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Barry M Key Lime

Finally, it’s summer! Or it seems to be today. The sun is shining and it’s even quite hot. To celebrate, I’m wearing a very summery shade today: Barry M Key Lime.

Key Lime was launched fairly recently and is one of the Gelly Hi-Shine polishes. I do like them. They usually take only one coat and are really shiny, even without top coat.

I used two coats for this manicure. You could probably get away with one thick coat, but I tend to do two thinnish coats and use the second coat to ensure I’ve got a nice even line at the cuticle edge.

I’m really not a green lover, but I do like this polish. It stands out and is really cheery and bright. Brights tend to suit my colouring … and I love to stand out!

Barry M Key Lime
Barry M Key Lime

 

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of Barry M Key Lime
  • Top coat: Seche Vite

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Winners of the British Nail Bloggers Giveaway

The massive British Nail Bloggers Giveaway finished last Friday.

It ran for three weeks and attracted 65,815 entries. What an amazing competition to be a part of!

As it has now come to an end, those of us who sponsored it are pleased to be able to announce the winners of the $100 gift certificate and the three $50 gift certificates – all of which can be used at any online nail polish e-tailer of the winner’s choice.

So, without further ado, congratulations go to the following winners:

  • 1st prize – a $100 gift certificate – Lena Payne
  • 2nd prize – a $50 gift certificate – Nina Wilson
  • 2nd prize – a $50 gift certificate – Courtney Beck
  • 2nd prize – a $50 gift certificate – Kris Wilson

Congratulations to the winners. To claim your prize, please email crumpet@the-crumpet.com, before the end of Wednesday 3rd July. Happy spending!

Thanks everyone for entering – if you followed me, I hope you enjoy reading my blog.

 

Purple stamped tips: stars

In another first, I’ve attempted to stamp French tips today. It’s not my best work, but then I don’t know many people who can get the French tips to stamp well. (That’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it!)

I stamped using Essie Nothing Else Metals and Cheeky plate CH23 to stamp the stars over my Sinful Colors Daddy’s Girl manicure.

Nothing Else Metals is really good for stamping. It’s replaced my Barry M Lilac Foil, which has never really worked well at all for me.

I haven’t got the stamping very straight (my right hand is even worse) and I’ve also put it too far up my nails. It makes a nice effect from a distance though! I didn’t get a chance to take a proper photo, so had to quickly snap a picture on my phone before I took this off.

Purple stamped French tips stars
French tip stars using Essie Nothing Else Metals and Cheeky plate CH23 over a base of Sinful Colors Daddy’s Girl

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base colour: four coats of Sinful Colors Daddy’s Girl
  • Intermediate top coats: Nina Ultra Pro and Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Anti-Chip
  • Stamping polish: Essie Nothing Else Metals
  • Stamping plate: Cheeky CH23
  • Final top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Anti-Chip

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Sinful Colors Daddy’s Girl

I spent an age this morning trying to decide what to put on my nails. No amount of rooting through my bottles of untried polishes or scanning my swatch wheels could help me choose.

Finally, I just decided to wear an old favourite. I’ve worn Sinful Colors Daddy’s Girl before, but haven’t blogged about it. I bought it last September from The Original Factory Shop, when Sinful Colors polishes weren’t readily available yet in the UK. I don’t think this polish is part of the range currently available in Boots, as it’s not listed on their website.

I needed four coats to get it this opaque, yet you can still see through the nail. My camera couldn’t capture the purple-ness of it. Whatever I tried, it made my nails look blue. I even had to take the photos without a bottle, as it was darkening the images too much. I’ve had to colour-adjust this photo to show the purple and the shimmer – so ignore the resulting red tinge to my skin!

Sinful Colors Daddy's Girl
Sinful Colors Daddy’s Girl

I also tried out a new (to me) bottle of top coat: Nina Ultra Pro. It certainly dried nice and quickly, and I quite liked the oversized (truly enormous) brush. This was great for my thumb nails, which sometimes end up a bit streaky due to having to do a second dip into the top coat. However, it left some brush lines, which I didn’t like. That might just have been down to my application technique though. I added a second top coat, of Sally Hansen Insta-Dri, which gave it a lovely smooth and glossy finish. I wasn’t entirely happy with the Nina Ultra Pro, but I haven’t given it enough of a chance yet to dismiss it for definite.

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: four coats of Sinful Colors Daddy’s Girl
  • Top coat #1: Nina Ultra Pro
  • Top coat #2: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Anti-Chip

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Barry M Fuchsia

I fancied putting something bright on my nails and this lovely magenta colour was just the right thing. Pink is not really my thing, but this is a fabulous colour. It’s so bright, and very eye-catching, but just shy enough of all out neon to be acceptable to me.

It’s Barry M Fuchsia. A perfectly named colour, I think. I’ve used three coats for this, and there was still a little nail line visible, but not enough to worry about.

I was going to add some nail art later on, but I spent the day clearing out my bedroom and wardrobes, and managed to chip it.

Barry M Fuchsia
Barry M Fuchsia

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: three coats of Barry M Fuchsia
  • Top coat: Seche Vite

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