Barry M Gelly Autumn/Winter Collection 2014 Review, Swatches & Comparisons

Hey everyone! So yesterday I was excited to receive a surprise package from Barry M, and it contained the Autumn/Winter Gelly Collection to review! I hadn’t heard anything about these before yesterday so I wasn’t sure what to expect. There are six polishes in total – Chai, Cardamom, Chilli, Mustard, Cocoa and Parprika. Safe to say, these are all very autumnal colours (and names!) and it contains a good few I wouldn’t normally wear but having swatched them, I’ve really warmed up to them and can’t wait to wear them this coming Autumn! The names have sold me – I love my spices.

The last couple of collection posts I’ve done have received great feedback and it seems a lot of you like the comparisons, so I’ve done a few more this time on the ones that seemed potentially dupe-able. So grab a drink of your choice because it’s a wee bit of a long one!

Barry M Autumn Winter Gelly Collection
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Cirque Cerrillos

Hey there! So… I’ve kind of been gone again for a while… sorry about that! I’m not sure whether I’m back but we’ll take it as it comes. I’ll be honest about why I’ve been gone – I’ve been learning a lot about spirituality and consciousness and it makes me feel a bit disillusioned with products, material items and values etc which is, to say the least, at odds with the very premise of my blog. But I have still been enjoying wearing nail polish (as you will know if you follow me on Instagram) so I wanted to share one of my recent favourites with you all.

Cirque isn’t a brand I’ve taken much notice of until I saw their Heritage Collection, which is a nice summery line-up of holographic colours. If you didn’t know, Cirque nail polishes are lightly scented with lavender and clary sage. This scent is obvious at first but lessens with topcoat, and I can’t tend to smell it after the first couple of hours.

Cirque Cerrillos
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Enchanted Polish July 2014

Hello everyone! I’m going to stop apologising for not posting as regularly as I should because I’m clearly not very good at living up to my apologies! Anyway, I have another Enchanted Polish mystery colour today. I’ve been trying to get them all this year although unfortunately as this last time Chelsea was selling all three at once, I could only afford one so got my birth month; July! Enchanted Polishes are currently being sold on a pre-order basis, with an hour long window for buyers to purchase, and a month long window from order to receipt of the polish. I think it works brilliantly! Nobody goes crazy, no site crashes… it’s all good :)

July arrived the other day and I have to say when I first saw it, I wasn’t all that keen. However now that I’ve seen it on the nail, I really like it! If you have got this and aren’t keen, I’d definitely suggest wearing it once just to be sure as it looks quite different on the nail from in the bottle.

Enchanted Polish July 2014
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Picture Polish Columbia Rocky Horror

Today I have another Picture Polish (if you want to see my other reviews of Picture Polishes, click here!) – as I explained when I wrote about Shocked, I have had a little obsession for Picture Polishes lately, so you may see a few posts on these in the coming weeks! The formula is always so good – I can’t help it!

Columbia is from the Rocky Horror collection came out a couple of months ago. Please don’t hate me – I have to confess that I’ve never watched the Rocky Horror Picture Show, but the amount of people who are shocked by this tells me it must be good! As such, I wasn’t the first to jump for this collection - however I saw a couple of pictures of Columbia and fell. Hard. I’m not normally too keen on reds, but something about this caught my eye and dominated my every waking moment until I bought it!

Picture Polish Rocky Horror Columbia
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Scarlet Tiaras Handmade Headbands

Hello everyone! I have a bit of a different post for you today. As I’ve mentioned a couple of times before, I’ve been craving a change on my blog. It’s funny that while this is my creative outlet, I’ve removed so much of the imagination from it by having a template style for how I review nail polish, and while I don’t want to stop that, it begins to feel a little bit like a task more than it does a pleasure. Which is why I’m going to start doing a few more lifestyle-type posts, in amongst all the nail polish ones, and we’ll see how that goes :)

A few weeks ago I was feeling a little bored with my hair – I’m not one for big flower crowns or other hair pieces, but I fancied something to jazz it up a little. I decided it needed to be an Alice band, and the search began for a white beaded headband. Highstreet shops held nothing for me, so I turned to Etsy (where dreams come true!)  to see what the hand-makers of the internet had to offer.

