Monday, 27 January 2014

Manic.Monday: Keep calm and paint on + Winner of international giveaway

Before we talk about this Manic.Monday's beautiful nail polishes I want to quickly mention that the international giveaway to celebrate 1000 followers has been closed. Thank you very VERY much for all the lovely comments of support and to everyone who entered the giveaway, I'm so happy that there were so many entries. I'm very happy to announce that the lucky person to win the five L'Oréal Glam Shine Balmy Glosses is Anastasiya Klimova - massive congratulations to you, and I hope you'll enjoy the balmy glosses!

I think it's safe to say that I've shed the dark and vampy berry Winter nail polish shades and have moved on to lighter brighter and happier shades, I guess I'm celebrating Spring a tad bit early. When it comes to clothes I'm not really a pastel girl and while I think it looks fabulous on others I'm more into mono chrome or earthy tones, but pastels on my nails - that's a different story altogether and you could say that I'm an equal polish shade opportunity girl. This year I've been organised enough to plan ahead a little bit so in the sales I managed to pick up some gorgeous shades that will be right on trend this Spring & Summer and one of those bargains is the lovely China Glaze Keep calm and paint on (£6.36).
I discovered China Glaze fairly recently and was so impressed by it that I quickly got myself another couple of polishes - after all there are more than 300 shades to choose from so there's bound to be something for everyone and for a polish-aholic like myself it's an absolute dream brand. The formula is great and easy to work with; it has just the right consistency and a wonderful wide brush - the type that fans out covering more or less the entire nail, which means that you get a lovely and even coverage in one quick brush stroke. This was the first lighter shade I had tried from China Glaze so I was a bit worried that it would be very sheer, however I soon discovered that it has the same rich pigmentation as the darker colors so it quickly gives a nice opaque finish. You could wear just one coat even of this lighter shade, however as you'll know by now I like my finish nice and solid so in the photo I'm wearing two coats. The China Glaze nail polishes contain China Clay, which is a high shine ingredient which also strengthens the nails, so you won't really need a separate top coat and it lasts 4-5 days before it starts to chip, which is above average in my book. Keep calm and paint on (love that name...) is a gorgeous pastel shade - a shimmery mint green with a blue undertone that looks so crisp and fresh without being sugary sweet and I know that this is going to be one of my favorite shades this season.
To add another dimension to this fresh and clean look I've applied a coat of the Ciaté Confetti (£9) which is a stunning glitter polish with millions of tiny holographic sparkles that give a brilliant shine and radiance. The glitter is so dense in this polish that it's easy to spread it evenly across the nail and you also only need one coat for a highly luminous finish and you can use this either as a top coat or on it's own (I would recommend using at least two coats) for a truly gleaming look. Since the particles in the polish are so fine, it's surprisingly easy to remove this glitter coat - no need to bring out the strongest, nastiest acetone or to use other tricks to get rid of it. It's such a pretty effect polish and I don't think there's a base shade in the world that it wouldn't work great with.

If you were to only have one single glitter polish, for me it would need to be Confetti because of the amazing lustre, and if you were to have only one single nail polish for Spring - I would be very happy with this beautiful crisp honeydew color, and since I have both I'll just follow the advice; Keep Calm and Paint On!

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  1. This is such a gorgeous colour!! We also love the look you achieved by layering the Confetti polish over it! We have definitely always leaned towards brighter polishes, so this is perfect for us!

    www.mkstyleramblings.blogspot.com.au

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    1. Thanks a million ladies, it's a gorgeous sparkle, lots of radiance but still subtle enough to wear to the office, at least if you're a magpie like me :o). Xx

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  2. love the color and added sparkle!

    love from San Francisco,
    Britt+Whit

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    1. Thank you, I think it's such a fresh and Spring like scent - it really cheers me up :o). Xx

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  3. Congrats on 1,000 followers!! That's awesome, Charlotte! I LOVE this mani with the holo sparkle over it. So fun and fresh! I too am kind of bored of the deep, vampy plums of winter and have been wearing bright springy shades!

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    1. That's so lovely - thank you very much :o)! Xx

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  4. I absolutely adore the color of the China Glaze polish. It just so happens to be my favorite... :) I don't own any Ciate nail polishes, but now I am definitely considering it. Great review!!

    Hanna Reynolds
    My Blog!

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    1. Thank you so much, that's so lovely of you :o). Xx

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    2. Thank you for following me on bloglovin' and wow you've only had this account since July? How in the world do you have 1,186 followers?

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    3. I'm very grateful for all the wonderful support I've got from everyone - I appreciate every single reader and comment :o). Xx

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    1. The formula is just amazing and I definitely recommend it :o). Xx

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  6. I just painted my nails this color exactly! I was also thinking about adding sparkles! Great minds think alike!

    ❤Tallia
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    1. LOL - for sure, so it's not just me celebrating Spring a bit early :O). Xx

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  7. Your nails are pretty :) nice colour :)

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    1. Thanks a million, I love this particular shade of minty green :o) Xx

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  8. that is such a lovely combination and so perfect for spring! Is it bad that I can't remember if I bought this china glaze or not? sigh, polish problems!

    writingwhimsy.com

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    1. I've started to write down in my phone what I have since it has happened that I came home with something I actually already had... oops... :O). Xx

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  9. I'm a huge China Glaze fan! Their polish shades are so lovely as are their names. I love their neon pastels especially son of a peach - it's soooo pretty xx

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    1. I'm so glad I discovered China Glaze, it's just a shame that it's not available on the high street :o). Xx

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  10. What a nice nail color, looks like spring

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    1. Thank you, it feels very clean and crisp :o). Xx

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  11. I love this Tiffany green.... great job Charlotte!!!!
    Happy monday!

