Barry M Molten Metals | Swatch & Review

So recently, on one of my YouTube videos, someone commented asking what the Barry M Molten Metals were like. So, I thought I’d write a blog on that exact subject.

So I’m going to talk about three of the polishes, one from the first Molten Metal collection, and two from the latest collection. 

So, let’s get right into it.

I’m going to start with ‘Bronze Bae.’ This polish is from the first Molten Metal collection for spring/summer 2016.

This is a light bronze metallic polish. Here’s my swatch photo.👇

Pretty nice right? The photo shows three coats and no top coat. I have to say that I use this so much in my nail art. My bottle is almost empty. 

I’m going to say it from the get go, these polishes are thin. But from my experience, sometimes building thinner polishes up enhances the colour. But you do have to be careful, thinner polishes, these polishes in particular, do like to run. I got a bit of pooling in my cuticles several times. 😂

Next is ‘Blue Glacier.’ This polish is from the spring/summer 2017 collection.

This is a gorgeous ice blue, cool toned metallic polish. Again, the picture shows three coats and no top coat. This polish has a slightly thicker consistency than Bronze Bae, but not by much.

Here is my swatch video of Blue Glacier, I only did the one application video because they all apply the same.

The last polish is ‘Holographic Lights.’ Also from the 2017 collection.

As far as I know, Barry M haven’t done a linear holographic before. So I was seriously excited to get my hands on this. Holographic Lights is my favourite out of the three. Again, this picture shows three coats and no top coat. The holo doesn’t show a lot in ordinary light, it just looks like your basic silver polish. However, you do get that gorgeous linear holo goodness in direct sunlight or artificial light, such as a desk lamp. 

Barry M retweeted my macro of the polish and people really liked it! 

So, all in all, I do like the Molten Metals. They are good, but in my opinion, they’re nothing spectacular. Certainly nothing to write home about. Well, maybe I’d write about Holographic Lights… 😂 Holosexual over here. 🙌

Thank you for reading, 

Anne.

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Nail Art On Short Nails

So, this is my first blog in a while. I mean, a proper blog. No nail polish or product reviews today. I wanted to talk about nail art on short nails. A kind of confidence boost for those of you that aren’t happy with the length of your nails.

So, this picture. 👇 Is a picture of one of my first nail art designs. I didn’t shape them, I didn’t put fancy base coats or oils on them, in fact, I think when these were done, I didn’t even own a base coat. And clearly, I hadn’t even heard of a clean up brush! 😂 

At that point, I was aspiring to have nails like Christine’s from Simply Nailogical, or Sveta Sanders and twi_star. Compared to theirs, my nails looked nothing special. But, I’m a positive person, so, I looked for the positives. They were beginners at one point! I bet you any money you like that they, at one point or another, got frustrated with all nail art and didn’t pick up a nail polish for a week or so. What I’m saying is, this happens when you’re starting anything new. As they say, Rome wasn’t built in a day. Having patience and acceptance is great for slowly building yourself up. 

The picture above was taken just over a year ago, this is one of my latest designs. 👇

I would say that I’ve come a long way in a year. After a lot of time, dedication and money, I’m really starting to get somewhere. I started pages on most social media platforms for my nail art. I tried my best to get myself out there. It’s paying off. Recently, my posts have been liked by Sally Hansen, Orly, Floss Gloss, Tux Polish, Barry M and more… I’m not bragging, I’m saying that it took me over a year to get this far. I guess the moral of this story is don’t be so hard on yourself! 

I see a lot of hate messages online from people commenting on posts saying ‘your nails are too short’ or ‘you should use some oil.’ Which, in this day and age is inevitable, but, completely unnecessary. I don’t understand why people don’t like nail art on nails that don’t reach the end of the finger tip. What’s so wrong about it? I can’t grow my nails very long at all. They get to about two thirds of a centimetre above my fingertips, and then, if I try to grow them longer, they break. It has always happened. So, I don’t grow them any longer than that. But some people can’t have longer nails at all, they find them awkward and easily breakable. Which, I can completely sympathise with. 

I went through a phase of hating the length of my nails, so I used fake ones. 

Which now, I deeply regret. Only now, my nails have recovered. I still have a few ridges. I learnt my lesson there. Embrace what you naturally have.

I think that anybody can do nail art, with any length of nails. It’s just a case of making the most of what you have. I like the length of my nails now. Yes, they break, yes, they’re relatively short. Yes, occasionally I do have to cut them right down and let them regrow. But, they’re easy to manage and I still have plenty of nail art space on them. 

Love your nails! 😘

I hope you enjoyed this blog! 

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French Tip With White Lace Nail Art Video

So, as promised, here is the video for my classy french tip and white lace stamping nail art. 

