9/29/2012

A Love Letter

I'm gonna go off the chain here.

I know that I am pretty skeptical.  I am SUPER good at finding flaws in stuff, and I never believe that any product is going to save the world and make everybody happy forever.  

BUT!  BUT!  Like, what if I found something and, like, completely fell in love?  What then?  Well, I would write a post like this where I spit a bunch of poems and flowers about it.  


Meet my new baby... Sephora Instant Nail Polish Remover.
I am kinda obsessed with doing my nails.  Some days I have so much work to do that I just wear sweatpants and moisturizer and put my hair in a claw, but even on those days, I have my nails done.  Initially it was a necessary thing, because if my nails weren't done, I would bite them.  Now it's, like, my thing.  I enjoy the process of painting them, I find it soothing.  Sometimes I will do my nails every night while my husband is watching COPS.  

The thing is, before I found that Sephora polish remover, my nails would get torn up from all the polish remover.  They'd get super dry and break and all that, and I would have to nip 'em short periodically so my nails wouldn't look all mangy like Howard Hughes.

So, a couple weeks ago I was in Sephora and I saw this stuff for the millionth time.  It is always sitting there in the store, looking like nothing special.  It says "Instant" on the bottle, but I never thought that was what they meant, because people bullshit.  They love bullshitting.  Anyway, I got some and brought it home and fell madly in love.

This remover is one of those jars-with-the-sponge-you-poke-your-finger-in things.  Typically, I hate those things a lot.  But this shit is so awesome, I don't even care.  You stick your finger in, leave it for about 2 seconds, pull your finger out, AND THERE IS NOTHING ON YOUR NAIL AT ALL.  Nothing in the crevices around the sides.  No stains.  Your nails are 100% perfectly clean and naked.  

PLUS, it seems like there is a ton of glycerin or something in it, so after it makes everything disappear like that, your nails aren't even dried out.  Part of the non-drying probably has to do with it being so fast, too.  You don't have to soak your nails or rub them with a paper towel or anything.  Stick your polished finger in, wait two seconds, pull out your pristine, naked nail.  It is the most amazing thing.  I think if I had to name my #1 favorite product I bought in 2012, it would probably be this.

Now, even though it is the best shit in the world, it has it's flaws.  Or, I suppose, it has a singular flaw.  If you use it to take glitter polish off, the chunks of glitter will rip the sponge up and you will have sponge crumbs on your finger when you pull it out.  That's it.  I did glitter polish with the first container I got, and I learned to avoid it.  Then, I went back to Sephora and bought 2 more jars.  If I had a wish, I would wish they had this same polish remover in a bottle so I could use it to take my glitter off, because I seriously love some glitter polish.

This post isn't that fascinating, but I thought I would clue y'all in, in case you are into stuff like this.  If you do your nails and don't have this stuff already, just get it.  You know I wouldn't lie to you.  Nobody gives me freebies or asks me to write about anything.  I didn't get free remover, I bought 3 jars of it with my own personal money.  This shit basically rules ass.  That is all.

I will be back next time to bitch and be crotchety about stuff, I promise.

42 comments:

  1. Oh Natalie you are so awesome. You have inspired me to do my nails more often, and DIY it. I was thinking JUST THIS MORNING that I should write to you and ask if you have any ideas for better nail polish remover than the garbage I usually use. THANK YOU! I'm going out to buy a jar today.

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  2. THIS! My aunt bought this for me a little while ago and I wasn't too sure about it, but I've been using it for a while and I absolutely loooove it. I also used it to remove glitter polish and now the sponge does crumble a bit, but hey, it's nothing I can't deal with.

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    1. i'm glad someone backed me up on this. this stuff is the freaking best ever.

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    2. ErrMahGawd! Must try this. Though Knottybear tries hard to keep me out of Sephora, the paint-my-face whore that I am, she turned me on to this post.

      Love ya guts.

