Saturday, 6 February 2016

Barry M Cream Soda - with Stamping

This is another of the new Barry M Gelly range for 2016, Cream Soda. This is another off-white creme, this time with a slightly greeny-yellow tinge.

This is two coats, with topcoat. I like this colour, but I'm not sure that it's as flattering with my skin tone as some of the other pale Gelly shades.

Formula is the usual good Barry M Gelly quality, and I'm starting to get more used to the big brushes now. I didn't like them when they first came out.  

I stamped over this using Models Own Chrome Gold and MoYou London Pro XL14. I think this looks really pretty, and the gold tones down the greeny shade in the polish. 

Thursday, 4 February 2016

Sugar Plum with Stamped Tips

Today I'm wearing another Barry M Gelly, Sugar Plum. This isn't one of the new ones, but it is new to me. It's a lovely bright, happy pink, with a touch of purple to it. 

I taped off the tips with sellotape, and stamped using Konad Black and Born Pretty plate BP-21. 

The black smeared slightly in places when I added topcoat. I wish I could find a black that didn't do that! 

Still, I'm quite pleased with how these look, and the smears aren't obvious unless you look really closely. 

Monday, 1 February 2016

Pink Dots

I wasn't ready to take off yesterday's pretty pink, Barry M's Acai Smoothie, so I added a band of dots across the middle for a simple spotty look.]

The dots are also Barry M Gellys - I used Dragon Fruit, Sugar Plum, Pink Punch and Rose Hip. 

I think this works quite well. What do you think?

Sunday, 31 January 2016

Barry M Gelly - New Spring 2016 Colours. Acai Smoothie.

There has been hardly any (i.e. NO) publicity or advertising for the new Barry M spring colours, and I've only seen one blog reviewing the new shades. I don't know why...  Anyway, Barry M has released 4 new colours in the Gelly range, exclusive to Boots, and 4 in the Quick Dry range, exclusive to Superdrug.   This weekend I bought three of the Gelly colours (I couldn't find the fourth). 

Left to right we have Cream Soda, Butterscotch Sundae and Acai Smoothie. 

Today I tried out Acai Smoothie. This is two coats, with no topcoat.

This has the usual excellent Gelly formula, which is opaque, easy to apply and dries easily with a high shine. 

I really like the colour of Acai Smoothie. It's not a unique colour, but I don't actually have any dusky mauvey pinks quite like this. I think it's really pretty, and one I will definitely get plenty of wear from.


Sunday, 10 January 2016

SCOTTISH Nail Polish! New Brand Review - Tami Beauty

Oops! I haven't posted since before Christmas, sorry! I wasn't in the mood for nails particularly for a couple of weeks, and then last week I had a really nasty nail break so my left hand looked quite unpleasant. I'm still missing a big chunk of nail on my middle finger, but at least it's not too awful now.

Anyway, I was contacted recently to ask if I'd like to review a new polish brand, and I was particularly excited to see that they're Scottish! I'm not Scottish my self, and I don't live there now, but I was at uni in Dundee and spent 4 very happy years living there. 

Tami Beauty is a new brand, and they sent me all three of their colours to try out. 

Don't they look pretty? Left to right, here are Gleneagles Glamour, Lady of Lomond and Skibo Sunset.

Check out their website here.  Tami polishes are 3-free, and are not tested on animals in any way. 

I tried Lady of Lomond over new year, before I had my broken nail. 

This is a pale green polish with lots of holo particles and tiny glitter. 

This is two coats, with topcoat. The formula is nice - a little runny, and dragged a couple of bare patches on the first coat, but the second coat was perfect.  This dries slightly matte, so I added topcoat to smooth it and add shine. The brush is nice - fairly short and slim, and easy to control.

Isn't this pretty? I wore this for three days, and the wear was excellent. There was no chipping, peeling, shrinkage or anything else. Removal was a little tricky as the glitter was pretty solidly fixed, but it was nothing that the foil method couldn't solve. 

Next up was Gleneagles Glamour, which is a pale nude-pink with the same holo and glitter as Lady of Lomond. The formula seemed slightly better, as I didn't get the dragged patches. 

This again is two coats, with topcoat.

I really like how this one looks. It's sparkly and pretty, without being OTT, and I think would be work-appropriate as well as very pretty.

It's such a pretty, delicate polish, don't you think? You can see the rose-gold glitter particles there, which make it a really flattering shade.

The last of the three is Skibo Sunset. This one is a bright cerise pink holo. It doesn't have the glitter particles of the other two, and dries with a shinier finish. 

This is two coats, with topcoat. Again, the application was really good, and the polish dried quickly.  This is the least unique of the three shades, but it's really pretty, especially in bright light, where the holo is more visible. 

Isn't it lovely?

I really liked all three of these polishes. The formula is good, application is nice, the brush is the sort I like best.  They are available on the Tami website for £9 each, or £21 for the set. I think the £9 price is perhaps a little steep for a new brand, when you compare it to brands like Nails Inc or China Glaze, but then again it's a small company and I can understand why production costs more. And the polishes are really really nice, so it's a big thumbs up from me! I'm looking forward to seeing what their next colours are going to be. 

These polishes were provided for my honest review. See my Disclaimer section for more information.