Products used:

1. O.P.I – Natural Nail Base Coat

2. Essie – Allure

3. Born Pretty Store – Vintage stamping plate

4. Born Pretty Store – 6ml white stamping polish

5. Born Pretty Store – Clear jelly stamper and scraper

6. Sally Hansen – White Out

7. Barry M – Matte Top Coat 

Any questions about the design or the products used in this video? Comment below. 👇

Enjoy. X

Anne.

Red & White Water Marble Picture Tutorial

Hi everybody! So today I have an exciting blog post for you! It is my first picture tutorial blog. I was originally going to use my WordPress site for nail polish reviews, but I decided to incorporate all of my nail polish reviews, nail art tutorials and nail art into one site.

So, without further ado… Let’s get started!

So this is what we’re aiming to achieve today…

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It looks difficult, but really, it’s not.

Here’s what  you’ll need:

  1. Cuticle and nail oil. (Optional.)
  2. A nail file. (Optional.)
  3. A good quality base coat.
  4. Nail polish remover.
  5. Red nail lacquer/polish.
  6. Liquid latex/palisade. (Optional.)
  7. A cup.
  8. White nail lacquer/polish.
  9. Clear nail polish, top coat or base coat.
  10. A good quality top coat.

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I’m you are going to use a nail and cuticle oil, begin with that. I used O.P.I’s Avoplex oil. Apply a thin layer to all of your nails and cuticles, this includes the space where dirt gets into your nails, (this area is helps your nails grow too.) Now rub in the oil gently.

I then filed all of my nails to even them all out. But you don’t have to do this if you’re happy with the shape of your nails.

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Now, a lot of people will disagree with this step, but I do it because it helps my manicure last longer. I dehydrate my nails with nail polish remover. This allows the base coat to stick to your nature nails a lot better. Get a cotton bud/Q tip and soak it in the remover. Gently run the bud over the surface of your nails, being careful not to touch the skin around your nails. We want the oil to stay there.

Now that your nails are prepped, apply a thick layer of your base coat. I used Superdrugs three in one base coat, ridge filler and growth enhancer.

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.Once that is dry, you can apply your nail colour. I’m using Son Of A Nutcracker by China Glaze.

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While that’s drying, you can apply your liquid latex, or, if you have a latex allergy, you could use liquid palisade. Some people don’t like using a liquid, some people use tape or nothing at all. They just clean up afterwards with cotton pads and clean up brushes dipped in Acetone.

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I like to put the latex right down to the second knuckle. This just prevents any excess nail polish on your skin.

Next fill your cup/container with semi warm water. Most people would recommend using room temperature water, but I think warm water works better.

This is my water marble cup, as you can see, it’s been used a lot!

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Now, this is the tricky bit. This trick is to take your time. This is why I choose to use warm water, it stops the polish drying on the waters surface quickly. Starting with your white, drop one drop of polish into the water. If you’re using a weak white, use two drops. Now drop one drop of your clear polish, (top and base coats can also be used for this.) Alternate between the two polishes until you have 4 – 5 rings of each colour. It doesn’t matter which colour you end with. Now take a sewing needle or orange wood stick, and marble your design. I start in the centre and pull out at both sides, then I worked up and down. Turn your cup and work up and down again. By the end, you should have a pattern that looks a little like this…

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Now, all you need to do is dip your nail flat into the water. Wait a few seconds and with a cotton bud, clean the rest of the water and pull out your finger. With a cotton pad, dab the water away and peel of your latex! If you have any polish around the sides of your nail, take a small paint brush dipped in nail polish remover and clean it up.

You’re done!

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Barry M – Blue Grape.

Hi everyone, for my first blog, I’ll be reviewing Blue Grape by Barry M. This is out of their Gelly collection. 👇

13480487_636889336461631_1958558840_n I’m reviewing this one first because it’s one of my favourites. I love the bold colour. This varnish and many others from Barry M can be found at both Boots and Superdrug for £3.99. For a couple of years now I’ve been a fan of Barry M varnishes. They say on their website that they make their varnishes thicker for one coat coverage. This I agree with. The formula is amazing and fairly easy to work with.

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However, if like me you’re a nail artist, these are only good as base colours or as an ombre. They’re far too thick for nail art. These types of varnish can’t be used with nail vinyl’s, and because they’re so thick, they take a long time to dry completely so even using tip guides is difficult.

Although, they’re not my preference, they are great for somebody who doesn’t do nail art and just wants a base colour.

Application was relatively easy, again, a little too thick but the good news is, it’s a one coat wonder! This varnish isn’t streaky, which in some thinner ones, can be a problem. I should also mention that with a colour so bold and thick, you should always use a base coat. Nail staining is a huge problem with products such as these. Also, just in case you do flood your cuticles, I would recommend using either 100% acetone or an acetone based nail varnish remover. Using a non-acetone remover takes a lot longer. The picture below shows my nails with one coat of Blue Grape by Barry M.

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Impressed? I am.

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