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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 voilรก, 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?



  1. January 17, 2013 / 7:50 pm

    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 โ€“ I actually did this for a few years until I learned out disgustingly unhygienic it is! xx

  2. January 17, 2013 / 11:22 am

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

    • January 17, 2013 / 12:06 am

      Haha I know right.

  3. January 16, 2013 / 3:03 pm

    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.

    • January 16, 2013 / 4:14 pm

      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 ๐Ÿ™‚

    • January 16, 2013 / 4:26 pm

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

    • January 17, 2013 / 12:06 am

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

  4. January 16, 2013 / 12:45 pm

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

    • January 17, 2013 / 12:05 am

      Oooh good idea!

  5. January 16, 2013 / 12:11 pm

    Such a clever idea!! X

    • January 17, 2013 / 12:05 am


  6. January 16, 2013 / 11:51 am

    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!


    • January 17, 2013 / 12:05 am

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

  7. January 16, 2013 / 8:01 am

    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?

    • January 17, 2013 / 12:04 am

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

  8. January 16, 2013 / 2:10 am

    I've been doing this for many year's but it's a good idea to pass on to other nail polish lover's ๐Ÿ™‚


    • January 17, 2013 / 12:03 am


  9. January 16, 2013 / 12:01 am

    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.

    • January 16, 2013 / 12:06 am

      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?!

    • January 16, 2013 / 12:05 am

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

  10. January 15, 2013 / 11:43 pm

    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!

    • January 16, 2013 / 12:05 am

      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.

  11. January 15, 2013 / 10:47 pm

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

    • January 15, 2013 / 11:14 pm

      Yes you can and now you know! Woohooooo!

    • January 15, 2013 / 11:14 pm

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

  12. January 15, 2013 / 10:31 pm

    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 ยฃ1 polish ๐Ÿ˜‰

    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

    • January 15, 2013 / 11:13 pm

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