Perfect Summer Nails- now with added coconut!

Summer is in full swing and my laptop has been repaired (not that I ever told you it was broken…) so bring on the blogging! I have a whole long list of blog ideas that are going to become a reality over the summer so keep your eyes on the blog!

I thought I would start off my sharing a wee review I did for my Business and Editorial Writing coursework. Barry M is one of my all time favourite brands so it only made sense to write about one of their latest releases. Apologies for my chewed nails in the first photo! Anyway- read on to find out about my latest nail obsession.

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Coconut oil has recently become the go to solution for pretty much any problem imaginable. Need to fry something? Coconut oil. Frizzy hair? Coconut oil. Bad breath? Coconut oil! Yep it really can help with all of those things. Barry M have now jumped on the coconut band wagon and brought out a range of nail polishes infused with coconutty goodness.

The range currently consists of nine pastel shades perfect for the coming summer months. All of the polishes are infused with both coconut oil and coconut water to hydrate and nourish the nails while delivering a smooth gloss like manicure. The polishes are also enriched with vitamins B and C to help nail strength and give them a healthy shine.

As a serial nail biter I am constantly on the lookout for nail products that help strengthen my poor, chewed nails. But of course i also want them to look pretty and colourful because that always helps discourage nibbling. So when I saw this new range pop up on Barry M’s Instagram feed I knew straight away that I needed to pop down to Superdrug asap!

I opted to buy the summery sounding shades “Bikini” and “Laguna”. Bikini is a soft minty green colour while Laguna is a sky blue beauty. All of the shades from the collection are stunning and would really compliment a holiday tan. They come in standard Barry M nail polish bottles however the range has on trend copper lids which adds a nice touch and sets them apart from the regular polishes. The polishes feature the relatively new rounded end flat brushes which makes application an absolute breeze even if you have short stubby nails like mine.

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The bottle states that you should not use a basecoat to get the full benefit of the nourishing ingredients. I needed two coats for full opaque coverage and was pleasantly surprised by how quickly it dried! The polish was thicker than I expected but that had the added bonus of making the polish self levelling which leads to a streak free finish. I opted not to use a topcoat however you could add one if you choose. Both colours I tested applied smoothly and dried super shiny creating an almost gloss type finish. The polish is pretty chip resistant and lasted for quite a few days even without a topcoat. My nails do feel stronger and less brittle so I can definitely see more shades from this range entering my life in the future.

The Coconut Infusion range retails at £4.99 which is a little bit pricier than other Barry M polishes but the nourishing qualities packed into these shades makes that totally worth it. You can purchase all nine shades in Superdrug or Boot’s stores across the UK or on the Barry M website.

 

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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.

Things I Love Thursday

Sorry I have been neglecting the blog a bit lately, that will change as it’s the Easter holidays as of tomorrow (woo!).

❤ Gold nails and cute kitty nail decals.

❤ The weather starting to get warmer! Hello spring and hello crop tops!

❤ Listening to music as I whiz around on the bus.

❤ Going to the Harry Potter Studio Tour! So much fun!

❤ Taking all the selfies with Sarah in front of Harry Potter bits and bobs.

❤ Butterbeer and chocolate frogs, om nom nom!

❤ Friendship! When we took this selfie in the mirror of erised I thought maybe what our hearts truly desire is friendship.

❤ Taylor being back in Cornwall. So excited to see her on Saturday.

❤ The Tremough Harry Potter Society. Best society ever!

❤ Being body confident and positive and loving it.

❤ Left over curry in pittas, an oddly yummy combo.

❤ Oli sending snapchats of him raving to Shake it off by Taylor Swift.

Toodles.

 

February Favourites

February has really flown past, I can’t believe I am making this post again already. I’ve done a bit of shopping this month so unlike January’s Favourites these are all things I have brought throughout the month. Next month is going to be a bit more of a quiet-money saving month… well until the 21st when I go to the Harry Potter Studio Tour! Let’s begin before I start obsessing over Harry Potter to you guys!

