Best I can figure I haven’t used OPI Black Shatter since February of 2011. I used it over Orly Ancient Jade. Why? I have no idea. Looking at it now I can’t even imagine why I thought that was a good look…
Anyway, I pulled it out of my Melmer earlier today to use it only to discover it was a dried out, thick disaster. It was in a completely unusable state.
Believe it or not, until now I’ve never had this problem. I’m pretty good about keeping my nail polish in good condition. I store it properly and have never really had a problem with polish drying out. I wasn’t exactly sure how to proceed.
After doing a little research, some patience and a lot of shaking I’ve managed to get my OPI Black Shatter back in working condition.
Below the jump is exactly how I restored my dried out nail polish and some tips on avoiding having polish dry out in the first place! (And a couple of things not to do…)
Just a note regarding old nail polish: It doesn’t expire. Really. Many companies put expiration dates on nail polish because they are required to. I’ve heard all kinds of time lengths nail polish is “good” for. None of this is true. So don’t throw away nail polish you like. If it has separated or dried out it can be fixed!
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This past week I took my 92 year old, baseball fanatic grandfather to a Charlotte Knights game. The Knights are the AAA affiliate of the Chicago White Sox and happened to be playing the Gwinnett Braves. While my grandfather is a lifelong Yankees fan I’m a Braves fan. For the game I, of course, wanted […] Continue reading →
I really wish I had known about this little trick YEARS ago. By now I’ve collected several matte top coats. They’re all about the same (and were all on the expensive side). NYC is the only brand I know of that sells an inexpensive matte top coat (less than $2). So if you’re looking for […] Continue reading →
If you follow TDV on Facebook or Twitter then you are well aware that over the past couple of weeks I have become completely obsessed with studded manicures. Ever since I saw Kate Spade use studded nails in their Fall 2013 runway show I’ve been dying to give it a try. Plus, I wear alot […] Continue reading →
A little over a year ago I did a post on how to build a DIY nail polish rack using foam board and hot glue. Since it’s been awhile I get alot of questions as to how well the rack has held up. I’m happy to report that over a year later my nail polish […] Continue reading →
One of my favorite things to do is to find items I have around the house and use them to do nail art. In the past I’ve done manicures using plastic wrap, paper towels, newspaper, glitter, qtips and even eyeshadow. The other day I was looking at a wine glass I have sitting on my […] Continue reading →
2011 was the first year I really got into nail art. This year my love of nail art has definitely grown. I still stick to relatively simple nail art that requires no special tools. Below the jump are my favorite 10 creations from this year. Also below the jump are my favorite DIY projects of […] Continue reading →
Ok, so I realize these seems like kind of an odd post to do. But I so often get questions about nail care and what polish remover I use and how I keep my cuticles looking good, etc and nail polish removal fits right into that. I used to be a dump some polish remover […] Continue reading →
It’s pretty obvious we are big fans of nail polish strips/appliques/etc around here. Sally Hansen Salon Effects are my favorite, but I also quite like the OPI appliques as well as others. The ones I like the best do have one thing in common; they are always made from real nail polish and are not […] Continue reading →
Thanks to OPI Man With the Golden Gun gold flake top coats are suddenly all the rage. Granted, OPI isn’t the only brand with a gold flake top coat. Sephora by OPI and Zoya have both released their own versions. And while each company’s top coat is slightly different they are all fairly expensive. OPI’s version is $30 and […] Continue reading →