After a year of sporting shellac nail varnish, I was getting concerned about the effect it was having on the health of my nails. I made the switch back to regular old Essie and OPI polish to give my nails two naked days a week and strengthen them back up. Although I tried to convince myself it was for the greater good, having a manicure for 24 hours before the chipping started was a real pain in the ass!
I had heard a lot about Seche Vite topcoat, and after searching numerous stores for it I finally bought it online… at half the retail price!
I’m in love. Not only did it speed up the drying process, it gave the colour a glossy finish and balanced out any areas that were unevenly painted. (I’m still getting the hang of painting my right hand.)
If you’re a DIY manicurist, this is an essential. I even take it with me to the salon when I’m getting them professionally done.
My favourite hues this season?
OPI: I’m Not Really A Waitress, Lincoln Park At Midnight, Bubble Bath and The Thrill Of Brazil.
Essie: Luxedo, Big Spender, Fishnet Stocking, Head Mistress, Cute As A Button and Happily Ever After
***Keep in mind, shellac is still the only way to go when you’re heading out on holidays and don’t want to be worried about nicks and retouches. Try to find a place that will do the removal for free when you get back!