Category Archives: Nails

NOTD: Barry M Gelly Nail Paint Chilli

22 October 2014

barry m gelly chilliWhen it comes to nails, I don’t give a monkeys about seasonal colours. All this mumbo jumbo about coral only being allowed between May and August or fingers snapping off if you wear black in July – no sir – I’m living my life.

I was swayed, however, by the Barry M AW14 collection. I went into Boots for a nail polish that for the love of God wasn’t red and left with a red nail polish. Seriously. I need another red nail polish like I need a hole in the head. In my defence, Barry M Gelly Nail Paint in ‘Chilli’ is all kinds of hot. Yes it screams autumn but I most definitely won’t be casting this aside come spring.

It’s a sensual mix of red, brown and maroon and looks friggin’ amazing on. So much so, I’ve been wearing it on the daily for a solid ten days. And only one digit has experienced any kind of chipping. Admittedly, I did use Seche Vite on top but I refuse to accept that this alone is the sole reason for the minimal chipping.

Barry, whoever you are, I salute you.

Review: Ciate Flower Manicure Bad-a-Bloom

21 August 2014

ciate flower manicure reviewciate flower manicure reviewGone are the days when I’d painstakingly create tiny masterpieces on my nails – my patience has since worn far too thin for such frivolity (living with a semi-feral cat and a man who can’t make his own sandwiches will do that to you). But when I saw the Ciate flower manicure set, I was instantly drawn (nothing to do with the fact it was half price in the bargain utopia that is TK Maxx). The results on the box look simply stunning, and it’s available in blue (which I’ve got) and pink, which is aptly named ‘Strike a Posy’.

The set includes a pastel blue nail polish and a clear topcoat (both full size), two pots of dried flowers, a nail file and quite a decent pair of tweezers.ciate flower manicure review I whipped out this set on a Saturday night home alone when I had no distractions and plenty of time which are ideal conditions when you’re trying to focus on such a fiddly project. I put on a couple of coats of the pale blue (I’m personally not a massive fan of Ciate nail polishes, they tend to be quite slow-drying and this was no exception). Colour was nice though. Once dry, I put on a layer of the clear topcoat and as quick as I could, fished out a bit of flower and positioned it on my nail. Before it dried, I put on another piece to finish the formation. Once dry, I filed off the over-hanging bits and put on a final layer of topcoat.

The whole process was extremely fiddly and took an eye-watering amount of time. I’m not exactly the most patient gal in the world and frankly, I was glad when it was over. I liked the finished result from a distance, but you can see on the close-up what the problem was. Because you need so many layers of nail polish, you end up with a bit of a gloopy, air-bubbly effect. And because the flowers are more 3D then you’d expect, you don’t get a smooth finish like it looks on the packaging (which I suspect has been heavily photoshopped). The bits were quite sharp and I found they’d catch on everything. Longevity was decent, and even though little bits of flower snapped off during the course of the week, it wasn’t too noticeable.
ciate flower manicure reviewciate flower manicure review All in all, I really liked the look of this flower manicure but I was too embarrassed for my nearest and dearest to get too close. I doubt I’ll try this again any time soon but if I do, I’d probably take a bit more time and try to stop the dreaded bubbles from forming. If I’m being completely honest, I’d save yourself the time, hassle and frustration and just get yourself a set of nail wraps.

Ciate Flower Manicure in Bad-a-Bloom is available at Feel Unique for £18.

 

Nail Product Addict Tag

15 July 2014

nail polish addict tag
Thanks to A Simple Mix for tagging me, I no longer feel like a saddo who never gets asked to do these!

Favourite nail treatment product?
Probably Sally Hansen Nail Growth Miracle. I use this as my base coat every time I do my nails. I’m not sure if it strengthens nails in the long run but it does seal up any cracks quite nicely.
Favourite luxury brand?
I’m a bit of a cheapskate when it comes to nail polish but I do love OPI. The colours are great, the brushes are fat and the names are witty.

Favourite drugstore brand?
Barry M. Super affordable and quite frankly, superb colours, formulas and finishes. A close second has to be Rimmel, the Salon Pro ones are the easiest polishes to use, I love the one-stroke application.

Best eye-catching red?
I usually go for China Glaze Hey Sailor. It’s a true, classic red and lasts for over a week without chips, which is good because chipped red nail polish is one of the biggest beauty crimes.

Most disappointing nail polish/product?
For some reason I bought OPI RapiDry topcoat thinking it would be better than my beloved Seche Vite. At the time, it was nearly £20 (I think they’ve reduced the price since then) so I was quite frankly expecting miracles. It wasn’t bad but it certainly wasn’t worth the price.

