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Braided nail

I can’t seem to leave a plain manicure alone. I loved how my nails looked from yesterday, but they needed a second coat and a top coat, and while I was there doing that I had a bit of a play.

I’ve never tried a braided nail before (sometimes called a fishtail braid). Lucy’s Stash has a great braided nail tutorial, which I have had bookmarked for a while. And today became the day I was going to try it out!

I didn’t do too badly, and I was pleased with how relatively simple it is to do a braided nail. I had thought it would be much harder. The only difficult thing seemed to be having enough patience to wait for each stripe to dry before adding the next one.

I decided on a red, silver and blue look and used another of my new A England polishes, Lady of Shalott, along with Barry M Foil Effects Silver.

Braided nail
Braided nail

And here’s a bit of a close up on the braided nail:

Close up of the braided nail on its own
A close up shot



For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base: two coats of A England Perceval
  • Braided nail: A England Perceval, A England Lady of Shallot, Barry M Foil Effects Silver
  • Top coat: Seche Vite


A England Perceval

I came home yesterday from a day’s training (I run one-day marketing courses in London) to find a package waiting for me. For a moment, I couldn’t recall having ordered anything, so I ripped it open to discover five new A England polishes! Oh yes, now I remember. [Ooops, must stop ordering polish! Bank balance is suffering badly.]

These are my first A England polishes. I hadn’t heard of the brand before starting to read nail blogs,  but everyone seemed to rate them highly and I just love the colours. It helped of course that there was an offer (one for £6, two for £10).

This is Perceval, a “splendid and resplendent” red. It’s shiny and metallic and it went on so smoothly that for these photos I have only used one coat and no top coat. Although I did add a top coat afterwards to ensure longer wear.

Click on the images for larger versions.

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base: one coat of A England Perceval
  • Top coat: none

Superdrug Barry M offer

Following on from my earlier post about there being free Barry M polishes in Boots, I have just found out that Barry M also has two special editions coming out in Superdrug. They are apparently available from Wednesday 5th December and you get one free when you spend £6 or more. Or (unlike the Boots offer), you can also buy these separately for £3.99 each.

I need to go back out shopping! These are fab! I love the colours and think the sparkly one would go beautfiully over the Barry M Watermelon I have just bought.

Barry M Superdrug Christmas 2012
Barry M Superdrug limited edition polishes for Christmas 2012: Christmas Blue and Christmas Glitter



Free Revlon and Barry M polishes at Boots

I popped into Boots this morning – not for nail polish for a change – but of course I couldn’t help but have a quick look at them all, could I?

And I’m glad I did because there are a few offers on that I took advantage of.

Firstly, Revlon polish is on offer. When you buy 3, you get the cheapest free PLUS you get a free bottle of a gorgeous sparkly gold glitter called Sequins. So that’s effectively four bottles for the price of two (which was £12.98). Sequins is apparently a limited edition polish, but I know I’ve seen it on other blogs, so perhaps it is available in the US.

And Barry M also has an exclusive to Boots offer, with a free polish. When you spend £6 or more on Barry M (doesn’t have to be on polishes) you get a free limited edition nail polish. There are two available: a shimmery gold and a shimmery pink with gold flecks. I picked up the gold, but fully intend to go back and get the pink one too! They are supposedly limited edition polishes, but apart from the lids being different, the gold could just be Barry M Gold. The pink is called Christmas Pink and I couldn’t find anything like it on the Barry M website, so I’m sure that one definitely is exclusive to Boots.

Barry M Boots Christmas 2012
Barry M Boots limited edition polishes: Christmas Pink and Christmas Gold


So, I bought 7 polishes in Boots today, and spent £20.96 – less than £3 each – bargain!

Revlon Barry M Boots freebies
Back row: Barry M – Watermelon, Blackberry and Christmas Gold
Front row: Revlon – Fashionista, Dreamer, Sugar Plum and Sequins


Pink half moons

My husband hates this manicure, but I love it. He says the colours don’t go. Well, that was the idea really: to use contrasting colours in order to get a stand-out effect. But you can’t win them all.

The pink half moons are Models Own Raspberry Crush, which was one of the freebie polishes I received with More magazine recently. Prior to this, I didn’t own any Models Own, but if all their polishes are like this, then that won’t be the case for very much longer. The formula was almost perfect. It went on so beautifully for me and dried nice and quickly too. I think “raspberry” is a bit of a misnomer though. Although it does seem a bit reddish in darker lighting, I would more accurately describe it as a deep pink.

The rest of the nail is Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine in Plum. However, my bottle is labelled as “Blackberry”, which I know, from various reports on other nail blogs, is how some of the early bottles were (mis)labelled. This is just one coat, and it went on even better than the Models Own did. I love the Gelly Hi-Shine polishes. They really are true one-coaters and dry with a fantastic shine.

For the first time, I haven’t done too badly with my half moons. Before now, I have always managed to splodge at least a couple of them as I remove the ring reinforcers.

Pink half moons
Pink half moons: Models Own Raspberry Crush and Barry M Gelly Plum (although my bottle is labelled as Blackberry)
For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base: two coats of Models Own Raspberry Crush
  • Interim coat: Seche Vite
  • Nail art tools: ring reinforcers to tape off the half moon shape
  • Next coat: one coat of Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine Plum
  • Top coat: Seche Vite