I’ve always wanted to get my hands on one of the Ciate Mini Mani advent calendars but never had the £50 spare to spend on one, nor did anyone think it was a sensible amount to spend on a calendar for them to buy me one! That was until I spotted this year’s Mini Mani Manor on sale in TKMaxx on Boxing Day for just £18! Armed with Christmas money and vouchers, I didn’t think twice and took it straight to the till, and couldn’t wait to get home to open all twenty four windows in the space of five minutes. 

This year’s offering was presented in the most beautiful box that opened out to reveal pretty pastel windows and doors inside the cutest castle. Inside were sixteen nail polishes (one of which was full size), five glitters, a pot of sequins, pot of pearls and some nail transfers. Basically there’s everything any nail lover could dream of! The selection of colours is amazing, with plenty of shades for any occasion or time of year. I thought I would swatch all the polishes so you can have a gander at what they all look like after one coat, incase you’re thinking of snapping this set up before it goes!


Main Stage


Play Date

Members Only


Amazing Gracie

Big Yellow Taxi

Lady Like Luxe

Mineral Positivity



Need For Tweed

Yule Rules



Cream Soda


Brocade Parade



Tinsel Trail (Sequin)
Girl With A Pearl (Pearls)
Frozen Daydream (Glitter)
Let It Snow! (Glitter)
Prima Ballerina (Glitter)
Slumber Party (Glitter)
Runway Ribbon (Glitter)

I’m in love with all the glitters and pearls as they make the perfect finishing touches to a simple polish or even just a clear base coat! I’m definitely going to make a mess with these. Any ideas for some super fancy nail art using them? I fancy trying my hand at some ombre glitter!

I’m so happy I managed to get my hands on one of these calendars (and even happier that it was at a bargain price!) and can’t wait for when it’s time to take my Christmas Shellac polish off so I can get creative with all these gorgeous shades.

Did you manage to pick up on of the Ciate calendars this year?


  1. Great review. I've been looking to buy this myself but couldn't find a decent review to see all the colours. Now I will definitely buy! Thanks!

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