Blogmas Day 16: A Mini Haul – Polished by Leanne

Polished by Leanne is another Indie brand that I’ve had a chance to try recently, thanks to the amazing sale Leanne had over on her Facebook group last month! However, it seems to me that every indie maker I’m sharing with you these last few weeks has shut up shop for a while! Oops! Like the others, Leanne will be back so pop over to her, or the store’s Instagram for updates. But for now, I have 2 lovely polishes to share with you.
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July 2019 Papergang Review

*THIS POST CONTAINS AFFILIATE LINKS*

If you’ve read my previous Papergang posts then you’ll know all about what the subscroption box is. If you haven’t, heres the run down: Papergang is run by a UK based independent company, Ohh Deer, that focuses on sustainability. All the packaging is recyclable and for every 4 boxes sold 1 tree will be planted in association with the charity TreeAid. I’m definitely behind this!

Every month you receive exclusive stationery and desk accessories designed in collaboration with different artists. This month’s box has designs by Chloe Hall and it’s another super pretty flora

The subscription costs £10.95 with £2.95 postage, or you can prepay for 3, 6 or 12 months. With the monthly subscription you can cancel whenever you like or skip a month.

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Barry M Speedy Quick Dry Nail Paint - Lap of Honour and Eat My Dust

Swatch Monday*: Barry M Speedy Quick Dry Nail Paint – Lap of Honour and Eat My Dust

Hello!

I’m back! Sorry I’ve been away so long I just needed to take a break while I sat my final exams for university and completed my course. I find out my degree results in 2 days so I’m pretty nervous about that but I’m back to blogging now! At first, it may not be as regularly as before my blog-break, instead, I’ll be posting once or twice a week.

*This was meant to be Swatch Sunday, but I didn’t get round to writing it in time… oops.

So today on my one-off Swatch Monday I have two of the new (ish) Barry M Speedy Quick Dry Nail Paint from the first release of pastel colours in Lap of Honour and Eat My Dust. I know they were released a while ago and now they have added 6 more colours to the original 9 but I, obviously, haven’t been blogging so despite owning these for a good month or so I haven’t been able to share my views on them. Barry M’s description is:

NEW Speedy Nail Paint dries at lightning speed for a perfect mani in seconds. With an innovative new flat brush for an even easier application, a more precise finish can be achieved in just 2 quick coats!

I’m going to review this statement and see if it’s correct. Let me apologise in advance for the change in lighting but I was using natural light which isn’t very reliable in the UK.

Barry M Lap of Honour brush

Barry M Lap of Honour

Barry M Lap of Honour
2 coats alone

Barry M Lap of Honour
2 coats + topcoat

Barry M Lap of Honour
2 coats + matte topcoat

First of the two is Lap of Honour which is a stunning pastel lilac which is one of my favourite colours for nail polish. As you can see the brush is different from the old Barry M square brushes, it is wider and rounder which for me is much better for my nail shape so I really do embrace this change. This colour had perfect coverage after 2 coats, as advertised, and it really does dry at ‘lightning speed’, well… less than 1 minute. It’s great for a quick mani and you can add a topcoat or matte topcoat to finish it off although I don’t think it particularly needs it if you don’t need it to last for days as it already has a nice shine to the finish. I do find that with a topcoat it can last for at least 3 or 4 days with minimum wear.

Barry M Eat My Dust brush

Barry M Eat My Dust
Barry M Eat My Dust

Barry M Eat My Dust
2 coats alone

Barry M Eat My Dust
2 coats + topcoat

Barry M Eat My Dust
2 coats + matte topcoat

Eat my dust is a gorgeous soft pastel blue that I could easily wear all year round. The brush is the same, of course, but I found the formula to be a bit thinner, I show it with 2 coats but it could have done with a third. This isn’t really a problem because it dries so damn quickly. I’m actually surprised at just how quickly it does dry, I didn’t think it would be great as I’ve bought ‘quick dry’ polishes before and been disappointed. Barry M have obviously mastered the correct formula.

I love both of these. I love the formula, the brush and most of the colours of the collection. I will definitely be purchasing some more on payday! One thing I will say is that I prefer the original 9 colours released – the soft pastels – and I’m not so keen on the additional 6… but they are what Barry M claim so that’s a good thing!

You can purchase these polishes at:

Barry M – who currently have 10%

Boots and Superdrug – who both have a ‘Free gelly when you spend £6 on selected Barry M’

C x