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If you decide to do your own manicures at home you still want to get the best results you can. This guide contains home manicure tips.
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By 1 found this helpful
June 13, 2017

I am now 54 so my nails are not as bright as they were when I was younger. After many years of wearing nail varnish and false nails, they have yellowed a bit. I came up with a little idea when I bought a new illuminator powder. (A highlighter compact)

I smudged my finger in the powder then dabbed it onto my nails. I didn't mind if I got it on the sides of my fingers as it would wash off later. Once I had covered each nail, I got my bottle of clear nail varnish and put a coat on. I then applied another coat on top after the first had dried. Then I washed my fingers to remove any left-over powder.

Now I have lovely bright nails which covers the slightly stained fingernails underneath. No one is any the wiser!

Another good thing about this technique is that I could change up the colours by using eyeshadows and then using the clear varnish as before. You could make your nails with two or three shades if you are a little more adventurous!

Source: My Own

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By 9 found this helpful
September 25, 2015

You will keep this little one ounce container with you all the time! Quite frequently after doing dishes in the morning, I find that my cuticles are completely dried out, about 10 seconds before I'm late for my next appointment. It's not a problem I have stored olive oil in a very small nail polish container. You just brush the oil on your cuticles and rub it in. You can even add a little bit of hand lotion to the mix when you rub it in. Rub the excess oil off your nails with the tissue and go out the door. Your nails will look just like you had a manicure, fresh and wonderful!

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September 28, 20150 found this helpful

Cool idea!

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April 26, 2011

I had some nail polish that was getting too thick to use, so instead of throwing it away, I poured nail polish remover in it. I just poured a little at a time. Shake it good and if it's still too thick, add a little more. Do this until you can put on your nails smoothly. Nail polish is getting expensive now, so I have to be thrifty. Some bottles are $5.00 or $6.00. Can't throw them away, just fix them - thin them down!

Also, if you have a color that you think is too light, just mix in a darker color. Too dark, pour in a lighter color. I have made some pretty colors doing this and saved money. Give it a try, it really works!

By dwedenoja from New Creek, WV

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April 26, 20110 found this helpful

Actually a very cost effective and less dangerous way is to buy Nail polish thinner. A small bottle that will last forever is a few bucks at the most at Sally's or beauty supply stores. Remover weakens the polish, as it's supposed to remove the polish. Thinner will thin it down and not destroy it.

As for shaking, you can do if you've let it sit for a long while (add stainless steel BB's if the bottle doesn't have any), but the best way to mix is to roll, less air bubbles in the polish.

Sincerely,

A serious nail polish addict!

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December 4, 2006

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A day at the spa can cost a lot of money but everyone needs to pamper themselves also. In this series of articles, I am going to try and help all of us to save some of that money but get the relaxation we need.

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By 4 found this helpful
January 20, 2011

To keep your nail varnish and nail products like new, find a space in the fridge for them. They practically keep for years instead a couple of weeks. Tried and tested. You've got nothing to lose, so give it a go.

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By 2 found this helpful
January 19, 2012

When I paint my fingernails, I sometimes mess up and get nail polish on my skin that surrounds my nails. I actually found this pen at our local Walmart that has fingernail polish remover in it. You use it to remove the mess ups. :)

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By 1 found this helpful
January 25, 2015

Mix loose eye shadow pigment with clear nail polish to make a custom nail shade. Mix all together with a cotton swab, grab a brush and try out your new color.

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By 2 found this helpful
February 3, 2014

To enhance the beautiful glittery nail polishes of today, just use a basecoat color a shade close to the glittery one. You wont believe the difference this makes. Instead of having to use 2 or 3 coats of the glittery one, you only have to use 1 coat.

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By 0 found this helpful
March 8, 2007

It is getting closer to sandal weather here in Texas and I will not spend the money for a pedicure, as it is $30.00 plus a tip. I hope these tips will inspire you to treat yourself to a little pampering, which will give you nice looking toes for those sandals.

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By 0 found this helpful
March 2, 2007

This tip caters more towards woman, but I guess it can be useful to men too. This tip involves the care one should use when getting a manicure/pedicure and what steps can and should be taken to avoid any possible problems that can lead to nasty infections.

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By 0 found this helpful
September 6, 2013

An easy way to save your dried out nail polish is using a small amount of acetone or nail polish remover.

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May 13, 20040 found this helpful

Squeeze the lemon juice from the lemon half into the warm water. Soak your fingers in the lemon water for 5 minutes. Then rinse and dry your hands. Push back cuticles, then cut and file nails. Then rub lemon peel against each nail. Buff nails with a soft cloth.

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By 0 found this helpful
January 10, 2007

My daughter has red fingernail polish all over her! How do I get it off of her?

