Thursday, 24 April 2014

Barry M Pacific with Butterfly Stamping

I was NOT going to buy this shade from the Barry M Aquarium collection, but then I was in Boots the other day, and Barry M was on 3-for-2... and, well, you know how it is!

This is Barry M Pacific, two coats, with no topcoat.

The formula is a little on the thin and sheer side - my second coat was thicker than the first though, and covered well. I wore this earlier in the week as well, when I was away, and it lasted perfectly for three full days and nights. Admittedly, I wasn't in my usual routine and so wasn't typing, digging around in my handbag for keys, or washing up, but even so, I was really impressed. 

This is a blue-green duochrome, although to be honest, there really isn't that much duochrome or colour shift in there. The colour is mostly a turquoisey blue, although it does look a darker cobalt blue in some lights, and a brighter green in others. It's a lovely colour though, and a very pretty, metallic finish with a lot of shine.

Not content with leaving well enough alone, I thought I'd try this with some stamping over the top - I used Barry M Silver Foil and MoYou London stamping plate Pro 09. I used the 3 different butterfly designs. 

The MoYou London plates are just so good!  They keep bringing out new ones too, it's far too tempting! 

  I mean - look how pretty those butterflies are!

Friday, 18 April 2014

Barry M Truffle with Neon Studs

As I like the Barry M Silk polishes so much, today I bought the two other colours that I hadn't bought previously. I think it's the first time I've every owned a whole collection of something!  This is Truffle, the nude coloured one, which I decided to wear with some neon studs from the Born Pretty Store.

Truffle is just as good as the other Silk polishes. This is two coats. 

The studs are this item from the Born Pretty Store, which I reviewed previously here and here. I really like these studs - they're bright and cheerful, and are thin and light enough to stay stuck down easily with topcoat. 

 As always, you can use my 10% discount code when buying any items from BPS - and there is free shipping too. 

These studs were provided for review purposes.

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Pink to Red Thermal Polish with Gold Flames Stamping

I've posted about this polish before - it's Ferity MissMatch Sizzling Red thermal polish which changes from pale translucent pink when warm to a bright jelly red when cold. I wore this for a day on its own and then I added some gold stamping using Barry M Gold Foil and MoYou London stamping plate Rockstar 01.

This was 2 coats of the Ferity polish. I am in LOVE with their colour changing range!

The Barry M foils really are so good for stamping!

  I've been feeling a bit lacking in nail inspiration recently, but I do like this look.

Sunday, 13 April 2014

PediSox and SofSpa Cream Review (Warning - Contains Feet!)

You may remember that I reviewed some Pedi Sox last year (and had my very first giveaway!) - if not, you can read my initial review here.   Today I have the new product from PediSox, their softening cream concentrate, SofSpa, for review.  (Warning for those of an anti-feet disposition, this post does contain my feet. And I spent my teens in pointe shoes, so it's not the prettiest of sights.)

I have been using this cream on my feet every evening for the last week or so, and I can safely say my feet feel great! It's not quite sandals weather yet, but it's not too far away. Like many people, I've been ignoring my feet over the winter, and have hard heels and dry skin. But I've really noticed the difference since using this cream for the last week. My skin is a lot smoother and softer and I'm almost ready for sandals!

I also have a new pair of PediSox to try - I LOVE these leopard print ones! Aren't they cute?   These are from the Ultra range, and cost £13 on the PediSox UK website. I love pedi-sox; they're such a great (and simple) idea, that lets you paint your toenails whilst not getting cold feet. At the same time, they're also designed to help moisturisers and creams to absorb more quickly.

The SofSpa cream is really nice - it's quite thick and rich-feeling, but not at all greasy. The fragrance is light and pleasant. The formula contains natural moisturisers like macadamia nut, olive seeds, rosehip, evening primrose and calendula. It absorbs into the skin really quickly and smoothly, without leaving any greasy traces. I've been using it on my hands too, and I really like it.  The cream isn't available on the UK website yet by the looks of it, because it's a brand new launch, but it is available on the US one, at $14 for the tube size I have.

The polish on my toes by the way, is Jacava Red Velvet.

*Review samples. See my Disclaimer page for more details.   

China Glaze - Mingle with Kringle

This week I had a bit of a clear out of polishes that I didn't think I'd use again. I passed on about 20 bottles to ladies in my office! And of course, having made that space on my shelves... I immediately went out and bought some new ones!  Here is the first, China Glaze Mingle with Kringle. 

This is a China Glaze mini - my local independent shop was selling a whole bunch of minis at £6.50 for two.  This is from the 2013 Christmas collection. As you know, I do love a gold!

This is two coats of Mingle with Kringle. It's a really lovely gold foil, with a yellowy slant to it. There are particles of different shades of gold when you look in close-up, which gives it some depth and lots of shimmer. I love this colour!  

As you can see, this wasn't the easiest to clean up, as the tiny particles did seem to get everywhere. However, I don't care - this is beautiful! I kind of wish I'd bought the full size bottle now.

I need to do a comparison with OPI Goldeneye, as they really are very similar. 


Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Moustaches, Glasses, Bow Ties and Pipes! Cool BPS Water Decals.

Today I want to show you some really cool water decals I got from the Born Pretty Store - I love this set!

Look! This is a crazy set of decals - there are moustaches, top hats, glasses, bow ties, random shapes, playing card suits... all sorts!

For this first look, I used two coats of Dior Delice, a lovely shimmery orange polish. The decals are lovely and thin and easy to use, just like all the other BPS decals I've tried.  I wore these nails for three days, and the rabbit made me smile every time.

