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Posted by on Aug 18, 2014 in Nails & Nail Art | 12 comments

Blue Sparkle & Nude Nails

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Blue Sparkle And Nude Nails

I created this Blue Sparkle & Nude nail look using one of my favourite nail polishes and a brand new one. Barry M’s Gelly Nail Paint in Lychee is a nail polish that I love and I use it over and over again, both on it’s own which looks really classy or incorporated in nail art and I have used it here as the nude base underneath the blue sparkly tips. The glittery blue polish is part of the Essence Effect Nail Polish* range and it’s called ‘Party In A Bottle’ which I think is a fun name.

If you’ve not heard of Essence before this is because they’ve only recently launched in the UK, you might want to have a read of my post about the UK launch of Essence make-up to find out more.

Barry M Gelly Nail Paint Lychee

First I painted 2 coats of the Barry M Gelly Nail Paint in Lychee over my nails and left to dry. It works really well as a base colour underneath glitters and nail art as it’s nude and doesn’t detract from sparkle or bright colours.

Essence Effect Nail Polish Party In A Bottle

Then I painted a coat of the Essence Effect Nail Polish in Party In A Bottle over the top about halfway down each nail. After this coat had dried I painted another coat of the Barry M, this time only about one third of the way down each nail, this way it gives a gentle graded effect to the glitter.

I didn’t bother with a clear top coat as I didn’t feel it really needed it, but if you don’t like the glitter feeling rough then you could add a quick coat over the top and it helps give a lovely sheen.

Essence Effect Nail Polish Party In A Bottle Brush

I really like the Essence glitter polish, the glitter is quite dense unlike some other glitter polishes I’ve tried in the past, and the glitter is really bright and vibrant. I think it does look best over another colour otherwise you would need quite a lot of coats of it to get a dense glitter finish. The brush is quite short so you need to apply it very carefully and you do need to apply it quite thinly or I found it goes a bit blobby.

What do you think of this Blue Sparkle & Nude Nails look?

Barry M’s Gelly Nail Paint in Lychee is priced at £3.99 available from Barry M. I love Barry M’s wide range of affordable nail paints!

Essence Effects Nail Polish in Party In A Bottle (06) is priced at just £2, available from Wilkinsons. There are 14 Effects shades to choose from.

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  1. This looks amazing! Looks really easy to do too 🙂 X

  2. I love the nails! Such a cute, simple but effective idea. Love your pink nails in the last picture as well! 🙂 xx

  3. Ooo, very ‘Frozen’ inspired. I love these kind of manicures. I usually do something quite similar, but never using these colours. The glitter polish is gorgeous! xxx

    Kirsty – Effortlessly Excessive.

  4. Amazing nails and so easy to diy!!!

  5. Oh, how pretty! Loving the glittery effect you created 🙂

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