.Nailvengers Assemble | Glitter Placement.
Last year at the Cosmo Blog Awards i teamed up with a few of my favourite nail bloggers (One Nail To Rule Them All, The Nailasaurus, Lucy’s Stash and Brit Nails) for the evening and we had such a great time together we decided to create a nail art challenge this year painting different nail designs each month around a certain theme - we are The Nailvengers!
I missed last month’s challenge as i was sunning myself in Spain but this month the theme is ‘Glitter Placement’ so i’ve created this shiny and summery pastel manicure!
It looks really time consuming but i actually really enjoy glitter placement and once you get on a roll it takes no time at all. I used Barry M’s Coconut White and Rose Hip Pink for the base before placing my Glitter pieces and studs (both from bornprettystore) into a wet layer of clear polish using a dotting tool. Finish with a good coat of Seche Vite and you’re all done!
.::.The Nailvengers Assemble Team.::.
Alice from One Nail To Rule Them All
Sammi from The Nailasaurus
Lucy from Lucy’s Stash
Allie from Brit Nails
Amelia from xameliax

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What will they paint next month? Stay tuned to find out!
Don’t forget to tweet me a picture of your nails @xameliax with the hashtag #nailvengers if you give my looks a go and i’ll re-tweet some of my favourites!
xax

.Nailvengers Assemble | Glitter Placement.

Last year at the Cosmo Blog Awards i teamed up with a few of my favourite nail bloggers (One Nail To Rule Them All, The Nailasaurus, Lucy’s Stash and Brit Nails) for the evening and we had such a great time together we decided to create a nail art challenge this year painting different nail designs each month around a certain theme - we are The Nailvengers!

I missed last month’s challenge as i was sunning myself in Spain but this month the theme is ‘Glitter Placement’ so i’ve created this shiny and summery pastel manicure!

It looks really time consuming but i actually really enjoy glitter placement and once you get on a roll it takes no time at all. I used Barry M’s Coconut White and Rose Hip Pink for the base before placing my Glitter pieces and studs (both from bornprettystore) into a wet layer of clear polish using a dotting tool. Finish with a good coat of Seche Vite and you’re all done!

.::.The Nailvengers Assemble Team.::.

Alice from One Nail To Rule Them All

Sammi from The Nailasaurus

Lucy from Lucy’s Stash

Allie from Brit Nails

Amelia from xameliax

What will they paint next month? Stay tuned to find out!

Don’t forget to tweet me a picture of your nails @xameliax with the hashtag #nailvengers if you give my looks a go and i’ll re-tweet some of my favourites!

xax

Thursday, July 31, 2014 — 5 notes

.It’s Barry Summer Gelly Time | Barry M Summer Releases. 

We’re halfway through our holiday now and loving every single minute of it. It’s so nice to get away, relax and spend time together with lots of yummy food and a bar stocked full of drinks we don’t have to pay for in our beautiful surroundings! Today’s installment of the Holiday Blog Series comes from one of my favourite nail polish makers Mr Barry M and his new Sumer Gelly shades…

I absolutely adore the formula of the Barry M Gelly polishes, so when any new releases drop through my letterbox I get quite excited and this time is no exception! Barry has outdone himself this season with a plethora of colours both bright and more subdued to entice every polish wearer over to the gel side. Alongside the recent Spring Pastel releases we’ve got everything we could possibly want from a collection to keep our pointers polished all through the warmer seasons with bright primary colours and lighter pastels to really make a tan pop! 

.In this collection.

Pink Punch* – Similar to another Barry M polish I already own, Pink Punch comes in a touch brighter and is fantastic for tanned skin with it’s gorgeously strong Barbie colouring.

Damson Blue* - I have to be in the mood for royal blue polishes but this one is quite nice. A little lighter than Barry M’s previous Blue Grape shade but Darker than Elderberry below, these would would make a lovely blue coloured ombre look sponged together!

Kiwi Green* - I’m not a huge fan of this one as i only usually reach for green polishes that fall into the mint category but i think it’s a beautiful colour for blondes or for nail art patterns - maybe a funky tribal print!

Coconut White* - My favourite of the bunch has to be Coconut with it’s soft and milky white finish. I’ve been looking for a softer white polish for so long so this one has really filled a gap in my nail box! Love love love this shade and it’s perfect for the sunnier weather.

