Seche Vite Ridge Filling Base Coat + Skincare Update

Friday, July 6, 2012

For the second week in a row, I'm wearing a polish I've already blogged about so there's no new NOTW post! I've been enjoying shopping my stash, but am itching to crack out some of my new polishes so you'll definitely be seeing a new color next week! (FYI the color I'm wearing is possibly my favorite summer shade with an incredible formula: Essie Ole Caliente).

Despite how much I love and wear nail polish, I've never been much for either a base or top coat. That sounds strange, but I often just forget to slap on a top coat unless the color I'm wearing lacks shine or something. I prefer to touch up any chips I might get, especially since I've found in the past that sometimes applying top coat causes the color to rub off a little.

But a base coat is just so superfluous to me that it always, always gets skipped. Recently, though, I've been experiencing more yellowy/orange-stained nails than usual and decided my OPI Start to Finish base/top coat just wasn't cutting it.

Enter the Seche Vite Ridge Filling base coat. 

Obviously, this isn't your standard nail polish primer as it's meant to perform a specific function, but I even think people with ridge-less nails would enjoy this base coat. My nails aren't terribly ridged, but I took a picture of my dad's fingernail to show you what I've partially inherited...

Again, mine aren't quite as bad as this, though these funky ridges can still get in the way of a perfectly uniform polish application. But a swipe of this base coat makes the final look so much smoother. On me, the difference isn't huge when dealing with darker, opaque nail polishes, but it's a world of difference when using paler, more sheer shades. Not to mention that any staining I get now is significantly lessened.

Warning: the first layer of polish after the base coat will look a little blobby and uneven, but have some patience as the second coat will go on flawlessly. I probably should also warn you about the potential health risks with this product (and some other Seche Vite polishes) so go and do some research, but it doesn't sound like anything too serious. My advice? If you're really worried about the chemical, skip this altogether. But if you're just a little wary, I say take some extra caution (I wear one of those nose and mouth breathing masks--yes, I do), open a window, and make sure you're not inhaling too close to the open bottle. Some may think that's ridiculous, considering your exposure to the base coat is only about 1-2 minutes, but there's still a warning label on it, and a few precautions never hurt anyone.

On to some skincare issues!

Very recently (like for the past few days), my super-oily, resilient skin has turned extremely sensitive and red. I have no idea how this happened, considering I haven't really changed anything about my skincare, but I suspect it has something to do with the acne treatments I use combined with all the sun I got on the 4th of July. 

I have never had this problem before in my life, so I'm adopting a no-fuss method to try and get my skin back on track. Minimal to no face makeup, and really cutting down on my skincare routine. I think part of my reaction came from all the tingly, cooling sensation products I was using (Dermalogica Dermal Clay Cleanser and Garnier Nutritionist Refreshing Gel-Creme) so those have been cut. I still really like them both and they're some of my favorite summertime skincare items, but they've been shelved for now.

Instead, I have adopted a strict regimen of Cetaphil and a non-irritating moisturizer. Yes, I've even cut out my beloved toners and acne treatments (though I will apply the tiniest bit to the extremely hideous blemishes)! I was perusing the European pharmacy sections of my Duane Reade and came across Toleriane Soothing Protector by La-Roche Posay, and I figured no one does sensitive skin products like they do, though Avene's Cicaplast was a close second.

So far, I'm really liking this fuss-free routine and my skin no longer feels like it's scorching. The moisturizer probably wasn't formulated with oily skin in mind, but it's not too heavy and I definitely wake up to a less-red face. I think I'll keep with this system for a couple of weeks, and then gradually ease myself back into the plethora of masks, treatments, serums, and God knows what my skincare normally consists of. 

Which is likely a problem in and of itself, but I'll deal with that later! =)

Sorry for skipping a post this week, but between a lot of family time and then an endless amount of school assignments due, I just didn't have the time!

I'll be back on my blogging schedule next week!

Enjoy the weekend!


  1. You should try switching from Cetaphil's cleanser to Clean & Clear Foaming Facial Cleanser for Sensitive Skin. The C&C is exactly the same formula as Purpose Liquid Facial Cleanser, only the C&C has a different smell and is cheaper for more product. I've found that even on my oily, non-sensitive skin Cetaphil's cleanser is irritating. Idk, there's something about it...Purpose isn't irritating at all, and the C&C version is cheap! When my skin is acting up I use that cleanser and CeraVe's PM Facial Moisturizer and my skin bounces right back!

    1. I almost went out and bought Purpose! I keep hearing such good things from the sensitive skin crowd, but then I realized I still had quite a bit of Cetaphil left and felt obligated to use it.

      I haven't tried any of the CeraVe facial products but am always so tempted to get their body moisturizer (the blue one) since it's won an InStyle beauty award for years!

      Thanks so much for the tip! Next time my skin acts up I'll try the Clean and Clear (I actually wasn't aware they had a sensitive skin line--I tend to associate them with acne oily skin--haha what a good blogger!

    2. And yes I agree. Cetaphil gets the job done, but there's something about the way it feels on the skin (kind of thickish and goopy) that I don't love. C&C it is, then!