My Top 5 Barry M Nail Polishes

Happy Saturday everyone! So, following on from my top 5 China Glaze polishes, comes my top 5 Barry M polishes. Barry M is really the only descent UK mainstream brand in my opinion. The range of colours and finishes is incredible. They are all under £5 and cruelty free.

Although all of these are my favourites, I’m going in order my my least to my best.

So, first up is Pacific Flame. This is a cherry red jelly base with a very strong green shimmer. I have never seen a polish like this before, and from a mainstream brand, this is impressive.

Next is Holographic Moon, Barry M released a Molten Metal collection last year that consisted purely of linear holos. I sound like a broken record but FROM A MAINSTREAM BRAND. 😂 This is a nude linear holographic, isn’t it beautiful?

Next up is Fashion Icon, this is a very old polish from the Glitterati collection, luckily this one is quite easy to come by, but the others aren’t! This is a purple jelly base with iridescent micro glitter, a strong blue shimmer and holographic micro glitter.

It was really hard to pick an absolute favourite between these next two, but I did it…

This is Antique Gold, a reddish purple with a tonne of gold shimmer. I love this polish on its own, but I love it even more over a black base. It gives it more depth.

And finally, my absolute favourite Barry M nail polish is…

Celestial Silver! This is a gunmetal base with a green to blue to purple shifting shimmer, linear holographic and micro holo flakies. I’m not entirely sure about this, but it looks like it has a very slight gold shimmer in there as well. I ADORE this polish.

So those were my top five Barry M nail polishes, what did you think?

What’s your favourite?

See you next Saturday!

Anne. X

My Top 5 China Glaze Polishes

Happy Wednesday all! 👋🏻

Today I’m going to be talking about my top 5 China Glaze polishes. If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you’ll know that China Glaze is my favourite mainstream nail polish brand. If you don’t, I’ll be giving you insights into my polish addiction in the next few blogs.

It was hard to pick just 5 but I managed it eventually. 😂

I’m saving my absolute favourite for last, but I love them all.

First up is Shadies and Gentlemen from the 2018 Paint It Black collection for Halloween. If you don’t already know, I LOVE China Glaze matte polishes. Matte polishes from other mainstream brands never dry down fully matte, there’s always a little light reflection. And a lot of them dry to what I call a wax effect. So it’s that in between matte and glossy look. Not my cup of tea at all. China Glaze mattes are MATTE! Look!👇🏻

This is an ocean sunset in a bottle… Next up is Pearl Jammin’ from the Autumn 2016 Rebel collection. The shimmer in this is like nothing I’ve ever seen before. I love it when mainstream brands push the boat out and do something different, even if it doesn’t really workout. I think China Glaze and Barry M are taking inspiration from indie brands, introducing more holographics, shimmers and glitters.

Next up is a black linear holographic from a mainstream brand… WHAT?! This is Maliboo-boo from the Paint It Black Halloween 2018 collection. This entire collection was a huge hit with me. Glitters, toppers, linear and scattered holos, shimmers and a matte!

Okay, we’re down to the final two… Can you guess what’s next? Judging from my previous picks, this probably won’t come as a surprise to you.

Combat Blue-Ts!

This has everything I love, matte and a gorgeous cobalt blue… What more could a girl want?

Here it is, my all time favourite China Glaze polish…

UP ALL NIGHT!

Look at that. Isn’t it stunning? I love almost black polishes that have really striking shimmers like this.

What do you think? Do you agree with my picks? Do you have an all time favourite China Glaze polish? Let me know!

See you next Wednesday!

Anne. X

Nail Art On Short Nails

So, this is my first blog in a while. I mean, a proper blog. No nail polish or product reviews today. I wanted to talk about nail art on short nails. A kind of confidence boost for those of you that aren’t happy with the length of your nails.

So, this picture. 👇 Is a picture of one of my first nail art designs. I didn’t shape them, I didn’t put fancy base coats or oils on them, in fact, I think when these were done, I didn’t even own a base coat. And clearly, I hadn’t even heard of a clean up brush! 😂 

At that point, I was aspiring to have nails like Christine’s from Simply Nailogical, or Sveta Sanders and twi_star. Compared to theirs, my nails looked nothing special. But, I’m a positive person, so, I looked for the positives. They were beginners at one point! I bet you any money you like that they, at one point or another, got frustrated with all nail art and didn’t pick up a nail polish for a week or so. What I’m saying is, this happens when you’re starting anything new. As they say, Rome wasn’t built in a day. Having patience and acceptance is great for slowly building yourself up. 

The picture above was taken just over a year ago, this is one of my latest designs. 👇

I would say that I’ve come a long way in a year. After a lot of time, dedication and money, I’m really starting to get somewhere. I started pages on most social media platforms for my nail art. I tried my best to get myself out there. It’s paying off. Recently, my posts have been liked by Sally Hansen, Orly, Floss Gloss, Tux Polish, Barry M and more… I’m not bragging, I’m saying that it took me over a year to get this far. I guess the moral of this story is don’t be so hard on yourself! 

I see a lot of hate messages online from people commenting on posts saying ‘your nails are too short’ or ‘you should use some oil.’ Which, in this day and age is inevitable, but, completely unnecessary. I don’t understand why people don’t like nail art on nails that don’t reach the end of the finger tip. What’s so wrong about it? I can’t grow my nails very long at all. They get to about two thirds of a centimetre above my fingertips, and then, if I try to grow them longer, they break. It has always happened. So, I don’t grow them any longer than that. But some people can’t have longer nails at all, they find them awkward and easily breakable. Which, I can completely sympathise with. 

I went through a phase of hating the length of my nails, so I used fake ones. 

Which now, I deeply regret. Only now, my nails have recovered. I still have a few ridges. I learnt my lesson there. Embrace what you naturally have.

I think that anybody can do nail art, with any length of nails. It’s just a case of making the most of what you have. I like the length of my nails now. Yes, they break, yes, they’re relatively short. Yes, occasionally I do have to cut them right down and let them regrow. But, they’re easy to manage and I still have plenty of nail art space on them. 

Love your nails! 😘

I hope you enjoyed this blog! 

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Anne. X