[sponsored] collaboration with Amicella.de & FABY

Good evening everyone,

today I would like to talk about my cooperation with Amicella and FABY nails for the new Cate Blanchett movie Carol.

Amicella featured a few 50ies nail designs today, which I created and which were inspired by Carol. FABY nails was also involved and sponsored the nail polishes I used for the designs. If you would like to read the article (german) online please visit Amicella.de

The most important thing for every nail design is the base. Therefore, you should use a base coat beforehand, no matter what color or what paint you use. It prepares the nails prior to painting, evens out any existing unevenness and seals our natural nail. Secondly, it ensures that the color pigments of the actual paint can not penetrate the nail, which can cause discoloration that can not be removed. Base coats are usually transparent, they also contain substances that protect the nail from fragility or splitting. The natural nails and cuticle skin can be damaged or dried out by many things. At the beginning of the manicure we usually do not think about removing, even though we should bear in mind that polish remover can also damage the nail. Therefore, care should be taken in consideration. Try to care for your natural nails as much as possible and start by using a base coat.

What I used?

  • FABY – oxygen base coat
  • FABY – double – base and top coat
  • FABY – top coat fast dry
  • FABY – (orange) the venus’mantle
  • FABY – (red) abracadabra
  • FABY – (green) ginevra’s halo

When I agreed to do these following nail designs I already owned a two FABY polishes and their double base and top coat.


the venus’mantle


not to miss a trick


I knew of their quality and the range of colors they offer.

For these Carol inspired nail designs they sent me a couple more polishes, as well as their oxygen base coat and the top coat fast dry.





ginevra’s halo


sim sala bim



When I received the new polishes I immediately loved the dark green (ginevra’s halo) in combination with the red (abracadabra), which is slighty darker than the usual red polish. I thought they picked the colors very well, so I couldn’t wait to think of the designs and start creating them.

Like I said, for each design I applied a base coat, in this case of course I used the oxygen base coat by FABY.

It applied very smoothly, dried pretty quickly and contains vitamin A, C and E. I like to apply two thin coats to protect my natural nail, especially if I use colors that could stain my nails easily.



My first design was inspired by a picture from the movie, where Cate Blanchett wears a nice darker orange scarf with red dots.

Carol 1

I wanted to incorporate both colors but keep the design simply, which is why I went for the orange base and the red on top, making sure to leave a gap so you could see the orange as a border. Be sure to have enough dry time in between the layer so you won’t smudge the colors together. Finish off with the fast dry top coat.




The second design is focused on the pretty red polish abracadabra. It looked a lot like the polish Cate wears in the movie.

Carol 2

Since I wanted to add a little extra instead of just painting my nails red, I went for small gold caviar beads from Ciaté and some gold studs.



There are so many ways of making a simple color special. Leaving out a half moon around the cuticle or painting only half of the nails are two examples.






You can also mix it up with a very dramatic accent nail. I am a huge fan of the japanese way of adding bling to your nails, which is why I had to do it for this special occasion as well.





This might not be for everyone, but I really like it.

Last but not least I wanted to use the gorgeous dark green polish from FABY, called ginevra’s halo. If you watched Carol, you might have spotted a similar color in Rooney Mara’s muffler in the movie.

Carol 3

Since she is such a simple and yet elegant woman I went for the blank half-moon around the cuticle. You can easily achieve this look by cutting hole stickers in half and sticking them on to the nails before you add the color.




Carol is a 2015 British-American romantic drama film directed by Todd Haynes and is based on the romance novel The Price of Salt (also known as Carol) by Patricia Highsmith. The film stars Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Sarah Paulson, Kyle Chandler, and Jake Lacy. Set in 1952 in New York City, the film explores the relationship between a young aspiring photographer and an older woman going through a difficult divorce.

If you would like to watch the trailer


Carol is in cinema’s from december 17th.

I had a lot of fun creating these designs and hope you enjoy them and the movie.

Thanks again to Pure Online and Amicella and of course FABY nails for sponsoring the pretty polishes.

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