Basecoat – yes or no?
Yes! My nails have the texture of sandpaper so a smoothing base coat is a must and saves tears and frustration when removing dark nail polish.

Favourite topcoat?
Seche Vite every single time.

Favourite summer shade?
I keep going on about this and it’s getting boring but I can’t keep away from Rimmel Salon Pro in Aqua Cool (you can see it in action here) this summer. It’s one of the few pastels that doesn’t look odd on my skin tone.

Favourite winter shade?
Lincoln Park After Dark by OPI – it’s a very, very, dark blood-red that looks almost black. Gorgeous and vampy and perfect teamed with a dark red lip.

Mention something extra!
Seeing as it’s high summer, now is the only time I’m brave enough to crack out something a bit mad. Yellow Polka Dot Bikini is an insane fluorescent yellow which always gets comments (mostly good) when I wear it. I can imagine it looking great for the beach if I ever went to the beach.

Please feel free to make any suggestions, I’m a total lemming when it comes to nail polish. Looking forward to seeing other responses to this from everyone, but in the meantime, I tag:

Khrissie
Tamira
Victoria & Tori
Ruth
Zoe
Kate
Rosy

NOTD: Pastel Polka Dots

11 June 2014

pastel polka dot nail art.Just a quick one today because I’ve been summoned to iron questionable images onto t-shirts for a stag party Mr TBL is organising because apparently I ‘can do it better’. God help me.pastel polka dot nail art3pastel polka dot nail art2Anyway after I mentioned Rimmel Salon Pro nail varnish in Aqua Cool in my 5 Beauty Favourites Under £5 post, I had a hankering to use it again. I was in a nail art mood but wanted something a little less garish than the neon leopard print that sprung to mind. Polka dots seemed to fit the bill so I stuck to a pastel theme and dug out some white nail polish. I used one from Natural Collection (think it’s the nail tip whitener) along with an unbent kirby grip to dot on the spots. Simples really, any fool could do it, although the spots on my right hand were a little more haphazard. pastel polka dot nail art.

NOTD: Barry M Gelly Nail Paint Pink Punch

28 April 2014

barry m gelly shine pink punch
In a desperate bid to stop my nails from forever snapping like an old granny’s hip joint after taking a tumble, I’ve been making an effort to treat them with a little respect and lavishing with plenty of amateur manicures. When my nails look nice, I won’t stick them in my mouth which makes them horribly soft and weak. I took myself down to Superdrug and bought myself a couple of Barry M Gelly nail paints, one of them being the inaccurately-named ‘Pink Punch’.

Pink Punch is an amazing colour for summer – it’s a proper full-on Barbie pink, bright and bold but not quite neon. I’m not even a massively pink person but this perks my hands right up, and I’ve been enjoying wearing it on long, pointed nails with lots of rings. I’m not going to claim it’s the longest lasting polish or that it only needs one coat but you cannot deny the splendour of that colour! Always a pleasure, Barry!

barry m gelly shine pink punch

Spring Nail Picks

14 April 2014

spring nail picksI’ve tentatively put away my big ol’ coat and battered winter boots for another year to make way for spring. To ring in the changes, I’ve had a rummage through my nail polish collection and re-discovered some long-forgotten colours that are perfect for this time of year. Let’s hope the sun is actually here to stay, although the cat is currently curled up extremely tightly with a paw covering her eyes – something usually reserved for winter nights!spring nail picks
China Glaze Nail Lacquer Lemon Fizz is an opaque, pastel yellow with a nice glossy finish which can be a bit elusive with China Glaze nail polishes. I love using this on its on or as a background to floral nail art. OPI Nail Lacquer Japanese Rose Garden is one of my favourite nail polishes to wear any time of the year. Opaque, pastel pink with a very slight purple-based sheen in the sunlight, it’s pink at its best. I wasn’t expecting to like Rimmel Pro Aqua Cool but once I put it on I loved it. It’s an understated blue with a grey-purple undertone, and perfectly sophisticated. You’re probably sick of the sight of Barry M Nail Paint Greenberry but there must be a reason it’s so popular! If you’re after something summery and eye-catching that isn’t overly girly, this is the one. As far as makeup brands go, KIKO is so under rated – the nail polishes are amazing and for the price, are some of the best you can get. KIKO Nail Lacquer 220 Satin Beige is stunning – a beautiful nude with a little bit of gold shimmer. The perfect choice for a classy manicure and even prettier in the sunlight!

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