Sunday, 31 March 2013

Happy Easter and Mini Egg Style Nails

Just a quick post to say Happy Easter to everyone. Easter is another holiday we don't really celebrate in our house, but we do celebrate the chocolate side of it. That is why I have attempted some (speckled) mini egg nails.

I used OPI San-Tan-Tonio and a tooth pick to add the dots/speckles. Base colours are
Thumb: Barry M Mint Green
Index: Barry M Lemon Ice Cream
Middle: Barry M Strawberry Ice Cream
Ring: Barry M Gelly Prickly Pear
Pinkie: Barry M Blue Moon

The chicks beak and feet were done using Barry M Gelly Papaya and the eyes using W7 Black.

Then I topped it all off with a coat of Rimmel Lycra Pro Matte Finish.

Hope you like them and have a choc-fabulous day.


Thursday, 28 March 2013

Viva La Nails- Nail Polish Swatches and Review

Viva La Nails recently brought out there range of nail polishes which you can check out here.

I wanted to try a few different ones so that I got an idea of what they were like.

Lovely Garden- Electric Yellow

From what I can tell, neons are going to be quite popular this summer and so I thought Electric Yellow would be a good choice.

I couldn't quite capture how bright this polish is, it is much more neon than in the picture above and is a great summery yellow.

The application was good although with a slightly thicker brush it was more difficult to apply in thinner coats, luckily the dry time with this polish was pretty quick so it wasn't much of an issue.

The first coat of the polish dried almost matte which was a nice surprise but unfortunately with every coat, the polish became more shiny, and this polish needed quite a few coats to reach the level of opacity where my nail line didn't show. This picture was of 4 coats and although you can't see it in the picture, my nail line was still quite visible at this point. So, if like me, you want full opacity, I recommend using a base of white to reach it.

The removal was easy and surprisingly there was no stainage which I definitely was not expecting with such a bright yellow colour. It did smear onto the skin but this was fixed with a little bit of polish remover and several hand washes.

I also tried out some of the glitter dust, this is basically just small, loose glitter. I have never used loose glitter on a mani before so this did not go well.

Garden of Colour- Snow White

Next up, i chose Snow White, I love a good white nail polish and I find that normally you can gauge the range on their white polish. Sadly, I was quite disappointed with this polish.

First thing that disappointed me was the low quality brush which you can see below.

The brush felt stiff and had several strands sticking out from the bottom of it, the strands would not pull out so i had to cut them before applying the polish. Not the best of starts.

The formula also seemed a bit dodge, it was gloopy and when trying to apply, it dragged and went patchy and lumpy. Also, I got bubbles instantly on every nail, I thought maybe this was my fault but started all over again 3 times and still got the bubbles. 

The dry time on this polish was quite slow and even worse because I had to apply slightly thicker coats to stop the draggage.

Once dry, the polish didn't look too bad, and I had some of the Viva La Nails water decals, so I added these and it made the mani look very pretty, so it wasn't all bad. 

You can find these decals here

I do like this mani quite a bit. The water decals are a bit finickity to apply but not difficult and this is a quick and simple spring mani.

The removal of Snow White was just the same as any other nail polish and with the decals, there was no difference, the decals remove easily and come off just like a polish.

I'm hoping this was just a bad bottle of the polish, based on the other two I'm convinced it was.

Garden Of Lovely- Truth or Dare

Truth or Dare is not normally a polish I would go for but I thought I would try something a little bit different to the normal ones I get and I'm quite glad I did.

This actually turned out to be my favourite of all 3, which i would not have expected in any way, shape or form. Unfortunately, pictures just would not capture how pretty this one turned out.

It looks very much like a flakie when applied with its different sizes of glitter, the larger sizes seems to group in a way that makes it look like a hand cut piece. The glitter placement was pretty good.

Truth or Dare is a coppery/bronzey/brown with pinky undertones and the glitter is bronze with flashes of gold and green in certain lights. I tried to capture this in a bottle shot.

The formula was much better than the other 2, and dry time was very quick, but there was no dragging. the polish went on evenly with no patches or visible brush strokes but it did take 3 coats to be fully opaque, especially around the open edge of my nail, which seemed to be the problem area. It finished smooth, with no raised glitter or bumpiness.

Clean up was easy even in areas where I had flooded the cuticles, although the bits of glitter did hang around. Which leads me onto removal, this was a bit of a pain in the ass, the polish seemed to smear, and even when all the polish was gone, all of the glitter remained on my nails. Even after washing my hands several times, the glitter was everywhere.

Overall, these polishes are ok, they are around the average high street price of nail polishes @ £3.95 but they do have quite a range of colours. they also have Crackle polishes for £3.95 and Soak off Gel Polishes @ the higher price of £6.95.

