Ciate Purple Sherbet Swatched & July Magazine Freebies


Ciate Purple Sherbet - Marie Claire July 2012

Ciate nail polishes are a little bit gorgeous - the bow, the bottle & the application.  I’ve been wanting a lilac polish for a while and thanks to Liloo’s post on La Petit Jardin de Liloo I spotted this pretty ‘Purple Sherbet’ magazine freebie in the July UK edition of Marie Claire, out today. 


I was seriously tempted by the totally stunning bright pink, Jelly Bean and almost bought it as well, but put it back in favour of another freebie, which I’ll tell you about in a minute. The third shade available was a very pale pinky-beige nude.


Purple Sherbet is a pink toned lilac and is warmer than it appears in these pics.  I usually find lilacs too grey/blue toned for my skin but this one is really sweet and sugary, more lavender than lilac perhaps.

006 Marie Claire magazine July 2012 freebie

I used three coats and no top coat, typical for a pastel really. The brush is quite wide and very easy to use.  If anyone has swatched the pink, please link me up in the comments below - I’m quite happy to be swayed on that one!

Jemma Kidd I-Glamour Volume Mascara - Red magazine July 2012


If I’d remembered that Benefit Bad Gal Lash is free with Glamour, I wouldn’t have bothered with this.  In fact I kind of wish I hadn’t!  It’s a nice enough, but ‘volume mascara’ it is not - unless it’s one of those that takes a while to get going as I know some do - and  I’ve only tried it once to be fair.


It’s very black, applies really nicely with zero clumps and gives good length, but there’s very little volume going on.  If you like a natural look mascara or are lucky enough to have already full lashes, then you’ll probably love this!  There was a choice of black eyeliner, which I believe is nicely soft and blendable, so possibly a better choice.

  • You can see the other Benefit freebies on Liloo’s post linked above - with a choice of Pore-fessional (see my review here), Bad Gal Lash or That Gal primer.
  • I spotted a blue and black Body Shop eyeliner freebie with In Style (2 liners with each mag).
  • I’ve also been told there’s a choice of 3 free Leighton Denny polishes with Harper’s Bazaar, which I’ll definitely be on the lookout for! 

Have you spotted any other magazine freebies for July?

Nic x

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