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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Cocktail Challenge: Mint Mojito

The theme on the She Who Does Nail Art Challenges group this week is Cocktail Nails!

I have had literally no inspiration this week whatsoever, but I do really want to get back into stamping as I haven’t done much in ages, so I had a rummage through my collection of stamping plates and found three images I liked – a shattered effect, a leafy pattern and a cocktail glass! Perfect for a mint mojito! One of my favourite cocktails EVER!

Cocktail Challenge - Mint Mojito Nails

I started by painting my index and middle fingers with Barry M Matt White, my ring finger with Topshop Easy Breezy and my little finger with Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Emerald Express.

After they had dried completely, I used Barry M Foil Effect Silver to stamp the shattered effect over my ring finger and middle finger to look a bit like ice, and a cocktail glass on my little finger! I then used Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Emerald Express to stamp the leaf pattern on my ring finger and the tip of my middle finger. That was so hard to try and get full leaves!

Finally I used a bit of Topshop Easy Breezy to paint in the leaves on my middle finger!

I think I could have done my middle finger a little cleaner, but I am so pleased with the rest of my nails – especially my index finger, I love the white and silver together!

Check out what the other girls in the group have come up with below!



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Indigo Flames

Purple mani!! It feels so long since I’ve done a purple mani, which is weird as purple is one of my favourite colours and I have a LOT of purple polishes!

I did these nails while on my lunch break at work. I’ve taken to planning my manicure in the morning and packing a nail kit with all the things I will need and then bringing it to work to do at lunch time! It’s been so great at getting me away from my PC for an hour.

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I started by painting a base of Beauty UK Smokey Lilac on three nails, and Sally Hansen’s Insta-Dri Grape Escape on my ring finger. I then painted a quick drying topcoat over the lilac nails to make them dry quickly so I could stamp over them without smudging! I used Models Own Boogie Nights to paint over my ring finger – such an amazing glitter! Finally, I used Sally Hansen Grape Escape again and a Bundle Monster stamping plate to stamp that gorgeous flame-like pattern onto my nails.

I love that Models Own glitter so much. I have the whole Mirrorball collection and really feel like I should use them more often!

Hope you’re all having a great Monday!

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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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How are you following me?

Hi all,

I just wanted to do a quick post this afternoon about this blog rather than about nails – specifically about how you can follow it!

I’ve been doing nail swatches and nail art for quite a while now and have built up quite a collection of posts (and nail polishes!) and I am so grateful to the readership and followers that I have. Without you guys, blogging would be far less fun to do.

I do know though, that some people come to this blog and view my posts just when they think about it, or if they’re looking for something in particular…..but what if you miss something exciting?!

To avoid missing any of the nail art designs, polish swatches, giveaways and press announcements, there are several ways to follow me so you never miss a thing!

 

Facebook – I have a She Who Does Nails page on Facebook where I share links to all my latest posts. Like that page and you my posts will appear in your feeds!

Twitter – I’ve recently started getting into Twitter more, and love seeing and commenting on other’s nail art, and always reply to tweets, so come and have a chit chat with me by following me on Twitter (@shewhodoesnails)!

Instagram – Instagram is my new favourite app – there is a whole world of nail art on there! Follow me on instagram (@shewhodoesnails) to see cute little square collages of all my nail art designs that you won’t see on my blog, plus see sneak peeks of my nail art in progress that you won’t see anywhere else!

Pinterest – All my nail art designs get posted to Pinterest when I am finished writing the blog post, so it’s a great place to quickly go back through my library and see what you’ve missed as well as have it pop up in your feed when I have done something new!

RSS – If you use an RSS such as Feedly (or Google Reader that is now dead *sniff sniff*), use this link to subscribe to my blog’s feed. Each of my posts will be sent straight to your feed for you to read in your own time!

Email – If you look to the right in the sidebar there is a box titled ‘Subscribe to blog’ if you put your email address in that little box and hit the Subscribe button, my new posts will be sent straight to your inbox when I write them!

Bloglovin’ – Bloglovin’ is becoming more and more popular with blog readers these days as it is a great way to keep up to date with your favourite blogs. Click this link or the button in the sidebar to find out how to follow me on Bloglovin’!

 

Well that’s all for today folks! I hope you enjoyed my Friendship Bracelet nails post this morning :)

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Jewellery Challenge: Friendship Bracelets

SO PRETTY. Look how vibrant and spotty they are!!

As you know, the theme for this week in the She Who Does Nail Art Challenges group is Jewellery. I loved the more elegant Tiffany Box design I did a few days ago, but I thought I would go to the other end of the spectrum and nailify some cheaper jewellery!

When I was in my early teen years I became a little obsessed with making those thread friendship bracelets. I used countless patterns and colours to make different bracelets for all my friends and family. In tribute, I tried to replicate a few different patterns on my nails!

Jewellery Challenge: Friendship Bracelets

This manicure was so simple to do. All you need is a couple of different coloured nail polishes and a dotting tool!

I started with two coats of Barry M Matt White to get a new even base for my bright patterns to go over. I then alternated using Barry M Spring Green, Barry M Block Orange and LA Colors Fun In The Sun with a dotting tool to create the different patterns on my nails. I finished with a Seche Vite topcoat to smooth it all out.

Give it a go! It’s so easy :) I think this is one of my favourite manicures I have done in a long time!

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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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Jewellery Challenge: Tiffany nails!

The new nail art theme for the She Who Does Nail Art Challenges group this week is ‘Jewellery’, which I know a lot of us are excited about!

I was looking through my polish collection trying to decide what to paint around this theme and noticed one of my favourite polishes – Topshop Easy Breezy. This immediately made me think of the Tiffany boxes with the white bows on and knew that I had to choose that for nail art!

Tiffany's Nails

I started by painting my nails with two coats of Topshop Easy Breezy and once that had dried, I used the Barry M Nail Art Pen in White (review HERE) to draw on the bow and ribbon design. I used a toothpick and a bit of clear polish to stick on the gem before painting on a Seche Vite topcoat.

I’m so chuffed with how this looks. Subtle and classy but still fun and cool.

I’m thinking of doing a tutorial for this look, would anyone be interested?

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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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