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    1. Thanks a million - It's nice and fresh isn't it :o). Xx

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  12. Such a lovely shade and those added sparkles are looking beautiful darling..:-)...you have a lovely blog...following you on facebook now by the name Rashmi...it would be great if you follow me back..stay connected dear..:-)
    https://www.facebook.com/beautyandfashionfreaks
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    1. Thank you very much, that's very nice of you - follow you now. :o). Xx

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  13. Love this post!!


    New post: http://betweenmyclothes.blogspot.com

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  14. I looooooove the China Glaze colour! I've only just started growing my nails (I confess, I used to be a biter) so the world of nail varnishes is kind of a new one for me! Any colours from any brands that are absolute must haves? Love your blog girl. x
    Chloe @ The Little Plum UK Fashion & Beauty Blog

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    1. Hey Chloe, thank you so much for visiting and for your lovely comment :o). I've only tried 3 shades so far but they're all wonderful - this one, Peachy Keen - which is a beautiful creamy pale peach and With Love - a great bright red. Xx

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  15. This is such a beautiful colour! I've been looking everywhere for this shade! i love the manicure!

    Relationships.College.Love

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    1. Thank you so much and I agree with you, it's so fresh and graceful :o). Xx

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  16. That's a lovely shade! Nice NOTD !:)

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  17. Love the color its one of my favorite to use in the spring great job with nail tutorial.
    http://tifi11.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks a million, it's definitely a great color for Spring :). Xx

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  18. Beautiful colour!! I love the result with the glitter!

    XOXO!

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    1. Ah, thank you I thought it added a little extra :o). Xx

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  19. Beautiful colour!! Totally calming for a Monday too haha! :) Must get! xxx

    Secret little Stars
    www.secretlittlestars.com

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    1. LOL - perhaps all work places should introduce a mini mani break during the day :o). Xx

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  20. Love the color! Follow each other? http://sissascorner.blogspot.it/2014/01/mini-bag-la-mia-proposta-outfit.html?m=1

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  21. Great coour, love this nails!
    xoxo
    http://pandamone.blogspot.com/2014/01/lady-in-red.html

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  22. Hi Charlotte, i love the Ciate confetti - soo pretty <3 xx

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  23. Love the colour and that added glitter top coat x

    fabheadtotoe.blogspot.co.uk

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  24. LOVE how you did ur nails! The ciate confetti shade is beautiful :)
    xoxo

    Novelstyle

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    1. That's so nice of you - thanks a million :o). Xx

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  25. Really nice shade, congrats to the winner!

    would you like to follow each other?
    Shadow Play

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  26. This is the prettiest manicure I've seen in a while! I loved the solid color but when I saw the glitter I loved it even more! So pretty!

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    1. That's such a nice thing to say - that's really sweet of you :o). Xx

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  27. I love your blog
    followed
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  28. Hi dear!! Thank you for your amazing coment :)
    Amazing nails!!
    Come to see mine, and my new post "Truth teller"
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    1. It's such a lovely fresh Spring shade, I love it too :o). Xx

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  30. What a lovely shade, looks amazing on :) xx
    http://insaneaboutmakeup.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. It's lovely and subtle and a great pastel without being too sugary :o). Xx

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  31. That China Glaze colour is absolutely beautiful, I'll have to try it out soon! I also love how well it matches with the glitter, a great combination x

    daisy-drops

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    1. It's a subtle combination but still noticeable enough :o). Xx

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  32. Super cute, I've always wanted to try Ciate!

    xoxo, KP
    Eleventh & Sixteenth

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    1. They have some lovely shades and effects and they're well worth trying :o). Xx

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  33. Such a gorgeous colour I really need to try Ciate! xxx

    www.stylapetite.com

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    1. I don't think you'll be disappointed - it's a wonderful brand :o). Xx

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  34. Such a pretty combination Charlotte! I'm so ready for spring colours too x

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  35. I LOVE love LOVE mint colour so obviously this mani is just perfect in my eyes! :)

    Mademoiselle-Lala.com

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    1. I'm the same and this is such a fresh color - LOVE it :o). Xx

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  36. nice color!

    http://thefashionprincessblog.blogspot.it

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    1. It's a lovely little effect polish, definitely a keeper :o). Xx

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  38. I love that China Glaze polishes include that clay! Beautiful blue shade and congrats on a successful 1000 Followers giveaway. I'm following your blog now! ♥

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    1. That's so lovely of you - thank you very much and hope you'll visit again soon :o). Xx

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  39. so pretty and fresh <3 love it!

    visit my magical box

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    1. Thank you - it's a great crisp and clean look :o). Xx

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  40. The glitter polish is amazing. I love it!

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    1. Thanks a million - it's a really effectful glitter :o). Xx

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  41. Nice colours!!
    XoXo

    www.acooltime.blogspot.com

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  42. I love the slight shimmer in the nail polish! You don't see that too often... :) congrats again on an amazing milestone! :)
    http://lipstickandlightening.blogspot.ie/

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    1. That's so lovely of you - thank you so much, it really means a lot :o). Xx

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    1. It's a lovely sheer color, already a favorite for Spring :o). Xx

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  44. Lovely colour and great blog! Following you! :D

    soapybubblesx.blogspot.ie

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    1. Thank you so much, that's very nice of you :o). Xx

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