Hello lovelies,

 

Today I want to show you the latest Barry M release - the Coconut Infusion collection! It consists of 9 new creme shades in glossy finish.

 

Coconut Infusion collection boasts with new and innovative formulation with a blend of coconut water and coconut oil. This supposedly gently hydrates and nourishes nails.

Barry M also states: "Enriched with anti-oxidising properties and the strengthening benefits of Vitamins B & C, nails are repaired and replenished."

 

Those are pretty bold claims so let's have a look at the polishes...

 

Barry M Coconut Infusion Collection | Review
Barry M Coconut Infusion Collection | Review
Barry M Coconut Infusion Collection | Review

 

 

This collection comes in the standard bottle with a bronze cap that looks like it will be unique element to this collection. The colours vary from selection of beige and brown to more fun shades like peach, pink, blue and green. Also brush is very nice - Barry M has used the flat tapered brush with rounded edge so it helps the application and with achieving clean line.

 

I've prepared a skittle swatch of each colour so you can see them on nails (no full swatches, sorry!)

 

Barry M Coconut Infusion Collection | Review
Barry M Coconut Infusion Collection | Review
Barry M Coconut Infusion Collection | Review
Barry M Coconut Infusion Collection | Review
Barry M Coconut Infusion Collection | Review

 

All of the swatches above are of two coats and NO TOPCOAT! I was so pleasantly surprised that the polishes were well-pigmented and really dried quite glossy even without topcoat. The formula was very easy to apply and not thicker like some other gel-like polishes. I also didn't use base coat ("no base coat is required as the healthy nutrients will infuse, hydrate and protect the nail") and the polishes proved to be good ridge-fillers as well. I got smooth and glossy gel-like finish without streaks and bald spots and if I'd had applied topcoat they would look even better. But I wanted to show you guys that the formula is really good by itself. They all dried fast even without the topcoat.

 

Another thing I would like to point out is the smell/scent. It has weaker 'regular nail polish' smell and I can smell hints of sweet, possibly coconutty scent. It's hard to put my finger on it but there is definitely some change in smell.

 

And as a bonus, Barry M have sent me this adorable portable phone/gadget charger shaped like nail polish bottle! Apparently I just need to charge it and then take it with me and if I need to charge my phone I just connect it to this charger wherever I am. Something to take to a festival :)

 

Barry M Coconut Infusion Collection | Review

 

 

This collection is great for nail art because of the high pigmentation and nice formula so I'm sure you'll see these again in one of my future nail art manis. I really hope Barry M will be adding more and more shades to this line although I'm not so sure about the no base coat recommendation if they'll introduce darker colours. Overall, this is probably the best Barry M line to date, even better than the Gelly.

 

The Coconut Infusion collection is available at Barry M website for £4.99 each and also in Boots and Superdrug.

 

What do you think? Have you tried this collection yet? What are your thoughts?

 

Have a lovely day! Lucie

 

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Hello lovelies,

 

Remember the cool Bundle Monster Festival Box I've showed you few weeks back? Well, I promised you a review of the Cali Dreamin' gel polish collection so here it is! But first, here's the description of the collection that brings summer to your heart just by reading it!

 

"High desert backdrops, Springtime music festivals, and the lifestyles of these concert goers were the inspiration for our Cali Dreamin' Collection of cream colored gel nail lacquers. These 6 colors will personify your inner music loving-road warrior that's rollin' with the top down on your '69 VW bug and just feeling new and fresh: Acoustic Asana (G097) is a salmon pink fitting of beautiful Cali sunsets, Mojave Mixer (G098) is a lime green inspired by lush green grass of the Mojave Performance Stage, Indigo Indio (G099) is a gorgeous dusty, navy lavender blue inspired by some of the art of the desert in Indio, California, Papaya Whip (G100) is a soft orange befitting of the pueblo colored high desert mountains. Lightweaver (G101) is a stunning lilac purple at will warm your inner flower child, and Escape Velocity (G102) was inspired by the brilliant turquoise blue skies of a warm Spring day cruising down the I-10 leaving LA to fresh, desert air."

