I’ve always been interested in beauty. I read text books, watch video tutorials and stalk a lot of beauty blogs. I’ve never trained in any professional capacity, I just think it’s a whole lot of fun. I’ve been getting Shellac polish (Not Gellish which is terrible) applied for the last few months and whilst I love the end result, the process is less desirable. It’s the removal of the old polish that’s annoying. I’ve been to several different nail salons and they all seem to have their own way, one of which is soaking your fingertips in a bowl of 100% acetone.
Something didn’t feel right about that and my hands never felt right either, they would dry up and my cuticles were terrible. Getting it removed at the salon also feels like it’s taking forever, they sit you at a table far away in the corner with no one to talk to and no fingers to use your iPhone or to flick the pages of a trashy magazine. One removal technique I did like was dipping a cotton ball into the acetone, placing it on the nail bed only and then wrapping the nail in foil. I liked it so much I thought I’d try it at home!
The helpful girls on Twitter and Instagram told me that I could pick up 100% acetone at bunnings so I went and got the smallest bottle they had for around $8 and I felt instantly relieved when I saw “Nail Polish Remover” stated as acceptable use on the front of the label. I used a small lidded pyrex bowl to pour the acetone into so I could easily and quickly dip the cotton wool in. I made sure to mark the bowl so that it’s no longer used for food in the kitchen. I had some gloves handy from the Reject Shop, a couple of satay sticks to rub off any residue, a protective mat and some foil.
I ripped up the foil into little rectangles and I didn’t have any cotton balls so I cut up a few cotton pads. If you can, get the balls as they’re more precise and easier to wrap. I had sticky tape on hand just incase the foil was being uncooperative, thankfully it wasn’t needed.
I did my left hand within seconds it’s too easy to do but my right hand was a little trickier with foil fingertips, in the end I had to get Steve to help me wrap them. I’m sure with time and practice I’ll sort out my technique. I asked Steve if the smell was too bad as he’s usually pretty sensitive but he said he could hardly smell it. To wrap the fingertip I placed it halfway across the foil, popped on the cotton soaked in acetone and then folded the top of the foil directly over my finger and then pulled the two sides up and did a little fold and it was secure.
I left it on for about 20 minutes, I just sat there at the table making small talk with Steve and trying to operate my iPhone with my knuckle. After the time had past I removed the foil to find the Shellac had just peeled off leaving a small amount of residue that a little rub with a satay stick and a quick wipe with acetone cotton pad easily got rid of.
I’ve been doing a lot of cleaning lately and found that my lovely long nails were getting in the way so I decided to start from scratch and cut them right back. To cheer myself up I decided to paint them using my brand new polish I got for new years called “Tiara” by Orly. I got it at Terry White Chemist for $7.95 as it’s only a mini and I already owned the base & top coat which is brilliant.
Ta-Da!!! The micro glitter looks so amazing, I have my toes painted with it too. I’m so happy that I now have all the tools and a bit of know-how to remove the shellac myself without needing to resort to peeling or picking it off. Sitting at home, watching a movie and taking it off myself for 20 minute feels so much more enjoyable and now when I go to the salon it will only take half the time and cost half as much!
Do you use Shellac?
Would you take it off yourself?
Please Note: This is not a sponsored post. I was not supplied with any product. I am not a professional nail technician. I am not responsible for miss-use, harm or illness, should you wish to follow my advice please do so with common sense relating to your own personal situation. This is purely a record of my own personal experience.