I received a bottle of Seche Vive “Instant Gel Effect” top coat to review from the folks at Nail Polish Canada. 🙂 I thought I’d do a post on my favourite use for Seche Vive: smoothing out texture polishes to make them glossy! Here it is over Zoya’s new pixie dust, Juniper!
I find it works best when you let the texture polish dry (or mostly dry), then add a layer of Gelous (from Sally Beauty), followed by the Sèche Vive. (Maybe two layers of Gelous for a really stubborn textured polish!)
Unlike Seche Vite which needs to go over wet polish, Vive is supposed to be used over dry(er) polish. So I let the Gelous dry for a couple minutes before adding the Seche Vive.
And here is an older mani ￼￼￼￼￼￼￼with Zoya Saint and Alice, where Alice has been topcoated using the Gelous/Sèche Vive combo.
Thor in the next pic!
One caveat, the instructions say to put Sèche Vive over dry polish, but the reason I said dry(er) above is that I find it works best over semi-dry, but not fully dry polish. At least, when I tried to put a second layer of it over itself on Zoya Saint, this wrinkling happened:
So, I’m not positive if that was because it was dry before I applied more, or if Sèche Vive just doesn’t like going on top of itself!
One last pic, this is Zoya Roxy with Kissy on the tips, all smoothed with Sèche Vive. In addition to texture polishes, it does a great job on regular glitters that tend to be a bit gritty!
All that to say, although I don’t use it with every mani, I really like the Sèche Vive gel effect and it’s my go-to for smoothing glitters and textures!
Picture Polish Imperial is a bright purple creme-based polish with tons of shimmer, especially blue glass-fleck shimmer, and small pale gold hex glitter. The glitter sometimes gives off more of a rose-gold look when it’s shining through the purple base. I used two coats of Imperial, plus top coat.
Under ott lite:
Here are two gorgeous Picture Polishes, New York and Ornate!
New York is a rich rose pink scattered holo and Ornate is a plum purple scattered holo with medium golden hex glitter and small fuchsia glitter.
I stamped them with Colour Alike A Juicy Tangerine and an image from It Girl plate 103.
Here’s a picture including the plate… which I hadn’t cleaned off yet. Love the It Girl plates!
The mani I have to show you today features three great polishes and an awesome stamping plate from It Girl Nail Art.
On my index and middle finger are two coats plus top coat of Picture Polish Eerie, a lilac “bijou holo” i.e. scattered holo with multicoloured glass flecks. On my ring and pinkie, three coats plus top coat of Kunimitsu Nail Potions Red Empress, a great bluish lilac crelly with pink shimmer and various glitters in red, pink and copper.
I added stamping on the index finger using Colour Alike stamping polish “A Sunset” and an image from It Girl plate 101 from their recently released first set of three stamping plates.
I even took pictures of my right hand, that’s how much I loved this mani! 😉 So, here are (entirely too many) random pics of this on both hands!
Here’s a picture of the It Girl plate. These are rectangular plates 6cm by 12cm long, and the images are quite large so no worries about them being too small for long or large nails. I’m going to be having a giveaway soon for one of the It Girl plates along with some other goodies so stay tuned for that. 🙂
Picture Polish Douceur is a very pretty pale pinkish-beige nude shade with scattered holo and small and medium magenta hex glitter. I used two coats plus top coat. With flash (as are the later photos with the accent nail):
Under Ott Lite:
I stamped an scaly-patterned accent nail using Finger Paints Minimalistic Mauve (which I think would have been better named minimalistic magenta) and plate Hehe-005.
I recently learned that Girly Bits polishes are vegan friendly and decided to try some out. Girly Bits Protect Your Girly Bits is a purple linear holo with red microglitter. Here I have it with an accent pinkie in Girly Bits Man Size Love, which looks fairly similar to Protect Your Girly Bits in the bottle, but on the nail you can see it’s much more blue than purple!
Man Size Love is a purple-leaning blue linear holo with small (not micro) light blue glitter in it. As usual you can click on any of the photos to see the larger versions.
I used two coats of each, plus topcoat. Before topcoat they both have a slight texture due to the added glitter, especially Man Size Love whose glitter is a bit larger.
