Barry M Gelly Hi Shine Nail Paint Review


Hey Guys!!!!!,

Today I really wanted to do a review on my experience with trying out Barry M’s Gelly Hi Shine Polish.

The Barry M brand is definitely one of my favourite drug store/low cost nail polish ranges and man do they have some different styles on their shelves! Every time I go to the shop I see they’ve brought out a new type of polish range. I love their variety of colours and they have an amazing choice of glitters and effects polish, so as you can imagine I was very excited to try the Gelly polish!

The Gelly Hi Shine range boasts “Hi shine Gel effect Nail Paint provides an extra glossy finish”. So upon standard basic expectations I was hoping for a lovely, extra shiny, extra glossy, strong looking polish. Something that looks very similar to the appearance of gel nails. After all, it is called ‘Gelly’ Hi Shine. And I certainly got…



This polish range, is exactly the same as any other Barry M polish I have ever used. Ever. There is no difference between this Gelly Hi Shine range and his bog standard nail polish range. In complete honesty this is actually a lot worse.

Firstly, you’re provided with this expectation, that this polish range is going to provide you with a much shinier, ‘Gel nail’ appearance with arguably the look of a higher end, higher quality polish. But it’s not. It looks just like the original Barry M range, if not, a bit cheaper. Why, I hear you ask? Well, do let me explain…
When applying this polish the first layer goes on like watered down nail varnish, kinda like the ones you got in those cheap £3.00 polish sets from a brand you’d never heard of when you were about 7. It takes it’s sweet time to dry, then the second coat goes on just about as bad as the first, so on you go to your third, (when it’s dried that is). Once onto your third coat, the most times I’ve tried it, it generally looks pretty poor by this point. The reason being is simply because you have to put so many layers on due to the polish being so thin, that by the time it appears the colour it’s supposed to be, it has this really thick layered polish look, but somehow still manages to look thin. Like that polish you had once that got super thick because you’ve had it forever, and took to it with nail polish remover to thin it out and clearly over did it (don’t use nail polish remover to thin nail polish by the way! It seriously damages your polish and causes it to separate, not thin. You can buy nail polish thinner from a lot of drug stores or Sally’s, it’s a more gentle, tailored treatment for thickened polish).
Not to help the matter, it’s more expensive than the standard polish AND it chips with in about 5 hours of wearing it. I don’t mean a small chip either, I mean half your bloody nail! It doesn’t last two minutes and I’ve tried this with 3 different top coats, still with no change.

I genuinely find this polish range categorically pointless, except the colours. There are some beautiful colours, but they should bring them out in the original Nail Paint range and sack off the Gelly Hi Shine range in my opinion. It’s painfully thin, no shinier than their other polishes, looks horribly thick when finished, chips like there’s no tomorrow and takes a life time to apply due to the mass of layers you have to put on to attempt to make it look less like a streaky mess! Why bother?!

I am 100% super disappointed with this range from Barry M (just in case you couldn’t tell) to say I was so excited to try it. I certainly won’t be purchasing it again and in honesty, do not recommend wasting your money on. Although I do recommend every other range of his, as the others are faultless.

I hope this was helpful to you guys, I know it’s been a bit of a slate-fest but I strongly disapprove of people trying to butter up and entise people into spending money on a product that you wouldn’t waste the money on yourself, especially following a bad experience with it.
I hope you’ve all had a fab start to the new year, well not so new any more I guess. It’s March already!!!
See you Thursday!
Roobes xxxxx

NOTD: halloween candy corn nails!


Hey there guys,

As I mentioned in my previous NOTD, my little halloween nail tutorial was coming up. I like to keep halloween nails nice and simple I think too much nail art takes away the awesomeness of halloween spookyness. These are super easy and suitable with any outfit too! All you need is:

A bright orange, a strong bright yellow, white and a thick glitter polish (mine has a hint of white to it) and obviously your base and top coat.
Don’t forget a wedge make up sponge.

Firstly paint all of your nails except your two middle ones with your orange, two layers should be fine. Leave them to dry whilst you focus on the design for your two middle fingers.

Paint your two middle fingers white, just one layer will do, it’s fine if it looks a bit washed out because you’re going to be using the sponge to create the ombre effect over the top anyway. On your sponge layer the colours of a candy corn, white at the top, orange in the middle and yellow at the bottom and dab onto your nail to create the ombre effect. You’ll probably need to do this twice to define the colours. Once they are dry, apply a coat of the white glitter to reduce the harshness and add a bit of shimmer to them too.

Then you’re done!! A really easy, really cute and girly halloween nail design that goes with any outfit!

Hope you liked it and have a fantastic Halloween evening. Trick or treat (no one ever tricks. Boring. You watch what’s going to happen when someone knocks on my door now, I’ll regret saying this and end up covered in beans or something -_-)




Roobes xxxxx



NOTD: matte brown leafy fall nails


Well hello there!

I really enjoyed my last NOTD so I’ve been really excited to do this one too! I’ve used Konad Stamping for this look but only on my two middle fingers and it’s the same design so nice and easy.

As always starting with a base coat, then I have applied Barry M’s brown shade in ‘Mushroom’, two layers did it just fine, on all of my nails. Once completely dry, I have used a Matte top coat this time to add to the musky fall appearance.

For my two middle fingers I have used a Konad Stamping Plate and chosen the leafy vine design. Applying a layer of white polish and scraping off I have stamped it on my nails about 5 times at different lengths to create a bit of depth and so it looks a bit more realistic. Honestly it’s as simple as that. I didn’t go back over the stamped nails with matte top coat because the light shine of the leafy vines makes them really stand out from the rest of your nails.

And that’s it.

The white I used is China Glaze: White on White
The brown I used is Barry M: Mushroom
The base coat: OPI’s Nail Envy
The top coat: OPI’s Matte Top Coat

Let me know if you like it and if you try it out too!

Other optional colours:
Brown matte base & green leaves
Cream matte base & golden leaves
Green matte base & mustard leaves
Burnt orange base & cream leaves

Stay tuned for my halloween nail tutorial on monday!!!!!



Roobes xxxxx



Super Cute & Easy NOTD


I had a boredom moment of nail inspiration yesterday (no idea where it came from), but it produced this, which I think is a lovely simple yet, eye catching design. I love teals and golds together anyway so god knows why I’ve never thought to do this before but here it is!

I started with a base coat, I use OPI’s nail envy because my nails are crap, they break at any opportunity, which is why I’m using a strengthening based one. Once dry, apply one coat of No7’s ‘So Neat’, once dry apply your second coat. Do this on all nails except your ring finger nail, on this one you’ll need a coat of No7’s ‘Sunbeam’ and again once dry apply your second coat.
Now you’ve applied the base’s on all fingers except your ring finger apply one coat of No7’s ‘In the stars’ to create a shimmery effect, then on your ring finger apply 1 coat of Barry M’s ‘Yellow Topaz Glitter’ polish, when dried add a second. Make sure the nail is completely covered in glitter, so the ‘Sunbeam’ base is barely showing.
Apply any top coat of your choice to seal in your design and there you have it!

For me this look is gorgeous throughout all seasons, especially spring and summer. To change it up a bit and make it fit the fall season a little more you could swap the blue for a khaki green, or to make it more wintery swap the gold glitter nail for a silver glitter nail for a colder look.

Here’s the other colours I applied:

Hope you enjoyed this guys, let me know what you think!


Roobes xxx