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I’m talking about nail polish… In So Your Manicure Won’t Suck, I told you how to keep your nail polish on.  Now, I’m going to tell you how to take it off.  Specifically, the removal of glitter and gel manicures.

First and foremost, I love glitter nail polish. It’s fancy, lasting, and uplifting.  Yes, nail polish does have the ability to put me in a good mood.  In contrast, it’s really difficult to remove.  Who wants to damage their nail beds by trying to peal and scrub polish off? And, this is what some of you do when trying to remove your gel manicures which is damaging enough.

It is highly unlikely that I will travel to a nail salon to get anything removed. That’s a waste of money. So, what do I do? Here’s what you’ll need:

  1. Acetone (100%). You can find this at your local drug store, grocery store, and beauty supply store.
  2. Aluminum Foil. You’ll need enough to wrap around each of your fingers and or toes. Tear a few extras. You don’t know what you’re doing and may mess up.
  3. Cotton Balls.

First, soak cotton ball with acetone, press against nail then wrap foil around your finger tightly. I can do this easily on my feet and left hand. I usually enlist the help of Husband with my right hand; although, it’s doable. It just takes more time.

If you’re removing glitter, let it soak for 3 to 5 minutes. If you’re removing a gel or even acrylic manicure, leave on 10 to 15 minutes. While waiting, ask yourself “why did I put myself through this?” You could’ve had a regular manicure and would’ve been done removing your nail polish 10 minutes ago… Buff nails and proceed with your life.

Good luck and godspeed.

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