During the school holidays my beauty regime has to take somewhat of a back seat to days out with the kids but the odd new nail varnish purchase keeps me feeling like I have my little toe on the fashion and beauty pulse!

My latest purchase was a new brand to me, essie. I've got a similar No 17 shade which I love so when I saw this newly stocked in my local Boots I had to snap it up for a test.

It's a bright, vibrant, Summery colour with great coverage. My only moan would be that the brush is quite hard which can make for difficult, uneven application but with a bit of extra concentration my nails looked ready for a night out - even got some complimentary comments.