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Monday, 24 August 2015

Barry M Speedy Quick Dry Nail Paint


Barry M Speedy Quick Dry Nail Paint
Barry M Speedy Quick Dry Nail Paint
Barry M Speedy Quick Dry Nail Paint

Barry M Speedy Quick Dry Nail Paint £3.99 each

I hate waiting for nail varnish to dry! I am far too impatient and no matter how long I leave it, it usually smudges. Barry M have recently expanded their fab nail product collection with a new line of nail polishes that dry very quickly. Here are the original 9 shades in the line up, there is pretty much a shade for everyone here.

This line of nail paints has bottles and names of course all designed around the theme of speed and racing. I love the racing flag lids, they are different, fun and easily identifiable. The names too are all excellently themed. 
This range introduces a brilliant new brush, which makes applying polish very easy and fast. It's a completely flat brush with a rounded end, it covers the whole nail and gives you an even coat in one stroke.  I'd love to see this style of brush introduced into other Barry M polishes.

The line up of Speedy Quick Dry Nail Paints includes shades:

In A Heartbeat- slightly muted salmon pink, very classic and sophisticated.
Kiss Me Quick- traditional, bright baby pink.
Full Throttle- fun bright peach and orange mix, quite creamy in finish.
Stop The Clock- a pastel yellow with a hint of a grey nude.  
Lap Of Honour- a dusty mauve shade with a grey tint.
Road Rage- a mint green that leans slightly more towards a sea green shade.
Pole Position- a pistachio green that is very unique.
Eat My Dust- a soft powdery blue, very pretty.
Pit Stop- a nude grey mix, one of my favourites.

I think it's quite a basic collection in terms of exciting shades, but that's in no way a bad thing. I view this collection as a great way to pick up some go to polish shades with the clever speedy dry formula.

Do the polishes actually dry fast? Yes they do. Two coats is touch dry in under five minutes.
The finish is quite normal, not too glossy or too matte. Some of the lighter shades need three thin coats but most the range is good with two normal coats of polish.

If you are in the market for some new nail paints then definitely pick these up!


Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Review | Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine Spring Polishes 2015


Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine Polishes Spring 2015* £3.99 each  

I've raved about the Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine Polishes more than enough times, they are my favourite drugstore/high street polishes. These three new and fresh Spring additions are perfect for the hopefully warmer and brighter season to come!

Sky Blue- A lovely pale blue with a hint of mint green. It's a unique and fun shade for Spring. This applies best with three thin coats for an opaque finish as the formula is the thinnest of the bunch.

Fondant- This is similar to other Gellies like Prickly Pear but is still a lovely Spring shade. In some lights it's a lilac with a hint of pink and in other lights it's more lavender. It is lighter in person than the picture above. Two coats gives an opaque finish.

Cotton- It's the thickest formula of the three so slightly harder to apply. But you do get a completely opaque finish in two coats, which is great for a white shade. It's a pure white shade that is very fresh and bright for Spring.

The formulas are different between each of these three polishes so it's best to start with thin coats to get a feel for how they best apply. All three have the glossy and gel like finish that the Barry M Gelly Polishes are loved for!

These are out now in both Boots and Superdrug costing £3.99 each.
Check out the whole Gelly range here.

*pr sample, review 100% honest as always

Friday, 2 January 2015

Review | Barry M Natural Glow Palette 2




Barry M Natural Glow Palette 2* £6.49 

You are probably aware of my love of Barry M nail paints but I can't say I have tried much of the rest of their make up ranges until receiving a few new additions to their line up of palettes. The Barry M Natural Glow 2 palette is a follow up to the original palette, which proved to be quite successful.

Natural Glow 2 is a mostly cool toned palette that features three matte shadows, three shimmer shadows and a yellow toned eye shadow primer.  The primer swatch didn't show up on my skin but it's a fairly neutral primer with yellow tones that will help to even out skin tone. The texture of the primer is quite balm like so best for normal to drier skin types. I can't say it did much for me but to be honest I'm lucky that eyeshadow seems to stay put on me.

The shadows from left to right of the palette:
a matte cream with a yellow tone,
a cool toned matte grey,
a cool toned light mauve,
a golden light tan shimmer,
a deep mauve/copper shimmer,
a metallic red/purple brown mix with a hint of shimmer

All the shadows are very pigmented and soft but there is a tiny bit of fall out. The shadows blend easily and really compliment each other, pretty much each shadow goes well with others from the palette. If you are just getting into eyeshadow or want something that's quite foolproof then this is a great palette to consider. The palette will cover a neutral every day look, a darker smokey eye and most looks in between!

