31 January 2018

Review: Barry M - Matte Topcoat

In the past I have owned ELF Matte and Asda's George Matte top coats. My one from Asda had been used up and I decided to try out Barry M's offering.


Colour: Smoky but clear
Finish: Matte
Opacity: One Coat
Brush Type: Flat, Rounded Cuticle
How Much? 10ml

 

I really like this matte topcoat, it does what it is supposed to do and the brush is ideal for me. I will repurchase this once I have finished this bottle.


Swatch: OPI - Gift of Gold Never Gets Old

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Colour: Gold
Finish: Metallic
Opacity: Two Coats
How Much? 3.75ml

30 January 2018

Nails: Stars


Base Polish: OPI - Alcatraz... Rocks
Stamping Polish: Barry M - Silver Foil Effect
Stamping Plate: QA79

29 January 2018

Swatch: Nails Inc - The Mane Attraction

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Colour: Blackened Blue Green
Finish: Duochrome
Opacity: Three Coats
Brush Type: Flat, Wide, Rounded Cuticle
How Much? 15ml

28 January 2018

Swatch: OPI - Princesses Rule

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Colour: Pink
Finish: Shimmer
Opacity: Three Coats Shown
How Much? 3.75ml

27 January 2018

Stamping Plate: Bundle Monster Holiday Collection H16 (BMH16)

Bundle Monster have a collection called the 'Holiday Collection' which consists of 25 different plates.

H16 is a Valentine's Day themed plate.

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This stamping plate is backed with branded backing, so it doesn't have sharp edges, each plate has six images on them. This particular plate has two full nail images and four smaller images.

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All of the images stamped across well and I quite like the flowers with little hearts above them.

Here is a set of nails I did using this plate:

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You can see all of the nail art I used this plate in here.

26 January 2018

#NailCraziesUnite: Winter Animals

I thought that foxes were often seen as winter animals, I used a tutorial from OneNailToRuleThemAll for the fox itself.

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Polishes Used:
Grey | A England - Jane Morris
White | W7 - White
Orange | Barry M - Blood Orange
Black | Make Up Gallery - Midnight Black

Dotting Tools
000 Paint Brush

25 January 2018

Swatch: Barry M - Fondant

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Colour: Light Pink, Purple Undertone
Finish: Cream
Opacity: Two Coats
Brush Type: Flat, Wide, Rounded Cuticle
How Much? 10ml

24 January 2018

Review: Barry M - So Cute-icle (Cuticle Oil)

After using up my Leighton Denny Slick Tips pen I needed a new cuticle oil. As you can't see how much you have left of that pen I needed something I could buy in store, so I ended up buying Barry M's cuticle oil.


So Cute-icle comes in a 10ml nail polish style bottle

The brush is flat, wide and rounded at the tip

Coconut scented


What did I like?
+ See through packaging so you know when you will run out
+ Convenient packaging
+ Liquid-y formula so gets in to the cuticle areas
+ Heavy and moisturising oil

What did I not like?
- The black writing on the lid comes off really easily leaving black smudges on your hands
- The brush bristles are quite stiff, which is good for polish application but not so much for oil
- Very strong coconut scented
+ Not the right packaging for on the go
+ Intense formula which isn't good for on the go

Overall
This is an okay cuticle oil, I like to use it while I am sitting not really doing much as it can get everywhere. I still need to use a cuticle cream for more heavy duty moisturisation but with those they have to be used before bed as they are so intense. Not one for on the go but serves its purpose. I like it enough to use it all up and I think I would repurchase this again if it came in a different scent.

Something to note
After owning this and using it for some time I noticed that the formula changed, it went from a clear runny oil to a thick and chunky one. I think the reason for this is the colder weather, because as soon as it was warmed it turned back in to a smooth oil formula again. This must have a high concentration of coconut oil in it as this happens with any other branded coconut oil.