Color for Summer

Summer and sun always bring out the best colors ever.  I might stay in the “oranges” all season.

 

OPI – “Can’t aFjörd Not To”

  

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Espadrille Wedges

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I love these shoes.  They are super comfortable… and come on……the COLORS!?!?!?! Perfectly my taste.  So my hands will match my feet today.

Sinful Colors – “Mint Apple”
OPI – “I Eat Maine-ly Lobster”

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Border nails, with a rose embellishment.

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Top Coat Update!

Sooooooo, I’m going to just accept my impatience!  I truly attempted to maintain the same manicure until my polish chipped.  It didn’t work.  *shrugs*  The picture below is after 4 1/2 days of wear, using Seche Ultra V –UV top coat.   No chips.

There is a tiny bit of tip wear, probably caused more by my trying to peel off the polish from the cuticle side of my nails than by actual wear from the normal and everyday activity of an average polish wearer.  They maintained the greatest sleek “gel nail” feel the entire wear time.   The shine could have been freshened a bit, but you can see in the photo, it still exists.

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I am now a believer.  The Seche Ultra-V top coat (after UV curing) is exceptional.  I love the “completely hardened and dry after 3 minutes” quality.  This goes wonderfully with my impatient nature.  LOL.  I can do my nails and then get up and do whatever else I want to do.   The smooth gel feel is also just amazing.  I sincerely can’t stop playing with my nails.  And who doesn’t want an extra layer of gleaming, shiny protection over their natural nail?  Smile This top coat is a win!

Seche Ultra V

My last manicure endured volumes of hardship (shampooing hair, washing dishes, bleach cleaning, hairstyling for a fashion show, cleaning and organizing) over the last 2 days, and resulted in chipping on my left thumbnail and my right ring fingernail.  I can’t be sure that the Seche Ultra V topcoat wasn’t a superior barrier. So I started over.  And I plan to chill out for the next few days. LOL.

China Glaze – “Electric Beat” & “First Mate”
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The topcoat is simple to apply – just like your regular topcoat.  After applying, cure the polish under the UV lamp for 3 minutes.  (9 minutes total with Seche’s portable UV lamp – 3 minutes for each hand with 4 fingers, and then 3 minutes for the thumbs)

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I love the way my nails feel after this process.  It’s definitely a sleeker “gel nail” feel. So, all day I’m rubbing my fingers over my nails beds.  LOL.  My nails actually feel stronger too.

The shine is not any more brilliant than when using the regular Seche Vite Fast Drying Topcoat, in my opinion. And the drying time seems actually longer in that the regular Seche Vite top coat seems to dry rather immediately.  (There are factors that affect that… if you have many thick layers of polish, it will definitely take more time to completely dry.  I have watched the topcoat seeping through the layers and forming a “wrinkle” in the nail polish when the previous layers were thick and still rather wet…and then drying to a smooth finish.  Craziest thing in the world to watch.  haha)

Removal is the same for the Seche Ultra V topcoat as any other polish.  There is no soaking required.

So, hopefully this time, I give the topcoat a fair chance.    Last time I felt like I was looking for opportunities to use my nail tips as tools and just doing crazy things that directly impacted my nail tips.  I gotta stop tripping and chill out. Smile

Whew!

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This manicure was hard work.  It took some time to accomplish… and that was my goal.

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I’m testing out Seche Vite UV topcoat… used alongside the companion mini/portable UV lamp. I wanted a manicure that was tedious, and one that I felt I would really enjoy viewing for the long haul.  This fit the bill.

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My aim is long-lasting shine, and chip free results.  I’ll let you know how the topcoat holds up.