Monday, 29 October 2012

Nails Haul - Barry M, China Glaze, MUA, Accessorize etc

I love nail polish. In fact I'm a total hoarder of the stuff! The volumes I have would only be justifiable if had my own nail salon which sadly, I do not. In addition to this obsession, I also love to get my nails done professionally & as a result 70% of the year I have gel nails. I'm always nervous to change the colour myself in between visits to get them filled in as I know I'll never paint them quite as perfectly as the salon girls do! I also rarely wear glitter polish on my fake nails as it seems to take even longer to get off than normal. Thus meaning, when I do get my gel nails off? Well I get a bit excited, buy lots of new shades & repaint my nails continuously! So I thought I'd share my latest nail polish haul with you. Enjoy!

Broadway Nails Artificial Nail Remover - I always vow that I will go to the salon and get my gel nails taken off professionally. How often has this happened? Never. I always end up using the Broadway Artificial Nail Remover. It takes twice as long but it means I don't get bored sitting in salon only to leave with dull nails (plus it's cheaper)! I also use this to remove glitter polish or caviar (& such like) manicures as the little bristles inside (think sticking your finger into a 360 nail brush cocoon) makes it FAR easier! So even if you don't wear fake nails, this may be well worth investing in!

China Glaze Calcium Gel Fortifier - Even if you haven't experienced it I'm sure you can imagine just how damaging fake nails can be on your natural nails. Whenever I remove my gel nails I always paint this on religiously. It's specifically for weak, dry or splitting nails & contains Vitamin B3 & Calcium. I love the gel formulation as this adds extra protection to sensitive nails and evens out your base. I use this as an bottom coat constantly until my nails are nice & healthy again. 

Barry M Nail Paint in Yellow Topaz Glitter (351) - I've been looking for a gold hexagonal glitter for the longest time & find it bizarre that I've struggled so much to find one! They seem to always have them in silver & a load of other colours but I haven't been able to find a hexagonal gold glitter for love nor money! I was even reluctant to buy this as you can see & as the name suggests it's more yellow than gold than I would like. I'm yet to test it out though so it may work quite nicely however if anyone knows of any better options please do let me know! Apologies for the photo, this bad boy simply REFUSED to focus. 

Barry M Nail Paint in Pink Sapphire Glitter - This has got to be by far one of the most exciting nail polishes in the world, ever. Firstly, it's pink. Secondly, it contains pretty much every type of glitter imaginable  Ok so there aren't actually that many types but well just look at it. You can't deny it's beauty & if you fancy attempting it then we're not friends. It contains pieces of pink & silver hexagonal glitter, smaller pieces of pink glitter & finally rectangular pieces of silver glitter. WOW. That is all. 

Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine in Pomegranate - So as we've established more than once in this post, I like my gel nails but ideally I would like to ween myself off the concept as I know it's not good for my poor nails! Cue the Barry M Gelly Nail Paints. I'm hoping this will have a thick gel like finish to it & be reminiscent of my salon nails. I've seen some swatches and when they say Hi-Shine they really mean it! There is nothing worse than dull nails & nothing better than an ultra glossy finish so I can't wait to test this out.

Accessorize 3D Glitter Polish in Magic - A fitting name. This really is MAGIC. It's another of my favourite glitter polishes finds of the year! It consists of tiny pieces of purple glitter and larger pieces of circular pink glitter. This layers up to form a gorgeous super sparkly dark purple polish. I would recommend an colour undercoat of some description. I opted for lilac & just feel it helps intensify the colour. Definitely be wearing this on & off throughout the festive season.

MUA Nail Constellation in Gemini - ahh the nail trend of the season! Where will they take it next!? From crackle to magnetic & now this. I can't quite get enough of crazy nail products. A trend made famous by Ciate and their Caviar Nails concept, MUA have now jumped on the bandwagon and are offering an incredibly similar product for less than a quarter of the price! They're currently offering 5 colours but I'm hoping they'll bring out more. I picked up Gemini which is a lovely mix of purple, blue, light pink & silver balls. Not the most practical of manicures but undoubtedly one of the most fun. If you've got the time this looks amazing on all 10 digits but if not, pop it on your ring finger & you're away! It's fair to say, MUA - I'm sold. 

Elegant Touch Rapid Dry for Nails (with Vitamin E) - Last but not least, the lazy girls guide to dry nails! Sally Hansen's Insta-Dri is normally my go to top coat for quick dry nails but sometimes where there just isn't time to sit and paint on yet another nail product this is my go to. Spray it on for 2 seconds from a 10cm distance and your nails will be dry by the time you've got to the door. A wonder product that I'm never without!

Hope you all enjoyed my nails etc haul! For swatches & NOTD (& general life) shots follow me on Instagram! My user name is saidshewhat & I've already got photos up of me wearing the MUA Nail Constellation in Gemini & Accessorize 3D Glitter Polish in Magic! Feel free to leave your instagram user names below!



  1. Gorgeous nail polishes, that Barry M gelly shine looks gorgeous :)

    Sophierosehearts x

  2. uuu that barry m gelly polish looks promising<3 great choices!

    1. Doesn't it!? I have high hopes for the formulation so fingers crossed it lives up...xCx

  3. Oooh great haul I'm a nail polish addict too! XO

  4. Yellow topaz looks soo nice! X

    1. I've tried it since this post & I now LOVE it! Spesh over a red for a festive feel! xCx


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