‘Cute As A Button’ – My First Essie

Here is ANOTHER nail varnish post. I didn’t think nail varnish was going to be a regular occurrence on this blog, but I think impending summer time has broadened my horizons…

I have a vast nail polish collection, and very rarely throw nail varnishes out even if they have pretty much solidified at the bottom of a murky bottle (don’t ask why). Although I like buying them, I had never got around to trying out Essie nail polishes. I know bloggers and vloggers like Lily Pebbles and Vivianna Does Makeup (whose blog I LOVE to read) rave about them until the cows come home – anyone ever thought where did those cows go? Maybe they went out raving.

Therefore, I thought I would buy my first one. It is quite a spring/summer shade that I went for, it is a lovely coral-y pink colour. I was tempted to get Bordeaux, but 1, that is an autumn winter shade and 2, I already have Nails Inc Regent Street which is very similar.  (I couldn’t find a shop link for Regent Street, sorry I can’t remember if it’s limited edition or not).

Anyway, here is a little picture of ‘Cute As A Button’:

'Cute As A Button'
‘Cute As A Button’

 

I’m going to keep this brief, as I don’t want to bore anyone. Here are my main observations after two heavy-ish coats of ‘Cute As A Button’:

  • It has a lovely ‘glass-like’ look even from the first stroke
  • Easily buildable
  • Creamy texture
  • Streak free

All in all I really like this, and it looks really pretty on, especially with a slick of my favourite Seche Vite over the top, to keep them looking glossy.

This is the way I hold all my nail polish bottles...all the time.
This is the way I hold all my nail polish bottles…all the time.
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‘Greenberry’ Gelly by Barry M

I struggle to find light nail varnish colours that look nice against my brown skin. But as it is nearing (or already is…) summer, I wanted to branch away from the usual dark purples and blues to a more summery, leafy, breezy colour to match the beautifully sunny day we are having today.

I am a big fan of the Barry M Gelly nail varnishes anyway, and have a teal green and cobalt blue shade already. They are really long lasting, but I do have a sure fire process to make sure your manicure can last at least a week, chip free (tried and tested by myself :)).

 

Here are the products I use during a pastel green manicure:

'Greenberry'

 

From left to right:

1. Seche Vite Top Coat, 2. Almond Hand Cream from The Body Shop, 3. Greenberry Gelly Hi-Shine Barry M Nail Varnish, 4. Nail file from Superdrug, 5. Sally Hansen Double Duty Base and Top Coat

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First let’s talk about Seche Vite – This stuff has changed my life. I regularly have a different shade of nail varnish on week to week because of this little bottle. Actually for a nail varnish, the bottle is quite big but anyhoo. It feels very odd putting such a thick layer of varnish as a top coat because you think this is NOT going to dry for aaages. How wrong was I?!  (By the way my Seche Vite has a pink tinge because I have used it over red or pink varnish many a time, and it does take some of the colour. A minor niggle, and it doesn’t show up if you then use it on other colours).

I should have arranged the above photo better but basically I file my nails into a oval shape, use the Almond hand cream to sort out my cuticles. Then I apply a thin layer of the Sally Hansen Double Duty, then one coat of the Greenberry (yes, only one coat). Well, if it looks a bit thin in certain parts I go over it, but generally it is quite good. One criticism I would have is that I would have liked a more romantic name than ‘Greenberry’. Maybe ‘Mint Sorbet’? I do love food related names because…I like food. Lots.

 

Then after a few minutes, I use one blob of Seche Vite per nail, starting down the centre and then doing a stroke either side to use the big blob in the middle to cover the whole nail. I usually wait a few minutes because it is three layers of polish, but Seche Vite is amazing and dries quickly, with a gel like finish and a brilliant shine. I actually have found myself talking to a lady on a supermarket till about Seche Vite because I love it so much!

 

Greenberry!

I think this is a brilliant way to welcome in summer, and what’s more the beautiful pastel green looks great with a tan, or on asian skin.

Bring on the sun shine :).

(I’ve probably jinxed it so it will rain all week, but oh well!)

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