nail wheel above actually only has one coat of the polish on it and I can’t wait to rick his on a night out with a LBD.  it’s a deep, hot pink and remins me of Barbie (NOT a bad thing!)
Play Date – Play date reminds me of Florida.  I can’t put my finger on the exact reason why but it does.  I’ll definitely be applying this before I go on my summer holiday this year as I think it will look even better with a tan.
So those are my selections from the 2013 Selfridges Ciate Mini Mani Month.  2014 really is the year I stop biting my nails (I hope!) and I’m hoping to wear a few of these shades as we go into spring.  Did you get one of the Ciate calendars? What was your favourite shade?

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