Friday, 22 April 2016

Barry M Coconut Infusion Range* - The Nude Swatches

When a new collection drops, like the new Barry M Coconut Infusion range, swatching them all can be a bit overwhelming. You've seen my nail art using all of the bright shades from the collection but in this post, I'll be swatching the nude shades from the collection.

Coconut Infusion Nail Paints are the latest innovation from Barry M. Containing  unique blend of coconut oil and water, Coconut Infusion Nail Paints will apparently hydrate and nourish the nail while leaving a glossy gel-like finish.

All of the below swatches are three coats and no top coat. The Coconut Infusion range has the wide brush which seems to be making its way into all new collections and I'm a big fan!


Monday, 18 April 2016

Tropical Nail Art featuring Barry M Coconut Infusion Polishes*

If you follow me on Instagram (which you really should because I post nail art on there that doesn't make it on the blog!) you'll know that at the end of last week I got a delightful package from Barry M with their latest polish innovation, Coconut Infusion. These polishes contain a blend of coconut water and coconut oil that will apparently hydrate and nourish the nail. Enriched with vitamin B & C, along with anti-oxidant qualities, these polishes promise to also strengthen the nail with a smooth, gel-like finish.

Now, I haven't been wearing the polish for long enough to really make an assessment of these properties but in this post I can give you a quick overview of their formulas, as well as seeing them in action in some tropical themed nail art. I'll have swatches of the nude shades of the collection up soon so keep your eyes peeled for those but let's have a look at the more colourful shades from the collection.

For the base colours of the nails, I alternated Laguna, a pale periwinkle blue, and Surfboard, a lilac purple. I needed three coats of each to get full opacity. The Coconut Infusion polishes feature the wide brush which seems to be a regular feature of all new Barry M polishes. I like it because my nails are quite wide and long so they make short work of it. Perhaps it's due to the coconut oil and water infusion but I found the formula to sit between the normal nail paint formula and the gelly formula. Not exactly thin but not gel-thick either. Since these shades are quite pale across the board, with the exception of Flamingo, a bright coral and Aloha, a raspberry pink, the thinner formula compared to the Gellys could be down to their colour as well..

I used a fine brush with Bikini, a mint green, to paint leaves and fronds decorate the edges. Once done, I began to draw outlines of flowers with Flamingo using the same fine brush, mixing up the placement of flowers between nails. Switching to Aloha, I begin to outline flowers around the nails. I watered down some of the polish and then with a slightly larger brush began to fill in the pink flowers. Once filled, I placed spots of Surfboard in the pink flowers, like pollen or seeds. Finally, I filled in a few of the gaps around the nails with some more of Bikini. The design is easy, busy and maybe just a little bit tacky but it's kind of perfect for going on your holipops or just getting into the summer mood.

Barry M Coconut Infusion polishes are now available from the Barry M website, Boots and Superdrug and are priced at £4.99 each.

I hope you liked this post. I know posts on here are becoming more and more sporadic, and for that I apologize. I still love to do my nails and show them off to you guys but sometimes, I'm just not motivated enough to write up about them. Motivation is becoming something a bit allusive in all areas of my life of late but hopefully this will change. I'd love to start writing and trying some new things to maybe reinvigorate Flails and Nails, be it on the blog or every where in general. Be sure to like, follow, and subscribe to my social media sites on the side, Until next time :)

Friday, 1 April 2016

Spring is in the Air - Cherry Blossom Nails feat. Models Own

So the sun is kinda out and the rain has kinda stopped so Spring has officially arrived on Irish shores! I thought I'd celebrate this joyous event by some simple floral nail art inspired by all the lovely pictures popping up on Instagram of the cherry blossom trees of Japan. When I was in school, I always knew that Spring had sprung by the blooming of flowers of this tree that was near the front gate. I don't want to say it was a cherry blossom tree because, hello it's Belfast, but it did look a lot like one and its gorgeous pink flowers covered the path.

Models Own Powder Blue, Pink Veneer, Cashmere Pink, Cerise Shine and Barry M Mocha

Anyway, these nails are pretty simple and easy to do. It's all about layering the different shades of pink to create a sort-of flower-like shape. They kind of look like pink, shapeless blobs until you add in the brown detail of the branches and voila! You've got a mani that vaguely looks like floral ruffian nail art, mission complete!

How are you celebrating Spring? Let me know in the comments below and be sure to like, subscribe and follow the social media sites at the side. Until next time :)
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