Using PVA Glue as a Nail Polish Base Coat

Did you know you can use PVA glue as a base coat before applying your regular nail polish?  No?  Well you do now!  I tried this out as one of my New Thing A Day challenges back in 2015 and I was really impressed with the results!

So why would you want to coat your nails in a layer of glue before you paint on your polish?  The answer is simple: to enable you to remove your nail polish without the need of any sort of nail polish remover.  The PVA glue dries to form a thin layer between your nail and your nail polish, which means when you want to remove your polish you can simply peel it off!

For this experiment, you will need a bottle of PVA glue (I had some Hobbycraft tacky glue which is the same thing as far as I can tell), a paintbrush with which to apply the glue, and a nail polish of your choice.

I began by painting on a thin layer of the PVA glue, and then let it dry.  It dried really quickly and became clear but left my nails oddly matte.

Next I applied a coat of nail polish and let that dry.

Once the nail polish had completely dried I picked at an edge of my nail and much to my surprise I was able to pull off the nail polish in pretty much one piece, leaving behind very little evidence of the nail polish, really only where I had painted with no glue underneath (I painted my nails very quickly and a little carelessly).

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I did not have the glue on my nails for more than 15 minutes in total but my nails felt absolutely fine and I could see no damage at all.

So if you know in advance you only want to wear nail polish for a short time and want to be able to remove it quickly and without the use of acetone or any other form of nail polish remover, then here’s something to try.  It certainly worked for me!

 

 

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Trying Out Hair Chalks for the First Time!

Back in 2015 I made a New Year’s resolution to try/learn a new thing each day.  I had received some hair chalks as Christmas gifts from my husband, Tim, and had run a couple through a small section of my hair on Christmas Day just to show my nieces and nephew what they looked like, and on 30 January 2015 I decided to try them out on a whole head of hair as my “something new” challenge.

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Before I applied the hair chalks I brushed and straightened my hair to make sure it was smooth and tangle free.  I filled a spray bottle with some warm water to spritz onto my hair in sections before applying the hair chalks to bring out the vibrancy of the colours.  The shades I selected were pinks, blues and purples.  Tim gave me a hand spritzing my hair with water and rubbing the hair chalks onto my hair.

The chalks pulled at my hair and the more we applied, the drier and more knotted my hair became.  I was in complete agony and getting more and more fed up by the second.  My gut instinct after the initial 30 seconds was that this was a terrible idea and I should stop right away, but I didn’t… because I am stubborn like that and I don’t like to give up.  So we kept going, and it just got more and more painful, and my usual good mood was utterly destroyed.

Halfway through I had the genius idea of using a leave-in spray hair conditioner (Aussie Colour Protection) instead of water to dampen my hair, and this did seem to help quite a bit, though not as much as I had hoped.  Regardless, I persevered, having rejected Tim’s offer to continue helping, for fear I would completely lose my temper if he inadvertently injured my now highly sensitised scalp just one more time!

Eventually, I had coloured most of my hair using a combination of purples, blues and pinks, and could stomach no more of this nightmare.  My hair now felt more parched than if I had doused it in a gallon of peroxide, and it was all completely matted.  I desperately tried to comb through it but it was agonising (and I have a super high pain tolerance when it comes to brushing out my hair).  Gritting my teeth, I continued to furiously struggle through the millions of knots and tangles in my haystack hair until I was able to slowly section it, ready to curl with my Babyliss Curling Wand Pro.

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The end result was hair big enough to have travelled through space and time from the 1980s and it felt like dusty sun-bleached straw; but you know what? The colours were soooo pretty!

So was it worth it?  Hell no, I will never ever put myself through that again.

In the future, I may apply hair chalks just to the ends of my hair for a pop of colour in the style of that dip-dye look that was so popular back then, but that’s it.

After a couple of hours I could not stand it any longer and washed it all out.  The beauty of hair chalks is of course that it is just temporary colour and should completely wash out within a wash or two.

My hair is very light blonde so I was half expecting to come out of the shower with some sort of hideous muddy grey discolouration but much to my relief most of the colour washed out, with just a hint of blue remaining, and a few sections of bright pink still visible though now a soft pastel hue.

