Nude Nails: My Top Two

If the recent Grammys are anything to go by, then nude nails will be a hot ‘new’ trend in 2016 (is there such a thing as a ‘new’ trend, or are they all just recycled now?).

In all honesty, I discovered this by accident.  I was browsing amongst the Barry M stand in Boots recently, and noticed a whole assortment of nude colours.  If you are not familiar with my blog, then you may not know that Barry M is my absolute fave nail polish brand.  I just can’t get enough, and love their Gelly Hi Shine Nail Paints in particular.





In a moment of extreme self-control (are you proud of me?) I only bought three bottles.  Ahem. Yes, I do consider that to be controlled.  Two were interesting nude colours, and one a berry red (whatever made me think I need another red shade in my collection is beyond me).

Butterscotch Sundae is a peachy nude, and is supremely flattering, even on my scruffy nails.  Under certain lights, it can look a little yellow, so it’s worth bearing that in mind when choosing.  Pink Lemonade, on the other hand (if you’ll pardon the pun) is a more pinky nude, and is definitely my favourite of the two.


Barry M Gelly Hi Shine Pink Lemonade Nail Pain Polish Butterscotch
Barry M Gelly Hi Shine Nail Paint in (L-R) Pink Lemonade; Butterscotch Sundae


Barry M Gelly Hi Shine Nude Pink Lemonade Butterscotch Sundae Polish

I have been wearing one or the other of these shades for the last couple of weeks.  Although they will be extra gorgeous in spring and summer, they even look great in these grey winter days.

As with all the Gelly Hi Shine Nail Paints, the formula is creamy and smooth.  I find that they are a breeze to apply (thanks also to the wide brush), and last reasonably well.  Do they chip? Yes, of course, but I have yet to find a polish that will last more than a couple of days on my nails.  I can’t say that it bothers me though, because it gives me the perfect excuse to take it all off and start again.


What do you think, will you be jumping on board the nude train (good grief, please tell me that’s not a thing)? Or do you prefer a more dramatic nail colour?



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My Top Five: Barry M Nail Paints

I can’t actually remember a time when I wasn’t fanatical about nail polish.  As a teenager with very little money, my make-up collection was very basic, but I did love to match my nails to my outfit.  Somewhere along the way I stopped matching, but my collection continued to grow. A little while ago I discovered Barry M, and I was hooked. This blog post was meant to be part of my ‘Top Three’ series, but do you think I could narrow it down to three?! Not likely.  So, here are my top five Barry M Nail Paints.


L-R Barry M Nail Paint Lap of Honour; Grapefruit; Sugar Plum; Blood Orange; Eat My Dust

Barry M Speedy Quick Dry Nail Paint – Lap of Honour (£3.99 here  ) This gorgeous muted lilac is a perfect spring/summer shade and is subtle enough to wear to the office. Maybe. The brushes on the Speedy Quick Dry line are a little bit wider and flatter than the normal brushes, and cover the nail in only a couple of swipes.  The formula for all Barry M nail Paints is fabulous; creamy, thick and opaque, and this is no exception.

Barry M Gelly Hi Shine Nail Paint – Grapefruit  (£3.99 here). This unique colour is more than a basic pink, and is so pretty and unlike anything else that I own.  It’s really a summer shade, but that doesn’t stop me rocking it in November.

Barry M Gelly Hi Shine Nail Paint – Sugar Plum (3.99 here ) Another purple/pink colour.  I didn’t realise how many of these I had.  This one is a little less subtle, but just as gorgeous as the previous two.  I love to pair it with either Lap of Honour, or another complimentary or contrasting colour.

Barry M Gelly Hi Shine Nail Paint – Blood Orange (£3.99 here ) Now this bright red polish is such a gorgeous hue.  It is pretty vampy, so maybe not one for a conservative work place.  In my opinion Blood Orange is perfect for all four seasons, and I know I’ll be wearing it loads coming up to Christmas.

Barry M Speedy Quick Dry Nail Paint – Eat My Dust (£3.99 here) I can’t decide if this polish is grey or very pale blue, but either way I love it.  It is easy to wear; being very pale it is less obvious when it chips.  In typical Barry M style, it is another excellent polish, that goes on smoothly and evenly.


