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Barry M Spring Green

It’s not only Easter Sunday, but also the start of British Summer Time in the UK. What better way to celebrate the arrival of spring (officially at least!) than with Spring Green from Barry M?

I’m not a green lover at all, but I saw Emma Bunton of the Spice Girls wearing this (or something very similar) on TV a couple of weeks ago and thought it looked lovely. So I went out and bought it.

I must say, much as I don’t like green, this particular shade has made me think differently about green. And bright colours like this do suit me too.

This is two coats, but if you’re an obsessive about visible nail line, then you might want to do three.

Barry M Spring Green
Barry M Spring Green

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base: two coats of Barry M Spring Green
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Anti-Chip

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PVA glue base coat for easy glitter polish removal

I used PVA glue as a base coat for the first time yesterday. And it certainly gave the right results as far as easy removal of glitter is concerned. But, it did have its drawbacks.

Taking it off was really simple – and very satisfying for a picker like me. It just scraped off easily using my thumbnail. For most nails, it came off in one piece even.

But the very fact that it came off so easily was also one of its pitfalls. By just the next morning – and I only put the manicure on in the late afternoon of the day before – it was already lifting away from the nail on a couple of fingers.

So, my conclusion is that I will definitely use this method again, but only when I want to wear my manicure for a short time – perhaps for parties and special occasions, for example.

PVA glue base coat for easy glitter removal
These are what was left after picking off my glitter manicure from yesterday – made nice and easy by using the PVA glue base coat

 

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Easter pastel skittle mini egg nails

I wanted to do some Easter nails, but I’m not particularly religious, nor did I want cutesy bunny nails. So instead I thought I’d try to recreate some mini eggs on my nails. We love Cadbury mini eggs in our house, so why not?!

I was a bit flummoxed when I looked more closely at a pack of eggs to find out that they don’t seem to come in blue or green or pink any more. Instead, there were white, yellow, peach and purple ones. Well, four colours simply doesn’t work for five digits, so I just ignored the real colours and went with a loose interpretation.

The spots on Cadbury mini eggs are purple. I could have managed that by mixing up some acrylic paint to the right colour, then painstakingly painting the spots on each nail. But I thought instead I’d try using some of my matte glitters in a bit of a glitter sandwich.

So I painted two coats of each colour (three for the peach as it was more sheer) and then very carefully added the glitter. I did this by wiping off the brush on the neck of the bottle, then picking back up just a little of that glitter for each nail. I used W7 Salt n Pepper first, and got the basis of the spots. Then I added a tiny bit of L’Oreal Top Coat Confettis in a couple of places, because it has some larger glitters. I tried not to get any of the white particles, but it was impossible.

Then I layered over another very thin coat of colour. Even that was a little thick, so I had to wipe off the brush, then brush off some of that polish from the nail.

For the first time, I used PVA glue as a base coat for this manicure, as it is supposed to be an easier method of removing the glitter. I usually use the foil method anyway, but wanted to try this out to see if it’s any good.  I’ll let you know how I get on in a later post.

Pastel skittle mini egg Easter
Easter pastel skittle mini egg nails

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Thumb: two coats of NYC Mint Macaroon; glitter; then another coat of colour
  • Index finger: two coats of MUA U&I; glitter; then another coat of colour
  • Middle finger: two coats of NYC Lavender Cupcake; glitter; then another coat of colour
  • Ring finger: three coats of Beauty UK Peach Melba; glitter; then another coat of colour
  • Little finger: two coats of Models Own Blooboo; glitter; then another coat of colour
  • Glitter polishes: W7 Salt n Pepper and L’Oreal Top Coat Confettis
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Anti-Chip

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W7 Purple Paradise

A commentor on my recent dusky pink manicure said that she would like to see me wear a “deep decadent purple”. I have several in the untried stash that I think suit that description, so it was easy enough to oblige.

This is W7 Purple Paradise. It’s a deep purple alright. I’m not sure how decadent it is, but I think the subtle pinky bronze shimmer gives it a metallic quality, and that has to be decadent, right?!

Sadly, the shimmer isn’t as visible or as beautiful as I’ve seen it on other blogs. I think it would require sunlight for that.

This polish dries really quickly, so the first coat saw me getting used to it. I managed to splodge quite a lot because of that, and so there was more clean up required than usual. But after two coats of polish, it was perfect.

I love this colour so much and will be wearing it a lot.

W7 Purple Paradise
W7 Purple Paradise

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base: two coats of W7 Purple Paradise
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Anti-Chip

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Ask a British Nail Blogger: what are your most wanted polishes?

Every fortnight, members of the British Nail Bloggers Facebook group all post about the same subject, and this week we’re discussing our most wanted nail polishes.

I’ve pretty much spent the past seven months buying all the polish I want. My obsession began back in August 2012, and since then I have amassed 258 bottles of polish.

So in talking about my most wanted polishes, I’m rather lucky in that I have mostly already bought them or had them bought for me.

I’ve stopped buying at the rate I was now though – the bank balance wasn’t coping well! So there are still a few polishes that elude me …

Chanel Taboo

My most lusted-for polish isn’t even out yet in the UK. It’s Chanel Taboo, and is from Chanel’s Spring Summer 2013 collection, Révélation de Chanel, which launches in the UK on 28th June 2013. So I have a long time to wait for this one! However, knowing my (poor) luck in getting hold of previous Chanel polishes, I need to come up with a new strategy to ensure I get it.

 

 

Chanel Malice

In the meantime, I shall continue to look out for Chanel Malice. It was a limited edition polish for Christmas 2012, but I couldn’t get it anywhere! At one point, I had it in my basket in Debenhams online, and even checked out and paid for it, but surprise surprise, a few days later I got an email to say it was out of stock. I can get it on eBay, but I’m not sure I trust whether what I receive will be a genuine Chanel product.

 

 

KBShimmer Snow Way

Another polish I really wanted, and thought was finally coming my way, was KBShimmer Snow Way. I was saying on my Facbeook page how much I loved it, but that I couldn’t get it without paying a fortune in postage. A friend really kindly arranged for one of his US contacts to get it for me, but it never arrived, so I’m not sure what happened there. And it’s discontinued now 🙁

 

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What are your most wanted polishes?

Take a moment to check out the other British Nail Bloggers and to see what their most wanted nail polishes are:

 

[EDIT – 16th May 2013: I got Taboo from Bond Street on 22nd April; then I got Malice from the Chanel Pop Up Store in Covent Garden today, thanks to a comment from a reader; and Snow Way is on its way to me too, from a blog sale 🙂 ]