Halloween Patchwork Nails

Today I’m sharing my second Halloween nail art of the year!

Orange, green and purple are some of my favourite colours for Halloween so I’ve used all three to create a fun patchwork design!


To create this spooky stitched look I used Barry M’s Bright Purple, Matte Waikiki and Satsuma Gelly Paint. I then used Barry M’s black nail art pen to add detail and finished with a glossy top coat.


This is a pretty easy Halloween nail art! And it looks great in other colours too! :)

Ra ❤

Leopard Print For Summer!

I think leopard print is possibly my favourite nail art. It looks great, is easy to do and there are so many variations that there’s always a new colour combination or placement to try out.

I recently did a pastel bright version using Barry M’s Gelly Paints in Prickly Pear and Greenberry and used their nail art pen to add detail.


These are two of the best Gelly shades in my opinion and they look fantastic together! Here’s my finished nail design..


To get this look I added two layers of Prickly Pear over my base coat. Once my nails were dry I sponged Greenberry onto the bottom third of each nail. I then used a dotting tool to make the spots. To use a more equal share of each polish I added spots of green where lilac was the base and lilac spots on the green. I finished the design by adding the black detail and sealing with top coat.


I don’t think I will ever get bored of leopard print nails! What do you think of this colour combination?


Barry M: New For Summer

Barry M has released some really wonderful polishes for summer so when I was in Boots recently and saw an offer on I couldn’t resist picking a couple up! The offer was spend £6 on Barry M products and get a free limited edition nail paint.

I chose the limited edition shade Carousel, Waikiki from the new matte collection and Damson Gelly. All are perfect for summer!


When I first saw the new summer matte shades Waikiki instantly caught my eye. Not only is the colour striking but I also love the name! I needed two coats for full coverage and this dried to a lovely soft matte finish. The zesty lime colour is brilliant and a fantastic addition to any polish collection.



Damson is a bold blue cream. One coat would be enough but I’ve used two to make the colour pop. The formula is fantastic just like other Gelly paints. I have very few bright blues so I am very pleased with this.



I love orange and coral shades for summer so Carousel definitely appealed to me. This is a deep orange with a lovely amount of gold shimmer running through it. For me this is the perfect summer holiday polish! The lid is also super cute! These photos are of two coats.



Have you picked up any of Barry M’s new summer polishes?


Summer Beaded Nail Art

I’ve used Barry M Gelly Paints in Prickly Pear and Guava with purple nail beads for decoration.


The purple and blue look fabulous together, don’t you think?

I think Guava is a really striking shade so to keep the focus on that I only did the beads on two nails. This design is great for a subtle manicure or something bolder which is why I like it so much!


Thanks for stopping by! :)

Ra ❤

Ocean Gradient

Today’s nail art is something I’ve not done yet.. Gradient! I’ve had a go at it in the past and it never went well! But I think this time it has turned out quite nicely. Ocean and Mermaid themes are being seen quite a lot as we go into spring so I thought I would go along with that and use my Barry M Gelly Paints to create an ocean gradient look.

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I kept this simple and left the gradient as an accent. I painted my ring finger fully in Greenberry and let it dry. I then added the Blueberry onto a makeup sponge and dabbed it on to about two thirds of the nail. Once that had dried a little (it seems to work best when it’s tacky, not completely dry) I added the Blackberry shade to it. Then I add MUA Clear Topcoat to add back the shine lost from adding the polish with a sponge. The rest of my nails are painted with 2 coats of Blueberry.

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Have you tried gradient nails before?

Let me know what you think!

Ra ♥


It’s been a while since I’ve shared a nail art and today I have one using some of the new polishes which I have been writing reviews on.

I attempted a new design and I have to say I am just a little proud of how well it turned out. I chose to base this look around a dreamcatcher. I wanted that to be the main focus of the design so I kept the other nails quite simple. This is the design..

Dreamcatcher 1

What do you think?

I was unsure of trying to create a feather, I have never done it before, but I gave it a go anyway and I actually think I like it more than the dreamcatcher! I left the other nails plain in colour but used my textured polish on my little finger.

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For this look I used Sally Hansen Hard On Nails in White Tip and Barry M polishes in Black, Prickly Pear, Greenberry, Satsuma and Kingsland Road.

I’d love to hear any thoughts you have on my nail art. Thank you for reading!

Ra ♥

Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine: Greenberry

For today’s post I am sharing the second of my two new Barry M purchases: Gelly Hi-Shine in Greenberry!

If you are a regular reader then you will know what a massive fan I am of Barry M polishes, especially their Gelly Hi-Shine range of which I have 7. And now they have 4 new shades for spring/summer! Lychee (a pretty neutral shade), Dragonfruit (a vibrant creamy pink), Papaya (a bold orange) and Greenberry (a stunning pastel green/turquoise).

