So it's 9:43 PST (aka 6:43 am Germany time) and I'm trying to "save some money" this month by removing my gel nails at home and give them a month or two to "breathe" before  putting them back on. After soaking them in acetone nail polish remover for two hours and getting only 3 of the 10 partially off I gave up and went online. On my web check I found the following:

"Removing gel nails is fairly simple, but there are a few tips and safety precautions that you should take into consideration when removing them. First, and foremost, make sure that you are in a well ventilated area. The nail polish remover and the gel nails will create a stronger aroma, than the usual pungent smell of nail polish remover. The easiest way to create a well ventilated area is to sit outside and remove the nails, or open a window and sit next to it. When removing the nails you might not think that the smell is too offensive, but after an hour or two of its aroma lingering in your house you will certainly reconsider that opinion. So, after you have located yourself in a well aired area use a cotton ball and nail polish remover to take off the nail polish. You might think that removing the nail polish is mundane and trivial, but once you immerse your fingers into the polish remover you will be thankful. Not removing the nail polish before the nails will cause you to have an unsightly mess of partially dissolved nail polish on your fingers, and this will be a hassle to remove after the nails are off. After removing the nail polish, pour about one half of an inch of nail polish remover into a bowl. The bowl should be disposable because you will probably not want to use it for food after the chemical combination of gel nails and acetone create a slimy goo inside of it. Also, use acetone nail polish remover to discard of your nails. You can use this for the polish removal too, but in order for your nails to be easily taken off you will need the stronger acetone solution. This product is available at any drug store—just read the front of the nail polish remover bottle.

googOnce you have removed the polish and poured nail polish remover in a bowl, place your fingers into the solution. Only put your finger tips in the liquid, making sure that your gel nail tips are completely covered. Also, only soak one hand at a time. This detail is important because you will want one clean, free hand to complete the steps that follow. After five minutes, check the nail tips. They should be slightly gooey, and as earlier mentioned they will have developed a pungent odor. Lightly tug on the ends of the nails and gently try to pry them from your nails. You may use an orange stick (also known as a cuticle stick) to slightly pry the tips from your nail beds. But, if the gel nails give resistance, or you feel pain, do not force them off your hands. Instead, reinsert your finger tips into the polish remover for another two to three minutes. Continue this process until the nails are easily removed from your natural nail. After removing the nails, quickly wipe off the excess goo from your fingers with a clean cotton ball and clean nail polisher remover (do not use the stuff in the bowl). The surface of your natural nails will be slightly rough, and to fix this dilemma gently buff your nails with the soft side of a nail file—or use a nail buffer. Then, repeat these steps for your other hand. You may reuse the polish remover in the bowl for your second hand, unless it has gotten too gooey from the first hand. If that happens, then empty the solution and refill the bowl with fresh polish remover. After you have removed the nails from both of your hands, shape your nails with an emery board or nail file, and apply a coat of strengthening nail polish—preferably a clear one. You will need to re-apply strengthening nail polish to your nails for two to three weeks because the chemicals from the gel nails indirectly weakened your natural nails. Additionally, the clear base coat will prevent your already weakened nails from absorbing colorants from nail polish.

I've had my gel nails on for four months. My manicurist only "fills" or "back fills" them each month. Suffice it to say when I tried the above method it didn't work all that well to remove the gel layers that have grown to my nails these past few months.
Butch LOVES my gel nails and is heartbroken they are getting a "break" and is making bets they will be back on in a week. Xav HATES mommy's "fake nails". Kayla just wants a trip to the nail store to talk daddy into fixing her broken one. I think they are pretty, but I've gone years with and without them and know I could spend the money on other things at the moment. I'm sure they will be back eventually.

**Sidenote to prior posts. The kids are blending better. Kayla has nicknames for some of us: Austin = Sid off Ice Age, Xavier = Foamy (the Squirrell) off You Tube, Mocha = Scrappy Dog

I'm going to bed now. I have TWIN to Skype in the morning!

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