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Tuesday tip: Foil Fingers - the space age way to remove glitter nail polish!

I found this tip a month or so back on Youtube, when I was faced with the gruelling task of removing my rhinestone encrusted nails.  

I had to share my interpretation of it with you lot, because not only has this technique revolutionised my nail varnish choices (I don't need to fear the glitter anymore!) but also, it is a pretty hilarious way to remove polish. Plus, after my last post, it sounds like a lot of you put off using glitter polishes because of the struggle to remove it. Prepare for your lives to be changed! 

You will need this stuff:


Tear the foil into 10 bits that are big enough to wrap around your nail a couple of times, and cut the pads into quarters. You'll need approximately 10 depending on how many fingers you have. 

Soak the cotton pad in nail polish remover, and hold it onto the nail for a moment until it starts to adhere. 



Wrap the foil around your finger and squish it firmly so it holds the cotton wool onto your nail. Repeat. 



Sit and watch TV or think about life for about ten minutes (you won't be able to text or type!) Operating Photobooth with your knuckles isn't as fun as it sounds. And it doesn't even sound fun. Says it all. 


Excuse bedhead and no makeup, I'd only just got out of bed! 


Starting with the first finger you foiled (all the F's!), squish down on the foil as you pull it off the nail. It sometimes doesn't remove all of the glitter, but it removes about 95% of it. The remainder is really easy to remove with a cotton pad. 


Et Voila! Naked nails! 


I initially thought it might be a bit of a waste of nail polish remover, but I think you actually end up using less than if you were frantically scrubbing at them with endless cotton pads. 

So you are now free to go forth and cover your nails in rhinestones, glitter and confetti! They sky is quite literally the limit! 

55 comments:

  1. AAhhh wow! You are a fountain of knowledge!!! x

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  2. Amazing, thank you so much for this tip. I have loads of gorgeous glitter polishes but after nearly ripping my nails off trying to get the bloody stuff off, I've given up on them. Definitely going to dig them out again now. Also your 'You'll need approximately 10 depending on how many fingers you have' sentence made me LOL so bad

    xxx

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  3. haha 'you will need aproximately 10 depending on how many fingers you have', you do make me laugh!

    Might try this with leopard nails as well, I always end up with the spots not wanting to come off!

    xx

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  4. Ahhh fabulous! Just in good time as I glittered my nails just yesterday :D

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  5. A great tip thanks Gem!

    Checkout and follow my blog - www.non-optional.blogspot.com
    N. xox

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  6. Ah thanks for this - I've read about this before but I wasn't convinced it would work, but I am now!

    You have the most incredible skin, by the way, so flawless. And I love your fringe! x

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  7. Oh, you absolute babe.
    Genius,

    Rosie x

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  8. This is AWESOME! Will definitely try this next time! (Seeing as I'm not so apprehensive about the stuff now)!

    Thank you!!

    http://fridayisforever.blogspot.com/

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  9. This always works, I've been doing it for years! It definitely helps to have an activity that doesn't involve fingers planned for the wait though, and go pee first-trying to manoeuvre around the bathroom with foily hands is neither fun or easy...

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  10. Can I just say how much the "you will need approx 10 depending on how many fingers you have" comment tickled me.

    Amazing Tuesday Tip! I never buy glitter polishes anymore cus they're so annoying to get off. Thanks for sharing!

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  11. I'm so glad you posted this as I put off applying Juicy Jules earlier because it'd be so hard to remove. Definitely going to try this tip! :) xx

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  12. Excellent! I very rarely wear glitter nail polish because of the hassle of removing it, and I have an amazing Covergirl pink glitter one that needs to get out more! ;) Thanks!

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  13. Thankyou so much for this tip! I'm usually sat for hours trying to get off my sparkly nails (: x

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  14. You don't understand how much i appreciate this tip, AMAZING! xx

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  15. "You'll need approximately 10 depending on how many fingers you have."
    Literally just snorted all over the laptop. Hilarity is messy. xx

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  16. Yay! I think I might start using gliiter on my nails again now!
    Thanks for the tip :)
    x

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  17. Genius! Thanks for sharing Gem, now I can apply my glitter polishes more often rather than letting the nails recover between application! Amazing :)

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  18. lol thank goodness I'm not the only one to do this, my sister thought I had gone mad when she saw me with tin foil on my fingers :)

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  19. GENIUS! I've literally just painted my nails today with Models Own Juicy Jules, so this tip will definitely be coming in useful in a few days time!

    Oh Gem, you are really quite brilliant! x

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  20. i so hopes this works for gems haha i have the hardest time getting them off, usually i chip them off with scissors! i went to get mine redone last week and the guy just got the nail sander thing and filed them all down haha!