Looking at them online I was unsure which I’d choose to buy first because they are all wonderful colours but when I saw them in boots on Monday I just knew I had to have the Greenberry. It really caught my eye and as I don’t have any polish like it I decided this would be a good addition to my gelly collection.

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Just like the other gelly shades the formula is easy to work with, goes on smoothly and dries to a super glossy finish. However, this particular colour does have a thicker consistency and needed two coats for full coverage.

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I adore this shade so much. It’s bold but the cream base makes it very wearable. And I love how it looks slightly neon in certain lights. I look forward to using this in some nail art soon! I think this will make for some perfect summery designs. :)

You can check out my other new Barry M polish Here.

Thank you for reading! :)

Ra ♥

Barry M Textured Effect: Kingsland Road

On Monday I purchased 2 new Barry M polishes, the textured effects in Kingsland Road (pink) and one of the new Gelly Hi-Shine Shades in Greenberry. Aren’t they just the most delicious ice-cream colours?!

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Today I am going to share my thoughts on Kingsland Road. I’d been eager to give this a go from the moment I heard about it, I personally love the textured look  and the pretty pastel shade of Kingsland Road is pefrect for spring so I thought I’d give this one a go first.

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This applies a lot easier than I thought considering the granules are tightly packed. From the look of the end result I thought this was going to be more hassle to put on  but I was pleasantly surprised that it goes on as easily as any other polish. It needs 2 or 3 coats to achieve full opacity but as it dries quickly that’s not an issue.

After the first coat I have to say I was a little under whelmed, it didn’t quite meet my expectations (not that I’m sure what I expected)  but after adding another layer  it soon perked up and created a beautiful manicure which I now completely adore. The sugary texture reminds me of rainbow drops or sherbet and gives a really interesting look.

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The second coat is a little more difficult to apply as the surface is already uneven but luckily this dries so that no streaks are visible! Quite remarkable for an effect polish!

I like that the texture is a lot softer than you would imagine. I thought it was going to be quite scratchy and irritating but it really isn’t. The only bad thing I’ve found with this polish so far is that it does seem to cling on to any dirt which is disappointing. I don’t think it will put me off wearing it though. The lovely delicate pink and fascinating texture is just too good!

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I personally think this texture looks great. Teddi however thinks totally different and feels it looks like any other polish that has been poorly applied, in fact she said ‘it looks like how I put on any polish’. Do you agree? Is this a texture you would wear?

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I don’t usually mention anything about removing the polish but with this I think it’s worth knowing. I thought, because of the texture, this would be similar to a glitter in terms of difficulty in taking it off. I was all ready to spend a good 20 minutes removing every trace but was super impressed when it came off just like any other polish! I love a bit of sparkle but tend to not wear some of my glitters because of how long it takes to get it off and I know if this polish was like that it would be kept in my storage box and only brought out occasionally. I am very glad that this isn’t like that though and can stay in my everyday polish box (yes, I have two boxes for all my polishes) and be worn more. :)

I hope to add the other textured polishes to my collection soon. Have you tried any of them yet?

Ra ♥

Little Owls ♥

Today I’m sharing a cute owl nail design. :)

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I chose to use our teal purple.

I’m actually quite proud of these. I think they look adorable! And they were quite easy to do! I used the side of the polish brush for the wings and a hair grip for everything else. It’s all made up of dots! I love how well the feather detail turned out. All I did was make a dot in the lighter colour then added a dot of the base colour over the top to get the half moon shape. So easy!

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What do you think of my owl nails?

Polishes used: Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Paint in Watermelon, Plum and Prickly Pear. Avon Nailwear Pro+ in Lemon Sugar and Avon SpeedDry+  in Don’t Be Jaded.

Ra ♥

Valentine’s Day Love Heart Nails

Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day! I hope you all have a lovely time whatever you are doing. I won’t be celebrating much as me and Teddi thought it was a bit too close to our Civil Partnership which is on the 19th.

But I thought I’d share some Valentine’s Day inspired nails anyway. This isn’t anything complicated. Sometimes simple nails can be the most effective! I decided to stick to the classic Valentine’s theme of bright bold reds and love hearts. Here’s what I came up with..

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For this look I used Barry M’s Gelly Hi-Shine in Blood Orange. I think this is a perfect shade for Valentine’s Day as it is highly pigmented and super glossy! For the hearts I used fimo heart shapes which I bought a while back.

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This was my first time using fimo shapes but it’s really easy and looks wonderful! I love how many different shapes you can get! I will definitely be using these in other nail looks very soon!

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What do you think of my fimo heart nails? I really like the contrasting colours. It’s surprising how good red and yellow look together.

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What’s your nail look this Valentine’s Day? Feel free to share comments or photos of your manicure. I’d love to see what designs you’ve all done.

Ra ♥