Barry M Coconut Infusion Gel Nail Paint in Lemonade and Aloha

Barry M Coconut Infusion Nail Paints

It feels a bit weird to post a review, almost 3 weeks after one of the items appeared in July favourites. However I promised a review, so here it is where I focus on the numerous aspects of these nail polishes opposed to the love of a yellow polish for the Tour De France.

Over the year I have owed many Barry M Nail Polishes from a variety of ranges and finishes, and it is my number one affordable brand as I have found it reliable and good quality over the years. The Coconut Infusion range launched last year, but no colours took my fancy at the time. The Barry M Coconut Infusion range is described on the Barry M website as: “Its unique, caring blend of Coconut Water and Coconut Oil gently hydrates and nourishes nails while delivering a beautifully smooth, gel-like glossy manicure. Enriched with anti-oxidizing properties, the strengthening benefits of patented Hexanal and Vitamins B & C, nails will be repaired and replenished, resulting in a brighter, healthier looking, long lasting finish. Its exclusive High Reflective Resin System offers lustrous shine, fluid coverage and amazing depth of colour.”

The two colours I picked up were the beautiful pastel yellow shade, Lemonade, as well as the fun vibrant pink of Aloha, capturing once again the fun and lovely names that often come with Barry M (I’m a sucker for a polish with a good name). So how did these colours shape up:

Lemonade: Can we take a second to appreciate how bright and summery this shade feels? I never used to be sold on a yellow polish, but I am now convinced it is the ultimate summer shade. The shade is lovely to apply, although I found the first layer can look a touch streaky, after coat two or three the colour and application is seamless and has a high gloss even finish. I was also so impressed with the lasting power of this polish, often lasting 4-5 days without touch ups which is long lasting for me.

Aloha: Contrasting to Lemonade, Aloha is a vibrant pink which although is summery I feel it is a shade which can be pulled off all year round. The Aloha has a slightly more pigmented, which is often the case with the darker/richer shades and you can get away with wearing one coat if you required. For the best results, I found two coats worked best for a high gloss and pristine condition. Unfortunately, I found the lasting power with this, only lasting 1-2 days before having to reapply which is a shame especially after such good experiences with the lemonade.

Overall, I’m generally impressed by the two nail polishes I have, and would definitely recommend trying out the range if there is something you want. The formulas are slightly variable in terms of longevity but the finish is high quality, the colours are beautiful and it’s nice to apply so weigh up what you want out of a product.

Gwen

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July Collective Haul

As July winds down, it means just one thing its time for my monthly haul and favourites (which will be up Friday), lets delve into all of the goodies that I picked up this month

July Collective Haul - Collection Concealer & Rimmel Nail Polish

Asda: Asda, the one stop shop for all my essential and not so essential makeup items. I probably pick up more than hauled but it’s when I remember. As always, I picked up another Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in Fair 01 (£4.19), one day I may try something new again but not just yet. I was also on a mission the end of June/start of July to find a fun yellow nail polish, to embrace summer and have some mini Tour de France support and the first yellow shade I found was the Rimmel London 60 Seconds Super Shine Nail Polish in 452 Chin Up Buttercup (£2.99). It’s a supper fun, and bright yellow and although I prefer the one I found shortly after I’m glad I have this to mix up my nail polish collection.

July Collective Haul - Barry M

Boots: For the first time in a while I’ve shopped in Boots mainly because I don’t get into town much these days, there is a very small Boots near my work but it’s not worth shopping in as it holds very few lines. As I knew what I wanted I ordered online and picked up in store for free. I wanted a few Barry M items and with a 3 for 2 offer at the time I simply couldn’t resist. He main reason for the order was this delightful pastel yellow shade Barry M Coconut Infusion Gel Nail Paint in 707 Lemonade (£4.99), a perfect shade to embrace summer and my love of the Tour De France. I picked up another of the coconut infusion range as my “free item” , choosing the Barry M Coconut Infusion Gel Nail Paint in 714 Aloha (£4.99) which I felt was so fun and summary I just couldn’t resist and I love Barry M Nail Polishes. A summer must have for me is a setting spray, so I thought I would give the Barry M Flawless Mist & Fix Makeup Setting Spray Matte Finish (£4.99) its affordable and a matte finish is always a winner so I will put it to the test shortly.

