12 Christmas Stockings: OPI with Gwen Stefani – Don’t Speak 18K Gold Topcoat

Don't Speak box

Day 8 of the Christmas stockings featured yet more gold. I was curious to try ‘Don’t Speak’ after seeing other bloggers’ photos online. I already have a 24k gold leaf lacquer from Rococo, as seen in my post Sparkling gold leaf nails, but those are large flakes and can be time-consuming to apply if you just want a dusting of gold done quickly.

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12 Christmas Stockings: OPI with Gwen Stefani – Rollin’ in Cashmere Collection

Rollin' in Cashmere unboxed

Onto Christmas stockings for Days 5, 6 and 7. I can imagine OPI’s Rollin’ in Cashmere set will be a popular seller for the festive season. Not only is Gwen Stefani a vibrant style icon but this is also one the most attractive of the seasonal collections I’ve seen for a mix of a metallic and glitter topcoats.

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Review: a-England – Dancing with Nureyev

a-England Dancing with Nureyev

a-England is a fairly new brand for me as I only came across them six months ago, having seen fabulous review swatches for Fated Prince and Sleeping Palace on Swatch and Learn.

When it comes to nail polish there are lots of eye-grabbing puns and references used these days, but for me a-England has names that instantly make me want to wear them. This is particularly true for Dancing with Nureyev. It is from the 2014 Ballerina collection of four polishes; one which is named after the Rose Adagio from Swan Lake and three that are named after two of the most famous ballet dancers (and their legendary on-stage partnership) of the Twentieth Century: Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev.

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Ciaté Mini Mani Calendar: Days 21 to 24

Ciate 21-24

Here we are at the end of the Ciaté Red 2013 calendar! These are the last four bottles behind the doors for Days 21 to 24.

I did cheat a little here and open Day 24 before Christmas Eve as this tends to be a hectic time and it wouldn’t be possible to schedule a nail swatch session then. A round-up of my thoughts on the mini mani calendar will be posted at the end of December.

Base coat: I use Seche’s Ridge Filling. No topcoat applied for these swatches. All polishes applied with three coats.

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Ciaté Mini Mani Calendar: Days 1 to 4

Ciaté Mini Mani Month. Days 1-4

Ciaté Mini Mani Month. Days 1-4

As featured in the All things bright and shiny post; this year I’m trying the Red 2013 Ciaté Mini Mani Month calendar for the first time. I’ll be showing four of the daily polishes and top coats/effects at a time, over six posts. These will be mini-reviews with a round-up at the end of December.

All bottles included are 5 ml.

Base coat: I use Seche’s Ridge Filling Base. No top coat used for these swatches.

Here’s the first four days of what was hidden behind the doors.

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