Reviews

Review: Barry M Magnetic Blue

Today I have for you the final bottle of nail polish that my friend Sophie gave me for my birthday – Barry M Magnetic Blue. If you missed the reviews of the other polishes she gave me, you can see them here – Barry M Ridley Road, Barry M Chameleon Pink and Barry M Croc Effects.

Barry M Magnetic Blue is a shimmery metallic blue – almost a denim colour. It comes in the usual Barry M square bottle, but as it is one of their magentic nail polishes, it has a square lid with a magnet on the top. The magnet I got with this one was the star/cross shape which I was pleased about as I’ve wanted to try this pattern since I saw it in Boots a while ago!

The application was really good, as it usually is with metallic nail polishes and only took one coat to get an opaque colour. I then painted on a thick coat and quickly positioned the magnet over the nail and held it there for around 10 seconds. When I took the magnet away, I was left with this really cool pattern! (Excuse the nick on my middle finger…)

Barry M Magnetic Blue

The magnetic effect means that you get quite a spectrum of blues on your nail, which you wouldn’t be able to achieve with any other kind of polish. Plus, the colour moves in the light which is so so pretty and I just find myself shifting my hand around all the time and staring at it!

As I am a bit of a fan of the matte (really?! haha) so I thought I’d try my matte topcoat over it, and this was the effect that I was presented with. How amazingly cool does it look? It totally steps it up a notch! The blue still shifts in the light too, which I LOVE.

Barry M Magnetic Blue

You can buy Barry M Magentic Blue from Boots and Superdrug stores, or from the Barry M website for just £3.99!

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Review: Barry M Chameleon Pink

Another polish-present to shopping you today from my friend Sophie! She was so generous!

Barry M Chameleon Pink is a lively metallic pink nail varnish that has amazing colour changing properties. When you put clear nail polish on top of it, it changes it an amazing vivid purple!

As ever, this Barry M nail varnish was wonderful to apply and only took two coats to make it opaque. The trick here though it to remember that you don’t want to put a top coat on every nail! I had to take myself off auto-pilot and put that bottle of Seche Vite down!

Barry M Chameleon Pink

The pink that the nail polish is out of the bottle is a lovely warm pink that looks perfectly beautiful on it’s own without doing an of the magic stuff. The only annoyance I would say though it that I desperately wanted to do a topcoat! I’m not sure how long this manicure would last without one…

I decided to paint my index finger completely with a topcoat, and after a couple of seconds, the colour started drying a beautiful rich purple colour. I was a disappointed though that the colour isn’t smooth and even all over, you can still see bits of pink poking through.

For my middle finger and little finger I used some clear polish and a dotting tool to make the dotted effect which I love! I was going to go with a striped approach too, but discovered that you can’t really tell where you are painting clear polish which was a bit frustrating – I had to stick with the simple dotting.

Overall, I think this chameleon polish is a great idea, and the pink and purple colour combo is lovely, but it does lack somewhat in usability due to not knowing where you’ve put the clear polish until it has dried and the uneven look.

If you want to try it for yourself, you can buy Barry M Chameleon Pink from Boots and Superdrug stores or from the Barry M website for just £3.99!

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Review: Barry M Ridley Road

A couple of days ago I did a review of the lovely Barry M Croc Effects and I mentioned that my friend Sophie had given it to me for my birthday. Well, today I have another polish for you that she gave me! Thanks Sophie!

Barry M Ridley Road is one of four in Barry M’s relatively new textured collection. It’s a beautiful milky green in the bottle, and if it wasn’t for the super stylish lid, you wouldn’t know that it was a textured polish at all!

I wasn’t sure how textured this polish would be and how the application would be as I’ve never experienced these kinds of polishes before, but I was nicely surprised to find it very easy and very smooth to apply. It took two coats to get to the opacity and textured-ness (new word!) shown in my photos, but could probably have done with one more coat to hide the remainder of my white tips which I didn’t notice until I got my nails under my bright light.

Barry M Ridley Road

The effect on the nail can only really be described as peculiar but pleasant. The texture is really bizarre to have on nails, but it was quite nice to just sit there and run my fingers over it. Given enough time, I probably could have smoothed it down completely with just my fingertips haha!

The colour is really pretty – you know what I’m like with my greens! Sophie guessed well as this is the polish out of the four I would have picked! It’s a lovely springtime green.

Barry M Ridley Road

I wondered how it would look to stamp over the textured polish, so in keeping with the spring look I stamped this lovely Cheeky floral pattern over it using Konad Special Polish in White. The pattern looks a little pale (due to my white colour choice), but the stamping took so well to the textured polish! I love how cool this looks!

