Barry M Nail Paint: Aquarium Collection – Arabian

Sea Punk has gained almost as much popularity as Cyber Punk and Steam Punk and in much shorter space of time. I love how fun, expressive and er, shiny it is! I think it’s more suited to tweens, teens, people in their 20’s or the kind of people that have an eternally endearing childlike kind of sweetness about them. If I went with it completely, I’d look like The Little Mermaid’s insane older sister. I’d like to incorporate a couple of Sea Punk inspired garments into to my wardrobe though so I thought I’d better start slow with this nail polish first.


Beautiful colour which reminds me of when the setting suns rays hit the waves in the sea. I took two pictures in different lights to show you the iridescent effect clearly.



I applied two thin coats. It lasted for 3 days before I noticed the first tiny chip on one nail and then it took another 2 days until I needed to totally remove it. That’s longer than any other polish I’ve used that isn’t a professional gel type.

Rating 5/5


Barry M Silk Effect Nail Paint

I’ve given myself the length of Spring to ease myself into pastels, or as I like to call them ice cream colours. As soon as I saw this range I knew I’d start with my nails. I’m still sticking with my safe blue/green pallette but the colour is a lot softer and prettier.

Barry M Nail Paint in Meadow

This goes on exactly as if you are using emulsion paint so it’s best to do two thin coats and be very aware of your brush strokes. It dries to a beautiful matt opaque sheen that looks incredibly elegant and sophisticated. It’s also incredibly long lasting and takes ages to remove. This colour will really pop with my tan this Summer.

I’m going to buy blossom next, a lovely pinky peach colour.

avril Nail Polish in Chocolat Chaud

avril Nail Polish in Chocolat ChaudThis is one of the best nail polishes I’ve used recently regarding it’s consistency, quick drying time and staying power. I wish all nail polishes came in this size of pot, as the bigger pots always seem to go goopy before I’ve used them up. My Mum loves this colour but I actually prefer the colour it looks in the bottle – a chocolate caramel colour. Once it’s on, it looks more of a mocha shade, still a very classy versatile colour though.


This product is from a Souk Souk bespoke Little Green beauty box.

B. Quick one coat nail polish

B is Superdrugs own brand nail polish and all of their own brand products are BUAV (leaping bunny) approved, meaning they are cruelty-free. At only £3.32 I thought this bright peach shade with a hard candy shell-like finish would be my go-to everyday polish from now on. Wrong!

PB Quick one coat nail polish

£3.32 189 Persica

PB Quick one coat nail polish

£3.32 189 Persica

The name claims it only needs one coat. Now, this is true if you actually like an uneven streaky finish, me, not so much. I tried slapping on one really thick coat but the varnish is so gloopy it looked rounded, as if I’d just dipped my whole nail into the bottle or like I was wearing really cheap plastic false nails. Once dry however, it looked great and it dried so fast that even I didn’t have a chance to accidentally smudge it.

PB Quick one coat nail polish

Here you can see the difference between thin and thick coats.

I was starting to like this polish and was about to do a write up but thankfully decided to see how long it lasted first. I painted my nails at tea time (5.00pm) and by dinner time (1.00pm) the following day, 5 nails were chipped.

PB Quick one coat nail polish

When applying it I’d used a base coat and top coat and the only house work I’d done since was to fill and empty the washing machine, hardly an endurance test for my nails. I don’t know if the chipping is due to the solid shiny finish and other finishes in the range would do better but I’m not remotely impressed. The only reason I’m giving this goop any points at all is because it dries quickly so it makes the perfect rushed manicure.

As I’m writing this my bloke looks at these pictures and asks “Is that paint from B&Q?” “No” I reply “That would have lasted longer.”

Summer Brights (with nail tattoos & home made polish)

My favorite thing about Summer beauty – apart my skin having a natural tan for once – is all of the bright nail colors. It’s such a cheerful and carefree look . So, in this spirit I decided to give nail tattoos a try and make my mani even more fun!

Nail Tattoos by Nail Art

Nail Tattoos by Nail Art

These are pretty easy to apply, I didn’t even need to use tweezers. I had to be very careful when peeling them off the backing with the more delicate designs so they didn’t snap. The glue on these is so strong I had to make sure I got the placement right first time. I went over them with a top coat of clear varnish to really seal them to the nail.

Stars: Barry M Nail Paint in Yellow

Stars using Barry M Nail Paint in Yellow

Bows using Orly Nail Laquer in Hot Shot

Bows using Orly Nail Laquer in Hot Shot

Nautical using my own mixture called Sparkling Sea

Nautical using my own mixture called Sparkling Sea

How to quickly make your own polish:

  1. Start with a bottle clear top coat that is already around a third used up. Lay out some newspaper as this is about to get messy!
  2. With a pair of tweezers mash up a small powder eye shadow into a fine powder. I mixed blue and little bit of pale gold together.
  3. Create a narrow funnel with a piece of paper, making the end the same width as the top of your bottle.
  4. Carefully shovel about a quarter of the eye shadow into the funnel. Keep giving the funnel a gentle tap so the eyeshadow doesn’t back up.
  5. Screw the lid on firmly and quickly rub the bottle between your palms to blend it all together . Be patient and don’t shake it as this will create air bubbles.
  6. Keep on repeating step 4 and 5 until the polish is the desired color.
  7. Your polish will now be a lot thicker than before. Thin it out by adding a teeny tiny drop of gentle/conditioning nail varnish remover. Don’t over do this bit or your nail polish will constantly separate as soon as you put it down, which I soon learned! (Before each use give the bottle a little giggle to blend it together again smoothly).
  8. Et voila! All that’s left to do is name your totally unique shade of polish.