The Body Shop: Once again in July The Body Shop did there 40% off everything including sale items, so with my mum we both purchased a few bits. This time all I wanted was a few more body sorbets and I simply couldn’t resist these delicious summer scents. I cannot wait to start using the The Body Shop Virgin Mojito Body Sorbet (£3.10) and The Body Shop Pinta Colada Body Sorbet (£3.10)

So, those are the bits I picked up over the course of July, did you guys get anything good? I’m planning to check out the summer sales shortly so August may be a shopper happy month.

Gwen

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May Collective Haul

May Collective Haul

After a month off in April I am back with another monthly collective haul, once again with some of the goodies I picked up this month. So lets not beat around the bush and dive in.

May Collective Haul - Collection Extreme Eyeliner & George Matte Foundation

ASDA: I think Asda has to be one of my go to locations these days for basics as its so close to work and I can easily pop in or the way in or way home, it’s a trip to town these days for the likes of Boots/Superdrug so its definitely my go to. This month my liquid eyeliner dried up and in search of a new one I decided to give the Collection Extreme 24 Hour Felt Tip Liner in Black 2.98), I’m been trying it out recently and a review should be up in the next couple of weeks. I also feel like I need to try some more George makeup as you never know what gems you may find, so what I thought I would try the George Matte Foundation with Shine Control & Chamomile in Warm Ivory (£3.00) the colour seemed a good match and I feel like it will be good as we get into summer. I’ve posted my review of the George Matte Foundation earlier this week which you can find here.

May Collective Haul - The Body Shop Lightening Drops

The Body Shop: Recently I have been struggling with getting foundations to match even the ones I repurchase and have worked for years, I need to really look into some alternative brands and options but I don’t want what I have to go to waste. I’ve considered the The Body Shop Shade Adjusting Drops in Lightening (£10.00) for ages but haven’t had a huge need, so I finally gave in and will post a review once I’ve tried it out properly.

May Collective Haul - Kiko Milano Nail Varnish

Kiko Milano: Finally, I needed a new nail colour to go with my outfit for a work colleagues wedding reception, so I felt my best option was Kiko and I wasn’t wrong. I picked up the Kiko Milano Power Pro Nail Lacquer in 55 Coral Rose (£3.90), a perfect match to my dress and I love these nail polishes easy to apply and long lasting.

So sorry for this short post for this month’s collective haul, I really picked up bugger all this month. Fortunately, I’m waiting for one or two items to be delivered and I have to go and buy a new straightener this weekend so June’s collective haul should be more exciting.

Gwen

 

January Favourites

BRR! January has been bloody cold hasn’t it? I cannot wait for Spring to roll round for slightly better temperatures. Still one month into January I’m keeping on my new years resolutions and hopefully 2017 will shape up to be a good year. So what have I been loving in January 2017 . . .

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I don’t want to say too much as I want to do a full review shortly but the Garnier SkinActive Moisture Bomb Tissue Mask has been a saviour this month. My skin has been so dry recently and this has refreshed my skin, but I will post the full review shortly.

jan-fave-kiko-face-brush

New year and a new way to mix up my makeup routine, I have been really enjoying using the Kiko Milano Skin Tone Foundation Brush. It aids smooth and flawless makeup application, if you want to know more why not check out my review from the start of the month.

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This time of year is always weird with what colours to wear, vampy and reds feel weird after Christmas but it’s way too soon to break out the pastels and brights. I’m back on the neutral/nude band wagon and I’ve really been loving the No 7 Limited Edition Nail Colour in Brown, pretty and perfect for everyday. I also think it goes with everything and looks smart and manicure.

