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!