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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Models Own – Obsidian | Swatch & Review

Hi everyone, another nail polish review blog for you today. 

I’m going to start off by saying that this is one of my all time favourites. It’s a black jelly base with silver glitter and holographic hexes. Here’s my swatch video. 👇

So, it’s a two coater. Which is good. It kind of comes out grey on the first coat, but the colour deepens on the second coat. You get a decent amount of glitter on the nail but it does take a bit of manipulation to disperse those holo hexes evenly. It is quite a thick polish, but it isn’t the type of formula that works with thin coats. I had to apply two relatively thick coats because the colour just doesn’t transfer to your nail, you get a tiny bit of streakage. (I don’t know if that’s a word but it is now. 😝) So thicker coats definitely works best, that’s probably why I only needed two. 

Like a lot of glitter polishes, it does dry matte and dull. But a thick coat of top coat works wonders. It really brings out that shine. 

This polish gets a 3 out of 5 from me.

Thank you for watching and reading! If you have any enquiries, feel free to email me at aeaf1999@gmail.com. 

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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MUA – Pitch Black

Hi everyone! Today I’m going to be reviewing Pitch Black by MUA (Make Up Academy.)

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These are relatively small bottles (6.2 ml) but for £1 I’m not complaining. To be honest, I wasn’t expecting much out of such a cheap brand, but I was wrong! This polish is easy to apply and when done carefully, can be completely opaque in one coat! The brush is very small, so in some ways this done make for easy application, but I had trouble on my thumb nail, since it’s a larger area to cover.

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The beauty of this polish is that it’s not thick at all, so it’s perfect for nail art. It’s highly pigmented as well. This polish is a little patchy, so if you’re using this as just a base colour, I would use two coats. But I used this as a base for nail art and it worked perfectly. There is one down side, without a thick top coat, this polish does chip VERY easily. I forgot to put a top coat on one of my nails and within two to three hours it had chipped. So always use a thick top coat or two or three coats of a thinner one.

In the picture below you’ll see my holographic star nails with one coat of Black Pitch by MUA.

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So, it isn’t the best black ever. However, it certainly isn’t the worst! I would definitely use this again.

Thank you for reading!

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