A bit of a short favourites this month as I have been re using a lot of the same products, maybe I will start to mix everything up again shortly. Let me know what you have you been loving this month, let me know in the comments so I can check them out.

Gwen

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May Favourites

Where the hell has this year gone? It’s the end of May already and its almost summer, I just cannot get over it but I have been getting into the summer spirit and cannot wait to try to make the most of those long days.

May Favouritrs ft body shop, kiko, l'oreal paris

So this month I will start with quite a few makeup favourite as I have been mixing it up a little, not in the look but with the products I’ve been using. As its started to warm up I’ve ditched my blush and went for a bronzer with the BareMinerals Warmth, I didn’t get on with it at first but now I absolutely love it. It just adds definition and colour back into my face and is so simple to use.may favourites ft kiko, ysl, l'oreal paris & bareminerals

On to eye and this first product I won’t go on about is much as it was featured in a review earlier in the month but day after day I have been reaching for the Kiko Milano Eyeshadow in 130  Satin Beige Cream, I love it. Whether as a blending shade, brow highlight or all over the lid it’s so versatile it’s a new makeup staple. Keeping it simple I’m still loving just simple makeup with black eyeliner, and my go to of May has been the L’Oreal Paris So Couture Super Liner. It’s a felt tip eyeliner which is a deep black, and easy to control to create the desired look.

The final makeup item is a constant favourite but I feel like I should mention it again, the YSL Volupte Sheer Candy in Lush Coconut. It may not add much in terms of colour but it adds a beautiful gloss/shine to the lips without being glossy and sticky, perfect on its own or layered with other products. I’m back on my pastel nail kick from last year and with another Barry M polish as well Barry M Hi-Shine Polish in Sugar Apple. It’s somewhat of a mint shade but not, it’s hard to explain yet I just love how fun and fresh it looks.

may favourites ft body shop & barry m

My last two products are to help combat dry skin, I get horrible dry cracked skin on my elbows etc. so to treat this I use the unsung hero of Sudocream. It heals dry skin and put it on any hormonal breakouts it really brings them down almost immediately, highly recommend you keep this in the cupboard. Finally to then soften and moisture the treated skin I whip out The Body Shop Mango Body Butter, super summery and it feels great on the skin but what else were you expecting all body shop body butters rock.

So what have your being loving this month? And what exciting things are you doing this summer?

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Small May Collective Haul

I’ve picked up a few bits and pieces this month and I thought I would share them, with you now. Earlier in the month I posted a fashion haul and you can check that out here. I placed a New Look order yesterday, and I am going shopping this weekend so expect more hauls coming in June I’ve saved up and I am #feelingspendy.  For now it is all budget friendly essentials.

Morocian Oil Shampoo and Conditioner

First up I picked up some shampoo and conditioner from Poundland, at home I use TRESemme in the huge bottles so for the gym/swimming I like to try out some different and smaller shampoos. I love a lot of the oil infused shampoo and conditioner and managed to find the matching set so picked up the Macadamia Oil Extract Shampoo & Conditioner, fingers crossed this works well.

Tesco Everyday Value Cotton Wool Pads and Tesco Nail Varnish Remover

Sometimes it’s easiest to pig up bits and pieces as you are doing your weekly shop which is why the next two essential bits are from Tesco. I was running low on nail polish remover and find that the Tesco Beauty Nail Polish Remover is one of the best, really affordable and it gets off polish really easily. I’m not overly fussy over cotton pads, those soft under baby are often softer but I’m happy to use the cheap ranges, as I needed some desperately and picked up the Tesco Everyday Value Cotton Wool Pads.

