Anyway, I thought for my very first post I would include a picture of what I use for my semi-daily polish changes. This includes a base coat of either Seche Clear if I’m using a lighter color or Nail Tek II if I’m using a darker color (Nail Tek II works super well in preventing staining), then a to-be-determined number of coats of polish (I included Tickle My France-y in this photo since I referenced it above…I’m sure I’ll be swatching it someday), followed by Seche Vite, the holy grail of topcoats. The picture below isn't all that fantastic. It's kind of overcast where I am so there wasn't much light coming through the window.
Seche Vite really is incredible. The other night I painted my nails near a fan, which tends to cause bubbling. When I was finished with my second coat of polish I was a little depressed because of all the bubbles, but I added one coat of Seche Vite and it evened everything out. Like magic! Lately I’ve been wanting to do an experiment with Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Anti-Chip Top Coat versus Seche Vite on wear-time. My manicures usually only last about two days because I’m a compulsive hand-washer. I get tip wear so quickly. Before I discovered Seche Vite, which typically retails for between $8-10, I always used SH Insta-Dri. I’m interested to see which topcoat makes a manicure last longer. Someday maybe I’ll have some useful stats on that. I’ve heard that SH Mega Shine Extended Wear Top Coat is comparable to Sech Vite in every way, but I guess I’ll have to try that one too.
That's all for now. I'm on a mini-vacation, staying in Chicago with my boyfriend. I've gotten a ton of polishes during my very short stay [so far!] so I'll probably be swatching those when I have my camera, which I left at home. The above picture was taken with my iPhone, which isn't the best camera.