I used to pay almost no attention to my nails. I’d occasionally trim and file them, but going beyond that to apply nail polish seemed like way too much hassle. It’s not that I didn’t love adding a little color to my tips, I just hated the application process: the chemical smell of the polish, the even worse smell of polish remover (and its incredibly irritating habit of drying out my skin) and the enormous amount of patience it seemed to take for everything to fully dry.
The wait, in fact, was probably the most aggravating part, and no matter how long I gave my nails to dry or what topcoat I used, I always seemed to smudge my manicure irreparably by doing something innocuous like opening the door, changing the channel, or even just going to bed (and thus ending up with what the nail polish community terms the dreaded “sheet marks”). But a new discovery of mine has had me happily painting my nails for the last month or two: Creative Nail Design Solar Speed Spray.
One mist, and my polish dries in a minute flat, and hardens into a ding-free shell in less than five. The other huge benefit of the spray (and the main reason I’m mentioning it here) is its fragrance: it has a lovely cherry-almond scent (fairly similar to Korres’ Bitter Almond products or Dragonfly Blue’s Vanilla Almond) that makes me forget all about the stench of acetone and leaves my nose happy and uplifted at the end of the manicure. On top of that, the product itself is incredibly moisturizing, and leaves a fine sheen of oil that sinks in by itself and revives cuticles from the horrors of nail polish remover.
If you have no need for a quick-dry spray and just want the smell and moisturizing benefits of the product, Creative also offers a straight cuticle oil: SolarOil Cuticle Oil. If you love the smell of almond, it can be addictive to apply. If you don't, I highly recommend Essie Cuticle Oil, which has the same benefits but with a lovely apricot fragrance. All three products have me combining a new love of nail polish with my long time addiction to beautiful fragrance.
Creative Nail Design Solar Speed Spray is $17.95 for 4 oz, and the SolarOil is $9 for .5 oz. Essie Cuticle Oil is $7 for .5 oz. Creative Nail Design and Essie products are widely available online, try amazon or beautyofasite.