Barry M Gelly Hi Shine Nail Paint Review

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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…

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NONE OF THE ABOVE!
Nothing.Nill.Nought.Zero.DIDDLYSQUAT!

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!
Love&Hugs
Roobes xxxxx

NOTD: Christmas Snowy Glitter Christmas Scene

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IT’S CHRISTMASSSSSSSSSSS!

Therefore it’s my run up to Christmas nail design posts! Starting with my snowy Christmas scene nails. This one is a little more intricate than my usual ones – I went all out on this design – for what I’m normally capable of anyway ha.
This is a more time consuming design but not difficult or hard work to do at all, which is awesome!

For this look I used:

A navy blue base, a dark blue glitter, a white, a white glitter to cover the white polish, black for the snowman’s eyes, smile and buttons, an orange for his nose and a red and green for the baubles on the Christmas tree (but you could use which ever colours you like for that bit :))
I also used a large dotting tool for the snow drops, a very small dotting tool for the baubles and snowman’s face & buttons and a small brush tool for the Christmas tree’s.

Taking your navy blue, apply 2-3 coats and once dry and one good coat of your blue glitter. Once this has dried, take your white and apply a wobbly French manicure type line to the edge of your nail. Don’t make it too straight as it’s supposed to look like snow has fallen naturally and unevenly. You might need two coats of this depending on how thick your white polish is. Then whilst that’s drying, take your large dotting tools and apply your snow drops to all of your nails but only to 2/3rds of the nail – avoiding your ring finger. You need to remember to leave room for your Christmas tree. Whilst you have your large dotting tool to hand, apply a large blob to your ring finger on the line of your snowy tip and a smaller one on top, depending on the length of your nails you may be able to do 3.
Now for the tree. Take your small brush tool and your white polish. Paint on the tree by doing a small flick out left from the point of the tree top, then again from the tree top out right. Then again left from where the point the two flicks meet and right from the same point again. Then a short line vertically downwards for the trunk of the tree all the way into your snowy tip.

By now, your snow drops, tips and snowman should be dry, so go back over them with your white glitter to add some more sparkle and magic to the look. Take your small dotting tool whilst this is drying and add your baubles, I alternated mine red and green for extra Christmassyness but you can use any colour you fancy!

When your snowman is completely dry add on his buttons, eye’s, smiley face and carrot nose (you can even add a top hat/scarf if you have long enough nails for that sort of space!)

ALWAYS finish with your top coat and ONLY when you’re nails are completely dry!

I hope you guys like this tutorial, let me know if you did!

I hope you have an amazing Christmas!

Love&Hugs

Roobes xxxxx

 

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#SundayFundayCatchUp

Heeeeeeeey!

So catch up time! I need to apologise for missing last weeks. I’ve been so busy with things lately, trying to sort out the flat, christmas, arranging travel for Christmas etc I haven’t had time to sit down. Crazy!
On with the past week…
It’s been a nice wind down week for Christmas really. I’ve been stupidly excited to get to see MockingJay Part 1 and that the new Annie movie is coming out! EEK! I was ecstatic to find out that Caroline Flack had won Strictly Come Dancing – talk about deserving it!!! Although I’m bouncing off the walls at a much slower rate when Ben Haenow won X Factor, he did well and all that but he wasn’t Fleur and certainly wasn’t Andrea. Talk about a completely backwards result. Eugh. I popped out and indulged a little bit for myself for a change, I got myself some gorgeous new MAC lipsticks and some new nail polishes which is exciting (haul blog to come!) and went back to brown!
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I FINALLY went to the Alchemist! I’ve been desperate to go since it opened but me being me refuses to pay £20 for 2 cocktails, but seeing as though it’s cChristmas Me and my mam decided it was time to treat ourselves so we dug into these – my beloved woowoo and the hot and cold espresso (which I am intensely jealous I didn’t get, it was scrummy and suuuuper impressive when they made it!)
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That was followed by a gorgeous meal to finish a fantastic day of shopping off!I finished my Christmas shopping which I managed to forget ’til the last minute. No surprise there! We also had our little Christmas day today as I wont be home for Christmas, so we’ve had such an amazing, lovely day together. We cooked something yummy and opened all of our presents. My favourite thing about Christmas is watching people open the presents I bought for them, I love the surprise and happiness.

Christmas drinks were in order for the last day of work. Which included many a beer, wine and vodka. And got carried away with the Christmas Duck…
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So you can imagine how much I needed the vat of coffee I devoured the next morning…
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Regardless of my painful (understatement) head, I managed some therapy at the hairdressers and dragged myself out on a lovely long walk. You can’t beat the way the sky looks at this time of year. It doesn’t come anywhere close the rest of the year I mean seriously, just look at the view I got to take in:
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PRRRIIIDDDEEEEEE!!!!!!!

Minus the hangovers, excessive Christmas drinking and some sensible stuff inbetween, I’ve had my head deeply burrowed in my particularly festive book; I Heart Christmas. This book by Lindsey Kelk is perfect for you girly, romantic, Christmas lovers out there. I got mine second hand super cheap from Amazon. I absolutely recommend this book 100%.

