Tuesday, 30 September 2014

My picks from the Barry M A/W Gellys

I'm a big fan of the Barry M Gelly collections, I don't think you can go wrong with them. The formula's are fantastic, they are super pigmented, the dry time is great and they finish to a glossy high shine.

For the most part, in previous releases, I have bought nearly the whole collection, but with so many releases from Barry M this Autumn/Winter, I have had to be very selective and tighten my purse strings a little, much to the dismay of the polish addict in me.

So for the A/W Gelly releases, I chose Mustard, Cardamom and Chai. All the photos show swatches without top coat. 

Mustard is spot on true to its name and is a gorgeous mustard-yellow creme. 

When I saw swatches of this before I bought it, it looked a lot more yellow but in reality, it swings slightly over to the orangey side.

Photo shows 2 coats and although it was a teeny tiny bit streaky after the first coat, the second coat sorted this right out.

I decided to add a little hot dog on one nail because when I think of mustard I think of hot dogs.

Cardamom is a gorgeous mid green. It's one of those greens that are tough to describe but if I had to, I would describe it as a forest green.

Again, the photo shows 2 coats, but with Cardamom, I would say you could probably get away with 1 coat, I only did 2 because there was a slight vnl.

The design on my ring finger is my attempt at a cardamom flower because the more I look at it, the less obvious it becomes.

Chai is a lovely standard grey creme and is actually slightly lighter in reality than shows in my photo. 

Photo shows 2 coats but like Cardamom, you could easily get away with 1 coat.

The nail art is a little cup of tea, as in chai tea. I'll admit, that I have no idea what Chai Tea is or tastes like but I like normal tea so yeah, tea!

With the Barry M Gellys, because they are so pigmented and opaque, I always like to see how they stamp and minus my clear fail at stamping, they are perfect, look how bold those colours are, especially Mustard.

I'm definitely glad that these are colours I picked from the release, yellow and grey are 2 of my favourite colours in nail polishes and I think had I not picked any of these colours then I would probably be lusting after them, where as with the reds and browns I'm not really that fussed either way.

Are there any from the recent Barry M releases that you are lusting after? 


Sunday, 28 September 2014

Wind Blows... Fire Burns... Rain Falls... The Fifth Element Nails

The Fifth Element has long been one of my very favourite movies and for years I have been trying to get the Man to watch it with me, finally this week he did and he loved it. I don't want to say I told you so but I really did over and over again.

So to commemorate this occasion, I decided to do some Fifth Element nails.

To do the stones I used the saran wrap/cling film method and the colours I used were Barry M Lychee, Barry M Mushroom, Models Own Nude Beige and OPI San-Tan-Tonio. I then drew on the lines freehand with my trusted laundry pen. I topped that all off with one coat of Seche and one coat of OPI Matte topcoat.

Excuse this whole hand shot that makes my hand look really weird, but this was the best shot I could get showing the other half of my thumb. 

For the thumb I used Barry M BLE 2013, Barry M Gelly Chai (Swatches coming soon) Barry M Matt white and the Barry M Nail Art Pen for the details. Again, topped with a coat of Seche and a coat of OPI Matte topcoat.

What is your favourite movie and have you done any nails to match? What movie would you like to see interpreted onto nails?

Hope you are all having a fab weekend.


Friday, 26 September 2014

Loot Crate: Galactic

Ah yes, Loot Crate day is upon us once again, I do love me some Loot Crate. This month as you have likely deduced the theme is Galactic. The artwork as usual is fab.

I especially loved this little bit on the first page. This month was another great box and even though I am not a fan of most of the TV Shows/Movies featured in this box, the actual items themselves were still awesome and will still have a place in my Nerd Corner. I do give 'mad props' (oh yeah, I'm one of the 'cool' kids) to Loot Crate, even with that fact, I can appreciate how great the items are and how a true fan of these shows would be pretty stoked with this box. The items are still pretty funky though.

So I'm going to show you this months collectable pin badge, using the art from the magazine cover seems to be the norm now, I don't think it was when I signed up at the beginning of the year but I can't be 100%.

I've popped a jump in because this post is quite long, click the jump to see what was in the box.

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Born Pretty Textured Look Full Nail Water Decals

Full nail water decals are pretty much a pain in the ass for me, I'm so clumsy most of the time, that I find it very difficult to not rip or smoosh them. Me being me though, I keep punishing myself to try and improve with them.

I loved the look of these Born Pretty Store textured look full nail decals and really wanted to give them a go, they looked like a little packet of nail art.

On this sheet you get 2 of each different size and there are 6 different sizes in all. This basically gives you enough for each hand and 2 spares in case you royally mess any up.

So full nail water decals are pretty much the same as full nail wraps, they are pre-cut sizes and shapes and they cover your whole nail, if they are too big you can cut them down to size or use a clean up brush with some acetone or polish remover to tidy them up. Apart from the obvious water decal/sticker wrap difference, the main one to note is that water decals are much more fragile than wraps. With wraps you can stretch and pull them to fit the nail but with water decals you have to kind of smooth them gently.

