1st June is National Nail Polish Day and given how well received my recent post on a minimal effort home manicure was I thought I’d write a post to mark the occasion showing some of my favourite polishes and how I saved money when buying them!
Essie: Bahama Mama, Cocktail Bling & Licorice – These are 3 of a 5 set I picked up at least 5 years ago in Boots’ half price gift set January sale. The set was a brilliant starter kit also including a nude and classic red. I believe I paid less than £15 for all 5 bottles. They’re still brilliant to this day and used regularly. They got me hooked on the Essie brand. The black is opaque with one coat!
Essie: Eternal Optimist & Playing Koi – Playing Koi remains my favourite polish, its a gorgeous orange, red brown shade and really unusual. The pink is a perfect, non boring nude for me. I got both of these in Boots on a Buy One Get One Half Price deal. I paid with my Boots Advantage Card points so they were free.
Next: Rose Gold God – a beautiful forgiving metallic that is very shiny without being a full on glitter. Surprisingly hard wearing. These are usually on a 3 for 2 deal. I bought this (along with 2 others) with a gift voucher about 3 years ago and it’s still great. Looks lovely with a tan or if nails are a bit shorter as it’s very reflective!
Nails Inc: Alexa Holographic – The ultimate fine glitter. It builds up gradually but can be used alone with 2 coats to have a gorgeous glitter effect that is still subtle as the particles aren’t big shards. I bought this in a box set on eBay with 5 other polishes for around £12. Considering 1 bottle typically sells for £11 this was a great deal. I kept 2 of the polishes and sold the rest on eBay so actually made money on this purchase.
Essie: Canyon Coral & Hide + Go Chic – I bought these new in a random bundle on eBay for 5 Essie polishes including delivery for £15. Considering they have an RRP of £7.99 each I was happy to take the gamble. One I included in a beauty swap with a friend and another I added to a relative’s birthday gift.
I prefer to buy more expensive polishes at a cheap price than the Barry M bottles I used in my early teens as I find them a lot more hard wearing and the brushes are nicer. Essie remain my favourite brand and have done for years – the cheapest bottle I ever got was less than £2 on clearance in TK Maxx. Beauty Outlet (in store and online) are great for half price Essie products including their usually very pricey base and top coats.
If you have any bargain nail varnish tips or thoughts please let me know in the comments!
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