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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Sweets: Lollipops!

Today is the last day of the sweets theme in my nail art challenge group, She Who Does Nail Art Challenges. We’ve seen some amazing entries, and cannot wait to see what everyone comes up with for the next week’s theme which is Fast Food! Why don’t you come and join the group too?

I had this idea for a manicure a few days ago, but I needed to get a few other posts done before I could think about doing it. So last night I finally sat down to do it!

Lollipops Nail Art

I started by painting my nails with a white base of Barry M Matt White so that when I sponged a gradient over the top, I would get bolder, more consistent colours. The polishes I used for the gradient were Barry M Bright Pink, Barry M Blueberry Ice Cream and Barry M Mint Green. Can you tell I like Barry M polish yet?! Haha. You’ll also notice that I reversed the gradient on my ring finger just to mix it up a bit!

After the gradient had dried, I used Konad White and the lollipop image on the Mega Cheeky Stamping Plate A to stamp the lollipop image on in a random pattern. I also used Barry M Nail Art Pen in White to draw the white stripes on my ring finger. Finally, I topped it all off with a Seche Vite topcoat to make it all shiny!

Good enough to eat!

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Wintery Springtime

Woooo stamping! I forgot how much I love stamping, and how it makes me stare at my nails all day. Sometimes the most subtle designs have the sweetest effects.

I fancied doing something floral today, but as it is so cold and snowy outside I wasn’t sure I could face spring colours, so opted for a smart purple and white design.

Winter Springtime

The really like the Barry M Blackberry. It is such a great shade of purple and it only takes one coat to get it opaque! I started by painting one coat of the Blackberry, and after using some Seche Vite I stamped these pretty flowers with Konad White (the best white for stamping EVER) before topping with more Seche Vite.

I always laugh at how diddy my little finger is. I can never fit a very bit stamping pattern on it properly so it always ends looking a little sad because it’s not allowed as many flowers as it’s friends! Haha.

Are you still enjoying your wintery colours? How is the weather with you?

For this manicure I used:
  • OPI – Nail Envy
  • Barry M – Blackberry
  • Konad – White
  • Seche Vite – Quick Dry Topcoat
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Day 28 of the 30 Day Challenge: Inspired by a flag

Yes yes, I know. Bad blogger Laura for not posting this yesterday. Jack and I ended up going to the cinema last night to watch Looper so I didn’t have time to post.

The theme yesterday was ‘inspired by a flag’ so I’m sure most of can guess which flag I would immediately choose. I wanted to paint this design on my nails during the Olympics or Paralympics but I never got around to it.

I started by painting a basecoat of LA Colors Wired and then used a small paintbrush to paint on the white part of the flag in Konad Special Polish White. Finally, I painted on the main cross using Models Own Scarlet sparkle. It’s got some red glitter in it so I absolutely love it!

For this manicure I used:
  • Revlon – Quick Dry Base Coat
  • LA Colors – Wired
  • Konad Special Polish – White
  • Models Own – Scarlet Sparkle
  • Revlon – Quick Dry Top Coat

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Day 22 of the 30 Day Challenge: Inspired by a song

This week is definitely going to be a tough week… Week 1 was so easy when I just had to think about using red or blue or something. But ‘Inspired by a song’? Really?!

I was a bit worried about this one, but when my new Cheeky plates arrived this week gone I knew exactly what I was going to do. ‘God is a DJ’ is a song by one of my favourite bands ever – Faithless and having a stamp image that said it was so cool I had to use it. There are also quite a few other music related stamp images in the set so this gave me a great chance to use them!

I started by painting my nails with Models Own Black Magic and then used Konad Special Polish in White to stamp the patterns over the top of it. I think i like my index and ring fingers best!

For this manicure I used:
  • Revlon – Quick Dry Base Coat
  • Models Own – Black Magic
  • Konad Special Polish – White
  • Cheeky Plate CH30
  • Cheeky Plate CH31
  • Cheeky Plate CH51
  • Revlon – Quick Dry Top Coat

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Day 13 of the 30 Day Challenge: Animal print nails

This theme was always going to be a issue due to the number of different animal print stamping patterns I have. I’ve already done tiger print so I wasn’t going to do that, but I still had quite a few to choose from. In the end, I chose leopard print and Im so glad I did!

Animal print nails – in the shade with flash

I started by painting my nails with Barry M Foil Effects Gold and then used Konad Special Polish in Black and Bundle Monster stamping plate 221 to stamp the leopard print pattern over the top.

I took my photos and I really liked it, but then I had an idea…I decided to use LA Colours Bronze Bombshell to colour in the spots. To be honest I can’t really decide which style I like better so I thought I would share both sets of photos with you. Which do you prefer?

Don’t forget to enter the GIVEAWAY I have running at the moment to win a bottle of Barry M Foil Effects Silver!

For this manicure I used:
  • Revlon – Quick Dry Base Coat
  • Barry M – Foil Effects Gold
  • Konad Special Polish – Black
  • LA Color – Bronze Bombshell
  • Bundle Monster Plate 221
  • Revlon – Quick Dry Top Coat

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Day 7 of the 30 Day Challenge: Black and white nails

I’m back again with today’s installment of the 30 Day Challenge and today’s theme is ‘black and white nails’.

