22nd August, 2011
Feather nails are old news but they have been on my to-do list ever since they started popping up. I never really found a chance to do them until I came across a bag of feathers in a discount basket at Hema a while ago. They were all brightly coloured, red, yellow, blue and hot pink! As you can clearly tell, I used the yellow ones for this manicure.
The base colour is H&M Being On The A-list and to even it all out I used several coats of Seche Vite. I attached the feathers with SOS Nail Glue by Essence.
16th March, 2011
I recently did a manicure with REAL lace. These were really big on the runway last season and I never had the chance to try them until now. My grandmother had this gorgeous piece of lace I could use, really delicate and absolutely gorgeous, pictured above.
And here’s how it turned out! I used China Glaze Sunset Sail as a base, then used nail glue to attach the lace to my nails and several coats of Seche Vite. I wore it for a day but then I felt it lacked something, the lace was very shiny and of course actual lace isn’t shiny at all so I put a matte topcoat over it and that really brought the design to life!
It’s a fun manicure to do, though I think it would be a lot easier if you had a friend to help with this. It’s not the easiest thing to apply to your nails. I did find it was a bit uncomfortable to wear so this is probably more suitable for a night out or a special occasion. I removed it after two days because I couldn’t stand it anymore! Oh well, we girls don’t mind a bit of suffering to look good, right!
3rd October, 2010
Today I bring you my review of Seche Vite, I’ve been using it for a while and used up a fair amount of it so I had a good time to test it out and make up my own opinion.
I think most of you who read beauty or nail blogs have come across the name, “Seche Vite”. If you didn’t know already, Seche Vite is a quick drying top coat. I have been using it for a few months now, I was extremely disappointed at first, not because it didn’t work, because I had impossible expectations. All the reviews I read made me expect to forget chipping even existed. I will tell you now ladies, there is no such thing, unfortunately our nail polish will always chip no matter what!
However there are polishes like Seche Vite that will help, even if it’s just one extra day chip-free I think that’s a result. In my experience I have found that Seche Vite will add about a day or two, maybe three to my usual tip wear, making it about a total of four to five days before my manicure starts to chip beyond repair. Seche Vite means Dries Fast in French, a name that sums it up quite nicely as I have never come across anything to dry as fast as this.You can actually touch your nails after a few minutes and not leave fingerprints and dents in your nails. However do be careful as the polish below still has to harden, if you’re not careful it will slide off.
There’s one other quirky thing I noticed about Seche Vite, once it starts chipping after a few days, when I take a bath or a shower it peels off in one layer! I read some people consider this a disadvantage, however I love fiddling and pulking so I find it fun AND practical.
Here are my pros and cons summed up:
- Dries incredibly fast
- Adds amazing high gloss shine to your nails
- Will make your manicure last several days longer
- Self levelling
- Free of harmful chemicals!
- Strange smell, nothing too bad but it’s there.
That’s about the only “con” I can think of, it’s not awful but it just smells different to normal polish and it’s just something you notice at first. I could add that it isn’t the miracle topcoat everyone raves about but that’s not a con, it does what it’s supposed to do and it is amazing at that! I have used it for each manicure I’ve done ever since I got it, I really love it and do recommend it very much and will definitely be purchasing this once I run out.
I was sent this product by AII Beauty. I am not in any way affiliated with this company nor am I being paid by them. All opinions stated are honest and my own, as always.
14th June, 2010
As promised, the first of the AII Beauty product reviews is the French Manicure set by Seche. I know some of you may not know this brand but if you’re a nailpolish addict like me I’m sure it will ring a bell. Seche has a famous topcoat called the Seche Vite which is the best topcoat in the world! Many webshops in Belgium and the Netherlands stock this so keep your eyes open for it.
From left to right, Seche Vite top coat, Seche Porcelain, Seche Rose, Seche Clear base coat. The box also includes nail stickers to make the half moon for the French nail. I once did an entry on French Nails a long while ago and I mentioned there that I’m not a fan of nail stickers, they don’t work for me so I didn’t use them. I drew the whites freehand which isn’t that easy but they turned out great. It does take some practice.
It doesn’t show up in this picture but the Seche Vite is super high gloss, I’ve never come across such a shiny nailpolish even a friend said “your nails look so shiny!” I’m a huge fan of shiny nail lacquer so there’s no doubt I’ll be using the Seche Vite with every nail look I do from now on. I’m a convert!
You can find the top and base coat at Enchantra for €6,95 each.
I was sent these products by AII Beauty, I was free to do this review. I am not in any way affiliated with this company nor am I being paid by them. All opinions stated are honest and my own.