There I found Scarlet Tiaras and I stumbled upon exactly what I was searching for! The prices were so affordable that a second headband fell into my basket – my order totalled £12.20 which I think is pretty good for these! Observe:

Handmade alice headband
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Stellar Nail Polish Glitter Toppers Collection

Hey everyone! Hope you’re doing well :) the lovely Ruth from Stellar Nail Polish has once again kindly sent me some gorgeous new nail polishes to review – this time they are glitter toppers which always gets me excited! If you remember my post on the pretty Stellar holographic collection from last month you will know I’m already a massive fan of Stellar – so let’s get started!

As always, these polishes are named after songs, and they include the artist in the title so that you know which specific song it is made in mind of (there are so many songs with the same name these days!). I love to listen to the corresponding song as I apply the polish, to really get a feel for what inspired the polish, which I think is a really nice touch.

Stellar Nail Polish Waterfalls TLC

Waterfalls (TLC)
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Picture Polish Shocked

Hello everyone! If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you may have noticed my recent obsession with Picture Polish! Before the Limited Edition collection came out I only owned one and really wasn’t too fussed… but the formula did impress me. I bit the bullet again recently and bought Freya’s Cats, Shocked and Columbia, and adored them all! So here is Shocked to show you :)

Picture Polish has a small range of nail polishes with this finish – it’s a coloured jelly base filled with silver holographic flecks – they’re not glitter so I’m not really sure what they are but they’re stunning in the sun! I’ve collected quite a few of these now - Freya’s Cats, Shocked, Kryptonite, Shy Violet :)

Picture Polish Shocked
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Nail Stickrs Review

Hey ladies! A little while ago a lovely lady behind the Nail Stickrs brand kindly sent me a selection of her nail stickers to review! I’ve not really used nail stickers much in the past, other than a few printed/decorative ones so this was new for me. They are actually a US brand, but they ship internationally so they’re available to us here in the UK too – yay!

So the basic idea is to use these as a stencil for nail art. I decided to show you how you can use them both ways – as decorative stickers as well as using them as stencils.

NailStickrs
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Tami Beauty Lady of Lomond

Hello! I’m back with a new brand to show you all. Say hello to ‘Tami Beauty‘, a Scottish nail brand that also specialises in health, beauty and fitness advice. I was lucky enough to be sent one of their new polishes to try, and with excitement I chose ‘Lady of Lomond’. From what I understand, Tami Beauty is an independent (‘indie’) nail brand, but unlike many indie brands, they are actually made in a factory. They are 3-free and cruelty free, so no qualms there!

If you’ve watched my Boyfriend Tag video, you will know that my family used to take annual holidays into the depths of Scotland, as well as to the Hebrides. We would always stop off at Luss, which is on the bank of Loch Lomond, on the way up. It’s become somewhat of a haven for me, especially because at the height of my anxiety it provided an escape from the normal stresses that were going on at the time, and so it gives me strong feelings of peace and dare I say it… ZEN! So I was super excited to try a polish named after one of my favourite places in the world.

Tami Beauty Lady of Lomond
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Stellar Nail Polish Holographic Collection

Hey lovelies!! I have been leading a somewhat hectic lifestyle the last couple of weeks, hence the lack of blogposts – I promise I am trying to get on top of it all!

I have some stunning nail polishes to show you today. These are the new holographic polishes from the lovely UK indie brand ‘Stellar’, which is run by a lovely friend of mine, Ruth :). She has kindly sent these to me for review – and review them I shall! Stellar polishes are all rigorously tested by Ruth, and she actually uses a safe, spectraflair alternative to create her holographic polishes. Her polishes are also 5-free and cruelty-free – yay! :)

Please excuse my slightly short nails – I had two nail disasters on one day and they’ve been slowly growing back for two weeks!

Stellar Iron Sky (Paolo Nutini)

Iron Sky (Paolo Nutini)
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