Barry M Silk Nail Polish | Review & Swatches


Look at this lovely pastel fabulous-ness! Barry M’s Silk Nail Polishes are probably the prettiest collection they’ve released and I am completely obsessed.

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Meadow, Mist, Heather, Blossom, Pearl, Truffle £3.99– such cute names!

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Meadow is pale green which is opaque in three coats. This colour is lovely in the bottle, but on my nails it’s my last favourite purely because pale green isn’t that great against my super pale skin.

Mist is a really beautiful light blue, which is fully opaque in three coats but personally I prefer the look of two. One of my favourites in this collection, but I will honestly fall in love with any blue nail polish.

Heather is another favourite- pale purple, with the same opacity as Mist. I love this colour but I’m not sure how often I’ll reach for it, I always forget about purples, for some reason.

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Blossom is absolutely beautiful. It’s baby pink and opaque in three coats (again, I prefer the look of two) which I really love on my skin tone.

Pearl is the best name, really, because that’s exactly what this nail polish is. It’s pure white, and opaque in three coats. Not my favourite, but probably lovely if you’re tanned.

Truffle really surprised me and is my absolute favourite of the collection. The colour’s a really difficult one to describe, because in some lights it’s a silvery greige, and in others it’s a golden champagne colour. Opaque in two or three coats.

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Truffle

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How would you describe this colour? In these photos it looks almost like a pale brown (Truffle is actually a very good name) but it’s definitely got more of a duo-chrome to it in real life.

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*Sorry about my disgusting nails, particularly my index finger. Do your nails ever do that thing were they kind of peel off?! It sounds so disgusting, but mine do that all the time, which is strange because they’re actually pretty healthy.*

From left to right: Pearl, Blossom, Heather, Mist, Meadow.

I’m not sure if you can tell in these photos, but the finish of these nail polishes is absolutely beautiful. They’re frosty, pearly and almost matte. They’re quite sheer, too, and you can see in some of my photos (particularly with Truffle, which I only used two coats for) that you can still see the line on my nails. I actually really like that with these polishes, they kind of give a soft, barely-there effect on your nails (the nail equivalent of tinted lip balms?) which just looks really neat and polished. They also dry really quickly, so you can do two very thin coats of any of these colours and be out the door in under ten minutes.

These last two or three days on me without chipping, but I’m not sure that’s the best test because I do a lot of typing and I’m the worst offender for using my nails as tools. They could possibly last longer with a topcoat, but obviously that would ruin the pretty effect. I don’t think even a matte top coat would work, because these are kind of a satin finish. Petition to change the names of these to Satin, instead of Silk? Silk isn’t really the first thing I think of when I see them, but how pretty is the packaging?!

Will you be trying any of these? They’re buy one get one half price at Superdrug at the moment, and I think they’re such a great take on the pastel-nails-for-Spring trend.

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NOTD | Butter London Double Take Duo ‘Fire’


Butter London Double Take Nail Lacquer Duo in ‘Fire’ £19

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I’ve finally tried out Butter London polishes! I’m a little bit in love. What do you think of this duo? There’s ‘Ice’, too, which I’m thinking of getting because I literally cannot resist blue nail polish.

The quality of these nail polishes is excellent, by the way. The pictures above were taken two days after painting my nails and they still look awesome (but please ignore the not-so-awesome state of my cuticles).

What are your favourite Butter London shades?

Urban Decay Naked 3 | Swatches, Comparison & Review


I think it’s official- I am addicted to Urban Decay’s palettes. Not the worst thing to be addicted to, but definitely not the best thing for my bank account. When this lovely little rose gold palette turned up on my doorstep yesterday, the very fist thing I did was take about 374 pictures so I could do a quick blog post (this one) but now I’ve finally finished swatching so I think it’s about time I did a real review (is this the 100th review of the Naked 3 palette you’ve read?) with some pictures that are possibly slightly more useful:).

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Naked 3 comes with four primer potion samples (Original, Sin, Eden and Anti Ageing) which is alright if you’re looking for a new primer, but personally I’m a little upset that it doesn’t come with a mini product. I feel like you should get free primer samples with these sort of products anyway, so it would be nice if it came with a little eye pencil or something.

