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Hello lovelies,

 

First of all, I'm starting like an adjustment period for you where I'll be posting both my square and rounded nails depending on what I want to post so don't be suprised ;) Also I'm going on my late honeymoon (finally!) so in the next week and a half I probably won't be able to post much ;)

 

Anyway, it's time for ABC Challenge and my letter D is for DELICATE! You can read everything about the challenge in this post from Emily from Nail Polish Society, who is hosting it :)

 

I've tested a new to me nail art product - a Be Creative Nail Art Pen and created a delicate lace nails. Let's have a look:

 

ABC Challenge: D is for Delicate | Nail Art Challenge
ABC Challenge: D is for Delicate | Nail Art Challenge
ABC Challenge: D is for Delicate | Nail Art Challenge

 

I've used the new Barry M Boots exclusives Golden Sands and Beachy Keen as base polishes and I added topcoat. I wore the nails just plain for a day and next day I've decided to test my Be Creative Nail Art Pen. I've bought this pen some time last year and never really gotten around to use it and this was my first attempt on nails. First, I've lightly buffed the top half of my nails where I wanted the lace to be. This helps the paint to adhere better and apply more evenly. Then I dipped my pen into a Be Creative White acrylic paint and draw few squiggles on the paper first (as per instructions). Then I've drawn the lace and the result is above.

 

The pen is quite easy to work with once you get used to it. It is very different to painting with brushes but you can achieve thin lines and swirls much easier. The more pressure you put on the pen, the thicker the lines will be. I've had few 'teething' problems at the beginning where the pen didn't want to draw. I've visited Be Creative website and found out that my paint was too thick. Easy fix - I added more water to top up the pot and shaked. After that the pen started to work fine. I think I'll try and use the pen more often because it's yet another cool nail art tool and I just love making my life easier :) The pen is pretty inexpensive, selling for £8.10 at sambiddle.co.uk

 

ABC Challenge: D is for Delicate | Nail Art Challenge

 

What do you think of Sam Biddle's Nail Art Pen? Have you tried it yet?

 

Hope you've enjoyed today's post and have a lovely day! Lucie x

 

 

If you'd like to join the weekly ABC challenge, visit this post for all the details and don't forget to check out the manicures from other participats below:

 

 

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

 

*PR samples