Mani Monday…

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If you’re looking for a good quality, long lasting gel nail polish range that doesn’t cost the earth, look no further than Barry M!

Their Gelly Hi Shine nail paint range delivers a diamond shine finish in one coat, for just £3.99 a bottle.

Very highly pigmented and chip resistant, they’ll outshine other polish formulas when it comes to longevity and shine.

Gelly Hi Shine nail paints are available at Boots, Superdrug and at http://www.barrym.com in an endless variety of colour popping shades. This is one gel nail range that’ll have you spoilt for choice.

What’s more, Barry M’s products are vegan friendly and cruelty free, so you can polish your talons and your halo, safe in the knowledge no bunnies were hurt in the making of such bright, glossy goodness!

What’s New in Beauty Wednesday 

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US brand Maui Moisture is the latest feel-good, sulphate free, paraben free haircare line to use 100% aloe juice as the first ingredient in their products. Maui are Eco-friendly and suitable for vegans, too. With a shampoo, conditioner, hair mask and oil mist sprays that cater to every hair need, the products also boast a delicious tropical smell you won’t be able to resist.  The good news is, you don’t have to go all the way to Maui to get your hands on some much needed hydration for your locks, Maui Moisture has just landed in larger Boots stores.  The Heal and Hydrate shampoo and conditioner, which comes in beautiful popping pink bottles, is the perfect pick me up for your mane if you blow dry and straighten regularly.  

NYX have rolled out the Cosmic Metals Eyeshadow Palette, which consists of six versatile, metallic neutrals in shades of gold, copper, and dark plum.  Each of these shadows loads eyelids with crisp, metallic colour with an incredible colour payoff.  Metallic eyes and lips are a big beauty trend right now, and it’s easy to see the shades in this palette have been inspired by the much loved Cosmic Metals lip creams. 



Another make-up look that has really had a boom recently has been highlighting and strobing.  There are some amazing illuminators on the market that will help you achieve the glow of the unicorns!  NYX, always up to date with the latest beauty trends, have jumped on the bandwagon with their Duo Chromatic Illuminator powders.  Available in five light-catching shades, these highlighters are formulated with duochromatic pearls that will create a luminous glow that looks different from every angle.  


Swept across the highest points of the face, like cheekbones, bridge of your nose and Cupid’s bow, NYX Duo Chromatic Illuminators will guarantee you an ethereal, lit from within glow in no time.


Still on the quest for the perfect unicorn inspired make-up brushes?  Look no further than I Heart Make-up.  They’ve just bought out a limited edition 5 brush set, complete with Insta-worthy multicolour hairs and pearly horn shaped handles that pack plenty of pearl duochrome.  These are currently £20 in Boots, and on the TAM Beauty website for £14.99 (www.tambeauty.com).


With Summer well in full swing, it’s time to switch winter darks and spring pastel nail shades for some of the boldest, most vivid nail colours around.  The summer brights from Swiss brand Mavala will ensure your manis and pedis are on point with some juicy hues for July.  Inspired by popular holiday resorts, Cyclades Blue, Smily Orange, Blue Curaçao and Aruba will compliment your vacation wardrobe, and your destination, in the most amazing way. 

Summer Nail Spoiler Alert!

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Indulge in all the deliciousness of French patisseries this SS17, without all the calories… oui oui!

You won’t be able to resist six sweet Essie shades that will keep your mouth watering all summer long. 


Inspired by all the glittering confections of the finest Parisian cafes, the S’il Vous Play collection will take you on a whimsical journey through the chic streets of the city of style, decadence and love with soft pastels and a shimmering metallic that is absolutely delectable.



Anything with a Parisian theme or style has always drawn me in, and I know I’m not the only one attracted to the kitsch wanderlust of the city of lights.  Seeing this Essie collection is making me crave macarons, maintenant…



This soft iridescent sugar white will have you licking your lips all the way to the confiserie!


An irresistible lilac cream inspired by the tastiest macarons dans la Rue!


An unforgettable lavender pink foil that will remind you of the most frosty cake icing and the sweet namesake of this collection.  I’ll take the petit gateau avec Glacage Rose s’il vous plait!



Tres fondant of this sparkling apricot marmalade shade!

Romantic rose candy cream that will evoke all the passion of the city of love.


The prettiest pastel Parisian blue that says casual summer all over it!

Mani Monday…

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Essie’s Spring collection this year is beyond stunning.  The colours have that tropical California vibe to them and you’ll want to get them all!


America’s number 1 salon nail brand have called their latest colourful collection Baha Monent, after one of the collection’s namesake shades, which is an enlightening pomegranate toned pink shade perfect for SS17.


Other shades in the collection are On The Roadie, which is a vibrant Kelly green, All The Wave, a sapphire toned indigo blue, Designated DJ, a plum sangria cream, Backseat Besties, a delicate pink plumeria and Excuse Me, Sur, a pale sun-kissed coral mango.