I much prefer the Lovely Garden bottles and brushes to the Garden of Colour bottles as brushes as they don't feel as cheap and I would much prefer to have the names of the polishes on the bottles.

Viva La Nails have quite a nice range of decals and glitters available at great prices and don't forget to check out their Deal of the Day.


Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Barry M Textured- Kingsland Road and Atlantic Road

Back in February I bought Station Road and Ridley Road from the Barry M Textured range and absolutely loved them, you can see the swatches and review here. I mentioned in that post, that I may or may not buy at least one of the other 2 from the range. Of course, I caved and bought both of them. If you've been reading lately, you'll know that I am completely in love with the textured trend and want every single polish I can get my hands on that has a texture. 

So, these 2 polishes are Kingsland Road and Atlantic Road.

Kingsland Road is the one I wasn't too sure about, yes, because it's pink, but it's really not bad at all. 

Kingsland Road
It's a pretty pale/baby pink and is very subtle in colour. The polish applied well and dried very quickly, which meant that the effect appeared quickly too.

Atlantic Road
Atlantic Road is a pastel sky blue and reminds me of Barry M Blueberry Ice Cream give or take a shade. I had no problems with application, although once completely dry, it did seem a bit patchy (probably my application).

Both of these pictures show 2 coats of polish. The formula's are a bit runny compared to the normal Barry M Nail Paints.

Removal is easier than I anticipated and is somewhere about half way in between removing a normal nail polish and a glitter nail polish. Adding any top coat with these does take away the textured finish but as you can see, these have a slight shine to them anyway.

At the moment, the only colours available in the range are Kingsland Road, Atlantic Road. Station Road and Ridley Road, but I am holding out hopes that they bring out some darker shades in the near future.

These are available for £3.99 each from Barry MSuperdrug and Boots.

How do you feel about the textured trend? What other polishes would you recommend with textured effects?


Thursday, 21 March 2013

Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine Part 2- Spring Collection

I honestly thought I had posted these a while ago but just noticed that it was still a draft post, damn my inferior memory. Better late than never right?

I am loving all these spring colours people are bringing out in the last few months. Honestly, there was a time when I would never even think about using a pastel shade, let alone buying a whole collection, I used to stick to blacks, purples and blues, but you cant drag me away from them now.

The second part of Barry M's Gelly's has 4 Polishes in bright shades for Spring and keep in line with the fast drying, hi-shine polishes from Part 1.

Dragon Fruit

Dragon Fruit is what I would refer to as a Barbie Pink. It's not quite baby pink, it's not quite bright pink, it's kind of inbetweeney. It has a very subtle shimmer, something which none of the others in the range have. This is visible in the bottle but once on the nail, it almost disappears except in direct light.


This was the colour that really caught my eye when these were first announced. It is a gorgeous turquoisey-jade colour and really pops next to any colour. I'm already nearly halfway through this bottle.


Papaya is an orangey-peach colour. When I saw the promo shots for the colours, I was hoping that this was going to be a very light peach colour, but the orange tone to it seems quite prominent. As you can see from the pic, this colour played havoc with my camera (I really want an SLR) but I have no idea why. I'm not too find of this one one its own to be honest.


Lychee is a light nude-beige colour and I have fallen for it something chronic. Although I knew my love for Greenberry was instant, I didn't think I would be excited about this one much, I do love a good nude polish but they don't excite me. That changed when I swatched this one. It is so subtle and creamy and gorgeous, I defy anyone not to love it.

These all apply the same as the last lot of Gelly's, they are shiny but still just as shiny as normal Barry M Nail Paints.

So, as with Part 1, I stamped these over white to see how good they were, and these exceeded my stamping expectations. These are all pastel colours, and in Part 1, the pastel or light shades did not stamp very well at all but these are all pretty great.

Lychee gives this gorgeous subtle stamp to the nail (which has given me a mani idea).
 Papaya was the boldest and stamped really strongly.
Greenberry held its gorgeous colour and still stood out quite well.
Dragon Fruit was the worst stamper of all, it stamped strongly but was not as bold.

Overall, I am really glad I bought all of the Spring Collection and these will get quite a bit of use during the Spring/Summer months.

Have you bought any of the Gelly Nail Paints? Will you be buying any of the Spring Collection?