Barry M Ridley Road

You can buy Barry M Ridley Road as well as the other textured polishes from the collection from Boots or Superdrug stores, as well as from the Barry M website for only £3.99 each.

Do you have any of the Barry M textured collection?

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Review: Maybelline Polka Dots Collection

So I was having a wander around town on Friday after work and thought I would pop into Boots to have a mooch around the nail varnish to see if I could spot anything new…and look what I found!!

I had never heard of this new collection before, so I had a quick google on my phone and couldn’t find any reviews for these polishes – so I just had to buy them! I’m not entirely sure that they’re supposed to be out yet as you can’t seem to get them anywhere online.

Maybelline’s Polka Dots Collection is a set of four glittery jelly style polishes – Chalk Dust, Shooting Stars, Speckled Pink, and Rain Forest Canopy. I was most intrigued to try the Chalk Dust one, as the idea of a black and white glitter was so cute! I also had never tried jelly polishes before, so this was going to be a whole new experience!

Maybelline Polka Dots Collection

Chalk Dust is an amazing clear based polish with matte black and white glitter in it. It has such a cool effect! In the bottle it looks very similar to L’Oreal’s Confetti topcoat, but seems to have more different sized glitter in it. The application was actually really easy, with only two coats to get a decent glitter coverage.

Maybelline Chalk Dust

I love how it looks on the nail and just couldn’t wait to try it on over another colour. Here is it over LA Colors Illusion that I got a few weeks ago. I think it works better over medium tones colours like this one, as if you use too pale a colour you’d lose the white glitter and if you use too dark a colour you’d lose the black glitter. I think this polish is my favourite in the collection!

Maybelline Chalk Dust

Rain Forest Canopy is a cool greeny-turquoise jelly polish packed full of black and white glitter, although the multiple layers make the glitter look all sorts of shades of green which I love! It took three coats to get to this opacity and coverage of glitter, and it really didn’t seem too thick on the nail which I liked.

Maybelline Rain Forest Canopy

Shooting Stars is a rich medium to dark blue jelly polish, also with black and white bits of matte glitter in it. The glitter in this case ends up looks various shades of blue which is so pretty! This also took only three coats to get to this opacity and didn’t seem too thick on the nail. I think it could have used another topcoat though, just to smooth out the glitter a bit more.

Maybelline Shooting Stars

Speckled Pink is probably my second favourite in the group. It’s a lovely pink jelly polish with matte black and white glitter, with the white pieces looking more pink. I thought this colour looked great on me! I’m not much of a pink person but I really love this! It took three coats to get to this opacity.

Maybelline Speckled Pink

 

I should also add that these polishes dry SO QUICKLY. I literally had to wait seconds in between coats which was great as you get the finished effect so much quicker!

Like I said earlier, I’m not sure when these polishes are due out, but keep your eyes peeled for them in Boots and Superdrug stores as they are only £2.99 each which is a total bargain! Boots also has a buy one get one half price offer on at the moment, so I picked up all of these polishes for only £9 which was awesome!

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Review: Barry M Croc Effects

At the weekend, a few friends came down to visit and one of them – Sophie (owner of Verdict Book Reviews) – came bearing birthday gifts for me! She gave me four new Barry M nail polishes, that I cannot wait to show you all. I’m so impressed that she managed to get polishes that I don’t already have!

Barry M Croc Effects is a polish I have been ooming and arring about for a while. I’m not a huge fan of crackle nail polishes, and wondered if this polish would leave me feeling disappointed, but I’m so glad that Sophie made that decision for me and bought it!

Barry M Croc Effects

In the bottle, Barry M Croc Effects looks just like any other polish (except for the cute snakeskin pattern on the lid!). It looks almost a very dark navy colour, but think that it really is a shade of black.

There are instructions on the side of the bottle that tell you how to apply this polish which is good, because I would have got it totally wrong if I hadn’t have followed them. First you have to apply a base colour. I used Barry M Lychee from the Gelly collection (review HERE) and waiting for it to dry only a little bit before picking up the Croc Effects to use that. I painted a very thin coat of the Croc Effects on each nail, and sat back, and waited, and waited, and waited, and FINALLY I got this really pretty snakeskin/crocodile effect! It does say on the bottle that the effect won’t start to appear until 3 minutes after you have applied the polish, so I guess that’s about right.

I was really pleasantly surprised by this polish. it definitely looks more stylish than the crackle effect I think, and really does give off a cool snakeskin/crocodile effect. I think next time I might try it with a darker base, like a dark grey or dark blue to make it a little more edgy. It dried a little more matte than I expected, but I guess that just adds to the croc effect!