Olive Green* - Another favourite from this collection is Olive, and perfectly soft, almost pastel olive shade that compliments both pale and tanned hands. I love it on it’s own, i love it as an accent, i just adore this polish and i don’t own anything like it either so it’s a real winner for me.

Almond Neutral* - This is also a stunning little shade - a pinky grey toned neutral right up my street. Once again i’ve been reaching for this polish again and again, it’s beautiful especially with a gold glitter accent to match!

Elderberry Blue* - The lighter of the two blues and just falling into my acceptable blue hue for polish! I actually really love this shade and it looks stunning on it’s own. It’s light and soft enough not to clash with different outfits and i think it’s a great one for the summer.

Personally I prefer the softer colours from this collection as some of the brights are similar to colours I already own and are a little more difficult to wear. I just can’t get enough of Coconut, Olive and Almond which I think complement each other perfectly and look amazing on pale or tanned skintones. Another fantastic collection from Mr M with my favourite fomula to boot – if you haven’t tried any of the Gellys yet you’re seriously missing out, start with some summer shades and get painting! 

You can find all the new colours on the Barry M website HERE and also in your local Boots and Superdrug store. 

What do you think of the new collection? Which is your favourite shade? 

Tweet us @xameliax @BarryMCosmetics with your perfect summer polish colour! #summergelly

xax

Wednesday, June 11, 2014 — 6 notes

.Spring Pastel Polishes You Won’t Want To Miss | Barry M Spring Gellys 2014. 

I love love love pastel nail colours! It’s one of the best parts of the lighter days for me when I can move from my beloved dark berry shades to the lighter spring colours and these new Barry M Gelly editions are absolutely perfect! 

Rose Hip Pink* - I have been looking for a super soft baby pink for ages and this ticks every single box. I honestly can’t get enough of this shade on it’s own or wit a myriad of nail art designs, it’s my ultimate favorite. 

Huckleberry Blue* (pointer finger)- I’m not normally a blue nail polish fan but this is beautiful. A really really subtle baby blue it’s another one that will go with everything and is oozing with nail art potential. I think this is going to be a regular on my pointers during the sunnier days. 

Sugar Apple Green* (ring finger) - Essie’s Mint Candy Apple is one of my favourite spring polishes of all time, for me Barry M’s version is just as good. A creamy light mint green verging on Tiffany blue, how could you not love this polish? 

As always the Barry M Gelly polishes are a dream to work with and one of my favourite polishes ever - i just can’t rave about them enough. Super thick and creamy with a fantastic high gel-like shine most are opaque in nearly one coat! These colours are super sweet and soft and are sure to compliment any spring outfit. 

You can find the new Spring/Summer shade on the Barry M website HERE or in Superdrug & Boots store for just £3.99 each!

Have you bought any of the new Barry M Gellys? What’s your go to Spring pastel polish?

Tweet us @xameliax @barrymcosmetics #berrymspringgelly

xax

(Source: xameliax.com)

Wednesday, May 7, 2014 — 8 notes

.Nails To Make Ariel Jealous | Barry M Aquarium Collection. 

I’m going to be completely honest with you on this one, when the press release for this collection came out I didn’t think I’d like these polishes – sorry Bazza! I’m just not a fan of shimmery polishes (flashbacks from my 90’s youth!) and neither blue or green ever make it into my manicure routine, so that ruled out all but one of this collection at first. But in the name of science I got swatching, and guess what? My shimmer polish eyes have been re-opened because these polishes are beautiful! 

From Left to Right: Pacific*, Arabian*, Mermaid*, Treasure Chest*, Caspian*, Mediterranean*.

The warm tones of the aquarium collection won me over at first, because well, they’re just stunning. That fiery orange copper duo chrome and the silky pale duo gold look lovely on their own but with their partnering glitter they look amazing! With flakes of rose gold, yellow gold and silver this has got to be the prettiest glitter topcoat I own and I have to say that I’ve tried it with so many other polishes in my collection as a quick accent or glitter gradient since swatching here – I can’t get enough! It’s a little tricky to place because of the flake size but once you’ve got the hand of dabbing rather than painting you’ll be well away. Even the cool tones of this collection look lovely on especially with their glitter topcoat which for these is full of blue, green and gold flakes that really do look like a mermaid’s tail!

So if you’re into you shimmers and duo chrome polishes then these are going to be right up your street, but I’ll warn you, they all complement each other so perfectly there’s no way you’ll be able to walk out with just one! 