For £6.49 here it's a really good palette and definitely worth trying out.
Have you tried any palettes from Barry M?

*pr sample, review 100% honest as always

Friday, 12 December 2014

Review | Barry M Limited Edition Christmas Nail Paints


 Barry M Limited Edition Christmas Nail Paint 2014* £3.99 each

With under two weeks til Christmas it's time to get properly festive. I'm typing this in my Christmas jumper with the snazziest festive nails you will have ever seen all thanks to Barry M. Barry M have topped the beauty charts in my eyes this year with their two limited edition polishes packed with sparkles, stars and glitter.

Moonlight is a gorgeous mix of silver, gold and red on a clear base. It has lots of metallic silver glitter in three different types and sizes, small gold hexagon shape pieces, larger red metallic pieces, tiny glitter flecks and silver stars. This is the more Christmassy polish of the two for me.

Starlight is a mix of pale pinks, yellow gold and silver glitters on a clear base. It has silver stars, pale pink holographic pieces, yellow-gold holographic pieces in different sizes, silver stars and tiny glitter flecks. I think this would be amazing for New Years!

Moonlight and Starlight are both beautiful layered over a coloured polish. You need just one coat of each to get a super sparkly effect as the polishes are so dense in glitter. This is the perfect time of year to go all out with the sparkle and at £3.99 each they definitely won't break the bank.

Both polishes are exclusive to Boots and avalilable now here!

*pr sample, review 100% honest as always

Monday, 1 December 2014

Review | New Barry M Nail Paint Shades

Barry M Nail Paints* in Ballerina, Vintage Violet and Nightshade £2.99 each

Since Barry M brought out their Gelly Hi Shine range I've neglected their original Nail Paints, however when I was young it was pretty much my life goal to collect them all! Barry M have a huge range of colours in their classic Nail Paint and have just added three new shades to the family.

Ballerina- A dusty pink that is soft and very pretty. I actually prefer this with a matte top coat to almost toughen up the girliness!
Vintage Violet- A deep violet with a grey undertone. I own nothing like this and think it's a great polish for winter and into spring time.
Nightshade- A very dark plum that looks almost black. It doesn't photograph as beautiful as it is in person!

Ballerina, Vintage Violet and Nightshade are all cream finish polishes with a lovely gloss finish. They perform much better than polishes that cost double the price. The Nail Paints apply smoothly and work best when applied in thin coats. They are thinner in consistency than the Gelly's so sometimes dry a bit streaky and need a third coat of polish.

For £2.99 these are great polishes but I will always prefer the Barry M Gelly's!
Have you tried the Barry M Nail Paints?




*pr sample, reviews 100 honest as always

Friday, 21 November 2014

Review | Barry M Surprise Surprise Lipgloss



 Barry M Surprise Surprise Lipgloss £4.49

If you watch Surprise Surprise then you probably saw the episode featuring the amazing Holly Addison. I missed the epsiode but have since watched it back and after hearing about Holly and what's she achieved I urge you all to make sure you pick up one of these lipglosses to support an awesome cause!

Holly has raised over £7000 in 18 months for charities including the Katherine House Hospice where Holly's Dad stayed whilst being treated for an aggressive form of brain cancer. As part of Holly's Surprise Surprise experience she has teamed up with Barry M to create a limited edition lipgloss where 70% of the proceeds go straight to the Katherine House Hospice.

The lipgloss is called Holly A's Surprise Surprise Lipgloss and is only around for a limited period so make sure you get your hands on one. The gloss is a pale and milky pink with a gold shimmer that doesn't really show to much on the lips. It's a lovely nude shade that might not suit everyone when worn alone but paired with a lipstick it's gorgeous. I team this with MAC Creme Cup, my go to daily lipstick, for a perfect nude lip. The scent (and taste) is a yummy strawberry and mango mix, which reminds me of sherbet sweets. It's easy to apply with the doe foot applicator and the formula isn't too sticky.

I'm not a huge gloss fan but have been reaching for this a lot. The fact it looks great paired with my every day lipstick means I've used it a lot and actually ended up really liking it. It does fade over a couple of hours but it's so easy to top up that it's not a problem.

Loosing a parent at a young age is one of the worst pains you can experience, to me Holly is a huge inspiration as she's been through a difficult thing and done something special by raising a fab amount of money that's only going to rise with this brilliant collaboration.

Make sure you pick up the Surprise Surprise Lipgloss whilst it's around for the next few months.

