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April 26, 2011

Woman Giving Herself a ManicureI 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 dorothy wedenoja from New Creek, WV

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December 4, 2006

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.

Woman Dipping Her Hands in Water With Rose Petals

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September 25, 2015

You will keep this little one ounce container with you all the time! You just brush the oil on your cuticles and rub it in.

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March 25, 2018

I have a really hard time keeping my nails and cuticles in shape. I'm a nurse therefore I wash my hands a lot and I also love yard work which is rough on hands even if you wear gloves.


The key ingredient is coconut oil and a little time.

DIY Manicure - finished nails

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September 4, 2019

I'm very conscious of how I treat my nails because I love them to stay as nicely polished as day one, for the sake of the look and the cost. This begins with making sure they are treated well before I even put the paint on, and extends to dealing with them for the coming weeks. Here are some tips to keep your manicure lasting as long as possible.

Long nails beautifully manicured with an opalescent blue polish.

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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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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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February 25, 2019

Soak your fingernails in a solution of 1/2 cup warm water mixed with 2 teaspoons of white vinegar for a couple minutes. Dry thoroughly, then apply your nail polish.


This will get rid of all the oils on and around your nails to help your polish stay on a lot longer.

Using a vinegar soak before applying nail polish.

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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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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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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 hand with clean and bright fingernails.

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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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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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May 13, 2004

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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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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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 11, 20070 found this helpful

Just let it wear off. Give her a bath a day for three days, and I'll bet it will be all gone.

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January 11, 20070 found this helpful

Nail polish remover? Be sure to wash her skin with soap and water afterward.

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