Monday, 15 October 2012

Late Polish Days: Get Sentimental

I totally missed Polish Days last week. The date completely passed me by and I didn't even realise until this weekend! I've had the idea for this theme since I received the first email and I didn't want to let it pass me by so I'm posting it today, almost a week late. Whoops!

The theme for October is Get Sentimental so I went back to the very first manicure I ever posted on this blog and recreated that. You can see the post here. Looking back is so cringe worthy. Let's just say I didn't have any concept of decent lighting or healthy nails back then! When you look at that picture and these pictures side by side, you wouldn't even know it's the same hand.

In other news, I got some Seche Vite this week. After the rather long post about my top coat history last month, so many of you have been offering me recommendations for potential new beaus. The ones that cropped up the most were INM Out The Door and Seche Vite. 
The only reason I've never tried Seche before is the price tag. I know it's amazing from everything I've heard  but I just could never bring myself to spend £10 on a top coat that will be all used up within a few weeks (at the rate I paint my nails!). A lovely lady on twitter tipped me off to Urban Outfitter's sale where they're selling Seche at £5 a bottle plus an extra 10% with the code UO10 and free delivery. How could I not buy it?! If you want some yourself, you can buy it here
I ended up ordering two bottles for £9 and the delivery was insanely fast. So far I love the stuff but I've yet to experience the dreaded shrinkage!



Both of the polishes I used for that manicure are long gone so I had to use new ones. I used Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Pacific Blue as my base and stamped with Sally Hansen Plum Luck and GOSH Metallic Purple using Konad Plate M57. I finished it off with one coat of Seche Vite.



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29 comments :

  1. Better late than never Sammy! This was and is still a great design!

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  2. What a world of difference from your first post! Gorgeous mani :) I buy Seche Vite in the refill size, which is a big 4 oz bottle (the equivalent of 8 regular bottles) for $12 USD. I buy mine on Amazon.com for this price. I'm not sure if it's available where you are, but it's worth checking out.

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    1. I do this, too! It's a great way to save some money!

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  3. I am just re-starting out with my nails as well. Definitely no longer a student (!) but now on a budget in a tiny country with limited access to all the cool things you guys talk about! I am trying, though, and your "before and after" shots give me hope that maybe in a year I will approaching your league! You do great stuff, thanks for the inspiration!!

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  4. I love these colors together! It's crazy how different it looks from the first time you did it. I was just going back through some of my old manis earlier and cringing at my nail shape/cleanup job/lighting/awful cuticles etc haha. SV is my holy grail topcoat, it literally always shrinks on me if I don't wrap my tips but I always wrap anyway which stops the shrinking!

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  5. Good luck with the the Seche Vite. I get shrinkage with every polish I use AND peeling within a day. The shrinkage I can deal with, but a peeling mani less that 24 hours later just makes me mad. If I'm going to spend that much time to make my nails look good it better last. Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Base and Top coat makes my mani last 5+ days (even with hair washing and doing dishes). The only think I love about Seche Vite is that it dries everything quick. Your nails are beautiful...very cute mani.

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  6. Keep in mind that Seche Vite isn't 3Free, and so doesn't work well with polishes with are 3Free.

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  7. Goodness me, I wish I could get my stamps to be as crisp as yours. Any pointers?

    As for Seche Vite, I found that I got more shrinkage as my bottle got older and thicker. I also got worse shrinkage when I didn't wait long enough after my last coat of lacquer. I much prefer Out the Door though in terms of a quick dry. My OTD has lasted a lot longer as it hasn't gotten nearly as thick (and my regular thinner seems to be working fine when it gets a bit gluggy, compared to Seche, which would not thin out at all!)

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  8. So cool to see where you started and where you are now! Its awesome, I hope you keep up your amazing work! Love the mani too BTW!!

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  9. Thanks for the SV tip, £4.50 is a very good price! I love your blog, it's so nice to see someone using UK polishes that I actually might stand a chance of owning!

