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Review: Binky nail varnish

I was in my local Co-Op the other day and they had Binky nail varnish on special offer at £2 a go.

Having really enjoyed wearing my best friend’s “Countess” by Barry M that we both wore during a weekend away with her recently, I was drawn to the glittery purple “Purple Shimmer” in the Binky range, and also to “Pink Crystal”. I figured that for a fraction of the price of an OPI nail varnish, they were cheap enough to give it a go.



As an aside, I have to say that “Purple Shimmer” and “Pink Crystal” sound like characters in ‘My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic‘ which made them even more appealing to me. 🙂

I haven’t tried Pink Crystal yet, but I have worn the Purple Shimmer.

It went on very thick and gel-like. One coat was almost enough, but I did two coats to get a deep even coverage. It dried very quickly between coats.

However, it took three coats of clear top coat before it stopped feeling like sand paper, and I fear it’s going to be as hard to take off as the Barry M was.

Purple Shimmer by Binky

Purple Shimmer by Binky

Durability is good so far, and I haven’t had any chips yet after 5 days. I’ll update this post in a few days with further information, including how easy it was to remove.


Well, as expected it was an absolute nightmare to remove! But before that, it lasted a good 10 days before it had to come off, and that was mainly because it was growing out. So I call that rather good value for money.


Posted by on 16th October 2016 in Nails, Opinion, Reviews

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Star Spangled by ORLY

I got this sparkly red nail polish on the front cover of a magazine like Cosmopolitan. I forget which one it actually was. Anyway, this is the first time I have worn it. It went on pretty well and looks nice so far.

I do have to giggle at the name “ORLY” though, being a bit of a geek, because it is a well-known internet meme. Although I do know that ORLY predates the meme.



Posted by on 29th June 2014 in Nails

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Japanese Rose Garden

I did my nails tonight ready for my trip up to London tomorrow. It’s an O.P.I. nail varnish called Japanese Rose Garden (NL F04)

I love OPI as it goes on so well, yet also very precisely; I rarely get overspill. I also love the colour too!


Posted by on 16th August 2013 in Nails, Photos

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Being social

One thing I am (slowly) starting to learn is that, as being Jo becomes more and more normal, so you start to realise that you don’t have to overdo things and that there’s a time and a place for things.

What prompted this revelation? Well, I spent a lovely evening with friends last night. Just a small bunch of us (4 in total) at home, having a natter and watching telly, then ordered a curry to be delivered and then sat round the table nomming on the food and talking some more. It was really nice. But because it was just a ‘staying in’ night, neither of the cis girls were wearing nail varnish, and had minimal make-up on (they still looked great, mind!). I, on the other hand, had done my nail varnish, and had rushed it, and was late to arrive as a result and actually would have been on time if I hadn’t done it. And I realised that in that context, it simply hadn’t been necessary to do my nails, just like the other girls hadn’t. In fact, I probably looked a bit silly for being late due to doing my nails.

(Edit: I’ve just realised that one of the girls had done her toenails. Oops. Well, my main point still stands; I was a silly moo for being late due to doing my nails, when I didn’t need to do them)


Posted by on 10th March 2013 in Diary, Opinion, Out & About, Social


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