barry m, Christmas, Glitter, opi, Red, Silver, sparkle, Topcoat

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
Advertisements
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!

barry m, Christmas, Glitter, Pink

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
barry m, Glitter, Red

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
barry m, Confetti, nude

Barry M Matte Nail Paint in Caramel and Barry M Nail Paint in Dolly Mixture

Barry M Matte Nail Paint in Caramel and Barry M Nail Paint in Dolly Mixture
Barry M Matte Nail Paint in Caramel and Barry M Nail Paint in Dolly Mixture
Barry M Matte Nail Paint in Caramel and Barry M Nail Paint in Dolly Mixture
Barry M Matte Nail Paint in Caramel and Barry M Nail Paint in Dolly Mixture

Remember last time I wore Barry M Matte Nail Paint in Caramel? I got bored! I love the colour – it is classy and my perfect nude but I actually like bold nails and hi-shine! I decided to wear Barry M Matte Nail Paint in Caramel with a gloss topcoat this time around and I think it looks amazing! I did a feature nail with Barry M Nail Paint in Dolly Mixture as the confetti pieces would have taken far too much time to cover all of my nails. It needs a minimum of two thick coats to get the coverage in the photos.

I really like this combination!

 

Barry M Matte Nail Paint in Caramel and Barry M Nail Paint in Dolly Mixture: The Kit
Barry M Matte Nail Paint in Caramel and Barry M Nail Paint in Dolly Mixture: The Kit
barry m, green

Barry M Nail Paint in Mint Green

Barry M Nail Paint in Mint Green
Barry M Nail Paint in Mint Green

I can’t seem to stop buying nail polish in mint green. It’s just such a pretty colour! The Barry M Nail paint in mint green is a little darker than the other pale pastel shades out there which is a refreshing change. It’s creamy and very shiny which I like! I do like the Barry M formula – not too thick and not too thin. I’m wearing two coats and a top coat in the photo.

 

Crabtree & Evelyn, grey, Matte

Crabtree & Evelyn Nail Lacquer in Mica with No7 Nail Effects Matte Topcoat

Crabtree & Evelyn Nail Polish in Mica with No7 Nail Effects Matte Topcoat
Crabtree & Evelyn Nail Polish in Mica with No7 Nail Effects Matte Topcoat

I really love grey nail polishes which is why I bought Crabtree & Evelyn Nail Lacquer in Mica. The thing is, I wasn’t in the mood for hi-shine, glossy nail polish the day I wore this so I finished it with No7 Nail Effects Matte Topcoat. I think it turned out well and now I question whether I would ever want to wear this with a gloss topcoat!

What do you think?

 

barry m

Barry M Caramel and Mint Green Nail Art

Barry M Caramel and Mint Green Nail Art
Barry M Caramel and Mint Green Nail Art

 

If you follow me on Instagram you might recall that one miserable February day I decided to play around with my nails. I don’t often to nail art because my nails almost always chip the next day.

As beautiful as my Barry M Matte Nail Paint in Caramel is, I needed to liven it up.

The full “livening-up kit” consisted of: OPI Nail Envy as a base coat (not pictured), Barry M Matte Nail Paint in Caramel, Barry M Nail Paint in Mint Green, Barry M Nail Paint in Yellow Topaz and No7 Nail Effects matte topcoat and Revlon Quick Dry Topcoat.

Barry M Caramel and Mint Green Nail Art
Barry M Caramel and Mint Green Nail Art

All nails had a base of OPI Nail Envy, two coats of Barry M Matte Nail Paint in Caramel and one coat of No7 Nail Effects matte topcoat. I then added the other colours on top.

Thumb: Barry M Nail Paint in Yellow Topaz followed by No7 Nail Effects matte topcoat. I love the matte gold glitter look.

Barry M Caramel and Mint Green Nail Art
Barry M Caramel and Mint Green Nail Art – Thumb

Index finger: Barry M Nail Paint in Yellow Topaz followed by No7 Nail Effects matte topcoat and finished with two coats of Barry M Nail Paint in Mint Green diagonally down from the top of the nail.

Barry M Caramel and Mint Green Nail Art
Barry M Caramel and Mint Green Nail Art- Index Finger

Middle finger: One freehand stripe of Barry M Nail Paint in Mint Green to cover one third of my nail from top to bottom followed by two freehand stripes of Revlon Quick Dry Topcoat to cover the mint green stripe and to create a shiny middle stripe which was one third of the size of my nail. I ended up with three equal stripes.

Barry M Caramel and Mint Green Nail Art
Barry M Caramel and Mint Green Nail Art – Middle Finger

Ring finger: For a twist on a French manicure, I gauged how large the tip should be then mentally divided it in half across the nail. On the top half of the tip I painted Barry M Nail Paint in Mint Green across the nail then using the Revlon Quick Dry Topcoat I painted over the mint green again, across the nail and then painted another strip across the nail just underneath.

Barry M Caramel and Mint Green Nail Art
Barry M Caramel and Mint Green Nail Art – Ring Finger

Little finger: I really like my diagonals! I painted a triangle down from the top of my nail with Barry M Nail Paint in Mint Green (two coats) then carefully sealed this triangle with Revlon Quick Dry Topcoat.

Barry M Caramel and Mint Green Nail Art
Barry M Caramel and Mint Green Nail Art – Little Finger

It was fairly simple and quite fun! Which is your favourite?