Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine nail polish

Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine nail polish

As you might have seen in my recent nail polish collection video, there are quite a few brands that I love. And when I love a nail polish brand, I tend to buy multiple shades. From OPI and Catrice, to Essie and Essence: I go from high end to low end and everything in between. One brand that I love and that is very affordable is Barry M. This UK drugstore brand can be found online and I absolutely adore their Gelly Hi-Shine polish. High time I share with you the loveliness.

Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine nail polish collection

Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine nail polish collection

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Instanails #5

Instanails #5

Happy September! And to kick off this month in which classes will start back up again, I thought I could give you an overview of some of the different nail polishes I’ve been wearing. I’ve been on a roll when it comes to doing my nails these past few weeks. I am truly enjoying doing my nails again and so I have plenty to show you. Here we go!

Essie Viva Antigua!

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NOTD: Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Paint Sugar Apple

NOTD: Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Paint Sugar Apple

If there is one nail polish line of which I know I will some day own every single shade available it is the Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine nail paints. I own quite a few of them already (10 to be exact) and there is a reason why I love this formula so much: they go on opaque in two coats, have a great super shiny finish and they are the only brand, apart from OPI, that lasts on my nails for longer than a day or two.

Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Paint Sugar Apple

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Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Paint in Fondant, Huckleberry & Kiwi

Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Paint in Fondant, Huckleberry & Kiwi

My favorite drugstore nail polish? Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Paints. The color selection is awesome, the application is great and the glossy finish is pretty. Not to mention the decent lasting power, even on my soft and brittle nails. So when I was in the UK and spotted a bunch of colors that I didn’t own yet, I had to grab them. Without further ado, I present to you: Fondant, Huckleberry and Kiwi.

Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Paint
Fondant, Kiwi, Huckleberry

Lately, the line has been expanded mostly with brights and pastels and some of them are super pretty. I love bright greens on my toes for summer and since some of these polishes cover your nail with just one coat, I thought this bright green would be a nice toe nail addition. They cost 3.99 pounds a piece for 10 mls of product. These are often on sale though, so when you spot a buy 2 get 1 free deal, it’s the best time to stock up.

Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Paint in Fondant

The first shade I picked up is an interesting pastel pink shade. Is it pink or is it purple? I’d settle for a mauvy pink which looks great on the nails. I wore this one already and it is very pretty on the nail. It looks very fresh and it is a perfect color for spring.

Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Paint in Huckleberry

Huckleberry was a color that I contemplated buying for a long time. When you look at it like this it looks blue, but put it next to a blue and it will look minty green. And that’s why I ended up buying it. I’m a sucker for a good mint color, especially if they pull more blue than green as they are harder to come by.

Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Paint in Kiwi

Kiwi was the one I bought to round out the 3 for 2 deal. Like I said I love wearing bright greens on my toes. I already have a few but all of those aren’t exactly this shade (they are more neon) or contain glitter. So a bright green shade that is completely creamy made a good addition to my nail polish collection.

These new shades are as great as the other Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Paints I purchased. Their gel like effect is so pretty and they last a good few days, which are the main selling points for these polishes to me. Some of the shades I already own go on a tad streaky, especially the lighter shades, but these do not do that. Even the very light Huckleberry goes on creamy and smoothly and goes on opaque in two layers.

I feel these three colors make a great addition to my nail polish collection. They are fun colors, that are perfect for spring/ summer and I still love the formula to death. The next time I visit the UK, I will again pick a few I’m sure, because these are simply the best drugstore nail polish out there. You can see the other shades I own here and here. Perhaps next time I should pick up some darker shades?

What color would you buy from this line?

Barry M Speedy Quick Dry nail polish

Barry M Speedy Quick Dry nail polish

When I go shopping at the UK drugstore, one brand I have to check out is Barry M. Barry M do some of the best drugstore nail polishes and I already knew that they had recently come out with a new nail polish line. At first, I didn’t feel too inspired. But then me and my friend went to Manchester, found ourselves in one of the biggest Boots imaginable and on top of that nail paints were all buy 1 get one half price. So I picked up a few from the new line to try out.

Barry M Speedy Quick Dry nail polish Eat My Dust, Pit Stop, Stop the Clock

The Barry M Speedy Quick Dry Nail Paints come mostly in pretty soft pastel shades and are all named after racing terminology. The names are just a nicely added touch and the colors looked very attractive in the bottles. These retail for 3.99 pounds a piece.

