Monday 18 March 2013

Meg's Magic Manicure starring Barry M Gelly Paint

Hey Girls!

There's nothing I love more than a good manicure, I just don't feel myself if my nails aren't properly pampered and painted, so today I thought I'd show you how I magically manicure my nails to give me bullet proof talons that also stay in tip top condition. There's also a sneaky peak of the new product I may have purchased today (oops)...

1. I like to start the manicure by sanitising my hands with the Soap and Glory Hand Maid Hand Cleansing Gel because it leaves my hands feeling clean and smelling lovely.
2. I then use a nail varnish remover and cotton pad to get rid of any stubborn unwanted scraps of polish from my last manicure. My Cutex remover of choice is acetone free with extra conditioner as this is less harsh on the nails.
3. It's now time to move onto sorting those cuticles out by softening them with Boots Salon Care Cuticle Remover, waiting a minute or so then pushing them back gently with a cotton bud. This is the safest and most gentle way to remove them (don't attack them with tweezers and try to avoid wooden sticks) and you should only need do this once a week.
4. Once those nail beds are looking neater I attempt to sort out the actual nail enamel with an Alfred Denny nail quatro which has four different sides to buff, smooth, shine and file those pesky nails to perfection.
5. After all this I start actually applying polish, starting with the China Glaze Ridge Filler Base Coat which I got from Amazon for around a fiver and love using to ensure I have a nice smooth surface. You only need a single thin coat, it dries almost instantly and protects nails from staining. What amazing stuff!
6. Now for the exciting part (Yes I do find nail polish abnormally exciting!). I went for a little shop with my Mum and sister in town today and convinced my sister to go in for the Barry M Gelly Nail Paint offer with me so I could get this gorgeous shade 'Papaya'. She got 'Watermelon' as she prefers darker colours but I can't comment too much as we've only just applied them, however I'll do a full review of both soon. For now though I'll say that they apply like a dream, are so pigmented you could get away with one coat and Papaya is such a perfect orange toned peachy coral shade I already know it'll be a firm favourite. 
7. Once the one or two coats of colour have dried I pop on a thin layer of the Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat which I again got from Amazon for about £5. I got this because Vivianna raves about it and it certainly does leave your manicure with a super shiny strong finish that makes your manicure last those few days longer.
8. Last but not least I finish my manicure by applying Soap and Glory Hand Food liberally all over my hands, as a good nourishing hand cream leaves them feeling soft and supple and smelling delicious, as well as improving the look of the skin around the nails.

What products do you use to create a 'magic manicure'?

I've had a lovely start to my Easter holiday as my sister and her boyfriend are down from Portsmouth for a while and so today we all went to a cute little tea and craft place for lunch followed by some shopping, then my grandparents came to visit. I'm going out with her for a few drinks tonight too as it's her birthday this Thursday so looking forward to flashing my gorgeous fruity nails at everyone!

I hope you've all had a lovely start to the week!
Love Meg


  1. I love this colour. It really is the perfect spring/summer colour.

    Adele-Marie xx

    Adele-Marie | One Girls Obsession With Makeup

  2. I have this same colour on my nails right now, love it :)


  3. This colour is gorgeous, been eyeing up the Satsuma colour for a while:) x

  4. I haven't seen this Gelly color before! It's so fun and summery, love the finish of these, they have been my go to manicure colors lately!

    Faye xx

  5. Oh wow, you are a lot better than me. I just use a base coat and then the polish, occasionally I'll use the base coat as a top coat as well haha x

  6. I have that barry m polish but I haven't tried it yet cant wait to though! x

  7. This makes me want to do my nails because i've been slacking recently, such a pretty colour by the way! x

  8. The color is so pretty, love it. And the shine is fabulous.

  9. Thats a gorgeous colour!

  10. ohh I'm painting my nails this colour for the first time tonight, looks so nice!x

  11. Such a gorgeous colour! I seriously think this is going to be 'the' colour of Spring for Barry M fans :)) xx

  12. Loving this colour, this post is really tempting me to pick up a couple of these! xo

  13. Love this colour, I picked up a couple of these the other day. I'm useless at doing my nails though! xx

    Lucy Loves To Blog

  14. Ah that papaya shade is so pretty and good for spring :) i still need to try out these gel nail polishes! and i love the soap and glory hand food too, it smells so delicious x

  15. I love seeing how people do their nails, I've learnt some good tips thank you :D Love love love that Barry M polish, I'm really impressed with their gelly hi-shine range but haven't tried this colour yet, need to add it to my collection!!
    I'd really recommend the new John Frieda blonde shampoo/conditioner from my latest post, they smell gorgeous and everyone keeps saying how blonde my hair looks :D
    Hope you have a lovely easter hols :)
    Love Holly x

  16. This colour is so pretty! Im def going to have to add it to my collection! xx

  17. Such a beaut summery colour!

    XOXO Sade


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