Gel nails are the easiest way to keep your colour without a touch-up for weeks on end, but how easy are they to remove? You have a few options – return to your nail salon, and for an additional fee get them to remove it, or simply use some of our tricks below and do it yourself at home.
What you need
Acetone or nail polish remover
10 cotton balls
- Using the rough side of a nail file, carefully rub down over the top of your nails until the gloss wears away.
- Wrap each nail individually into a cotton ball with acetone and one thin layer of aluminium paper. Press it down firmly over the top of each nail, and work one hand at a time.
- Wait for at least 10 minutes for the acetone to carefully remove any gel polish off the nail bed. After this, soak your hands in a bowl of warm water, then remove any remaining pieces with a cuticle stick.
- For extra hydration, use a thick moisturiser and lather it over your hands and nail bed before relaxing for the night. Then move onto the next hand and repeat the process again.
Easy! Would you try this method at home?
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Confused about which nail polish colours are perfect for summer? From monochrome to pastels, almost anything matches a (faux) summer-glow, and neatly groomed nails. All you need is a fresh base coat, and you can easily create the foundation for any shade this summer.
Who said that white is only a winter colour? White nails perfectly compliment a darker skin tone, and can match almost any outfit. Apply two coats for an opaque colour which won’t look streaky, and make sure to wait until each layer has dried completely before using a top coat.
Nars Opaque Nail Polish in Ecume, $19
Wear a baby-pink shade all summer long and your nails will surely thank you! A colour like this is perfect on every skin tone, and isn’t a nightmare to touch-up if it does crack. Simply fill in the gaps with soft brush strokes, and set with a subtle top coat for extra shine.
OPI Mod About You, $19.95
Even if you you’re not the biggest fan of too much colour on your nails, you can get away with this grey/green combination (at least on your toes). Just one coat will give you a subdued colour, and it’s enough to last without chipping off straight away.
Essie Maximillian Strasse Her, $16.95
If black nails are something you just can’t jump on board with, try a dark brown colour instead. They’re easier to apply (and remove), and won’t leave your nail beds with a dark black residue either. Just two coats is enough to give you that extra shine, without waiting hours for your nails to dry.
Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Bittersweet, $14.95
Nothing beats a soft coral shade in the summer-time! Another colour which suits every skin tone is a fun coral shade which is really easy to apply. Simply coat your nails, and apply a glossy shade over the top for that wet-look.
Maybelline New York Super Stay 7 Day Gel Nail Colour in Hot Salsa, $7.95
Create a ‘your nails but better’ look with a beige-coloured nail polish for the summer. Shades like this are really easy to apply, (even for those who find painting their own nails a complete bore). The touch-ups are really simple, and the colour should last you a full week before cracking.
OPI Samoan Sand, $19.95
If a bright red nail polish is out of the question, try a toned-down version instead. An orange-red shade is ideal for women with a yellow based skin tone, and looks amazing when paired with a holiday tan. If you do find yourself in a bit of a mess, simply take a cotton bud and dip it into nail polish remover to get rid of any excess colour on your skin.
Essie Fifth Avenue, $16.95
What is your favourite nail polish this summer?
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While we all love saving some money here and there by doing our own nails, face masks and even applying self tanner, there are some treatments which should be left to the professionals. Even though you may have to fork out the cash – experts in the field have both the experience and the resources to take care of any good (or bad) situation which may arise.
Gel nail polish
Who has the time to spend at home using gel nail polish? A home treatment won’t ever be as good as the one administered by a professional, while you get to sit back and enjoy yourself! If you want to give yourself a manicure at home, definitely stick to traditional fast-drying nail polish formulas.
If you haven’t admitted to cutting your own split ends, then you’re just lying to yourself! Removing those tiny split ends is one thing – but giving yourself a remarkable new haircut is another. Hair will most likely turn out crooked, damaged, and just plain bad!
This process usually involves using a harsh bleaching agent to remove any unwanted colours from the roots and strands of your hair. Although, this is one treatment I do admit to resorting to just once in my life. My naturally blonde hair had been coloured a warm chestnut brown, but as the colour started to fade I wanted to revert back to my blonde roots.
With a little help, I managed to strip the colour (successfully!), then headed to the hairdresser a few weeks later for a professional transition to blonde locks – which was the master plan. Even though this at-home treatment worked for me, I wouldn’t suggest it since it burns your scalp and can really damage the ends of your hair.
In fact, don’t touch your eyebrows at all! Plucking a few strands here and there won’t do any longterm damage, just avoid over-plucking since this could completely stunt hair growth altogether. Eyebrows are extremely difficult to master, especially if you don’t know the type of shape which suits your face.
No, no, no! There is absolutely no excuse for doing your own chemical peel at home – especially if you have a very important event in the next few days. There are many risks associated with this procedure such as allergic reactions, scarring and even burns to your entire face.
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