The bottles for Barry M nail polish are all the same: square bottles that contain 10 ml of product. The only way you can keep these apart in your stash is by looking at the colors of the cap and the name at the front. The name of the polish itself can be found on the bottom of the bottle, but I find that the names rub off very easily, which, if you’re blogging, or like me, simply own too much nail polish for one person, it makes it more difficult to keep them apart.

The brush for this polish is flat but rounded. I find that there is just enough product on the brush with most Barry M polishes and this is no different. Formula wise Barry M promises this will dry very quickly and I personally do think it dries a little bit more quickly than most polishes. However, I never wait in  between coats (I know, I know, beauty faux pas!) and I use a quick dry top coat on top.

Barry M Speedy Quick Dry Nail Paint in Eat my Dust

If you didn’t already know, I have a thing for light blue nail polish. So when this polish caught my eye there was no question I had to pick this up. This is quite possibly a perfect pastel blue shade that just looks lovely on the nails. It is perfect for spring and a color that is right up my street.

Texture wise this shade covers the nail in two coats. I already wore this on my nails and I find that it looks good against my skin tone too.

Barry M Speedy Quick Dry Nail Paint in Stop the Clock

Secondly I picked up this pale yellow shade. If there is one shade to get wrong in nail polish it’s yellow, but this, despite its paleness is a nice surprise. Granted, I still have to test this on my nails, but on the nail wheel, which is 100% transparent, the shade doesn’t leave any empty splotches or streakiness.

I personally love this shade, but I am a bit contested on whether this will look nice on my nails. Yellows can be difficult to pull of sometimes, so I am saving wearing this until summer when my hands are hopefully a tad more tan.

Barry M Speedy Quick Dry Nail Paint in Pit Stop

Finally I picked up Pit Stop: a pale grey color. Pale greys are a ‘thing’ for me as well. Just like light blues, light greys have become some of my favorite shades to wear. I prefer it over nudes and I find these pair even better with glitter top coats too. And that would be one of my other loves.

Pit Stop is a grey with a hint of brown and maybe even a touch of a purply mauve. In any case, it is a bit more special than your average standard grey.

I wore the blue shade the other week and it last a day without chipping on my soft and bendy nails. If your nails are harder than mine, I’m sure the manicure will last longer. I took off the mani after 4 days as by that time it had started to chip so badly it really looked bad too. So wear time is decent, but nothing outstanding.

Yet, Barry M has done it again: create a great nail polish line with stunning colors and a decent lasting power. It doesn’t beat my favorite range by Barry M (Gelly Hi-Shine), but it is definitely at the top of my list.

If you could name one favorite nail polish brand, what would it be?

5x summer polish faves

5x summer polish faves

Summer is a great time for wearing nail polish. It’s a perfect time to do away with glittery top coats (although I like wearing those year round), and go with bright or pastel creamy colors. For summer, I like to go for extremes: the boldest blues, the brightest reds, but also some muted colors that remind me of summer. From the foam heads on crashing waves, to fruity watermelon and the prettiest flowers: these are my summer nail polish favorites for 2014.

1.) Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Paint in Blue Grape

WAM! BOOM! KAPOW! This nail polish couldn’t be more blue. And that’s exactly what I like about it. In any case, the Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine polishes are some of my favorites when it comes to colors, texture and finish. It has a long lasting power and goes on like a dream. And this bright blue will go nicely on your hands or feet for that extra pop of color with today’s monochrome summer fashion trend.

2.) Essie Cute as a Button

You can’t go wrong with a pinky coral shade such as this one. It reminds me of fresh, ripe watermelon: one of my favorite and most refreshing foods for summer. It looks cute on the nails and is bright without being too much in your face. This Essie polish is fully opaque with two layers and has okay lasting power.

3.) OPI Mermaid’s Tears (Pirates of the Caribbean LE)

This muted muted green/ grey color doesn’t look like much in the bottle or the swatch, but on the nails this one is one of my favorite colors to wear. It has a very neutral undertone, yet still adds a bit of color to your nails. It looks especially nice against my pale skin tone (which doesn’t tan). The contrast makes for a very fresh look. And what else can I say about this polish? It is OPI, so you know I’m going to love it no matter what.

4.) L’Oreal Color Riche Nouvelle Vague

A pretty lilac shade always makes for a good summer shade. The L’Oreal Color Riche polishes are a bit thick and gloopy and go on opaque in almost one coat. Which, for a color this light, is actually a very good performance. For those days where you want something cute and colorful, but nothing too bright and crazy. Oh and did I mention I love the name? It’s the same as a French cover band’s whose music I love to play in summer.

