This afternoon I decided to take off my gel polish at home and it was a total disaster. Probably my biggest beauty blunder moment in a long, long time. I was so prepared, I had all the bits and bobs and my confidence was at the level of ‘I’ve watched nail ladies do this to my nails over a hundred times so I know exactly what I’m doing’. But it turns out taking off my gel polish is not something that I should be doing at home. And something I don’t think I’ll ever be doing again.
First of all, I’m not really sure if my nail polish remover was quite the right stuff. It is an acetone formula (which is the chemical that dissolves your polish) but also just a regular cheap nail polish remover. I was very professional and had my little squares of cotton pads and tin foil all set to go (another false confidence builder) and I even roughed up the top layer of my bright pink polish with a nail file.
After soaking my nails for about 15-20 mins I took off my little foil finger covers to see how magnificently the polish was peeling off. There was some promising peeling which I gently removed. I then put my acetone soaked cotton pads and foil covers back on thinking that it all just needed a little longer.
I was so wrong. About an hour and 15 mins had gone by and I still had patches of super stuck gel polish all over my nails. I was so over it by this point! I couldn’t eat my mandarin, I couldn’t turn the pages of my book properly or scroll through Facebook safely with my sharp foil fingers. I was a sooky mountain of regret and absolutely stunk of nail polish remover.
Fast forward to my nail escapade now stretching to almost two hours long and I was now soaking my nails tips in a bowl of remover. I would soak one set of nails while my boyfriend scrapped at the other.
By the end of it all I had been able to get off every last bit of pink polish, but I’m pretty sure my nails weren’t feeling as satisfied as I was. I have never had such rough feeling and scratchy looking nails and I am currently trying to convince myself that after a bit of nail oil and a sleep that they will be all good. Don’t worry, I’ve never heard of sleep being beneficial to nails either, it’s just a little lie I have concocted to try and make myself feel better.
To sum up, I don’t think I will be ever trying this at home ever again. The worst part is that without my strengthening gel polish I doubt my nails will even last till my next nail appointment on the weekend. I’ve learnt my lesson!
Have you ever had a similar nail polish removing drama?