How many times have you looked down at your nails when you’re at home or in the office only to wish you had your own in-house manicurist?  Whilst unpainted nails are, I admit,  #firstworldproblems, it can sometimes be hard to schedule in nail appointments when you are juggling the stresses and struggles of everyday life and work commitments.  “If only I could use an app to have a manicurist come to me at a time and place that’s totally convenient” I hear you say.  WELL WHAT DO YOU KNOW…there is.  Step forward, Blow Ltd.

Hailed as Uber for beauty – by no one except me, probably – it’s a one-stop app for nails, blow drys, makeup, massages, lashes and even yoga.  Hop onto the app and you can select your service and then choose a time, date and location that suits you.  It’s super easy to do and because there are so many beauty professionals working for them, there’s always loads of times available – and they work from 7 am to late too.

I was really lucky to be offered the chance to try out a complimentary gel manicure, thanks to my friends at Carousel PR.  I wanted to get my nails done the day before I flew to Ibiza but because I had lots on that day I was really limited with time I had available.  Luckily, because Blow Ltd’s beauty experts start work so early, I was able to snag a 7.30 am spot which was perfect for me as I get up really early to go to the gym anyway.

As expected, the girl that arrived at my front door was so lovely and professional.  She works in a salon full time, so she takes the early morning and evening slots and is more than skilled in her area of expertise because this is what she does day in, day out.  The only thing Blow need to do yours nail at home and work is a single socket to plug the lamp into so you really can have them done wherever is convenient for you.  I plumped for the kitchen, and after my professional had set up, she got to work preparing my nails.

Blow Ltd Manicure | Jacinta Dawn

Just like in a salon, Blow Ltd have tons of nail colours with them for you to choose from.  Even though it was September and summer was technically over, I wanted something bright for Ibiza so chose an amazing neon coral colour – after two coats it was super bright and would really show off my holiday tan.

I was really impressed with the professionalism and the speed of Blow Ltd.  In no time at all, my gel nails were finished and the appointment had flown by so quickly thanks to the chatty and friendly manicurist.

What about the nails?  Well, I was really impressed with them too.  They lasted me through Ibiza and then some without any chips or peeling and I finally removed them a few weeks later.  Thanks so much Blow Ltd.

NOW FOR THE EXCITING BIT…

Blow Ltd have been lovely enough to give me my own discount code to pass onto you!  Enter code DAWN15 at the checkout for 15% off ANY Blow Ltd app.  Don’t forget to tag me in photos after if you use it – @jacintadawn.

Download the Blow Ltd app on the App Store or Play Store.

Disclaimer: this service was complimentary and gifted to me by Blow Ltd via Carousel PR.  My review has, in no way, been influenced and reflects my honest opinions.

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Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine - Grapefruit & Dragon

Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine – Grapefruit & Dragon

Being a bit of a girly girl, my collection of pink nail varnish is much bigger than it really ought to be.  In my eyes, you can never have too many pinks and I’ve always been on the hunt for that absolutely perfect shade.  Something Barbie and Clueless-like – something trés classy, obvs.

Anyway, I found myself perusing the shelves of my local Boots when I spied a ‘buy one get one free’ offer on Barry M.  I’m sure you’ll agree it would have been horrendously rude of me to not take advantage of it and so I popped two of their Gelly Hi-Shine nail varnishes into my basket.  OOPS.

I’d chosen two different shades of pink: a lovely, almost candy floss shade called Dragon and a slightly brighter, more coral and slightly neon shade called Grapefruit.  Both incredibly appealing to a pink enthusiast like myself.  I tried Dragon first and oh my am I in love.

For years I’ve worn Barry M’s Bright Pink but always found it a little dark and almost – shock horror – a little cheap looking.  Dragon is exactly what I’ve been wanting Bright Pink to be all these years.  Like I said, it’s a candy floss-like colour with slight undertones of heather.  It reminds me a bit of MAC’s Saint Germain lipstick.  Although it’s undoubtedly a ‘pink pink’, it’s definitely a wearable colour for day-to-day.  It’s noticeable but it’s not too ostentatious.  It’s just delightful.

Grapefruit is also such a lovely colour but, as I said, it’s a lot brighter and almost neon.  It really does stand out on the nails and you really have to be ‘in the mood’ for wearing it.  That being said, it is a gorgeous, thick colour and two applications is more than enough.  It’s also the perfect shade for jazzing up toenails.

Barry M’s Gelly Hi-Shine is definitely one of my favourite collections and the colour range continues to grow.  The only thing I slightly dislike about it is the application – it’s a little less smooth than their usual nail varnishes and feels a bit gloopy sometimes.  Patience is all that’s needed however and the finished result definitely is ‘hi-shine’ and it does chip a lot less too.  All in all, I’m very impressed and desperately want to buy all the colours!

JDsig

The Barry M Jelly Hi-Shine collection is available from Boots at £3.99 a bottle.

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