Showing posts with label Nails. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Nails. Show all posts

Monday, 7 December 2015

Barry M Nail Paint Shades [Winter 2015]

With British beauty brand as my go-to destination for nails I always rely on their products when decorating my digits. As all of the Barry M Nail Paints are great quality and available for under £5 it makes them so easy to add to my ever-growing polish collection. As I have a few favourites, I've rounded up the 5 shades I love to wear during the festive season here.

Nail Paints left to right: in Espresso (£3.99) | Glitter in Gold (limited edition) | Jewel Glitter in Yellow Topaz (£2.99) | Hi Shine in Blueberry (£3.99) | Hi Shine in Cocoa (£3.99) 

I love mixing black and gold tones this time of year so the matte black and glittery gold nail paints here are essential for me. I love the opaque glittery gold shade most and this polish makes it easy to add a little sparkle to my talons. It's a shame it's a limited edition as I'd definitely pick up another (I received it free after spending a certain amount on Barry M in Boots). The jewel speckled glitter polish has a transparent base so your natural nail is partially visible after adding a coat or two. However, it's perfect for layering over other shades to make them a little more festive. I also like to paint a little of this just over the tips of my nails for a effortless mani.

As a break from the typical black, grey and navy tones I tend to wear during this season I'll opt for the icy Blueberry or Cocoa brown shades. Both are from the Gelly Hi Shine range which gives a beautifully glossy finish. Whereas Cocoa is matched easily with most of my casual attire, Blueberry tends to be reserved for when I want a pop of colour when I'm dressed in all black or monochrome outfits.

I definitely have a few more Barry M favourites which I could have added to this post and I've got my eye on a few from the Collection to buy next!

Have you tried Barry M products?

Christine Stewart x

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Monday, 5 October 2015

Top 5 Autumn/Fall 2015 Nail Shades

I love nail polish but it rarely makes it on to my fingernails as I don't like the slightest smudging or chipping which can occur after a couple of days of wear. I've recently discovered nail wraps (see ) but I still wear polish on my toes often as I'm less worried about the polish staying 'perfect'. With the change in season it's these tones I've been relying on the most.

From left to right - Colour Carnival Nail Polish in Red (023), Max Effect Mini Nail Polish in Intense Plum (24), Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Paint in Plum (248), Lasting Finish Polish in Block Your Green (700) and Quick Dry Nail Lacquer in Taupe Brown (816).

Rich tones are usually my go-to for this time of year. Deep plums, purples and earthy browns are typically my favourite colours to wear but I've been loving wearing emerald green recently too. I haven't bought new nail shades in a while as I'm trying to minimise my nail polish collection so these are tried and tested favourites. All of them are easy to apply, last fairly well and are opaque with two coats.

What nail shades do you like to wear this time of year?

Christine Stewart x

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Sunday, 7 December 2014

My Top 5 Glitter Nail Polishes

I'm not much of a glitter fan, but this time of year it's hard not to get caught up in the festive spirit and paint my talons with a little sparkle. These are my favourite polishes for this season:

(from left to right) Color Craze Nail polish in Aqua Crystals | Paint in 343 (Ltd Edition) | Color Craze Nail polish in Goddess | Nail Pop in Sequin Effect 24 | Nail polish in Just Blue Much

I mostly love wearing glitter polishes as a top coat and as a result most of the shimmery polishes I have are subtle and sheer. I have a few L.A Colours nail polishes in varying glitter tones but Goddess and Aqua Crystals are my go-to varnishes to finishing off my mani. I also love using Look Beauty's Nail Pop in Sequin Effect as a top coat as it's packed with fine metallic flakes, leaving a gorgeous lasting shimmer on my nails.

The other two shades shown are for when I really want my nails to stand out. The Barry M Nail Paint in 343 is a limited edition polish I picked up in Boots last year which screams Christmas to me. The effect isn't strictly 'glitter' in the traditional sense and instead rather reminiscent of strips of tinsel. This particular polish takes a lot of layering if you want to get the full effect but it's so worth the results. H&M's glitter polish is the latest addition to my collection and feels just a festive. I love the multi-coloured specks of glitter running throughout a cool blue base and the polish can be layered to create an ombre effect.

Tips for wearing glitter polish:

- Wear a good base coat, preferably one that peels off, as glitter nail polish is notoriously difficult to remove.
- Try glitter nail tips if you don't fancy full-on sparkle. This is one of my favourite ways to wear glitter nail polish.
- Make your glitter polish a feature by painting just one nail from each hand with a glitter polish and using a plain shade for your other nails.
- Use sheer glitter polishes as a top coat to give your favourite year round shades a festive twist.

Do you wear glitter nail polish?

Christine Stewart x

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Thursday, 6 November 2014

NOTD | Rimmel Manchester I Love Lasting Finish Polish

I've not been wearing a lot of nail polish lately, and when I have the shades have been dark and autumnal. I decided to switch it up this week with this in Get It While It's Hot £2.99 which I picked up from .

It's a tanned nude which works perfectly for my skintone. It's quite a summery shade but I couldn't resist as I love a good nude nail polish. It took 2-3 coats to get the finish completely opaque and, whilst I'm usually too impatient to take the time to apply this many coats, the result made it worthwhile.

