Birchbox UK May 2015

Hi everyone! Last week I was kindly sent the Birchbox UK May 2015 box to review for you, as it has a nail-related item inside :D

It’s been a while since I subscribed to a beauty subscription box – my last two I ended in 2012, so I was pretty excited to open this box up!

The theme of the box is “Free Your Mind”. I was very happy to find that the box is white with patterns filled in, which allows you to colour the box exactly how you like! If you follow my Instagram, you will know I am a big fan of doodling and drawing… that alone has me sold on the box :)

In case you prefer not to know the contents of the box I have put all the pictures beyond the ‘read more’ button – if you’ve come direct don’t scroll below the 2nd photo ;)

Birchbox UK May 2015

Birchbox UK May 2015
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Barry M Speedy Collection Summer 2015 – Swatches Review & Comparisons

Hello all! Barry M have kindly sent me a huuuuge review package, so I have another Barry M collection to show you today. This is the next instalment of the Speedy Quick Dry range – if you remember the Speedy collection that they released back in February, these are they! This time there’s 6 polishes in the collection. I’m sure I said somewhere recently that I was hoping Barry M would bring out some more shimmers or glitters after the huge amount of cremes lately, and they have delivered! 3 of the 6 polishes are shimmers, which makes me very happy :)

The Speedy Nail Paints all have the new wide brush that Barry M have started using, which is great! I’ve put a picture of that further on in the post.

The six colours in this collection are a little unusual together, but they are all very pretty. I’ve included comparisons with each of them :) So it will be a long post – grab a cuppa as always! :)

Barry M Speedy Quick Dry Summer Collection
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Barry M Sunset Daylight Curing Collection – Swatches & Review

Hello everyone! Eeeek – it’s been three whole weeks since my last post! I’ve obviously now broken my new year goal of posting at least once a week… oops! I’ve just started a new job temping, which always takes a little time to adjust to the new routine, especially as I’ve been working from home for 8 months and unemployed for a further month, lol. So that’s why I’ve been slacking on the blog front! In this time I have been very kindly sent the new Barry M Sunset Daylight Curing collection to swatch and review for you all, so today I am doing just that.

What are Daylight Curing nail paints? Barry M say they are “professional nails without the lamp”. So in theory they’re somewhere between normal nail polish and a UV soak-off gel system.  The nail polish cures in daylight (and artificial light too, actually) and you remove it with normal nail polish remover, so in many ways it seems just like normal nail polish. The finish is somewhat like a gel polish though, and they are supposed to last up to 10 days. More on that later. There seems to be quite a trend for these ‘no UV’ nail polishes around at the moment!

FYI – these all have the new Barry M brush which is flat and rounded – I’ve put a picture below and you can also see it compared with the ‘old’ Barry M brush on this post.

Barry M Sunset Collection Daylight Curing Nail Paint
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NailBox – UK Monthly Nail Polish Subscription

Hello everyone! Apologies again – I’ve been neglecting the blog a little this week. The job hunt, ya know, blah blah etc etc fill in the blanks :). I hope you’ve all been having a good few days. I am pretty excited about the subject of today’s post, which feels like the product we’ve been waiting for for a good couple of years in the nail polish community!

This week, “nailbox” kindly sent me a preview box to review ahead of this month’s box going out to review for you all. What is nailbox? It’s only a monthly nail polish subscription box! Yay! As far as I know, this is the only mainstream nail polish subscription box in the UK (with the exception of Coloristiq, which is a nail polish rental service – you get to keep the polishes you receive in nailbox).

In this review I’m going to show you what you receive for the April 2015 box, and give a brief review of all the products, as well as explaining price points, delivery details etc. – more info below! :)

NailBoxNailBox Subscription
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Rimmel Sweetie Heart Matte Collection

Hello everyone! Hope you’ve had a happy Easter, or bank holiday weekend, or whatever you celebrate/don’t celebrate :D I received these new Sweetie Heart nail polishes from Rimmel a couple of weeks ago (unfortunately I’ve been so busy job-hunting, I have got a little behind with my schedule!) and I’ve been trying them out. They seem so perfect for spring, I hope you’ll agree :)

The Sweetie Heart collection is an all-matte collection, consisting of 5 pastel-type shades. I think the theme is based on the ‘Love Hearts’ sweeties made by Swizzels Matlow – the ones with phrases like ‘kiss me’ on them :)

Rimmel Sweetie Heart Cheeky Girl Matte
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