Rose Gold Nails

Hi everyone!

A short and rather indulgent post today for you all about one of my shameless obsessions : nail polish.

I’ve been coveting a really good Rose Gold for a while now, which is unusual for me. For a long time I veered away from metallic polishes all together,  convinced they didn’t apply as well and we’re outdated (clearly my perception had been poisoned by a few poor products from my younger  years).

Rose gold/copper had been hot on trend for a while now,  both in the home, in our stationary collection and now in the makeup we apply. Its beautiful, classical, and so flattering for I imagine most skin tones.

I selected this shade Gold Rose from Model’s Own, at £4.99 a bottle.


It applied gorgeously with only one coat (however I committed a lazy beauty sin and applied over the top of my existing nude polish so it had a good base).

The bottle isn’t a fair representative of the colour within but it is beautiful all the same.

I’m keen to experiment with more bolder Metallics now, but there definitely room for another rose gold shade in a deeper hue –  does anyone have any recommendations?


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my BarryM Pinterest Board

Hey Guys!

Followers of my blog and of my Instagram account will know that I have a bit of an obsession with BarryM nail polishes.

I don’t quite own all of them yet, but that’s not for lack of trying! They seem to be bringing out more and more collections these days and I struggle to keep up, in terms of the amount of space I actually have to keep them, and the cost of them (even though individually they cost around £3-4 per nail polish) – when A collection comes out with 5 or more shades the cost piles up!

Anyway, I’ve created a pin board with my manis and flatlays in once place in case you are a total Nail Polish nut like me! Go ahead and give it a follow!

I’d love to connect with more of you on Pinterest too, so leave me your links in the comments below and I’ll check out your boards!

Love x

Model’s Own Polishes for tans review


Good morning lovely readers,

Last week I was contacted by Models Own on instagram as they liked my feed and wanted to send me some polishes! I was blown away! Now there’s a brand with good taste,  ahem!

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So they arrive very yesterday in the post and I opened up for a peek!


They sent me 5 shades, from left to right they are ; turquoise sea, malibu pink, cocktail hour, sarong wrap and beach hut.

Now normally I wouldn’t buy these. The real reason being I’m not naturally inclined to tan,  though I made a concerted effort last week to get me some vitamin D.


Beach Hut is a super bright fluorescent orange. It’s cool,  but probably not the shade I was destined to wear,  even with my love of orange.  Pictured here with  coats. The formula is quite a bit thicker than;


Cocktail Hour! A really fun fluorescent pinky red. This is more my shade or pink/red. Thinner in formula and pictured with two coats.


I love this bubblegum pink colour,  and would happily wear this daily and to work. Two coats but probably needed a third here and there.


I’m not normally one for yellow and this did nothing to change my mind. It doesn’t beat the yellow shade from the Barrym speedy quick dry collection (previously swatched here). I did two coats but perhaps could use 3. Not keen on the formula.


Turquoise Sea might be my total favourite from the 5. Formula is amazing and I got great coverage with two coats. I left this on afterwards and was really impressed with the shine and finish.

I’d be keen to try some more polishes from this range,  though the formulas are somewhat hit and miss.

Thanks for reading, what do you think of the colours?


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BarryM Speedy Quick Dry Collection

Barry M Speedy Quick Dry collection

Hello everyone!

You probably already know by now,  but I am a fully fledged nail polish freak,  and a Barry M addict in particular. In my view there is no better value polish on the market for quality you get.

The speedy quick dry collection really appealed to me as there’s nothing I hate more than smudging my nails! I’m always on the go and so the faster it dried the better. These polishes really do deliver on their quick dry polish.

I thought I would swatch the “brights”  of the collection (as they have pastels too!) that I own. They’re always bringing out more shades and my collection grows!





If you’re interested I can do a post showing the swatches of my pastels quick dry collection?

Hope you are having a great weekend!


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Blue Nail Polish Swatches!

You might remember that I blogged about my YSL polish; how I absolutely loved the colour but not the fact that it chopped somewhay too easily for a polish that cost £18.00.

I have a number of blues in my collection,  after having picked up a few more in order to try and find a cheaper replacement to console me!

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Far left is YSL, the rest are Barry M on swatch wheel featuring blue grape, supersonic, Malibu, blackberry and blueberry.

From the left most swatch on the dial it’s YSL on bleu majorelle, followed by BarryM polishes in ; Supersonic, special edition in bikini, on my nails is blue grape, followed by malibu (matte) , blackberry and finally blueberry!

Blue grape is gorgeous,  closely followed by Supersonic as pictured below. The speedy quick dry polishes have the best formula though,  I can’t fault it!

Rings are from Poppy Kitten Designs and LouiseMacJewels!

