Monday, 15 July 2013

Barry M Gelly Hi Shine Nail Polish in Pomegranate




Hi everyone!
 
The weather is amazing here in the UK at the moment and I hope you are all enjoying it! I am off to the beach tomorrow so decided to paint my nails before I go!
 
I have to admit that I am a bit of a snob when it comes to nail polish! I always go for Essie or OPI and never really go for cheaper brands, however, I have heard so many good things about the Barry M nail polishes that I just had to give them a go! I purchased one of the 'Gelly Hi Shine Nail Paints' in the colour Pomegranate which is a raspberry colour.
 
I began by applying 2 coats of OPI Matte Nail Envy as my base followed by 2 coats of Barry M Pomegranate and a layer of Seche Vite Top Coat.
 
 
 
Firstly I would say that 2 coats probably aren't needed as the polish was solid in colour after the first, force of habit I guess. The finish is mega shiny and gel-like as the name suggests! The polish is quite thick but applies smoothly and evenly, it wasn't the quickest drying polish I've ever used but the Seche Vite helped with that! Overall, I am very impressed and if it wears well I will certainly be tempted to purchase a couple more polishes from the line! Please feel free to comment below with any recommendations of which polishesd to buy!
 
I purchased my polish from Boots for £3.99
 
Maz x

Saturday, 8 June 2013

Essie She's Picture Perfect & OPI Polka.com


Hi everyone!

I decided to go for a purple, sparkly manicure today! First I applied 2 coats of OPI Matte Nail Envy as my base, I love this stuff, it really helps to strengthen your nails and the matte finish helps your nail polish to stick. I then applied 2 coats of Essie's She's Picture Perfect which is described as a 'iridescent, reflective lilac'. This polish is gorgeous, it applies fairly evenly and dries quickly too! I then added 2 coats of OPI's Polka.com which has a clear base with different sized purple, fuchsia and teal glitter pieces. This polish is amazing and really eye catching, it is one of my favourite glitter polishes ever! I finished off, as always, with a layer of Seche Vite Top Coat.
 

Maz x

Thursday, 6 June 2013

My Pandora Bracelet


Hi everyone!

This is a post about my Pandora charm bracelet. The reason that I have decided to write this post is that when I decided to purchase the bracelet I searched through a ton of blog posts and YouTube videos to look at how other people had designed their bracelets for inspiration! I decided to get a Pandora bracelet as I love charm bracelets as they are individual to you. I have had my Thomas Sabo one for a while now and as that is now full, I decided to start this one!


I went for the classic silver bracelet that has the Pandora clasp along with the Silver hearts safety chain.  The first charm is the Purple Faceted Murano Glass Bead, I love the colour purple! Next I have the Silver Initial T Bead, I went for the letter to represent my horse who's names begins with T! Then I have the Silver Baby Girl Teddy Bear Charm, I love bears and bows so this was ideal for me!

 
I purchased 2 of the Clips which you can see in the picture above, these are great for distributing the weight of the bracelet. The next bead is the Purple Leopard Print Murano Glass Charm Bead, I really like the leopard print beads and definitely want to get some more. Next is the Silver Crown Charm Bead followed by the Silver Black Cubic Zirconia Star Charm. Next I went for the Silver & Murano Glass Charm Bead   which, for some reason, really reminds me of Tiffany & Co. And finally the Silver Present Bead.
 
 
The last two beads are the Chinese Zodiac Horse Charm which was an obvious choice for me as I love horses so much and the Silver & Murano Black Glass Charm Bead which has a really cool star print.
 
I can't wait to add more charms over the years! Please comment below with a link to your blog if you have a Pandora bracelet post!
 
Maz x

Monday, 3 June 2013

Instagram

 
 
Hi everyone!
 
Just a quick post to say that I am now on Instagram and I love it! For those of you that don't know what it is, it is a little like Twitter but totally picture based!
 
My user name is: mazmakeup I often post nail polish pictures on there, along with songs of the week and other random things! Feel free to comment below with your Instagram user names so that I can follow and look at your pictures too!
 
Maz x

MAC Bare My Soul Eyeshadow Palette - Review & Swatches



Hi everyone!

Today I have a review of MAC's Bare My Soul eyeshadow palette from their Temperature Rising collection. This palette contains 4 full size eyeshadows and costs £38.50. First of all, the colour of the palette itself caught my attention, it is a beautiful, chocolate brown colour which makes a nice change from the usual black and has a slightly different feel to it than the regular MAC quads.


 
 

The first colour is called Romantico and is described as a 'light taupe bronze'. The colour is a mushroom-like shade to me and has a buildable colour pay off. It's a great all-over lid colour.
 
The second colour in the palette is Bare my Soul which is described as a 'Frosted gold'. This colour looks much brighter in the pan that it does on the skin. It's quite sheer too, I was a little disappointed with this colour to be honest.
 
Next we have Friendly which is a 'deep bronzed chocolate' colour. This is a great medium- dark brown which is great to have in any palette but not all that unique!
 
Finally we have When in Rio which is the eye catcher of the palette! This is described as a 'Deep green with copper pearl'. It looks quite similar to MAC's Blue Brown pigment in the pan but when swatched this eyeshadow has a darker brown base than the pigment does. The green does come through more than is shown in the picture below and it is a beautiful colour, however, I think that the colour pay off may be more vibrant is applied wet.
 


L to R: Romantico, Bare My Soul, Friendly, When in Rio
 
Overall, this is a nice palette but nothing really special! When in Rio is most definitely the stand out shade but the other shades are easily duplicated, however, Romantico and Friendly are good staple shades to own!
 
Maz x
 

Thursday, 30 May 2013

Butter London Disco Biscuit




Hi Everyone!
 
I haven't tried many of the nail polishes from Butter London before, I own Muggins and Teddy Girl and like them both but have always felt that they are a little over priced! Anyway, I decided to give Disco Biscuit a try as I love the name and how it looks in the bottle! Disco Biscuit is described as a 'Hot pink glitter' polish.
 
I began by applying 2 coats of OPI Matte Nail Envy as my base followed by 2 coats of Disco Biscuit. This polish has a jelly-like finish and is, therefore, a little on the sheer side. On a plus point it does dry quite quickly. I finished off by adding a layer of Seche Vite Top Coat.
 
 
 
This polish is really pretty and lasted well. It reminded me a little bit of OPI's Flashbulb Fuchsia.

You can purchase this polish from Butter London for £12
 
Maz x

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Essie Fiji

 
 
Hi everyone!
 
First of all I would like to apologise for the lack of posts recently! I have now finished my studies so can devote much more time and attention to my blog again!
 
Essie Fiji
 
Today I applied one of my favourite nail polishes, Essie Fiji which is a gorgeous strawberry milkshake colour. It's fairly easy to apply but is quite thick and can be a little patchy. The polish is fully opaque after two coats which is great. I love this kind of pinky-white colour as it is a great 'go-to' polish and perfect for spring/ summer. It is fairly similar to OPI Mod About You and Butter London Teddy Girl, both of which I own, in my opinion Fiji is the best of the three due to opacity and durability on the nail!
 
Zoya Trixie & OPI Disco Ball Sparkle
 
I also used two coats of Zoya Trixie with OPI Disco Ball Sparkle to create a sparkly, silver accent nail, and finished off with a layer of my favourite top coat, Seche Vite!
 
Maz x

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