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Naked 3’s brush is dual ended, one side for application and one for blending, and it’s rose gold like the tin- so pretty! I think I prefer this brush to the other two, the application side for applying colour is the same (see below) but the blending side is awesome for getting a defined-but-still-blended look.

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The brushes from Naked, Naked 2 and Naked 3.

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The packaging is very similar to Naked 2- it feels pretty strong and contains a full sized mirror which I love. This one is meant to look like an art tin, apparently, which is a cute idea but I kind of just think it looks ‘rippled’..? What do you think? I am, however, absolutely loving the colour of the tin- I have a bit of a thing for rose gold. It matches the colour scheme of the eyeshadows so beautifully!

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The swatches! So bloody beautiful:

Strange is a very pale, matte baby pink.

Dust is a light metallic pink.

Burnout is a shimmery, rosy peach.

Limit is a pale, matte dusty pink.

Buzz is a metallic, almost purple toned rose gold.

Trick is a metallic peachy-bronze.

Nooner is a matte, brown-toned medium pink.

Liar is a very rosy shade with metallic gold.

Factory is a shimmery, cool taupe.

Mugshot is a light, shimmery slightly grey brown.

Darkside is a matte, dark grey toned taupe.

Blackheart is almost black with red shimmer.

I think the rose gold theme in this palette is so beautiful. I’m absolutely loving Burnout, Limit, Trick and Liar but Blackheart is the most insanely beautiful colour I have ever seen. I think the combination of finishes in this palette is even better than in the previous two- there are three mattes, and few metallics and the rest are either slightly shimmery or satin. No crazy glitters this time!

I don’t think I really have to say anything about the formula or staying power of these eyeshadows other than it’s as perfect as all of Urban Decay’s. They’re lovely:)!

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Strange, Dust, Burnout, Limit.

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Buzz, Trick, Nooner, Liar.

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Factory, Mugshot, Darkside, Blackheart.

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Ok, this is the real question surrounding this palette- do you need to buy it?  Honestly, out of all the palettes this one is definitely the most unique. I think that with the first two you can kind of pick one or the other (I personally think Naked is better if you have a warmer skin tone, and Naked 2 is nice if you have a cool skin tone if you’re wondering:D) but Naked 3 is something else altogether. If it wasn’t for the packaging, I’m not sure I would even know it was a Naked palette and I mean that in the best way possible. I can’t think of a skin tone or eye colour that wouldn’t be able to pull this palette off- though I do think that if you have green eyes and a tan this would look stunning.

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Naked vs. Naked 2- very old post of those here!

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Naked vs. Naked 3- the only somewhat similar colours here are Strange (N3) & Virgin (N), Dust (N3) & Sin (N), Liar (N3) & Tease (N), Mugshot (N3) & Sidecar (N) and Blackheart (N3) & Creep (N).

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Naked 2 vs. Naked 3- a few similarities in these palettes, mainly Trick (N3) & Chopper (N2), Nooner (N3) & Tease (N2) and Darkside (N3) & Pistol (N2).

All the shades in Naked 3 are new and (for now) exclusive. They’re absolutely stunning and I actually love this palette just as much as I love Naked 2. The colours, even though some of them look a little bit scary, are totally wearable for everyday and evening eye make-up. I’m completely in love.

Are you thinking of buying Naked 3? Actually, I think the better question is ‘are you strong enough to resist it’? :).

It’s being released in the UK tomorrow, for £37 (£1 more expensive than the last two, of course) at Debenhams, House of Fraser, Beauty Bay and Look Fantastic.

What do you think?:)

Urban Decay Naked 3


I quite literally just screamed. Look what finally arrived!! Isn’t it magical?

I’m working on a swatch/ comparison/ review post right now, but I just had to get a few pictures up. My next post will be up later today or tomorrow, so if you’re not sick of the reviews of the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette yet then please stick around!

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Did I say ‘a few pictures’?

Urban Decay Naked Basics


I finally bought the Naked Basics palette! This teeny tiny, almost completely matte palette has been on my wishlist for ages- pretty much since I bought Naked and Naked 2 in May. The only thing that was stopping me from buying it is that before my little eye shadow-wearing-project, I didn’t realise I could wear matte eye shadows. I know that sounds ridiculous, but I have very pale skin so I always thought that warm, matte eye shadows would look too natural, but too dark. Basically I was worried about looking like I’d broken my nose or something. I have, however, found myself reaching for my matte Soap&Glory quad and shades like Urban Decay’s Naked, Foxy and Tease recently, so I decided it was time to try out Naked Basics. This might also have a lot to do with being really really psyched about Naked 3 too. I’ve become a little bit of an Urban Decay junkie.