I did chip the corner of one nail after two days unfortunately but I forgot to apply a top coat to make the polish last longer. Next time I'll try this shade with a glitter topcoat or gold tips to prevent any chips and give my mani a festive twist.

Overall, it's a great colour and a great price so it's a winner for me.

Have you tried anything by Rimmel Manchester?

Christine Stewart x

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Saturday, 19 July 2014

NOTD | Topshop Matte Nails in Easy Peasy

I picked up this Matte Nail Polish in Easy Peasy (£6) the other week from their Oxford Street store and I love how it looks on. I've never really been a fan of matte nails and it was hard to resist putting my usual shiny topcoat on these but I've really warmed to the flat finish.

If you've ever been to the Topshop store in Oxford Street Manchester, you'll know there's huge selection of nail colours. I'm not sure what made me pick up this dusty grey amongst the shelves of glittery, bright and metallic shades but I was just drawn to it. I've mentioned a few times on my blog that I prefer more muted tones, though I am trying to be a little more adventurous in general with my style. That doesn't mean I'll stop wearing what I love most though and this nail polish suits me to a tee.

What have you been wearing on your nails recently?

Christine Stewart x

Monday, 30 June 2014

NOTD | Ciate Caviar Polish by Marie Claire

I love a magazine freebie, especially of the nail polish variety, and I was excited to see this Ciate Manchester Caviar Manicure Mini duo included with this months Marie Claire UK (July 2014 edition).

There were several different colours included with the July issue, though admittedly stock was limited to the Sugar Plum nail colour and Ice Queen Caviar (pictured above) at my local Asda. The magazine was reduced to £2.50 so I can only assume that's what led the stand to look a little bare by the time I had got to it.

I've never tried this brand before or a caviar type of polish. The 'caviar pearls' (which are tiny coloured beads) put an interesting twist on my usual mani. I did imagine all sorts of mishaps when applying the caviar pearls but it was a lot easier than I thought it would be.

You start off by painting all of your nails with one coat of polish and allow that to dry. Then you apply a second coat and, whilst it's still wet, pour over the caviar pearls and carefully press them down into the polish to make them stick. After my nails were fully dry, I finished off by applying a top coat at the bottom edge of the nail to make the beads more secure. If a top coat is applied over the whole of the nail it can remove the colour of the beads.

The result was really pretty and though I love pastel colours I just didn't think it suited me. I think it's because I'm so used to wearing quite safe and muted colours. I'm also really picky with nail polish - if there's the slightest chip, bubble or streakiness I often end up taking the whole thing off and starting again. Initially the beads seemed to stay on my nails quite well, but after washing my hands several times some of the beads fell off which just made me want to remove it. 

It was definitely cool to try this and if I find out a way to make this last longer I would definitely try it again, but maybe with a darker colour. 

Have you tried a caviar nail polish before? 

Christine Stewart x

Monday, 19 May 2014

NOTD | nails inc. polish by InStyle Magazine

InStyle magazine (UK) has teamed up with nails inc. again and created the Brazilian collection for the June issue. A free nail polish stated to be worth £11 comes with each copy this month. There are 3 colours to choose from - Copacabana Coral, Sugarloaf Sunset and Sao Paulo Streets.

I bought the June issue for £2.50 - a deal exclusive to Tesco, and I went for Sao Paulo Streets which is a gorgeous dusty violet. I've only just got around to using it since getting the magazine a couple of weeks ago. The colour is very similar to essie in Neo Whimsical but ever so slightly more on the purple side. I probably should have gone for the other two colours in the Brazilian collection (pink and coral) as I don't own anything similar, but I can never quite seem to push myself out of my comfort zone.

I don't have many nails inc. polishes, and admittedly most of the ones I own have come free with a copy of InStyle, but I'm always impressed at the finish which is super glossy. The magazine also came with a 25% off code at until 4 June 2014 which I'll be taking advantage of - I've got my eye on the floral polishes!

Have you tried nails inc. polish? 

Christine Stewart x

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

NOTD | Barry M Nail Paint Mushroom

I've been on the hunt lately for the perfect brown nude shade and I may have finally found it.

The polish is Nail Paint in Mushroom (310). I think half of my talon stash is Barry M as I love their selection of different colours and effects for a very reasonable price. I bought 'Mushroom' the other day which is like a rich taupe. I love love love muted tones and this seems to go with most of my outfits given that my wardrobe is lacking much colour currently.

What nail polish have you tried lately?

Christine Stewart x

Saturday, 22 March 2014

NOTD | Maybelline Color Show Mauve Kiss

This is just a quick post on my current nail of the day (NOTD). I'm wearing Maybelline Color Show Nail Lacquer in 150 Mauve Kiss (£2.99). It's a a very muted purple and not usually something I'd wear but I absolutely love this colour. Originally I was looking for something more brown based for a nude nail colour but this caught my eye whilst browsing Boots the other day. I also bought 381 Love this Sweater which is a very similar shade but more on the pink side.

I haven't bought much from Maybelline since my teens and I know it's a hugely popular drugstore brand but I have no idea how good their makeup is currently. The prices of the nail lacquers are very affordable and it only took two coats to get a perfect coverage. So far there's been no chipping either and I didn't bother with a base or top coat like I normally do when applying this polish. I'll definitely be picking up a few more shades of this polish in the soon.

Have you tried anything by Maybelline?

Christine Stewart x