Monday, 15 February 2016

Half & Half

This week I have had to resort to wearing gel polish in an attempt to stop my nails breaking. I chose Prim& Proper* by Red Carpet Manicure. It looks quite purple from the bottle but once it was on it was more of a dark dove grey, reminiscent of Barry M's old Cappuccino shade. I can't believe it's taken me this long to find this gem, I love it! As I didn't want to remove the gels I decided to add some nail art on top of it today. 
This weekend we received an epic package from Barry M of all their spring shades and I can safely tell you that we love them all (unsurprisingly!) I am particularly enamored by the various pale pink and nude shades and expect you will be seeing a lot of them over the coming weeks and months. For today's simple design I picked out the one which complemented the base colour best, In A Flash* from the Speedy collection. It's a really pale baby pink which would be lovely on it's own, or teamed with another dusty pastel, I can see it cropping up as a base for some floral manis soon!

I decided to attempt this mani freehand which in hindsight was a bad idea as it's pretty wonky! I used a striping brush to paint a line across each nail. I then filled in the lower half of the line with polish. As the base was dark I needed two coats of In A Flash*. I was planning to leave it like that but as I hadn't used tape the edges weren't very neat. To tidy it up I added a white line to separate the two halves of the nail.
I'm a bit annoyed at myself with this one as I love how the colours work together and this could have been a gorgeous mani. Doing it freehand means it quite untidy and I think that anything this simple needs to be super crisp. My nails being all oddly shaped and different lengths right now doesn't help matters!

We'll get the new Barry M's swatched asap for you, just as soon as I have some nails to swatch them on and some daylight to photograph them!

Jo x

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