Here they are in the shade:
With flash, and you can see the red microglitter in the bottle really well (I’m holding the bottle of Protect Your Girly Bits in all shots):
Again with flash:
Purpley goodness! 😀
I have a very spring-appropriate mani to show you today 🙂
Grasshoppa’ by Eat Sleep Polish, the main polish in this mani, is unfortunately no longer available. It’s a great mint green with various shapes and sizes of pink and off-white matte glitters, lots of gold fleck shimmer, and the creme base also has holo although it’s hard to tell in most lighting what with everything that’s going on in this awesome polish! But the holo was quite apparent when I was riding the elevator at work, gotta love elevator LED lighting! 😉
I used two coats of Grasshoppa’ plus top coat.
On my ring finger and thumb I used the second grasshopper polish, BB Couture Grasshopper.
It’s a lighter more celery/yellow-toned green with some fine iridescent gold-green glitter in it.
The BB Couture polish was kind of streaky and needed four coats plus top coat for complete coverage and evenness, but dry time was pretty good. I love this combo!
I decided to add some stamping to the accent nails. I wanted to coordinate with the larger pink hex glitter in Grasshoppa’ so I used Pink Tourmaline by Lacquer Lust to stamp with. It stamped quite well using my Messy Mansion rectangular stamper.
The design is from Bundle Monster plate BM-04. I stamped it once on each ring finger and twice on the thumbs, once on each side in opposite directions.
I love this mani so much! 😀
This magenta glittery textured polish is Kiko 454 from the Sugar Mat line. Two easy coats. With flash:
Under Ott lite:
In the setting sun (a bit too warm-toned):
The second day, I decided to add some very simple nail art by blocking off my nails diagonally with tape and adding one coat of P2 Lovesome. The base colour of Lovesome is a lighter pink-red than 454 so it doesn’t really show, but the gold glitter in Lovesome sure stands out! All photos of the combo with flash.
March Fo(u)rth and conquer! Today I’ve got another cat-themed Kunimitsu polish to show you – Classic Tabby!
This is two coats of Classic Tabby, a clear-based glitter topper, over Milani Teddy-Bare. The cat stamp on my thumb is from plate HB49 and is done with Kleancolor Black.
I used three coats of Teddy-Bare as the base, as I found the polish to be a bit thin and runny. Here it is on its own before the topper, but note that the first two photos are the most colour accurate – it’s definitely a taupe brown, not a chocolate brown as it appears in the rest of the photos. Sorry about that, the rest of them were taken in late-afternoon sunlight whereas the two above were taken the following day around midday.
Kunimitsu Classic Tabby contains various sizes of metallic brown, metallic burgundy, and matte black hex glitter, as well as tiny matte black bars (“hairy” glitter, very appropriate for the cat theme haha).
I didn’t have any trouble with placing the glitter, it spread quite nicely, even the tiny bars which I was worried might all line up in the same direction, but that didn’t seem to be the case!
Now, he isn’t technically a “classic” tabby (just stripes instead of swirls/”bull’s eye” pattern, so he’s a “mackerel tabby”), but this polish and layering combo makes me think of my handsome Wilbur:
We do have a true classic tabby in our clowder also – beautiful Seymour is a classic tabby but with white as well:
Look at his adorable toe pads! ❤
Today I have a cat-themed polish for you: Russian Blue by Kunimitsu Nail Potions on Etsy.
It’s a shimmery greyish-blue with light blue microglitter and gold dot glitter to represent the cats’ eyes.
Shown in three coats plus topcoat.
I did have to work a little to get the gold dots out of the bottle and placed onto the nail, but it wasn’t too problematic.
I really like this fun, pretty polish!
And here is my little blue boy, Julius! Isn’t he handsome? 😀 He is also just about the friendliest little guy imaginable; he loves everyone, including a dog named Fluffy who lives in an apartment down the hall from us.
Julius was adopted from a local shelter where he had been brought as a stray kitten. He has a chronic upper respiratory infection (I had to clean some crusts off one of his eyes to prep him for his photo shoot, in fact). He’s been on every antibiotic in the book over the years but the infection always comes back. On a serious note, it’s really lucky for him that he was adopted by people who would never return him to the shelter for sneezing globs all over their furniture and stuff year after year, because that “shelter” isn’t a no-kill and I don’t know if cats returned for that kind of issue might then be deemed “unadoptable”… 😦
Love you, Julius! ❤