Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Glitter Nail Polish Removal Made Simple!
I was hesitant to use glitter nail polish for so many years. My last run in was with an Urban Decay polish (I forget the name, but it was hot pink with a TON of silver glitter in it.) that refused to come off after soaking and soaking cotton ball after cotton ball in nail polish remover. When I finally got the polish off my nails were wrecked. they were scratched (in the nail bed area) and dry and looked like I had been doing construction rather than removing nail polish. I vowed to never use a glitter polish again. Oh but it was so hard. Glitter polishes are so shiny. I'm like a toddler. I'm attracted to bright and shiny things.
Then one day I saw the light. A polish blogger had linked to a picture or a youtube video or something and I finally found the perfect way to remove glitter polish. Now since I have the short term memory of a Fruit Fly I forgot who this blogger was. If you are that blogger and you are reading this post: A) THANK YOU and B) Let me know so I can give you credit please! [EDIT!! THANKS TO MY LOVERLY REDERS THEY POINTED ME IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. IT WAS LIPGLOSSIPING.COM THAT POSTED THIS AWESOME TUTORIAL. YOU CAN SEE HER ORIGINAL POST HERE. ] So this method for removing polish is so easy and quick that I have now added 3 glitter polishes to my collection just because I know I can remove them easily.
Here are step by step instructions:
1) You will need 10 cotton pads or balls, Nail Polish remover, 10 Strips of Aluminum Foil cut into 2" x6" strips.
2) Take the cotton pad and generously soak it in nail polish remover. Place the pad on top of your nail.
3) Take one aluminum foil strip and put one end over the cotton pad. Then wrap it around your finger completely.
4) Crimp the edge at the tip of your finger so that no air can get in and dry out the pad.
5) Repeat process for the rest of your fingers on ONE hand.
6) Wait 3 minutes or longer if you wish. Then with a twisting motion, take the foil/pad combination off your finger...concentrating on twisting on the nail where the polish is.
7) Viola! Clean nail. No scratches. No Glitter! Repeat for other hand.
Its' easier to use do one hand at a time as 2 hands full of foils is a bit awkward. Some glitter polishes may take more time to remove. The aluminum foil acts as a barrier to the surrounding air and allows the cotton pad soaked in nail polish remover to remain wet rather than evaporate before it can remove the polish.
So what do you think? Easy? Neat?
Mr. Sith looked at me the first time I tried this and shook his head. I asked him if he wanted to know what I was doing. He rolled his eyes and said "No." so I didn't bother. It's nice to have some mystery in the romance.