China Glaze First & Last + An Impromptu Manicure!

Ladies will feel me when I say that there's a certain period of the month when we feel crazy, hormonal and snappy. Without getting into the TMI territory, I'll just say that such moments were eased by writing this review and something exciting happened – an impromptu manicure! I've started by applying a very handy and high-quality base coat by China Glaze. However, this isn't your ordinary base coat – it's a 2in1 type of product. China Glaze First & Last is a base and top coat in one. We all know that multi-faceted products that truly work equally well in multiple categories are rare. I would say that this actually is a great base and top coat at the same time but I'd lie if I wouldn't mention how I prefer it in a certain role. Packaged in a standard shaped China Glaze bottle (14ml) it resembles the China Glaze Patent Leather Top Coat very much. The only difference is that First & Last is also a base and it's an amazing base while we're at it. After trying these additional China Glaze nail treatments, I must say that I'm intrigued and interested in trying their Orange Cuticle Oil and Fast Freeze Quick Dry as I think a comparison to the Seche Vite Top Coat would be interesting.

Dame, znati cete kada vam kazem koliko onaj hormonalni period u mjesecu moze da se poigra sa psihom i raspolozenjem – imam li opravdanje ako priznam da sam pomalo nervozna posljednjih dana (da li mi se ‘pola doda’ – ili mi se ‘pola prasta’?). Ne bih da vas zamaram svojim zenskim mukama, znate i same kako to umije biti nezgodno ali reci cu da mi je cijelu situaciju olaksalo pisanje ove recenzije a u sred pisanja se neocekivano desila – improvizirana manikura! Zapocela sam sve sa slojem veoma prakticnog i izuzetno kvalitetnog China Glaze baznog laka za nokte. Ipak, ovdje se ne radi o standardnoj bazi vec o 2u1 tipu proizvoda. China Glaze First & Last (12,50KM) je u biti bazni lak ali i nadlak u jednoj bocici. Mislim da smo sve prosle kroz gorko otkrice da vecina tih multiprakticnih proizvoda ne radi svoj posao jednako dobro u svim navedenim ulogama. Mogu bez problema reci kako je ovo uistinu jako dobar bazni lak i nadlak istovremeno ali isto je tako istina da favoriziram jednu stranu te price.  Upakovan u standardnu China Glaze bocicu od 14ml jako slici China Glaze Patent Leather nadlaku. Jedina stvarna razlika jeste u tome sto First & Last ima performanse izvrsne baze. Nakon isprobavanja ovih dodatnih tretmana za nokte od China Glaze-a, zaintrigirana sam i jako raspolozena da isprobam njihovo Orange Cuticle Oil (ulje za zanoktice) ali i Fast Freeze Quick Dry tretman (za brzo susenje) koji bih rado usporedila sa Seche Vite nadlakom.

China Glaze First & Last has become one of my favorite base coats next to OPI Nail Envy Maintenance and I'm using it under every nail polish – and it works equally well under all of them. It really is very thin, it doesn't leave a blob on the surface of the nail and it nicely preps it for nail polish. Having thin consistency means that it dries quickly but if you're using a really dark shade, I'd advise applying two coats underneath to fully prevent staining. As a base coat, it looks rather simple – a clear base with a slight sheen. It's free from DBP, Toluene and Formaldehyde so I feel really comfortable wearing it. As a top coat it does its job well whilst not making the nail surface chubby as Seche Vite sometimes does. When I do make a CH First & Last nail polish ‘sandwich’ (used as a base, nail polish, used as a top coat) that really makes any nail polish last at least three days longer on my nails. Today I felt like a nice mani would cheer this hormonal gal up so I cracked out China Glaze Creative Fantasy – a stunning purple matte almost neon in the bottle but deeper on the nails kinda shade. I adore this nail polish besides having a thin jelly texture. I always need three or sometimes four thin coats to build up opacity but I think it's worth the extra effort. I've applied this beauty and then just dabbed a few dots of China Glaze White On White on two nails (ring and index fingers). I've sealed the deal with CG First & Last to one of the pretties manis I made lately. Do you like it? Do note that on photos below I've only applied First & Last as a top coat on the middle finger while I left Creative Fantasy matte for you to see the effect this top coat has. Have you tried any of the CG base/top coats or other nail treatments?

China Glaze First & Last je postao jedan od meni najdrazih baznih lakova uz OPI Nail Envy Maintenance i oba religiozno koristim ispod svakog laka za nokte koji posjedujem – oba rade odlican posao u kombinaciji sa razlicitim brendovima lakova. CG First & Last je dosta rijetke teksture i kao takav ne ostavlja deblji sloj na nokatnoj ploci vec je samo njezno ujednaci i pripremi za nanosenje laka. Upravo zahvaljujuci rijedjoj konzistenciji se jako brzo susi no ukoliko koristite izrazito taman lak za nokte, preporucila bih nanosenje dva sloja ove baze cisto iz predostroznosti – da 100% eliminisemo mogucnost flekica od tamnog laka na noktu. U ulozi baze ovaj tretman je jednostavan – proziran je i pruza blagi sjaj. Ne sadrzi DBP, toluene niti formaldehide sto svakako da cini njegovo koristenje ljepsim i sigurnijim. U ulozi nadlaka radi takodjer dobar posao, ne cini nokatnu plocu debljom nego sto jeste – a sto je nerijetko slucaj sa Seche Vite nadlakom. Kada koristim CG First & Last kao ‘sendvic’ (kao bazu, potom lak za nokte i kao nadlak) – rezultati su izvrsni! Svaki manikir traje u prosjeku barem tri dana duze na mojim noktima. Danas sam bila raspolozena za ljubicastveni China Glaze Creative Fantasy – fantasticnu ljubicastu mat nijansu koja je skoro pa neonac u bocici ali je na noktima nesto raskosnija. Ovaj lak za nokte mi je prekrasan unatoc nesto rijedjoj i zahtjevnijoj jelly teksturi. Uvijek nanosim tri a nekada i cetiri jako tanka sloja za najbolji rezultat no u mojim ocima vrijedi dodatnog truda. Nakon ovog ljepotana sinula mi je ideja da nanesem i par bijelih tackica koristeci China Glaze White On White (kaziprst i domali prst). Naravno, dizajn sam zastitila sa slojem CG First & Last tretmana/nadlaka. Primjetiti cete na fotografijama ispod da sam samo na srednji prst nanijela nadlak dok sam ostale nokte ostavila u prirodnom mat finisu – cisto da mozete usporediti efekat ovog nadlaka. Sve China Glaze lakove i tretmane nabavljam kod Lilocosmetics Kakanj (klik ovdje) koji imaju moju toplu preporuku kao mjesto kupovine kada su u pitanju citateljice iz BiH. Da li ste vi mozda isprobale neke od China Glaze dodatnih tretmana i kakva su vasa iskustva?

*Some of these products may have been sent to me for review. For more information, see my disclaimer.

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