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  21. Love it! going to give this a go in the week, I will no longer be afraid of my models own glitter polish :) x

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  22. This REALLY changed my life. Thank you so much.

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  23. Just discovered your blog on "Cats and Rocking Chairs" blog and I love it! I've always been obsessed with doing crazy things to my nails and I love all your ideas and tips!

    Now following :)

    Hope you can check out my blog at www.colormebluefashion.com!

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  24. what?!? awesome! you are so f-ing smart!

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  25. Haha i love the "lifechanging" comments. although this is so smart, and you are so cute. like a little pixie! :)
    gh0stparties.blogspot.com

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  26. Ah Gem you wonderful woman! It seems so simple but like with most things, I hadn't thought of it. No need to fear my glittery varnishes anymore!

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  27. Glitter nail-varnish is so pretty but it makes my teeth itch trying to remove it! *shudder* I am trying this! Thanks Gem!

    Jen x

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  28. thank you!
    i've been struggling removing the opi burlesque polishes as they are all glittery, but no more!

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  29. you have defo changed my life! i hate the barry m glittery ones coz it is so stubborn to remove!
    why have i never thought of this before?!
    love your quirky style dolly. and his n hers outfits... cute aahahaha
    purrrsss
    xxxxx

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  30. This is an amazing tip! I really hope it works as well as it seems to !! I gave in and applied the Models Own glittery red (can't remember what it's called but it's like Dorothy shoes)the other day, and have avoided trying to remove it because I know what a hassle it is to take off glitter polish.

    I'll test it out tonight!

    www.dressingmissdolly.co.uk

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  31. Good luck to all those who are reintroducing glitter polish into their lives!

    Hope the tip works for you or I will feel pretty guilty. ;)

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  32. I will definitely be trying this out next time to see :) It's never put me off doing glittery nails but scrubbing for hours is dam annoying!

    Great tip Gem. x

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  33. Great tip <3
    This is how they remove the bio-gels..I'll be stocking up on glitter now!x

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  34. wow, how great! i am now def going to buy loads of the models own glitters i have always feared!

    this is how they remove gels nails at my local salon too!

    xox

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  35. Is it just me who has never really had a problem with removing glitter nail varnish before? Here's my tip: leave it on for waaaaay too long, and the glitter will fall off as soon as you waft a cotton wool pad near it! Ta da!

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  36. so going to use this when i eventually choose which glitter polish i want!xxx


    stilettosandcigarettes

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  37. I tried this tonight and it is awesome. Thank you so much!

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  38. This technique is a god send, I raved about this tip on my blog last month as i was tired of the long and painful removal of glitter. I've been wearing more glitter polish since i found this removal technique.
    Kelly

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  39. OHMYGOD Gem, thank you for this! x

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  40. See what did we ever do before you tube, thanks for sharing Gem, I did this an hour ago on my nails and it worked sooo well. It's nice to have a simple, cheap way of getting glitter off quick and mess free. Aww so excited for Friday :) See you there kitten xxx

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  41. ooh! nice tip! thanks!
    i have glitter nailpolish on right now, and i was thinking i'd let them on a few more days to avoid the 'pain'... but yay! now i have the solution!
    xoxo

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  42. Good tip! I love your blog. I was recommended by a friend to have a nose at your tips for blogging as I am just starting out and completely overwhelmed with it all! Really helped having some top pointers thanks! xx

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  43. Amazing Gem! I had to smile at how crazy it will look to my mr, me sitting with my nails covered in tinfoil! :P HAHA! We women are a strange kind! :)

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  44. Oh you! You are a life saver! Do you know how many cotton pads I get through hand how many hours of scrubbing it takes for me to get rid of the glitter?! I could squeeze you through the screen right now!
    xx

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  45. Genius idea....lazy in the long run but it does seem like a lot of effort to start with lol

    Xisses, Onyxsta

    http://say-bleurgh.blogspot.com/

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  46. This is a great post! Thanks for the idea :D

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  47. This is a ber-illiant tip, and I'm definitely going to try it soon. I happen to be sporting Juicy Jules myself at the mo. (The first Models Own varnish I've bought, on a bit of a whim, and I'm very impressed with it - even down to how well it stayed in the bottle and didn't spill when I dropped the lidless bottle down between my bed and chest of drawers and had to actually move furniture (with non-dry nails) to retrieve it!) Anyway, just discovered your blog and totally love it.
    Bette x

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  48. Great Tip, I looove glitter yet its sooo tricky to get off!! x

    http://dollyfaces7.blogspot.com/

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  49. WOW, after my nightmare of removing glitter nailpolish I felt as though I'd never do it again... thank goodness I've come across your blog!

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  50. Thank you for posting this in the comments of my post Hun!! I will be trying it out to remove this glitter polish thanks so much <3 xxxxxx

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