As I may have mentioned, I have great affection for all Barry M Nail Paints, because they are so affordable, and excellent quality with it.  I have fallen for the hype in the past, and spent crazy amounts on high end nail polishes, but I really do not see the benefit in spending more than a fiver on a bottle of nail varnish.

What is your favourite nail polish brand?  Do you prefer high end, or a more affordable option?

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The Perfect Autumn Nail Colour

I do love Autumn.  I love warm jumpers and hot tea; crunching through the leaves and sunshine on a crisp morning. I also love cosy dark evenings under a blanket watching Daryl Dixon save the world from Walkers.  I also love the colour spectrum of red, burgundy and gold – all of which I associate with Autumn.

Of course, there are no hard and fast rules about which nail polish is appropriate for which month, but I do find that I am attracted to deeper colours during the colder months.  I’m sure I’m not the only one.  For me, the perfect colour for nails this time of year is Tate, by Nails Inc.




Tate is a fabulous rich red; you could say it is autumn in a bottle.  In fact I will say it.  This nail polish is autumn in a bottle.  I also have a soft spot for Nails Inc.  I love the smoothness of the application, and the even colour. I own several Nails Inc polishes, and they are consistently excellent. It can be a real pain when a nail varnish needs more than two coats to get decent coverage.  It’s time consuming, not to mention that the more layers, the longer it takes to fully dry, and really, who has time for that?

Now, I’m off to light an autumnal candle and curl up with a comforting cup of tea.


And that’s all I have to say about that.








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Latest in Beauty – Capital Beauty Box

Latest In Beauty , if you are not aware, is a little different from the usual beauty box.  They offer individual boxes, instead of an ongoing subscription. There are usually around 6 boxes to choose from, containing both full sized and sample sized products. This particular box was put together with Capital FM, and is the Best of Summer box, apparently containing all the must-have beauty products for the summer.  I purchased this at the reduced price of £9.87.


Latest In Beauty Capital FM Summer Beauty Box


What’s in the Box?

Carmex Moisture Plus Lip Balm – Berry (full size)

A slightly tinted lip balm, that offers SPF 15.  The colour is a sheer glossy pinkish red. On first impressions, I can definitely smell the Shea butter, mixed in – weirdly – with the scent of Vicks VapoRub. I’m not sure how I feel about putting that on my lips….


Carmex Moisture Plus Berry Sheer Tint



Carmex Moisture Plus Berry Sheer Tint Swatch


Colab Sheer and Invisible Dry Shampoo – Paris Floral Fragrance (50ml)

Dry shampoos are a staple in my world, not only to refresh day old hair, but also to add texture when styling.  I often find though, that the fragrance is too strong and will give me a headache half way through the day, so I am looking forward to trying this one out. I have also heard great things about Colab.


Colab Dry Shampoo Paris Floral Fragrance Organic Dead Sea Minerals Bio-Plasma Mud Mask (100ml)

This looks like a typical mud mask; thick and grey.  It promises to be anti-ageing, detoxifying and rejuvinating.  I will definitely be giving it a try: I am very anti ageing, and I could do with being rejuvenated.

I Love….Perfectly Peachy Bath & Shower Creme (10ml)

This is a sample size, and is in association with CoppaFeel.  The sachet comes complete with tips to check yourself, and warning signs to look out for in the breasts.


I Love...Perfectly Peachy and Dead Sea Mineral Bio-Plasma Mud Mask

Fudge Urban Hair Art Spray – Violet Haze (125ml)

Now this.  This is an instant colour spray for the hair. It is a fun way to add some temporary colour to the hair, without making a full commitment. My husband once told me that if I dyed my hair purple he wouldn’t be able to look at me, so next time I need some peace and quiet, I’ll be reaching for this little can.

Nails Inc Gel Effect Nail Polish – Mercer Street (8ml)

I love a good Gel nail polish, and although I have tried other Nails Inc polishes (with great results) I have never used one of their Gel polishes.

Fudge Urban Hair Art Violet Haze and Nails Inc Gel Effect Nail Polish Mercer Street


Hawaiian Tropic Satin Protection Ultra Radiance – SPF 30 (100ml)

I’d like to say I’ll give this a go.  However, I think the one day of sunshine that we enjoy in the UK has already passed me by.  This is a good size bottle though; perfect for popping in a bag for a day at the beach.


