Barry M recently snuck out a load of new nail paints (11 to be exact… plus a peel-off basecoat) and I think it took a lot of us by surprise! There was no press release for these and I hadn’t seen anyone swatching them before I ordered (last Monday). When I found them, they were only available on the Barry M website but I think you can now find them in store and online at Superdrug – no sign of them at Boots yet though… I’m going to start with the 2 new Gelly Hi-Shine shades as these are what really kicked me off ‘collecting’ nail polish! I own all 50 now and most, but sadly not all, have been swatched on this blog (here). Read More »
Hello and welcome to my updated blog!
I know I’m a week late on the whole New Year thing but here we go! I’ve been thinking about this for a while now, I have to say it’s probably over a year, but I want to include more than just nail posts on my blog. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not that I have lost my interest in nails (I’ve just recounted my collection and I’ve reached 300…), it’s more to do with the fact that I love MORE than just nails in the beauty realm – such as bath and body products and, yes, even makeup.
So, although this will continue to primarily be a nail blog featuring my favourite (and most affordable, I’m on a budget here…) nail polishes and nail designs, I will be throwing in the occasional bath & body post and probably less frequently some makeup posts. I’m sorry if this doesn’t appeal to you but as you can tell I’ve had a long hard think about it and it’s something I want to do! I have yet to decide the frequency of these posts but I’ll keep you all updated on my instagram, which is where I post most frequently. I hope all my lovely followers and dedicated readers stick around for this and that I gain some new ones (welcome in advance!) I love all the support I get from you lot.
Stick around for the new blog 🙂
Love C x
I have for you today 6 new polishes from Barry M! I have 4 Midnight Gellies and 2 Glitter(!!) Gellies. I have already showed you the Speedy Quick Dry A/W’15 release and last years A/W Gellies were just as exciting but let’s take a look at this years. Be warned.. this is picture heavy, hence why I’ve made the images smaller than usual but you can view them full size if you click on them! All swatches are in order of: bottle shot, 1 coat, 2 coat, plus topcoat, plus matte topcoat…
Black Currant is a deep rich burgundy that once you apply 2 coats becomes a tinted black, as with all of the first 4 of these new polishes! I absolutely love this idea as it’s something different. It’s hard to picture the true colour which is why I have chosen to show you them all with one coat so you can really see the undertones of the polishes.
Black Pistachio is a gorgeous deep dark forest green that again becomes a tinted black once 2 coats are applied. Despite them all being so dark you can definitely distinguish between them all.
Black Grape is a hard colour to describe – it’s like a navy but it’s bright at the same time and as soon as you apply the second coat it becomes super dark and rich but it still has the depth of the blue. I love it.
Black Cherry is a dark brown toned red that doesn’t become as dark as the other 3 upon the second coat. I also found this one to be a little more streaky and could’ve probably done with a 3rd coat and then maybe we would have seen the same affect as the others.
On to the GLITTER GELLIES. These are gorgeous and I hope they give us some more over time, as this is the first time we’ve seen glitters in the gellies. Sparkling Amethyst is a pink toned plummy purple (good description I know 😉 haha) with pinky/purply glitter specks of tiny glitter that gives it a real depth. It applies perfectly in 2 coats and is still super shiny but also looks amazing mattified as it captures the glitters.
The same goes for Sparkling Ruby a true wine red which is just as sparkly as Amethyst. I found this applied the same as the purple but it didn’t go as matte – which is weird, maybe that’s down to my application, who knows! I don’t want to say it so i’ll say it quietly… this one will be prefect for *christmas* shh…
The Gelly nail paints are now available in Superdrug and will be available in Boots on the 30th September (although I bought mine in boots 2 on the 25th!). The Glitter Gelly nail paints are now available exclusively in Superdrug. All nail paints are their usual Gelly price of £3.99
Well that was an exciting post and I can’t wait to start wearing these this Autumn/Winter
I have some of the new Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine Summer 2014 collection for you today! There’s 7 in total but being a student, unfortunately, I could only afford 4 of them. I picked up the ones I liked the most and they also happened to be the ones that looked similar to polishes from their older collections: Elderberry, Kiwi, Coconut and Damson. I love how the Gellies all have fruity names 🙂
First up I have Elderberry, which is a lovely cornflour blue colour. It’s a great formula – applies easy and dries fairly quickly. Photos show 2 coats, no topcoat.
I thought this colour looked similar to Blueberry, which I already owned so I’ve swatched this, using 2 coats, next to it on my ring and pinky fingers. Elderberry is more of a grey-blue so it’s not the same at all.
For those of you who think it may be similar to other colours in Barry M, and at first I thought so too, I’ve compared it to Greenberry (index finger) and Guava (ring finger) – both with 2 coats. As you can see they’re not the same or similar. Bottle shot shows Guava, Kiwi and Greenberry.
Coconut is a lovely pale cream/off white. I love this colour, it applies smooth and easy BUT possibly is a 3 coater because it’s a light colour but it dries pretty quickly so this isn’t really a problem for me.
Lastly, we have Damson, a beautiful cream blue. This is my favourite I think, it applies so well. If my pinky looks a bit patchy I think I forgot to apply a second coat! The rest of my fingers have 2 coats on, no topcoat.
So there we are, as you can see, they’re definitely shiny, as promised and like the previously released formulas.
What do you think of them? You can find these in Boots and Superdrug now.
I have some more Barry M for you today, the Gelly Hi-shine Spring 2014 collection. There’s only 3 in this one and it includes Sugar Apple, Huckleberry and Rosehip. They’re stunning pastel colours and I wont just be using these for spring! I picked up Huckleberry and Sugar Apple when they came out but only recently purchased Rosehip, as I’ve said before I’m not a massive pink fan so I was hesitant in buying this one, but I couldn’t have a polish missing from the collection! . The photos all show 3 coats with no topcoat.
First up is Sugar Apple, a soft mint/turquoise colour. I applied 3 coats of this, although it COULD get away with 2 if it weren’t for close-up photography. It applies well and dries fairly quickly like most Barry M polishes.
Huckleberry is up next, it’s a lush very pale sky blue colour. I LOVE this one and I think it’s my favourite out of the trio. I would say this one definitely needs 3 coats, as it’s still a little patchy after 2, it could do with a little more pigmentation, but again it applies well and dries pretty quickly if you don’t apply the coats too thickly.
Rosehip, a very pale pink, again needs 3 coats. This one doesn’t apply as well and isn’t as pigmented as most Barry M polishes but it still a nice colour so if you think it’s worth the wait of 3 coats go ahead! 🙂 Even though they’re meant to be spring colours, I can see myself wearing these throughout the year. They’re so pretty! The one thing I’m a little disappointed in they’re slightly less pigmented than most Barry M’s but it’s doable – they only need 3 coats and for £3.99 each who can argue!
I’ll be uploading the swatches and comparisons for 4/6 of the Summer 2014 Barry M Gellies within the next few days so stayed tuned for that!
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