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Yellow triangle half moon nails

I am praying the sun is going to come out today because I have put yellow on my nails. It’s not looking good at the moment, but the forecast is promising, so fingers crossed that I won’t be wearing yellow nails in the gloom!

The base colour for this manicure – Max Factor Mellow Yellow – took four coats before it was opaque and smooth. That’s not unusual for a yellow, but it was a bit frustrating waiting for it to dry.

I painted the base colour last night, then taped off the triangles today before painting on one coat of George Buttercup Shine.

Triangular yellow half moons
Triangular yellow half moons using Max Factor Mellow Yellow and George Buttercup Shine
For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Pale yellow: four coats of Max Factor Mellow Yellow
  • Intermediate top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Anti-Chip
  • Triangular half mooons: one coat of George Buttercup Shine
  • Final top coat: Seche Vite

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Color Club Eternal Beauty stamped over Barry M Prickly Pear with Cheeky CH7

This is an incredibly subtle stamping. Perhaps too subtle. I was going to use Barry M Plum, but did a swerve at the last minute and picked up Eternal Beauty, the purple holographic Color Club polish from this year’s new collection.

You can’t really see the holographicness (is that a word?) in the photo, but there’s no sun today, so there was no option even of taking an alternative photo outside to show what it looks like.

It’s a bit of a fail all round this manicure; from the polish chosen, to the photography, via not stamping right to the edge on my middle finger!! Never mind.

Color Club Eternal Beauty stamped Barry M Prickly Pear Cheeky CH7
Color Club Eternal Beauty stamped over Barry M Prickly Pear using Cheeky plate CH7

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base colour: three coats of Barry M Prickly Pear
  • Intermediate top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Anti-Chip
  • Stamping polish: Color Club Eternal Beauty
  • Stamping plate: Cheeky CH7
  • Final top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Anti-Chip

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Barry M Prickly Pear

I’m on a bit of a Barry M roll recently. It’s not that hard though. I have 38 Barry M polishes – way more than I have of any other brand – and they have such a range of great colours, it’s highly likely I will pick one of them before any others.

This is Prickly Pear, one of the Gelly Hi-Shine polishes that came out last Autumn. It’s a pale purple, not quite as warm or red-toned as a lilac, but more blue-toned, so perhaps lavender is a better description. It’s certainly nothing like a prickly pear. Having come across them about 20 years ago in Arizona, I’m sure the cactus itself is green and the fruits are red! So I’ve no idea where Barry M got the name.

This is far less opaque than any other of the Gelly polishes I’ve tried, needing three coats. But like the others, it dried quickly and to a high shine, even though I’ve used top coat as I did this manicure not long before going to bed and wanted to be sure I didn’t get sheets marks overnight.

It’s a shame that the sun isn’t shining (again!) today in London, because this is a lovely spring or summer shade … which makes me wonder why it was launched in autumn. (Too many questions today!)

Barry M Prickly Pear
Barry M Prickly Pear

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: three coats of Barry M Prickly Pear
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Anti-Chip

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Ozotic 506 (Reef)

Ozotic is an Australian brand of nail polish that we in the UK are lucky to be able to get hold of via Sally Magpies.

The 12 multichromatic polishes from the 500 series were actually discontinued in the middle of last year, but while stocks last, you can still get them from Sally Magpies. If you’re not in the UK, you can get them from piCture pOlish, Harlow & Co., Llarowe and others.

This part of the 500 series range consists of multi-coloured, light-reflecting polishes. They are best used over a black or dark base and feature:

a unique light interference pigment, which creates an amazing shift of colour. It’s a magical transfomation in appearance! Colours vary depending on the angle the light falls on your nail.

506, also known as Reef, is stunning.  It typically looks metallic blue, and shifts to purple. But I’ve also seen it flash through a number of other colours, including sapphire blue, teal, turquoise, pink, burgundy and gold.

I’ve used just one coat over one coat of black, plus top coat for these. I have lots of photos for a change, to try to show the different colours. I haven’t succeeded in getting them all, sadly.

Ozotic 506
Ozotic 506

 

Ozotic 506
Ozotic 506 – you can clearly see the pink and gold in the bottle
Ozotic 506
Ozotic 506 – teal in the middle, shifting towards blue on the right of the nails and purple on the left
Ozotic 506
Ozotic 506 – different colours showing on different nails – you can just see gold on the left of the index finger in this shot

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base colour: one coat of W7 Black
  • Multichrome coat: one coat of Ozotic 506
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri

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Barry M Sequin Nail Effects Black

I’ve been reading a lot about the new Sequin Nail Effects polishes from Barry M. Almost every post has been negative about them. I had been really excited about the white one, with its primary-coloured glitter, and was desperately waiting for it to be released.

And then the early reviews revealed that it was a textured polish. I don’t really like textured polish very much. I have a couple, but they’re not my favourite.

All the same, I went out and bought the Sequin Nail Effects in White because I couldn’t quite accept that it wasn’t as fabulous as it looked in the bottle.

Now that I also have it in Black, I am beginning to come to terms with the fact that, very sadly, I just don’t like them. This is one coat over W7 Black, without a top coat.

Barry M Sequin Nail Effects Black
Barry M Sequin Nail Effects Black

I could accept the texture, albeit that it bugs me on my nails and I end up trying to scratch it off because it gets caught in my hair and on my clothes. But with this collection, the large glitters just don’t look right in amongst the texture. And certainly in this case, I think it just makes  my manicure look a mess.

There are three colours in the range: Pink, Black and White.

Barry M Sequin Nail Effects polishes
Barry M Sequin Nail Effects polishes: Pink, Black and White

Sorry, Barry M, but I just don’t like this collection 🙁 🙁

So, please, please, please will you remake them – without the texture. Every nail polish addict and enthusiast worldwide will love you if you do!!

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base colour: one coat of W7 Black
  • Glitter coat: one coat of Barry M Sequin Nail Effects Black
  • Top coat: none

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The nails images are copyright to Kerruticles. The Barry M collection image was provided by Barry M.

Products shown in this post were sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.