Easy To Remove Nail Polish Without Nail Polish Remover

The good news: your nails look stunning after a manicure or a pedicure. The bad news: they will never last there forever. The good news: you can have them done whenever a fresh coat needs to be applied to them. The bad news: You ran out of nail polish remover. The good news: there are other ways you can do to remove nail polish.

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These are common household products that you can also use to remove an old polish. You may have seen or heard some or all of them used for other cleaning and other purposes. This may just be the first time you may have read them to be used as a nail polish remover.

Which of these household products have you used to strip off an old nail polish?

  1. Alcohol or alcohol-based products like a hand sanitizer, perfume, deodorant, hair spray, and alcoholic drinks can quickly remove your nail polish. You need to soak your fingers for about 20 minutes before you can rub the old polish off with a cotton pad or cotton balls.
  1. White vinegar or vinegar and lemon solution. This natural all-around cleansing solution will also strip away your old sns nails polish quickly. Adding lemon or orange extract to vinegar will enhance its cleansing power. It will also make your nails and hands smell good.
  1. Toothpaste and baking soda. These two products are known to have a lot of uses. Did you know that you can also use them to wipe off your nail polish? All you need to do is to apply some toothpaste (or a combination of the two) on your nails. Then, you can easily scrub the polish off with a toothbrush or a paper towel.
  1. Hydrogen peroxide. Hydrogen peroxide is a germicidal agent used to clean wounds, treat infection, and foot fungus. It can also be used for personal care. As such, it can be used as a mouthwash, a toothpaste, tooth whitening solution, hair lightening agent, and more. Many have also found it an effective sanitizing and cleaning solution for household surfaces and for the laundry.

It is amazing what such a solution can do. It can actually even be used in food preparations. But did you know that hydrogen peroxide can also be used to remove your old nail polish? Like all other previously mentioned household products, this solution can also be used to strip off your old sns nails polish. You just have to soak your nails for 10 minutes in a mixture of two parts of hydrogen peroxide with a part of hot water before filing off the polish with a nail file.

When done, just wash off your hands with soap and water.

  1. Paint thinner. Use this solution only if you cannot find any of the alternatives mentioned above. If you decide to use this, make sure that you are in a well-ventilated area as this chemical does not only smell bad, it can also pose danger to your health.
  1. Nail polish. Yes, you can actually use a different or even the same nail polish brand to remove an old nail polish. You can either coat your nails if you just want to change the color of your nails without ever having to put on a primer or a base coat. You can also cover the old polish with a new coat of polish and rub it off with a cotton pad or a paper towel to wipe off the old coat under with the new coat over it.

With all these alternative nail polish removers, you won’t have to wait for someone to bring in a nail polish remover when you don’t have the time to buy it yourself. Any of the solutions mentioned will help you remove an old nail coating easily at home.

There may be other solutions that you can add to our list. If you can think of or have used other nail polish remover alternatives, let us know.  If you have used a few of them, which worked well? It would help others if you will share your experience with the other readers.

Cupcake Polish Group Customs

Group customs are pretty popular right now in the indie nail community. There are a lot of them I have admired even though there is no way I could afford to buy them all. When I saw Sara, the maker of Cupcake Polish, announce she was doing a group custom duo I was pretty excited. Cupcake Polish makes some of my favorite holographic polishes and I was even more excited when I saw the inspiration photos for the duo.

Sarah created two awesome and super saturated shades for the Cupcake Polish Lovers Facebook group. Both have incredible formulas lots of depth. I wanted to wait to post this to allow some time for current group members to purchase the customs before I posted about them here. But don’t worry! You still have plenty of time to purchase these.