You can buy Barry M Croc Effects from the Barry M website, Boots store or Superdrug stores for only £3.99!

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Review: Kiko 423 Pearly Peacock

Kiko 423 Pearly Peacock is one of the polishes I picked up in Westfields London a few weeks ago with my birthday money. I was a little put off by the price, but this polish was the first one I set my eyes on in the shop and I NEEDED IT.

Even in the bottle, the polish is so unbelievably shiny and sparkly. It really is so well suited to it’s name. It’s a wonderful greeny bluey turquioisey (new words, yay!) polish which a fine glitter in it that almost gives it an iridescent finish.

The brush is the same as in all of the other polishes of their’s I own. It’s quite thick and chunky and holds a lot of polish. You really don’t need much on the brush to get a good coverage, and I needed virtually no clean up. It’s slightly thicker than some polishes, which I don’t normally like, but it seemed okay for this polish.

Kiko 423 Pearly Peacock

On the nail, the colour is exactly the same as in the bottle. In sunlight and in bright lights (like in my bathroom) it is extremely sparkly, but still looks very pretty under lower lights and in the shade.

This polish barely needed a topcoat at all, if it wasn’t for me wanting to make it dry quicker. It really is very shiny on it’s own.

Kiko 423 Pearly Peacock

I have become very fond of glitter polishes with a matte topcoat recently, so decided to use my Rimmel Pro Matte Finish topcoat over the top – and boy was that a good idea! The polish gave off a sort of suede effect like the polishes we’re seeing arrive on the market at the moment. It was still eye-catching and shimmery but smooth and sleek without the gloss look.

Kiko 423 Pearly Peacock

Trying this polish out for nail art was my next plan, and thought silver would go well with it. I used my new Barry M Nail Art Pen in Silver and Models Own Sterling Silver to draw on stripes, stamp a random cluster of polish, draw some swirls and paint one whole nail in silver. I absolutely LOVE how this design turned out! It looked so glitzy and glamorous!

Kiko 423 Pearly Peacock

You can buy Kiko 423 Pearly Peacock from their shop at Westfields London for just £4.90, or you can visit their website HERE.

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Review: Angelica Soft Satin Matte Collection

Two weekends ago I spent the day at Westfields shopping centre in London with my hubby-to-be spending my birthday money on LOTS of lovely new polishes. After we had finished, Jack kindly took my shopping home and I went off into Central London for my friend’s hen party! We were supposed to meet in a restaurant just off of Oxford Street and as I arrived really early, I decided to pop into Primark to have a look around.

Just as I walked in the door, I saw a whole stand of Angelica polishes pretty much beckoning me over! Out of all the polishes I could have chosen, I actually only bought five (one whole collection) which I didn’t think was too bad as they were only £2.50 each!

Angelica Soft Satin Matte Collection

The Soft Satin Collection consists of five colours – Au Naturel, Marshmallow, Peppermint, Iced Sorbet and Bluebell. They are all soft of matte, but not quite…it’s a really nice effect! The formula for all of them is the same, nice and thin, which is a really refreshing change (bit sick of having one gloopy polish in a collection). Each of these photos shows just two coats of the polish which was lovely as it didn’t end up leaving the polish too thick on my nails.

The Au Naturel polish of the collection is a beautiful nude beige colour. It would be perfectly professional and plain enough for work, but the satin effect really gives it a nice edgy touch.

Angelica Au Naturel

Marshmallow is a lovely soft pink, actually the palest of all the pinks I own, so I was glad to add it to my collection. It makes me think of ballerinas :)

Angelica Marshmallow

Peppermint is my second favourite polish in this collection – green is my absolute favourite colour ever, especially mint greens. This colour is so smooth and subtle, perfect for the upcoming summer!

Angelica Peppermint

Iced Sorbet is my favourite polish in my collection. “ORANGE?!” I hear you gasp? I absolutely love this soft orange polish. I don’t think I have EVER seen this colour in a polish before. Most oranges are really bright and end up making my skin look really weird, but I love how this looks against my skin.

Angelica Iced Sorbet

Bluebell is definitely the brightest in the collection, a more purple than lilac colour, and is louder than I expected from the bottle. It still looks very pretty as a satin polish though, but probably is my least favourite in the collection.

Angelica Bluebell

You can buy Angelica polishes from big Primark stores for just £2.50 each or from the Angelica website for £2.75!

I actually didn’t realize that they have as many polishes available as they do until I saw the website! There are now so many more that I have my eye on! I love the look of the Two Tones or the Foil Metallics!