      KelHavor

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  3. This post just brought back the memory of my mother sitting on the couch in her housecoat, watching The Waltons while she slowly and deliberately dipped the fingers of one hand, one by one, in and out of her Cutex Instant Nail Polish jar whilst effortlessly smoking a cigarette with the other. Thanks for that.

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  4. allrighty, i am heading to sephora today. i have issues with polish remover....either it works great and your nails are dry af or they just. don't. work.

    can't wait to try it!

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  5. just squeeze that shit out of the sponge into a bowl and dump it into a bottle! No more glitter-induced sponge crumbs!

    Also adding this to my next sephora order for sure!

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  6. I first read that as "Brain Dissolving"....I need to finish my coffee.

    And thanks! I seriously cannot stand the rubbing and and rubbing and rubbing to get nail polish off. I need to get my butt over to Sephora soon.

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  7. I will have to try this. I use this straight acetone stuff in a jar that has little spiky plastic nubs and it works pretty well for glitter polish but it dries my nails out. Sounds like if I switch off between the two I may have a happy medium!

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  8. Wait - isn't this it, but in a bottle? You were saying how you wish they had it without the jar... http://www.sephora.com/express-nail-polish-remover-P276333?skuId=1258441

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    1. i thought that it might be the same, but i read people talking about how it's not as rad. maybe i need to pick some up and investigate.

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  9. I am not familiar with "jars-with-the-sponge-you-poke-your-finger-in things." Can you do it with toes?

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    1. maybe if you have weird monkey toes that you can control enough to only put one in a hole at a time... i'm not a big pedicure person, though. i never wear shoes where you can see my toes.

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  10. I'd like to point out that you love this EVEN THOUGH it says "magic" on the bottle. it says it in a non-English language, but it's magic nonetheless. That's some serious love, man. Serious enough to make me want to try it.

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  11. Love this! One of the all-time biggest pains in my ass of doing my nails is having to take the lovely layers off before I can start from scratch again. If the removal process takes 20 minutes, that's 20 minutes of time I don't have to practice new color combos and other pointless shit. Obviously it goes double for glitter, which is even harder to get off, but I have no problem with a crumbly sponge!

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  12. Adding to my shopping list stat! I also read "crotchety" as "crochet-y" and was really excited until I realized my error. A crochet pattern/tutorial could be a fun post, but I suppose it's not beauty-related.

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  13. I've never shopped there before but we were at Easton so I waltzed in and bought myself one! I hate how regular nail polish never quite gets to the corners, especially after I wear something dark. I know exactly what you mean about remover being very harsh on nails. I'm really hoping I love this as much as you do.

    PS. I signed up for their "club" or whatever. Do you happen to know what the "birthday gift" is?

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    1. Right now it is a couple of tinted lip balms (Fresh sugar mini lip duo or something). I'm getting mine in my order that is coming in on Wednesday, and now I wish I would have also added this nail stuff to that order, too. lol.

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    2. i got the birthday gift last year, and it was a little pot of sephora brand eyeshadow and a mini sephora mascara. i would have preferred those lip balms.

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    3. I got both of those gifts. I hated the mascara and threw it out, but loved the eyeshadow (Aspen). The lip duo is okay. My husband loves the way it smells (lemony), but the tinted one leaves me wanting more. I think they are nice, but not worth the full-price. Better than last year's gift...Philosophy cupcake bodywash. Had almost no fragrance at all.

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  14. So uh, you know about this, right? http://www.zoya.com/content/38/item/Zoya/Zoya-Nail-Polish-Gilty-18K-Real-Gold-Topcoat-GiftBox.html

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  15. I have been curious about this remover. There are other good reviews out there. Maybe I should really try it.
    As for sparkly polish (my favorite kind), you should check out illamasqua creator, best sparkly black polish!

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  16. I do my nails all the time, but I hate the way remover makes my fingers feel! I'm totally trying this stuff! Yay for good tips about my favorite past time!