That is where I tend to go wrong. I always, always end up messing them up somehow, but, even though this time was no different, I have improved a little.

Here is my main attempt. My index finger went a little bit wrong and looks a weird shape near the cuticle and if you look closely, you will see a large split on the ring finger nail and a few minor issues on other nails, but I'm fairly impressed with how well I did.

Talking about the decals themselves: in terms of water decals they are fantastic. They are quite thick for water decals giving them a little extra in the toughness department. They slid well off the backing after being in water for minimal time. There was no colour run and they were easy to place and manoeuvre into the right position quickly before they dried too much.

This photo shows them with a top coat of Seche Vite over them, when this was applied they did no wrinkle or curl which can sometimes happen with larger water decals.

I then removed 3 of the wraps (thumb, index and pinkie) and added some glitter and stamping. The decals were really easy to remove, they came off just like nail polish and with a few swipes of the cotton there was no sign of them.

Then I added a coat of OPI Matte top coat and wish I hadn't taken any of the decals off because they look awesome once they are matte.

So all in all, the decals were great and my skill level is slowly but surely improving.

If you like these decals and want to buy some for yourself, you can get them from Born Pretty Store here for £1.21 ($1.99) and while you are there, check out the new arrivals section because you can get 10% off your entire order if you enter my code CBAQ10 at checkout

Have you tried any nail products that you have struggled with but it seems like everyone else has no problems with them or are there any Born Pretty products that you would recommend?


The decals in this post were sent to me for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own, honest opinions.

Monday, 22 September 2014

Born Pretty Fluorescent/Neon Water Decals

After using the Born Pretty Store Fluorescent studs to do my Tetrish! mani, I've kind of developed a little bit of a fascination with the fluorescent stuff on the Born Pretty Store.

So today I have these fluorescent water decals. This massive sheet of decals contains 11 sets. For each set, the number of decals you get varies due to sizes of the decals, but each set has at least 30 decals, all of them with glowy goodness. It is all on one sheet but I have split it into 2 photos so you can see the sets a bit better.

The paint splatters really stood out for me, I instantly had a mani in mind for them. 

I started with a base of Barry M Matt White and on my thumb I used OPI San-Tan-Tonio to do the shape of a painters palette, which I outlined using Barry M Black Nail Art Pen. 

I then used 17 of the paint splatter decals.

The decals were fantastic. They are all individually cut and shaped (most of the Born Pretty Decals seem to be now), after a few seconds in the water, the decals slid off easily, they did not crumple or fold, and placed easily and flat. 

With the colours being so vibrant I fully expected the colours to run after they had been in the water, nope, they were perfect and the colours did not wash out either. 

The decals on my thumb didn't stand out as well as those on the white base but they are still visible over darker colours, they just don't look neon. Until you shine a UV light over them that is.

Here are the nails with the UV torch shining directly onto them, it kind of looks a little bit like fireworks, or some kind of glowing sea creature. It looks so awesome.

This is how they look in just the sort of side glow of the UV torch. 

This massive sheet of decals is available here for £3.65 ($5.97), these would make for some fantastic, glowy Halloween nail art.

Don't forget, you can also get 10% off your entire order by using my code CBAQ10 at checkout and it is free postage anywhere in the world, if you are looking to get some Halloween goodies order soon to get them on time, check out the awesome Halloween section here.


The water decals in this post were sent to me for a honest review. All opinions expressed are my own honest opinion.

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Granny's Plates with Born Pretty Floral Water Decals

I'm finding out more and more lately, that I am actually really bad at time management and organising myself, especially this week as I am doing a City and Guilds Customer Services Course, nothing massive, just a little level 1 qualification, but I am honestly struggling to manage anything when it has finished for the day. Mainly because I'm getting horrible headaches afterwards, I think it might have something to do with the lighting in the building.

Although I have been keeping my nails different each day and nicely polished, I haven't been doing anything extravagant, just a glitter on top of a nice autumnal colour. So because we finished a little early today, and because I had no appointments or anything this afternoon, I decided to try and catch up on some of my Born Pretty Store items. 

Today I have used these pretty blue floral water decals. It might just be me, but the moment I saw the pattern, it really reminded me of the china set that ever Granny seemed to have when I was growing up, it was always 'the good set' and was normally on display somewhere safe out of reach of tiny, destructive hands.

So here is what I did with them. 

There are 4 different designs and you get 4 of each one. I have used 3 different ones on this mani.

Like the cute cat decals I tried before, each decal is individually cut so no fiddly cutting to deal with. 

They took only a few seconds in the water until they slid right off the backing, there was no colour run, which I have had before with decals that have vibrant colours. They lay flat really nicely and on the 3 nails in the middle I had no creases at all, yes the thumb and pinkie was a different story, I used the same design on both and I was being really finickity with it and wanted them to go a certain way, so this was my fault and not an issue with the decals.

