Archive for August, 2012

Review: Barbara Daly Wicked

Posted on: August 31st, 2012 by shewhodoesnails  No Comments

Yesterday I missed my train home from work l. I had to wait ages for the next one so instead of sitting around on a platform, I decided to take a wander over to the nearest shopping centre and have a look around.

I popped into the Tesco Direct to get a new notebook and pen (living life on the edge) and thought I’d have a quick look at their beauty section.

Uh oh. They had two baskets full of reduced make up and there were girls scrambling through them trying to find some good bits. My instinct took over and before I knew it I was digging out cheap nail polish (and a few other bits) and shoving it in my basket.

I ended up leaving with eleven nail polishes, one eyeshadow and a Lipgloss (plus the notepad and pen) and only spent £25! The polishes I got ranged from £2.95 down to a measly 57p!

The colour I have to show you today is one of those new polishes.

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Barbara Daly Wicked – indoor with flash


Barbara Daly is a brand that is exclusive to Tesco stores. This is the first time I have bought Barbara Daly polishes, and I found this one to be really lovely.

Wicked is a dark purpley redy browny colour with a subtle shimmer to it. In the shade or indoors this colour really seems to be a warm dark brown colour, but in bright lights or sunlight it shifts to a purple or red shimmer which is really unusual. I can’t say that I have seen anything like this before.

I don’t know if I was having an unusually good day or something, but the application last night was the nicest I have ever had it. The brushes glided (is that even a word) across my nail like a dream and at the end I didn’t need to do ANY cleaning up of the skin around my nails.

In the photos you can see only one coat, but I actually wish that I had done another coat as it’s not completely opaque in some areas… Nevermind.

I think ten of the eleven polishes I got were Barbara Daly’s so stay tuned for reviews of the rest of them!

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  • Sally Hansen – Maximum Growth
  • Barbara Daly – Wicked
  • Sally Hansen – Insta-Dri


It’s a bit Tiffany-esque

Posted on: August 30th, 2012 by shewhodoesnails  4 Comments

So after wearing Topshop’s Easy Breezy for a day and a half, I still colour not bring myself to remove it. I really do love this colour! So for this manicure, I decided to recycle yesterday’s.

Yesterday I received some new stamping plates in the post along with some gems! How exciting! I’ve never used gems before and I’ve seen plenty of blog posts and video tutorials about them. On one of the jumbo Cheeky plates I got was a really cute set of three flowers in different sizes , so I decided to stamp those onto my nails.

My first attempt was made with the wrong stamping colour entirely. Lesson learned – Barry M Bright Pink does not stamp well AT ALL over this colour. Instead I chose to use Barry M Foil Effects Silver and stamp one or two flowers onto each nail.

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Tiffany-esque – indoor with flash


It’s safe to say that I did a better job on my left hand than my right hand, but you’ll only see the left one anyway!

After I had stamped the flowers, I poured out some little clear gems onto my tray and gradually placed them at the centre of each flower with a bit of clear nail polish, finishing with a topcoat over all my nails.

As soon as I had finished and looked at them under a bright light, the colour immediately reminded me of those of the Tiffany jewellery brand. How cute!

What surprised me the most was the durability of these little gems – or the strength of my topcoat! They’ve survived the shower, several hand scrubs, a night in bed and many a handbag rifle. Really good news for someone like me!

Have you ever used gems before?

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  • Sally Hansen – Maximum Growth
  • Topshop Easy Breezy
  • Barry M Foil Effects Silver
  • Clear rhinestones
  • Cheeky jumbo stamping plate F
  • Dotting tool
  • Sally Hansen – Insta-Dri


Review: Topshop Easy Breezy

Posted on: August 30th, 2012 by shewhodoesnails  1 Comment

It was payday on Tuesday. This usually means good things for the polish collection and bad things for the purse, but actually I did behave myself this time. Sort of.

I told myself I was only allowed to buy one polish in the shops that I went in to, and ended up coming home with only five polishes when it really could have been about fifty. If I had the money, I think I would have brought home the whole of Superdrug.

When I got home there was absolutely no question as to which I was going to try first.

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Topshop Easy Breezy – in the shade with flash


Topshop’s Easy Breezy is a cool mint green, almost verging on a bit of a really pale aqua. It’s a lovely creme shade with a wonderful consistency and was opaque with only one coat! I even got a compliment from a man stood behind me in a queue yesterday who said that it was a lovely colour that suited me!

This is my first Topshop polish and I must say, I am very impressed. The bottle is really cute and the brush wider than your average brush which is great for covering your nail quickly and easily. I think Topshop polishes could start becoming one of my favorite polish brands you know…

You can buy Easy Breezy at Topshop for only £5. Bargain!

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  • Sally Hansen – Maximum Growth
  • Topshop Easy Breezy
  • Sally Hansen – Insta-Dri


Gothic nails for a rocking wedding

Posted on: August 28th, 2012 by shewhodoesnails  2 Comments

Yesterday was the wedding of two of my friends and as they are very much the rocker type, they decided to theme their wedding around rock music and attire. Queue stress about outfits and makeup.

In the end I chose a lovely dress from Next that was a dark purple, green and grey floral patterned floaty number that was short at the front and long at the back. With it I put black tights and my ‘Spice Girl’ black platform heels. Makeup-wise I went for dark metallic eyes and simple lips, and was actually very pleased with the final effect (which makes a change).

The nails however were an entirely different story. On Sunday night I must have tried about five different ideas that I just hated, but upon waking Monday morning I had another idea. I realised that I hadn’t used my Maybelline Cosmic Flash in a really long time and thought I would look really great over a black. While I was rooting through my polish box, I came upon my Rimmel Pro Matte Topcoat and thought the matte effect would make it look even more edgy!

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Gothic nails – indoor with flash


So I painted my nails and then found a skull stamping image on one of my Bundle Monster plates an thought it would look good accented in silver. I put Barry M Foil Effects Silver onto the plate, scraped the excess off and stamped the stamper onto it. Unfortunately that was the last bit that went well. When stamping the image onto my nail I discovered that even though my nails might look dry and feel dry, they definitely were NOT DRY.

So a smudged nail later, I then had to repaint a nail and wait FOREVER to make sure it had dried properly before attempting stamping again. Second time lucky, it stamped ok. It could have been better as it missed out the skull’s teeth, but you can’t really tell I don’t think.

It was so weird not doing a topcoat on top of the stamped image, and while I was having my shower before getting dressed I was paranoid that the design would come off and kept checking my nails every thirty seconds. It survived fine though, and I’m actually quite reluctant to take it off today :(

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  • Sally Hansen – Maximum Growth
  • Models Own – Black Magic (1 coat)
  • Maybelline – Cosmic Flash (2 coats)
  • Rimmel – Pro Matte Topcoat
  • Barry M – Foil Effects Silver
  • Bundle Monster Plate 211


Review: Nails Inc Piccadilly Arcade

Posted on: August 26th, 2012 by shewhodoesnails  3 Comments

It’s finally here. My long awaited Piccadilly Arcade post. Several weeks ago I as visiting my family and my sister showed me a new polish she had gotten. THIS ONE. I wanted it. I NEEDED IT. Green is my absolute favourite colour, especially this ‘Wicked’ green (for anyone who has seen the musical). After much persuading a begging, my sister refused to give me this polish. Rightly so I guess, it is about £11 a bottle.

Fast forward a few days. My boyfriend and I had arranged to meet for dinner after work in Pizza Express, and while we were waiting for our meals he presented me with this! Words cannot describe how excited I was.

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Nails Inc Piccadilly Arcade – indoor with flash


I’ve only just had the chance to try out this baby out and I must say it really was quite difficult to apply. I decided not to give it another colour as a base coat, but just to apply it on its own. If you didn’t have enough polish on your brush you ended up with a nail of clear polish with a few specks on green glitter, but if you really fill up the brush, then you get the glitter effect much quicker. I also found it quite tricky to get the right amount of glitter on the tips of my nails and around my cuticle.

The polish is actually really quick drying, but as it was quite rough to touch due to all the glitter, it needed a generous top coat. The colour though is really magnificent. The green is everything I had hoped it would be. The glitter was so bright and sparkly and it worked so well as a polish on its own, but I think it would work just as well as glittery topcoat.

You can buy this polish from Nails Inc for £11, but at the moment you can get it from FeelUnique for a discounted price of £9.90!

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  • Sally Hansen – Maximum Growth
  • Nails Inc Piccadilly Arcade
  • Sally Hansen – Insta-Dri


Best of British nail bloggers this week!

Posted on: August 26th, 2012 by shewhodoesnails  No Comments

British Nail Bloggers

Hi all! Here’s a list of what everyone on the British Nail Blogger network has been up to this week! Take a look as there is some really good stuff!

The weather in the UK may have improved a little but not enough for Vic to justify running off to Cornwall to catch the surf. Instead she’s made do with her Surfin’ USA mani.

It’s been KBShimmer Week this week at The Crumpet 5 polishes, but which was her favourite ?

PrettyKittyClaws has been making the most of the sunshine by copying The Crumpet with a Red Holo Dotticure. feautring Ozotics 518

Helly at the Nail Newbie got her holo on with a purple holo gradient featuring OPI DS Original!

Charlotte at Charlottes-nails has been catching up with the lazy days of summer challenge with a ruffle accent nail.

Alexis at Glitter Tips managed to overcome a nasty case of nail art block with a Black and Gold NOTD inspired by her jewellery collection.

Claire at nuthin’ but a nail thing managed to get hold of some OPI Black Spotted and gave it a go over some bright NEONS.

Seeing as the British weather has been seasonably rainy, there has been a lack of barbaques this year. Unless it is in the form of nail art from Enigmatic Rambles.

Lou entered the Golden Jungle over at Painted Nails & Baking Scales finding some new polish species to describe

This week at Northern Nails there are Turtles in a Guest Post , Also Jo has started a new series of posts called Mashups!

Emma’s been busy swatching the newBarry M Burgundy Croc Effects over different colours on Imagination In Colour!

It’s texture time in the BFF Challenge and Kerrie from PishPosh and Polish made great use of Heart-Shaped beads but was it a success?

Ruth had some fun with pastel colours and created some colourful zebra nails using her new stampers!

Steph is showing off. Peacock feathers in the (rare) sunshine.

It’s been a special week for Allie and in celebration she’s been wearing some Sea Green Glitter Birthday Nails.

Dimpal is absolutely loving these fish egg nails Fish Egg Nails she also did Nicole’s Me+Blue Mani

Sarah Louise reviews LeaLaC’s Stamping Plate XL – A See the post for swatches and a manicure using her first Bettina Nail Polish.

Sam at Polished Art kicked off the 31 Day Challenge with a red leopard print mani.

Review: Fashionista Mystical Dragon

Posted on: August 25th, 2012 by shewhodoesnails  1 Comment

CHECK THIS OUT. How awesome is this colour?!

Last week my boyfriend was once again dragged into Superdrug as I scoured the aisles looking for GOSH Holographic Hero. In our Superdrug there is a whole stand especially for nails with loads of different brands in it (as well as the separate brand sections) and while I was looking for my GOSH polish he pulled this beauty out saying that he loved the colour.

As I have less than a few pennies in my purse at the moment, I decided to remember what it was and come back for it. So we carried on around the shop, picking up a couple of nail essentials and then heading to the checkout. My boyfriend kindly offered to buy my things for me, and as he did he slipped this polish to the cashier without me noticing! Apparently he’d been hiding it in his hand the whole way around the shop! What a super wonderful boyfriend I have, feeding my obsession for me :)

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Fashionista Mystical Dragon – in the shade


Tiger Time!

Posted on: August 24th, 2012 by shewhodoesnails  No Comments

When I first got my Bundle Monster stamping plates, I knew this was a manicure that I had to try. Big cats are my favourite animals (stay tuned for the leopard print) and the thought of sporting a cat-coat on my nails was definitely appealing.

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Tiger Time – indoor with flash


The Barry M Block Orange was really lovely to work with. I am a huge fan of Barry M polishes (if you don’t already know) and this polish only took two coats to become opaque. LOVE IT. Not sure the colour suits my complexion too much, but I love it too much to care.

As usual, the Konad special polish worked really well while stamping. I was a little impatient waiting for it to dry before putting the top coat on so I got some annoying smear-age, but I still like the final effect.

The only way I think I could have made this manicure a little more me would have been to put a glittery coat on the top, as I did feel that it lacked something sparkly.

I’m totally getting the hang of this stamping thing now which according to my recently viewed items on Amazon, is a bad thing. My poor purse is going to have meltdown.

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  • Sally Hansen – Maximum Growth
  • Barry M – Block Orange
  • Konad Special Polish – Black
  • Bundle Monster Plate 223
  • Sally Hansen – Insta-Dri


Golden Ibiza Glitter Gradient

Posted on: August 22nd, 2012 by shewhodoesnails  No Comments

I’ve seen quite a few posts bobbing about on various blogs recently of glitter gradients and have been really keen on trying my own. The challenge here was to choose the colours I wanted to use without copying anything I had seen before…

Ibiza mix by Models Own is a glitter I picked up a few weeks ago whilst visiting my parents. My sister and I had decided to hit Boots in the hopes of finding a fun new polish and I ended up coming home with several. As usual.

I chose to use two different golds as I have used this combo before and knew that they really compliment each other well!

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Golden Ibiza Glitter Gradient – indoor with flash


Review: GOSH Holographic Hero

Posted on: August 21st, 2012 by shewhodoesnails  1 Comment

When I first heard about GOSH Holographic Hero nail polish, I’m not going to lie, I didn’t know what all the fuss was about as I hadn’t had the older version.

Then I saw a photo. I was SOLD.

Two weeks of daily Superdrug visits later and I was getting more and more frustrated. WHY was it not in stock anywhere?! Not even one of the shops I went into had even HEARD of it, let alone had it in stock. I was gutted, and about to give up all hope of ever having pretty sparkly fingers again.

Sunday came and my boyfriend and I were off to Hertfordshire for his mum’s birthday. On the walk from the station to his sister’s house we happened upon another Superdrug. My eyes lit up immediately and my boyfriend watched as I turned into a crazed mad woman before his eyes, dragging him into the store at full speed. I made a beeline for the GOSH stand and was gutted that I couldn’t see it lined up with the special polishes, but as my eyes glanced down to the ‘normal’ polishes I saw a flicker of RAINBOW. There it was. Like a rose between thorns.

The rest is history really. I bought the polish (while telling every nearby member of staff how excited I was to have found it) and was a happy person for a WHOLE day.

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GOSH Holographic Hero