Barry M Gelly Nail Polish – Black Grape

I love a good nail polish and black is one of my favourite colours to wear as it looks so chic and clean. So imagine my elation when I see that Barry M have brought out a range of ‘Blacks’ which have slight tints to them – blues, purples and greens!! I have just discovered that this range is called ‘Midnight Gellies’ and that pleases me even more, haha.

I know we’ve been having amazing weather recently so to post about a black nail polish is a bit weird, but this is such a beautiful shade I couldn’t resist (plus if you were looking for something more summery take a look at my other Barry M review, it’ll be much more up your street!)

Barry M Gelly Nail Polish - Black Grape

The shade I am wearing in the picture above is called ‘Black Grape’ and it’s a gorgeous, glossy black with a hint of midnight blue running through it. I applied two coats and this really built up the black intensity but in certain lights you can see the blue undertone to it. I’d love to try the purple one as well as that would look gorge – particularly in Autumn!

Barry M - Black Grape

This is such a flattering colour and can help to elongate your nails if you have filed them into the right shape – I tend to keep the tip squared off and then round the edges a little to make sure I don’t maim someone.

What do you think to ‘Black Grape’?!

Thanks for reading,

Rosh xxx

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Barry M Gelly Nail Polish in ‘Blueberry’

Barry M Gelly Nail Polish - Blueberry

So, I’ll be honest with you. I wanted to buy something at the weekend. I’m trying not to spend money. I went to Boots. I took my Advantage card with me. I bought two nail polishes with the money what is points on a little plastic card. This equals a satisfied Roshni that Reviews.

Lol that’s not all of it, I had been looking at my nail polish like URGH YOU ALL DISGUST ME GET AWAY for a few weeks now and I needed a refresh. What better to match the BEEyootiful weather we have been having recently than a gorgeous blue that makes me think of the colour you use when you’re little and you want to draw the sky.

This is the shade ‘Blueberry’ from the Barry M Gelly range, which are nail polishes designed to give an amazing shiny finish reminiscent of gel polishes.

It’s the most lovely medium blue with a hint of lilac, it’s REALLY flattering (in my humble opinion) particularly if you have darker skin. Without looking too much like blue tack, it’s a very pretty (I want to say Periwinkle but that just sounds like something rude that’s been exposed in a Nandos) shade that I will be wearing a lot.

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If you have tried the Barry M Gelly nail polishes you will know that the formula of them is pretty special. They LOOK like Shellac or gels when used properly and I have definitely used the Gelly polishes before without top coats and they have been fine, just not lasted as long as when I do use one.

In the picture above I have used the Seche Vite top coat (click for link) – I’ve been through about 4 bottles of this in the past and so many people ask what I use so I point them in the direction of the good ol’ Seche Vite.

Squ-oval has been the shape of choice for me for a while now – I can’t stand sharp edges as I am convinced I will scratch a line down my face by accident and I prefer more of a square shape because this is more flattering for my hands (!)

All in all this was only two coats of ‘Blueberry’ and then a swipe of the Seche Vite top coat, within about a minute it was dry to touch and I could get on with my day!

Have you tried any of the shades from the Barry M Gelly range? I have bought another one so you will have to keep your eyes peeled for that one….:)

Thanks for reading, go enjoy the sunshine! If there is any where you are…

Roshni xxx

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Barry M ‘Watermelon’ and what might be my favourite polish of all time

I have a quick little post for you today on a weird colour for nail polish: GREEN. Not a huge fan of the acid, lime or foliage types, I tend to swerve more towards the turquoise, emerald and teal types when it comes to beauty and nails.

The polishes I have used today are a deep dark green, with the glitter being more of a navy teal kind of colour. It’s that same 17 polish I’ve spoken about before that I thought they had discontinued, I’ve just had a look on the Boots website though and it looks like they have it! REJOICE. I’m getting to the last few drops of mine, even tried to pour a bit of nail polish remover in it to spark it up again but ALAS, it didn’t help :(.

Barry M Gelly in 'Watermelon' and 17 'Navy Glint'
Barry M Gelly in ‘Watermelon’ and 17 ‘Navy Glint’

This look uses ‘Watermelon’ all over and then ‘Navy Glint’ as an accent. I can’t stress how much I love this colour, I think its the perfect everyday glitter that looks really chic and understated. It also comes off with remover like a dream!

I already love the Barry M Gelly polishes, they are some of the best that I have tried. The finish is always great and the opacity is brilliant once you get to your second coat at least. I find that the darkest colours come up the best in this range, as they really pick up the shine.

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What do you think of this look?

More importantly, what is your favourite polish in the world? Think of if your collection got stolen (god forbid) what is the shade you’d pine for the most?!

Thanks for reading 🙂

Roshni xxx

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Autumn Nail Colours

Hello!

As we are well into Autumn, I’ve started to leave the bright sunny shades back where they belong and am slowly moving over to the dark, more muted autumn colours when it comes to nails. This time of year is brilliant, I particularly like the cosy nights in with a cup of tea and a blanket (I have just aged about 80 years) and a good ol’ crunchy leaf to stomp on (just digressed back to 4 and a half years old).

This little post includes some of my favourite shades for autumn, and also as we are nearing christmas, some of the top coats that can make things a little bit more festive :)!