What’s your favourite blue? (you can find out about the ring on the right here!)

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Beauty Review : Barry M daylight curing Polish

I absolutely had to try this out.  I’m a girl who is forever rolling up her sleeves and getting stuck in,  so my nails always pay the price for it! 10 days of colour they promise.

We shall see…

I had to choose 1 colour because I’d already spent a bucket load on the speedy dry polishes.


I settled for the classic ‘Fushia Generation’,  a deep rich pink which appears darker,  more towards plum in the bottle and in certain blue-eyed lighting. 


I was instantly impressed with the application of this Polish.  I applied 2 coats for full coverage with 1 coat of the daylight curing Polish. I painted my nails at night so I supplemented the drying process a bit with my UV lamp.

It dried super quick and the end result is beautiful.



These are available for £4.99 each at Boots.

Have you tried these out?


Nail Polish : Barry M nail polish addiction

Hey ladies, happy Sunday! What have you got planned today? I’ve scheduled this post because I am actually down in London for the VE day 70 years on concert at the Royal Albert Hall. I’m so excited and I can’t wait to dress up!

Sundays for me are generally lazy,  though I might well be preparing for a new week ahead with a manicure.

This weekend I swatched one of my new polishes (need for speed) from my latest Barry M haul. This one comes from the speedy dry collection  and I honestly can’t endorse it enough.  It works,  and it’s great value from money. I’ll never stray from this brand.  Ever.

It might replace the matte collection in terms of best application… Might..

Quick Dry BarryM
Barry M speedy quick dry polishes…

I bought these 4 together as they were bright and summery.

I thought I might also share with you some pictures of the rest of collection.

Matte collection

BarryM Matte Collection

Particular favourites are the lime and the red Polish.

Speedy dry collection

my BarryM Speedy Quick Dry Collection
my BarryM Speedy Quick Dry Collection


Gelly shine collection

BarryM gelly hi-Shine Nail Paint Collection
My Gelly hi-Shine Nail Paint Collection

Assorted standard collection

BarryM standard polishes
BarryM standard polishes

Sunset daylight curing collection

BarryM Daylight Curing Nail Polish Fushia Generation
Yet to be swatched, can’t wait to try! BarryM Daylight Curing Nail Polish Fushia Generation

Do you have a collection like this? It can’t just be me!!


Fashion : pastel loveliness

I adore pale subtle colours, especially in spring. Recently I’ve been on  a bit of a pastel binge,  so I thought I’d share some with you!

Clarks handbag



This is my adorable Clarks handbag. I decided to look for something paler as the summer was approaching and found this beauty.  It was 20% off £50 at the time,  too!

Barry M Speed dry collection

Lap of honour

I couldn’t resist this collection. I always smudge my Polish because I am impatient and can’t wait for things to dry properly! This collection is so adorable,  with pastels through the spectrum.


The Body Shop Vitamin E Facewash

Not exactly wearable but it’s cute and pink all the same!

I picked this up because although their tea tree stuff is amazing it has a tendency to tighten and dry if used too often. This baby is soft and gentle and just lovely,  I use it everyday.


Hope you enjoyed this post! Have you tried the Barry M speedy dry collection?


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Beauty : Haul from Beauty at Tesco

Happy Sunday everyone!

Just to share my weekend haul from my local Tesco.  It’s is one of the larger superstores and has a very well stocked beauty section.  I was actually wanting to pick up the daylight curing nail polishes from Barry M but they’ve not quite hit that store yet!

Instead I picked up 4 beautiful shades,  3 from the gellyshine collection and 1 from the speedy dry collection.

barrym, nail polish, Kiwi, dragonfruit, lap of honour, satsuma
Kiwi, dragonfruit, lap of honour, satsuma

From left to right we have Kiwi,  dragonfruit,  lap of honour,  and satsuma,  a fantastic orange shade I just couldn’t resist!!!

I’ve swatched dragonfruit,  a cute candy pink that doesn’t appear too pale against my skin which is prone to redden.

dragonfruit, nail polish, barryM,swatch
swatch in natural light


I also picked up a bright orange Blush that caught my eye immediately (shade is called apricot) from Sleek makeup, having seen it out on display.  I only picked up a single,  but they were available in a pallette with 3 shades,  4 different collections which now having used the Blush I would definitely be tempted to try out.


cat eye, red lipstick,selfie, blusher
life goal- do a cat eye without wearing it all over the rest of my ace : Achieved!

Here I am wearing it on the apples of my cheeks –  its soft and buildable. I also really like the packaging,  it reminds me of NARS.

Hope you had a lovely weekend –  I did a cat eye red lip look to go to the cinema to see The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Had to look my best in case Thor showed up!!

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