I have a wedding do to go to tonight in my home town and because I live miles away from friends and relatives, I’m don’t get many chances to dress up and go out. It doesn’t bother me to be honest as I’m very homely and would be happy to stay in and bake all today rather then painting the town red.
But tonight was a great opportunity to treat myself to master the world of nails without surrendering. It’s lovely and refreshing to type right now and stare at my pretty contrasting nail varnish for once. And because I am always cooking, camping, gardening etc, I’m heavy handed with my fingers and normally when I paint my nails, it lasts a day and that is it. I’ll be honest, I don’t bother painting my nails anymore. I find it boring and totally not worth the effort for a day or less. If money was no object, I’d be paying a salon to do my nails all the time and in my village, there are no cheap offers with set deals – it is £35 for acrylic nails, then another £18 every two weeks to be treated. I personally can think of much better things higher on my priority list. However, saying this, I find my nails quite embarrassing when I come to creating YouTube recipe videos so yesterday the upkeep of my nails started.
If I’m ever in doubt and want reviews pretty damn fast, I ask the lovely frugal ladies at Frugal Homemaking and Living Facebook group. Everyone puts in their pennies-worth and it saves a lot of research, traipsing around town and who’s got the best offer on at the minute.
So after a few recommendations which were Maybelline, Barry M and even someone said B&M’s gel nail varnishes lasts a minimum of three weeks. So off I went and came back with this impressive haul with a few naughty bargain impulse purchases on the way.
My main priority was to get the Barry M’s Gelly Hi-Shines as someone told me they are Buy One Get One Half Price at Superdrug at the minute so with no colour in mind, apart from candy colours, I chose what I am wearing now, Sugar Apple, Blueberry and their Plumpy Topcoat. Note these do no need UV lamps to apply and in fact, all of the ones I bought do not need one but may consider one quite soon for a more professional finish. I also picked up some bargain ones by Jess at poundland to test in a taupe and white, so will be reviewing them at a later date.
Last night before applying, I gave myself a manicure, treating my evening like a night at the spa. It is probably obvious that I am in no way a professional and my cuticles look a little sore because they’ve taken quite a beating lately. Also, no I am not married… Annoyingly at the start of my shopping trip, I knocked my engagement ring and lost the diamond (but found it again) while trying to load 3 x 70ltrs of compost into my car from the trolley and need to go to the jewellers for repair, so I turned it around.
So for first impressions, I am absolutely in love with the colour and think it will be a striking fun contrast with my purple satin dress. However, when applying, the applicator holds quite a lot and the consistency is thick so next time I will be applying much thinner. I applied it over a brilliant base coat from B&M.
The first coat is touch dry in 10 minutes and then repeated with my 2nd coat before using Barry M’s topcoat. This is when it goes downhill for me. I found a Facebooker’s tip to be true: It takes 2 hours for a nail varnish to be truly dry. I think it’s a lot to ask someone to keep their fingers still for two hours until the varnish sets and hardens and so any knocks that turn into ripples, I had to try and smooth over with my fingers. Then when woke up this morning, I found a fair few amount of bubbles and what seems to be impressions from my cotton bed sheet’s weaves but less so on the nails where I applied thinner coats. As for the top coat, I much prefer its applicator and think the varnish itself would be better if it had the same as it glides over the nail like a treat.
If you want to try it for ourself, then Barry M’s Sugar Apple can be purchased for 3.99 and the topcoat for £2.99.
As for how long it will last, I didn’t expect to update this blog on the same day I posted my review! And so, already only 12 hours after application, we already have chipping and all I’ve been doing is typing so I will experiment with much thinner coats next time and see how I feel but at present, it’s only the colour and gel topcoat I prefer. I think I may have better success with the topcoat over a traditional nail varnish.
And if you are constantly using your hands yet have pristine finger nails, please please please tell me what you are using!
Tastefully Vikkie x