Monday 24 December 2012

Monday Manicure: Barry M Gelly Nail Paint Watermelon NOTD

I know these have been out a while but this is the first time I’ve tried out the Barry M Gelly polish.

The hype: So these Gelly polishes are meant to replicate the high shine finish of a gel manicure. Although they supposedly only need 1 coat, what can I say, I always use 2 to get a good finish, help them to last and to get total coverage. However, you probably could get away with using 1 coat. As always I used Seche Vite base coat first.

This was easy to use, gives a great finish, nicely transparent and a great colour! I don’t usually use blue and green colours but I really did love this one. It’s a dark, rich green that looks like the comedy green colour of watermelons in cartoons! It is very shiny, and yes, it’s a little shinier than most nail polishes but to be honest, I don’t think they’re shiny enough to warrant that as a USP. But, I will probably be trying out some more colours from the range as the colours all look divine!

Verdict: Juicy colours from Barry M in 9 shades at £3.99.  Great colours, quality, application and value.  

Monday 17 December 2012

Monday Manicure: Nails Inc St James NOTD

After bulk buying December's Glamour (see this post) I started trying out the nail polishes immediately. (patience is not my thing).

First up is St James by Nails Inc. Although it's the first one I've tried, this is definitely my favourite shade of the four I picked up already and a contender for holy grail status as my favourite red shade.

In the picture it's come out really pink, but it's not! It's actually a true pillarbox red as you can see from the picture taken from the Nails Inc website below.

As with most Nails Inc polishes, it goes on smoothly and lasts around 5 days without a topcoat before it looks tatty. I used 2 coats, as always!

Is it just me or are you guys always on the lookout for that perfect red nail polish too?

Sunday 16 December 2012

What’s In My Handbag – Emma Hardie Amazing Face Cleansing Balm and WIMY Code

What’s In My Handbag is a beauty focused website which was launched a few months ago and as well as showing you what members have in their handbags, lets users try out products, buy products and sample kits with bug discounts and share reviews.

Although I signed up before the website even launched, I completely forgot that I’d applied to try this product and couldn’t believe it when this beauty came through my door! Have you ever seen cuter packaging? It even has a little seal with my name on!

Fabulous packaging aside, what was in the box? Well, it was this gorgeous 15ml sample pot of Emma Hardie Amazing Face Natural Lift and Sculpt plus an Emma Hardie Dual Action Professional Cleansing Cloth.  With the full sized 100ml tub costing £34 on, this is a pretty luxury product.


Key ingredients:

Moringa seed extract, Wild Sea Fennel and Vitamin E: 
 -Balance, purify and help to minimise the appearance of open pores
Orange, Neroli and Mandarin extracts: 
-Rejuvenates and revitalises the skin.
Jasmine, cedarwood and Rose: 
-Helps to recondition dull, dry, dehydrated and mature skins


Mix a few drops of warm water with a little Moringa Cleansing Balm in the palm of your hand to create a milk. Apply to the face, neck and eye area using circular motions and massage thoroughly to melt away make-up, excess oils and grime.  To remove, soak your professional cleansing cloth in warm water squeeze out the excess and gently wipe over the whole face and neck, taking extra care around the delicate eye area.  Use the gently abrasive muslin side of the cloth to exfoliate dry, lined, thickened and congested areas and the smoother micro fibre side for more delicate and sensitive areas. Skin is left feeling clean, smooth and supple; never tight. Use morning and night.


Take a little bit of the product, pop it into the palm of a wet hand, mix it up to make a milky water and lather all over your face. Rinse off using the cloth.


I have literally not spotted using it since I received this and I really want to try out the full regime as I’m so in love with this.

My usual gel/foaming cleansers are fine in summer, but now that it’s colder they’re far too drying on my skin.

Using this product feels so luxurious. It’s a rich soothing cleansing cream that leaves my skin soft, supple and hydrated. I can’t wait to try out the rest of the range.

Thank you What’s In My Handbag!

Don’t forget there’s £10 off purchases over £20 now on using code XMAS10. Happy shopping!

Thursday 22 November 2012

Glamour Magazine and Nails Inc Freebies December 2012

Oh hello fabulous freebie! Glamour has teamed up with Nails Inc once again and brought us four full sized bottles of Nails Inc polish for just £2 a bottle. With an RRP of £11, I bought all four bottles, it would be rude not to.

The colours are Motcomb Street, Elizabeth Street, St James and Glamour Glitter.

Motcomb Street looks black in the bottle, but it actually comes out a dark green colour, very similar in fact to the Barry M Gelly Nail Effects polish in Watermelon. Elizabeth Street is a translucent ballet - pink colour which can be layered for an opaque finish. St James is a stunning true pillarbox red colour that may well become my go to red, whilst the Glamour Glitter is a special edition clear micro glitter topcoat in gold.

Inside the magazine there are so may freebies too! There’s a one use sample of Thierry Mugler Angel Eau De Parfum and Elie Saab Le Parfum, Rimmel BB Cream Sample, Nivea Express Hydration Primer and Max Factor Face Finity All Day Flawless 3 in 1 foundation.

And all for £2!!!

Thank you Glamour!

Monday 19 November 2012

Tresemme Split Remedy Split Mend Shampoo and Conditioner

I got this gorgeous deluxe sized sample free with last month’s Marie Claire (I think!) and just had to give it a go.Like most of us, I dye, blow dry and straighten my hair so it’s no wonder that I suffer from split ends. To be honest it doesn’t bother me that much but if there’s something out there to fix it then I’m all for it!The Tresemme split remedy collection claims to give an up to 80% reduction on split ends after 3 uses.

I used the Split Mend shampoo (to cleanse and restore) and conditioner (to repair and smooth) in the shower as normal, although I did leave the conditioner in for around 5 minutes to give it a chance to work more intensively.  The conditioner in particular smelt really nice and was a good thick consistency.

After blow drying my hair I did find it to be a lot softer and more manageable than usual. I have to come clean, I didn’t try the split mend and protect leave in treatment as I’m so wary of leave in products in case they leave my hair looking greasy.

The 10ml sample sachet didn’t go very far and I only got 1 use out of them. It does say on the packet that you need to try it at least 3 times to see a difference, but of course the sample size didn’t allow for that! After 1 use I didn’t see any difference in the state of my split ends, but I’d love to try it for a bit longer to see if it does. 

Overall, I haven’t used Tresemme in a long time: who can forget buying those huge salon sized bottles when they first came out?! But this seems to be a big improvement and I’d happily try it out for a few weeks to see how it goes if I got the chance.

How did you guys find it?