How to Remove Gel Polish at Home Without Foil

Anyone who knows me knows I love nail polish and often paint my own nails at home. However, there are the occasional times where I will treat myself to a gel manicure. It’s the same cycle for me every time: I love how it looks, then get sick of it after a week and feel the urge to remove it. I normally peel it off, and I know it’s so bad for your nails, but I don’t think soaking your fingers in pure acetone is any better. My nails usually look scraggly and dry after I peel off the gel polish and takes about a week for them to recover.

I went to get a gel manicure recently and told myself I would have it taken off professionally, but decided to just do it myself at home. I researched different ways and many of them involved the technique of wrapping aluminum foil around each finger with an acetone-soaked cotton ball situated on the nail for 10-15 minutes (this is the method I use to remove glitter nail polish). To my dismay, I ran out of foil and it was too late to go out and buy some. I kept researching and found the answer to my request. I have tweaked it a little and it works like a charm. Behold, my new favorite way to remove gel nail polish at home. Continue reading “How to Remove Gel Polish at Home Without Foil”

How I Cleared My Skin

One of my New Year’s resolutions was to wear less makeup and focus more on skincare. I do not have perfect skin by any means, and I made it a point to figure out a skincare regimen that works for me.

A little background: I did not have any problems with my skin until I started wearing makeup in college. I developed bumps on my cheeks and had breakouts all over my T-zone, so I would wear two layers of foundation to make sure everything was covered. I also used to use skincare products specifically for oily skin, and even had a prescription for clindamycin as a topical solution for a few months. For the next five years, I was convinced that my skin was oily and tried to find the best products to ban any shine because oil = pimples. Or so I thought. Continue reading “How I Cleared My Skin”