Essie nailed it!

When I’m out browsing the shops, I have to actually shield my eyes sometimes from the makeup counters.

Yes, I have a problem – I know.
But the hardest thing not to buy? Always, always nail polish.  It’s just so dinky and pretty. So colourful. So shiny. So very reasonably priced.
(You can almost hear the voice in my head that compels me to buy them, right?)
I had a clear out lately. Got rid of the old manky polishes that I was clinging on to for no reason whatsoever.  It felt good.
It felt good, until I realised I hardly had any polishes left!
Well, 20.
20 isn’t that many. I mean, it’s only enough to paint each finger and toenail a different colour, once.  A girl needs options.
Oh Essie. Essie, you give me options.  Essie, with your well-illuminated display in Boots that virtually siren-songs me into walking over and cooing over your colours.
Of course, now being officially cold outside, the jumpers are out, the wooly tights are purchased, the Dr Martens are laced and naturally, I need some appropriately toned talons to match.
So this is what I bought:
Essie duo: Favourites to Fall For (Bahama Mama & Chinchilly)

For me, this is the perfect Autumnal pair.  A warm, juicy, deep plum shade ‘Bahama Mama’ and a grown-up, chic granite grey ‘Chinchilly’.

Bahama Mma and Chinchilly (Chinchilly clearly drank too much before the photoshoot)

I’ll save you the nail photos as mine are dreadful. They’ve split, broken, chipped. It is not a good sight.

I really love these colours. I know that I’ll get much more wear from Chinchilly, as I love grey nail colours – the perfect non-neutral neutral I reckon. Grey goes with pretty much everything.
The plum… well, I adore the shade. But because of my terrible nails, I’ll be waiting a month or so before sporting that. Maybe it’ll be my Christmas day colour!

These aren’t the cheapest polishes, but the duo sets are good value at (I think) around £12, whereas the individual bottles retail at £7.99 in Boots.  I do have issues with Essie polishes chipping – but with a good base and top coat they tend to last 2 days on my nails.  

I am a nail abuser though. I’m not ashamed to admit it. They get keyboard-hammered, used to open stuff, bitten (soz). I’m normal-ish.  So no polish lasts more than 5 days on me anyway.  
My point being, if the idea of paying £12 for 2 polishes makes you baulk, then have a look at Rimmel (the Kate Moss ones are great) or Barry M for some more purse-friendly options.

I feel bad now as I picked these up on Sunday in Boots (Leeds), but I can’t find them on their website anywhere. I hope they’re not limited edition and I’ve just dangled the carrot of desire in your face, only to snatch it away from you…

or something.

Anyway, I give these polishes the thumbs up.

Bad iPhone Photo – Chinchilly

What do you think of these shades?  What are your favourite Autumn/Winter nail polishes?  

As usual, this isn’t a sponsored post. I purchased these with my own cold hard cash!



  1. October 31, 2013 / 11:54 pm

    I LURVE Chinchilly…and I can definitely relate to the 'voices' compelling you to buy things!

  2. November 1, 2013 / 4:13 pm

    Kate, it's such a gorgeous colour! I've just redone my nails in it again 🙂
    I'm glad to hear I'm not the only one who has the 'enabler voice' in my mind.

    Does sound a bit odd!

    Faith x

  3. November 10, 2013 / 7:51 pm

    GREAT post:) I like your blog and Im now following.

    Check out my blog….Swedish decor and yummy recipies:)

    Have a wonderful week dear

    LOVE Maria at inredningsvis – The Swedish home decor blog

  4. November 13, 2013 / 7:49 pm

    Thank you so much Maria!
    Your blog sounds great too – I love looking at home decor ideas (& finding lovely new recipes too!!).

    I'm having a reading day tomorrow so I'll pop over for a look-see 😉

    Faith x