Rhonda from SLC

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January 16, 20070 found this helpful

You guys made me laugh and cry with your responses. Thanks for the input!

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By guest (Guest Post)
June 27, 20080 found this helpful

We just had this same problem yesterday. My grandson is in a wedding in two days and covered himself and his bedroom wall and carpet with red nail polish. His Mom brought him to me so she could try to clean up the brand new carpet. I started researching the internet for ways to clean him and was startled to read that putting him in a warm bath for 15-20 minutes would work.. It was amazing as soon as we put him in the water we started seeing flakes of the nail polish in the water.

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By guest (Guest Post)
February 4, 20090 found this helpful

My daughter just now did this. She looks a lot like the little girl in the picture, hehe. Thanks for your input. I will be trying each and every one of these.

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October 15, 20110 found this helpful

I used non-acetone nail polish remover to soak my fingers to remove polish and burnt my finger tips. I was removing a basecoat, plus 2 coats of polish and a top coat what did I do wrong? For 3 days my tips felt numb. I thought I had problems.

I have acrylic nails for the first time, but like to change my polish about every 3-4 days. I did what the nail tech said and got non-acetone polish remover. It's only been two weeks, but I am not going to apply nail polish till I figure out what the heck happened. If you have an answer please share. I hope everyone has a great holiday.

By Sharon

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October 15, 20110 found this helpful

I have never soaked my nails to remove the same number of coats of polish that you stated. All I have ever done is put the polish remover on a cotton ball and use that to remove the polish. I use a seperate cotton ball for each nail. I had acrylic nails several years ago and was never told to soak them. I also used non-acetone polish remover. I was told to soak them when I wanted to remove the nails. I can't remember if I was told to use the non-acetone or regular polish remover, for this process, but what it amounts to is I have never had the problem you mentioned. After having the professionally applied nails, I would sometimes buy a kit with the nails and glue in it and apply acrylic nails myself.

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October 18, 20110 found this helpful

It sounds to me like you may have an allergy to the remover. I'd check with your doctor before doing it again. Also before going back to the salon, because that's what they use too.

But the proper way to remove the polish is not by soaking them but by wetting a cotton ball or pad with the remover and wiping your nails with that.

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October 18, 20110 found this helpful

Redbatterb, to remove the nails themselves, use acetone to soak your nails in. And it takes a while too. I just did mine a few days ago. Had to soak them for about 30 min. Then I let them dry good. Used an emery board to file off as much of anything left as I could. Then soaked some more, about 15 min. this time. Kept doing that till I had gotten off as much as I could. Now I'm letting them "rest" for a couple of months before I get new nails put on. I do this twice a year.

It's a lot of work and time consuming but it's a lot less painful than getting them removed at the salon, and it's a lot easier on my nails too.

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By 0 found this helpful
October 31, 2007

I'm looking for manicure recipes. In specific something pumpkin or cinnamon.
Any ideas?

Naomi

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November 1, 20070 found this helpful

i have never heard of a manicure recipe. do tell.

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By guest (Guest Post)
November 1, 20070 found this helpful

Never heard of "recipes" for it, but you can add any essential oil to any water for most any thing. Watch out for dark colors of oils staining white nails or polish, and I'd use the oil lightly, regardless. Is this what you had in mind? Pumpkin fragrances/aromas are mostly cinnamon anyway, right? So, don't rely on the powdered cinnamon, and use the oil instead.

Good luck. : )

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By guest (Guest Post)
December 4, 20070 found this helpful

Spiced cocoa and coffee sugar scrub

1/2 c sugar

1 tbsp cocoa powder

2 tsp ground coffee

pinch of cinamon and nutmeg

2 tbsp oil--canola, sunflower, olive what ever you have

In a dish mix together sugar, cocoa, coffee, and spices, drizzle in the oil slowly until you have your desired srub consistency. Apply to skin in circular motion to exfoliate and moisturize, rinse well

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May 7, 20050 found this helpful

Tips and ideas for applying and removing nail polish. Post your ideas.

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May 7, 20050 found this helpful

If you run out of cotton balls to remove your nail polish with, use a clean tampon! Hold it like a pen, dip it in the nail polish remover and easily wipe nail polish away! When the end gets too dirty, snip the end and reuse. Keep it to clean up smudges around the nails afterwards. Since you can hold it like a pen, you won't ruin your other nails.

By Lorna L.

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By guest (Guest Post)
May 7, 20050 found this helpful

with the high cost of tampons... I'd rather use toilet paper/ paper towel etc.

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By guest (Guest Post)
May 16, 20050 found this helpful

use a babyfood jar and a sponge with a hole cut in the middle about the size of your finger. pour in the polish remover and use it like one of the fancy removers. When it gets clean it out and reuse.

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