Barry M is a brand I always turn to when I want a cheap and cheerful make up purchase. Their nail varnishes take up a huge proportion of my stash, and I recently added two more to my collection. Two of the Autumn/Winter releases, Vintage Violet and Ballerina, caught my eye and I snapped them up a couple of weeks ago.
I did take a picture of both of these on my nails but the colours really didn’t translate well in my photos (Polly Polish has really good, true to colour pictures of both if you wanted to check them out). Ballerina is a peachy pink that brings a bit of warmth to wintry outfits, and Vintage Violet is a lovely dusky purple that looks particularly great at this time of year. As I always find with Barry M, both colours lasted really well on me and I got through four days without any chips – for me, that’s really impressive!
A couple of weeks ago I posted about my top nail varnish picks to wear in autumn and…I’ve already discovered a new favourite. Us beauty blogger are nothing if not fickle, eh?
I haven’t dabbled much in the world of matte nails but after trying out two of the Barry M offerings, I’m officially hooked. I featured the burgundy shade in my nail varnish favourites posts but the one I want to highlight today is Mocha. I’m not a big lover of brown polishes but this looks like melted chocolate in a bottle and applies beautifully.
The leaves have started to turn, there’s a distinct nip in the air and the nights are gradually starting to draw in… Yup, summer’s over and autumn’s on the horizon. With autumn officially beginning on September 22nd I thought this would be the perfect time to talk about six of the colours I’ll be wearing on my nails in the coming months.
I’m pretty traditional when it comes to autumn colours. I love mustard yellows, deep greens and rich burgundies. I think they go so well with a season of harvest and richness and I’m already filling my wardrobe with these luxurious, gorgeous colours.
First up, we’ve got one of the Barry M Autumn/Winter Gelly releases, Mustard. This one’s been talked about a *lot* online and I couldn’t resist picåking it up in a Boots haul a couple of weeks ago. I’m not a big wearer of yellow on my nails but I’m glad I took a chance on this as it’s something a bit different and will bring me out of the burgundy/purple/navy rotation I usually have going on.
Next is something which is going to be a big pain for you if you like the look of it, as I think it was a limited edition shade from Halloween last year. It’s shade 1134 Black Magic from Sinful Colors and I picked it up in Florida last year. I don’t think I wore it at all last year but I tried it out last week and absolutely love it. It’s a shimmery grey base with burnt orange glitter and I’ve never seen anything like it before. This will go perfectly with so many of my autumn dresses and provides a nice little somethin’ somethin’ to make a plain outfit a bit more exciting.
How many times have you painted a perfect manicure, only to completely screw up the last nail, scream in rage and rampage around the room bemoaning the folly of painting your nails with your non-dominant hand? Just me…? Nah, it can’t just be me.
I’ve been speaking to US nail varnish brand, Julep, about their newest invention which is supposed to make painting your nails (particularly with your non-dominant hand) an easy, enjoyable experience…rather than one filled with blood-curdling shrieks of ‘OMFG I’VE SMUDGED IT AGAIN’, which is what mani time usually sounds like in my house.
Launching today, Julep’s exciting new product is the Plie Wand, and here’s what all the fuss is about:
The Plie Wand
is set to revolutionise the way you apply your varnish, making it easier to achieve neat manicures and fun nail art at home. To find out more about the Plie Wand, here’s a video from Julep’s CEO, Jane Park, talking about the product:
Looks pretty snazzy, right? It’s definitely something I’ll look at picking up the next time I’m in the US. I’ve got a couple of Julep polishes in my stash and they’re really lovely, unique colours
– I just wish they were easier to get hold of on this side of the pond!
So I picked up a couple of bits and bobs in the Boots 3 for 2 – of course I did. I’ve had some great job news over the last few weeks and now some contracts have been finalised I thought it was time to treat myself, after being on an unplanned three month spending ban!
Here’s a little look at what I bought:
So, first up we’ve got the Bourjois Magic Nail Polish Remover (£4.99), which I’m sure every blogger under the sun has already mentioned numerous times. This is my second pot of this and I’m a bit fan – it’s not great with glitter varnish but then nothing really is. This is so handy, easy to use and doesn’t dry out my nails. I’m really looking forward to the new version of this, which features a handy sponge in the lid for removing toe nail varnish!
Next up is the Seventeen Stay Time Foundation, which I got in Soft Ivory. I was quite impressed at the colour range for us pale skinned girls as there were quite a few choices, rather than just the standard ‘Porcelain’. I’ve used this foundation a couple of times so far and it’s nice…nothing amazing and I doubt I’d repurchase but it makes my skin look even and smooth so it’s a pretty average foundation with a nice price tag. I do find it’s quite thick so you have to work it in quickly before it dries and I’m not 100% sure the full coverage promise comes true – but for £6.49 I’m not complaining.
I picked up two nail varnishes that I think are perfect colours for spring – the first is a pastel orange from the Maybelline Color Show range (Peach Smoothie – £2.99) and the second is one of the Seventeen Gel Colour varnishes, which I got in the shade Azure Amore (£3.99).
I’ve become a huge fan of the Maybelline Color Tattoo Eyeshadows lately so I decided to buy myself Pink Gold (£4.99), which is a pretty shimmery pink that looks beautiful on the lid with some winged eyeliner on top. I’ve used this almost every day since I bought it and it’s my favourite product of the bunch – 100% recommended!
Last up is the Maybelline Brow Drama (£4.99), which I bought to replace my almost-empty (*sob*) Benefit Gimme Brow. I’ve used this two or three times and I’m actually pretty impressed with it. The shade I bought (medium brown) is a great match for my brows and it fills in the odd gap and neatens everything up without being too over-bearing. I’m not a fan of my brows feeling coated in product but I can deal with it for tamed brows that stay in place all day!
So there you have it, this lot came in at just over £20 once the 3 for 2 kicked in, which I think is pretty darn good! I’ve got some real gems in this haul and I’ll be bringing you more detailed reviews of a few of the products soon.