I can't have been the only child that got strange enjoyment of "accidentally" painting PVA glue all over my hands just to peel it off once it was dry. In fact, I know I wasn't. Even today, if I'm doing some kind of craft that involves glue, I always repeat this simple pleasure. So after recently leaving some cuticle product on my nails causing the glittery stubborn polish to quickly peel off, and considering what else would cause this to happen, I put two and two together and quickly discovered I could use this childhood ritual to my own advantage.
Anyone that has used glitter polishes or topcoats will know that they are an absolute pain in the arse to remove. Regular polish remover, pure acetone and the newly popular 2 second polish removing pots don't quite cut it. After experimenting with different concoctions of PVA glue, water and polish, I think I've finally come across something that can make the chore of removing glitter actually quite enjoyable. And the best thing of all, it's cheap, and you've probably got everything you need knocking around at home!
All you need to create your own peel off base coat is PVA glue (I bought mine from Amazon, £1.89 for 4 bottles of 60g), something to mix in (I've used an old plastic pot lid, don't used anything you don't mind getting sticky) and a small brush (mine is an old OCC Lip Tar brush that I no longer use.) You could even use an old nail polish brush from an empty polish.
Squeeze (or pour) a small amount of the PVA into your mixing container and add a few drops of water. I used about half a teaspoon of glue and two drops of water. Simply mix it all together and paint two coats onto clean nails, and allow to dry.
Now you can apply as much or as little polish as you like. As this was my first attempt, I applied 2 coats of PVA, then 2 coats of glitter top coat and a coat of Seche Vite. After this I did my normal routine with Barry M nail paint and Seche Vite and it had the same result. This method is ideal for parties or nights out when you know you won't want to wear the polish for too long but it's difficult to remove. You can apply as much glitter as you want, in fact, the more polish you apply, the easier it is to remove!
There's not really much more to it! The base coat will mean that the polish will not last as long, so if you're intending on having a long lasting manicure, it's best to use a regular or strengthening base coat. However this method is an ideal "quick fix" for those with fickle hearts that change their polish to suit their mood!
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Do you have any secret tips when it comes to nails? Does this method a-peel to you? (Sorry)