Beauty Box

Playtime with my December Beauty Cocoon Box

Playtime is more fun when you see it in action so here is my video of me trying all of the products for the first time from my December 2017 Beauty Cocoon Box!

That was my last Beauty Cocoon Box as I have a lot of other makeup to get through. Also, the box isn’t quite what it says it is (for example, it says it’s a luxury box but there was an MUA Makeup Academy eye pencil in the last box!) which is a little annoying. Anyway, as always, here are some pics:

Beauty Cocoon Box December 2017

Beauty Cocoon Box December 2017 LA Splash liquid lip colour

Beauty Cocoon Box December 2017 LA splash liquid lip colour

Beauty Cocoon Box December 2017 sarazaar glitter fix gelBeauty Cocoon Box December 2017 sarazaar premium cosmetic glitter

Beauty Cocoon Box December 2017 lash unlimited

Beauty Cocoon Box December 2017 glitter eye

Beauty Cocoon Box December 2017 mynx m.n.y.x. london silver glitter nail polish

As I mentioned in the video, the boxes have improved month on month and this was the best one so far. Although, you can see from my face I was a little surprised at the name of the box “I’ll be glammed”. It is a play on the phrase “I’ll be dammed” which is not in the Christmas spirit at all. I quickly got over that though. I hope Beauty Cocoon Box take my feedback on board and continue to curate more full-face boxes as this will set them apart from the other boxes out there.

For more info visit the website and see what I received in my October and November boxes.

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Barry M Nail Paint in Moonlight over OPI Push and Shove

Barry M Nail Paint in Moonlight over OPI Push and Shove
Barry M Nail Paint in Moonlight over OPI Push and Shove

Barry M Nail Paint in Moonlight is so bright and bold I just had to turn up the drama and try it over OPI Push and Shove from the 2013 Gwen Stefani collection.

Moonlight is a silver glitter topcoat made up of silver stars, tiny silver circles of different sizes, silver rectangle pieces like tinsel, medium sized silver hexagonal pieces and the odd piece of randomly shaped red glitter which resembles torn papers. (See it over red here).

OPI Push and Shove is a silver chrome shade so you can tell I was really going for the “look at me” effect. I naughtily did not use the designated base coat which came with it – Lay Down That Base so it painted on a little lumpy. You can’t tell however as so much is going on with Moonlight – something I love about glitter. Glitter polishes hide a multitude of nail issues!

It’s so difficult to capture the effect of glitter over chrome in a photo. The smaller silver pieces of glitter add texture, the stars and the hexagons are holographic so they give flashes of rainbow in certain light and the red pieces of glitter randomly scattered on my nails add that little bit extra to make my nails look even more special. The chrome base colour makes the whole look quite spectacular.

All of this is achieved with only two bottles of polish and minimal effort. Who would have thought that it would be so easy to get such dramatic nails?

If you cannot get hold of Push and Shove anymore, you might be able to get the same effect using the Barry M Nail Effects Foils in Silver 319. I haven’t yet tried the Barry M foils but if you have I would love to see it!

Barry M Nail Paint in Moonlight over OPI Push and Shove
Barry M Nail Paint in Moonlight over OPI Push and Shove
Barry M Nail Paint in Moonlight over OPI Push and Shove
Barry M Nail Paint in Moonlight over OPI Push and Shove
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Barry M Nail Paint in Moonlight over OPI Red Fingers and Mistletoes

Barry M Nail Paint in Moonlight over OPI Red Fingers and Mistletoes
Barry M Nail Paint in Moonlight over OPI Red Fingers and Mistletoes

Barry M Nail Paint in Moonlight 439 is a limited edition glitter topcoat that I picked up from Boots. This little bottle packs in so much – I couldn’t decide which base colour to use so I tried it over two.

Moonlight is mainly silver glitter made up of silver stars, tiny silver circles of different sizes, silver rectangle pieces like tinsel, medium sized silver hexagonal pieces and the odd piece of randomly shaped red glitter which resembles torn papers. In certain light I’m sure the hexagons and stars a holographic. In all it’s very Christmassy!

I first tried this over OPI Nail Lacquer in Red Fingers & Mistletoes, a deep red nail polish with what looks like red and gold micro glitter which gives off a deep three-dimensional shimmer rather than a chunky glitter effect.

The smaller Moonlight particles paint on quite easily but a little bit of dabbing was needed to deposit the stars and hexagons. The silver bits come up nice and bold against the red but the red pieces cannot be seen at all.

Overall, the effect is multi-dimensional with the depth of the red underneath and the variety of different shaped glitter on top. This is definitely not for the faint-hearted!

Barry M Nail Paint in Moonlight over OPI Red Fingers and Mistletoes
Barry M Nail Paint in Moonlight over OPI Red Fingers and Mistletoes
Barry M Nail Paint in Moonlight over OPI Red Fingers and Mistletoes
Barry M Nail Paint in Moonlight over OPI Red Fingers and Mistletoes
barry m, Glitter, Gold

Barry M Nail Paint in Yellow Topaz

Barry M Nail Paint in Yellow Topaz
Barry M Nail Paint in Yellow Topaz
Barry M Nail Paint in Yellow Topaz up close!
Barry M Nail Paint in Yellow Topaz up close!