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Beauty

This month, in a bid to stop biting my nails, I have been loving painting them. I didn’t really have any nail varnishes so I popped down to Superdrug and picked up these Barry M beauties. I went for Strawberry Ice Cream and Berry Ice Cream because I wanted soft, subtle colours that would work well with all of my clothes. They are both super pretty and last really well with a clear topcoat. The Berry shade needs 2 coats to reach a good colour whereas the Strawberry needs 3 but it is so worth it! I also remembered I had some nail varnishes as a Christmas Present. They just came in a gift set from Wilkos but this silver shade is amazing! So pretty and sparkly and only really needs one coat. I have also been loving this Clay Time Purifying Face Mask from Wilkos. It is a pretty nice sized tub for only £3. It makes a nice weekend pamper treat and really does make my face feel that little bit softer. Deffo a must for pampering on the cheap.

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Nail Decals 

I got this pack of nail decals from my Glitterati Secret Santa at Christmas and only got around to giving them a try this month. They are so cute and so easy to use so I just had to buy some more sets! You get about 100 nail decals in a pack so between the one I already had and the 2 I brought I should be okay for quite sometime. I went for some simple black cats (which have sold out online) and some super cute unicons, cats, bunnies and tiaras! The work kinda like tattoo transfers and can actually be used on skin if you want. I have found a new obsession.

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Candles

These two cuties were one of my valentines day presents to myself. They are from a lovely litter Etsy shop called Ember Candle Co and these were a special valentines day duo in a lovely strawberries and cream sent. I don’t think I will ever be able to bring myself to burn these little guys but they are scenting my room as it is. I am fully intending on buying a pastel blue and lilac one at some point and the best part is you can mix and match the scents, so I could have a mint smelling lilac candle!

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Accessories (and a cushion…)

This months Crown and Glory favourites are just so lovely. The Scarf Bow Headband came in my February Glitterati box and has become my go to headband for days when I just want something simple to just add a little something-something. I have been lusting over the Lotta Rosie Headband in Ice Cream for quite some time now so was super excited to finally purchase it. It is so “me” and goes perfectly with all of my pretty dresses. I will be wearing this so much in spring and summer. I just had to include my Love Definition pillow from Primark because it was just staring at me. It’s so simple and cute and because it’s grey it works with all of our different coloured bedding sets.

TV / Netflix

Community was added to UK Netflix this month and this made me a very happy Emma. I had been wanting to watch it for ages so couldn’t wait to get stuck in. Me and Oli marathoned all 5 seasons in the space of about 2 weeks and boy was it a good 2 weeks. This series is hilarious and I am so happy it is returning for a 6th season. If you haven’t watched this then I highly recommend you give it a go.

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Last Minute Faves

I was in Exeter this week for my friends birthday and I did a wee bit of shopping and although I only brought these bits within the last few days of the month I really wanted to add them in here because they are awesome. I popped in to Urban Outfitters and picked up this adorable fabric covered photo album with “Parties with my bitches” printed on the front. I’m going to print out some of my Instagram photos at the end of the year and this is going to be their home. I popped into Primark to get some leggings and basic crop tops and saw this amazing neon pink notebook just as I was going to pay and I fell in love. I think it’s going to become my new Journal because it makes me smile so much. It’s really good quality and was only £2.

I also took a wee trip to Lush and tried on a bit of the Vanillary Solid Perfume then went on with my way. However I spent all evening smelling this gorgeous smell and it took me hours to figure out it was the perfume. I went straight back the next day and brought myself one and now I cannot stop smelling it. It’s amazing and sweet and subtle and yummy! It’s mainly vanilla scented, as the name suggests, but it also has notes of tonka and jasmine which is probably why I love it so much, jasmine is totally my jam scent wise. I’m going to be wearing this everyday because it’s soft and subtle so will work with other scents (espeically Lust and The Comforter Lush perfumes) but is also amazing on it’s own.

So there you go, all the products I have been loving this month I hope this helped or inspired or entertained you.

Toodles.