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Naked Basics contains 6 eyeshadows (of which five are matte, and one is a satin, semi-matte kind of finish) which is half as many as in the original palettes but still enough to create a full (and very pretty) eye make-up look. It’s also great for the base for more colourful eyeshadows because they can look so natural. All shadows are 1.3 grams or 0.05 US oz, the same as in the other Naked palettes.

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The formula is exceptional, as always, and all the shadows last hours without the need for a primer. They apply beautifully and are easy to blend while still staying put, which is absolutely perfect if, like me, you’re pretty useless at applying eye shadow:).

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Venus is the only shadow in the palette which isn’t matte. It’s a satin finish, which means it’s just shimmery enough to work as a highlight, but still natural enough to use all over the lid. It’s a pale, creamy neutral shade which doesn’t seem to be either yellow or pink toned.

Foxy has already made an appearance in Naked 2. It’s a very pale yellow which is beautiful as an all-over-the-lid base (particularly if the rest of your make-up is pink). Matte.

Walk of Shame is one of my favourites. It’s pink the way Foxy is yellow and it’s pigmented enough to cover veins or discolouration on your eyelid. Matte.

Naked 2 is a lovely pale taupe which I use from my lash line to my crease. It’s lighter and much more cool toned than Naked (from the Naked palette) and it’s absolutely gorgeous. Matte.

Faint is a cool, medium/ dark brown and perfect for my eyebrows. I wear this blended into my crease and it looks absolutely gorgeous- my most worn out of this palette.

Crave is a strange one; I thought it was completely black until I compared it to Blackout from Naked 2. Turns out Crave is a very, very dark brown. I wear it as a liner which is just slightly more subtle than using Creep or Blackout but still very pretty. *It’s one of those that now I know it’s brown, I can’t believe I ever thought it was black.*

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The only thing I’m not completely in love with about this little palette is the packaging. It looks beautiful and it’s really strong and functional, but it chips my nail polish like crazy when I try to open it! That’s kind of annoying, but apart from that it’s perfect. It’s only slightly longer than a credit card and it’s the same width, so it’s absolutely perfect for travelling. It’s literally pocket sized, has a full sized mirror and doesn’t contain a brush or any crappy applicators. The packaging feels kind of like Sleek’s (and what I imagine Nars’ like), but it doesn’t seem to get as dirty because it’s not black.

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If you want to try out Urban Decay’s shadows but don’t want to hand over £36 (or twice that if you can’t decide which Naked palette is prettiest!), then this is the perfect solution. It’s £20 and it’s just lovely- try it out. I can guarantee you’ll be hooked on Urban Decay before you know it.

Available at DebenhamsHouse of FraserBeauty Bay and Look Fantastic. You can also get hold of it on Amazon and Ebay, but you’ll gave to pay quite a bit more.

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Barry M | Flawless Matte Foundation


This foundation is quite a new addition to Boots and Superdrug, I think it was released in October, at the same time as their Shadow and Blush Palettes? It’s also one of Barry M’s first foundations (aside from their foundation creme which doesn’t seem to exist on the internet) which is really exciting because I’m such a huge fan of their nail polishes.

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 This foundation is a matte-liquid, and I’m not sure that any other high street brand has made one of these. It’s definitely the first I’ve ever tried, and I have to say I’m pretty impressed. It isn’t completely matte, especially if you have oily/ combination skin, but it’s definitely not full-on shiny after a full day of wear like some foundations I’ve tried. Now I’ve written this, I’m kind of thinking that I wouldn’t call it a matte foundation, I’d call it oil free. It doesn’t add shine to your face but it doesn’t take any away either- I’ve been using translucent powder just on my nose and it’s lasted amazingly. I’ve found that the best way to apply it is with fingers, because it’s fairly thick and I prefer a very low coverage finish (I use half a pump), however you can definitely build it up with a buffing brush. The only thing to bear in mind though is that I wear the palest shade, and if I build it up it does become a little too dark for my very pale skin. I also think that the more you wear, the more it oxidises. It’s not awful, but even the tiny amount I wear does get the teeniest bit orange after a while. It smells quite nice too, it’s kind of soap-y but not at all offensive.

