Thursday, April 27, 2017

Review: Seche Vive

Last year Seche came out with a new top coat: Seche Vive. It's considered a gel-like top coat but no light needed. I've been trying it out over the past year and have a few thoughts to share on it.

Seche Vive Top Coat

I've been using it over regular polish, thermals, holographic polishes, and stamping to see how it performs. Here's a photo of a manicure I just did using China Glaze Fresh Prince-ss as the base, Bow Thermo Top Coat Red over that, and then Powder Perfect Hathor over that on the accent nail. I really like how the red tip still shows through a bit on the accent nail making it look almost like a gradient. I finished the manicure with Seche Vive as the top coat.

You can see a previous manicure with stamping here.

On stamping, this top coat does NOT smear! It's awesome. I'd say the polish feels thicker than normal Seche Vite (which I also love, but can smear stamping easily if you don't float the top coat). The polish spreads like butter, goes on so smoothly on the nail and dries just like Seche Vite with that wonderful glassy finish. Over the cremes it also performs wonderfully.

Something I know a lot of people worry about is how a top coat will work over a holographic polish. The stamping manicure linked above also has a holographic polish and the Powder Perfect in this look has those very sparkly microglitters in it. The top coat did not dull these finishes. It also did not mess up the Bow thermal top coat. In the Bow polish, there are holographic super-micro-tiny particles and those shine right through.

Overall, I am very impressed with this top coat. It performs wonderfully and has all the best things I like about Seche Vite in it. The one thing I don't necessarily like is that it isn't in a clear bottle. I like seeing how much I have left and obviously it's hard to be able to tell the fill line in this bottle. But, I guess if that's the worst it has then I can live with that!

Have you tried this top coat? What do you think?

Friday, February 10, 2017

Eiffel Tower Manicure Gradient Tutorial

I used a sponge gradient to get the base for this manicure and then stamped the Eiffel Tower and Paris images from the Cheeky Jumbo Plate 3: European Romance.

Products Used:
L.A. Colors French White
Sally Hansen Commander in Chic:
Wet n Wild Silvivor:
Cheeky Jumbo Plate 3 European Romance

Have you used this technique before?

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Swatch: Femme Fatale Planetary Void

Femme Fatale Planetary Void is an out of this world color! This store exclusive was created during our Customer Appreciation Week.

 Femme Fatale is such a crowd favorite that we had to let our customers design on of these exclusive polishes. Everyone entered their photo inspirations and voted on the one to be created into a polish. What do you think of this beauty? Have you used it in any nail art?

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Dripping Icicles Nail Stamping Tutorial

When I saw the dripping icicles image on the Creative Shop plates I knew I HAD to use it in a mani.

I started off with Femme Fatale Crystal Droplets, a store exclusive polish on all nails. I then sponged on Powder Perfect Lagoon to the tips of my nails after applying Moyra Liquid Tape. The Moyra Liquid Tape helps for easier cleanup on the cuticles when sponging nail art or stamping. I finished over the gradient using Powder Perfect Lightning Lady as a top coat

Then, I stamping with the Creative Shop stamper and Hit the Bottle As Black As Night stamping polish the dripping icicles image from Creative Shop plate 37. After removing the Moyra Liquid Nail Tape, I topped everything off again with the Powder Perfect Lightning Lady top coat.

What do you think? Is it chilly where you are?

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Femme Fatale Isle of Cythera Captain America Manicure

Another Femme Fatale polish in the Birth of Venus Collection is Isle of Cythera. Isle of Cythera is also a holographic polish! I knew I had to use that one in something fun and when I saw the star in the circle in Messy Mansion MM15 I knew it would make a great manicure.

I first polished all nails with Femme Fatale Isle of Cythera and then painted the accent nail with Esmaltes da Kelly Hipapa. I stamped the star in the circle image from MM15 with the Creative Shop Galaxy Stamper using Isle of Cythera.

Then top coated everything with Seche Vive top coat. It is the newest Seche product and is a top coat that is gel-like but dries on its own. I find that it has the same glassy goodness of Seche Vite but you don't need to float the top coat in order to avoid smearing the stamping.

Have you used Seche Vive yet? What's your favorite top coat for stamping?

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Holographic ZigZag with Femme Fatale Arrival of Venus and Creative Shop Plate 9

As soon as I saw that Femme Fatale Arrival of Venus was a holographic polish I knew I had to get it on my nails. Of course it's a stunner. It reminds me of a citrine stone with it's brilliant orange color and pretty rainbow holo flash.

I wanted to try stamping with it as well so I did an accent nail with Kleancolor Pastel Orange and stamped with the Creative Shop 9 Stamping Plate. These Creative Shop plates are absolutely amazing if you haven't tried any yet! They are very detailed and you can see in the image that it stamped wonderfully even with the intricate lines. I used the MoYou London NEW Rectangular sticky stamper for the stamping.

Have you tried Creative Shop stamping plates yet? What did you think?

Monday, January 9, 2017

Epiphany Gradient Manicure Featuring A England and Messy Mansion MM01 Stamping Plate

I've always wanted to do one of these manicures with the gradient twilight look in the background. What better time than the Epiphany (The Feast of the Three Kings).

Check out the video tutorial I created for this look :)

Have you ever done one of these manicures?