DIY: Easy Glitter Polish Removal

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Today I was wearing a layer of Nubar’s Foundation Base Coat, two
layers of OPI’s Pedal Faster Suzi, two layers of OPI’s Rainbow
Connection and one layer of Nubar’s Diamond Top Coat. Quite a few layers
to rub off! Because of the two glitter layers I am using a special
technique to get rid of all this polish: the tin foil technique. 

You’ll need tin foil, cut
into pieces small pieces that will fit your fingertips, some paper
towels cut into small pieces that will cover your nail and your favorite
polish remover. I am using OPI’s Polish Remover, which has a mild
acetone formula. Normally I use polish remover without acetone, but I
find that some glitter polishes really need the acetone. That’s why I
only have a small bottle of OPI’s Polish Remover: I need it only when
the polish doesn’t come off easily without acetone. Also, OPI’s formula
has added aloe vera to condition the nails. Don’t be cheap when it comes
to polish remover with acetone!

Pour some polish remover
on a piece of paper towel and place it on your nail. Then, wrap the top
of your finger tightly with a piece of tin foil. Do this for all of your
nails. I do one hand at a time, as it gets quite messy when you’re
trying to do this for both your hands. Wait for about five or six

Before removing the tin
foil & paper towel, rub the ‘package’ around your finger on the area
of your nail to rub off the bits that are the hardest to remove. Then,
remove the foil and paper. Now most of the glitter polish will be on the
paper towel.

Now remove the glitter
leftovers and was your hands with a mild soap. Be sure to use your
favorite moisturizing cream afterwards, to take care of your delicate

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  1. Anonymous
    March 31, 2012 / 10:54 am

    Great idea! I needed this as I always struggle taking off glitter polish.

  2. keishaxoxo
    March 31, 2012 / 11:41 am

    Great post as getting rid of stubborn glitter can be realllllly hard!!! Xxx

  3. Georgina Ragazza
    March 31, 2012 / 5:52 pm

    My God that's BRILLIANT!!!How does the tin foil concoction work – is it a heat thing?

  4. Islay
    March 31, 2012 / 8:10 pm

    I have glitter on now, and I was just about to take it off! Definitely going to give this a go!

  5. Isabelle
    March 31, 2012 / 11:27 pm

    Hi Georgina.I'm not sure, I think it's because the active elements in the polish remover can't vaporise like that. Anyway, it works! 😉 Glad you like it!Isabelle

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