You can find the new Barry M Aquarium Collection on their website HERE for just £3.99 a bottle or from your local Boots & Superdrug stores! 

What do you think of this mystical new collection? Which side are you on, warm or cool? 

Tweet us @xameliax @BarryMCosmetics #aquarium an let us know your favourite shade!

xax

(Source: xameliax)

Monday, April 7, 2014 — 42 notes
.Studs, Studs and More Studs | Born Pretty Store.
Super simple but super snazzy nails using just three polishes and some gorgeous studs from Born Pretty Store!
Polish Used:
Base - Duri Rejuvacote
Ciate - Bon Bon
Deborah Lipman - Boom Boom Pow*
OPI - Don’t Pretzel My Buttons
Born Pretty Store - Large 4mm Gems* (in number 4)
Born Pretty Store - Coloured Stones*
Top - Seche Vite
With a good nail prep routine these stayed on for over 5 days…those bad boys weren’t going anywhere! Just press the studs into a layer of wet polish using a dotting tool and cover with a top coat, easy peasy. Such a simple look but really effective and the neutral colours helped them go with everything - loved these and i was quite sad to take them off!
If you love your nails you’ll love Born Pretty Store’s website HERE, and don’t forget to use the code AMYJ61 at the checkout for a little treat!
Want to give these a go? Tweet me a picture @xameliax #bornprettystuds, i’d love to see them!
xax

.Studs, Studs and More Studs | Born Pretty Store.

Super simple but super snazzy nails using just three polishes and some gorgeous studs from Born Pretty Store!

Polish Used:

Base - Duri Rejuvacote

Ciate - Bon Bon

Deborah Lipman - Boom Boom Pow*

OPI - Don’t Pretzel My Buttons

Born Pretty Store - Large 4mm Gems* (in number 4)

Born Pretty Store - Coloured Stones*

Top - Seche Vite

With a good nail prep routine these stayed on for over 5 days…those bad boys weren’t going anywhere! Just press the studs into a layer of wet polish using a dotting tool and cover with a top coat, easy peasy. Such a simple look but really effective and the neutral colours helped them go with everything - loved these and i was quite sad to take them off!

If you love your nails you’ll love Born Pretty Store’s website HERE, and don’t forget to use the code AMYJ61 at the checkout for a little treat!

Want to give these a go? Tweet me a picture @xameliax #bornprettystuds, i’d love to see them!

xax

(Source: xameliax.com)

Thursday, March 27, 2014 — 4 notes

.Sultry Silks | NEW Barry M Silk Collection. 

You may have already seen swatches of this new Barry M collection online as I’m a little late to the mark putting mine out there, but here we are, the new Silk Collection*

A range of six beautifully retro matte pearlescent shades that are perfectly pastel and bang on trend. I didn’t think I was going to like these as much as I do, but I have to say I’ve fallen head over heels for truffle, meadow and heather – they’re just so so pretty! Although a bit of a bugger to paint for those of us used to slapping on a coat of Seche Vite and dashing out the door minutes after painting our nails the matte effect is lovely and really does create a silk effect when fully dry - you just have to be patient! And they are tricky to remove too, so prepare for a bit of soaking when it comes to changing colours.

Mist – Blue polishes are always a bit marmite for me and sadly I don’t adore this one. It will be good however for summer nail art projects, so it’s one to jeep hold of.

Blossom -  This is a really pretty baby pink colour perfect for sweeping on for a quick and cute summer look. It also looks like it could be a good stamper…will report back on that one!

Heather – Such a pretty lilac polish, I love love love it. One I would happily wear on it’s own without an accent.

Truffle – This is my absolute favourite of the collection, right up my street. A creamy nude brown that reminds me of the perfect latte!

Meadow – A beautiful mint green that would make a lovely accent nail alongside something like Essie Mint Candy Apple!

Pearl – Are we still loving white polish? I certainly am! Pearl is a lovely, well, pearl colour and great as a base for studs and other nail art patterns

The silk collection is available to buy now in Superdrug, Boots and on the Barry M website HERE for £3.99 a bottle…what are you waiting for? 

Have you tried any of the Silk Collection Polishes? What’s your favourite shade? 

Tweet us @xameliax @BarryMCosmetics #silkcollection 

xax

(Source: xameliax.com)

Monday, February 24, 2014