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  10. Aw, your first post was so cute :-) I think the same way when I look at my beginnings. I tried SV for a while but now I'm using various others. Still haven't found the one.

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  11. Very very cute! I love the colours and totally adore animal print!
    Your nails are amazing now!

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  12. Gorgeous! So different than the original one!

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  13. Your nails have changed so much since that first post! But even then your manicures were great! I really want to buy that top coat Seche Vite do you know if they deliver internationally ?

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  14. BTW ur lil trick of using thick fast dry top coat as a second coat to get a smooth surface over hand painted nail art works great with seche vite too!!

    You can see the connection between the two - but you're sooo much better than I was at the stamping when I first started!! Awesome as always sammy!! wohoooo

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  15. What a difference. I prefer this one :-) off course. Great idea to stamp one finger with another color.

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  16. Omg that blue is amazing :)

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  17. I brought the seche vite saturday night so I'm hoping it will be here soon I am so so excited to try it! I've heard some amazing things about it!

    Jazz x

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  18. Sam, I the trick with SV is to apply it while the nail is still wet. If I'm applying just color (and not stamping, dotting, etc), I'll paint up my hand, then immediately return to the first finger and begin Seche Vite-ing that hand.

    If I'm stamping...it's a different story.

    Stamped polish dries practically before it's even applied to the nail. If I apply Seche Vite to the stamped image directly, the SV will shrink the image. Solution? After stamping, I gently "press" the image onto the nail, so that its properly adhered. Then, I apply a coat of REGULAR top coat. I paint Seche Vite onto that wet top coat, and then I'm good to go.

    Bottom line: Seche must be applied to very damp or wet polish.

    One more thing: Seche thickens up quickly, turning into a goopy mess. You've gotta get yourself from Seche "Restore". A few drops into thick Seche, will literally restore it to its original, super glossy, fabulous condition.

    Lisa

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  19. wow! the then and now gives hope to us aspiring bloggers! fab post and love the colour combo... i love blues xxx

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  20. Beautiful! It's good to know that even the best bloggers started somewhere :)

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  21. Great improvement over the years! Gives me hope for my little blog--my nails are OK, I just have to get some decent lighting for photos.
    Also, about Seche Vite, I ADORE the stuff. Check Lisa's comment above, she's spot on. xx

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  22. About Sèche Vite and shrinkage, here's an article that helped me understand why it does this and how to avoid it: http://beaut.ie/blog/2010/why-does-seche-vite-shrink/

    That dark purple to flashy pink shimmer is amazing!!!! Wow, from the swatches you find online, you'd never guess this colours can look so dark in certain angles. It's absolutely fabulous.

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  23. Agree - this is still an amazing collection of photos - and I too wish my stamping came out this good! While I have not followed you since your inception, I think your writing style and ability are super. Good nab on the Seche Vite - and I also never have had the shrinking problem I read others talk about with it and I have used it for years - like since the early 90's I am thinking. I have tried others but other want this one and never finish any other bottles of toppers I have bought - now it's rare I ever try any others. I am curious to read the link Moana from Oooo Shiny just posted over mine here about why SV shrinks...but maybe I don't want to read it - it might be the curse that makes me see I have shrinking when I never see it now!

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  24. Wow, love the colours. I'm curious to hear more on Seche, even though I probably won't cheat on my Essence any time soon.

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  25. The other cool thing about Seche for us stampers-is that as long as the Seche and under polish is dry, if you mess up the stamp you can take NON acetone remover and gently whisk off the stamped mistake and start over! and WOW you have greatly improved since that first post-there is still hope for me!

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  26. Awww, the first post was so cute and it's awesome to see how far you've come!!

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  27. so fun that you re-did your first post!! love this, and love the accent nail.

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  28. Thanks for linking. :) These are lovely and it is inspiring to see how far you've come since your first post. I can only hope my pictures likewise get better and my fingers less awkward haha. Also, where on earth did you get Pacific Blue?! Have never found it online but feel it might be a good alternative to Nails Inc Baker Street, which I CRAVE! x

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