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!

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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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Ciaté Nail Polishes – Olivia Palermo ‘The Fashion Edit’

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I’ve always loved Ciaté nail polishes since last year when I had one of their advent calendars. They have a great range of shades and really pretty glitters aswell. This set that I’m reviewing for you today is from the collaboration between Ciaté and Olivia Palermo, called the ‘Fashion Edit’. (Quick note, she’s also developed a make up range with them too!)

This pretty little collection has shades that wouldn’t go amiss around Fashion Week, and it has four shades to see you through any special occasion. The shades included are:

These shades are really pretty, my favourite so far is the soft, milky nude which is very chic and flattering on the nails.

Here is me wearing ‘My Off Duty Nude’ 🙂

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The polishes themselves take around 2 – 3 coats to get them quite opaque (particularly the nude one) but that’s not too excessive when you compare it to most other nail polishes. My only criticism of these polishes is that on their own they are BLOODY expensive. £17 for a nail polish?!?!? For one?!? The set isn’t too badly priced at £25.

Mental!

I know Olivia Palermo is the person they have collaborated with for this but what has she put in them…caviar?!

What do you think of these? Have you tried any of this range?

🙂

Roshni xxx

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What does Christmas mean for a Beauty Blogger?

I wanted to write about something topical today – and low and behold (is that how you’re meant to write that?!) it’s Christmas in two days!

Christmas means a lot of things to a lot of people…for me it means family, presents, lots of food and relaxing watching Christmas films and dreadful prime time soaps (cue the point where I start playing with my presents). For my second Christmas as a beauty blogger it makes me think of any new presents that I can use for tutorials and that I can make the most of my time being off work to satisfy my hobby.

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As I say, it’s been about a year of what I like to call PROPER BLOGGING. I started my blog in April last year and didn’t really touch it until Christmas last year. I’ve had a great year starting out and last Christmas was where I really started to engage with Instagram, the blogging community and it was when I tried Twitter and realised I hated it (:S).

The extra time to blog has been great – I’ve loved sitting at my computer and thinking of ideas and videos that I can do and getting ahead and prepared is the best way to spend this kind of time. I’ve had time to relax too which has been great (I’m one of those people where if I have free time I usually FIND ways to fill it rather than just sit there, blame my mum for that).

What does Christmas mean for you? Especially my fellow blogging community – do you use your christmas for more posts and videos, or use it to completely forget about blogging?

I can now take this opportunity to say a big MERRY CHRISTMAS to you all, be safe, spend time with your loved ones and I can’t wait for what the next year will hold!

Thanks guys,

Roshni xxx

P.S. I can’t believe people are still reading my posts. If you have read up to here comment saying something like ‘CHRISTMAS ON FLEEK’ hahahaha

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Week 3 – The Body Shop Advent Calendar!

The thought of waking up and not having a little present each morning is a bit sad but I’ve really enjoyed opening my advent calendar! There have been some great skincare and bath things in the calendar and it all looks excellent quality. I’ve also started thinking about different ways I can use the box after…I’ll do a little post on this after!

So here I can show you the things I have got in the 12th – 19th days of Christmas!

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This week we have had…

  • Shea Butter Shower Cream
  • Strawberry Lip Butter
  • Cream Coloured Heart Soap
  • Frosted Plum Shimmer Lotion (this smells SO good)
  • Vitamin E Night Cream
  • Wild Argan Oil Shower Gel
  • Body Shop Eyeshadow Brush
  • Fuji Green Tea Body Lotion

I think my favourite smell to come out of this advent calendar is the Fuji Green Tea products. I don’t even know what Fuji Green Tea is but it smells so nice – so refreshing, light and clean!

What advent calendars are you opening?! Any recommendations for next year?!

Thanks for reading everyone,

Roshni xxx

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Can Seche Vite withstand an Indian Wedding?

Put simply, no it can’t. Lol. Don’t worry, there’s more below :).

So, my sister got married this weekend and being an Indian wedding, it was (at least) a three day shin dig. Traditionally you do some religious ceremonies on a Friday (if you are doing your wedding over a weekend), have your indian wedding day on the Saturday and then a reception on the Sunday – what a way to drag it out, eh?

It’s pretty full on when you cram it into three days, traditionally Indian weddings used to last around a week but now with people wanting to reduce it down it’s condensed into three hectic but enjoyable days for a complete wedding.