Baha Moment collection colours have already been on sale at larger Boots stores and you can also find the latest shades on Amazon too.  I can’t wait to get my hands on some of these beauties.  Which shades will be your favourites…?

World Autism Awareness Day

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Today, April 2 is worldwide Autism Awareness Day, here’s me lighting it up blue with navy nails & being inspired by one boy breaking from the silence of medicine’s most challenging condition.  

  
Wearing Essie Midnight Cami with a sparkly accent of Sapphire Skies by Leighton Denny.

Currently trending on Twitter & Instagram, be sure to hashtag your pictures and pledges of support with #WorldAutismAwarenessDay or #WAAD16.

Essie Retro Revival: Classics Comeback for Spring 2016!

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Essie have re-released a six-strong collection of some of their bestselling classic shades to honour the American nail expert’s 35th birthday. There is a shade for everyone in this collection, a glitzy strong colour, a classic silky red, two neutrals and a girly pink with some duo chrome. Personally I’d have added some spice to this clan of classics by including two of my favourites, Sexy Divide (rich, deep satin purple) and Jamaica Me Crazy (Hot Pink/Shimmery Fuchsia), apart from that I’ve always been a big fan of the endless variety offered by Essie and their collections each season, all of which compliment the latest beauty and style trends effortlessly. I love the professional lacquer formula of Essie’s polishes and always found them to dry quicker than that of other brands.

Starry Starry Night is like their similar navy called Midnight Cami or their other navy hue No More Film, but with tiny glitter particles for nighttime glamour reminiscent of a magical sky.  Some sources are saying this shade launched in 1985, but some are saying 1997.  It’s no secret, this shade is a star in its own right, making headlines for years from top nail blogs to tabloid newspapers, bottles of Starry Starry Night change hands on eBay for hundreds of dollars!

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Star status indeed!

 

Birthday suit- one of the neutrals, launched in 1981 and is part of Essie’s original 12 piece line up. 2002 saw the launch of classic Pinot Noir red Life Of The Party and Cabana Bay, a pearly white neutral, was one of the bestsellers of 2005, alongside Sequin Sash which Essie describe as a sheer glittery bronze. Bikini With A Martini, an iridescent pearly pink, is the most recent of the six, it launched in 2006.

I don’t have a particular favourite yet but if I was to pick just 2, I’d go for Bikini With A Martini and Starry Starry Night. Bikini With A Martini is just the epitome of the ultimate frosted pink shade every beauty addict wants in their nail polish collection, whereas Starry Starry night is the perfect combination of a sleek strong colour lit from within by glitter to add an element of sparkle to a sophisticated manicure/pedicure.

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Starry Starry Night (left) is the hard to find spangly navy blue everyone wants to own and has had several mentions in worldwide press, while Bikini With A Martini is the perfect pearlescent pink.

 

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If your local drugstores stock plenty of Essie, I hope the much sought after Starry Starry Night is in abundant supply, I will consider myself very lucky if I can get hold of this holy-grail blue!

 

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Happy St Patrick’s Day!

 

Here’s hoping St Patrick’s day brings you all the luck of the Irish, whether you’re looking for the latest style and beauty must-haves or joining a parade.  If you’re in and around Dublin, why not check out one of my favourite welcoming pubs, The Oliver St John Gogarty on Fleet Street, it’s always jolly with that upbeat Temple Bar atmosphere and traditional Irish music is often played while you enjoy a drink.

February Favourites!

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Today’s been kinda peaceful, filming material for both YouTube channels and chilling with my puppies watching catch up TV.  If you haven’t checked out my YouTube channels, I have a self-titled one which is mostly style and beauty and a more personal one which gives a more candid “behind the scenes” insight into what I’m doing when I’m not blogging.

Self Titled Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCC1Bzs-6ToPETnmU_Wt7JxA

Very Vicky Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsroiHu4ew0suK63zLIm9CA

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Charlie, 3 and Perry, 5 months

Sometimes Charlie and Perry like to help their mom and it feels so good to involve two cute megastars!   Perry is now 5 months, he’s grown distinctively since the day we bought him home and has learned to climb up on the beds.  He’s a typical boy puppy and good at running off with shoes!

He was very interested in the making of today’s video, which is all about my favourite hair care, make-up and nail products this month…

 

Amongst my cosmetic favourites this month was a Bourjois gem that’s been around a good while but I’ve recently gone back to this, having tried it before.  Bourjois 123 Perfect Foundation, £10.99 from Boots, has a decent coverage with built-in colour pigment technology.  With Yellow, Mauve and Green pigments, you can say goodbye to those dark circles, that dullness and those red blemishes!  It’s one of the best drugstore foundations I have used.

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I’ve also been talking about Pantone colours of the year and Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Polishes in Rose Hip and Blueberry are perfect matches for Rose Quartz and Serenity!  Today I’m wearing Blueberry with a glittery accent of Essence’s On Air! (Top picture).

I hope you’re enjoying watching these videos and subscribe to my channels if you want to see more style and beauty favourites!