These two plain colours (or absences of colour) tend to be a popular nail polish combination for me. I love the classy smart effect you can get with them and often trade the white in for a silver.

Today however, I decided to go with something a bit more fun!

Black and white nails – in the shade

Piano nails! How cute are these? I think this was probably the easiest stamping experience I’ve had so far (not that it’s hard!) and was a real joy to do.

I started by painting my nails with Barry M Matt White and after it had dried, I used Bundle Monster Plate 207 and Konad Special Polish in Black to stamp the piano pattern over it.

I’m really looking forward to seeing what the others doing this challenge can offer today as I might have to pinch some black and white ideas!

For this manicure I used:
  • Sally Hansen – Maximum Growth
  • Barry M – Matt White
  • Konad Special Polish – Black
  • Bundle Monster Plate 207
  • Sally Hansen – Insta-Dri

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Day 3 of the 30 Day Challenge: Yellow nails

Morning all! Today is Day 3 of the 30 Day Challenge I’m doing and the theme is ‘Yellow nails’.

My first instinct was to think of something yellow, but as I have done something similar to that for the past few days I thought I would try something different. So I give you – yellow nails with black bows! I really need to start being more creative with names for my manicures…

Yellow nails – indoor with flash

I really am not a fan of yellow nail polish in general as it does not suit my skin tone in the slightest as i am so pale. I can get away with pale yellows (sort of) so Barry M’s Lemon Ice Cream would have been perfect, but I’ve already used that so I reached for the only other yellow I have… Barry M Yellow. As you can see, they were about as adventurous with names for this one as I am generally am.

Barry M Yellow is a really vivid yellow creme polish that actually covers to opaque in only two coats which really surprised me, and the application was just as delightful as Barry M polishes always are. The colour however really is not my cup of tea.

For the nail art deco, I decided to use Konad Special Polish Black to stamp little bows from one of my cheeky plates. This was relatively easy, although I think I lost marks on aligning them properly.

It didn’t really seem finished when I had done the stamping, so I stuck little black rhinestones onto the centres of the bows, which made a nice difference.

Overall, these nails are yellow. Really not sure I can give any further positive assessment. The colour really doesn’t suit me and I was quite quick to take this manicure off!

For this manicure I used:
  • Sally Hansen – Maximum Growth
  • Barry M – Yellow
  • Konad Special Polish – Black
  • Cheeky Mega Image Plate A
  • Sally Hansen – Insta-Dri


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Back to school!

So today is the start of Rachel’s 30 Day Challenge, and I thought it sounded like great fun! The idea is that there is a theme for each day of this month that you must make a manicure around, using untried polishes where you can (that is, polishes you haven’t used before).

Today’s theme is ‘Red Nails’ so I dug through my polish box and found Bourjois Rouge Escarpin, a polish I had bought some time ago but have never used. I knew that I didn’t want to just paint my nails with this colour, so I looked through my new stamping plates to see what a could find. The apple was the first red thing I spotted and I thought it would be a cool idea to do a ‘Back to school’ theme.

Back to school – indoor with flash

What do you think?! I think it turned out pretty cool :)

I painted three fingers and my thumb with the Bourjois, and my ring finger with Barry M Matt White. I then stamped the apple using the Bourjois which worked surprisingly well! I then used a tiny paintbrush to dab bits of green glitter from Nails Inc Piccadilly Arcade onto the lead of the apple. I stamped the ABC using another of Cheeky’s stamping plates and Konad Special Polish.

Tomorrow’s theme is ‘Orange Nails’ so I’m starting to conjure up ideas for that already…

For this manicure I used:
  • Sally Hansen – Maximum Growth
  • Bourjois – So Laque! – Rouge escarpin 24
  • Barry M – Matt White
  • Nails Inc – Piccadilly Arcade
  • Konad Special Polish – White
  • Cheeky Mega Image Plate A
  • Cheeky Mega Image Plate B
  • Sally Hansen – Insta-Dri


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Tiger Time!

When I first got my Bundle Monster stamping plates, I knew this was a manicure that I had to try. Big cats are my favourite animals (stay tuned for the leopard print) and the thought of sporting a cat-coat on my nails was definitely appealing.

Tiger Time – indoor with flash

The Barry M Block Orange was really lovely to work with. I am a huge fan of Barry M polishes (if you don’t already know) and this polish only took two coats to become opaque. LOVE IT. Not sure the colour suits my complexion too much, but I love it too much to care.

As usual, the Konad special polish worked really well while stamping. I was a little impatient waiting for it to dry before putting the top coat on so I got some annoying smear-age, but I still like the final effect.

The only way I think I could have made this manicure a little more me would have been to put a glittery coat on the top, as I did feel that it lacked something sparkly.

I’m totally getting the hang of this stamping thing now which according to my recently viewed items on Amazon, is a bad thing. My poor purse is going to have meltdown.

For Golden Ibiza Glitter Gradient I used:
  • Sally Hansen – Maximum Growth
  • Barry M – Block Orange
  • Konad Special Polish – Black
  • Bundle Monster Plate 223
  • Sally Hansen – Insta-Dri
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