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barry m Crush with Triangular Studs (52 Week Challenge)

The two prompts for this week’s 52 Week Pick n Mix Challenge are burgundy and/or needle drag. I’ve only just caught up on last week’s challenge, which I posted yesterday, and so I took the easy option and went with a plain-ish burgundy manicure. The colour is Barry M Crush, from the matte collection. I […] Read more

barry m Full Throttle: U is for: Unusual

I’m a week behind in posting my A2Z series nails this time. But we went away rather spontaneously and spent a couple of nights staying in Wiltshire, and visiting Bath and Avebury. We had a lovely short break, which very much recharged my completely spent batteries. My son has been off school for the Easter […] Read more

Green and Lilac barry m Flowers (52 Week Challenge)

I’m in a bit of a nail art funk at the moment. I am really busy with work and am doing my challenge manicures at the last minute all the time. Because of that, I am not devoting much creativity to the task and am subsequently finding that I’m not liking much of what I’m […] Read more

Quirk Éponine over barry m Vintage Violet: Q is for: Quirky

Q for quirky for the A2Z series challenge was a tough one. So I took the easy option and used a polish from Quirk. This is Éponine, made by Kerrie from Quirk Polish (and the blogger behind PishPosh & Polish). Sadly, she stopped making her indie polishes last year. It is a clear base with […] Read more

barry m Chai Stamped with a Wavy Pattern: F is for: Fashion

The theme this week in the A2Z series challenge is fashion. My inspiration for this manicure is a Dolce and Gabbana dress for Autumn/Winter 2014-15 (see below), which I have had pinned for some time. I haven’t copied the black, cut-out appliquéd material that you can see on the dress, but I certainly tried before […] Read more

Brown and cream barry m water marble (52 Week Challenge)

It’s week 8 in the 52 Week Pick n Mix Challenge and the choices are brown and books. I chose brown, and my attempts were fraught with initial annoyance. I painted a gradient a few days ago. But I didn’t like it. It looked OK on my nails from a distance, but the photos showed […] Read more

barry m pink gradient with stamping (52 Week Challenge)

The two prompts for the 52 Week Pick n Mix Challenge this week are 3-colour gradient and pink. I’ve combined the two prompts once again and done a pink gradient. However, I couldn’t leave it just like that, so I also stamped over it. All the polishes I’ve used are Barry M polishes: Rose Hip, […] Read more

barry m Rose Hip with rhinestones: August Polish Party

For the Polish Party this month, the theme is glitter and / or gems. I’ve gone for some gems as I don’t think I’ve ever used rhinestones in a manicure before. I decided on a soft pink as a base, and although it typically takes three coats, Barry M Rose Hip is the best baby […] Read more

Autumnal stripes with barry m Mustard, Paprika and Cocoa

As soon as they launched on Wednesday, I went straight out and bought all 6 polishes from the new Barry M Autumn 2014 Gelly collection. I lined them all up in number order for swatching on my nail wheels and couldn’t help but notice that the yellow, red and brown shades worked really well in […] Read more

O is for: Olive from barry m, with oil slick studs

It’s letter O this week in the A to Z series challenge and I have Olive from Barry M. I had quite a few Os to choose from, but hadn’t yet used this one from the most recent Barry M collection. I used two coats. It dried really quickly, but it was very hot, so […] Read more