#Skwad

Cupcake Polish #skwad

#Skwad is a super saturated cool toned fuchsia. It leans cooler toned than my photos show but my macro photo is closer to the actual color. The formula does lean a bit on the thicker side which is pretty typical for Cupcake Polish. However, it is still very easy to work with and is fully opaque in two coats. Top coat helps to bring out the holographic in #Skwad as well as the hint of gold shimmer. The gold shimmer looks a lot stronger in the bottle than it does on the nail and even though I’m a big shimmer fan I’m okay with this. I feel like a strong shimmer would take away from the beautiful bright color in this case. I do want to give a heads up that you’ll want to wear a good basecoat with this. My nails are a bit porous right now due to a bad experience with a sticky basecoat (That’s a story for another post.) I had a bit of temporary staining on the skin and nail with #Skwad so just take your usual stain blocking precautions and you should be fine.

Supersonique

Cupcake Polish Supersonique

Supersonique is a super vivid cool toned purple. It reminds me of a slightly darker and more saturated version of Lilac You Mean It.  If you have Lilac You Mean It you will still be fine having Supersonique because they are different enough to not be dupes. Supersonique leans more on the indigo side than Lilac You Mean It does but is still very purple. This has a pretty similar formula to #Skwad and was opaque in two coats. The holographic in Supersonique is more intense than #Skwad and it has turquoise blue holographic sparks in it that stand out especially when you topcoat it. Again, you’ll want to watch out for staining with this one, especially if you have porous nails. I had purple tips for a few days, but ags I said, my tips are a bit damaged due to that crummy sticky basecoat incident. Basecoat is your friend! Just might want to avoid the sticky variety for these because the pigment doesn’t need any help sticking.

Overall Impression

I really love these two polishes a lot. Oddly, I think I slightly prefer #Skwad which is funny because I was positive Supersonique would be the obvious favorite for me. Since I’m a terrible enabler I think you should really get both. I really love it when Cupcake Polish does these bright colors and it’s nice to have a bright that isn’t a neon. Both polishes benefit from having a glossy topcoat worn over them but  topcoat also intensifies the color. I don’t mind that topcoat does this but it’s something to be aware of.

You can only purchase these polishes through the Cupcake Nail Polish Lovers facebook group. They are available until July 14th so hope to it if you want them. I highly recommend them especially if you are a fan of bright, super saturated, nail polish like me. If you could only pick one which do you think you would choose? Or are you like me have no self control when it comes to polishes like this?

CrowsToes Nail Color Indian Summer

CrowsToes is a not a new indie brand by any means but is simply new to me. Shimmers are starting to come back which makes me very happy and I love that CrowsToes has some offerings for folks like me who still love multichromes. I have bought a handful of polishes from them s I will be showing them off gradually instead of doing one big post.

CrowsToes Indian Summer

First up is, arguably, one of CrowsToes most popular multichromes, Indian Summer. At first I didn’t really think I needed Indian Summer because it looked a lot like ILNP’s Cygnus Loop. The two polishes have the same color shift and do look pretty similar. I think Indian Summer may be slightly more saturated. The biggest difference I found is Indian Summer has a much stronger magenta shift between the royal purple and red. It still has that royal purple, magenta, red, to copper shift to it that Cygnus Loop does. If you have Cygnus Loop you may be able to skip this one, unless you are a multichrome nut like me. If you wan more of that magenta shift between the purple and red you’ll want Indian Summer.

Indian Summer had a smooth, easy to use, formula that dried fairly quickly. There are a bit of brush strokes when you first apply the polish but most of them disappeared once the polish was fully dried. Topcoat will also help to smooth out those remaining brush strokes. Just for reference’s sake, my photos were taken without topcoat so you could see the polish in its natural state.

It took 3 coats for Indian Summer to be fully opaque on its own. Like with other multichromes you will be able to get it opaque in one coat. Sometimes I find adding the black base is more work unless you have a really nice one coat black polish. Some people say black base makes the color shift in multichromes stronger. I have not noticed that personally but it’s worth a shot if you want to save on polish.

This was the first time I have really been happy with my photos of a multichrome polish. I’ve found multichromes to be in the top three polish finishes to photograph because it’s not easy to capture the color shift and to capture the full spectrum of color shift takes some serious acrobatics with your posing and lighting. I’m disappointed I wasn’t able to capture the copper shift. It’s definitely there in person if you angle your fingers the right way. You are going to mostly see the royal purple, magenta, and red shifts.

