.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 — 40 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

.Valentine’s Negative Space Heart Nails | xameliax.

Here’s a cute nail art design ready for the big pink day! I’ll show you my little trick to create perfect negative space hearts…with some adorable valentine-themed studs too!

::Polish Used::

Duri Rejuvacote Base

Barry M Burgundy Crush Matte Polish*

Barry M Nail Effects Gold Foil

Loose Glitter in Sand* (TheGlitterShop.co.uk)

Seche Vite Top Coat

Born Pretty Store Heart Studs*

Don’t forget to subscribe to my channel for more nail art tutorials!

Tweet me a picture of your valentine’s nails @xameliax!

xax

Thursday, February 13, 2014 — 9 notes

.Nailvengers Assemble | Try Something New.

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. This month the theme is ‘Try Something New’ so i’ve gone for the coveted quilted nails technique which i’ve never been able to do…until now!

It’s a lot easier than it looks all created with a pretty nail stamp, a few gold ball suds and some dental floss! Make sure you check out my youtube video to see how it’s all done!

::Products Used::

Duri Rejuvacote Base

OPI Don’t Pretzel My Buttons

Barry M Duchess*

Clinique Fizzy*

Ball Studs from Born Pretty Store*

Essie Penny Talk

Bundle Monster Plate 306*

Konad Double Ended Stamper Set*

Seche Vite Top Coat

.::.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 tutorial a go and i’ll retweet some of my favourites!

xax

Friday, January 31, 2014 — 7 notes

.Weekend In Photos.

I’ve been feeling a little low this week. A combination of new job stress, too much blogging and editing to squeeze into each evening and barely getting any sleep.

So on Wednesday I was sat at my desk when this gorgeous bunch of flowers arrived addressed to me from the boyfriend ‘just because’. They instantly brightened up my day and I couldn’t stop smiling all afternoon - gentlemen take note, the power of the posies! And he didn’t just leave it there with the bouquet either, he also took me out for dinner and to the cinema in the evening and surprised me with a bottle of lavender pillow spray to help me sleep - so thoughtful it hurts. It worked a treat and after my night off blogging, yummy popcorn, stunning flowers and a long 8 hours sleep I was back on track…and yes, he’s certainly a keeper!

The actual weekend was spent watching my friend fight his first amateur boxing match and drinking beer with a few kickboxing friends - he won, we cheered and we were all very proud. Saturday morning I was up to walk the doggies at the RSPCA and it was lovely to get out for an hour and just have a stroll - clear out some cobwebs and have a think before heading over to see my boy. That evening I was instructed to get dressed up before he whisked me out for a wonderful meal and drinks at a place we’d never been before and it was just what the doctor ordered (restaurant review on the way)! We came back feeling nicely full and drank champagne together until the early hours of the morning.

Today was spent under the duvet on the sofa in pyjamas in front of the television. The laziest day in the world and just what we both needed! After a Grey’s Anatomy marathon, lots of tea and a naughty Chinese takeaway we were both re-charged and thoroughly relaxed. I’m not sure if the boy is going for some boyfriend of the year award I don’t know about but he wins it hands down in my eyes after this week especially - I’m well and truly cheered up and ready to face another week!

xax

Monday, January 27, 2014 — 5 notes