Nail polish is made up of solvents, film formers, resins, plasticizers and pigments. These ingredients are labeled as butyl acetate, xylene, toluene and formalin. Companies including Essie and Butter London use formulations that are free of DBP, toluene and formaldehyde.
To take off nail polish, soak a cotton ball in nail polish remover, and press the soaked ball over the nail to for a few minutes to allow the polish soften. Wipe away the polish, clean the cuticles, and then wash and moisturize your hands.
There are a variety of nail polish organizers available from the ContainerStore.com and Amazon.com. The Container Store offers a large selection of clear acrylic organizers in various sizes, and Amazon.com offers a small, two-tiered polish organizer perfect for a bedroom vanity.
Unopened nail polish lasts up to 24 months when properly stored, according to Doug Schoon of Schoon Scientific. Essie Weingarten, founder of Essie Cosmetics, says that nail polish should last forever when stored properly. Ultimately, it’s up to the manufacturer to determine the shelf life.
To make nail polish last, clean the nail beds with white vinegar, then file each nail short before applying a base coat to the nails, followed by two coats of nail polish and a top coat. Allow the nail polish to dry completely and reapply the top coat every few days to preserve the finish.
Nail polish can go bad, but with proper storage it lasts an extremely long time. Manufacturers rarely list an expiration date on nail polish, so monitoring the polish's texture is necessary to determine if it has gone bad.
Some popular nail polish colors are Giorgio Armani "402," which is a classic shade of red, a pink and purple shade called "Passione" by Dolce and Gabana and an icy blue color called "Kip" by Butter London, says InStyle. Another popular color is "High Street" by Nails Inc., which is a deep berry purp
Nail polish remover is made with acetone or ethyl acetate. Acetone is harsher on nails and skin, but it can be used to remove artificial nails, which are usually made with acrylic, and is the only polish remover that can remove gel nail polish. Ethyl acetate is usually combined with isopropyl alcoho
There are several methods that can be used to remove nail polish without using nail polish remover. You can use wet top coats, spray deodorants, body sprays or hair sprays. To use body sprays, use a Q-tip to apply body spray to your nails before rubbing the polish off.
Alternatives to nail polish remover include clear top or base coat, spray deodorant, perfume and hairspray. A few other simple household items are also useful for removing nail polish, such as cotton balls, wet wipes, cotton swabs, soap, water and moisturizer.