Beauty Resolutions #3: Bother with a base coat!

I know, I know... skipping your base coat is the ultimate manicure crime. Unfortunately, I'm guilty as charged. I never bother with a base coat - I'm usually far too excited to get the colour on! But not only does neglecting a base coat make your polish more likely to chip, it's also resulted in my nails becoming quite manky and discoloured. So my third New Years beauty resolution is to religiously use a base coat on every mani I give myself.

Whilst searching on twitter for what base coats you guys are talking about, I came across Tereza's post about Essie base coats. I love Essie polishes as much as the next beauty maniac, so I clicked through and within 30 seconds, had bagged myself one for just £2.99 from FragranceDirect! Amazing!

I went for the Nourish Me Intense Hydration Base Coat which Essie claim to be for dry and brittle nails. Thankfully (and surprisingly, considering I've deprived them of a base coat for so long) my nails are actually pretty healthy, but I'm generally a fan of anything 'nourishing'.

My order arrived just two days after I ordered it (thanks, Fragrance Direct!) so I've been using this for over a week now. (That's about three polish changes for me... I have too much time and nail polish on my hands!) I think my manicures look much more professional, and despite a serious spring clean of the kitchen, my nails haven't broken, split or chipped.

Do you always remember to use a base coat? What's your go-to brand?



  1. I really should start doing this too. I have used the Rimmel rescue base coat a few times but can't see that it made too much difference!

  2. Sophie Blumenthal12 January 2014 at 21:04

    I love a good base coat, the rimmer 5 in 1 one is good!

    Sophie x

  3. I always go for a SallyHansen base coat! :)
    Great review =]


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  4. I've heard a lot of good things about Nail Envy. But the OPI bottles don't fit in my nail polish box lol! x

  5. Rimmel is good for nail stuff, never tried their base or top coats though! x

  6. That's why I never bothered, cos it doesn't seem like it's making a difference. But every time I go for a professional manicure, she literally chokes when I say I don't use a base coat! So I thought I better! Ha x

  7. Thanks Ellie! My Mum loves Sally Hansen, always used to nick it out of her room when I lived at home lol! x


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