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The packaging is pretty cute too- it’s matte, with bright pink lettering (which is in a font dangerously similar to Comic Sans, at least that’s what it reminds me of). I love the pump which lets you see how much of the 30-ml of foundation is left. That is awesome, it’s definitely something that’s missing from even my more expensive foundations.

This foundation is currently only available in five shades (Ivory, Nude, Beige, Sand and Tan) but they cater really well for very pale skin which is a nice change.All the shades, as far as I can tell, are very neutral toned too, none are too pink or too yellow so hopefully you’ll be able to find a shade that’s a good match for you.

This foundation is only £5.99 and definitely worth a try. Even though it’s ‘matte’, I think it would work great for any skin type because it’s not drying, apparently it contains a moisturiser which helps heal the skin. That’s particularly great for this time of year, I find that when it’s cold, I have very oily and very dry skin at the same time so this has been utterly perfect.

Let me know if you’ve tried this, or if it’s on your wishlist! Are there any other matte liquid foundations available on the high street, by the way? I’d love to try them out.

Barry M Flawless Matte Foundation is available at Boots and Superdrug.

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Sleek Blush Trio- Lace


This is my last Sleek post for now, I promise!

The Blush Trio in Lace is something I’ve been debating buying for ages. I go through phases of not  wanting to leave the house without a pretty blush shade on my face, and then absolutely hating the stuff and swearing to never use it again. You can see why the £9.99 blush palette was a slight problem. But the colours look absolutely gorgeous, all peachy and summery and lovely. Summery. I’m so good with timing.

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I’ve got to say, when this arrived at my house the other day, I was kind of horrified at how bright the colours looked. I was expecting pale pastels but instead I had these shocking, vivid blushes and that scared me. I’m very pale and my skin can be horrifically red, so when I do wear blush I normally go for something like Bourjois Volute de Peche or Maybelline Dream Touch in Peach.

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I started out by trying Guipure, which is a rosey pink with gold shimmer, because it looks the least scary. The shimmer isn’t really the most flattering, it highlights imperfections and can look a little iffy, but the colour is pretty and it genuinely lasted all day. It might have even out-lasted my foundation, which is crazy! I might be more tempted to reach for it when the weather gets warmer on days where my skin looks okay, but for now I think it will get a little neglected.

I then decided to try out Crochet- prettiest name ever! It’s a bright, matte orange which is a little alarming, but when it’s applied and blended out I think it looks absolutely gorgeous. It becomes a kind of vibrant peach shade which is lovely and, again, very Spring-y. It lasted just as well as Guipure, and was even more pigmented so you could probably wear it every day and never run out.

Finally, I decided I kind of had to at least try Chantilly. I really genuinely didn’t want to, It’s a very violently bright, matte orange-pink-red and even though it looks beautiful in the pan, I just thought it would look awful on my super pale skin. Anyway, I had to try it, so I literally barely used any product and still put most of it on the back of my hand before applying it. It turns out I was being really over dramatic with my fear though, because it’s so pretty! It looked kind of dark pink, sort of naturally blushed but still noticeably wearing makeup. If my skin would stay pale without going bright red whenever it’s slightly hot or cold, I would definitely be totally in love with this, even for this time of year. Like the other two shades, this is super pigmented and lasts forever.

Thanks for reading! I’m really surprised about how much I love this- particularly Chantilly! Have you tried this palette, or any of the Sleek Blush By 3 Palettes?

Sleek ‘Lace’ is £9.99 and available at Superdrug.

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Sleek Oh So Special


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I’ve just been sitting here looking at my keyboard for about seven minutes trying to decide what to write here.

AAARGHH

I’ve had my eye on the Oh So Special palette for about six months, and I have no idea why I’ve only just picked it up but I’m so happy I did! It’s wonderful and the colours are beautiful; it’s basically a neutral palette which isn’t boring, containing pinks, bronze-y browns and a few very dark plummy shades.

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I have to talk about the names. Ribbon, Celebrate, Wrapped Up- they’re pure festive adorableness. I can’t.

