When I was in middle and high school I really, really wanted to be one of the cool girls who changed their nail polish every day to match their outfits. I tried a few times, but usually homework or drama practice (yes, I was in theatre!) or hanging out with friends took precedent. Now that I’m an adult though, I want the opposite. I want nail polish to be neutral enough to go with all my outfits and I want it to last me as long as possible. What drives me crazy though is it’s so hard to paint my nails without getting polish all over my skin. I’m not as coordinated enough to stay inside the lines apparently. 😛 So, when I saw someone on Facebook mention this super-simple trick to keep your fingers clean while polishing I had to try it out.
It sounds weird, but here it is. Glue. Gold, old fashioned Elmer’s glue…like the kind you get for 25 cents at Target. 🙂 It blew my mind how simple it was. You simply take a brush and brush a thin layer on the skin around your nail. When it dries (it takes a couple of minutes, you can start painting. When you’re done painting, let your nails dry and then peel the dried glue off your nails—it’ll take any excess paint right off with it!
As far as polish goes, I went through a subscription box phase last year and signed up for several boxes. The only one that I didn’t cancel is Julep. If you haven’t heard of them, they’re a nail polish subscription service. If you want to try it out you can use this link here—it’s a referral link where you can take a fun quiz to see what style you are. I just like seeing what new colors come out each month but you always have the option to skip a month or send it to a friend which I think is fun. 🙂 They have this fun promo going on this month—you can click here if you’d like. 🙂
Anyways, the other reason why I like Julep is because of this new brush they came out with called the plie wand. It’s this nifty little attachment that helps you hold your polish brush a little more stead and comfortably, especially in your non-dominant hand. It helps me at least! 🙂 You just pop off the lid and screw the cap underneath in.
This color is called Margit and it came in my box last month. It’s a pretty purple with subtle shimmer.
I used the wand to paint and then I did a top coat. I am loving this top coat from Sally Hansen. And I also love peeling off the dried glue from my fingers. Is that weird? It’s relaxing. And strangely satisfying. Anyone with me? 🙂
So there’s my new favorite way to use Elmer’s glue. Well that and any glitter projects. 🙂 Anyone think they’ll give glue a shot as part of their pedi/main routine?