When 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.
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!
I’ve just been rifling through my old nail art photos and reminiscing about the amount of patience I used to have. I could easily spend half the day doing some sort of zany nail art, taking advantage of anything I could get my mitts on – nothing was safe.
These days I’m struggling to be bothered. I’ve got less time to be faffing with dotting tools and Scotch tape and am usually distracted by Chicken’s fluffy coat. However, I found something in Superdrug that made nail artistry a bit less bothersome. Behold the Barry M Nail Art Pen. Rather than containing actual nail polish and a thin brush like most nail art pens, this handy piece of kit is more like a marker pen so is easier to control, less messy and pretty much instantly drying. Win win win. While at the Barry M station, I was also mesmerised by the Jelly Nail Paint colours so I bought two cheery shades; Grapefruit and Greenberry. I’m sure you can guess which is which.
Armed with my new Barry M nail art supplies, I opted for a leopard print design. Can I just say, the Nail Art Pen made this incredibly easy and fast. It was fun to do, and with a coat of Seche Vite on top, the polish stayed in a presentable state for 10 lovely days. Keep in mind, this Barry M Nail Art Pen absolutely needs a top coat as it rubs off if exposed to everyday hand-based activities.
The Barry M Nail Art pen costs £4.99, and the Jelly Nail Paints cost £3.99, all available from Superdrug and Boots.