I cannot tell you how much I love this Barry M Nail Paint in Yellow Topaz- it goes with every colour! I like that has both large and tiny pieces of golden glitter to add a third dimension to any manicure. If you want more glitter, you can just layer on some more. It also doesn’t matter how you paint it on – sometimes I paint in different directions to get a good spread of different sized glitter particles. It’s taken me a while to post but here are the colours I have tried it over so far:

 

Barry M Nail Paint in Yellow Topaz over Gelly Hi Shine Blood Orange red
Barry M Nail Paint in Yellow Topaz over Gelly Hi Shine Blood Orange red
Barry M Nail Paint in Yellow Topaz
Barry M Nail Paint in Yellow Topaz over white
Barry M Nail Paint in Yellow Topaz over Barry M Matte Caramel
Barry M Nail Paint in Yellow Topaz over Barry M Matte Caramel
Barry M Nail Paint in Yellow Topaz over burgundy
Barry M Nail Paint in Yellow Topaz over burgundy

I think it would also look great over navy blue. If you’ve tried this combination I would love to see it.

Although it’s not a 2014 Christmas limited edition, Barry M Nail Paint in Yellow Topaz is perfect for Christmas and beyond!

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Barry M Nail Paints in Matte Vanilla and Rose Quartz

Barry M Nail Paints in Matte Vanilla and Rose Quartz
Barry M Nail Paints in Matte Vanilla and Rose Quartz

As part of my mission to have a sparkly Christmas, I bought Barry M Nail Paint in Rose Quartz. It’s a very pretty pale rose glitter nail polish consisting of rose gold micro glitter and rose gold hexagonal chunks.

I have decided that this year I would wear glitter as a top coat instead of layering it for speed of both application and removal. I therefore went back to the shop for a pale pink base colour.

Once there I decided that pale pink wasn’t quite right so I picked up Barry M Matte Nail Paint in Vanilla, a pale matte lilac shade. I already have the Barry M Matte Nail Paint in Caramel so I knew I would love the effect.

I wasn’t disappointed! Rose Quartz and Matte Vanilla go perfectly together! I went for one coat of each with a clear topcoat except my ring finger on which I applied two coats of Vanilla followed by matte topcoat.

Rose Quartz is fairly easy to apply and you will get some large glitter and lots of micro glitter with one sweep but to get a more even coverage of large glitter you’ll need to do a little bit of dabbing.

Although I bought Barry M Nail Paint in Rose Quartz for Christmas, I think it is the perfect New Year’s Eve glitter. I would wear Barry M Matte Nail Paint in Vanilla all year and it is already one of my favourites!

 Barry M Nail Paints in Matte Vanilla and Rose Quartz

Barry M Nail Paints in Matte Vanilla and Rose Quartz
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Barry M Nail Paint in Ruby Slippers

Barry M Nail Paint in Ruby Slippers with Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Paint in Blood Orange
Barry M Nail Paint in Ruby Slippers with Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Paint in Blood Orange

I might have gone overboard with the Barry M glitter nail paint! The first combination I have tried is Barry M Ruby Slippers Nail Paint over Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Paint in Blood Orange.

Ruby Slippers is a very pretty micro glitter in true red. It really does bring out the Dorothy in you – I want to find a yellow-brick road! The glitter is so fine I would wear it at any time of year. In fact, I need more glitter to be in a Christmas mood so I’ll be changing this soon for something more bold.

I used base coat, one coat of Blood Orange, one coat of Ruby Slippers and topcoat. Yes, please believe I only needed one coat to match my Christmas baubles. I was quite impressed!

Without topcoat it is like OPI liquid sand (I’ll tell you more about this in another post) – relatively quick drying with no need for topcoat but almost matte. However, unlike liquid sand I found that topcoat gave the glitter/shimmer a boost giving it the shine I wanted.

I love Barry M Nail Paint in Ruby Slippers because of its versatility. Without topcoat you get a nice textured shimmer which is surprisingly subtle. With topcoat you get a shiny, glittery effect which is good for those who want to add pizzazz to their nails without feeling like it is too much.

Unfortunately I just couldn’t capture this with my camera so you’ll have to take my word for it!

Barry M Nail Paint in Ruby Slippers with Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Paint in Blood Orange
Barry M Nail Paint in Ruby Slippers with Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Paint in Blood Orange
Blue, Glitter, Seventeen

Seventeen Quicker Slicker Nail Colour in Navy Glint

Seventeen Quicker Slicker Nail Colour in Navy Glint
Seventeen Quicker Slicker Nail Colour in Navy Glint

Seventeen Quicker Slicker in Navy Glint is a quick dry glitter nail polish. I always need to keep a stock of quick dry polishes in the collection! I find that glitter polishes in general dry quicker and are easier to put on in a hurry because there’s no risk of seeing the brush strokes due to the glitter.

As a quick dry nail colour, it is slightly thick which is difficult to work with using the tiny brush. I got this as part of a set so I assume the full size bottle has a larger brush.

Colour wise, I love it! I wouldn’t call it navy myself, maybe a very dark petrol blue. The glitter pieces are tiny so it doesn’t look too party-like or Christmassy. The glitter just make it more shiny and reflective. I think it’s good for both daytime and evening.

This has become a favourite in my collection!

 

Seventeen Quicker Slicker Nail Colour in Navy Glint
Seventeen Quicker Slicker Nail Colour in Navy Glint
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Models Own Snow White and Barry M Yellow Topaz

Models Own Snow White and Barry M Yellow Topaz
Models Own Snow White and Barry M Yellow Topaz

I planned to put Barry M Nail Paint in Yellow Topaz over Models Own nail polish in Snow White before the cracking incident but the Barry M topcoat was a perfect temporary cover before I had to re-do my nails.

I love the Barry M Yellow Topaz topcoat, I even vowed that I would put it on everything! It goes especially well with white and I received a few compliments on my nails wearing this combination.

Models Own Snow White and Barry M Yellow Topaz
Models Own Snow White and Barry M Yellow Topaz