5.) Max Factor Glossfininity Cerise

I don’t wear a lot of reds on my finger nails, but when I do it’s usually this bright orangy red and it’s always during summer. This polish has great lasting power, the color is amazing and it applies smoothly. The reason why I love wearing this in summer is because it goes with my favorite red summer lipstick (Topshop Rio Rio) and one of my favorite red summer dresses.

What is your favorite nail polish for summer?

Make Up Collection: Single Eyeshadows & Pigments

Make Up Collection: Single Eyeshadows & Pigments

I thought it would be time for me to show you another part of my make up collection. There are only a few parts left and then, in the course of roughly one year, I will have shown you my entire make up collection in a bit more detail. Today I will show you my single eyeshadows and pigments. I don’t have that many single eyeshadows anymore as I have depotted most of them and put them into Z-palettes. There are a bunch that don’t fit snuggly into Z-palettes as they are too high or because I didn’t have any space left in the palettes anymore. So these post features my remaining eyeshadows and pigments. I have also swatched all of these for your viewing pleasure.

Overview of mono eyeshadows

Overview of loose pigment eyeshadows

Bourjois: 48 Vert Pétillant, 71 Or Raffiné, 16 Ambre Nude, 05 (nameless) & Famous Eyeshadow Shimmer in Shade 7

The green Bourjois eyeshadow is the oldest one in my collection. I’ve had it since I was a teenager. I know make up has an expiry date, but the shadow smells, feels and looks fine so I’m still using it.

Accessorize: Cocoa, Molten Copper, Golden Caramel & Famous baked eyeshadows in Shade 5 (purple) & Shade 1 (green)

These are impossible to depot. They are round and dome shaped, which makes them unsuitable for putting in the very narrow Z-paletets. They are super pretty though. The green eyeshadow got busted when I dropped it while taking these pictures :-(. Luckily most of it is still in tact.

Yves Saint Laurent Ombre Solo Double Effect in Shade 1, Chanel 70 Platine, Benefit Fishnets

Again these three are oldies but goodies. As you can see the YSL and Chanel shadow have been well loved. I used to wear these all the time when I first started wearing make up on a regular basis a few years ago. The Benefit one is a super dark and pigmented eyeshadow which is hard to work with. It’s very easy to go too dark with it and the texture is creamy and powdery at the same time, but it’s great for a dark brown smokey eye.

Gosh Waterproof eyeshadow sticks in Love that Real Gold, Love that Champagne, Love that Copper

I bought these three on sale at my local drugstore. And they truly are waterproof. Great for hot weather or when you want to go swimming or know you’ll be out in the rain for hours. These simply won’t budge.


Top row: Gosh eyeshadow sticks in copper gold and champage, Chanel Platine, YSL light pink & dark pink, Benefit Fishnets, Famous Shade 7, Famous baked eyenshadows in Shade 1 and Shade 5.

Bottom row: Bourjois 48 Vert Pétillant, 71 Or Raffiné, 16 Ambre Nude, 05 (nameless), Accessorize in Golden Caramel, Molten Copper & Cocoa

Barry M Dazzle Dust & Gosh Effect Powder

Left (bottom to top): Barry M Dazzle Dust in 90 Pearly Mauve & 88 Winterberry, Gosh Effect Powder in 05 Plummy & Mink

Right (bottom to top): Gosh Effect Powder in Glamour, Meringue, Azure & Apple Jam

I’m not huge on loose eyeshadow, but I of course wanted to try them. I found the Gosh pigments all on sale at my local drug store. The Barry M ones I bought in England.

Swatches (f.l.t.r.): Barry M Dazzle Dust in 90 Pearly Mauve & 88 Winterberry, Gosh Effect Powder in  & Mink, 05 Plummy, Glamour, Meringue, Azure & Apple Jam

MAC Pigment samples

Left row (bottom to top): Pink Pearl, Kitchmas, Bright Coral, Melon

Right row (bottom to top): Copper Sparkle, Cocomotion, Old Gold, Golden Olive, Mutiny (blue)

Like I said I’m not one for pigments, but I was willing to try them. I bought these 9 pigment samples from MAC pigments online from a store called The Body Needs. I think I paid 15 euros including shipping for these 9 shades. Less or roughly around the price of a full sized pigment. And since a little goes a very long way with these, having only a small jar will still give you enough of product to try out and make some great looks with.

Swatches (f.l.t.r.): Mutiny, Pink Pearl, Kitchmas, Bright Coral, Melon, Copper Sparkle, Cocomotion, Old gold, Golden Olive

Do you like using pigments? If so, then please tell me how you use them, because every time I try I end up making the worst mess of myself and my workspace!