Hawaiian Tropic Satin Protection SPF 30 (2)


Malin & Goetz Trio – Cleanser, Moisturiser and Lip Balm (10ml, 10ml and 5ml respectively)

I have actually used these products before, as samples free with a magazine.  The lip balm is lovely, and I love to apply it before I put makeup on, then by the time I get to lipstick I am fully hydrated. It acts as a perfect base for lipstick, if you suffer from dry lips.  These little luxury sample sizes are also great for a weekend away.


Malin + Goetz Grapefruit Cleanser, Vitamin E Face Moisturizer and Lip Moisurizer


MUA Mega Volume Mascara Waterproof Black

MUA Mega Volume Mascara (full size)

I am really looking forward to trying this, as part of my ongoing quest to find the perfect mascara.  Maybe this will be the mascara that will stop me in my tracks and give me long, fat, fluttery lashes.


MUA Eyeshadow Palette - Poptastic

MUA Eyeshadow Palette - Poptastic Swatches

MUA Eyeshadow Palette – Poptastic (full size)

I have two other MUA eyeshadow palettes, and they are both fantastic quality, so I hope this will be a great addition to my eyeshadow palette addiction collection.

Overall this is a great value box, especially at the discounted price.  Personally, I like the surprise element of subscription boxes, which you don’t get with Latest in Beauty.  However, as a way to get hold of really excellent samples (and some full sized products) to try out, I think it is fantastic.


What do you think, have you tried any of the Latest in Beauty boxes?

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A New (to me) Gem – Ciate Mint Chocolate Nail Polish Remover

I have recently made a conscious decision to maintain tidy nails as as much of the time as possible. Previously I did not much care if they were chipped and different lengths, as long as they were smooth – I have never been able to abide ragged nails that catch on anything and everything.

Although they are certainly nothing to envy now, I like to think they are the best they can be. What used to put me off painting them was the thought of removing the polish a few days later. I have extremely sensitive nails, and using the wrong nail varnish remover would leave me with sore nails. They would hurt – ache, really – for around 24 hours after using remover. Whether this was the surrounding skin, or the skin under the nail I have no idea. A quick Google search suggests that it was the top layer of my nails being stripped, leaving them exposed and sensitive. Is this common? I really don’t know, but I have never come across anyone else who suffers from this weird affliction. I have tried many different nail polish removers over the years, always opting for ‘sensitive’ formulations, and even acetone free. Nothing has worked, until now … (Cue dramatic music)

Ciate Mint Chocolate Nourishing and Gentle Nail Polish Remover


The Ciate Mint Chocolate Nail Polish Remover has vitamins B5 and E to condition the nails. It isn’t a new product, so perhaps I am the last to know about it (probably), but it is new to me. It also has a mint chocolate scent, that is supposed to leave nails smelling delicious. Now, firstly the smell. I took a big old whiff of it when I first used it. I can report that this was not a clever thing to do. It does smell a little of mint chocolate, but smells more strongly of nail polish remover. In addition to this, I always wash my hands straight after taking the polish off anyway, so I can’t say I am particularly fussed about a lingering smell. However, the reason I am so pleased with this purchase is that it did not leave my nails tender and aching! That, for me, is the biggest plus – and the reason that I hope I will always be able to purchase it, or something similar anyway.  It also does a good job of taking the polish off, with a little bit of persistence. It isn’t the best I have used in that respect, but that is a small price to pay for un-stripped nails.

Have you ever experienced this problem with your nails, or am I really one of a kind?  Can you recommend other gentle nail polish removers?

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The Perfect Summer Nail

 I posted this picture on my Instagram page last week, and thought I would share it on here too.  This BarryM Gelly Hi Shine Nail Paint in Passion Fruit is just the most perfect orangey red shade.  It looks fantastic on tanned fingers and toes.  It’s so summery that it makes me want an ice cream just thinking about it.




I love the formula of these Gelly polishes, I have a few and they are all fab.  They go on smoothly, and are lovely and shiny.  I do like to do three coats, so need to allow quiiiiite a lot of drying time, but it’s worth it.  They are also very reasonably priced – currently £3.99 from Boots (here) or Superdrug (here).  There are a few more shades calling out to me actually, I’ll be right back…

So, tell me, what is your favourite summer nail shade?

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