Nail varnish testers

I have very recently started to love doing nail varnish tests on fake nails to see how they will look before I attempt to paint my nails.

I am finally over the stage of wanting to wear fake nails so I have all these fake nails that I am not going to use. What better way to test out new polish designs than on things that I would otherwise throw away.

I know they don’t look as pretty as they would do on my nails but I can keep them as reference.

I will say sponging like for the gradient is far easier than doing it on your nails but there is less mess and clear up so it is swings and roundabouts.

If you have fake nails around the place with nothing to do then this is a great idea to reuse them. I also have a little bag of fake nails with different nail designs so when I need a little piece of inspiration I can reach in there are get some.

Here are a few that I made in the past few weeks:

Original concept for my "Starry night" nails // completed look on my YouTube

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Purple rainbow nail look // #glitter #holo and a #gradient – all good things!

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Nail Varnish Colour Wheel

After my beautiful new organisation system, I wanted something to show off the actual colours of my many nail varnishes. Pots never show the real shades as they can often be much darker or lighter on the nails when painted and died.

I think that the wheel system is so pretty as you can look at all the colours at once. The ones photographed are Ciate, but I also have done the rest of my collection.


There are two main ways to show the colour names:

  1. How I have done it, where I cut out a circle of paper, write the names and then stick it on the wheel. I like this better as it is all there in one place and easy to see in an instant.
  2. Number each nail section and then write the list on a separate piece of paper. This may give a prettier look to the wheel as it doesn’t have scruffy handwriting all over it but it means that you have to keep a piece of paper separate.

img_0121The colour wheels I bought was from Sally’s supply store but you can find them much cheaper online. To be honest, as it is really only a tool that you would use personally unless you are a professional so there is no need to spend big on this.

These ones were an 18 wheel display but come in different sizes if you need bigger or smaller.

Other points to note about this is that for the most part I only used one coat of varnish so I can see how opaque each shade is. For the few that I did two coats I made a small dot on the side to show it had two coats so I can remember what each looked like and how it applied.

Finally, it is just me but I love to put everything in rainbow order. The first wheel I just had creme polishes and the second I mixed the creme with the glitter and shimmer shades.

So that was my little project that I did today, I will sort out the rest of the shades later but I just wanted to get the mass of Ciate shades sorted as those are the ones that I don’t know which are which.

Nail varnish colour wheel (nudes, reds and pinks) // all @ciatelondon

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Nail varnish colour wheel (blues, metallic and glitter) // all @ciatelondon

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Nail Art Tools from Poundland

So Poundland is a special place in an English girls heart. For my American viewers Poundland is like the Dollar store as the name implies. However they have branched out in to their own makeup and cosmetics and I was in need of nail art tools so I wanted to see if they did some tools.

I originally wanted just dotting tools but when the brushes are so cheep I thought I would just get a pack of dotting tools and brushes. All coming to £2 total.

The dotting tools are really good, the ball head is very smooth making them really easy to use. The marble effect is really pretty and it has a nice expensive feel to them. Which is amazing for only being a pound.

The brushes are quite good. They are a synthetic hair and apply the nail varnish really well. The very long thin brush isn’t too great however the others including the fan brush is really good quality. I also have had no hairs come out of the brush yet.

Another Poundland find! Yet more nail art tools!

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My top 5 Ciaté nail varnishes

My top 5 favourite nail varnishes (top clockwise) Locket, Hutch, Cookies and Cream, Double Bubblegum and Cutie Pie.

Locket is the most amazing silver glitter shade that has a great amount of foil pieces and glitter to make it an awesome shade for jazzing up any shade base coat.

Hutch is my favourite red by Ciaté because it is a deep red that is perfect for Autumn Winter. I think of this shade like a classic 50’s red lip red – deep and striking.

Cookies and Cream may look quite bland but it is the most perfect nude shade to wear for those occasions where you need your nails to be pretty but understated.

Double Bubblegum is a great shade as it is a blue toned purple which gives wearing a purple shade on your nails look more mature and sophisticated. The light shade is slightly muted so works for all seasons.

Finally we have Cutie Pie and don’t be put off by the name this shade is perfect for that fresh natural nail. If you want a varnish that looks great and perfect for professional wear then look no further.

Nail Varnish Organisation – Spring Clean

So my nail vanish collection was not working for me so I decided to go with a beautifully organised nail varnish stand. It will also help me not buy any more nail varnishes as they all fit perfectly.


5 Tier Nail Polish stand:…
(I will say that all the other reviews for this was positive and is a great stand so don’t let the fact that mine came minus one hole put you off buying it)