Wednesday, 30 September 2015

NOTD: Barry M Gelly Limited Edition "Sparkling Ruby"

I love the Barry M limited editions - they usually do different ones for Superdrug and Boots and because they are so popular they always present a bit of a hunt :) One even made it into my Top Ten one year! "Sparkling Ruby" is exclusive to Superdrug, I believe. This is their first glitter Gelly polishes, and this one is definitely a win!

It does look a bit like China Glaze "Ruby Pumps" but not glass-fleck, more micro-glitter? This is 2 coats with a coat of my new Bourjois 3D Gel Top Coat. It was nice and smooth to apply and the glitter distributes easily. I am actually on Day 3 of this polish and it's not showing any wear!

Seriously love this!! I have had so many comments on this polish, it really catches peoples' eye. The funniest one was the lady restocking the Superdrug Barry M display today who said "Oh that's such a nice nail polish you've got on!" to which I pointed to the one she had just put on the shelves and said "It's that one...". Hilarious, she clearly hadn't looked at the ones she was loading on the shelf.

So Barry M, make more of the glitter Gelly polishes please :) A green and a gold one perhaps for Xmas??

Friday, 25 September 2015

NOTD: H&M "Peacock"

This is another of the new H&M nail polishes that are just making their way into the shops! I bought this thinking it was a shimmer teal/blue, the image on the website is very misleading. But the colour is still nice, just not what I thought it would be. There aren't enough swatches of these polishes out there yet to be able to choose the colour confidently online.

I did 2 coats here, it is actually more of a 'crelly' than a creme polish. I also used a new top coat! I love the Bourjois So perfect! Texture Gel base coat, and when I bought a new one a few weeks ago, I saw they are now doing a 3D Gel Top Coat to go with it. I snapped it up as well as I am running out of Seche Vite.

The new top coat is fairly quick drying (but not top speed like Seche Vite/Megashine) and VERY shiny and plump looking! I will give this a good run and see how it performs and then do an update for you.

Also heads up to the hottest green coming this autumn - Barry M Gelly "Black Pistachio". It is dead on dupe for Illamaqua's "Rampage". Hopefully with a better formula! I haven't got a bottle yet as the only bottle on offer was broken in my Superdrug, but it looks amazing :) Barry M also have to luscious limited edition colours in Superdrug right now, a red and a purple glitter in their Gelly line. I've got the red and I will be doing that for Tuesday I think!
Image: Copyright Barry M (2015)

Sunday, 20 September 2015

NOTD: Leighton Denny "Morning Dew"

So here is another magazine freebie! :) I love when you get decent freebies like this. This is from the October Harper's Bazaar magazine (UK edition). They had a variety of colours but this was the one that jumped out at me (it's green, so what you expect...). I wouldn't say that I am the magazine's target audience - it's jam-packed with overpriced designer goods which costs more that I probably earn in a year... But I'll take a freebie any day and pass the magazine to the local GP surgery :) As for the polish, I wasn't sure what to expect as my first foray into this brand ended in a bit of a disappointment.

After sitting down to paint my nails, I kinda thought 'hmmm, maybe it's a dupe for Misa "Dirty Sexy Money?". I am sad to say it's not even close. The Misa is much darker and, well, 'dirtier'. Had they not been so far apart colour-wise, I would have done a side by side comparison, but there really isn't a comparing these two so I decided I wouldn't bother.

This is a unique colour in my stash which is unusual. I am not even sure how to describe the colour? It is a light pastel green but leaning towards the cool, teal territory. Maybe? I can see why it was part of a spring collection, it's very fresh!

I did 2 generous coats here with a slick of Seche Vite. It dries fairly quickly and you need to work fast to avoid it going a bit stringy. I had to replace the cap in between doing my other hand as the formula stuck onto the brush a bit. But this is a lovely colour! :)

A normal full price Leighton Denny is around £11, the magazine was £4.99. Bargain! :)

Thursday, 17 September 2015

NOTD: Claire's "Magic"

This is an oldie but goldie! :) People always seem to love this nail polish when I wear it, it's like it's hidden fire catches peoples eye!

I did 2 coats here, and Seche Vite top coat. I just love the formula on this one, but I am pretty sure it's full of those old chemicals the EU are trying to ban whole sale. This is an American import, so it was never available in Claire's in the UK. I have a few like that and they are all good to apply!

I love old vintage nail polish :) Do you have a fave old nail polish that never fails to cheer you up??

Monday, 14 September 2015


So I did another video finally! :) And it's empties again!

In order of appearance:
Tresemme Youth Boost shampoo + conditioner
The Organic Pharmacy Antioxidant Lip Balm
Balmi Blackcurrant Lip Balm
Maybelline 24hr Color Tattoo Eye Shadow 'Pink Gold'
Origins GinZing Energy Boosting Moisturiser
Boots Botanics Radiant Youth Super Serum
Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water

A lot of re-purchases here as well, showing that I did really like most of these products. Hope you enjoy this video!

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

NOTD and mini-review!

I decided that I wanted a blazing pink for Wednesday so this is it - Depend #427. This is one of Depend's new O2 polishes, it's meant to be a more breathable nail polish, maybe? Love it! It's like a tropical beach in a nail polish :) I did 2 coats here and topped it with Seche Vite. It is a jelly glitter so it's a bit sheer but for me that's not an issue as I have very short nails.

I went into Superdrug today and found some new items from Collection! Among them was this chubby crayon highlighter which I picked up immediately; for £2.66 you can't argue! The colour is called "1 Pearl Sheen". It is a cool champagne colour and should work on most light complexions. It goes on smooth and wears quite well so far althought it does fade to a slightly more shimmery finish than it goes on with. This is my second bargain from Collection this week, the other being the Matt Lip Butter which I will review at the weekend when I've worn it for a week! Still loving my Collection products, maybe I need to do a brand focus?? :)

Sunday, 23 August 2015

NOTD: H&M "Argent Lilac"

I think this polish will easy make it into my Top Ten of 2015! It is just one of those polishes you think looks OK in the bottle but you're not sure how well it will translate onto the nail... I loved it so much I did a matching pedicure for the last few weeks of open toed shoes :)

"Argent Lilac" is a metallic one-coater. I did ONE coat here. Just one. It dries to a satin finish which is nice but I knocked it up a notch with Seche Vite. WoW! I absolutely love this polish. For £3.99 this is my last days of summer dreams come true! :)

If you are pernickety about streaks or have very ridged nails, you may need a really good ridge filling base coat. Also be careful to let your base coat dry properly before you apply the polish or you may find it smears the base coat into the polish and makes an unattractive bald patch. I think metallics always work best over a glossy base coat, with a bit of 'slip'.

Yep, definitely a Top Ten of 2015! You can find many of the polishes online on H&M now, but they are launching in stores across the UK soon. In Sweden, the nail polish stands are massive, there must be at least 50 colours? I can't wait til they make it to the H&Ms in Aberdeen! :)

You can see my previous new H&M manicure of "December Dawn" here!

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