Some gorgeous songs have come out the past week, and some of my Christmas faves have made an epic reappearance – Fairytale of New York and Stop the Cavalry. Christmas is not complete with out them. We just need a bit of snow now! Not long, it’s basically 3 days (can you tell I’m counting down? 😉

Hope you guys are in for an amazing Christmas time, check out my blog tomorrow for my Christmas nail designs. I have 3 major Christmas nail blogs for the run up to Christmas on Monday, Tuesday AND Wednesday! 2 tutorials and 1 about my staple shades, so stay tuned! I’m going to go dance around my house to ‘Fairytale of New York’ now…

 

Love&Hugs&FestiveWishes!

Roobes xxxxx

 

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My Christmas Nail Polish Line-Up!

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Hey there my lovelies!

I was looking through my nail polish collection trying to figure out what christmassy design to give a go this time, when I figured it’d be really nice to share with you my favourite christmas time polishes. These shades really fit the season in my opinion, I like a range of colours, ones to fit your mood, fit the temperature, fit how close it is to christmas and ones that fit sparkly/non sparkly themes.

I’ve got here a nice range of your staple colours, greens, reds, whites, cold nudes, deep shades and some glittery metallic shades too. So a nice big range of colours, as I said to fit christmas in every respect.

Lets start with sparkle, every one looooves sparkle! I’ve got my two favourite glitter polishes from Barry M the Silver Diamond Glitter and the Yellow Topaz Gold Glitter. Then a fantastic metallic silver also by Barry M, 319 Foil Effect, you literally need one coat of this stuff and you’re good to go! Then my gold metallic shade from No 7 Sunbeam. These go well with nail art designs or just as they are. There’s no time of year more fitting for your gold and silver tones!! Finally in my glitters I’ve got my gorgeous 150 Red Glitter by Barry M – Christmas party ‘o’ clock or what!

Now onto my blues (I love blue in all it’s different shades of blueness). I tend to find the closer it gets to christmas the more suited a darker blue is as opposed to the lighter shades. But everyone’s different. I love these two for this time of year: No 7’s Stonewash and OPI Nicole’s Listen To Your Momager! The No 7 shade is such a beautiful subtle blue shade which is quite a cold, misty type shade. It looks lovely against white/cream clothes. Then the OPI shade is just a perfect midnight shade. Considering the fact that it’s basically dark all day and the skies are so clear at night during this time of year, it looks like you’re wearing a bit of night on your nails. Super cute!

Finally, on to my lighter shades – and the green one, ha. Mentioning the green one, Essie’s Mojito Madness, this one is great for doing candy cane/christmas tree nail art. Or just plain awesome. It looks epic with some green glitter on top and also looks fab in matte. It’s very versatile and very fitting for the time of year.  The white OPI Nicole It’s All About The Glam is BEAUTIFUL for a snowy, winter wonderland nail look. It’s got a slight shimmer to it, honestly you can’t go wrong with this one. It’s also great to wear on top of other white-type shades, although I’d avoid it on pure white shades and stick to creams/ivories/marshmallow shades – it can get a bit in your face.
Finally, last but not least, MY FAVOURITE NAIL VARNISH EVER! It’s a stunning nude pink shade and looks adorable in this season. It fits perfectly with anything and everything you’re wearing, formal or informal, on it’s own or with a glitter polish, honestly, you can’t go wrong. The coldness and softness of this polish just makes it. It’s Nails Inc, George Street – BUY IT!

So I hope you liked this post my loves, I have a very christmassy NOTD coming up on monday so keep tuned for that one if you’re into your nails or if you’re looking for a bit of inspiration for christmas day nail art tips & designs.

Love&Hugs

Roobes xxxxx

 

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NOTD: Matte Red Santa Claus Nails!

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Hey!

Time to get ready for christmas!

Here I have a gorgeous, easy, super simple nail design for Christmas! This is great for those of you who’re like me, i.e. not exactly an expert when it comes to nail art. You literally need 3 different shades of polish, it’s so quick and so easy! Lets get started!

I used:

  • OPI base coat
  • No7 Devils Delight
  • No7’s Get Wed
  • Barry M’s Lady
  • Medium dotting tool
  • Medium brush tool
  • OPI’s Matte Top Coat

Once you’ve applied your base coat, apply a good 2-3 layers of Devils Delight to every nail except your ring finger. On your ring finger take your medium brush tool and dip it in Devils Delight and paint a floppy hat shape – leaving a sharp curve on one side which goes about 1/3 of the way into your nail.
If you’re not so great with the free hand brushes or you don’t have any to hand, just dip a cotton bud in nail varnish remover and use that to create the empty curve! Nice and easy!

Then once your initial red coat is dry, apply 2 layers of Matte top coat.

Now it’s fluff time!

Take your dotting tool and dip it into Get Wed (this is just a shimmery ivory colour). Create a bobbly by gently dotting at the top of the curve and create the rim by gently dotting in a line across the edge of your nail. Once this is dry (bare in mind this might take a little while because it will sit slightly thicker due to using a dotting tool), apply Lady on top of Get Wed to add some Christmassy shimmer to santa’s hat. Then you’re done!

