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A butterLONDON fairy tale

Posted in Original Posts Archive with tags , , , , , , on February 4, 2012 by clairesayswhat

Once upon a time, a girl was pressed for time and decided she needed to do her nails right that very instant. But alas, she was away from her own home and didn’t have the customary supplies. So of course she traipsed on over to the local Ulta in hopes of finding just the right polishes.

She looked high and low, at brands old and new until she happened upon a curious new product. Verily, she had seen it before, but this time the price was right and well, it’s always fun to try something new! And just look at the crow in the crown, the butterfly and gorgeous flowers and pretty jewels….how could our heroine resist?

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Indeed, she held onto the nifty box for a few weeks, unable to bear throwing it away. But on to the task at hand! She tried the Nail Foundation first and found it to be an extraordinary name for an equally extraordinary product! The girl could scarcely believe her eyes when it quickly dried to a miraculously smooth, satin, semi-opaque finish! It was somehow eerily alike her own skin color, too. But she was most pleased that it smelled so nice (much less offensive and even quite pleasant compared to other brands) and made the application of polish a sheer dream. She now loves this product so much that she won’t consider using anything else!

Finally, she came to the end of her journey and applied the Hardware top coat. While not quite as good as the Nail Foundation (it must be noted that it caused a bit of dragging at the nail bed), she still found it to be a quite good top coat in comparison to many others. The consistency reminded her of treacle and spread across the nail nicely, drying with an almost silicon-like finish. Seche still wins the race for our heroine, but the Hardware put up a good fight and will be used occasionally. She thinks it will make a great top coat for glitters, but that will be another tale for another day.

Before this tale is done, though, our heroine would also deign to mention a few more notable features of these products:

  • The bottles are a large size at 0.6 oz., which makes them a full 0.1 oz. larger than most other similar products. A superb value indeed!
  • Due to the tallness of the bottles, the brush is also thankfully long enough to reach to the bottom so none of this wonderful product will go to waste. The brush is quite sturdy as well and didn’t impede application in any manner whatsoever.
  • Although quite minor, our heroine also appreciates the twee little crown that is stamped atop the bottle cap that you will see once the outside black cap is removed. It’s the little things, eh?

And so this tale ends happily because a a most wondrous new product was discovered and the nail polish realm rejoiced!

The end.

The Top Coat Chronicles, Part 1

Posted in Original Posts Archive with tags , , on July 12, 2011 by clairesayswhat

So I found out fairly early on in my nail polish obsession that not all top coats are created equal! Call it a mini obsession, if you will, but I’m on a quest to find the best top coat of them all. The Top Coat Chronicles will be an on-going series detailing a variety of brands that I’ve tried in my search for the ideal top coat.

Image from Ricky's online

First, let me just say that I do LOVE Seche Vite. I also love Ricky’s. Oh, how I wish we had Ricky’s down here in Texas. But alas, they are only in NYC and surrounding areas. Every time I go to NYC I literally set aside money for trips to Ricky’s because they have that much cool stuff. Sure, they’re online now, thank goodness, but the experience just isn’t the same if I’m not on 23rd Street….

When I first tried Seche Vite after reading about it in, I think, a feature in In Style magazine, I was literally in heaven! Here was the top coat of my dreams! Yes, it costs $10, but this was in the early days of painting my nails, and I would soon get over paying that much for nail polish. Of course, once I made it halfway down the bottle, I discovered the downside to the good stuff. The major problem with Seche Vite is that it gets thicker the more you use it (that’s what she said…ha! Sorry, I couldn’t resist!). Which is such a disappointment because it really is great stuff. It self-levels so nicely, gives any polish an out of this world shine, resists chipping, AND makes any mani last longer. Oh, and it dries quickly, too, and doesn’t smudge. But it’s like some weird chemical reaction between oxygen and Seche Vite takes place inside the bottle and makes it go all goopy. And it doesn’t help that the brush doesn’t reach to the bottom of the bottle, so trying to get the goop out at this stage becomes a hassle and a half.

Now, I know that Seche makes the Seche Restore drops for just this issue, but this is part of why I continue to hunt for other top coats. Because if something already costs $10, I’m just not too keen on spending more $$ to return it to it’s original state. Why can’t they just improve the forumla, is what I’d like to know. I should probably just order this professional kit from Amazon that looks like it includes a ginormous bottle of Seche Vite and a tip for squeezing it into the smaller bottle! $20 seems a reasonable price for something like this. I’ll check Sally next time I’m there to see if they have it and pick up a bottle of the Restore drops because, of course, I want to try them out to review. See how I rationalized that purchase so nicely?  Until next time…the search continues!