Showing posts with label nail polish. Show all posts
Showing posts with label nail polish. Show all posts

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.

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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!

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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?

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Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Review and Offer | SensatioNail Deluxe Gel Starter Kit

SenatioNail Deluxe Starter Kit* RRP £110

I am not high maintenance when it comes to my nails, for the past week they've been polish free simply because I could not be bothered to paint them, lazy I know! I've never had gel nails before but have always wanted to try them out but it's not a cheap thing to have done in a salon. The SensationNail Deluxe Gel Starter Kit promises the quality of a gel manicure finish done yourself at home! I'm not the best at nails so the chance to try this starter kit out was very exciting.

The SensatioNail Starter Kit contains everything you need to give yourself an at home gel manicure. The box contains the LED Lamp, a gel cleanser, a nail primer, a gel top/base coat, two coloured polishes, gold and silver glitter, lint free wipes, a nail buffer and gel remover tool. The two polishes included are Raspberry Wine and Pink Chiffon.

I was slightly overwhelmed and thought it would take hours to do my nails when I read the instructions but I headed to YouTube and watched a couple of step by step videos and was then good to go. I'm not the most patient person and I am not a nail genius but this was fairly easy to do and took me 45 minutes to do, which I don't think is too bad for a first go.

It's an simple system to follow and once you've done one hand you've pretty much got it sussed. It's important to make sure you don't get any of the product too near the cuticle or on your skin but that's easy to avoid by using thin layers of the product. I used Raspberry Wine on my nails and Pink Chiffon on my Nan's as she loves baby pink shades! I didn't use the glitter on my first manicure as I wanted to make sure I could practice the steps first. The glitter will be fab for Christmas time though!

I'm so pleased with the finish, my nails look incredibly shiny and feel really strong. It's been four days and they have yet to chip. I can't yet say if they last the full two weeks but if they last one with minimal chipping I'll be impressed. There's a wide range of colours available to purchase separately at £15 each but there is a £3 off voucher in the starter kit.

Until tomorrow the SensatioNail Deluxe Starter Kit is Boots' Star Christmas Gift meaning it's over 50% off and costs just £50 instead of it's RRP of £110! I'd 100% recommend picking this up at this bargain price especially as you can get 20 manicures from the kit. It would make an amazing Christmas present or even better treat to yourself!

Have you tried SensatioNails?

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?

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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?

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Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Review | Barry M Limited Edition Summer Nail Paints

Barry M Limited Edition Summer Nail Pain
Barry M Limited Edition Summer Nail PainBarry M Limited Edition Summer Nail Pain

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!

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Friday, 2 May 2014

Review | Nubar Nail Lacquer in City Self, Succulent and Dreamy Moss

Review | Nubar Nail Lacquer in City Self, Succulent and Dreamy Moss
Review | Nubar Nail Lacquer in City Self, Succulent and Dreamy Moss

 Nubar Nail Lacquers in City Self*, Succulent* and Dreamy Moss*    £8.99 each

I may still be living in dark colours and lots of layers (the curse of being constantly cold) but I am embracing the approaching *hopefully* lovely weather by switching up the nail polishes I reach for to include some brighter and more fun shades. Nubar is a brand from LA that have been established for over 10 years, there products are used professionally in salons and can also be bought online. The brand was set up with the aim to provide the highest quality products that are healthy for beautiful nails.

Nubar Nail Lacquers are free from phthalate, formaldehyde and toluene, granted I don't know much about the science but they are much healthier on the nails than most polishes. Nubar lacquers are also vegan & cruelty free.

I was kindly sent three lacquers from the 'Spring In The City' collection Nubar have brought out this year. The colletion has your typical spring shades but also a few colours you wouldn't expect!

City Self is a slight pink toned violet/lilac that is quite warm in tone, Succulent is a bright coral orange that would look gorgeous with a tan (if I am lucky enough to ever get one) and Dreamy Moss is a soft mint green with a bit of a grey tone to it. Each of the lacquers has a gorgeous creamy finish. The formula is quite thin and you need to mix it well before applying, I find three thin layers gives a lovely opaque, creamy and streak free finish on the nail. I love all three shades and have been wearing them non stop lately, now lets hope the sun turns up!

The Nubar Spring Collection Lacquers last around four days on me with my usual topcoat before beginning to chip. I will definitely be keeping my eye on the next Nubar launch and adding my favourites to my overflowing nail polish collection! The Nubar Spring In The City Collection lacquers cost £8.99 each here.