I have been really pleased with the turn around time and customer service from CrowsToes. I have made two purchases from their website so far and both times my orders shipped in a timely manner, I received shipping notices and tracking. Everything arrived well packed and I liked that rubber bands that matched he caps were included for each polish. The smooth, short, caps were a bit difficult to open. However, CrowsToes is switching over to matte caps which I’m pretty happy about since they will be easier to grip.

What do you think? Are you happy to see makers still making multichromes?

 

Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer June 2016 Releases

Here are the June 2016 releases from Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer. Julie, the maker of Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer had to push the release of these polishes back to July. However, I doubt any of us mind because these polishes are well worth the wait.

This release will consist of a mix of preorder and “first come, first serve” polishes. Today I have the new Siren and the BEGL in the Destination Duo with 6Harts. These will release on Thursday, July 7th at 3:30pm EDT. Excited to see them? Here we go!

Siren’s Poolside Daiquiri

This lovely addition to the BEGL’s Sirens is a bright strawberry pink with rose gold flakies, neon pink to blue shifting flakies, and silver ultra holographic glitters. This polish was opaque for me in two coats and application was a breeze despite how much stuff is in the polish. The polish does dry a bit textured so you will want to topcoat it. I didn’t notice any bumpiness or anything out of the ordinary, just typical micro glitter texture. Topcoat will also help the glitters and flakies stand out better and really sparkle. This is a warmer pink with just a drop of coral to it. I really love the name because the polish reminds me of drinking fruity frozen adult beverages in the shade.

This polish will be available on the BEGL website for preorder on Thursday, July 7th at 3:30pm EDT and will sell for $12.00 USD. If there any overpours they will be available for sale at the end of the month.

Pining for the Pass

This polish is part of this month’s Destination Duo with 6Harts. I really love these Destination polishes because they are inspired by a photo and place. For this month’s the inspiration photo for the duo was taken by Courtney at Lolo Pass in Montana I really dig it. It’s not a picture you would typically pick for a polish inspiration and I really love how creatively it was interpreted.

I received the BEGL in my press release package. For those of you who love those olive type greens this will absolutely be up your alley. Pining for the Pass is a pine green polish with red to gold shifting flakies, bright gold flakies, and clear ultra holographic flakies. I really liked this one and it’s a color combination we don’t always see. It makes me think of sunlight sparkling through the spaces in between leaves on a tree. The red to gold shifting flakies create a strong shimmer effect in the polish with flecks of gold and holographic. It’s nice to have something different and this really does make me think of a hike through the woods.

The formula on this was a bit sheerer and like a true jelly. This will be a 2-3 coat polish depending on application. Honestly, even if you have a slight bit of visible nail line you will really have to strain to see it because there’s so many flakies in this polish. Like the Siren, this dried slightly textured and needed a topcoat.

Pining for the Pass will release with a polish from 6Harts called Rock of Ages. I didn’t receive that polish but Rock of Ages is described as a medium gray polish with green, color shifting, and dark gray micro flakies along with a small amount of micro glitter. You’ll want to check out the BEGL Website as well as the 6Harts website for photos. The duo will also come with bonus glitter packet full of coordinating glitters in various colors and shapes. They are meant to be worn with the polish for nail art purposes but not meant to be mixed in with them.

You will be able to purchase this month’s destination duo from both BEGL and 6Harts websites. However, be aware that 6Harts does not ship internationally. The duo will cost $20 shipped domestically and $20 shipped with a prorated fee for international customers.

Overall Impression

Both of these polishes are really lovely and have excellent formulas. It’s important to note that bEGL’s polishes do run a bit on the thicker side and you may need to add a couple drops of thinner if you prefer your polishes to be thinner. I have never had a bad polish from BEGL and they are well worth having. Which of the two polishes draw your eye the most?