Mara’s Birthday nail art month – DAY 20 + sample nail mail Cosnova / Essence

Mara's Birthday nail art month

DAY 20

Good evening lovelies,

today a bit late, but for a reason.
I received sample nail mail from Cosnova today and decided to use it right away for today’s nail design.



I must honestly say I love the packaging. It is so cute and colorful!
Opening this package was like a pre-birthday gift since my birthday is only a few days away.

Essence TE yes we pop

What was inside?

A lot of the nail products from their new Trend Edition [Yes, we pop]

I am really excited that I was picked to try these products since it’s a nail design TE only.

Let me introduce the TE to you.


As you can see on the picture, the TE contains only of nail related things. I would say though, the LED lamp and gel nail things are not part of the TE since they are from the Essence standard range.

The actual TE contains of the following:

four different nail polishes (1,59 € each)

left to right 01 hey smiley, 02 grab this hype, 03 hello hipster and 04 have fun

yes we pop polishes

My yellow polish seemed to have the wrong label on though, because it said it’s 04 have fun^^

As you can see later on, they sent me the yellow and turquoise one. I am very happy with their choice.

nail effect topper 
(1,79 €)

01 bubble gum

yes we pop topper

This is a clear polish as a base with pink confetti particles in it.

Looking at the bottle I was excited to try it out, but at the same time curious if it would work as well. Usually with those kind of toppers it is a pain to get as much of the particle spread evenly over the nail.

nail art brush / tool 
(2,29 €)

Here we have a double tool with a brush on one side and a small dotting tool on the other side.

yes we pop tool

I was happy about the dotting tool, because so far I didn’t have a dotting tool that small. About the brush I was a little confused.

It was not really self explanatory to me since usually I only use those kinds of brushes for my eye shadow. This one you are supposed to use to apply the loose pigments from the nail art effect set’s.

nail art effect set’s 
(2,49 € each)

left: 01 ready for hip pop
right: 02 made for art setters

 yes we pop effect sets

Two different set’s of decoration utensils. one with pink hexa glitter and loose yellow pigments, the other set with yellow hexa glitter and loose blue pigments. I was really curious how the pigments would work, especially with the brush.

nail design characters 
(2,49 €)

yes we pop figures

It is just as simple as that. A kit with four different character to decorate your nails with – containing the peace sign, a smiley, a bow and a cassette tape.

nail art decoration kit
(2,49 €)

yes we pop studs and beads

This TE also has a product that never disappoints me. The decoration kit with different types of studs in it, this time even with orange beads. I feel this time the studs are of a better quality then usually. At least the colors are nicer.

nail foils
in yellow, blue and pink (1,99 €)

yes we pop foils

And last but not least the nail art foils in three colors. They really are on point with the name of the TE. I love how bright they looked and thought they are really different compared to the usual shiny and holographic nail foils.

Like I said, I was very curious to try these products when I saw the press information’s and pictures.
That’s why I couldn’t wait to try these out. I also wanted to give you guys a little overview on which of the products are, in my opinion, worth the money and which ones disappointed me.

I tried to use as much of the products as possible.

As you can see, I also used two other polishes which are NOT from the TE, but matched perfectly with the theme of the TE.
On my pinky and thumb I used ORL’s tropical pop and on my middle finger I used Ciaté’s kiss chase.

I would have used the 03 hello hipster and 04 have fun from the TE, but sadly they only sent two from the four polishes :)

Here we go.

First of all I want to point out how impressed and, shortly, shocked I was by the quality of 02 grab this hype. This turquoise polish is insanely opaque which is why I only had to apply one coat! The polish went on super smooth, I love the consistency as well and there were no brush strokes visible. It also dried very quickly.

my resume
Good job Cosnova, 10 out of 10 points. You did everything right with this polish.
To my readers, a definite recommendation.

After that was dry I used Ciaté’s foil fix (you can also use nail glue), let it sit for at least 30 seconds and pressed on all 3 nail foils one at a time of course. I love how they fork together, added a clear top coat and applied some more orange studs. I love the result. A very easy but unique design.

Next up was 01 hey smiley, a nice yellow polish which I applied on my pointy finger. I am not sure if I am as impressed with this one as I am with grab this hype, I think I would have to use it again to be sure. As you can see I applied on my ponity finger which is pretty short at the time. Even though I did not use too much product, the color went into my surrounding skin. I had to do a bit of clean up. This polish was opaque with two coats.

At this point I don’t really want to judge over this polish because I am really not sure….

On to my first disappointment, the effect topper. I am a little sad, because I was really excited about this when I held the bottle in my hand. Sadly there is too much clear polish and not enough confetti particles in it. That results in a very difficult application. I sometimes had to pink particles on the brush at all^^

Not a really good characteristic for an effect topper. It took me 4 applications to get that “much” pink on the yellow polish.

