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Sunday, 1 July 2012

Tutorial: Removing Glitter Nail Polish

Removing glitter nail polish is a task and a half and takes all the fun out of wearing it in the first place. It's always well and good applying it and admiring the spanglyness on your nails but once it starts to chip or wear, that dread starts to creep up on you. I can't remember how many countless pieces of cotton wool I've gone through while trying to remove glitter nail varnish off one nail so I know all of you know what I mean.

I've always wanted to try the 'wrap-your-nail-in-foil' trick but always thought it was too much of a faff to do it so I'd crack on with a whole packet of cotton wool to remove it and then sit back in a puddle of fluff and bits of glitter. It took an industrial strength glitter nail polish to force me to try the foil trick and I'm so glad that I bit the bullet and did it because I could have still been removing the polish to this day!

This is the polish I'm talking about:
How gorgeous is that? I'll do a full NOTD post on this beauty because I definitely didn't do it justice with my crappy point-and-shoot camera photo.

I know the foil trick is pretty straight forward but I thought I'd do a quick post anyway for those of you who haven't tried it before and have no idea what I'm talking about.

What you'll need:
- Kitchen foil cut up in to 10 squares
- Nail polish remover
- Cotton wool

Step 1:
Soak a cotton pad in nail polish remover

Step 2:
Place the cotton pad over your nail

Step 3:
Wrap your nail in a foil square so it is nice and snug

Step 4:
Repeat with all nails

Leave the foil hats on your nails for about 10 minutes and then slide them off. You don't need to unwrap them because when you slide them off, the nail polish will slide off too. I found that I had some little pieces of glitter left over around my cuticles which is easily cleared up with a piece of cotton wool but the majority of the work is all done. Just repeat the same process on your other hand and you'll be all done in 15-20 minutes without being covered in random bits of glitter or cotton wool.
After you've removed all the nail polish, I'd suggest washing your hands and giving them a healthy coating of hand cream because the cuticle area might be a little dried out from the nail polish remover but you should be ready to roll with for your next colour straight away.

Are there any other methods to removing glitter nail polish that I don't know of? So far, this is the most easiest and effective way I've found but I'm open to your suggestions!

Until next time...
Keep swivelling those hips in your

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3 stiletto lovers had something to say::

  1. Great tutorial!

    I've never had to use the foil method, Cutex Moisture Guard is second to none for getting rid of glitter. I rub a little on each nail first then use a sheet of Plenty kitchen towel (just Juan sheet)(Ho Ho Ho) to clean off all ten nails with ease. No muss, no fuss x

  2. Thank you ever so much! I always struggle when it comes to removing glitter polishes. This is a fab tutorial! xoxoxo

  3. Love this method! After discovering this I am no longer afraid of wearing glitter nail polishes due to the removal of them haha! That nail polish is gorgeous, by the way!

    Frances xx


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