Part of the Friday antics involve being covered in a paste made with Turmeric – if any of you don’t know what this is it is usually used in cooking as a colourant (it’s bright yellow) but it has health and beauty benefits. It’s meant to be great for your skin, so part of the wedding prep involves the bride being covered in what we call ‘Pithi’ (usually a mix of turmeric and water). This then does wash off before the wedding day, but you end up finding your house has yellow stained towels, there are random blobs of it on the floor and things that were white are no longer white.

What does this have to do with nails, I hear you ask? Well, the bride traditionally wears an outfit of red/gold/white/green on the indian wedding day – which means you would usually have dark red nail polish. However on the reception day my sister chose to wear a lovely cream colour meaning she’d want lighter coloured nails.

So you have to plan well in advance what you want to do manicure wise because:

  1. You want something that lasts as you will have very little time
  2. You’ll have to bear in mind that when you do the ‘Pithi’ your top coat will usually go yellow and so will your hands
  3. There’s a likelihood of Lots of Yellow

So this brings me onto Seche Vite!

I have raved about this top coat and quick nail polish setter more times than I can count, but I thought it would be a good idea to see if it can withstand the mother of all weddings. Myself and my sisters had maroon coloured nail polish on for the Friday and the Saturday, then we changed our polish on Saturday night and opted for a lighter glittery shade.

We were very busy on Friday and Saturday – moving boxes, washing up, eating, running around and getting things ready – so this is a great test for nail varnish!

Seche Vite usually lasts me around a week before disastrously chipping, but then again I must be really lazy and not do anything. During the wedding, Seche Vite lasted around 1 day – so I can’t say it performs very well during a crazy wedding.

By the evening on Friday, the Seche Vite had started to peel off a little on my mum’s nails and had started to chip at the corners on my own. Here is a lovely picture of what they looked like before the craziness!

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This is Essie’s ‘Bordeaux’ – it’s beautiful! It looked great on the Friday morning, but it definitely looked worse for wear on Friday evening. I didn’t have time to touch it up for Saturday so that just…happened lol, but then for Sunday I chose 17’s Silver Kisses, which is beautiful :D.

So unfortunately, although Seche Vite is amazing for day to day wear if you have an indian wedding coming up soon you won’t be able to rely on Seche Vite for the whole time but it is still a great product. I have heard good things about Lottie London’s Gel Top Coat – with someone I follow on Instagram even saying they think it’s BETTER than Mr Vite!

Hope you have found this useful even if it just says ‘WEDDING DON’T USE SECHE VITE’,

Thank you for reading!

Roshni xxx

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The Nail Polishes That Say ‘Autumn’

One of the best things about autumn (or Fall for any of you across the ocean) is that you can crack out the mauves, the burgundy reds and the burnt oranges.

Autumnal colours just bellow messages of warm nights by the fire, hot chocolates and feeling snug wrapped in a knitted scarf :).

So I thought I’d show you some of my favourite nail polishes for Autumn time – they are a mix of purples, reds and teals. A few glitters are thrown into the mix too, as when you start to move towards Christmas time you can’t beat a bit of glitter!

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First up, we have Essie’s ‘Bordeaux’ (pictured above) which is a beautiful burgundy, maroon colour. It’s quite dark, but that’s what winter is all about – it’s filled with dark and moody shades. This is my newest purchase and it has a brilliant, glassy effect. Essie polishes are amazing!

Next we have Ciaté’s ‘Silhouette’, which is a gorgeous dark red, with flecks of glitter running through it. It isn’t coarse bits of glitter, it’s quite fine but it is quite dramatic once you’ve painted it on. (By the way, why does silhouette have a H in it? Sil HOO ette). The glitter is like a green/browny/red reflection, which is SO pretty.  This takes a good two coats to build up, but once you’ve done the second one it’s beautifully opaque.

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Front and centre, we have Tanya Burr’s Midnight Sparkles, which is a firm autumn favourite of mine. This is quite a bright but dark purple glittery polish. Compared to the Ciaté polish this comes out quite opaque already (you can tell Tan has taken time to look at the formula for these polishes). This is a great polish for those times when you are in a rush – a few  sweeps of this and you’re done! I’d recommend a layer of Seche Vite over the top to give a glassy finish that dries really quick!

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Lastly, we have a No 17 polish and another from Tanya’s range (you can tell I like them, right?) The 17 polish is called ‘Navy Glint’, which is summed up by the name really! It’s a teal coloured glitter, which has AMAZING opacity. Seriously, a few strokes of this nail polish and you are done. It can look quite dull as it is so I’d recommend using a top coat :).

