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tirsdag den 28. januar 2014

How to keep you polishes in perfect condition - longevity with a perfect formula

A polish dried out and is thrown away...
But here you have a few simple tips, that can help your polishes to stay alive for many, many years.

Storage: Polishes prefer to be stored standing upright in a cool and dark place without too much variation in temperature throughout the day.
I keep my polishes in these drawers, the sunlight cannot reach the drawers making them extra hot part of the day.
I know a woman with 25+ years old polishes (with a perfect formula) stored in her refrigerator.
I think the main thing is to avoid direct sunlight (and light in general) and to try to keep a fairly even temperature if at all possible.
If you want to enjoy your polishes on racks and walls, it would be perfect it the room can be fairly dark, unless you are in there to use and admire your beauties. But you do risk that some of the polishes change their color over time...
Do not store - your polishes in your bathroom, the temperature is fairly warm, and it is ever changing...

Check your polishes if you have a problem with their longevity.
And definitely if you buy or receive old polishes from others.
Let me show you a precious vintage Chanel I recently bought, only about half full - and not in a good condition.
My first step is to restore it with a nail polish thinner to make the formula perfect again. I use Seche Restore and this bottle needed 10-12 drops, but there are many other good brands of thinners on the market.
My advice is to stay away from nail polish removers and acetone as thinners, they WILL change your polish one way or another. In my youth many, many years ago I tried this - only to find the polish useless and dried out the next time I wanted to use them.
If you want to learn more about the subject, Michelle from Labmuffin has an excellent post on the subject - click HERE!

A certain evaporation will take place over the years, especially when the bottle is frequently used and gets emptier - but you can minimize it.
In the below case the reason is however obvious:
- the lid cannot be screwed on 100% tightly because the thread on the bottleneck is filled with dried out polish, and the solvent evaporates. This polish will dry out eventually, if it doesn't get help...

- but it should be the RIGHT help!
As you can see someone tried to clean this bottleneck with cotton wool or cotton pads - the lint stuck to the dried out polish, that weren't even removed in the process, and there is a risk that the lint eventually end up in the polish...

All you need is a nail polish remover and LINT FREE pads or fabric in cotton, torn into small pieces, that works just as well. But you can get lint free pads at ridiculous low prices on Ebay.

If the case is hard core you might also have to clean the lid inside with a flat brush dipped in polish remover, the same kind of brush you use for cleaning mishaps after polishing. But usually the thread on the bottleneck is the worst.
The thin end of a dotter can be useful as a scraping tool on the thread of the bottleneck to speed up the process between two soaked pads - see below.

So my next step is: Remove the lid from the bottle, wipe the bottle brush against the inside of the bottle neck to remove the drop of polish on it, and place it in a paper towel.
Soak a piece of lint free material in polish remover and place it on the bottle top.
Use a latex glove, if you want to protect the polish on your nails ;)
- with a firm grip twist the soaked pad around the bottle neck, back and forth.
It might be necessary to repeat this step with several pieces of lint free material, if it is a "bad case", so keep them within reach - as it is best to work quickly to prevent the brush to dry out!

This is what your bottle necks should look like - just like a brand new and never used bottle of polish!

This neck has some hard to reach corners, so here the tiny end of a dotting tool comes in handy as a scraper, or even used inside the soaked pad, to get into that corner.

After a few days: Open the polish again. Some dried polish from the lid might have stuck to the thread, so it might be necessary to repeat the process. And do it again after some days - and in any case make sure the lid still is screwed on tightly!

Your new and old polishes will love you if you make a habit of keeping their necks clean - and you will love them even more because they will remain a pleasure to work with!!

Other tips:
Go over you lids once a while to secure that they are screwed on tightly - chances in temperature can make them gradually open more or less - and give them a good shake at the same time.
Do not use tools to open a bottle of nail polish, if it cannot be opened normally. Place it under the running warm tap a few seconds - try again, and if it still not opens, hold it under the running water a little longer to heat it up and make the dried out polish a little elastic.

32 kommentarer:

  1. This is brilliant advice!! Thank you for putting this together :)

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    1. I'm so happy you found it useful, thanks a lot :)

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  2. So many awesome and helpful tips <3

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    1. Thank you so much Mimi, I'm happy you found them useful!

      Slet
  3. Thanks for the post, it was very helpful! There are aspects I haven't even think of, so I'll definetly have some cleaning to do! ^^

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    1. YAY, your polishes will love you for it :)

      Slet
  4. Great post! I find most of your tips kind of... self-evident, but apparently a lot of people don't know about them. I have got a couple of 25 year old polishes myself (omg, not BIG3Free!) and they're complitely fine because my mom stored them in the refrigerator. I wonder if there is someone with a crazy collection like us who uses a refrigerator to store them!? :D
    Oh, and I heard that the acrylic paints how-to is coming up next? :P (I'm sorry I keep nagging... hehe)

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    1. I know that some have air conditioning in their polish room - so that's a bit like it :)
      I come to realize that the cleaning is a big problem after having received so many pre-owned Chanels...
      The WHAT paints - hmmm, I have absolutely no idea what you are talking about hahahaha - but yes, it might be soon ;)

      Slet
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    1. I'm so happy you think so, thanks a lot!

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  6. Ooooh, thank you, this post reminds me I really need to clean some polishes' necks...BTW I've read somewhere that put lacquers in the fridge is absolutely not recommended but I don't remember why :D

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    1. Thank you so much *Ky* - well that's why they didn't try it themselves - I have tried it, testing it by taking polishes in and out all the time, letting them warm up, putting them back etc. no problem - I think the teller of the story was afraid that the change of temperature would trap condensed water inside the bottle...

      Slet
  7. Thank you for this grat post <3

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  8. Lovely storage cabinets. Thanks for the tips :)

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    1. They are indeed - I love them thanks :)

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  9. It is good to find all these great advice in one place.

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  10. Nice post :-) Yes, I need to clean some polishes necks too... :-)

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    1. Thanks a lot Tanja - I'm happy to hear it :)

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  11. Very good advice! By the way, what nail polish are you wearing? It is very pretty!

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    1. Thanks a lot Kat - I'll be posting it within the next weeks, and it is indeed gorgeous, it's Kiko 255 Violet Microglitter :)

      Slet
  12. i do this to my polishes too but im sure there are several ones that need this right now. :) Awesome post Maria :)

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    1. I'm so glad you liked it my friend, thanks a lot!

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  13. Wonderful post, so many useful tips! I will check my bottles neck next weekend, not all of them but the most loved ones at least :)

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    1. I'm so pleased you like it - thanks a lot Natalia!

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  14. Such a great blog post! Lots of useful tips :)

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    1. I'm so pleased you think so, thanks a lot Katarina!

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  15. Great tips, Maria! You make me want to check my polishes!

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    1. LOL, I'm sure they are in fine condition :)

      Slet
  16. awesome post, we all need to remind ourself on this facts from time to time, thanks :D

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    1. Thanks a lot Zana, I'm glad you liked it!

      Slet

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