NAILS: Summerland Beach, Camden Lock & A bit of Barry 'Bashing'

It feels like I haven't banged out a proper nail post for a long, long time! The blogging world has quite rightly gone stir-crazy o...

It feels like I haven't banged out a proper nail post for a long, long time!

The blogging world has quite rightly gone stir-crazy over the Barry M  Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Paints. Not only is the range of colours fantastic, but they're bright, cheap and give a super-glossy gel-like finish.

Now, me being a huuuuge Barry M fan, I had to raid Boots and pick up a few bottles. I walked out with a nice mixture including Lychee, Greenberry, Pomegranate and Blueberry. We're all amazed at the lasting power of Barry M's Original Nail Paints, but sadly I was a little disappointed with these. I painted my nails the night before a house party, only to arrive with chips all over my nails!

On one of my wanders through the city centre, I happened to drift into American Apparel. I tend not buy clothes from there as they're usually pretty basic, expensive and the colourful rainbow displays make everything look better than it actually is. A bit like during wintry nights, you have those people selling multi-colour, flashing novelties. Altogether it looks cool, but if you buy one it just looks a bit meh by itself.

I find it difficult wearing just one nail polish on a hand as I have far too many polishes, I usually add 2 or 3 colours onto the same hand. In this case, I went with the one and added some Camden Lock glitter from the Nails INC Graffiti range, it's almost like they were made for each other.

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American Apparel Sheer Nail Lacquer in Summerland Beach is a peachy colour with a dash of rose giving it a strawberry milkshake appearance, the formulation is quite runny, but that makes it super easy to apply in thin coats. I have to say that it's also quite sheer so I needed to apply three coats to attain this look, after the second coat the nail line was still visible, but the third covered it. It dries to a glossy, high shine finish quite similar to Barry M's Gelly Hi-Shine. The big difference between these two is the longevity, while Barry M chips after a day, American Apparel was still going strong after three days (as shown in these photos!).

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Nails INC Graffiti in Camden Lock is an explosion of glitter in a clear polish. The glitter comes in all different sizes, shapes and colours giving it that edgy graffiti look! I find that just one coat gives a great finish and as with the American Apparel, the longevity of this fantastic!

Back to the American Apparel Sheer Nail Polish though, I do believe this is a great alternative to Barry M's Gelly Hi-shine Nail Paints as the available colours and finish closely resemble each other. The only issue is price, Barry M is priced cheerfully at £3.99 whilst American Apparel looks a bit more daunting at £9. In my opinion though AA beats BM as while it may be 2½ times the price, it does last at least 4 times longer.


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24 comments

  1. Eeeee nail post! :D Oooooh that combo is just so divine I want to eat it! How frickin ace is that glitter?! I think I may have a seizure just from looking at it. You're right about the Barry M's, I love his polishes muchly but the gelly's were chips galore! ILY

    Aysh xoxo

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  2. Wow this combination looks amazing!

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  3. In love with this combo! Camden lock is gorgeous. I love glittery nails! Haha
    Hareem x

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  4. the graffiti nail polish looks amazing!:-)
    http://jodie-melissa.blogspot.co.uk

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  5. I love this - all the colours together look amazing. I NEED that glitter polish! x

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  6. The top coat is amazing!! Love it :)
    xx
    Jessie

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  7. Beautiful nails! I have to buy a special nail polish like that :)

    Mónica <3
    lookatmonica.blogspot.com

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  8. Very pretty! I love the glitter! :)

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  9. beautiful finger lovely nails:D

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  10. love this!

    lots of love from the c&p girls,
    casper&pearl blog
    xx

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  11. Absolutely perfect, definitely my style.

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  12. LOVE how you put the polishes together! American Apparel sells a great line of polishes :)

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  13. This is a really fab combo, love the AA colour. xox

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  14. Your ring!! Where's it from?! I love it! xx

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  15. Great post, love your blog!
    Feel free to check out myine :)

    www.malefashionuk.blogspot.co.uk

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  16. gorgeous nails!

    from helen at thelovecatsinc // youtube

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  17. That is a beautiful combination my dear! I wish I could apply polish as neat as you do! <3

    from Angel (http://thesnowflowerrr.blogspot.com)

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  18. That ring is just dopeness on 1 million! lol Thanks for reading my blog! I love yours also!

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  19. Got to pay the price for what you get sometimes. I too can't do the AA shopping, the clothes are too basic and the price tags are ridiculous, how that company has been kept afloat. I've wanted to get a few of their polishes before but never remember when I'm in London. Just love that peachy colour, sometimes colours like that are the only time I feel 'girlie' lol. Beautiful combination xo

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