Base Coat and Top Coat | Sally Hansen Double Duty Strengthening Base & Top Coat
Colour | Barry M Hi Shine Gel Effect Nail Polish in Elderberry
Glitter | Barry M Nail Paint in Diamond Glitter
Sorting through my nail polish collection recently certainly had some perks, it gave me the chance to rediscover polishes I’m not even sure I have tried before. I wasn’t aware that I even owned the Sally Hansen Double Duty Strengthening Base & Top Coat, it was hidden away right at the back of my stash. To give you an idea of my nail polish addiction, I keep the majority of my nail polishes in two Nail Polish Display Stands which hold about 60 polishes and then the rest are in a plastic shoe box size tub (which thankfully isn’t very full). The polishes in the tub get a bit neglected, so somehow I’d completely forgotten about the Sally Hansen Double Duty Strengthening Base & Top Coat but I’m so pleased I found it. My polished nails have been lasting almost a week without any chips and only after about 4-5 days is some wear visible at the tips of my nails. I haven’t used this enough to know whether it strengthens my nails but I haven’t had any broken nails so far. I’ll certainly be using this more regularly as it’s a great little multi-tasker and I’d like to assess whether or not it does really strengthen my nails.
I chose Barry M’s Gel Effect Nail Polish in Elderberry for my colour. Eldeberry is a beautiful pale blue with a hint of grey. This Barry M polish was opaque in 2 easy coats and spread evenly. Elderberry is stunning on its own but I made the last minute decision to apply one coat of Diamond Glitter on top of each nail (as my glitter obsession continues!). Normally I’d use the MUA Peel Off Polish Base Coat when using a glitter polish to avoid any hassle upon removal. The Diamond Glitter paint has a clear base containing holographic hexagons and glitter in various sizes including micro glitter. It is super sparkly! I found this glitter paint really easy to apply and the glitter spread evenly. The silvery glitter reminds me of stars twinkling in the night sky – it is simply dazzling.
Is anyone else as obsessed with nail polish as I am?