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Neutral Territory

Published February 7, 2014 by withnailsandi

I have been sorting my swatches today and have finally grouped all my neutrals together, so I thought they would make for a good blog post.
I seem to be wearing neutrals a lot at the moment. I don’t know whether it’s the weather, the fact I’m feeling a little stressed at work or something else, but I seem to be reaching for these more than my other brighter polishes.


Rather than talk about all of them I have picked out my 5 current favourites.

OPI Don’t Pretzel My Buttons (left) and OPI Berlin There Done That (right)

Don’t Pretzel My Buttons from OPIs Germany collection is a nude cream shade that has a slight yellow tone. It is a great shade to give the mannequin hand look. I love wearing this to work and it looks great with a matte topcoat.
Berlin There Done That (also from the Germany Collection) is a grey beige shade. It is opaque in two coats but one coat creates a nice work friendly colour as it mutes it slightly.

Dusky Mauve by Barry M

This is a really talked about shade and so I won’t go on too much. I love the depth of this chocolate colored brown with a gorgeous purple shimmer that appears in bright light. This colour reminds me of Cadburys. An added bonus is that it is an exact dupe for Chanel’s Paradoxal. The only down side was that I found it chipped quite easily.

Master Plan by Essie

I’m not a huge Essie fan and only own the 2 Essie shades you see in the top photo but there is something about Master Plan that I love. It is similar to Berlin There Done That but without the beige undertones. Perfect for winter and a great neutral for work. It’s opaque in two coats and lasts really well.

Finally something a bit different…

Cherubic by Color Club

A holographic neutral from Colour Club’s Halo-hues collection. I love this shade. I have MissHollyBerries on Youtube to thank for me buying this. On the nail I would say it is like Don’t Pretzel My Buttons but with a dense holographic shimmer running through it. In bright lights it really pops and the neutral pretty much disappears, but inside it looks just like a beige with a delicate shimmer. This one will be amazing for summer and I think I will be buying more of the Halo-hues collection.

If there are any polishes above that you would like to know more about, please comment and let me know and I’ll be sure to do a blog on them soon.

L x


Barry M Haul

Published January 13, 2014 by withnailsandi

Hi Nailfans,

I went shopping yesterday and couldn’t resist adding a few little gems to my Barry M nail varnish collection. I bought some from Boots and some from Superdrug, but I can’t remember which. At the moment, Boots has the special offer buy one get one half price on all Barry M nail items, whereas Superdrug is selling all of the £3.99 polishes for 2 for £6.

The ones that I got from left to right are: Raspberry, Copper, Pink Flamingo, Mint Green and Grey.

For the record, the reason I started this blog and took the photos in my car is because my daughter fell asleep on the way back from town, so I thought I would pass the time. I think my neighbours thought I was a little strange but I’m sure I’m not the only parent to do this, right?

Finally, are there any Barry M reviews you would like to see? Please comment below with any requests!


All That Glitters

Published January 11, 2014 by withnailsandi

Hi Nailfans,

Fairy Lights and Gold Dust

I got these two little sparklers from Superdrug just before Christmas and thought I would review them before they were taken off the shelves. Now for those of you who aren’t so familiar with Barry M, they often do some great special offers and these Limited Editions were one (well two) of them. They were each free if you spent £6 or over on Barry M products, and as I have been creating my nail polish collection recently I easily spent enough to get both.

So on to the polishes…

FYI both of the swatches are 2 coats.

Firstly we have my favourite of the two – FAIRY LIGHTS

Top - Gold Dust Bottom - Fairy Lights (2 Coats)

Top – Gold Dust
Bottom – Fairy Lights
(2 Coats)

This is a beautiful sparkly polish that is a clear base with mainly a fine soft pink glitter along with silver and holographic in there too. The formula is easy to apply and gives a good coverage in two coats. I personally would layer this over a base colour as I like a completely opaque nail, but you could easily wear this on its own. Another thing that I love about this polish is that it can be worn in any season. As it is such a soft colour I think it would look fantastic over pastel cream shades in the summer or over darker colours in the winter.

Fairy Lights

Fairy Lights

Secondly we have GOLD DUST

Left - Gold Dust,  Right -Fairy Lights

Left – Gold Dust,
Right -Fairy Lights

Now this one I wasn’t too sure about and if it hadn’t been free I wouldn’t have paid for it. It is a strand glitter that is a mix of yellow gold and rose gold in a clear base. The mix of colours is nice as it gives it more depth, but as with many larger glitters it is a bit of a pain to apply and I found that it was very difficult to get consistent coverage. A dabbing technique seemed to work best and with two coats did eventually cover well although I am not a fan of the ‘hairy’ look. I will probably save this one for use around Christmas, maybe layered over a similar shade of gold to give it a little extra sparkle without the glitter being too visible.

Gold Dust

Gold Dust

On a final (and obvious) note, you will need a topcoat with both of these, as you would with all glitters. Speaking of topcoats, I am on the hunt for a new one as my Rimmel Finishing Touch has gone all gloopy, so if you have any recommendations please let me know.

Bye for now.

L x

COMING UP on With Nails and I…

More Barry M reviews PLUS I have just started my love affair with OPI so I will be reviewing some of those soon. Stay tuned!

My Barry M Collection

Published December 31, 2013 by withnailsandi

My Barry M Collection

Hey Nail fans

As a ‘Nail Newbie’ I have begun my nail polish collection at the more bargainous end of the market with Barry M, but I have to say I really do love them – for the most part anyway!

These are about half of the Barry M polishes I have amassed up to now and I think good old Navy (292) has to be my absolute favourite so far. It is so versatile. The colour is deep and rich with a fantastic, yet subtle, shimmer. Even better is that it goes on with no more than 2 thin coats to make it fully opaque, which is great for a busy mum like me who invariably has a toddler to deal with 5 minutes after applying my polish.


I will begin by blogging about the various Barry M polishes I own first as that is the brand I have the most experience of. I am waiting for a swatch fan to arrive from Ebay, so once I have that all painted then I will be able to show you more of what the polishes look like on the nail