Friday, 17 October 2014

Review | Barry M Glitterati Collecion





Glitterati Collection*, £3.99 each 
L-R Starlet, Socialite, Fashion Icon, Catwalk Queen, VIP, Rockstar

Barry M win all the awards in my eyes with their stunning new Glitterati collection that's available now! With 6 new sparkling shades there is at least one for everyone and I'm going to be wearing them all as we get scarily close to the 'party season'.

The Glitterati polishes are formed of a tinted jelly colour base that's jam packed with iridescent glitter that gives the most amazing sparkle. The pictures above really don't show off how beautiful they are, you have to check them out for yourselves in store to see the full effect! Above I've swatched two thicker layers of polish to get a completely opaque glitter finish, however they also work really well when you paint them as a glitter topcoat over a base colour that matches the tint of the polish.

Each polish has a jelly coloured base and is packed with different coloured glitter and holographic particles that catch the light and shine all different colours!

You can apply the polishes on there own and get full opaque glittery finish with around two coats but this can feel slightly thick sometimes and also doesn't last as long as when you apply just one coat, like a topcoat, over another polish that matches so it depends on how much glitter you like!
The whole collection is stunning and I really can't pick a favourite. They are perfect for the upcoming festive season or when you just need a bit more sparkle in your life.

Are you a fan of the Glitterati Collection?

*pr samples, review 100% honest as always

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Review | Barry M Autumn/Winter 2014 Gelly Nails



You probably know how much I love the Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Paints as I've featured the different collections a few times. The polishes are really affordable, fairly long lasting and chip resistant, pigmented and have a gorgeous glossy finish. For the price I really love them, the shade range is very extensive and it's great that they are adding to it each season.

The new Autumn and Winter shades have just launched and are themed around earthy tones and named after different spices.

Chilli- A deep red shade with a tiny hint of a brown tone, it's a lovely change from the bright shades I think of for red polishes. It's a perfect red for the colder months and a must have from the collection for every skin tone!

Paprika- A rusty burnt orange shade that sometimes looks orange and sometimes brown. It's very warming and really is a great shade for the colder months. It's a nice mix if you aren't sure whether to go for a red or brown.

Mustard- This is the shade that seems to be everywhere for Autumn! I do really love this but am not convinced it looks too good with my super pale skin but that won't stop me wearing it. It's a very warm toned and rich yellow.

Cardamom- I've never ventured to far into green nail polish as I find it a hard shade to pull off and can be quite high maintenance. Cardamom is a lovely mossy green that I'll actually try to use a lot this Autumn.

Cocoa- This is literally like melted chocolate in a bottle, it's one of the standouts from the collection for me. It's a warm, deep and rich brown that looks very 'grown up' and almost edible!

Chai- This is the shade that surprised me the most as I did think it was a tad boring, however grey is actually one of my favourite colours and almost all I wear for clothes! It's the perfect grey and definitely a nail staple.

As always I cannot pick a favourite as they are each great in their own way but I'm sure Mustard will get a lot of attention this season as I've not seen anything like it before!
The Autumn/Winter Barry M Gelly Nail Paints are in Boots and Superdrug now, £3.99 each.
Are you a Gelly Nails fan?

*pr samples, review 100% honest as always

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Review | Barry M Stain Paint


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Barry M Lip Stain* £4.49

This review could simply be this short, GO BUY THESE. I'm so chuffed with the new Barry M Stain Paints that I am praying they release more shades! If you like your lip colour to last then it's absolutely worth picking one of these up to try.
There are three shades in the Stain Paint formula, packaged in a shiny silver case that I really like.

Eternal Coral- This is my least favourite of the three just because the colour isn't as bright on my lips as I'd like. It's a red toned coral with a pink tone.
Absolute Burgundy- I can see myself living in this from Autumn, it's the perfect berry toned red that is really rich in colour. It's one of those shades that makes teeth look whiter and looks fab with a simple eye look.
Infinite Pink- I bloody love this shade. It's a blue toned pink that's so bright and fun, it's my favourite from the bunch and I've barely worn any other lipstick since I received this.

I applied Infinite Pink before an eight hour shift and five hours in, after devouring my lunch, it still hadn't budged. When I took my make up off, 12 hours since applying, it was still there, the colour was slightly faded and not as bright, I'd probably have topped it up (if I wasn't going to bed!) I was so impressed I sent pictures to my friends, snapchatted it and had a whole conversation with my Nan about it, she is used to my weird make up chat!

Before applying the Barry M Stain Paints I gently exfoliate my lips and apply a small amount of lip balm so they are smooth and that as the colour fades it won't have any dry patches to cling too. The Stain Paint formula feels quite moisturising, they glide on really smooth and evenly. The finish is quite natural but more on the matte side.