Then, Tanya Burr’s ‘New York Night’ is a deep purple that has no shimmer in it. Sometimes when using this, it’s so dark it looks a bit black, but I quite like that about it. This is quite good in terms of coats – I’d say max 2 coats is needed. This is a great kind of polish to use if you are going for a bit more of a grungy look, or if you’ve used kohl to line your eyes for example.

Those are my favourite polishes for Autumn time, I hope you’ve enjoyed this post and feel free to leave me a comment if you want to know any more about them!

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Thanks for reading,

Roshni xxx

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The Non Sickly Pastel Look

The gorgeous weather has hit again and we are definitely moving towards summer territory now. High streets are filled with pale pinks, yellows and lilacs, all in time for the sunshine! I’ve never really been a massive fan of pastels, preferring the moody maroons and mauves of winter.

I used to dislike it even more on nails, but I’ve had a bit of a U-turn (makes me think of Usher) and there are now more pastels that are more subtle rather than in your face light. Barry M brought out a great range of ‘Quick Dry’ polishes that have lovely pastels in them (I reviewed one of them here) and they have a wide selection of shades in their complete range.

Today I have a pastel lilac nail look for you, with a strawberry pastel pink accent nail. I loved this look as soon as I slicked the last swipe of Seche Vite over the top, which surprised me as I thought even these might be too light for me in the bottle.

I’ve used Barry M’s ‘Strawberry Ice Cream’ and Essie’s ‘Lilacism’, both of which are from the drugstore and in my opinion perform just as well if not better than some higher end nail polishes like Nails Inc and Ciaté. At just £2.99 for the Barry M and £7.99 for the Essie polish, they are pretty reasonably priced…(by the way the polishes are much brighter in colour than in the pictures on the links).

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What I love in particular about this look is how GLASSY the polishes look. I have always thought that Essie polishes have has a gorgeous sheen to them, but this Barry M ‘Strawberry Ice Cream’ nail paint is just as good when it comes to the finish. I really like the combination of the two colours. To me, this is perfect for girls who are like me and don’t want to end up with a sickly sweet manicure.

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What do you guys think of this look? What are your favourite pastel polishes?

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Thanks for reading,

Rosh xxx

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The Perfect Summer Polishes

Hello Everyone!

I hope you are having a lovely Saturday morning eating a crummy breakfast or enjoying a lazy lie in :). I have a few nail polishes to show you that are perfect for wearing in the hazy spring sunshine that we have been lucky enough to have in the UK. It doesn’t necessarily have to be pastel colours that you opt for in Spring/Summer, so I’ve grabbed a mix of brights and pales to show you that are my personal favourites.

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I think the two Essie shades are my favourite from this pentagonal array. The formulae (?) for them is beautiful, a practical wide brush deposits just the right amount of glass like polish onto your nail and it’s so easily buildable (how is that not a word spell checker).

Here I’ll show you what each looks like on!

ESSIE ARUBA BLUE (with Ciaté Celestial glitter coat over the top):

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BARRY M GREENBERRY:

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ESSIE CUTE AS A BUTTON:

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CIATÉ FERRIS WHEEL:

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BARRY M QUICK DRY KISS ME QUICK:

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What are your favourite spring/summer time polishes?

Happy Saturday everyone!

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My Obsession with New York Night continues…

Ever since I received the Tanya Burr nail varnish ‘New York Night’ for Christmas from my sister, it has been my go to colour when I’m not sure what I want to wear.

It’s a lovely dark, almost black purple colour that is really wearable, looks very sophisticated and lasts for at least a week. I don’t use a base coat with this, the formula is thick enough to go completely opaque from the second coat. Even on it’s own it dries with a real shine, but when you use a top coat over it the colour really comes to life.

I also used a Ciaté glitter polish that has tiny gold strips in, called ‘Sloaney, Sweetie’. This gives a really lovely contrast to the dark polish and creates a strong, bold look.

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This is my favourite Tanya Burr nail polish out of her range, I tried a grey toned version but I thought it fell a bit flat. The Ciaté polish is really pretty, but it gets a bit claggy and hard to spread after a while…I think mine needed a good shake!!

Have you tried any shades from the Tanya Burr nail polish range?

Thanks for reading 🙂 and Happy Friday!

Roshni xxx

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