Barry M Frosted Cupcakes Strawberries & Cream

I’m such a sucker for shimmer & glitter, if it’s sparkly; I have to have it. So as soon as I saw the Barry M Frosted Cupcakes range I knew I’d buy one. The one I chose is Strawberries & Cream, a very pale pink with flecks of white translucent glitter. It genuinely does look like cupcake frosting, especially up close.

This polish is quite similar to the Essence shade Engaged, which I reviewed at Christmas, here. Strawberries & Cream is a lot less satin in its finish though, drying to a shiny but slightly frosted effect. It also has larger flecks of glitter than Engaged. They’re both equally as pretty but I much prefer the finish of Strawberries & Cream. It’s such a delicate colour & would be ideal for a wedding or even just every day wear at work.

Application was easy, the square brush makes it easy to control where the polish goes and the thick consistency of the polish ensures a smooth & even application. Photographs show 1 coat of Essie First Base, 2 coats of colour & 1 coat of Essie Good To Go. Although the polish was perfectly even and opaque after 1 coat, force of habit always compels me to apply 2.

I bought this polish from the Superdrug website here, and it was £3.99. I had to buy online after searching in both big Boots stores & a large Superdrug store in town and finding it sold out in all 3 on 3 separate occasions. I think that speaks for itself and I can certainly see why it is so popular!

Let me know what you think!

Essence Christmas Party Nails

I thought I’d share with you the nails I wore for the Christmas party. I created this look using Essence Engaged and On Air!.

Engaged is a very delicate creme baby pink with a hint of shimmer. It was opaque in one coat but as usual I applied two. It dries to a satin finish, however, after I added a top coat it is shiny the way I like my nails.

On Air! is a fully coverage gold glitter polish and I think one of the best glitter nail polishes I’ve used. It is opaque in 2 coats which is what I applied.

I really can’t rave enough about the quality of these nail polishes especially for their low price! They are so easy to apply due to the flat, square brush and I am developing quite a collection!

Photographs show one coat of Essie First Base, 2 coats of colour and one coat of OPI RapidDry top coat. These nail polishes are available to buy here and in Wilkinsons stores in the U.K.

Let me know what you think!

Essence Party Princess

OMG, I’m so in love with my manicure and pedicure this week. Essence The Gel Nail Polish in no.07 Party Princess is, as the name suggests, a pink, sparkly delight! I’d not used any of the Essence nail polishes before, but I saw them in Wilkinsons the other day when I was buying bubble bath, and because they were so cheap and so cute I had to buy one. Obviously, being the girliest girl in Newcastle I was immediately drawn to this one. I think if my personality was bottled and sold in nail varnish form, it would look a lot like Party Princess.

Essence party princess is an opaque, jelly nail polish with flecks of multicoloured glitter. You could probably get it to be full coverage if you applied enough coats, but I applied it over 2 coats of Nails Inc Fiesta (a bright, showstopping pink). I really love the way the flecks of glitter look as the catch the light, all different colours as apposed to a uniform silver glitter you might find in similar nail polishes.

Application was really easy due to the flat, wide brush. I much prefer a flat brush to a round one, so that was a bonus in this nail polish. Party Princess is available to buy here, and is priced at only £1.60! Photographs show a base coat, 2 coats of Nails Inc Fiesta, 1 coat of Essence Party Princess and a top coat. I hope you like it as much as I do!

     
   

Nails Inc Crown Passage

This week’s manicure and pedicure is something super sparkly which I didn’t even know existed until the other day! Nails Inc Crown Passage is a black nail polish flecked with teeny tiny multicoloured pieces of glitter – it’s like a galaxy on your nails!

I found this nail polish in TK Maxx on Sunday for only £3.99! I’m so mega thrilled with it and it has become an immediate favourite! (I know, I know… I say that about almost all my new polishes!) I think this shade may have been limited edition as it is no longer available to buy on the Nails Inc website, although it is still for sale on Amazon. I’m already thinking that I may have to stock up while I can!

Application was smooth, although as this polish is quite runny the first coat did look slightly streaky, although this rectified itself with the application of a second coat and the colour evened itself out. I can’t stop staring at my nails as they look different in different light. I have tried to capture the colour as accurately as I can in these photographs which also show a base coat and a top coat.

I hope you like it as much as I do and thanks for reading!

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Nails Inc Snowflake Whitechapel

Today’s manicure and pedicure is a very special one because tomorrow is my thirtieth birthday and these are my birthday nails!

Last year I missed out on a bottle of the Nails Inc Kensington Church Street Snowflake effect polish due to it selling out very quickly each time it came in stock, so when I received an email informing me of the new Snowflake polish I was determined to get my hands on a bottle.

Nails Inc Snowflake Whitechapel has flecks of gold as well as white glitter, application is perfect due to the newly shaped Nails Inc brush. I’m wearing it over George Street which is a pale minky pink from the In The Nude collection. I think the effect is stunning, this will be my favourite winter combo! I’m thrilled to be wearing this as my birthday manicure and pedicure. I think it would look just as pretty over a pale icy blue colour such as Sheraton Street for a Frozen theme!

Nails Inc Snowflake Whitechapel is comes in very impressive packaging and is available to purchase here

Photographs show one coat of Essie Grow Stronger Base Coat, two coats of Nails Inc George Street, two coats of Nails Inc Snowflake Whitechapel and one coat of Essie Good To Go Top Coat.

Thanks for reading!

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