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Just a quick tippety doo dah on the ol' blog today. It's probably not anything new or exciting for a lot of you, but it's an old trick from way back when that I for one forgot all about! I just went to paint my nails with this lovely Technic Nail Varnish in shade BONANZA, and instead of a bonanza  of luscious polish to paint my talons with I got GLOOP. And a bonanza of gloop ain't all that. So I reverted back to my teenage years, when I owned about 3 nail varnishes and had to savour every last drop....
It's a pretty simple 'trick'. Just grab your standard bottle of own brand nail varnish remover... Pour a drop into the bottle of nail varnish, shake it like a polaroid picture (see, this is a work out too), or until you see some movement in the bottle once more, and voil√°, your nail varnish is good to go once more!
What once was a gloopy sticky mess is now a runny and lovely once more. It might take a little longer to dry doing this, but it's better waiting another ten minutes than splashing out whole 99PENCE on another bottle. I must apologise if I'm being captain state the obvious here, but it had me entertained for 5 minutes.

Do you have any tips for making the most of your nail polish?

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31 Comments:

  1. My Mama always does this. The ironic thing is most of her colours are staple MUA polishes and she works opposite a superdrug so she doesn't really have an excuse not to buy another £1 polish ;)

    But I agree it does work & its saved a few of my favourite polishes a few times when I've been desperate to wear them!

    Kerys -ox
    Little Bo Blab

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    1. Hahaha that's penny pinching if I ever did see it! It's a great little trick.

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  2. I threw out all my gloopy nail varnishes the other day! Really wish I had seen this first!

    XO

    http://the-shelley-diaries.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Nooooo!! I'm hoping someone will post a tip to stop them going gloopy in the first place!

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  3. I never knew you could revive your old nail varnishes! Definitely going to try this trick! Thank you! X

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    1. Yes you can and now you know! Woohooooo!

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  4. I used to do this all the time until I learned that it actually messes up the nail polish in the long run. If you have a few bucks nail polish thinner is a really great investment because it goes a long way and it doesn't ruin your pretty polishes!

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    1. I don't tend to buy expensive polishes so this will do for now! I'll have a look at polish thinners tho!! I didn't know they existed.

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  5. I've tried this before and couldn't get it to work! Maybe my polish was just too far gone hahah
    www.studdedkisses.com

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    1. You do have to shake for a while sometimes! I have had one before that was past saving tho. Damnit!

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  6. I heard this does make them chip easier but I guess if you're wearing a good top coat it doesn't make a difference!

    I put my goopier polishes in the fridge for a few hours before I use them.
    X

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    1. Ah I don't wear varnish long enough for it to chip anyway I'm a picker!! Oh might try the fridge thing, although not sure how that'd work?!

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  7. I've been doing this for many year's but it's a good idea to pass on to other nail polish lover's :)

    Karen

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  8. I'd heard it was better to keep them in the fridge, but I can't understand how that would make them better - surely they'd just go gloopy quicker?

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    1. Ive seen this too. God knows how it works. Worth a try tho!

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  9. Just in time! I've been agonising for ages over whether to throw out my favourite nail polish - sure, I could just buy another one but when the bottle's still half full?! Now I don't have to: thank you!

    www.tenantofwildfellhall.blogspot.com

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    1. Apparently you can buy actual nail polish thinner for this too but no idea how much it is!

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  10. I do this too and I add eye makeup remover into dried up mascaras too.

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  11. NO, DON'T DO THIS!! Oh my gosh I can't believe people actually make how-tos about this. There is a product called "nail polish thinner". That would be what you want. Adding acetone to your polish (which has an acetate base) is slowing ruining it further and making it worse. Please don't tell people to do this! =(

    I'm a nail blogger.

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    1. I'm not a nail blogger... as you can see from the rest of my blog... Simply sharing a quick tip for a cheap polish using something I already had, that worked and otherwise the polish would have gone in the bin. Which isn't too environmentally friendly really. I've not killed any kittens or anything!
      I said at the end if you have any please share, and you have. So thanks :)

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    2. I agree with you Terri - I wouldn't splash out pennies to revive a cheapo polish, I'd do the same as you

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    3. I feel better saving it temporarily on the cheap than just throwing it away for good :s!

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  12. This is a great post! Rochelle N needs to calm down - its only nail polish... x

    Www.poptartsandsexx.blogspot.co.uk

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  13. I swear by this for keeping old polishes in good shape! such a good idea xx

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  14. I keep ALL my nail varnish in the fridge much to my boyfriends annoyance! The cheese and eggs have had to relocate to another area. Basically by keeping it in the fridge the liquid seems to be thinner as it's cooler, therefore also dries quicker.

    I wrote a post on it last July........http://agirliknow.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/i-like-my-nails-chilled.html
    x

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  15. Ahhh this one's such a classic! I read it in Shout magazine when I was about 12 and have been doing it ever since! Another penny-pinching tip from the teen mags was to stand dried up mascara in a cup of boiling water for a few minutes in order to get a few more applications out of it – I actually did this for a few years until I learned out disgustingly unhygienic it is! xx

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