Monday, April 9, 2012

Two Sets of Easter nails...Yep!

I know I'm pretty much talking to myself here, but I still feel obligated to begin this post with an apology. I somehow managed to NOT take any sufficient pictures of my first Easter manicure. Yes, my first one, since I did two. My students (mainly my girls) love seeing my nails, so I wanted to be sure I polished my Easter nails before Thursday, since there was no school on Friday. Consequently, I polished my Easter nails on Wednesday. Couple that with lots of baking and laundry, and I managed to chip one nail by Saturday night. I also swatched Zoya Apple onto a plastic nail on Saturday night and I somehow managed to get a little bit of it on my thumb! Anyways, I'm completely anal and one chip and a green splotch means I had to redo the whole manicure. For the first manicure, I used China Glaze Fast Track, some pastel colored polishes and a dotting tool, and then I finished it up with Essie Matte About You to make is Easter egg-like. Here's the only acceptable picture I took:

Easter Nails

I redid my nails on Saturday in preparation of spending Sunday with some good friends! For this manicure I used Zoya Rica (from the Sunshine collection, which is to die for!), China Glaze Lemon Fizz, and Zoya Adina. I also used a dotting tool for this manicure. I received a ton of compliments on Sunday and at work today, so this one gets a thumbs up! I took all of these without flash, but since I got home as the sun was setting, I did have to have the light on!

Easter Nails

Spring Nails

Spring Nails

Spring Manicure

Spring Manicure

A little off topic (but it has to do with polish, so is it really off topic?), but Zoya was doing a Good Morning America promo last week, so I purchased their Sunshine collection for 50% off! YESSSS! I also decided to try out their Remover +, which I also got for 50% off. I.AM.IN.LOVE. It removes polish like a champ (though I haven't tried a glitter yet, which shall be the true test) and it smells delightful. My favorite part though, is the pump. I just set my cotton ball on top, press the pump down, and viola, my cotton ball has the perfect amount of polish remover on it! When I'm done, I just lock it up and it's ready to go back under the sink! It's pretty much amazing. I highly recommend it!

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Removing Nail Polish From Carpet

So, I wish I was writing this post for the theory only. I wish I could say that nail polish splatter art has never happened on my carpet. I wish I could say that I didn't completely forget that I hadn't screwed the lid on my nail polish bottle before trying to pick it up. Sadly, I cannot say any of this. I had a total, complete, epic nail polish fail last night that prompted a few tears. Of course, it HAD to be bright pink, neon in fact, polish. On our anything-but-hot-pink carpet. Ugh. 

Ok, so here's the story. I just got the China Glaze Poolside Collection. Also, my toenails were in need of a new coat of polish. I figured I'd polish them before my nails, so I pulled out Pool Party and went at it. Between coats, I set Pool Party on my nightstand and I didn't screw the cap on. When I went to pick it up, it somersaulted beautifully, spraying polish all over the carpet as it swirled through the air. I was left with a gorgeous, well spread out design. I reacted quickly, ending up with polish all over myself as well, but prevented any major pooling. After blotting up what I could before it dried, I resigned myself to crying over my stupidity. I never thought that would happen to me. After a day of thinking and a Google search, I was determined to fix the carpet. And here's where I'm at:

Removing Nail Polish from CarpetRight after the catastrophe, after I had soaked up the excess polish and my tears.

How To Remove Nail Polish from Carpet
What it looks like now. I'm still going to work on it over the next few days. *UPDATE: The nail polish is completely gone from view and you can't even tell that there was a massacre!* 

Though I hope you're NEVER in this situation (learn from my mistakes and ALWAYS screw that cap back on!), here's what to do if the unthinkable happens. 

1. Blot up excess before it dries. 
2. Put nail polish remover on a cloth (I used an old t-shirt). 
3. Use the least harsh nail polish you have. I used one that contains some acetone, but not much at all. 
4. Rub the polish! Continue this until your cloth comes back clean. For the areas that just had a little spray of polish on them, I just snipped the tip of the carpet fiber with some sharp scissors. 
5. Finally, steam clean or spray your carpet with cleaner to remove any remaining nail polish remover. 
The lighter spots in the picture are just areas that the fibers are laying the opposite way from the rest of the carpet because of all my scrubbing. The nail polish remover didn't discolor the carpet in any way!  I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out and even though I'm still mad at myself, I'm glad it isn't absolutely terrible. :)
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