I topped it all with a coat of Seche Vite and there was no curling from the decals at all. 

I do love a white mani and the simplicity of adding bright, floral decals to give a pop of nail art has always been something I am fond of.

You can buy these decals from Born Pretty Store here for £1.76 ($2.86) and if you are doing a little shop, you can use my code CBAQ10 at checkout for 10% off your entire basket. 

Did these decals remind you of your Granny's best china set?


The water decals in this post were sent to me for review. All opinions expressed are my own honest opinions. 

Friday, 12 September 2014

Destiny Nails

If you haven't heard of Destiny, then where have you been? It is a video game, one of the biggest releases of the year and it launched on Tuesday. 

I have been feeling a little tired and under the weather this week and decided to cheer myself up by doing a challenging mani, Destiny was my choice.

Click the jump for more

Monday, 8 September 2014


I recently bought some fluorescent studs from Born Pretty and since they arrived, all I could think about doing with them was a Tetris Mani. So that's what I did, ish!

Not all the colours were right and at one point I think I made an L tetrimino blue instead of orange, hence the post name Tetrish.

This mani was made even more awesome because they glow, not quite glow in the dark, but they glow under UV light. The dark and glowy photo has not been edited, that is actually exactly how they look when under UV light in the dark.

Of course, with all stud mani's, you get the increased risk that when you add the top coat you will get bubbles everywhere, and that i did, as far as the eye can see. 

Can you think of any other pixel type stuff that could be done with these studs?


Thursday, 4 September 2014

Eclectic Eccentricity: You're On My Wavelength Einstein Necklace

No nail stuff today. Today I really wanted to show you this Eclectic Eccentricity You're on my Wavelength Einstein Necklace. I won this from a giveaway that Naomi from Bewitchery ran about 2 months ago, she always runs the best giveaways, and I was so shocked and excited when Naomi announced that I had won. So yeah, this is a bit of a brag post, it's not often that I win stuff so I'm allowed to brag a little.

I received the necklace about 2 weeks ago and it's so freaking adorkable I just about died when I opened the package.

The 'wavelength' is gold plated and measures about 51mm and hangs on an 18 inch gold plated chain, which is the perfect length for this necklace. The tiny Einstein measures 16mm and sits above the 'Wavelength' and even though he is tiny, he looks so detailed.

This necklace has definitely, instantly become a treasured piece of jewellery and everytime I take it out of the box I just fall in love with it more. If you love it too, (and how can you not?) you can buy one here for £16.50.

I encourage you to have a look at Eclectic Eccentricity and their other items, they have some gorgeous jewellery, my favourite is this Perfect Alignment Solar System Necklace, it is a little it out of my price range at £55 but it is absolutely beautiful.

Also, follow Bewitchery Blog, it is one of my favourite blogs and one of the few that I have been reading the longest. Naomi covers stuff from Food to Fashion, oh and she is awesome.


Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Swatch: Freckles Polish Caipiriniha

Yes, another swatch post, I am being quite lazy with the blog at the moment, mainly because I have a serious addiction to Diablo 3 and Diablo 3 UEE so I am switching between PC and PS4 constantly but playing the same game. It might subside soon but whilst my addiction is ongoing I still want to post something and swatches of my most recent buys seemed like the best plan.

Lately, I have been on the look out for new indie polishes to buy, I even had a little ask on Twitter but no one answered :( then I saw these swatches on My Mint Nails and instantly went to Freckles Polish Etsy store to buy at least one polish.

So next up on the swatch list is Freckles Polish Caipiriniha, this is a green holographic polish from the Happy Hour Collection and even without the holo (which you know I love) the green is a gorgeous foresty type green.

Application was fab, although it took 3 coats to get it opaque, it was very, very sheer on the first coat so it could potentially be used as a holographic topcoat on certain colours.

All photos are 3 coats with NO topcoat.

The formula was perfect and dry time is pretty quick, even on the 3rd coat.

Clean up was easy, however, as with all holo polishes, I ended up with holo glitter all over my fingers and cuticles.

I wore this polish for about 4 days. Remembering that I did not put a topcoat over the polish, on the 2nd day, I started getting a bit of tip wear on a few nails on my right hand and by the 4th day, there was about half the polish missing on my right index finger. I do recommend using a topcoat if you want it to last longer than 2 days.

Removal was really easy, it did take a few extra swipes with the cotton to get rid of all the glitter, but this is the same as all glitter and holo polishes and as expected, because it is green, it was a little bit stainy so I also recommend using a good base coat.

Sadly, when I swatched this one, the sun decided it didn't want to come out and play, which is fairly typical in good ol' Blighty, nonetheless, even with barely any sun, in the above photo you can see that holo peeking through.

I have already picked out a few more Freckles Polishes I want to buy, most of them from the Happy Hour Collection.

I bought the mini of Caipiriniha which was £3.50 but there doesn't seem to be any of these left, the full sized Caipiriniha is £6.50 and you can find that here.