I saturated my hair with conditioner and my hair felt almost normal again, though it was still feeling a little dry.  Nothing a hair mask of coconut oil couldn’t fix!

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Salads in a Jar – Meal Prep

I love food – pretty much all food – and I am very keen on salads.

Back in January 2015 I was exceptionally busy and had very little free time, let alone any real time to spend cooking.  I started looking into the concept of meal prepping, i.e. preparing meals at the weekend in advance of the week ahead.  I especially loved the idea of salads in a jar, which I came across on YouTube on a channel called The Domestic Geek.

The idea is simple: you prepare a salad and store it in a jar in the fridge for up to three days.  Salad dressing goes in the bottom of the jar, then your sturdier veggies (so they won’t wilt), and then more delicate leaves etc on top.  When you’re in a hurry and want to eat your salad, you just give the jar a good shake and then empty the salad onto a plate – et voila!

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04 January 2015 was a Sunday and I had a busy week ahead, so for my New Thing A Day challenge, I made three jars, each with a different salad, and popped them in the fridge.

Throughout the week I had a salad ready and waiting for me when I got home from work.  They were quick, simple and fun to make, looked so pretty, definitely time-saving, and oh so delicious!  My favourite one was the Greek salad – yum yum!

These salads in a jar were such a great idea that I have continued to make them on a regular basis ever since 🙂

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My New Year’s Resolution: To Try Something New Each Day!

Hi everyone!

A belated Happy New Year to you all!  I hope 2017 has been great for you so far and that you have a wonderful year.

Did you make any New Year’s resolutions this year? If so, what were they, and have you stuck to them so far?

This year, I have set myself the goal of trying out new things – and importantly, to share those experiences.  Hence, this new blog.

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It actually all started on New Year’s Day back in 2015, when I made just one New Year’s resolution: TO TRY/LEARN SOMETHING NEW EACH DAY!

It was definitely a spur of the moment decision.

My husband and I had enjoyed a quiet New Year’s Day at home, and as we were relaxing in front of the TV that evening, I was absentmindedly browsing YouTube on my phone when I came across a tutorial on how to do different types of hair braiding techniques.  I tapped the play button and decided to see if I could follow the instructions of the tutorial… well, I was hopeless at it!

However, I refused to give up and persevered for hours, much to my husband’s amusement, until I eventually mastered the technique and successfully completed the desired hairstyle (a “crown fishtail braid”).  I was so delighted that my determination had paid off that I decided then and there to make a New Year’s resolution – to try something new each day.

I was so proud of myself that I posted a photo of my new fancy hairdo on Facebook, saying,

“This year I will be trying to do/learn something new every day. It took hours but I finally managed to learn how to do a “crown fish braid” (I never said it would be useful LOL) — feeling proud.”

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I did not set myself any hard and fast rules other than I had to do one thing each day that I had never done before.  It could be anything; it didn’t have to be useful or complicated – just something new.  This was a real challenge for me because I had such limited free time.

When I first began my challenge, I would post photos and a status update each day on my personal Facebook account about my “something new”.

It was totally unexpected, but the comments, feedback and encouragement I received from friends and family were incredible!  Everyone was so supportive; offering suggestions, advice and tagging me in all sorts of posts, videos and articles of things they thought I might like to try.

At the start of this journey of discovery, I thought to myself “All being well, by 31 December 2015 I will have done at least 365 new things I had never done before!”  And that is exactly what I did.

And I did the same in 2016.

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Now, it’s 2017 and once again I am on a mission to challenge myself to try out new experiences, skills, recipes, life hacks, gadgets and whatever else I can think of.  This time around, I am going to take life at a slightly less frantic pace, so the challenge is not to do a new thing a day, but just to continue pushing myself to try out new things.

So, welcome to my new blog where I will be sharing with you the new things I try and do, as well as revisiting some of the many things I have learned and done along the way.

It’s only January, and I’m just getting started, but I am so excited about where this journey will take me!

Be sure to comment below and tell me what resolutions you have made, and what you hope to have achieved by the end of the year – I would love to hear all about it!

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