Nailblazer || Mini Mani Manor Days 3-5 – Nudes


Behind Door #3 was A Girl With a Pearl – one of Ciate’s special effect pots.

This one is full of gorgeous little pearls in a variety of sizes. I decided to save this one for a time when I wasn’t going to be running round like a maniac at work!

Don’t be afraid to sparkle brighter

I’ve realised this year that I can be the person who withdraws in a group. I’m myself on a 1:1 basis, but in a group my brain assesses the situation and decides that these people won’t want to hear what I have to say. If they hear it on an individual basis why wouldn’t the group? Time to start sparkling!



Behind Door #4 – Members Only. This is a sheer peachy shimmer that also featured in last year’s calendar. Last year I didn’t really know what to do with it – put it on a naked nail and it’s a little too subtle for me, but I never took the time to think I could put it on a colour base!

Nails are the period at the end of the sentence. They complete the look.

Ain’t that the truth! I’m not very body-confident so this couldn’t be more important to me. You can find me dressed all in black with neon nails and suddenly I feel like I have a personality again!

I’m sure plenty of my fellow nail artists will tell you it’s that little touch that makes the difference – a little bit of subversion when you can’t express yourself at work, or the thing that sets you apart when you turn up to the party in the same dress as the girl before!



Finally, behind door #5 – Sloaney, Sweetie. Gold and pink strands of glitter, from their Tweed collection. On their website Ciate say this is a mix of pink and sterling silver strands, but there’s definitely gold in here!

This one is totally new as I don’t tend to go for this style of glitter, but I’m open to trying!

I don’t like plain nails. I get sad.

I’ve been walking round with one hand painted and one hand bare this week (I know, sinful!). It does make me sad! I find myself hiding my naked hand in meetings and hoping people wouldn’t ask – most people probably didn’t notice to be fair.

I know I’m not the only one, if you’re changing your nails everyday to write these posts it’s easy to just do one hand and not bother with the other one (particularly if you’re pressed for time), but it is SAD people! Time to put an end to plain nails!

To try out Members Only and Sloaney, Sweetie, I decided for a nude geometric look. I’d done something similar for one of my colleagues through my Charity Nails, and had been waiting for the moment to try it on myself!

For the base, I used two coats of OPI My Vampire is Buff.

For the triangles on my thumb, middle and little fingers, I painted Members Only over one corner. This needed a couple of coats, as the polish is very sheer.

I then painted Sloaney Sweetie over the other corner – this needs a bit of dabbing with the brush to get the glitter evenly spread.

For the index and ring fingers, I painted the nails half and half – starting with Members Only.

Finally, I finished with a coat of HK Girl Glisten & Glow.


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