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Review: Barry M Nail Art Pens

I’ve seen so many other reviews of these Barry M Nail Art Pens that have been raving about them, so this week I caved and bought them! Superdrug had an offer of 3 for 2 on Barry M nail polish, so on my lunch break I bought the black, white and silver pens. After I had had a play around with them I popped back into Superdrug that evening to buy the pink one too! What can I say, I am a sucker for full sets!

Barry M Nail Art Pens

The first thing I noticed was how easy they are to use.

On first use, you need to give the pen a good shake, then remove the lid and press the nib down on a bit of paper about 20 or so time to get the polish to come down the nib. I found that when you start to see the polish, put the lid back on and give it a good shake, and you’ll be ready to go!

Barry M Nail Art Pen White

They’re so much easier to use than a normal polish and paintbrush! My problem was coming up with enough designs and patterns to do! The possibilities are literally endless. They’re also easier to use than the pens that you have to squeeze – I could get so much more accurate and less shaky lines. Plus, you don’t end up with not enough polish or massive blobs – just a constant about of polish on the nib!

Barry M Nail Art Pen Silver

All four coloured pens are a great opaque colour – even the pale pink showed up straight over a black polish without needing to trace over my design again. And the polish from them comes off very easily with normal nail polish remover which is good.

Barry M Nail Art Pen Black

For each of these manicures I painted one or two coats of the nail polish (beige, blue, red or black) before adding a quick drying top coat to make it dry faster. Once it was completely dry, I used the pens to draw the designs onto my nails. Each whole manicure took less than ten minutes and it’s such a great effect!

Barry M Nail Art Pen Pink

I would really recommend these nail art pens to anyone. I just know that they’re going to make my nail art so much easier!

I put a plee out to Barry M – please make a whole rainbow of colours of the pens! I would buy ALL OF THEM.

You can buy Barry M Nail Art Pens from Superdrug, Boots or the Barry M website for just £4.99 each.

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Review: Models Own Bora Bora

Morning everyone! I hope you’re all having a good day :)

Today I have for you a nail polish that has literally only just been released. I took a trip up to Westfields London on Saturday, popped into the Models Own Bottleshop and was lucky enough to walk away with Models Own Bora Bora, which is a new addition to the Hed Kandi collection!

I’m a sucker for anything gold and glittery, so I couldn’t say no to this one!

Models Own Bora Bora

The polish is the most pretty thing to look at even when still in the bottle. The glitter particles are so tiny that it gives the polish such a rich shimmer that is beautiful. In these pictures you can see two coats of Bora Bora with a topcoat on top, but I really don’t think it needed the topcoat, it is so shiny!

The consistency of the polish is great – it’s very thin which is what you what from a glitter as it’s easier to build up layers without it getting too thick on the nail. I was pleasantly surprised though, at how densely packed with glitter this polish is. I expected to have to do a basecoat of another colour or do quite a few layers to get a solid glitter effect, but was amazed that I only had to do two!

I’m really enjoying wearing this polish today, on such a grey day.It’s such a sleek and sophisticated glitter that it reminds me of soft smooth sand on a tropical beach somewhere (maybe Bora Bora?! haha) and will be perfect for the summer time.

You can buy Models Own Bora Bora from the Models Own website or in Boots stores now :)

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Review: Barry M Magnetic Moon Dust

Today I have for you another of my birthday presents I received from my fiancé.

This is actually only my first Barry M Magnetic nail polish. I’ve never been the biggest fan of magnetic polishes and so have steered clear of them really, preferring glitters and normal cremes from Barry M’s massive collection.

Oh how wrong I was. I have only two other magnetic polishes, both are Nails Inc polishes. One is good, one is not so good. But Barry M have really pulled this off and the effect is so much stronger than I was expecting or used to!

Barry M Magnetic Moon Dust

Barry M Moon Dust paints on a really gorgeous shimmery beige colour. I’ve become quite a fan of beige nail polishes recently so it was a nice surprise as the colour in the bottle looks bronze and gold!

I painted one coat of Moon Dust before letting it dry completely. After that, I painted a thick coat onto one nail and quickly held the magnet that comes with it over the nail using the little guide on it. I only held it there for about 10 seconds before I saw the amazing effect. The beige colour was still visible from beneath as stripes, but now it had gold/bronze stripes over the top of it. As you move it in the light it looks so beautiful – almost like an optical illusion!

You can buy Barry M Moon Dust from Superdrug, Boots or the Barry M website for only £4.99.

Do you have any magnetic polishes?

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