After Ciatè’s kiss chase was dry, I applied a clear top coat at my middle finger and used the nail brush to pick up a tiny bit of loose pigments. Since it turned out that stroking it on looked, in my opinion, ugly I decided to tap the brush a bit to get fall off on the nail. I let that sit for a good while until I blew the access off and applied a clear top coat again. You can see the result on the pictures….I am not really happy with it. Any other ideas how to use the pigments?

And in the end I glued a smiley and cassette tape on my thumb and a little green stud on my pinky. :)

That’s it.




How you you like it? Which products would you like to get?

If you have any questions, please let me know and I will try to answer them as good as I can :)



[Review] Ciaté – PP101 kiss chase

Hello lovelies,

today was a super busy day. I was out with my niece and her mom, we went to the zoo. After that my BF and I continued packing and preparing everything for the first 25 people who want to check out our apartment tomorrow.
Let’s hope someone will be renting it from June 1st and let’s hope our landlord is willing to let us off early.

Anyway, for today’s post I want to show you the last of my new Ciaté polishes.

PP101 kiss chase


I would say this is the perfect polish for all you girly girls out there. It is a super bright pink, almost neon I feel.
I can imagine me using it for several nail designs or simply as a base color for the colorfoil manicure in which kit I got this one.




The application was smooth and easy, the dry time good and it has a nice shine to it – pretty glossy I would say.

I am sorry for this rather short post today, but I am super tired and I am not even done preparing everything for tomorrow.
I also can’t do it tomorrow since I have to work. Oh well haha

How do you like this color? Are you a fan of pink? Do you like such super bright colors?
Let me know :)



My little Ciaté collection (so far)

Hey everyone,

as promised yesterday I will show you my whole Ciaté collection (up until now, I am sure it will get bigger by time).


I just want to make clear this is not a sponsored post, I bought all of the products myself (unless stated otherwise).

So here we go :)

First up, all my mini bottles which I mostly got in the Mini Mani Month Advent Calender and the Tree Trinket set.

The nail polishes


The caviar pearls, glitter, sequins and glitter top coats



The Caviar Manicure kit (left), croc embossed kit (middle) and part of the chalkboard kit (right)


as well as the full sized paint pots (left and right) and the crushed shell manicure kit (middle)
at the front you see the chalkboard manicure pens, the fast drying top coats, in the middle the nail tonic strengthener and on the right the foils from the colorfoil kits and the feathers from the feathered manicure kits.


Now let’s take a closer look, up first is the Mini Mani Month Advent Calender which I bought in New York in January.

Ciaté - Mini Mani Month American Set 1 (inet)

click picture to see full size to read the names of the polishes

Ciaté - Mini Mani Month American Set - Polishes  (inet)

The calender contains 18 x 0.17 oz Mini Paint Pots Nail Polishes

PP 133 – amazing gracie
Ciaté - Mini Mani Month American Set - PP133 amazing gracie

PP 091 – ivory queen

Ciaté - Mini Mani Month American Set - PP091 ivory queen

PP 007 – members only

Ciaté - Mini Mani Month American Set - PP007 members only

PP 122 – hoopla

Ciaté - Mini Mani Month American Set - PP122 hoopla

PP 118 – candy floss

Ciaté - Mini Mani Month American Set - PP118 candy floss

PP 058 – main stage

Ciaté - Mini Mani Month American Set - PP058 main stage

PP 106 – hopscotch

Ciaté - Mini Mani Month American Set - PP106 hopscotch

PP 105 – play date

Ciaté - Mini Mani Month American Set - PP105 play date

PP 161 – encore

Ciaté - Mini Mani Month American Set - PP161 encore

PP  017 – boudoir

Ciaté - Mini Mani Month American Set - PP017 boudoir

PP 080 – sugar plum

Ciaté - Mini Mani Month American Set - PP080 sugar plum

PP 103 – pillow fight

Ciaté - Mini Mani Month American Set - PP103 pillow fight

PP 147 – chinchilla

Ciaté - Mini Mani Month American Set - PP147 chinchilla

PP 104 – pepperminty

Ciaté - Mini Mani Month American Set - PP104 pepperminty

PP 068 – tweed and tails

Ciaté - Mini Mani Month American Set - PP068 tweed and tails

PP 037 – starlet

Ciaté - Mini Mani Month American Set - PP037 starlet

as well as the “extras”

Ciaté - Mini Mani Month American Set - glitter, partikel, top coat, silber

PP 069 – fit for a queen (silver polish, which sadly was dried out)

Ciaté - Mini Mani Month American Set - PP069 fit for a queen

PP 146 – snow globe (topper)