I really love these, there one of my favourite products of 2014 so far and I'm really hoping Barry M bring out some more shades. If you want something that isn't going anywhere all day then make sure you try these out!
I'm in love!

*pr sample, review 100% honest as always

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Review | Barry M Limited Edition Summer Nail Paints

Barry M Limited Edition Summer Nail Pain
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Barry M Limited Edition Nail Paints* £3.99 each

Barry M are at the top of their game at the moment, they keep bringing out so many releases that I am absolutely loving. Summer is almost here and to celebrate Barry M have created four super cute limited edition nail polishes that are perfect for the season. I absolutely love the monochrome heart detailing on the bottles, it's nice to see something different to the colours of the polishes and they look so cute sitting on my dressing table.

Bikini and Carousel will be exclusive to Boots, whilst Seaside and Promenade are exclusive to Superdrug. It's like a beauty lover's version of Pokemon cards where I feel like we have to catch them all!

Bikini is my favourite of the bunch, it's a glossy, creme finish and is opaque from two coats. It's a gorgeous mix of blue and lilac that sways slightly more to the purple side. It's just gorgeous and very pigmented.
Carousel is a lovely coral with a slight gold shimmer that doesn't show up well on the swatch. It's much more of an orange coral than pink and is a shade I will get a lot of wear out of this summer. This would look stunning with a tan (not that I ever get one!)

Seaside really does remind me of the ocean, mermaids and all things beachy. It's a metallic blue with a pretty shimmery finish. It looks gorgeous when it catches the light and would be lovely for a tropical getaway. It takes three coats to get an opaque finish.
Promenade is a bright Barbie like pink that also has a metallic and shimmery finish. It's a really Summery shade that would be lovely on your toes. It again needs three coats to be opaque but it's really worth it.

Barry M polishes are my favourite from the high street as they apply really easily and last well for the price. For just £3.99 a bottle it's worth picking them all up!
The Superdrug polishes are available now and the Boots polishes will be avaliable from the 11th of June. Obviously they are limited so don't wait around if you are interested!

*this post contains pr samples, reviews 100% honest as always

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Review | Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Polish

Barry M Gelly Shine
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I am a nail polish addict. But I am reigning in my addiction. I recently went through my stash and got rid of all the colours I no longer like and the ones that have gone off. This obviously means I have the right to restock.

Barry M is my go to brand for nail polish. They have a huge range of colours and are the first to bring nail trends to the drug store, such as the textured polishes that I really like and think will be fab for spring. 
On a recent Boots trip I picked up four of the Gelly Hi-Shine polishes, it took me a while to pick the shades I wanted, but to be honest I am pretty much guaranteed to go back and buy the rest of them.

The range is full of lovely shades, I picked up four of them which are in shades I knew I would always wear. Greenberry is a creamy aqua turquoise colour that will look great in Spring (IF IT TURNS UP). Prickly Pear is a milky light lilac shade that I adore as I love pastels. Blueberry is a beautiful creamy cornflower blue, it is my favourite and reminds me of a bolder Ceramic Blue. Papaya is a slightly neon orange based coral, if I ever start to tan then this will look gorgeous. 

The Gelly Hi-Shine polishes are called 'gelly' because they look like a similar finish to the shellac treatments, incredibly shiney and opaque. The polishes are quite opaque after one coat as the formula is a bit thicker than usual but two coats is what you need for a perfect look. I love these and will buy more but I have noticed some of them have a strange and strong smell, let me know if you think this too!

Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine polishes cost £3.99 but are usually on offer in Boots or Superdrug. 
Have you tried any of these?

Saturday, 2 March 2013

Review | Barry M Textured Nail Polish


Every couple of months there seems to be a new nail trend popping up and Barry M are always the first to bring it to the high street, I remember how excited I was the first time I tried the crackle nail polish! Textured nail polish is a trend that is getting very popular with effects like leather, concrete and feather being created.

The Barry M Textured Polishes recently came out in a range of pastel colours. I picked up Kingsland Road and Ridley Road. I was drawn to the pink and mint green, which is my current colour obsession. They need at least two coats and dry to a matte gritty finish. It's like you've mixed sand and paint together! I like the finish and think its very unique and makes a great change to a normal nail polish. It does make your nails feel rough and takes a little while to dry to the textured finish but it is different and lasts well with a base coat. 

My only problem with this is that if I get make up or something or the nail it can be difficult to clean it off, might just be me but let me know if you have tried them and think the same!
Are you a fan of the latest nail texture trends?

Barry M Textured Polishes cost £3.99 each from Boots or Superdrug

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