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So if we start with the non glitter shades:

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Left to right: Kiko, Barry M Gelly in ‘Watermelon’, Nails Inc ‘Regent Street’, Tanya Burr ‘Midnight Sparkles’, French Connection

This is just a selection of the shades that I think are ideal for autumn. The Kiko polish is lovely, and I picked it up on my last visit to Landannnn. I don’t think they have shade names or numbers which is annoying, but this muted grey is really chic and is an ideal colour if you aren’t allowed to wear bright coloured nail varnish in your office, place of work, or school.

The Barry M polish is wrongly named if you ask me, when I look at this shade the last thing I think is watermelon. I actually think ‘Pond Sludge’ but I don’t think that would fly with Bazza. This shade might be a bit love/hate, but I really love the teal colour, and I think again it is quite a sophisticated shade to have on from late summer to autumn.

The Nails Inc polish is ‘Regent Street’ is probably my favourite of the bunch here, as the maroony burgundy shade is really really chic, and also looks great with the gold glitter polish I will be talking about in a mo. This is a classic autumnal colour, and the formula is long lasting and hardly chips…which makes it even better!

Tanya Burr‘s ‘Midnight Sparkles’ is actually what I am wearing now as I tinker away at these laptop keys. This is a gorgeous dark mauve, with purple shimmer in it, that looks really nice when it catches the light. It is almost black-purple, so it looks great if it is glossy and opaque, which isn’t hard to achieve due to the thick formula and easy to use brush.

Finally, we have the French Connection mauvey reddy purpley colour (again, no shade names or numbers, sort it ahht). This is a gorgeous colour, but be warned it can be quite difficult to build up this shade to what you see in the little bottle. The brush is quite thin too, but if you have the patience then there’s noting wrong with cracking this autumnal colour out.

If you fancy a little nod to christmas, take a look at these three glittery top coats:

 

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Technic by Bodycare Nail Polish, Bourjois ‘Sun Scales’ and Barry M Silver Glitter Top Coat

 

The blue glitter top coat is actually from Bodycare, and costs a measly £2-3 per bottle. This is a right bugger to remove, but layered over the top of a dark purple, black or navy blue, it is really striking. I wouldn’t go over board with this stuff though, or you will be finding bits of it on your nails in 2017.

The Bourjois ‘Sun Scales’ is really beautiful, and VERY clever. It’s actually little bits of gold foil (like someone got some gold tinsel and put it in a food processor), therefore it isn’t too cumbersome to remove and looks really really good over a burgundy, black or blue nail polish.

The most versatile of this trio is the Barry M Silver glitter top coat. With different sized little silver glitters, this pretty much looks good over ANY colour (maybe not gold though…#jussayin). This again is quite difficult to remove but hey, towards Christmas you might find yourself tucked in in a cosy bed rather than out in the lashing wind and rain, so you might as well treat yourself to a bit of pampering (or scrubbing at nails with remover pads :)).

Let me know what your favourite autumnal shades are so I can fritter away my next wage slip 🙂

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‘Greenberry’ Gelly by Barry M

I struggle to find light nail varnish colours that look nice against my brown skin. But as it is nearing (or already is…) summer, I wanted to branch away from the usual dark purples and blues to a more summery, leafy, breezy colour to match the beautifully sunny day we are having today.

I am a big fan of the Barry M Gelly nail varnishes anyway, and have a teal green and cobalt blue shade already. They are really long lasting, but I do have a sure fire process to make sure your manicure can last at least a week, chip free (tried and tested by myself :)).

 

Here are the products I use during a pastel green manicure:

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From left to right:

1. Seche Vite Top Coat, 2. Almond Hand Cream from The Body Shop, 3. Greenberry Gelly Hi-Shine Barry M Nail Varnish, 4. Nail file from Superdrug, 5. Sally Hansen Double Duty Base and Top Coat

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First let’s talk about Seche Vite – This stuff has changed my life. I regularly have a different shade of nail varnish on week to week because of this little bottle. Actually for a nail varnish, the bottle is quite big but anyhoo. It feels very odd putting such a thick layer of varnish as a top coat because you think this is NOT going to dry for aaages. How wrong was I?!  (By the way my Seche Vite has a pink tinge because I have used it over red or pink varnish many a time, and it does take some of the colour. A minor niggle, and it doesn’t show up if you then use it on other colours).

I should have arranged the above photo better but basically I file my nails into a oval shape, use the Almond hand cream to sort out my cuticles. Then I apply a thin layer of the Sally Hansen Double Duty, then one coat of the Greenberry (yes, only one coat). Well, if it looks a bit thin in certain parts I go over it, but generally it is quite good. One criticism I would have is that I would have liked a more romantic name than ‘Greenberry’. Maybe ‘Mint Sorbet’? I do love food related names because…I like food. Lots.

 

Then after a few minutes, I use one blob of Seche Vite per nail, starting down the centre and then doing a stroke either side to use the big blob in the middle to cover the whole nail. I usually wait a few minutes because it is three layers of polish, but Seche Vite is amazing and dries quickly, with a gel like finish and a brilliant shine. I actually have found myself talking to a lady on a supermarket till about Seche Vite because I love it so much!

 

Greenberry!

I think this is a brilliant way to welcome in summer, and what’s more the beautiful pastel green looks great with a tan, or on asian skin.

Bring on the sun shine :).

(I’ve probably jinxed it so it will rain all week, but oh well!)

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