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  17. If you haven't tried using elmer's glue (the old school white kind) as a base coat for a glitter manicure, I highly recommend it. You just gently loosen up the edge with an orange stick and it peels right off without any nail damage. Skip your normal base for this, though, just glue -> color -> glitter -> topcoat.

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    1. does it last through washing your hair or doing dishes or something like that? i heard about this, but i was skeptical.

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    2. Yep! I've showered twice and its done just fine.

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  18. I like this a lot. I can't use the one you're talking about because I'm allergic to peaches. -_-

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  19. I just went and bought this shit and the sales lady looked at me like I was a hobo (cuz I live in Olympia and we all look like hobos, think Portlandia with less style) and I told her that Natalie Dee highly recommended this product and she was all "that's greeeaat would like to join our shit?" and I was like NO THANK YOU and then I went home and tried this product AND HOLY FUCK IT ACTUALLY IS MAGIC. I love you, Natalie Dee. I love you long and hard.

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  20. Totally just gave you some Amazon moneys for this recommendation. I hate being out of either cotton disks or remover and this just sounds rad. Thanks for the info!

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  21. I haven't tried those potty-jars either...but soon shall, and yes, I have also been inspired to do my nails more often...just as soon as I get my paws on a sort of 'moisturizing' nail polish remover.

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  22. Shouldn't you just be able to take the sponge thingy out of the jar? That'll leave all the polish remover for your glitter-removing needs without the hassle of sponge-tearing.

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    1. there's no reason you couldn't, but it seems wasteful to pull the sponge out since there's really not that much remover in a container. you'd use it all up if you did that twice. i just use the magic on non-glittery polish and do it the regular way when i have something more difficult to remove.

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  23. Shit man I'd probably do my nails a lot more often with this! I LOVE painting my nails, probably as much as you do, but I am super lazy when it comes to keeping up on my manicure, because I HATE removing polishes. I tend to let the polish chip and pretend it's my yearning for my high school 90's grunge thing. Yeah. Buying this.

    P.S. I never thanked you for your eyebrow tutorial. I'd never done anything to my eyebrows until I read that post, now I have girly eyebrows!

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  24. If it's anything like the old nailpolish remover tubs I used in middle school, you can tip the jar and pour some remover out of the jar onto a cotton ball. I used to hate using the sponge too- it would stain my finger-but my mom would buy them, so I did that.

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  25. How is the odor? Hubby absolutely cannot stand any polish remover I currently use, so I always have to go outside and make sure to throw the cotton balls/Q-tips away and wash my hands immediately upon my return into the house.

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    1. I just got mine last night and used it and my boyfriend didn't smell a thing.

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  26. Tried this last night. Holy shit, Natalie is right! It got my polish off in seconds and didn't eat my nails off!

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  27. Okay, I know you knock on Pinterest all the time BUT I found the best way to remove glitter polish on it! You basically put some remover on a cotton ball (I cut them in half because I'm a broke-ass teacher who doesn't even want to buy too many cotton balls... and because they're too big) and put it directly on your nail, wrap some tin-foil around it, and within 2 minutes, the polish is gone. It's AWESOME.

    It's also awesome to leave it on for more than 2 minutes and terrorize your cat with freaky foil-fingers, but maybe that's just me. I also love glitter polish, and I hated taking hours to remove it, and then having weird stains on my nails, so this was my favorite discovery ever. Hands down. No pun intended.

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  28. How long does a jar last before you have to replace it? I'm wondering if the convenience and awesomeness is worth the price when a bottle of regular stuff is like $1-2. I am tempted, but cheap.

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    1. i dunno, i haven't got there yet. i will say, though, that i usually use the cheap-as-hell pure generic acetone from sally's that is less than half the price of this for a half gallon, and i think i am stuck on this now.

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  29. Just bought this thanks to your recommendation- it really is amazing and somehow smells pretty great too! Thanks dude :)!!!

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  30. Great post! You are so hilarious! I love glitter nail polish too, but I always find the sponge crumbs too!! Haha xx

    beauty-and-the-best.blogspot.co.uk

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