Ahhhhh holidays. Have any of you got anything exciting booked? I am firmly in the grip of a post-holiday depression as my honeymoon now seems a really long time ago and seeing as I usually take my “summer” holidays in September, not having any time off until Christmas is a mighty depressing concept!
This little bottle of polish came to my rescue a few years ago. I was all primped and preened and ready for my holiday until I had a nasty suitcase / toe / shuttle bus experience that resulted in me chipping an entire corner off my freshly manicured big toe.
The thought of spending the next seven days staring down at a whopper of a polish chip was anathema to me, so I proceeded to trek around the whole of Bristol airport looking for an appropriate colour match to the polish I was wearing (OPI’s Flashbulb Fuschia)which I had stupidly forgotten to pack in my luggage. A schoolboy error that I’ll never be making again.
Imagine my relief and delight when I stumbled upon this little gem in Claire’s Accessories. Not only did it cost me about £1.50, it was also a perfect match to perform an emergency resussitation of my pedicure, and happy holidays were had all round.
What you see here is three coats. It’s kind of runny and does take a little while to dry so there’s no denying that this is a cheap recipe.
However, on the nail, this is a very pretty hot pink with tons of shimmer. This isn’t glitter by any streth of the imagination, so it comes off easily, but looks really pretty and is certainly one I’d be looking to again the next time I want beach-ready toes.
So, are you booked up for any holidays? Where are you going?
And more importantly, what are you going to wear on your toes?
Regular readers will know I’ve reported back on the E>One, a new IPL machine that aims to wipe out body hair for good. OK, I’ve lapsed a bit on doing a follow-up report on my first run of it (I can happily report the results so far are amazing!) but I promise you I will bring you the progress report so far.
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Alrighty… I don’t mind admitting that Marine Blue gave me a few headaches initially. And not just from the non Big-3 fumes. Or the fact that over one year of running this site, Barry M are still yet to acknowledge or reply to one single review, tweet or email from Sheenie and I.
Oh no. The reason this gave me a headache is because I would see it parked in my stash looking all pretty and glimmery and special, and then every time I reached for it, it just looked horrendous there on my naked nail. This is the sheerest of the sheer (as Garbage almost sang).
However, I hit on an answer. Instead of resenting a nail varnish for not being all opaque and lovely, use it for layering. Which I did. And my goodness, aren’t the results fabulous?
This is a couple of coats of Marine Blue over the Barielle Swizzle Stick from the other day. I think it is going to work better on a blue base coat than any other shade.
This absolutely gleams. It’s kind of runny, so thin coats work the best. Believe it or not, the strong blue flash this has reminds me of Illamasqua’s Prism, but this is very much a golden blue base colour rather than the white of Prism. Similar effect though but for a quarter of the price.
Once I had this on my hands, I couldn’t stop looking at it. This really is one of the most unique and pretty manicures I have done since starting the blog. It’s just so glossy and shiny and multifaceted.
I’m now rather sad that I ended up putting this off for a seriously long time. Ive had it for a year, since I got fed up with the meagre selection of Barry M polishes on offer in Boots and placed an online order.
Barry M…why don’t you stock your more exciting shades in the shops? I am sure anyone who’s anyone will have a bottle of Emerald Green / Red Glitter by now. Why am I even bothering asking the question? It’s not like they’ll answer…