Monday, 18 March 2013

Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Paint: Full Collection and Swatches

So it's no secret that I'm a bit of a nail varnish nut and I particularly love Barry M Nail Paints. They're fantastic value, long-lasting and come in a ridiculous array of there's always an excuse to pick up a couple while I'm out shopping.

When the Gelly Hi-Shine polishes were released last year I picked up a few and instantly fell in love. The colours are gorgeous vibrant and dry quickly to a super shiny finish that usually doesn't need a second coat or a top coat. I do usually apply a top coat to ensure the polishes last a few days without chipping (I am *not* delicate with my manicures!) but it's certainly not needed for extra shine.

I've gradually been picking up the odd polish here and there and it was only after I bought the last polish from the Spring collection that I realised I had the full set, so I thought I'd do a bumper post and feature a swatch from every colour available, in case any of you were looking to buy any new shades.

So, onto the swatches:

First up we have Lychee, Dragon Fruit and Greenberry. These are all shades from the Spring collection and every single one is a winner. Lychee is an excellent nude shade and I'm not usually a huge nude fan but this looks great for day to day wear. Dragon Fruit and Greenberry and both absolutely gorgeous and make me long for summer as I know they'll look awesome when I'm a bit more tanned.


Next up is Papaya, Satsuma, Grapefruit, Pomegranate and Blood Orange. Papaya is the last shade from the Spring collection and all of the others are from the original release. Quite a mixed bag here but I think Grapefruit and Pomegranate are my favourites. Papaya is pretty but I wish it had a bit more oomph and Blood Orange is lovely but it's not a shade I wear too often as it is quite intense.


And finally, the purples, blues and greens. From L-R in the top picture: Prickly Pear, Blueberry, Watermelon, Blackberry and Plum. Watermelon, Blackberry and Plum all look awesome for nights out and always manage to withstand eight hours of me clunking around with a cocktail glass and dancing/doing shots/falling over/Gangnam Styling, so they definitely pass the test.


So that's the full colour range for now, folks. Which shades are you favourites? Are there any others that you want to pick up after payday?

Sunday, 17 March 2013

Weekly Round Up (3)

So it's been a few weeks since I've done a weekly round up, as I've been pretty busy but I wanted to catch up with you all and let you know what I've been doing. All of the below is in relation to the week before this one, ending with Mother's Day celebrations with my lovely mum.

Posts have been a bit thin on the ground for the last few weeks so apologies for that - I've been out and about farrr too much so I'm taking the next few days to catch up on emails and blogging and let my liver/bank balance recover!

Highlight of the week: Last week was a bit of a manic one, which is why I've hardly been blogging. I have two highlights really. The first is meeting JK Rowling last Friday, which was incredible. As a YA writer myself there is literally nobody in the industry who has impacted it like JK and getting to hear her speak about her process, The Casual Vacancy and the Potter books was amazing. And I got to meet her afterwards. Insane!

Then on Sunday I decided to do something a bit different for Mother's Day so took my mum to the final day of Crufts! We both love dogs (We have one each) and I thought it'd be fun. IT WAS. I'm going to post about the day separately as I have a gazillion pictures to share but if you're a dog lover I totally recommend it. Luckily the day we went had the Pastoral group judging as well as the Best in Show, so I got spend the day surrounded by Collies. As predicted, Bertie went mental when I came home - I don't think he's ever had so many dog scents to sniff in his life!

Listening to: Bastille. And Debaser by Pixies, which seems to have become the theme tune of the new sitcom I'm working on. Yay for new creative projects!

Watching: Catfish: The TV Show. I am LOVING Catfish at the moment. It's on MTV and if you haven't had a chance to catch it yet do look out for it. It's about couples who have only spoken online meeting for the first time and there's MANY A LOL when they turn out to be somebody totallyyyyy different. I think I love it purely because I'm a bitch and I find it hilarious.

Exercise/diet: So last week I started the 5:2 diet. I did have reservations as it sounded a bit too good to be true but after seeing my mum and uncle both take to it I decided to give it a bash. I genuinely didn't feel hungry at any point and, rather than it feeling like a diet, I'm looking at it as more of a healthy eating plan by cutting out processed food, drinking more water and eating more fresh fruit and veg. I lost 7.5lbs last week (INSANE) and while I'm pretty sure almost all of that is water retention/bloat, I feel so much more awake, my skin's looking nicer and I'm all around chuffed. I think it's an eating plan that can do a lot of good, providing you approach it healthily!