Red Matte Tips

This one is a simple coloured tips with rhinestones design.

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I painted all nails in a nude shade to start to give me an opaque base to work with.

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Then over the top of this I used a glitter nail polish I got in a gift set for Christmas. In reality I would describe the colour as something between a gold and a champagne colour as it is not quite ‘yellow’ enough to be classed as a gold I feel. The glitter flecks are quite fine.

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Next I used a dark red matte shade and painted this along the tips of each nail to contrast with the glitter. I feel using glitter and matte together compliment each other well.

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After I placed a red rhinestone near the top of each nail to add some extra bling.


This was a nice and easy design to do. The hardest part is making the red tips neat. You can always use a stick on guide, such as a hole punch reinforcer sticker to help make the line neat. I just did mine freehand instead.

Crescent Sparkle

For this one I wanted to try something different with a dotting tool than just plain dots and ended up making crescent/moon shapes instead.

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I painted all nails except the ring fingers with Barry M’s royal textured glitter nail paint called Purple Countess. This is a beautiful purple with a mix of gold shades of glitter.

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Then I painted the ring fingers with 2 coats of a gold foil nail paint.

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To make the crescent shapes, I took a medium sized dotting tool and placed purple dots over the gold ring fingers.

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Lastly, I then used the same gold as the base colour on a slightly  smaller sized dotting tool. I placed the dots over the purple ones, but made sure it was placed off-centre to one side so that the one edge was overlapped by the gold. This gave the effect of crescent shapes.

Denim Triangles

This one is kinda simple and uses just 2 different nail polishes and some striping tape.

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I firstly painted all nails in 2 coats of a black nail varnish.

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Then using striping tape, I taped off a triangle shape. Although it is a lot more fiddly to use tape, you get a much better, neater and cleaner result than if you were to draw the triangles freehand.

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Then I used a Barry M nail paint called Denim. One finger at a time I painted inside the striping tape and then once done I removed the tape straight away to leave straight crisp lines.

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Once I had finished I realised that the darkness of the colours are too close together, meaning that the design is not as noticeable from a distance. If I were to do this design again, I think I would replace the black with a nude shade.

Royal Glam

I’m really pleased with how this one came out, but then I really love the royal textured glitter nail paints by Barry M in general anyways.

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First I painted all nails with a silver foil base. All nails had one coat, except the ring fingers which had 2 coats.

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Next I used the white royal textured glitter nail paint called White Lady. I added 2 coats of this to all nails except the ring fingers, as those I left silver.

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In this textured glitter you can get glimpses of light pastel shades of colours such as green as the light hit it. For this reason I picked out not only silver rhinestones, but also a couple of light blue and green rhinestones.

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I added my chosen rhinestones to the ring fingers only. I placed them randomly, but did not pack them on the nail tightly as I wanted the base colour to be visible still underneath.

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I’m really pleased with how this one turned out. I think the colours go great together as well as the mix of fine glitter and rhinestones.

Duochrome Dots

This week is another simple dotty design.

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I firstly painted all nails in a duochrome base. This polish goes from a purpley burgundy type of colour to green and gold depending on how the light hits it.

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Then I used a gold polish along with a dotting tool to add some dots to make the whole thing a bit more interesting.

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I added 3 rows of dots. Starting with a row of 4 dots on the one side of the nail, then reducing it to 3 dots and then finally a row of 2 dots.

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It was nice and easy to do but I think it looks really pretty still.

Dotty Tips

This is a super simple one I did one week when time was short, but I still think it looks pretty.

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I also wanted an excuse to play with a flakie top coat over a nude base. Therefore I started by painting all nails in 2 coats of a nude colour.

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After I took a bright pink and a light blue. Using a dotting tool I placed large dots along the tips of each nail, alternating the colours as I went to the next nail.

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Then I covered everything with a flakie top coat before covering with my normal top coat.

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Although the pictures do not really show the flakie polish well (I often struggle to photograph such polishes well), in reality it did give a nice subtle effect of flashes of different colours over the nails when the light hit them in the right places. You can probably see this best in the last picture.

Flakie Flowers

This design uses the Crystal Glaze topcoat that Barry M released near the end of last year. It is a flakie topcoat made up of multi coloured flakes in pastel shades.

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I painted all my nails with 2 coats of a purple base. I then added the flakie top coat. I think I used about 3 coats in the end to get the density that I wanted. As usual with glitters I always find it difficult to capture the full extent of how it looks with the camera. In the picture below I only had artificial light, and as you can see it did not pick up the flakes as well as in the natural daylight pics.

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I only have one other flakie nail polish by another brand. That one is made up of duochrome flakes and so behaves more like a duochrome nail polish would. This one is very different as it seems it is made up of different coloured flakes. This means you can see multiple colours at once which is nice.

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Afterwards I used a coral/orange shade along with a dotting tool to add petals for flowers on each nail.

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Then I used a gold to add the centre of the flowers and some other dots for extra detail.


Although I have seen better flakie polishes in posts online, I still think the Barry M one is pretty. It is easily buildable by putting more coats depending on how much you want the flakes to stand out. There’s also a nice mix of colours, shapes and sizes in the flakes.

Autumn Leaves

I did this design back in the autumn but just remembered I never got around to making it into a blog post.

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I firstly painted all nails with 2 coats of my base colour. I decided on a nude shade.

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Then using a orange shade and a thin nail art brush I painted an outline of where I wanted the leaves to be. It’s always so hard to paint onto your dominant hand’s nails lol. I then filled in the shapes with the same colour.

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To get the mix of colour on the leaves I used the same orange, a green shade and a yellow shade. I used some makeup sponges to sponge on the colours over where I had drew on the leaf shape. I made sure not to overload the sponge to make the effect more ‘speckled’. I kept building the colours up on top of each other in layers until I was happy with the result.

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Once it was all dry, I went over the outline of the leaves with a black nail art pen, added in some leaf veins,  and finished it off with a topcoat.

Valentine’s Hearts

This year I decided to go for a cartoon heart design for Valentines day.

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For my base colour I went for a very sheer nude pink as I didn’t want it to distract from the design.

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Then using a thin nail art brush I attempted to freehand heart shapes in a shimmery bright red.

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As you can see this came out better on some nails than others. I then went over this in a second coat to make it less streaky.

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Afterwards I used a white nail art pen to add a small highlight to each heart.

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Then I finished off the hearts by outlining them with a black nail art pen before covering with a topcoat.

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Overall I’m happy with how they turned out, but the thumb nail of my left hand definatley came out the best.

Teal and Purple Magnetic

This is another design I wanted to try using a magnetic nail paint.

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Firstly I painted all nails in 2 coats of a teal/turquoise colour.

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Then on the bottom halves of each nail I painted on a purple magnetic effect polish. The magnet used gave a curved line type of effect.

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Then in order to hide the line between the 2 colours, I added a dark pink stripe of striping tape across each nail.

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I really like how these colours work together, and the striping tape helps the whole thing look a lot more clean and finished.