Ciaté - Mini Mani Month American Set - PP146 snow globe

0.17 oz – glitter in twinkle toes

Ciaté - Mini Mani Month American Set - glitter - twinkle toes

0.17 oz – topper in sequins in dallas dolly

Ciaté - Mini Mani Month American Set - sequin dallas dolly

here is a little swatch for you, top to bottom are snow globe, sequins and twinkle toes.


and the caviar pearls mini bottles

Ciaté - Mini Mani Month American Set - pearls

smoulder (silver)

Ciaté - Mini Mani Month American Set - pearls - metallic pearls silver

metallic pearls lustre (gold)

Ciaté - Mini Mani Month American Set - pearls - metallic gold

cupids arrow (lilac mix)

Ciaté - Mini Mani Month American Set - pearls - cupids arrow

midnight in Manhattan (silver/black mix)

Ciaté - Mini Mani Month American Set - pearls - midnight in manhattan


Next is the Tree Trinket set which I got from my BF for christmas.

Ciaté - Tree Trinkets 2013 Set (inet)

It also contains mini polishes which are only glitters.

PPM406 – all a glow

Ciaté - Tree Trinkets 2013 - PPM406 - all aglow

PPM402 – glitterball

Ciaté - Tree Trinkets 2013 - PPM402 - glitterball

PPM404 – candy cane

Ciaté - Tree Trinkets 2013 - PPM404 - candy cane

PPM403 – yule rules

Ciaté - Tree Trinkets 2013 - PPM403 - yule rules

PPM401 – blizzard

Ciaté - Tree Trinkets 2013 - PPM401 - blizzard

PPM407 – naughty or nice

Ciaté - Tree Trinkets 2013 - PPM407 - naughty or nice

Another kit I also got for christmas was the Caviar Manicure – lemon fizz.

Caviar - Lemon Fizz

containing the full sized paint pot PP151 – loop de loop and the caviar pearls – lemon fizz

Ciaté Caviar Manicure - Lemon Fizz Kit

here a little sample design


I think after that the next things I bought from Ciaté were the Chalkboard Manicure kit as well as the feathered manicure kits, the croc embossed kit and a pain pit in the shade PP066 – headliner.

Chalkboard Manicure kit



containing the matte base color chalkboard paint 144, the pencils and the matte top coat mattnificient.

my first attempt on it

Ciate Chalkboard Manicure


Next was the feathered manicure, which I bought two kits of.





containing the mini base color PP001 – snow virgin, feathers, scissor, buffer and clear fast drying top coat (NT014 speed coat pro).







containing the mini base color PP091 – ivory queen, feathers, scissor, buffer and clear fast drying top coat (NT014 speed coat pro).



I can’t really show you a manicure sample of it because I horribly failed haha
I will try again later on.


croc embossed manicure



containing the case color PP088 – oil slick and the effect top color croc embossed – purple

here is my manicure








Recently I bought some new additions to my collection, which were the colorfoil manicure (all three kits), as well as the caviar de’luxe kit, the emerald collection and the crushed shell manicure kit which is all new.


colorfoil manicure kits



containing the full sized paint pot PP082 – cream soda, as well as the foil fix, the foils and a nail wheel


containing the full sized paint pot PP104 – pepperminty, as well as the foil fix, the foils and a nail wheel


containing the full sized paint pot PP101 – kiss chase, as well as the foil fix, the foils and a nail wheel


caviar de’luxe manicure kit









containing the full sized paint pot PP050 – ladylike luxe, as well as the caviar de’luxe pearls lustre and a gold funnel


The emerald collection




It contains the full sized paint pot PP060 – ditch the heels, caviar pearls – ball gown, luxury crushed velvet in green, Sequins in the color Penthouse (a mix of green and gold), as well as a funnel and a small brush for the velvet and Sequins.


The last kit I bought was the crushed shell manicure kit.





containing the full sized paint pot PP103 – pillow fight, as well as the crushed shells CRS001 – mermaid you look and a funnel.

So basically these are the full sized paint pots I won.

PP151 – loop de loop


PP101 – kiss chase


PP103 – pillow fight


PP104 – pepperminty


PP060 – ditch the heel


PP066 – headliner


PP088 – oil slick


PP058 – cookies and cream


PP082 – cream soda


PP050 – ladylike luxe


for effects

croc embossed – purple


chalkboard paint 144


matte top coat – mattnificent



The only nail care product from Ciaté I won is the nail tonic strengthener.




Last but definitely not least, the only thing I did not buy. I received this little something from Ciaté Germany.



Which were a key holder, the full sized paint pot PP107 – pocket money and the mini glass file from Ciaté.
Again, thanks a lot for that. I was and still am very happy about it.


wheeeeee that was a lot haha

I hope you like my little update on my Ciaté collection.

Now the only thing missing is the Nail lab, but sadly that thing is a bit expensive.

But look what’s in it, the perfect things to play around with and mix your own polishes.

Picture taken from Jolina O’Hair


Any recommendations on what I should buy next?