Barry M Sunset Daylight Curing Nail Polish- Review

When I saw that Barry M had a new range of nail varnishes out I nipped down to Superdrug to buy some straight away. The new range is inspired by professional gel treatments however the magical daylight curing topcoat eliminates the need for a special light. Sounds pretty rad and much cheaper than getting a professional manicure at only £4.99 a bottle.

Currently (until early May) Superdrug has a three for two offer on all makeup including nail polishes to I treated my self to two different colours and the topcoat. Currently there’s only a base range of seven colours however I’m sure they will expand the range if they sell well. I went for “I’ve been Pinkin” and “Make me Teal” and boy to they look beautiful next to each other. I don’t have a photo to share with you right now but I currently have them on alternating nails and they look awesome. Before I move onto my experiences with the polishes I have to mention how lovely and sleek the rose-gold lids look, perfect for displaying on your dressing table.

First up we have “I’ve been Pinkin” which is an almost neon pink, totally up my street. The directions tell you there’s no need for a base coat so I didn’t bother and I haven’t noticed them leaving a stain so that’s a plus point. You are then instructed to apply 2 coats before applying the top coat- which apparently should only be used with these polishes (I have yet to test this). “I’ve been Pinkin” definitely needed two coats but then it was a perfect solid colour. The topcoat then magically perfects the colour, smoothing out everything, leaving it shiny and strong.

“Make me Teal” is a bright blue/teal shade and is my favourite of the two. After one coat this colour is pretty opaque however I did apply another coat just to be sure. Both colours lasted fairly well and maintained their glossy finish. The colours applied really well, partly due to the new flat brushes Barry M have introduced in their polishes. The topcoat was slightly thick but equally easy to apply. One thing I will point out to you all is that you don’t need daylight to cure these, any light will do. I’m not really sure how much they are affected by the light at all but they do look amazing so I’m not complaining!

Toodles.

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A Playlist- Fuck the Patriarchy

I love music, I listen to it all the time. Popping to the shop- headphones on. Getting ready for the day- tunes blaring from my laptop. Doing uni work- yep more music. I also love making playlists with different themes depending on my mood. So I decided to make a new semi regular series on the blog where I share these playlists with you! They will either be on Spotify or Youtube depending on track availability. I’m also going to make cute little graphics for each playlist so you can go and create it however you want without having to visit either of those websites.

The first playlist I have decided to share with you wonderful people is the girl-power inspired “Fuck the Patriarchy”. It is a shortened version of a Spotify playlist that I listen to a lot when I am getting ready to go out into the world. It fills me with energy and confidence. It’s full of fabulous hits by kick-arse women but is no means a definitive list and I am constantly adding to it. This shortened list is full of my personal faves. I decided to make it on Youtube so I could include some Taylor Swift.

Fuck The Patriarchy Playlist

Link to the Youtube playlist. 

I have also included the full playlist which is in no real order so you might want to listen to it on shuffle to avoid getting loads of songs by the same artist or that don’t go together.

I hope you like this new idea I had! Let me know in the comments if you did. Also I’m always looking for more great music so please comment if you have any new suggestions of songs or artists I might enjoy.

Toodles.

Harry Potter Studio Tour London- Part 2

First off I’m so sorry that it has taken me this long to get around to writing this. The Easter holidays have just ran away with me. I crave routine and currently I have none so nothing gets done! I am trying though so here it is, finally..

(Once again, as I sated in Part 1 these photos are in order so there will be some spoilers in terms of the tour.)

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Just after the Hogwarts express there is a lovely cafe that serves food and butterbeer! Of course I had to try some and get a souvenir cup. It was pretty yummy but not at all what I was expecting.

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Then outside into the cold. It was pretty cool to see all of these bits at night. Me casually posing where it all began

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Thinking about life on the bridge.

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I really Don’t trust Oli’s flying…

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Not too keen on Helen’s either!

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I had always assumed Aragog was in fact just special effects. But no, turns out he’s real and bloody massive! It took 15 people to operate him! Also bonus- to the left you can see the basalisk’s skeleton which is also pretty huge.

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Buckbeak was so cute! He moved and was so gentle. It totally looks like he is posing for this selfie with me.

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Diagon Alley was possibly my favourite part of the whole tour. It was a full set so it was super immersive, I could have stayed in there forever. Lovely magical Harry Potter music was playing the whole time too and it just felt so right.

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“The wand chooses the wizard Harry”.

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Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes was pretty impressive. The arm even moved.

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Finally on to the massive, detailed as hell, amazing scale model of Hogwarts. This is what was used for all the aerial shots and outside backgrounds. It is so freaking details and just mind boggling. The lights in the room change from day to night and the lights in the windows of the castle come on.

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A bit of a point-of-view shot. Doesn’t it feel like we are just about to walk up the many stairs to Hogwarts?