How easy was that!

Let me know if you guys like it or if you tried it out! I hope you’re all looking forward to Christmas – only 14 days now! Eek!

 

Love&Hugs

Roobes xxxxx

 

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November Faves!

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Hiiiiii,

It’s December! Already! I honestly can’t believe it but I’m not complaining, it’s my favourite time of the year! To kick off December and end November here’s a quick November Faves blog for you. I’ve rekindled my love for some super wintery shades and scents this month and my all time FAVOURITE scarf is back!

Speaking of scarves, hiding under the rest of my faves from last month is my beloved pink cable knit scarf. It’s about 2m in length and the width of my head. It’s bloody massive. The main reason I love this scarf so much is because it’s so thick. Thicker scarves are sturdier, they don’t flail around all over the place exposing your chilly chest and neck that you’re trying oh so hard to keep warm. And even though it’s pink it does work well with almost anything
River Island £10 – yep you heard. Ten. Pounds.

Next is a candle which doesn’t follow the general ‘all candles must smell of baking and sweets and all things cinnamon related’ it’s completely different. Not that I don’t like that kind of smell, it’s just nice to see something different. This candle smells of fresh air and woodland with a slight perfumed hint to it. It’s like how you would imagine taking a breath would be like whilst taking a walk through the fields with your winter coat and snow boots on. LOVELY.
Asda £8

Next up is my favourite nude colour from MAC of all time.Velvet Teddy. I love you. It’s more of a deep nude shade than a lighter one but it works well with so many looks and is perfect for this time of year!
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It works really well with this body shop lip gloss in shade 10. I’ve had this for years but it never fails to make an appearance at this time of year! This gloss is super light weight and it’s not sticky or slimy, it glides perfectly across your lips. It’s got a mild shimmer to it so it add’s a really nice elegant look to nude lip sticks.
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MAC £15.50 & Body Shop £10

Nail Polish Time!
I love getting seasonal with nail polishes and two of my favourites to do it with are Nails Inc’s St Marks Square and Barry M’s Lady, which is a lovely thick sparkly white.
St Mark’s Square is a really pretty autumnal purple with hints of silver to add a little sparkle to it. The shimmer is perfect for this season, especially seeing as though it’s working with a gorgeous plum colour! And Lady. Oh Lady! How you are so snowy and sparkly! This colour is amazing as a snowy white nail colour with out without a white base. Or it’s great as an accent on more nail art based nails as opposed to one basic colour. I love these, they’re perfect for this time of year 🙂
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Finally, how can we end this without a christmassy read!! Lindey Kelk’s I heart christmas is such an amazing book. It’s a funny, girly, cute, sweet, problematic novel, which follows a previous 5 I heart books from the series (MUST READ). I like how any girl can relate to every issue in these stories but how it’s so christmassy to the point where it just suddenly makes you sit in the centre of festivities. Reading this on a night makes me feel so warm and snuggly and like you’re right in the middle of christmas spirit. I mean really, what could be more fitting for this time of year! BUY IT!
Ebay/Amazon new or used £1.99-£5.99 – WIN

 

What’s your favourite things to get you into Christmas mode?!
Let me know!!!

Love&Hugs

Roobes xxxxx

 

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NOTD: Sparkly Charcoal Edgy Nails

 

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Hellloooooooo

I’ve been desperate to try out my new polishes I tried out recently and I’ve been loving how they look, this polish specifically so. It’s really easy going, you can apply it on top of any colour at all and it looks amazing! The actual glitter itself is a mixture of both black and silver. It’s not just your typical glitter where the glittery bits are all the same size and shape, this glitter is all different shapes and sizes, there are some larger hexagons, smaller hexagons, shard shapes of all different sizes, tiny glitter, larger glitter, tonnes of different stuff going on. So it add’s a fantastic dimension to your nail polish.

I added even more dimension to this look by using these polishes:

Boltons Place, Sloane Square, Lancelot Place - From left to right

Boltons Place, Sloane Square, Lancelot Place – From left to right

I also used: OPI Nail Envy Base Coat & OPI Top Coat

After the base coat I applied two layers of Boltons Place, one looks good but 2 looks much better. Then 2 layers of Sloane Square. What I love about these polishes, well, all recent Nails Inc polishes to be honest, they dry ridiculously  fast and barely ever chip, the quality of them is phenomenal. Huuuge fan. I then applied just the one layer of Lancelot Place, two seems too much because as I mentioned earlier it can be in your face and over take the whole nail design.

I personally love this look because it’s got a beautiful sparkle for the time of year, but it’s also an all rounder given it’s edgy, biker chic look. And it takes no time to do. What a winner.
If you come across this polish and just happen to find it as irresistible as I did/do, as an alternative, give it a try on a white/ivory base, navy blue base or a pastel lilac base. It looks beautiful if you wouldn’t necessarily try this type of look 🙂

 

Hope you enjoyed this little NOTD guys, let me know if you did!

Love&Hugs

Roobes xxxxx

 

 

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