Q&A Monday

For all your beauty advice…

Good morning, and Happy Monday! I hope you all had a great week, and a wonderful Mother’s Day. I’ve been getting a lot of questions about nail polish, and since it’s officially sandal season, I decided to keep with that theme for this week’s Q&A Monday. Read on about the shelf life of your polish, the best way to thin nail polish, and how to open a stubborn bottle of polish.

Dear Brooke, I have a pretty large nail polish collection, and some of the colors I’ve had a long time. I always hear how you need to throw certain cosmetics out after a certain time, but I’ve never heard anything on nail polish. What’s the shelf life of my lacquer? Jamie E.

Dear Jamie, I also have a large nail polish collection, and like you, I’ve had some of the colors for a long time. Typically, the shelf life of nail polish is a year. In my personal opinion, if you keep it stored in a cool, dry place, you can get a few years out of your polish. As long as the color hasn’t separated, and it doesn’t smell like anything other than nail polish, I say you’re safe. It’s recommended that you toss certain cosmetics after a certain amount of time, because the product can get contaminated and break out your skin, or give you an infection. In my experience, I’ve never heard of anyone who’s gotten a fungus from old nail polish. Here’s my motto to live by when you’re not sure to toss it or keep it: “When in doubt, throw it out”.

Dear Brooke, I went to use my favorite nail polish the other day, and the cap is stuck! It’s like it’s glued on there. I tried pliers, I had other people try it. It’s like I’m locked out of it! Do you have a secret to getting the cap off when this happens? If so, what is it, and what can I do to prevent it from happening again. Please don’t tell me I have to throw away my favorite color! Brittany R.

Dear Brittany, All is not lost, you will be able to use your favorite color again. There are 2 tricks I rely on to get a stuck nail polish cap off the bottle. The first one is, run the cap part of the nail polish under hot water; make sure you are holding the bottle upside down so the hot water makes its way into the cap. A lot of times, this will help soften the polish enough to loosen the cap. If that cap still won’t budge, the second trick I suggest is, turn the nail polish bottle upside down and pour some nail polish remover into the cap. Let it sit for about a minute to break down the polish. If this doesn’t work right away, repeat the process. Once you have the cap off, clean the neck of the bottle to get rid of all the polish build-up that caused the cap to get stuck in the first place…also, take a q-tip and dip it in polish remover to clean the inside of the cap around the threads, a lot of polish gets stuck there, too. Good luck, and I hope this helps!

Dear Brooke, I have some polish that is really thick, and I don’t want to throw it away. I know you can use nail polish remover to loosen it up so it spreads nicely again, but a nail tech told me that I need to use polish thinner instead. Is that true? It seems like one more product to spend money on. Judy L.

Dear Judy, I understand what you’re saying. I have also had my doubts about whether or not polish remover is that much different from polish thinner. A sales person once told me that polish remover removes color from your nails, so it’s going to “remove” the color when you add it to your nail polish. Meaning it would dilute the color, or change the color. I’ve never seen that happen, so I say use a small amount of polish remover when your polish gets a little thick, it won’t ruin your nail polish. However, if your polish is really that thick, it’s time to throw it out. Thinning it once or twice isn’t a big deal, but if you have to thin it every time, it’s time to say bye-bye to the nail polish.

Thanks for the great questions this week, keep them coming! Email me your questions for Q&A Monday to brookeknowsbeauty@hotmail.com

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