Okay, back on topic... first I will tell you about what I am wearing, then I will tell you about the Elmer's Glue trick!
To do this mani I started with two very shear coats of OPI Don't Touch My Tutu! If I was wearing this on my own, I would absolutely need 3 or 4 coats, but since I was layering it I figured two would do the trick. This polish is a jelly from the New York City Ballet Collection.
Then I put on one coat of Lush Lacquer Hey Jack!, which is an indie brand of polish created by a mother/daughter team. You can purchase Lush Lacquer from their Etsy shop. I didn't have much trouble applying this polish, it was a bit on the thick side but that can be expected with glitter polish. I did have to push around the brush a bit to get a glitter placement I was happy with it overall - it's a fun Halloween themed glitter polish! This was my first purchase from Lush Lacquer, and I am quite pleased! Everything arrived safetly, and it took about 3 weeks for arrival (although their site clearly warns about that). I will certainly be a repeat customer.
I then followed the glitter with one coat of OPI Don't Touch My Tutu! and put a coat of Seche Vite on top to smooth everything out.
Okay, now to tell you about the Elmer's Glue trick. All I did was replace my normal base coat with a coat of Elmer's Glue. I cleaned out an empty bottle of Seche Vite with polish remover and poured my glue into the bottle. I put a coat of glue on my nails, and let it dry completely (about 5 minutes), and then continued to paint my nails like normal. I wore these nails for two days before I wanted to remove them, and all I had to do was lift an edge of the polish, and the polish peels right off without damaging your nail and best of all - no cotton carnage!
I didn't treat my nails any differently during this time, I still showered/washed my hands etc. and it didn't seem to make my nails chip. I did have one issue about 24 hours in, when I was out shopping and I could see my index finger getting loose, and it just jumped off! I was bummed out to be out with a nekkid nail... but I didn't seem to have any trouble with the other nails. Actually, when it was time for me to remove them, they still seemed pretty sturdy! Wacky Laki recommends using a cuticle pusher to help lift off your polish, but I was lazy and just sat on the couch while picking them by hand. It did the trick, but I am sure a cuticle pusher or something similar would work a bit better. If you give it a try, let me know if it works for you! Thanks for looking!