Monday, 28 March 2016

Barry M Sunset Daylight Curing Polishes - Spring 2016 Shades*

This post has been a long time coming! I've had the photos ready and waiting to go but haven't really had the chance (or the motivation really) to get the post up but I'm talking some time off uni so no excuses for not getting this post together. The Spring update of the Sunset Daylight Curing range from Barry M includes some really lovely shades; the prerequisite spring time pink, a warm tomato red, a gorgeous mint green and a lovely pastel blue. Hop on under the cut to check out some swatches and have a gander at what I thought of the shades.


Monday, 21 March 2016

Soigné Botanique Nails - Swatches and Review*

It's all about swatches today on the blog with three Spring shades from Soigné, a 5-free, vegan polish brand which can contain up to 85% plant-based natural ingredients. They've currently got a good sale on and some of the shades below are included so if any tickle your fancy, take a cheeky trip over to the Soigné website. Anyway, let's get cracking into some swatches!

Crème Pâtissière, Truffle and Menthe

Crème Pâtissière is a gorgeous, buttery yellow. It is quite a thin formulation so it took four coats to get opacity. As it is a pastel shade, thin, patchy formulations are usually the norm so most take three or four coats so its not unusual but its not a colour you'd like to be applying in a rush. As you can see, without top coat, it has a lovely shiny finish but with the additional layers and drying time, not one for gals on the go but a lovely shade none-the-less.

Truffle is a deep charcoal grey shade. Unlike Crème Pâtissière, Truffle was a two-coater. The deep pigmentation of the shade means that opacity is easily achievable in two coats. I'm a sucker for greys (I still wish I had the entire 50 Shades of Grey collection by OPI) and Truffle reminds me of one of my all-time faves, Faded by Flossgloss. Again, this swatch is without top coat so you can see the polish's own shiny finish.

Mente is a pale, mint shade. It is showing up a bit more blue on my screen but it does have a definite green tone. Menthe sits inbetween Truffle and Crème Pâtisière in terms of opacity and formulation, needing three coats to cover the nail evenly. I'm a sucker for mint shades and this one is a winner for me. Again, no top coat and it has a pretty shiny finish.

Since all the polishes have a thinner formula, they don't take too long to dry but on some shades, you make up for this by having to apply more coats than usual. Polishes from Soigné are usually £11 but with their current sale, some polishes (including Crème Pâtisière and Truffle!) are currently only £4.95. Whilst Soigné may sit on the more expensive side of the spectrum, they are 5-free, vegan friendly and come with gorgeous packaging that would look great on anyone's vanity.

What shades are you loving from this post? There are a few I'm already eyeing up on the website that are on sale...I might just have to treat myself ;P Until next time!

Monday, 14 March 2016

Meebox Review: Red Carpet Nail Art*

Hi everyone. Today's post is a review of a new nail polish subscription box called Meebox. I was kindly sent their February box to try out and show you guys. I've put together a nail art look that I hope showcases the Red Carpet theme and also shows off all the bits and bobs you can get with a Meebox.

February's Meebox featured three nail polishes and some nail studs. The polishes were Smith & Cult Porn-a-Thon (RRP £19), Leighton Denny Feel the Burn (RRP £11), Nails Inc Chelsea Embankment  (RRP £14) and Gold Square Studs from Sparkly-Nails (RRP £1.50). Also, five subscribers received a Chanel polish (lucky them!) The box itself costs £20 a month, or £18 if you buy a 3 month subscription. Luckily, I don't have any of these shades in my collection (I've never actually tried Smith & Cult before) so there was no duplications which means the box more than delivered its price in new polishes.

Can we just talk about the Smith & Cult bottle? It's probably one of the most expensive polishes I have in my stash (I think my one Chanel polish is the only one more expensive than it) but you can see why. The bottle is something of beauty. It's perfect for sitting on your vanity and the heavy lid actually serves a purpose as the intentional dents that allow your fingers to sit comfortably while you're painting. It's definitely a brand I might look into if I feel like treating myself to a bit of luxe polish (because that's what I need, more nail polish...)

Anyway, onto the shades! Porn-a-thon is a pastel peachy tone. It's got a really creamy formula and it takes three thin coats to get full opacity. Chelsea Embankment is a beautiful gold glitter polish from Nails Inc. I tried to create a subtle gradient with the glitter, varying the amount of pressure I used when applying the polish but if I was using it normally, you'd get full opacity in two or three coats, which is pretty darn good for a glitter. I used Feel the Burn for the scalloped tips. It's a warm, slightly dark red which will probably pop up again on the blog. I used a striper brush to create a chevron tip for each nail. Once I filled in the tip and made sure it was opaque, I used a dotter to create the scalloped edge. Then, using Porn-a-thon and a smaller dotting tool, I dotted inside the red dots to create a cut out effect. Finish the look off with the gold square studs in the middle of the tip and top coat.

If you're into nail polishes (which I assume you are if you're on this blog!) then give Meebox a go. This month's theme is Kawaii (which will be awesome!) so if you're a fan of all thing Japanese, check out the subscription plan here. You'll always get back the money you pay for the box and more and if you get any duplicates from your stash? Be a great friend and give them to someone, share the love!

What look would you conjure up with this red carpet box? Let me know in the comments below, until next time :)

Monday, 7 March 2016

#TealTips for Barry M and Ovacome (Green Berry)

As some of you may know, March is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month and Barry M have teamed up with Ovacome for the fourth year running to run the Teal Tips campaign. This is the fun campaign that encourages ladies to wear teal nail polish (the official colour of Ovarian Cancer Awareness) during the month of March to spread ovarian cancer awareness.

Barry M's polish of choice for this campaign is their gelly shade Green Berry. For the whole of March (as well as last month), Barry M are donating 50% of proceeds from each £3.99 Green Berry polish purchased on their website to Ovacome. You can buy the polish HERE and buy enough for you and your friends to spread the word, it's all for a good cause (and you'll look fab doing so!)

You can also make a donation to Ovacome by texting OVAC00 followed by the amount you'd like to donate (like OVAC00 £5) to 70070. You can can read up a bit more about Ovacome and Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month HERE. If you've painted your nails teal for the cause, be sure to hashtag #TealTips on social media to join the campaign and tag your friends to do the same!

Today's post is a little different but it's all for a good cause. Green Berry is a beaut shade anyway so it was bound to pop up on the blog one day so why not for a good cause :) Until next time!
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