First off, let me show you how I set up for a manicure. I have multiple fabric storage boxes like the one below. They have several compartments in different sizes. I use another for my stamping and acrylics and another for various other nail art like rhinestones and fimo.
You can see in the middle section on the right, I have my finger cots with the cotton balls in the next compartment behind them. Here is what they look like up close....just like little condoms.
You can purchase these in multiple sizes. People use them to protect their nails, like when you are doing dishes but they also can be used if you have dry cuticles but don't want to wear gloves on your hands. I buy them in medium and it is a great fit for me. Next step is to moisten a cotton ball in acetone and place it on your nail.
Now your ready to hold it in place by using that finger cot and rolling it onto your finger.
Here is what they look like when one hand is finished.
Now all you need to do is wait five to seven minutes and then pressing the cotton down on your fingernail, slide the finger cot right off the nail. The glitter has melted (or the Shellac or Gel) and polish and glitter slide right off with the cot. The best part about finger cots......you can hang up your clothes, iron, do the dishes, walk the dogs (if you don't mind people seeing your hands like this), you can even play on your ipad because the ipad allows you to scroll and use the touch screen even with the cots on your fingers.
If foil is still your go-to, that's cool. Just know you have another option. I usually buy my finger cots off e-bay because you can get a box of 144 for under $5.00.
Addendum: After I put up this post, my friend Veronica from Gorgeois told me she had posted on the EXACT SAME THING earlier this year. She, as usual, did a much better job displaying this method through photos and carried it through all of the removal. You can check it out here. If you are not following her already, you should.
I'd love to get my hands on pointy ended cotton buds too. :)ReplyDelete
When I was younger I found these tiny condoms in the medical kit. What on earth are these for? Oh suppositories! Ok... I remember taking one to school and everyone sniggering about it.
This is a great idea! I always wondered what they could possibly be used for non-sexually xD
I've seen these before and always wondered what you can use them for besides some guy with a really small penis LOLSReplyDelete
I need to try this out, I hate removing glitter but love how they look....this might make life alot easier!
lol this is almost exactly like the post I did back in April. :P Not to say I was the first person to ever think of it, but I'd never seen anyone else do it. I didn't know any professionals who used this method, since most nail salons use the elastic wraps and cotton.ReplyDelete
Commented on your post. You photographed it better.Delete
You can also buy them for walmart around 2 bucks. I posted about them too, they are awesome!ReplyDelete
Wow, didn't know that. Next time in a pinch I will run there and get some.Delete
"Little condoms"= bahahahaah This is great! I have to try it. Foil works for me, but the set up is annoying, ripping up foil, etc. I like this idea!ReplyDelete
Finger condoms....LOVE IT!ReplyDelete
The moment I saw them, my mind started screaming condoms! lolReplyDelete
You also can get clips to quickly put on/take off your piece of cotton on each nail. They are only a little more expensive, but lasts forever...ReplyDelete
If you want you can find them on my blog in the page DIY + tips & tricks in the top menu...
The clips are better than foil but limit functionality. I wouldn't be able to use my iPad unless I did one hand at a time.Delete
Can they be used more than one time, or...?ReplyDelete
Yes, just roll them back off your finger and remove the cotton.Delete
Yay! I just placed an order for these. I tried the foil method, but hated it like you. This seems so easy! Can't wait to try them!ReplyDelete
haha, these look like little midget condoms!! I think I'm going to get some too!!! they seem a lot easier than the foil method!ReplyDelete
lol they are like little condoms! great review, i want to give these a try! :DReplyDelete
buying these on ebay right now - but I need to know - where did you get that handy dandy fabric organizer box? and please don't say walmartReplyDelete