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Keep your holos shiny with Sally Hansen Diamond Flash Fast Dry Top Coat

If you’re like me, you want your manicures to last more than half a day, but with holos, that’s often a problem. A topcoat helps seal in your color and makes your mani last longer, but the thing is that most top coats dulls the holographic effect. So you basically have to choose between having a spectacular mani that chips very quickly, or a longer lasting mani that isn’t as holographic as you’d like it to be.

What if I say that you don’t have to choose anymore? A while back, Karianne gave a tip about a top coat that doesn’t dull holographic nail polishes. This magic potion is called Sally Hansen Diamond Flash Fast Dry Top Coat.

Too good to be true? Definitely not! In the previous post, I’m wearing it over Layla Emerald Divine, and as you can see, the effect is as impressive as ever. If you’re still not convinced, here’s a nail wheel pic of my three Laylas in the sunlight. One half of each swatch is with topcoat, the other is without. Can you tell which is which?

Diamond Flash is easy to use, and it dries very quickly. I’ve been wearing my Emerald Divine manicure for more than a day now, and it’s survived both a shower and general housekeeping.

I got my bottle of Diamond Flash from eBay.

Product review: Quickies Nail Varnish Remover Pads

Some weeks ago I was browsing the cosmetics section at Carrefour, and then I picked up this box of “Quickies” nail polish remover pads. I thought they would be nice to have in my purse in case of a nail polish removing emergency or something. The price is 10.50 QR, about 3 USD.

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The box contains 20 quilted polish remover pads, and the box is sealable to prevent them from drying out. It really works, because I found out that my box actually had been opened when I got home from the store, but it’s been sitting in my purse for three or four weeks now, and they are still moist.

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I didn’t have high hopes for this product, but I thought I would try them anyway. But hey, they work like a charm! I had dense glitter polish on, and it removed the polish like it wasn’t even there! I’m used to struggling to get glitter polish off, so this was a pleasant surprise. The pads didn’t dissolve or break, and didn’t leave any color residue on the fingers. I used only five pads to remove polish from all 10 nails, I think that’s pretty darn good, don’t you? The nails didn’t seem dry after use.

There are some downsides, though. The first is that they feel really greasy, so I needed to wash my hands after use. That’s not exactly ideal for an on-the-go product like this. The other is the smell. It has a strong, sickly-sweet perfume, it’s rather overpowering. Luckily, the box closes very well, so you don’t feel the smell when you’re not using it.

I think I’ll be using this for glitter polish removing from now on. It’s nice to find a product that keeps the promises it makes, i.e. : “These large, thick pads effectively remove all traces of nail varnish – quickly!”

Quickies can be found at Carrefour or Boots.

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