Boots Essentials Cleanser, Toner and Exfolitating Sponge

Obviously it is impossible not to buy something at Boots when you go in, thankfully I managed to just buy essentials and although I had not run out at the time of purchase with 3 for £3.00, in addition to getting 100 bonus points I might as buy at this point. So I once again repurchase the Boots Essentials Cucumber Cream Cleanser and Boots Essentials Cucumber Facial Toner, I love these they are super affordable and great for makeup removal and general skincare. The third item I picked up was the Boots Essentials Exfoliating Facial Sponge, which I am curious to try out as part of my skincare routine.

Have you picked up anything good recently? Let me know in the comments below, and if there are good things to keep my eye out for.

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April Favourites

Where on earth did April go when we are back to this already? Anyway lets get to it with what i have been loving in April.

April Favourites

I had a love hate relationship with the old formula but I am head over heels in love with the L’Oreal Paris True Match Foundation in Rose Ivory. The old formula used to go patchy and weird if I was suffering from dry skin, this one is thinner without compromising on the coverage but is more hydrating and sits nicer on the face. I use a sponge to apply and it just evens me out, the colour is also perfect for me.

My Fragrance of the month has been The Body Shop Madagascan Vanilla Flower Perfume Oil, the oil based texture took a little getting used to but the scent lasted all day. It’s a sweet subtle vanilla scent and is subtle in notes. So I smell nice all day but it isn’t overpowering, so glad to get this as a birthday gift as I never would of picked it up otherwise.

I am finally back into painting my nails and my favourite this month has been Barry M Aquarium Collection Nail Paint in Caspian, not necessarily a colour for this time of year but with its duo-chrome colour it is so damn pretty.

I don’t know if it is weird to have a anti-bacterial gel as a favourite but I absolutely the Cuticura Candy Apple Hand Gel. I don’t like the hand gels that smell really alcoholic and this one is perfect, it just smells like sugary candy fruit sweets. One final honourable mention to my Tangle Teezer, I took it on holiday and I am back to using it daily and I am so glad I am. Best hairbrush ever.

So that is what I loved over the course of April, what have you been loving? Let me know in the comments below

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Wear Test: Kiko Milano Nail Lacquer in 521 Pearl Ocean

Kiko Milano Nail LAcquer in PEarly Ocean

In an attempt to start reviewing nail polishes again and better I thought I would start doing wear tests, showing the build up of layers when applying and how it looks each day up until it chips or I get bored and take it off. So let me know what you think of this format for review. Today is the turn of the Kiko Milano Nail Lacquer in 521 Pearly Ocean, the brand makes no promises so let’s see how it goes.

So I built up the colour over 3 layers although I feel like even with thin coats it looks great with only two, I am a 3 coat type of girl in order to get the best colour and longevity. Excuse my messy painting, but I love the colour of the Pearly Ocean Nail Lacquer a pretty electric blue with tiny flecks of glitter which looks so pretty without having the hassel of glitter polish.

After a pretty standard day at the office, sat at my desk doing work at the computer so nothing to harsh on my hands or nails. IT held up pretty much perfectly with a tiny bit of wear around the tips, feeling pretty positive so far. Day two was another pretty standard day at work, pretty busy but nothing harsh on my hands. Although I forgot to take a picture it just was just slightly more worn than day one.

By the end of day 3 I had managed to get a decent chip and it was at this point I decided to change my nails. I get bored of nail colours quickly and I did not feel the need to carry on until they were all chipped.

Although smoother than a traditional glitter polish, it was a bugger to get off and resorted to soaking my nails in polish remover in order to take it off. Which although it means if probably can last a while it will make it a pain to use in future if you want something for a day or so. Overall I love the colour, formula and finish and despite the fact I would like it to last longer because I do like to change up my nail colour regularly. It is a bit of a pain to take off and I will need to ensure that when I put it on, that a few days later or when I wish to take it off I have the time available to dedicate it. I think I will look at more Kiko Nail Products in the future they have a huge range of colour and finishes, that it will be impossible to stop myself picking up more.

The Kiko Milano Nail Lacquer in Pearly Ocean is available online here as well as in Kiko shops, the RRP is £3.90.