Tuesday, 19 March 2013

My First Ever OPI's and Glamour Mag Offer

I'm not a magazine junkie, but every now and then, I'll see one on the shelf and just grab it, I pay for it of course, I don't just run out of the store with it. Among a few others, Glamour is one of my go to mags. I bought the April edition a few weeks ago and this leaflet fell out:

Free OPI's, yes please. OPI's are one of the brands, where pretty much every polish they bring out go on my lust list, but unfortunately, they are just too highly priced for me to justify buying them. So this deal was an absolute bargain, 6 issues of Glamour Mag for £6 which is a saving of £6 and 2 free OPI's which depending on where you get them, are around about £10/£11 each.

For some reason, neither the code on the leaflet or in the magazine worked for me, so I went on a little investigation around the Internet. This paid off, and I found an active deal for £6 for 6 magazines and the 2 free OPI nail polishes. However, this deal also seems to have disappeared now, so I went a did a little more investigation, just in case any of you wanted to take advantage of this.

This deal is a little different but the only active one I could find. If you go here (Glamour Mag Website), it will take you to an offer for 3 issues for £1, which is much better than my deal, and you get the OPI nail polishes as well. You can cancel at anytime and will receive the magazines you have already paid for, so I would advise to wait until your £1 has been taken and your free gifts turn up (took about 2 weeks for mine to arrive) then cancel if you want to. Don't forget it can take up to 28 days for you're first magazine to be delivered.

The nail polishes that you receive are OPI I Eat Mainely Lobster and San-Tan-Tonio.

I Eat Mainely Lobster is a gorgeous pinky coral with a very subtle shimmer.

Every shot I took of it came out more orange than the true colour but I think this will be a great (possibly toe) colour for the summer. One thing I would warn of, is that I had this on for 2 days, I used a base coat and it stained my nails quite badly so might be worth using a thicker base coat or 2 coats of base.

The shimmer doesn't really show once on the nails, but I'm sure this would change in direct sunlight.
So here is a shot of the shimmer in the bottle.

San-Tan-Tonio is a creamy, caramel chocolate type colour and makes me think about caramel hot chocolate or brownies, nom.

This is one of those nail polishes that looks a different shade of brown in every type of light. Sometimes it can look a really dark brown and sometimes it looks like this.

I can see why OPI is so popular with the nail community, the application was really easy, even with a slightly thicker brush than what I am used to. The polishes are really pigmented and so you can get away with one coat if you are in a rush (I recommend 2 thin coats for even coverage) and the dry time is pretty quick. And of course, the finish is great, very shiny and smooth.

Definitely take advantage of this offer if you are in the UK (Below the address you can click if you live internationally but I don't know if you get the free OPI's) and don't already own these 2 polishes, it's a massive saving not to mention a proper bargain. Apparently, offers like this come up quite often so I will keep any eye out for others in the future.


Sunday, 17 March 2013

St. Patrick's Day

I had a really elaborate St Patrick's Day mani all planned out for today's post, but when it came to doing it, I wanted to do something different. So I did. I kept it pretty simple with a bit of sparkle.

Polishes used- Barry M Matt White, Pink Iridescent and Spring Green.
Rimmel I Love Lasting Finish Orange your Life
And W7 Green Dazzle.
I also used some of these green 'glequins' (as dubbed by Sammy @ Nailasaurus)

I really like how this turned out, I love a good green and although i have had Barry M Spring Green for a while, I don't think i have ever used it. Isn't it lush?

The one thing I would change if i could be bothered, is my ring finger. My free hand Shamrock is an abomination, worse still, in my head i was doing a 3 leaf shamrock (to signify St.Patrick's explanation of the Holy Trinity) but somehow managed to do a four leafed one. 

Hope you like it, now go out, drink and be merry.


Thursday, 14 March 2013

What's in my March GlossyBox?

Well, as you can see, this month's theme for the GlossyBox is 'Get City Chic', I've had a look around t'interwebs over the last few days to see what others got and thought about this month's box, and a lot of people are saying they really like this box and that it's possibly the best box they have ever had from GlossyBox. I have to say, I don't really agree, I'm not disappointed in the products, I'm just not blown away by the grouping. In the last 6 months, I have had a few really good boxes and this one just isn't up to par. There was a little bit of disappointment but I'll moan about that at the bottom.

Right, back to the them, it's all about getting that glossy, groomed, city girl look, and lets be honest, we would all love to clean the house, cook food, pick up the kids, do the shopping, then come out the other side still looking like the picture perfect city, business woman, never works like that thought does it?

Along with the little Info sheet that comes in each months box, a little GlossyBox 'Black Book of Travel' has been included.

This little book is pretty fab if you do a lot of travelling. Each GlossyBox office has their city in the book and they have put together a great list of  places to visit if you're ever in their city. It's a very interesting little book.

Just as an example, here is the page or the UK.

In the middle of the book, there are these cute little travel themed stickers, which I am going to use to decorate a box or board when I get round to it.

