Shellac Nail Polish Removal

Shellac nails are amazing. I mean, there is virtually no drying time, they last for almost two weeks, and they barely chip. They are the new generation of manicures. Almost sounds too good to be true, right? Well, for such a great manicure, there are tradeoffs. In this case, the tradeoff for beautiful nails that last nearly two weeks is the difficult removal process.

Shellac nails cannot be removed with regular nail polish remover. In fact, even 100% acetone takes its time to work through the layers of gel. There isn’t a special polish remover for shellac nail polish available yet. So, when you are in a bind or don’t particularly feel like having someone charge you $5-$10 to have your polish removed, here is a way to remove your own shellac polish at home.

Supplies to remove shellac nail polish

What you’ll need:

  • 100% acetone (please note the one in the photo above is NOT 100% acetone. I realized this after I used it, but it still works for this purpose).
  • Buffer
  • Orange/cuticle stick
  • Cotton balls/pads
  • Aluminum foil (enough to wrap around all 10 fingers)

Cotton pads

Step 1. Break out the cotton! I had cotton pads on hand, so I cut them in half. Soak them in acetone until fully drenched. Then, wrap the pad around your nail, and secure the pad with aluminum foil.

Be prepared, acetone may start to drip down from your fingers, so you may want to use another cotton pad (or paper towel) to wipe it up.

Wrap fingers in cotton and aluminum foil

Step 2. Continue this process on all your nails. I highly recommend working one hand at a time. The process is too messy to work on both hands at the same time. Wait 10 minutes.

Flaking nail polish

Step 3. Has it been 10 minutes? Good. Slide your nail out of the aluminum form, and you’ll see something like above. Flaking polish. The more flakes, the better.

Step 4. Use the orange stick to gently lift and scrape the polish off your nails. Be careful, as this can lift the top layers of the nail if the polish hasn’t been loosened enough. If you notice your polish isn’t coming off easily, slide your finger back into it’s aluminum form and let the acetone work for a few more minutes.

Removed nail polish, all nails

Removed nail polish, zoomed

Step 5. Once your polish has been removed, it’ll look like above. Gross, right? Well, now is the time to buff and clean those nails up! Follow the steps on your buffer for the best results.

Fully buffed, ready to go nails

There we go, nails looking good as new again! In fact, they are ready for some nail polish if you like. The surface should now be smooth.

Tips:

  • Using the aluminum foil method, rather than submerging the hand in acetone, helps ensure that the skin is not dried out. Acetone is a strong chemical, so it’s best to try the least damaging method for removal first.
  • The aluminum foil method can take a long time. It can take about an hour to fully remove the polish and buff all nails to perfection yourself. Keep that in mind. This remove process won’t happen in 15 minutes.
  • Find 100% acetone. I was able to get away with a product that was mostly acetone, but 100% acetone will work even better. You may have to read all the chemicals ingredients on the label, or you may need to venture into a beauty supply store to get the right stuff.

Do you have any tips for removing shellac nail polish? Please share!

Washi Tape Clothespins

Get ready for one of the easiest crafts of your life! Washi Tape Clothespins add some color and design to boring little wooden clothespins. As long as you have all the supplies on hand, you can make one of these bad boys in under a minute.

  Supplies, as pictured above:

  • Clothespins (large and small)
  • Washi tape [I purchased mine from Daiso and from here]
  • Scissors, or xacto knife

Step 1: Choose the clothespin and the washi tape of your choice. Step 2: Unroll enough tape to cover the length of the clothespin. It’s okay to leave a little excess at the top and bottom as it’ll be easy to maneuver scissors around the pin and cut the tape to the perfect size. Tape along the long edge with the metal joint piece jetting out (so that you know you will have a straight edge on that side). Smooth out the tape. Step 3: Turn the clothespin over. Now, you can see what pieces need to be cut off. Cut off the excess tape. The angle you get from turning over the clothespin helps you get as close as possible to the edge of the pin. Step 4: Snip snip! View: This is a view of an almost-completed pin. As you can see, the washi tape that I had selected wasn’t wide enough to cover the entire pin. So, the above steps need to be repeated in order to cover the other side. Step 6: Repeat Steps 1-5 on the other edge of the same side of the pin in order to fully cover the pin. And that’s it! Once you get the hang of it, not only will you be making these pretty fast, but you’re gonna want to washi tape every clothespin in sight.

Here are the pins in action on my super fancy clothespin bulletin above my desk! What will you use your Washi Tape Clothespins for? Hope you enjoy making these!

Prabal Gurung for Target®

Designer Prabal Gurung’s collection for Target finally arrived in stores today, February 10, 2013. Unlike the Neiman Marcus collaboration, which ended up being more of a designer flop with Target slashing prices to move merchandise, Prabal Gurung’s collection has been flying off the shelves in-store and online resembling the demand of the 2011 Missoni for Target line.

This new collection focuses on bright spring colors; there is a lot of chartreuse on the prints and fabrics. There is, however, a theme of love and romance.

Anyway, I went to my local store this morning to check out what they had. Actually, to be truthful, I went there looking for this specific dress as online it said there was limited availability, whereas the other stores had completely sold out.

Prabal Gurung for Target – Dress with Full Skirt in Floral Crush Print. Source: Target.com

Although I didn’t get the dress *tear tear*, here are some of the items I did purchase.

  1. Prabal Gurung For Target® Sleeveless Blouse in First Date Print
  2. Prabal Gurung For Target® Colorblock Dress -Dresden Blue
  3. Women’s Prabal Gurung for Target® Wedge Sandal with Ankle Strap – Apple Red

Here are some of my favorites from the collection. I’m really liking the bright colors and bold prints!

  1. Women’s Prabal Gurung for Target® Lace-up Pump – Nolita Print
  2. Prabal Gurung For Target® Sleeveless Tee in First Date Print
  3. Prabal Gurung For Target® Ruffle Dress -Sulphur
  4. Prabal Gurung For Target® Sweatshirt in First Date Print
  5. Women’s Prabal Gurung for Target® Pointy-Toe Flat – Nolita Print

Did any piece in particular catch you eye? Will you be purchasing anything from the Prabal Gurung collection at Target?

All photos from Target.com