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The Cult Collection: Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat

So I haven’t blogged in a few days just out of pure laziness but I am back! And what better to blog about than a cult collection post?  This time we are looking at Seche Vite’s Dry Fast Top Coat.

According to Seche Vite’s website:

 

Seche Vite™ dry fast top coat is widely acknowledged as the world’s finest top coat. Specially formulated to penetrate through nail lacquer to the base coat forming a single solid coating over the nail plate for a much more durable finish. Guaranteed not to yellow while leaving nails silky, stronger and resistant to chipping and peeling.

Seche Vite has quite a cult following behind it (just Google “best top coat”).  It is known for being super shiny and super quick to dry.

A few months back I needed a new top coat so I got OPI’s version but I just didn’t find that it made my polish shiny at all. Then I heard about Seche Vite.  I didn’t want to get another new bottle of top coat because I basically just got the OPI, but I was at Sally’s Beauty Supply and they were offering a free Seche Vite base coat when you bought the top coat so I thought why not?  I can’t remember the Canadian pricing for the top coat (I think it was around maybe $10-11 CDN, it’s 7.99 USD online), but if Sally’s offers a 2 for 1 deal again, I would snag some, it’s so worth it.

Alright, so does it do what it says.  I can say wholeheartedly that yes, it presents your nails as super shiny and it takes about a minute to dry.  This stuff definitely does what it says and deserves it’s cult status.  Your nails look super shiny after you apply it and you don’t have to wait around and not touch anything for at least 10 minutes.  It does dry super fast, but I would still be mindful of what you do with your hands or feet at least half an hour after you paint them.  It’s not completely dry, but it’s dry enough to go about your day.

Although it looks great over basically any polish, Seche Vite does wonders over China Glaze’s neon polishes, which I find dry very matte.  The top coat really makes them shiny and as bright as they are in the bottle when you get them.  It also makes the shatter and crackle polishes amazing.  When I first used OPI’s Black Shatter I thought it was okay, but not amazing.  As soon as I applied the Seche Vite, that made all the difference in the world, I don’t know how to explain it, but the black looked darker and really made the effect stand out.  Here’s a tip: If you use a China Glaze neon polish under a shatter polish (like in my Turtle Nails post), put some Seche Vite over top of the colour before you apply the shatter.  Shatter works best over shinier surfaces for some reason.

So is it worthy of cult status?  Yes! I would for sure buy this again and I honestly haven’t even touched my OPI top coat since I got this. This is the only top coat I’ll use from now on.  Like I said, your polish just looks so much better with it over top.  It can change a drab polish to an amazing one all with one stroke.  It’s hyped up, but deservingly so.  This is a staple in my nail polish collection.

Have you tried Seche Vite Fast Dry Top Coat?  If so, what were your thoughts?  Love it or hate it?  Cult-worthy or over-hyped?

The Cult Collection: Clinique’s Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion

One of the world’s most popular moisturizers, Clinique’s Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion (DDML) is my favourite moisturizer ever and the only one I use.  They say that a bottle of this distinctively yellow face hydrator is sold every four seconds and I truly believe it.  One, because they offer it in basically all of their Gift with Purchases and two, it just works so damn well.

I have known about this product for as long as I can remember (I would come across the little sample jars in my mom’s vanity drawer) but I first started using this product when I was 16 or so when I had an allergic reaction on my face which I thought at the time was acne.  Like any other teenager, I freaked out, so my mom took me to the Clinique counter and the sales associate recommended their famous three-step system, which I still use to this day.  I don’t use any other face moisturizer and when I do, it’s just not the same as DDML.

So is it cult-worthy?  Yes, yes it totally is.  And Clinique knows it, so much so that there is an abundance of different sizes and versions you can buy it in.  You can get the lotion or the gel (for oily skin types) in either a travel size tube or a jar or a jar with a pump.  And the best part?  It’s affordable (well relatively, this is not going to be the same price as an Olay cream, but for department store, it’s pretty good); the prices range from about $15-31 CAD.

So why is it so good?  Well, according to Clinique’s website:

Hydrated skin doesn’t just look smoother and healthier-it’s better able to function as a barrier against external aggressors. Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion is the moisture “drink” developed by Clinique dermatologists to maintain skin’s optimal moisture balance. Works to soften, smooth, improve the condition and texture of your skin. Custom-fit to skin type in Very Dry to Dry Combination skin formula.

How To Use
Apply twice a day to face and throat all over, or where needed. For best results use after Facial Soap and Clarifying Lotion.

I think they nailed it on the head when they said it’s a moisture drink for your skin.  A few weeks ago I ran out of the product but I wanted to wait to repurchase it because Sears was having bonus time in a week or so.  Well, I couldn’t stand it; my face felt so dry and tight, it needed something to drink.  So I cracked and bought a bottle (the small one) and man it made such a huge difference. My face felt so moisturized and fresh after I put some on, and I basically vowed then and there that I wouldn’t go a day without it.  I have tried other lotions from Clinique and they have some others that are great as well (like the Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief), but for the price, DDML can’t be beat.

Have you tried Clinique’s Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion?  What were your thoughts? Do you think it’s cult worthy?