Saturday, 19 December 2015

Candy Stripe Nails

I've been a bit lacking in enthusiasm for blogging recently. No real reason, I just haven't felt like it.  

Anyway, these are the nails I wore for a few days earlier in the week. Yes, I did both hands.

This is a base of Barry M Pearl, and the stripes were done using China Glaze Glow with the Flow and Jacava Crimson Crush and some striping tape. 

I deliberately made the stripes uneven in size and pattern as I knew if I tried to make them the same I wouldn't manage it!

Friday, 11 December 2015

Gold Stamping on Dark Red

Today's nails were a quick job last night before I went to bed. 

I started with a base of Barry M Black Cherry, the very dark red gelly colour. This is two coats.

I then stamped using Barry M Gold Foil and MoYou London Steampunk XL 07. 

I only realised afterwards that the pattern on each nail goes alternate ways! That wasn't deliberate. On my right hand, they're all pointing the same way. Oh well. 

Sunday, 6 December 2015

Born Pretty Store - Tartan Water Decals

Today I'm trying out some more full-nail water decals from Born Pretty Store. These are a tartan design (which BPS call "colourful grid pattern", lol!) in a red and black colour. 

As you can see, you get one large sheet of water decal, which you can cut into any size or shape you want. The decals are available here for $2.18. My pattern is #14, which on the website looks pink and brown, but which is actually a much nicer red and black design. 

I didn't think there would be enough decal to cover all ten nails, so I decided to do three nails on each hand and do something else on the other nails. 

I started with a base of plain red on three nails, and painted the other two with Zoya Storm, a pretty sparkly black. I then put the decals over the red nails.  This meant that the yellow/orange part of the design wasn't actually visible over the red, but I think I prefer the plain red and black that I ended up with. 

Application is really easy - just cut to an approximate size, drop into a bowl of water, slide off the card and apply to the nail. Then dab dry with some paper towel, and add topcoat. The topcoat melts off any of the decal overhanging the nail, and adds a super shiny finish to the nail. 

I do wish the sheet had been a bit bigger, as I would have liked to have done all ten nails. As it was, I did six easily, and possibly have enough for two small nails to use later. It would not have been possible to do all ten of my nails though. But at that price, it's no hardship to buy two packs!

If you want to try these decals, or similar ones from Born Pretty Store, you can get 10% off using my discount code. 

These decals were provided for my honest review. See my Disclaimer section for more information.

Saturday, 5 December 2015

Revlon Shine Addict Nail Buffer

I was recently contacted and asked if I'd like to try the Revlon Shine Addict Buffer, and I jumped at the chance!  I usually buff my nails with one of those multi-sided padded nail file things, which work ok, but which are a bit of a faff and don't really last very well.

As you can see, the buffer comes with batteries and 4 interchangeable spare heads, as well as an instruction book. The buffer itself is a neat handbag size, and isn't particularly heavy.

To use this, you first buff the nails with the greeny-grey roller for a couple of seconds. This looks sort of sandpapery, but it's actually quite soft and spongy. The roller spins quickly and buffs nails smooth very easily.  I tested this on my skin too, as I was worried that it might slip and be rough on my cuticles - but it wouldn't hurt at all! It doesn't damage skin. I would recommend not pressing down at all, as you don't need to. If you do, I can feel the surface of the nail getting quite hot. 

Changing buffers is really easy - the cross in the middle is hard plastic, and the roller just slips off and the new one just slips on. After the greeny grey buffer, you just swap it for the white white polishing roller, which is softer and smoother.  This gave a lovely smooth finish with fabulous shine.My nails here are completely bare, no polish or anything.

My nails, especially my thumbs, are quite ridgy, and a buffer is really helpful in smoothing the surface out before I paint them. I find that a standard chunky padded buffer type thing can be a bit awkward to use, especially on my right hand. This was much easier and quicker, and had a much more effective result too.  I'm convinced!

This would make a really good Christmas present, I think! You can buy this on Amazon for under £30 (click here) where you can also buy replacement buffer rollers. 

Whilst I wouldn't say this was an essential nail care item, I think it's really good, and I will definitely be using it regularly.  

This buffer was provided for my honest review. See my Disclaimer for more details.

Friday, 27 November 2015

Simple Tape Mani with Barry M Gelly

Sorry I've been missing for the last week! I've been properly poorly - had a very nasty bug which has wiped me out completely. I've done nothing but sleep, make hot water bottles and watch Say Yes to the Dress. But today I started feeling a bit better!  I could tell, because the first sign was wanting to paint my nails!

I did a very simple look using two of the Barry M Gellys which I posted about a month ago.  I wasn't a huge fan of the brushes or the staining last time, but these were a lot easier to use second time round.

I started with two coats of Black Cherry, the very dark red one. I then used tape to mark off long triangles, and painted a coat of the red glittery one, Sparkling Ruby over the top. Just for good measure, and because I have a glamorous evening ahead in my pyjamas, I added a sparkly red rhinestone. 

I love how these look! 

I think Sparkling Ruby looks so much better over the dark base - it's somehow a lot more sophisticated than in its pure bright red form. 

I'm a bit shocked at how much my nails have grown recently too! They're looking really long! That makes me think they'll probably break very soon...
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