Friday, 10 August 2012

Nail Polish/ Cuticle Gap Look

Recently, I've seen some looks where there is a gap between the polish and the cuticle which I have really liked. I decided to try it myself and was really pleased with the result.  Initially, it was a bit awkward but it is easier than I thought it would be. A major advantage of this look is that the cuticles look tidier and  there doesn't tend to be as much (or any, if you are careful) nail polish trapped around the edges. 

First Attempt: 

Base Coat
Illamasqua 'Poke'
Models Own 'Indian Ocean'
17 Glitter Top Coat

Base Coat
Barry M Gray
Rimmel Matte Top Coat

Base Coat
Barry M Cyan
Collection 2000 White
Barry M Blue Glitter
Top Coat

Friday, 3 August 2012

A England

I have been meaning to order some a-england polishes for a while now but never got round to it, so when they had some of their polishes on sale for £5 (usually £9), I knew I had to get a couple. I ordered Tristam (a dark blue) and Lady of the Lake (a purple colour), both of which have a slight holographic glitter running through them. 


They arrived only yesterday so I haven't tested their longevity yet, however, they did survive housework and typing without chipping; one nail did chip when I dropped a hot tray on it but even then the damage was surprisingly minimal.

The polishes applied really well, even just one coat it was quite opaque and even- if applied carefully you could get away with just one coat:

 With two coats the polish is just gorgeous, really thick and smooth with a glossy finish. In direct sunlight and under bright artificial lighting the holographic effect* really shows up. At full price it is good value for money (£5 was just incredible) and there is currently free first class postage (would have been great if it hadn't been delivered 9 days after it was sent, thanks Royal Mail). I will definitely be buying more of their polishes (love the "Legends" collection) in future.

A England polishes are cruelty free and do not contain DBP, Formaldehyde or Toulene.

* This is not a holographic polish, it is much more subtle than the GOSH Holographic or the Layla holographic polishes.

Thursday, 19 July 2012


Diet Irn Bru inspired

Silver Nail Polish
Models Own Dream Stream
Models Own Zest a Peel

Gray and Dotty

All colours by Barry M

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Multi-coloured Nails

Base Coat
Gosh Nail Tip (white)
Barry M Blueberry Ice Cream
Barry M Mint Green
Barry M Lemon Ice Cream
Barry M Coral
Bourjois 1 Seconde Rose Cupcake
Bourjois 1 Seconde Lavande
Rimmel Matte Top Coat

Sunday, 10 June 2012

First Attempts at Galaxy Nails

 Base Coat
Wet & Wild- Cream Black
GOSH- Nail Tip
Barry M- Berry Ice Cream (308)
OPI- Pink Positively
Models Own- Dream Stream
Models Own- White Nail art pen
Bourjois- Pailettes Disco
Top coat

Base Coat
Barry M- Black Multi Glitter (333); Excellent for this type of look.
GOSH- Holographic
Models Own- Purple Blue
Models Own- Indian Ocean
Bourjois- Pailettes Disco
Models Own- Ibiza Mix; dotted on parts of nail to give appearance of clusters
Top Coat

Thursday, 5 April 2012


MAC Testing on Animals?

Recently I have seen some worrying posts regarding MAC's policy on animal testing. For as long as I have been using MAC products (since 2005), the company has proudly stated that they did not test on animals, this has apparently changed. The website no longer makes any mention of animal testing unless you type "animal testing" into the search box and even then this is all that comes up:

''The Estee Lauder Companies Inc. is committed to the elimination of animal testing. We are equally committed to consumer health and safety and bringing to market products that comply with applicable regulations in every country in which are products are sold.''

That is it. Almost 30 years of having never tested on animals and they silently change policy, giving only two sentences full of weasel words designed to confuse those searching for that information. I particularly like how they claim to be "committed to the elimination of animal testing"; this would be one thing if they had always done so and were trying to eliminate it - not the other way around.

I do know why they have had this sudden change of heart: they want to sell in China, where the law requires the torture (I don't care what anyone says, that is what animal testing amounts to) of animals.  I do  not see the benefit of testing makeup and cosmetic products on animals as much more effective means of testing products have been used for decades.

I do wonder how they will respond to the banning of animal testing in the UK from March 2013 (I think this is true of the rest of the EU as well). Will they abandon the loyal and lucrative UK/EU markets? They cannot claim they do not test on animals when the same products will be sold in China. I know other companies test on animals, I simply do not buy from them if I know or even think they might test on animals and I will no longer support MAC by reviewing their products or buying any more from them. I am both saddened and inconvenienced by this development but I believe that testing cosmetics on animals is wrong and will not knowingly contribute to the misery and suffering of innocent animals in order to line the pockets of a business. I doubt this post would matter to them if they read it, I wonder how many people would have to blog, complain and boycott for them to care. I hope they reverse this decision like they pulled the Rodarte/Juarez collection in 2010. It is always sad to see the good guys become bad guys.

Here is a photo of Jess: