Thursday, 30 July 2015

Makeup Revolution Naked Chocolate full sized review

Hello my lovelies. It's another gloomy day here in UK despite it being the middle of summer. Wedding season is still on and a quest for finding that perfect neutral palette can be a real struggle. Of course there's plenty of fish in the sea. From Urban Decay Naked 1-3 through Too Faced Chocolate palette. These can be quite pricey but there's no denying how lovely they are.

Is there a cheaper alternative that provides an excellent quality shadows with great, quirky packaging? Enter Makeup Revolution. They started their Chocolate line with I heart Chocolate and Death by Chocolate. I own the latter and it's my, by far, the most used palette of all times. Shadows are well pigmented and creamy and blend beautifully. So when Naked Chocolate came out I knew that at some point I will just have to have it.

I took up recent offer from MUR where, when you spent £30 you got -£10 so my whole order costed me only £20. I ordered few extra bits as well but when I saw Naked Chocolate for the first time, I knew it was a love from a first sight.

Let's start with the packaging. I actually prefer Makeup Revolution version of chocolate packaging. It is gorgeous, half melted chocolate design. This time it comes in white chocolate colour.

General theme is lighter too with beautiful shades that will suit even the palest complexions like mine. What I missed in Death by Chocolate were the light crease shades and this is where Naked Chocolate delivers :)

I especially like Tob-le-rone which is a light taupe matte. I have to mention that mattes are of semi-matte finish. They blend well, but if you are looking for flat matte finish you may need to look elsewhere. What's really handy is the design of two highlight shades, one matte, one shimmer. They both have lager pans which means more product. I'm obsessed with matte beige shades as I tend to lighten other shades by mixing with it and blending out shadows too so I use matte beige quite a lot. Smoothly is a nice example. Milky is a lovely crease cool tone shade. It's not the most pigmented of shades but it does the job nicely. Mattes are completed by one medium, warm brown - Sweet Shop and darker, more cool toned Choc-fest. Both of them will work beautifully to deepen the crease of shapen the edges of the makeup. Lastly we have Wonka - darker neutral toned brown. There you have it 6 gorgeous semi mattes that should make any daytime or evening wear makeup possible. They are also not too dark which means they are perfect for blending out.

We know that shimmers are something Makeup Revolution tends to do right. And Naked Chocolate isn't exception to this rule. Think gold in every shade imaginable. That's the general theme behind this palette. Adorable is a lovely light shade with pink undertones. Chic is a light gold shade. Divine is a beautiful rose gold and Double Dip has more of an antique gold mark to it. Mocha Lover and Frosted Choc have copper written all over them. Both are gorgeous and will enhance any blue/grey eyes :) Dipped and Buttons are brown shimmers, slightly darker shades but with beautiful sheen to them.  Delight is taupe with gold shimmer which looks incredible when blended. Lastly Sugar is a rich brown with plum undertones.

From right: Smoothly, Divine, Mocha Lover and Dipped

From right: Adorable, Buttons, Frosted Choc and Delight

From right: Double Dip, Tob-le-rone, Wonka and Milky

From right: Way, Sugar, Sweet Shop and Choc-fest

Daytime makeup - check. Evening makeup - double check. You can do so many looks with Naked Chocolate but if you enjoy a good neutral palette with variety of shades and undertones this is the one for you. You have neutrals, warm and cool shades both in matte and shimmer variations.

In general pigmentation is really good, especially with shimmer shades. Lighter mattes have a lighter pay-off also which can be a turn off for some but I quite like it as it means more control in the crease for example. Darker mattes have an incredible colour pay-off too !!

Shades blend really well and don't disappear when you blend them out. They are also quite "forgiving" especially the crease colour as they lack a little in pigmentation, therefore increasing your control of the outcome.

I'm seriously impressed. I really like the fact that this is not a dupe for another Too Faced or Urban Decay palette. It's the most original palette of them all. I like how colour scheme has been designed as I think it will work well with different skin tones and eye colours. I really like the variety of undertones. I can't find a single fault except for maybe I'd like matte beige to be a little more pigmented. I don't mind it with medium shades but I really like beige shade to have an excellent colour pay-off.

What do you think ladies? Have you been on a lookout for a good neutral palette that won't break the bank? You can buy Naked Chocolate for £8 from here and in Superdrug here.

Thank you for reading & hope to see you next time.

Dorota x

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Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Tanya Burr's Lip Glosses under the radar. Are they worth the hype?

Hello lovelies. Today I'd like to talk to you about lip glosses. In general I'm not a fan. I have long hair that I'd like to keep loose and with the constant wind (Hello Britain lol) it's just not the most easy thing to wear on your lips. I also find most very drying. Ok I love matte lips too and matte colours tend to dry my lips too but at least I know what I'm paying for - perfect lips for several hours :)

I love Tanya Burr. She is such a sweetheart, super cute Youtube machine. Yet I've seen her beauty line when it launched and I never really wanted anything. I rarely wear falsies so that wasn't my cup of tea and I don't like lip glosses. Having seen Tanya apply her lip glosses on her videos I became bit more interested as they seemed to have a lovely colour payoff and as the name suggest they were so glossy ;) Finally on my weekly (LIAR - daily) trip to Superdrug I picked one up. I applied it later on and found the nude colour to be a little too nude for me if you know what I mean. However I found that lip gloss, although just a teensy bit sticky (which I don't mind at all) lasted for good two hours and after it was gone it left a nourishing layer on top of my lips for another 3 hours afterwards. 

Having said all that colour by itself was really light so I started to experiment with adding a little on top of my nude lipsticks. That's how I found my perfect combo: MAC's Kinda Sexy and Tanya Burr's Chic :) If I want a nude lip these days that's what I will go for :) 

I wanted more :) This time I wanted to pick up a more "me" colour and after seeing swatches everywhere I've chosen Aphrodite. What a happy surprise it was, that I found it on Fragrance Direct for £1.99 :) In the basket it went, alongside a little MAC extra, but that's the story for another time.

The moment I opened the package I knew that Aphrodite may quickly become my favourite lip gloss ever. It's has a raspberry tone to it and it's just lovely pinky, red and glossy at the same time. What's not too love. Pigmentation as for a lip gloss is pretty great and again it lasts well on my lips. Even once the colour goes off it leaves a comfortable layer on top of your lips and you don't feel like you need to use a lip treatment afterwards. 

Tanya Burr Lip Gloss in Chic

Tanya Burr Lip Gloss in Aphrodite

I've done some scary close up swatches for you as well as standard photos and I will leave you to judge if you like them or not :)

I'm a new convert to lip glosses thanks to Tanya Burr collection :) Will I be getting more? Probably not as these two will last me forever and as I said before, I don't wear lip gloss that often. Aphrodite will end up in my work makeup bag as a quick during a day fix, that's for sure :)

You can get them at Superdrug for £6.99 here or specific shades at discounted price of £1.99 at Fragrance Direct here. Also check out Tanya's YT channel if you don't already stalk her online ;)

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Sunday, 26 July 2015

Unbox with me: Vive la France, July's Glossybox goes to France

Hello my Lovelies. Hope you enjoy your Sunday wherever you are. Today I'm bringing you another "Unbox with me" featuring July's Glossybox. Come and discover France with me and beauty treats hidden inside this limited edition box.

I was tempted to cancel my Glossybox subscription as last few months didn't impress me too much. I am glad I gave it another month as I not only adore the box but also what's inside :)

This month, the editors concentrated on getting the base just right with skincare finds to wow just any beauty enthusiast. They certainly impressed me. Box itself has been designed by fashion's IT artist of the moment Jamie Lee Reardin. Jamie Lee has put her imagination and talent down for likes of Chanel, Givenchy and Christian Dior before. She's inspired by the alternate idea of beauty and her design has been inspired by the first time she visited France for Paris Fashion Week. I am in love with this box and it takes a proud place with the Marilyn design which is now my second favourite. As per usual it comes beautifully packaged and with a happy surprise inside that is Glossybox airport approved makeup bag. It's beautifully design and very pretty. However if I have to be honest it's not as high quality plastic as this month's Birchbox edition (read all about it HERE). It is neverthless beautiful and I will definitely be using it in my future travels or just as a standard makeup bag as it's pretty spacious.

Inside the box I found 4 beauty treats worthy calling it luxury as if Gloxybox has finally listened to my reviews :) It's all about skincare and I'm glad because this months finds are great and come from brands I may have missed before and I'm happy to finally be able to test.

noxidoxi Exhancing Serum Base is advertised as an extreme youth in just 20 seconds. It comes with great on and off switch which helps prevent leaking. The CRC6© moisturising complex keeps the surface of your skin well-moisturised while at the same time penetrating deep down to hydrate the skin cells. It's recommended to use in the mornings after cleansing and under your day cream. It has antioxidants aiming to protect your skin from environment. I'm very glad to be able to test this new french brand. I love face serums and have been on a lookout for a new favourite since finishing my Lancome's Genifique. Who know, this may be the one :) 

Teoxane Cosmeceuticals Perfect Skin Definer promises to soothe, decrease the pore size as well as reduce pigmentation. It's recommended for oily skin mainly, however its impressive active ingredients list makes me want to give it a go especially in the areas where my pores are most visible. I have a dry skin but my chin  and cheeks have been prone to occasional breakouts and enlarged pores so I will be giving this gem a test run. 

Vichy Liftactiv Advanced Filler is a welcome addition to this already impressive skincare based box. I generally like Vichy skincare as it works, not much more to say than that. I was glad to find not one but two samples in my box as they're on a rather small side so having two is definitely a bonus. This product contains retinol making a perfect solution for night. I wouldn't suggest to use it for day time as retinol may give you an increased pigmentation if your skin is not protected with high SPF. However it's perfect for night and as I always use SPF 50+ on my face I won't worry about retinol's side effects. Retinol is truly a wonder that perfects your complexion and fight the signs of ageing. 

Lastly Lollipops Lip Balm Délicieuse is completing this moths box. We already had a morning serum and two evening favourites and lip balm is a perfect finishing touch. I like Lollipops and I discovered this french brand through Glossybox in the past. The balm smells wonderful and as I'm addicted to lip protection balms I will definitely be using it :) Having lips prone to dryness makes testing a new lip balms optimal as if they work for my terribly dehydrated skin on my lips they may work for pretty much everyone else. 

You can still order your July's Glossybox for £10 plus P&P. Click HERE for more info. You can also read previous months reviews: May's HERE and June's HERE

I'm super pleased with this months box and my favourites are noxidoxi serum and Vichy Liftactiv filler. They are definitely the ones to watch and I will report more once I'm done testing them out. Hope you liked this month's box as much as I did. Leave me a comment below if you're also a Glossy subscriber and what do you think of your boxes. Don't forget to follow me on the social media (all links below) and I hope to see you next time.

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Saturday, 25 July 2015

One lipstick to rule them all - Kendall Jenner for Estee Lauder in Restless

Kendall Jenner or as I'd like the call her, one of the clan I can actually stand. There's not much to say other than Kendall has successfully launched her career in fashion and become a fashion guru in a space of a year. When Estee Lauder has announced her to be a brand's spokesperson everyone's heads turned. Estee Lauder has always appeared to be more of a mature brand, with it's luxury, sleek packaging and marketing. Kendall has been a breath of fresh air for the brand. I have always been a fan. Double Wear - love it. Skincare - huge fan. There wasn't much more I would ever purchase yet it may change now. Limited edition Pure Color Matte Sculpting Lipstick in Restless has been the most anticipated launch of the summer. Countless vloggers and bloggers have already given their opinions and it seems that everyone is wearing Kendall.

Let's start with the name. Restless is a perfect word to describe Kendall and her career. She's a 19 year old girl who's been working tirelessly to brand herself outside of the Kardashian clan and she has succeed. She is determined and restless when it comes to getting her way.

Packaging is pure luxury. From it's gorgeous matte finish (little finger print prone) to a beautiful Navy colour that we come to love with Estee Lauder, it is a an incredible addition to any fashionista's makeup bag. I love magnetic lid which only adds to the luxury of this piece. There's no denying it, it's gorgeous. Combine that with gold top with Kendall's signature in red and you have gotten yourself an accessory that every girl will lust after.

Price range may not be for everyone. Estee Lauder is a high end brand and this is a limited edition lipstick. It's £25 and in line with lip colour prices of other high end products.

Formula is matte. In MAC terms it's a retro matte finish yet it applies beautifully. The way it's sculpted you can draw your perfect red lip in no time. Gorgeous doesn't cover it. Finish on the lips is spectacular. True matte red lips are not only very wearable but also a definition of style. As with any matte lipstick it can be quite drying after few hours wear.

It's a very long lasting lipstick. I had it on for 8 hours and the pigment was still there. I'd say it will wear perfectly for 6 hours unless you eat. They it'll slowly disappear but no nastiness here as it goes away only slightly. I gave it a proper test and you can see from the pictures how beautifully it wears throughout the day.

On the application (with flash)

On the application (no flash)

4 hours wear (after eating a salad and drinking plenty)

After 8 hours

Colour may not be for everyone this is an orange red so it'll not look too great with less than white teeth. When it comes to a skin tone I am always aware of orange lips on me as I don't think it suits me, yet with this one, it was love on a first sight. It looks lovely on my paler than pale complexion with pink undertones. This is what Estee Lauder has to say about it:

"Part poppy. Part orange crush. All matte. All Kendall.
The high-impact colour that shapes your lips. Smooths and hydrates."

I may not agree with the hydrating comment but the rest is all true.As with any matte colour, I would strongly suggest prepping your lips before wear. Little scrub and moisturiser will do great. In return, you will find yourself in the centre of attention as everyone will be asking what you're wearing.

I'm a big fan of neon shades for the day. I would wear it to the office as well as on the night out. It's a very versatile shade for me, but that's just my opinion. I'm not afraid of a bright lip for the daytime, that's all.

It has gained 4.9 out of 5* on the Estee Lauder website with raving reviews complementing both colour and packaging. So if you are the one up for that bold, matte lip then Kendall Jenner lipstick is the one for you.

It's available online only, exclusively to Estee Lauder website and you can buy it here (LIMITED EDITION NOT AVAILABLE) 

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Dorota x

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Thursday, 23 July 2015

Freedom Makeup London eyeshadow palette in Dreamcatcher lets your imagination run freely

What a lovely name to be given to the eyeshadow palette. Dreamcatcher does just that. You can let your imagination run wild and create the most extraordinary looks. I'm not a makeup artist, I don't photoshop my images. I prefer if what you see, is the real look, as I was just stepping out of the cab to meet you for drinks. I will be talking about eyeshadows today but for the first time I will be showing you what I created using it. Please be nice, it's my first go and I will get better I promise ;)

I love summer, don't you? I especially love hanging around my garden and watching flowers I planted in the spring come to the full bloom. This look was created because of just that, my pretty pink and blue flowers in the garden :)

Dreamcatcher looks a lot like his more expensive mate from NARS, Dual Intensity Eyeshadow. I don't know NARS eyeshadows, however this palette has grabbed by attention instantly when I was making my order at Freedom website. Don't know Freedom? Visit their website for all the goodness that they have launched recently. 

I was mesmerised by this palette because of the colours included. From neutrals through pinks and purples to navy blue and dark, intensive green. What's not to love? I had to have it. Palette consists of 12 super pigmented, shimmer eyeshadows. Would I get it knowing that all the shades would sparkle? Probably not and what a huge mistake would I make !! I don't wear a lot of shimmer as with hooded eyes I prefer myself in mattes. Don't get me wrong I love a good shimmer lid, just not on me ;) 

Pigmentation of these bad boys is incredible, swatches shown were made by me just lightly tapping the eyeshadows and just look at them... There are no words. I didn't experienced fall out either, but I rarely do with any eyeshadows. I believe the fall out depends more on the technique and as long as the product you're working with, is soft and has a cream like in texture, you are good to go. Have a look for yourself and let me know if Dreamcatcher has caught your attention as well. 

You can buy Dreamcatcher for as little as £4 here.

I created a look today that made me fall back in love with shimmers. I used a matte bronzer and beige matte eyeshadow in my crease and to help with blending but the rest is pure shimmer, "dream catchingly" so ;) 

For my look I used two top left shades for the inner eye and lightly at the centre on the top lid. I then started to blend in the navy in the outer corner, creating the smokey effect. I blended it out with cool tone bronzer and light beige matte. On the centre of the lid I builded up the pink shade firstly dry and then with a little of face mist. I didn't have a problem applying it wet, making this palette even more versatile. I didn't use base as I wanted it to show the real pigmentation and colours on it's own. I recreated the top lid at the bottom and completed the look with two coats of Collection Lengthening mascara :)

I hope you enjoyed my little review and the first ever eye makeup look on the blog. Let me know in the comments below.

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Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Weekday me - what's in my makeup bag #1

I love makeup. I find that lately I've been testing a lot of new makeup bits and accessories so I thought I will take you on my journey. From now on, I will be posting "Weekday me - what's in my makeup bag" weekly or bi-weekly depending how often I decide to switch it up :) I hope you will enjoy rummaging through my weekly makeup bag, please let me know in the comments below, if it's something you'd like to see :)

I have been testing a few new bits recently and some caught my attention more than others. To make sure I'm able to give you my honest review I continue to use them daily. I put it all in my pink makeup bag I received with recent Birchbox :) I really like it as I can see what I have quickly as it's translucent :)

Recently I received a few new brushes from Poland. They called GlamBrush and I have been testing them non stop to make sure my review is as comprehensive as possible. I am very partial to these three shown as I now use a lot of cream products for my base without caking it up with powder so duo fibres are the must. Larger (T1) I've been using to apply my Maybelline Dream Flawless Nude foundation in shade 010 Ivoire. I've been cheating on my RT Complexion Sponge with this brush and I'm really pleased so far :) I'm still trying to make my mind up about this foundation. It needs more testing so I can give you a full on review in the upcoming weeks. To give myself a little colour I've been LOVING Bourjois Aqua Blush in 03 Pink Twice. I'm not normally one for such little pigmentation but I adore the finish it gives my cheeks and I've been using it a lot lately. To apply I use my smaller duo fiber (T6) and it's working well for me. I've only just started testing these out so I'll save my opinion for later. That's really it for my base. As I'm not working at the moment I don't find my dark circles to be too bad and Maybelline's foundation is covering them so I find I'm not using concealer :) I don't set anything up with the powder either. I find it to be too cakey for hot summer days and I've been preferring more natural, dewy look

On my eyes I have been loving a new eyeshadow. And it's not a palette which is very unusual for me :) I got this Wild About Beauty eyeshadow in 06 Alana in one of my Latest in Beauty boxes and I have to admit, I've been wearing it non stop. It gives a semi matte finish on my eyes and it's just the prettiest brown. In the pot it looks like it has some shimmer to it but on my eyes it looks semi matte which is the finish I prefer. I've been using it in a dome shape on my eyelids which compliment hooded eyes and finishing it with a crease colour and some matte highlight in my inner eyes. I apply and blend my eyeshadow with GlamBrush O3 which I think is a little dupe for MAC 217. I find it less harsh than MAC and it blends beautifully. I then finish my eyes with Maybelline's The Falsies Volume Express in Black Drama which I've been using up. I find that as with most Maybelline's mascara I love them best after roughly 2 months from opening first. This mascara gives me nice full lashes, which I love, without clumping them. I brush a little of I Tint My Brows from Makeup Revolution through my brows to give them a fuller look that will last forever. Seriously, it's even hard to get off with my trusty Micellar Water in the evening :) I use mine in the shade Fairest as I find this is the coolest shade, very ashy. It's also quite light which gives me a very natural finish. It's been my favourite for quite some time. The only minus is a large brush. I wish they just reduce it in half as it's just a little too big for me.

I prep my lips with my newest favourite. I got it as a magazine freebie and have been loving it since I started using it last week. It's The Organics Pharmacy Antioxidant Lip Balm.  I use a lot of lip balms as my lips tend to be very dry and I find this very soothing. It actually works as well as Carmex on me which isn't something I say lightly. I love Carmex, except maybe for it's smell. This one smells sweet. Like one of the Mentos chewy sweets. I love it !!!! I finish my lips with a  little MAC in Pink Nouveu which I've recently gotten on a blog sale for £8 :) I love the smell of MAC lipsticks. This has a satin finish so it doesn't dry out my lips and the colour compliments my eyes and cheeks :)

I hope you liked going through this week's makeup selection. I'll see you soon with another post :)

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Sunday, 19 July 2015

Unbox with me: "Let's make a splash" July Birchbox

Birchbox in July surprised us with a new approach and instead of box we got a great, pink translucent makeup bag. It's airport approved so you can just add your makeup bits in and don't worry about it when you travel.

Starting with the bag I really adore the design. It's very modern and pink and that is enough to satisfy me :) I think it's a great idea and if only I was leaving for holiday I would definitely take it with me. Unfortunately, as I was planning on travelling to Tunisia my holidays have been cancelled and I will be spending it at home instead. Thankfully with the weather improving I hope for a bit of British sunshine so I'm really happy with the beauty treats I received this month.

Birch bag July 2015 Ibiza edition

Bionike Essential Cleansing Water has been developed for hypersensitive and intolerant skin. Thanks to humectant substances it easily removes makeup and residues and the add on of panthenol has a moisturising and restorative effect on a skin, it promotes healing and soothes redness. I love micellar and other cleansing waters so I'm pleased to find a sample of a new product and brand in my bag :)

Unami Body Treatment Aloe Vera is a great sample size. I find it very delicate and nourishing which makes a great after sun body lotion. I will be definitely giving this one a run for it's money and I will report back once I use it up. 

Soigné nail polish is a brilliant choice (well done to Birchbox buyers). Soigné is one of the most natural brands of nail polishes out there. Every lacquer is made with up to 85% of Plant-sourced, natural ingredients. The shades are on trend, sophisticated and are free from nasty chemicals to ensure nails stay healthy, while still looking fashionable. Brand doesn't test on animals and is Vegan friendly, I received a great light grey, lilac shade which I'm super excited for. This will take me from summer to autumn no problem :) I'm very happy to have discovered such an amazing brand.

Benefit Dream Screen is the smallest sample of the bunch which is truly a shame. This is a great, under makeup ready SPF45 with a broad spectrum. I only wish the sample was bigger. Full size product is 45ml and costs £25, available from Benefit counters or in Boots.

Barely Prep Blot & Blend sponge is another incredible product I'm very happy to receive in my bag. It is marketed as a sponge that you can use to apply your moisturiser, serum and primer. So if you struggle with creams and other bits not absorbing too quickly using a wet sponge might be your answer. I will most likely be using it to apply my foundation and a concealer. 

Pop Beauty Bright Up Your Life eyeshadow trio in Peach Parfait is a perfect summer makeup essential. it contains three well pigmented, sparkly eyeshadows to brighten up your summer look. You have a great inner corner highlight champagne shade, as well as beautiful peach and coppery shade. You can create any light summer look with this little palette. It's missing one matte shade for your crease but I guess we can't have it all. 

Pop Bright Up Your Life in Peach Parfait
If I were to complain and moan a little it would be only, because my Make a Splash card was not meant for my bag. This month everyone received one of four colours/ designs. It meant, that every bag included different products. My card includes the products from turquoise Hydra bag and I received the pink Ibiza bag :) Yet again a little attention to detail is what Birchbox is missing in my opinion, be that the way they package their boxes (inside!!) or the fact that I received a different card. It's not enough for me not to be happy with what I received as I really like my selection. I will most definitely be using it all and it's such a shame I am not packing for holidays this year as this would be a great add on :)

So what do you think? Are you loving July's selection as much as I do? If so, you can still buy it here. Let me know what you think and I see you next month with another Birchbox review :)

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Saturday, 18 July 2015

New Barry M Sunset Daylight Curing nail polishes review & swatches

I have had Barry M Sunset Daylight Curing nail gels for around 2 months. I have tested them pretty much non stop for the last month and I'm pretty pleased with the results. Some colours I adore more than others but they became a staple on my nails :)

The range launched around 3 months ago and I just had to get my hands on it. I ordered all except for one, looking at you red, I'm coming for you soon :) Going in for a kill, in the recent success of both Revlon and Sally Hansen launches, Barry M has launched their gel nail collection promising us a salon results at home without having to use a UV lamp or annoying removal process. All you need is your favourite shade (there's 7 to choose from) and a top coat.

Here's what Barry M has to say about the product:

Barry M’s new Sunset Daylight Curing Nail Paint and Topcoat deliver the look and resilience of pro salon gel nails without a UV lamp or the expense! All you need is a Sunset colour and the Sunset Topcoat – no need for a base coat as the special formulation bonds to the nail like a gel in daylight but can still be removed with a regular remover. Hi shine, long lasting gel nails have never been so easy!

It's extremely easy in fact. I apply two coats of the chosen shade, wait for each to dry in between and then apply the top coat. And believe me they dry in seconds. It may well be the quickest I have ever done my manicure. Application is super easy due to great formula (not too thick and not too watery - just perfect) and a brush which both make for a pleasant experience. There's no need to cure them under the lamp. When it comes to the lasting power I have to say these aren't shellac nails you do at the salon. Mine lasted approx. 3-4 days without chipping. I am very hands on at home so my standard nail polish rarely lasts more than 2 days so I'm happy to report these lasted twice as long. My pedicure lasted for a whole week without chipping. 

From the left: Fuchsia Generation, I've Been Pinkin’

From the left: You Drive Me Navy, The Way You Make Me Teal

From the left: Peach For The Stars, Do It Like A Nude and Top Coat below

I have some experience with shellac nails, having done Sensationail shellac at home. Shellac will last in between 1-2 weeks on me. However when I compare the ease of application, lack of curing under the lamp and quick & easy removal process I prefer to stick to these Barry M polishes. Ok, they don't last as long but I don't expect them too. If I can only paint my nails twice a week and not 4 or 5 sometimes that's a huge bonus for me. And if you are a person who actually washes the dishes in the gloves and takes more care of her manicure, they may last a really long time for you. 

To sum up I really like Sunset Gel Nails from Barry M for the quick and painless application and the removal process. The lasting power is also better than your regular nail polish. 

Barry M is now offering a free delivery on orders above £15, just use a Code  POST4FREE at the checkout.

You can also find the range at both Boots and Superdrug here.

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