Tuesday, June 30, 2009

NOTD: Barry M Coral

Above & Below: Barry M in Coral. All indoor lighting with flash because out sunshine has left us again today, along with our warm temperatures.

Below: Simply Karen Mineral Makeup I'll be trying out.
This is the last of my Barry M's from Helen and I'll say it again...I love these! All 5 have covered well in 2 coats and the colors have all been very pigmented. This is a true, bright orange coral, no hint of pink in this one. It's very close to the bottle shade in real life, just a bit darker on the nail. It's one of those polishes that I'll call self-leveling, for lack of a better term. What I mean by this is, as you're applying it, you may see a darker streak or an area that looks like it may not have covered completely. However, when the polish dries, it has evened itself out perfectly. The formula reminds me of many of the Misa polishes.

I'll be trying out some new mineral makeup I received yesterday and I'm very excited about it. I'm always on the hunt for a mineral foundation that matches, looks natural and is easy on the skin, so after doing some Google searching I came across a site called SimplyKaren.com. I sent her an e-mail and a link to a picture of myself and asked her to pick out some shades she thought would work for me. I received the goodies yesterday along with one of the softest, most luxurious brushes I've ever touched. I'll be trying these out and then share my thoughts with you in the upcoming week. I can't comment on the products yet, because I haven't had a chance to use them. But my first impression of the company is wonderful. Karen answered my e-mails promptly and was very kind and informative. She took the time to pick out the shades she thought would work for me, and I appreciate that very much. As many of you know, customer service with many of our suppliers is seriously lacking in many cases, so it's always nice to deal with someone who actually responds!


  1. Lovely orange coral. Looks like some great mineral products. Good customer service is always huge plus in my book!

  2. Very pretty color! Hope the mineral makeup works out for you, looking forward to the review. How nice to get some great customer service too!

  3. beautiful colour cant wait for the review g0odluck =D

  4. This color is perfect !

    And very cool for this samples, I'll look at Karen's website !

  5. I love coral!!! That is a great great shade.. i never noticed about the self-evening thing. im going to watch my nail polish dry more carefully.. I just got a few barrym colors yesterday!

  6. That is a gorgeous coral on you. I think corals look pretty on just about everyone. I can't wait for your review. I use Bare Minerals and also SheSpace mineral colors. I haven't tried any others. I have tons of colors. I usually buy the new collection of smaples from SheSpace. I just love looking at all the colors.

  7. I do love the corals, and that is gorgeous on you!
    I'm very curious about how you like this mineral makeup - I love mineral makeup but BM makes my skin itch, so I've been using a lot of Fyrinnae this summer, with good results. The only thing I don't like about that is the shipping time - sometimes three weeks.

  8. That coral looks lovely on you! I wasnt sure about it from the bottle colour but it looks fantastic.

    That's exciting about the mineral make-up - can't wait to see your goodies!

  9. Nosaby~thanks!

    Velvet~it's bright, but nice. Good customer service is hard to find :)

    Kae~thank you, it's a great summer color. Looking forward to trying the makeup :)

    Nailz~I love these Barry M's! Do you have them in Australia?

    Celine~thank you, it's a fantastic color. Excited to try the makeup!

    Tali~it's always disheartening when I think a polish will straighten itself out and then doesn't. But these are great. Jealous of you people in England that have Barry M's!

    Lucy~thank you, I am very happy with Coral. Minerals are great because you can usually purchased samples, which give you a ton of product. I love all of the colors, too.

    Nicole~thanks! BM makes my skin itch too sometimes, and I don't have sensitive skin at all. 3 weeks is a long time, when I order I want it now! But I've heard Fyrinnae make a good product, so it's probably worth the wait!

    Helen~thanks so much for getting Barry M into my hands! I've been very happy with them! I'll start trying out the makeup today.

  10. I've had good luck with Pink Quartz Minerals foundations on Etsy.com. She even made me a custom shade because nothing exactly matched. No itch whatsoever. This is the first foundation I used that didn't make me itch. Love it and shipping is just a few days from ordering.

  11. Debbie~thanks, I'll check it out! Always nice to find a product that works well.

  12. I went to the shops yesterday to buy this colour but they had sold out!