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Seventeen Rock Hard Nail Effects – Red

So in case you can’t be bothered to read the rest I’ll cut straight to the chase – I hate this. Really really hate it.

It’s not the texture as such, I don’t mind the new generation of textured polishes, I’m not head over heels, but it doesn’t offend me. However, the texture in this case was a bit uneven, you’ll see on the photos that there are shiny areas where there I couldn’t seem to spread out the graininess. Somehow if it wasn’t bumpy it also wasn’t matte.

I also hate the colour. It’s just called Red and it doesn’t even manage to be that. It leans very orange in a way that stops it from looking as classy as a red manicure usually does and means that it doesn’t match anything.

Hate it. Hate hate hate.

But you know, if anyone fancies giving it a go, I’m more than happy to bung it in the post…





Barry M – Textured Nail Polish – Atlantic Road

Now then, I’ve been wearing this for a few hours and I still have no idea what I think about it. I know that somewhat defeats the object of writing a blog post, but I’m hoping that posting the pictures will help me make my mind up.

I went along to my local Superdrug where the textured polishes and the new Gelly polishes were 2 for £6, so I picked up a Gelly which I will show you soon and debated about which textured one to get. I had both the blue and the pink in my hands and I figured that I’ve worn so much pink lately that I’d give the blue one a go.

Application was perfect in 2 coats. I’ve read a few bloggers saying they had trouble controlling the flow from brush to nail, but I had no such issues. I did get a bit freaked out by the smooth liquid which only shows its texture as it dries – and it does take a long time to dry, don’t be fooled into thinking that just because it’s started to look rough it’s completely dry, you need to leave it a few moments more.

But what do I think of the finish itself? I’m not averse to some texture, in fact I can’t stop touching it, but I just don’t know if I want my nails to look like an artex ceiling…! Not wearing a top coat is also making me a little befuddled. Maybe I need to sleep on this one and make up my mind in the morning!




Vintage Nails Inc – Paris

Now then, today I have a mystery quite literally on my hands…

If you google ‘Nails Inc Paris’ there are lots of reviews and swatches of a purple that came free in a promotion with Diet Coke, but nothing except an expired ebay auction relating to the polish I’m showing you today.

So all I know about this is that it’s in the old Nails Inc bottle with the fingers logo and it’s one of the polishes my mum bought from QVC several years ago that had been living in a drawer until it found its way to me.

Other than that, it’s a dusty rose shimmer that felt sheer on application, but in fact was pretty much opaque after one coat (I know that doesn’t make any sense, but hopefully you’ll know what I mean.) I used two coats for swatching, but I probably didn’t really need to.

This is a beautiful polish, and I’m guessing it’s pretty hard to find, but to be honest it’s not something I would ever wear. I’ve been having a sort through to find some pretties I might be able to get rid of and this falls into that category, however I would love it to go to a good home, so if anyone fancies a swap please let me know…

And onto the pictures, I took quite a few in bright light and not so bright light, trying to properly capture the shimmer. I’m not sure I quite managed it, but hopefully you get the gist.








Zoya – Piper

Look at me trying my long time untrieds!

I thought this might make a good base for some kind of Valentines business, and seeing as there isn’t much swatchiness of it out there I thought I’d do the honours.

Firstly this is horrible to work with; it’s so thin that too much on the brush and it floods the cuticles, too little and it barely covers the nail. Once I’d got used to the formula I think I ended up with three coats, after which I still have some VNL It dries extremely quickly though, so swings and roundabouts…

The colour is actually a very pretty dusty pink and completely unique in my collection. However it makes me look like I’ve died, so this isn’t one I’ll be wearing by itself.



Andrea Fulerton – Eva

Really needed a palate cleanser today, so I pulled out one of my oldest untrieds, this gorgeous green from Andrea Fulerton.

I’ve only got a couple of her polishes and I’m pretty sure I haven’t seen them in my local Superdrug lately, so not sure what’s going on there. It’s also hard to find any swatches online, so this is Eva, an emerald cream which applied beautifully in two coats.




Gosh – Galaxy

I feel as if I’ve been away for ages, not only have I neglected the advent nails challenge, but I’ve ignored this blog altogether. However in my defence I have a lot on my mind, not least of which was staying at my parents house for a few days to attend my Grandma’s funeral. I don’t want to dwell on this, particularly as it hasn’t really sunk in yet, right now I’m just finding it odd that someone amazing who was always there isn’t there anymore. What I can say is, anytime you see me post on here about anything I’ve made in the kitchen, that’s a part of my Grandma’s legacy.

And while I didn’t want to title this post “Funeral Nails” this is the polish I wore to the funeral. My mum picked it out of the selection I’d taken with me and it really was a good choice. Whenever I’ve worn this I’ve had compliments on it, but I’ve been reluctant to post it because I knew I’d never be able to take pictures that do it justice. The range of colour shifts is astonishing, in dull light it looks like a pretty straightforward gunmetal grey, then as it brightens you get flashes of gold and in really bright light there’s pink, green, blue, and I’ve even seen purple. Amazing. Seriously.

Of course, as I guessed you can’t see any of these gorgeous colours in my photos, but I’ve given it a go…




Barry M Limited Edition Christmas Nail Paints Part 2

I accidentally had a bit of a polish splurge at the weekend (it’s Christmas, I’m definitely allowed) and I picked up the Superdrug exclusive Barry M Christmas nail paints. I’ve already showed you the two colours available in Boots here so lets get on with the Superdrug colours.

First up we’ve got Christmas Blue, which is a similar shimmery foil texture to the pink and gold polishes and again application is a delight.



The final Christmas nail paint is Christmas Glitter, red, green and blue hexagons in a clear base. Here it is layered over the blue:



I can’t wait to try this over a different colour so that the blue glitter will pop a bit more, but even so I think Barry M have come up trumps with the whole of this limited edition collection. Have you got your hands on any of them yet?

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