 

Marble Nail Art Tutorial with Bundle Monster Cali Dreamin' Gel Polish Collection
Marble Nail Art Tutorial with Bundle Monster Cali Dreamin' Gel Polish Collection

 

This was my first experience with Bundle Monster gel polish and I didn't have many expectations. I thought it will probably be poorly pigmented and maybe with some curing issues. But luckily, I was pleasantly surprised so I'm happy to share it with you.

 

The gel polishes come in black bottle and cap with white writing and a colour label at the top of the cap. Each bottle holds 13ml. I've also swatched these on swatch sticks to see the formula and opacity and I was happy with both. The polishes are creamy and smooth, they applied lovely and were opaque in two coats. They look a bit brighter over white base.

 

I've decided to do a marble drag design with all of the colours because they look amazing together! I've used the following BM gel polishes: Mojave Mixer, Acoustic Asana, Lightweaver, Indigo Indio, Escape Velocity, Papaya Whip.

 

Marble Nail Art Tutorial with Bundle Monster Cali Dreamin' Gel Polish Collection
Marble Nail Art Tutorial with Bundle Monster Cali Dreamin' Gel Polish Collection
Marble Nail Art Tutorial with Bundle Monster Cali Dreamin' Gel Polish Collection
Marble Nail Art Tutorial with Bundle Monster Cali Dreamin' Gel Polish Collection
Marble Nail Art Tutorial with Bundle Monster Cali Dreamin' Gel Polish Collection
Marble Nail Art Tutorial with Bundle Monster Cali Dreamin' Gel Polish Collection

 

The marble came out perfect and I love how some of the shades seep into each other in some areas. It is such a fun and summery design!

 

I've prepared a step by step tutorial for you, you can recreate this design with any other gel polish brand.

 

 

How to get this look

 

Step 1 - apply a coat of base coat, cure.

 

Marble Nail Art Tutorial with Bundle Monster Cali Dreamin' Gel Polish Collection

 

Step 2 - apply a coat or two of white gel polish, cure. This is so that we can apply just one layer of colours and they will be fully opaque and bright. Cure.

Marble Nail Art Tutorial with Bundle Monster Cali Dreamin' Gel Polish Collection

 

Step 3 - Use a small nail art brush or striping brush and apply a stripe of each gel colour on the nail. Paint the strips next to each other with different widths and cover the white underneath completely, do not cure yet.

Marble Nail Art Tutorial with Bundle Monster Cali Dreamin' Gel Polish Collection
Marble Nail Art Tutorial with Bundle Monster Cali Dreamin' Gel Polish Collection
Marble Nail Art Tutorial with Bundle Monster Cali Dreamin' Gel Polish Collection
Marble Nail Art Tutorial with Bundle Monster Cali Dreamin' Gel Polish Collection
Marble Nail Art Tutorial with Bundle Monster Cali Dreamin' Gel Polish Collection

 

Step 4 - use a pin/very thin brush to drag through the colours. Drag in one direction (from cuticle to the tip) and leave a bit of space in between the lines, do not cure yet.

Marble Nail Art Tutorial with Bundle Monster Cali Dreamin' Gel Polish Collection

 

Step 5 - drag through the colours again in the opposite direction. Drag in one direction again (from tip to the cuticle) in between the existing lines, cure.

Marble Nail Art Tutorial with Bundle Monster Cali Dreamin' Gel Polish Collection

 

Step 6 - Apply gel polish top coat, cure. Remove the inhibition (sticky) layer.

Marble Nail Art Tutorial with Bundle Monster Cali Dreamin' Gel Polish Collection
Marble Nail Art Tutorial with Bundle Monster Cali Dreamin' Gel Polish Collection

 

Not that difficult to do this, right? What do you think?

 

Cali Dreamin' gel polish collection is available at Bundle Monster website for $31.99 or here at $6.50 each.

 

Have a lovely day! Lucie x

 

*PR samples