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Sunday, 23 February 2014

Review | Clinique Nail Enamel in Birthday Suit

Review | Clinique Nail Enamel in Birthday Suit
Review | Clinique Nail Enamel in Birthday Suit
Review | Clinique Nail Enamel in Birthday Suit

Review | Clinique Nail Enamel in Birthday Suit

Review | Clinique Nail Enamel in Birthday Suit
 Clinique Nail Enamel in Birthday Suit* £12

Clinique have released a new limited edition collection called the '16 Shades of Beige' including 8 nude nail polishes in their 'A Different Nail Enamel for Sensitive Skins' formula and an 8 shade eyeshadow palette. The nail polishes are designed to closely match different skin tones ranging from pale to dark, just pick the shade most similar to your skin tone for a gorgeous nude look or you can contrast (rather than matching) against your skin tone, which I think is a lovely look too.

Birthday Suit is a peachy beige that I think is a perfect nude polish for me. It's a creamy and subtle shade that blends in nicely into my skin tone, is super classic and makes my nails look longer (an achievement as they are super short!) One coat was enough to get a decent opaque nail but two gives the most lovely glossy and elegant finish. My favourite thing about this polish is it's lasting power, I can get a good five days wear out of this before it starts to slightly chip. For me this is fab as polish can be gone after a day sometimes!
The 8 neutral shades of A Different Nail Enamel will be available for a limited time so go have a look as soon as you can! The polishes cost £12 each from Clinique and in my opinion are worth investing in, especially for a classic shade that you will always love!

What do you think of the collection by Clinique?

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Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Review | Liz Earle Strengthening Nail Colour in Parade and Bright & Breezy

Review | Liz Earle Strengthening Nail Colour in Parade and Bright & Breezy

Review | Liz Earle Strengthening Nail Colour in Parade and Bright & Breezy

Review | Liz Earle Strengthening Nail Colour in Parade and Bright & Breezy
Review | Liz Earle Strengthening Nail Colour in Parade and Bright & Breezy
Review | Liz Earle Strengthening Nail Colour in Parade and Bright & Breezy




Liz Earle Strengthening Nail Colour* in Parade and Bright & Breezy £7.50 each 

Say Liz Earle and the first thing that probably comes into your mind is Cleanse and Polish, however after testing out the new Strengthening Nail Colour polishes I definitely think they deserve to be known for them too! There are 12 shades in the Strengthening Nail Colour range, which are split into three different shade groups: classic nudes, deepest darks and bold brights. I know winter means darker shades for nails but I still love wearing 'summer' colours, they brighten up my day a bit more! All the shades in the range are gorgeous and wearable, there is definitely a shade (or 11) for everyone.

I absolutely love the packaging, it is really luxurious and more expensive looking than they are. The Strengthening Nail Colour formula is enriched with avocado and borage oils to help strengthen and protect the nail as well as claiming to last up to 12 days. The formula is quite thin but very easy to apply. The swatches above are just one coat, the finish is really glossy and opaque, even more so with two coats. I absolutely love Parade, it's a beautiful candy pink that is very feminine and bright, I think it would suit all skin tones as it is very clean looking. Bright & Breezy is a fun orange based coral, it is quite creamy and slightly less glossy than Parade.

I painted my nails with Parade the day before heading  to Orlando and only had to top up a couple of nails once when away, considering I was at a theme park every day I think is really great. Nail polish can chip on me literally hours after being painted, so to keep the same colour on for 12 days is seriously impressive. The Strengthening Nail Colour formula is by far the best I have tried and well worth the money. I really want to get my hands on some more shades from the range.

Would you try the Liz Earle Strengthing Nail Colour?

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Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Review | Nail Art Nail Tattoos

 Nail Art Nail Tattoos* £5.99
Firstly excuse the awful state of my nails in this picture, I am truly rubbish at nail stuff so the idea of nail art stickers is genius in my eyes. The Nail Art Nail Tattoos made by Skin Art are a brilliant way of adding something a bit different to your nails, especially if like me you are rubbish at this sort of thing. Each packet has 60 stickers with 8 different really cute designs. I love the fact they can be paired up like I have with the star designs or one design can be used on an accent nail. 

The Nail Art Nail Tattoos are so easy to use, to apply them you just peel them off the pack and stick them on to your nail. I added a clear top coat just to seal the sticker onto the nail but they last fine without it. They stayed on until I peeled them off and removed the polish, I love the bright orange colour called What Colour is Coral and baby blue called She's Electric also by Nail Art, for £3 these nail polishes are good quality and lovely colour. I think this is such a fab and quick way of doing a little bit of Nail Art!

Nail Art Nail Tattoos cost £5.99 for a pack of 60 avaliable direct from Skin Art or from Boots, Urban Outfitters and Amazon.
What do you think of the Nail Art Tattoos?
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