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It’s so much bigger than I thought it would be! One last happy photo of me and my friends before we said goodbye to Hogwarts. “I’m not going home, not really”.

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The wand room at the end of the tour is amazing. There’s a wand box for every single person who worked on all of the Harry Potter movies.

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A beautiful quote from J K Rowling to end a perfect, magical day.

Thank you for indulging me. I had such an amazing day, fangirling all over the place. I hope you liked my photos and they gave you a little insight into how awesome the tour is. Let me know if you’ve been or are planning on going.

Toodles.

Things I Love Thursday

❤ Seeing my fabulous family and celebrating my Mum’s birthday. It was nice to treat her and see her smiley.

❤ Going into a charity shop and realising that the brand new, rainbow coloured dress I fell in love with two weeks ago was still there. I caved and tried it on and it fit perfectly. Then to top the whole thing off Nana paid for it as an Easter Present. So happy!

❤ Celebrating the magic in the world.

❤ My fabulous thigh tattoo. I’m so glad I got it. I’d wanted one for a while but was really paranoid that my thighs were too fat and it would just look silly but hey it looks amazing! It’s also make me love my thighs and is a daily affirmation that reminds me to love myself no matter what.

❤ Going on a unicorn search through town with Oli to cheer me up. I finally found one and she’s perfect. Technically she is a pegacorn because she had wonderful shiny wings. I called her Cupcake Sprinkles because duh! I woke up cuddling her the other morning because you are never too old for cuddly toys. I also love this photo of Cupcake and Oli bonding. Apparently she was watching him play his game.

❤ Chilling with Sam at Gylly beach cafe having a little catch up. This mango, raspberry smoothie and vegan chocolate cupcake were so yummy! Good company and good food always make a winning combo.

❤ Finally sorting through my wardrobe and drawers, boy do I have too many clothes.

❤ Going for a stroll around Argal Lake today with Beth. The weather was glorious and we saw so many cute dogs.

❤ On the subject of cute dogs I love how me and Oli always text each other when we see cute dogs.

❤ I saw a wee little fox out of Nana’s window last night, it was so cute. It had the cutest wiggly walk.

❤ Hanging out with Nana and watching Mama Mia. 

Toodles!

Things I Love Thursday

Time for some weekly gratitude.

❤ Partying with my girls! So much dancing and silliness! Even worth hurting my neck due to over-the-top head banging when Nirvana came on.

❤ Oli being a total babe and going to the 24 hour garage for me and Tay when we came in at 4am.

❤ Finally owning face glitter.

❤ The sun shining down on us and letting me wear crop tops without freezing.

❤ Wee  shopping trips to Truro to buy some bits and bobs.

❤ Ordering a ice, soya, caramel macchiato from Starbucks. It’s my ultimate favourite summer drink.

❤ Belly Timber’s sweet potato, red pepper and camembert pizza with chilli and coriander salsa. It is a taste explosion and I love it.

❤ Finding the perfect Birthday card for my Mum.

❤ Good hair days.

❤ Finding a fabulous new lipstick. Power Peony by Maybelline from the Rebel Bouquet range. This photo really doesn’t do it justice. It’s a beautiful purpley, pink bright pastel shade and it’s perfect for spring/summer.

❤ Adding some water colour to mine and Taylor’s matching tattoos. I will share a photo when it has healed.

❤ Napping, seriously underrated.

Toodles.

Things I Love Thursday

Another week has flown by and Iv’e been grateful for every minute of it.

❤ Feeling fabulous from the moment I wake up. “I woke up like this, flawless”.

❤ Spoons have burritos now! You do not even know how excited that makes me. I may have a slight burrito problem…

❤ Hanging out with Taylor and Sarah on Saturday. We accidentally stumbled upon a cider festival, again! We sat on the windy pier, sipping Cornish cider, listening to music and laughing. Such a lovely day.

❤ Smoothies making a comeback in my life. My favourite combo is banana, mixed frozen berries and some unsweetened almond milk. I also have a pretty good knack for guessing the exact right amount to make to fit in this super cute glass.

❤ Doing a bit of a throwback/comparison to what I looked like five years ago. A whole lot changed looks wise in those five years but in these two pictures I look pretty much the same! It’s fun to look back over old photos and see how much your life has changed, hopefully for the better! Although I no longer have that top and boy do I miss it.

❤ Lunch with Beth on Tuesday. It was so nice to have a little catch up and stroll through town. We indulged in some amazing gelato and I dragged her into far too many shops.

❤ My current favourite lunch- a plain wrap spread with low fat humus then filled with lightly fried onions and tomatoes with a little seasoning. So yummy and pretty healthy if you use a low fat spray for the frying. Om nom nom!

That’s all for now folks. I will be sharing my March favourites with you very soon so watch this space! I’m also going to be publishing part 2 of my trip to the Harry Potter studio tours super soon,

Toodles.