How long do you like your nail polish to last? Also have you tried any other Kiko Milano nail polishes and what do you think of them?

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Disapointing Products

It’s almost been two years and I am yet to of written a disappointing products post, quite an achievement really although I’ve had the odd disappointing product I haven’t really had a collection to write about. Unlike our fortunate American friends products can only be returned if they are ‘faulty’ or defective, or in a resalable condition. Makeup is not an item which cannot be returned no matter what. So often I will find a way to use the product or make it work for me, these are the ones I couldn’t make work.

So hopefully this post will prevent you from wasting your money, or you can help me find a way to make these products work for me. Please remember just because a product doesn’t work for me doesn’t mean it won’t work for you so I’ve tried to provide as much information as possible about why I don’t like it so you can make your own judgements.

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Makeup Revolution Highlighter in Peach Lights:

This is what happens when I don’t research, I’d gone in for a MUA highlighter and as it wasn’t in stock and I was in a rush I picked up the Makeup Revolution one without swatching or thinking. I really wish id stopped to swatch. If you swatch it onto your finger the most beautiful peachy champagne shade is there which would add a beautiful and delicate highlight and glow to your skin. Only problem is that it doesn’t swap or transfer from them and you can barely see anything when you transfer it across. Also I can’t seem to pick any up with a brush either, stubborn as help it wants to all stay together in its pan. So what could easily be a beautiful highlighter is just a stubborn dud.

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Tanya Burr Nail Polish: Original Formula

I have to say there are two reasons as to why the original formula is on my disappointing list. First up is the staying power, within a few hours its started to chip at the tips and then by the middle of a work day I have huge bits of nail varnish missing. Probably works for a night out or if you don’t need it to last. Other issue is the colours, although I love the colour of Penguin Chic so much so I end up redoing my nails daily sometimes, the others don’t look like they’ve been pictured or switched especially ‘Peaches and Cream’ which is an ugly orange and ‘Little Duck’ which definitely isn’t the pale mint green its sold as. Although my colour issues may be that I have always brought online from feel unique, opposed to in Superdrug as I’ve always brought them on sale as I don’t think the price is worth it.

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Benefit Roller Lash

Although I have since thrown it a way I have to say I was hugely disappointed when I tried the Benefit Roller Lash, it definitely seems like another one of Benefits gimmicks which are easy to get caught up in rather than a good long standing Holy Grail product. I think this is also reflected in the fact this time last year everyone was raving about it, and then it barely got any mention in peoples 2015 favourites a definite hype products. Even worse that when I compared it to the P.S. Love Lift and Curl Mascara I got exactly the same looking lashes.

 

What products have you found disappointing? Also let me know if you disagree and how you make the most out of the these products?

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DIY Pamper Jar Inspiration

So today I thought I would do a quick post about a small gift I did for I did for one of my best friends from university. I’ve seen these jars all over the place and thought I would do it myself, this isn’t a DIY per say but this is what I filled it with and how I wrapped it all up.

DIY Pamper Jar - Kilner Jar

I was so long to find this pink Kilner jar on offer, and I built it all up around this jar. It’s a really great size and I knew she’d find a use for it in the future whether within her passion for baking or for general storage.

The next thing was to fill it up, wrapping each thing in cute stared tissue paper so everything that is in there will be a surprise. I started off with two Soap and Glory travel sized items, a body scrub and the old favorite righteous butter. A perfect pairing for travel or just to try. I then went for a load of little treats from a Foot Pack, Aussie hair mask and a selection of face masks. Finally to finish off the jar, I packed in 3 nail polishes two beautiful shades of purple and a glitter top coat. All small items that I knew she’d love and appreciate and I think that’s the joy of the pamper or treat jars that you can do whatever you want with them.

I found the cute star tissue paper in the card factory and this pink and white bag in the pound shop. I just feel like they really finish the whole gift off, it looked so cute and she loved the gift.

So have you ever made up one of these jars, what would you put in it and would you make this for a friend?

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