For this second look, I've used two coats of Barry M Heather (the Silks range is really getting a lot of use!) and some of the bow tie decals and a heart. I added the bows to the nail tips to give a sort of French-mani look.

I love these decals! They're so quirky and random, and there's a huge range of looks you can do with them. I've got plans for a black and white and red playing card design, which I'll post soon I hope.

The decals are item number 10747 (click for details) which cost $3.39 - and as you can see, there are hundreds of decals here!

As always, you can get 10% off any Born Pretty Store orders using my discount code, and the shipping is free too!

These decals were provided for review purposes, but opinions are 100% honest. See my Disclaimer for further details.  

Monday, 7 April 2014

Ferity Sizzling Red Thermal Polish

Just a quick post tonight with another Ferity MissMatch temperature sensitive polish. This is Sizzling Red, a pink-red thermal polish. It's pink when warm, and bright red when cold.

This is three coats, with topcoat. 

Sizzling Red is an interesting one - at one coat, the pink when warm is almost clear. It's certainly almost invisible, which makes the transition to bright red when cold really dramatic. At two coats, the warm parts of the nail are translucent pale pink, very much like a sheer pink tinted polish. Three coats is obviously a little more opaque, although the colour is still translucent. 

I love the effect on this one! It's so pretty, I think. The formula is very like the other Ferity polishes I've tried - a bit smelly, not perfect, but really REALLY effective. 

I really do love these polishes! I think I have almost the entire collection now!


Saturday, 5 April 2014

Ferity Miss Match Red Temptation

Oh I do love a temperature-sensitive polish! The best ones I've tried so far are the Ferity Miss Match ones, which are tiny, cute bottles with lids shaped like pencils. I believe they're a Russian (or perhaps Polish) brand, but I buy them on Amazon from a UK seller, who charges under £2.50 a go, which I think is a pretty good deal. I have been after the red one for a while, and it was finally back in stock this week!

This is Red Temptation, two coats, with topcoat.

This is a lovely bright tomato red when cold.  I really like this sort of shade of red - I have a LOT of red polish in my collection!

When warm, this is a juicy yellowy orange. The colour really looks like orange juice to me! 

I'm not sure I like the effect when my entire nail is hot (as you can see, there's quite a bit of visible nail line), but I love the gradient effect from hot to cold - it reminds me of a tequila sunrise!

The formual on these polishes isn't great - they smell bad, and they're quite gloopy, so they can be a bit lumpy and do tend to need Seche Vite to smooth it out. The brushes are also a bit fiddly - the pencil cap is a bit small to hold, and the brush is small. But having said all that - I LOVE these polishes. The colour change is really strong and effective, and they make me happy to sit and watch the change. And there's a huge range of colours too.

I mean, who doesn't want nails that look like a sunset?


Sunday, 30 March 2014

Polish Party - Spring

March's Polish Party theme is SPRING! I love spring.  I am not a fan of winter, and often find the winter months very depressing. When spring starts coming round, and the days are longer, the trees start budding and the flowers start coming out, I always perk up a lot. 

For quite a while I've been wanting to copy The Nailasaurus's waterfall nails, but with a blue/green colour scheme to make grass against a blue sky, and I thought this would be the perfect opportunity.  The blue is Barry M Mist, from the Silk collection - this is two coats. I love the silks, they're so pretty and apply and dry so well!

I then added the grass using all Barry M polishes - Spring Green, Meadow and Key Lime - and a thin striping brush. I think perhaps my brush wasn't as fine as it should have been, as the lines aren't as thin or as delicate as I'd have liked, but this does look pretty at arm's length.

You can see all the other Polish Party posts this month here:  

Saturday, 29 March 2014

China Glaze Glimmer More

I was in my favourite nail varnish shop the other day, having heard that they'd got the Opi Sheer Tints in, and while I was there, spotted the new China Glaze Surprise collection and couldn't resist this one, Glimmer More.  When I first saw swatches of this collection online, I have to say I didn't really like the look of it - I'm not a fan of 'untidy' looking glitter somehow. But this just looked so pretty in the bottle that I couldn't resist!

I thought I would try this out over the Models Own Hypergel, Coral Glaze.  You may remember my previous post about the Hypergels, and the difficulties I had with them not drying. I did actually write to Models Own, who replied to say that they'd not heard of this issue before, but that they would investigate, and that I should make sure my nails were clean and dry before applying nail varnish. They did send me three replacement polishes though (I chose Bubblegum Ice Neon, and a couple of jelly glitters - posts to come later) which was nice.   But I was determined to try the Hypergels again one last time, just in case. 

This time I used a different base coat to my usual one, in case the Hypergel didn't like my base. I made sure my nails were scrupulously clean. I waited an hour between the first coat and the second. Then I waited another hour before adding Glimmer More as a glitter topcoat. This is a very pretty glitter - there's sparkly magenta hex glitter, and larger matte white, pale orange and yellow hex pieces. I like the contrast between the sparkly and the matte glitter, I think it's really pretty. This is awkward to apply though, because of the skinny brush; you do have to dab this around quite a lot. 

I like the way this looks, although I don't love it. I think Glimmer More would look better over a pretty pastel pink though. And then, I thought that as it had been several (at least three!) hours since I applied the first coat of Coral Glaze, I'd see how well it had dried... 

Yep. It just wiped off. So I officially give up on the Hypergels! They just Do Not Work for me.  
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