OK, lets move onto the the products.

Elizabeth Arden: Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant Fragrance Free- A tried and tested classic, this is every girl on the go's must-have staple. Created in 1930 by Elizabeth Arden to soothe and protect your skin, Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant was an instant success and has been one of the UK beauty Editors favourite product for the past 7 years! A little goes a long way with this intensive moisturiser, so enjoy it sparingly.

RRP: £25 for 50ml. I received 7ml.

Shop for this product @ Boots.

Creams are good, I like a good face cream, this is a jelly like cream, and they are right, the tiniest amount seems to spread all over, but I still don't expect I will get much use out of a 7ml sample. It seems to have the faintest of smells but I cant honestly describe what it smells like.

Nails Inc; Bruton Street- Bruton Street, nestled in the middle of London's Mayfair and home to the likes of Stella McCartney, Matthew Williamson, upmarket resteraunt Hakkasan, antiques dealers and contemporary art galleries. In short: sophisticated with more than a touch of glamour. just like the nail polish Nails Inc has named after the street: a dusky pink nude shade that is perfect for a cosmopolitan, everyday look!

RRP: £11 or 10ml. I received 4ml.
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Yay, I do love it when a nail polish is put in the box, although it's another pink, GlossyBox seem to like their pinks and reds a little too much, but it's also a Nails Inc which is good because I wouldn't be able to afford them otherwise. I'm probably going to try this polish at some point because it says it's a nude pink but other than that it will probably go in my emergency polish in my handbag with the other Nails Inc mini that came in my November GlossyBox

L'Occitane En Provence: Brightening Hand Care SPF15- No matter how much you protect your face and neck with luxury skincare and SPF, it's your hands that will give you away with age spots and wrinkles if you don't look after them. Which is why we have one of L'Occitane's brightening hand creams in every handbag and by every sink. A non-oily lotion that firms and smoothes the skin, reduces the appearance of age spots and protects against UV damage with filters to protect you hands from sun damage, this is a must-have for every woman, irrespective of her age.

RRP: £19 for 75ml. I received 15ml.
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This cream has quite a nice texture to it, it smoothed well into my skin, but it does smell quite funky. I'm not sure how often I will use this just because I don't like the smell.

Tresemme: Salon Finish Extra Hold Hairspray- Tired of creating salon-worthy hair that doesn't last throughout your busy day? So were we, until we discovered Tresemme Salon Finish Extra Hold Hairspray. With a fast drying professional performance formula, this hero hairspray provides all day flexible control with long lasting extra firm hold that is humidity resistant and brushes out with ease. What's not to love?

RRP: £4.69 for 500ml. I received 100ml.
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I'm not a hairspray fan at all. Why do I feel like I am breaking some kind of female cardinal rule by saying that? It makes my head/hair feel  icky, so I just never want to go back to using it. Regardless of that though, I have used other products from the Tresemme range on my hair, and I have never been disappointed, and this is a good handbag/overnight bag sized can.

Jelly Pong Pong Cosmetics: Lip Blush- Want to make a bold statement? A juicy lip stain and moisturiser in one, Jelly Pong Pong Cosmetic's lip blush is an effective multi-tasker, and a must have for any girl on the go. Beeswax and ceresin wax, create a sheer, smooth application.

RRP: £12 for 2.5g. I received 2.5g.

This is the only product that I really don't like. Yes, it's red, and you know I'm not a big fan of red, but just for experiments sake, I tried this on my lips, it dragged on the lips, so application was terrible and tbh, it didn't feel moisturising at all. Plus, I looked like a tool wearing red on my lips.

So that is it for the items I received, the overall value based on my rough calculations, makes the value of this box around about £24.63 which is more than double the cost of the GlossyBox so it's a pretty good haul.

At the beginning, I told you that I was a little disappointed in some element of this months box, I'm going to tell you now what it was.

Glossyboxes are very cute and each one I have had, has turned up immaculate, OK, maybe, sometimes, a little bit shaken up by the delivery of it, but this month, it was much different.

This month, it just looked like the person who put my box together couldn't be arsed and just threw it all together. The ribbon was barely tied, the tissue paper wrapped around it was too small.

The sticker as just stuck on in any old place, instead of  placed in the bottom corner holding the edges together. And the tissue paper was ripped. 

I know I don't pay or the visual aspect of the box, I pay for the products but each box so far has been well put together and I worry that if a company stop giving a shit about certain things, then it's not long before they stop giving a shit about the whole thing.

Has anyone else had their box turn up in a less than perfect condition? So that's my moan over.

Did you receive anything different in your box? What do think of this months box?