 Anyway:) I’ll try and write a coherent review now I promise.

The formula of the eye shadows in this palette are even better than in the Vintage Romance palette, I think that might have something to do that this palette isn’t limited edition..? I’ll just have to buy another one to find out. But they’re all really soft and blendable, with no fall out or chalkiness, which makes them so easy to use! I’m even tempted to test this theory by handing this palette to my seven year old sister and seeing what she can come up with, I just need a willing model.

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These are all, literally, barely swatched. And they look like this- they’re so amazing! I think the very best ones are probably Pamper, Gateau, Ribbon, Gift Basket, Glitz and Wrapped up, purely for pigmentation. The only slight problem I have with the colour selection in this palette is that there are a few shades (The Mail, Ribbon and Pamper) which are really beautiful but I just can’t imagine I’ll wear them. I wish there was a shimmery white highlight in this palette instead, that would make it perfect for a complete everyday look.

What do you think of these colours? I think they’re really beautiful and I’ll get quite a bit of wear out of them- right now I’m wearing Organza, Boxed and Celebrate as a liner and it looks quite pretty:)

Sleek Oh So Special is £7.99 and available at Superdrug.

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Sleek Vintage Romance


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Quite a while ago, I reviewed Sleek’s Lagoon palette. I was totally in love with the colours, but they’re pretty outrageous and mermaid-esque so the palette kind of got pushed to the back of my makeup drawer. I forgot about Sleek for a while, but then reviews of the Vintage Romance palette started popping up everywhere and it just looks so beautiful- I decided that with my new obsession to use eyeshadow, it would only be fair if I tried this one out too.

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Aren’t the names just the cutest things ever?!?

The colours in this palette are all really dark- much darker than I’m used to wearing. I do love the purple and gold tone though, so I’m going to have  to start playing around with it to make it work. I also love the formula of these shadows so much more than Lagoon- they’re much more powdery so they’re easier to apply and blend, but they’re not chalky so you don’t get too much fall out.

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Pretty in Paris- shimmery silver

Meet in Madrid- pale, shimmery gold

Court in Cannes- sparkly bronze

Lust in LA- shimmery greige/ bronze

Romance in Rome- slightly shimmery dark blue

Propose in Prague- matte terracotta

A Vow in Venice- slightly shimmery plum

Marry in Monte Carlo- sparkly purple

Honeymoon in Hollywood- dark slightly shimmery purple

Bliss in Barcelona- shimmery purple/ blue

Forever in Florence- very dark sparkly purple

Love in London- sparkly black

Look how pretty they are! Some of these shades are quite built up, but most of them are so pigmented that I barely touched them and they swatched completely opaque. I did these swatches yesterday, but I believe it was Court in Cannes, Lust in LA, Honeymoon in Hollywood, Forever in Florence, A Vow in Venice, Marry in Monte Carlo  and Love in London that had the amazing formula. I think the worst two were probably Romance in Rome and Bliss in Barcelona- I really couldn’t get those two to look as pretty swatched as they do in the pan.

Overall, I am really loving this palette. I’ve only used it a few times and I’m still trying to decide on my favourite colour combinations, but they last really well and are pretty easy to apply. This palette would be perfect for the Christmas and New Years party time of year, but hopefully I’ll be able to work out a nice everyday look for Project Use Eyeshadow!

Have you tried this, or any of the Sleek palettes?

Sleek Vintage Romance is £7.99 and available at Superdrug.

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Essie Nail Polish Purchases!


I may have gone a teeny tiny bit overboard at the Superdrug 3-for-2 sale. I ended up crossing quite a few  Essie nail polishes off my wishlist, which is pretty awesome. They’re all really nice Autumn shades which I think I’ll be wearing exclusively for the next few weeks.

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Over the Edge // Midnight Cami // Bordeaux // Liquorice // Decadent Dish // Wicked // Thigh High // Sole Mate // Angora Cardi

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*by ‘Essie A/W13 Collection’ I mean it’s my collection for A/W13, not the Essie collection.*

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*Tippex;)*

I really can’t wait to try all these out! I love Essie nail polishes, they’re so easy to apply, the brush is amazing and I love the shade selection.

Have you tried any of these? What’s your favourite nail polish for this time of year?

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