How To Dispose of Nail Polish Properly

For celebrating this year Earth’s day, I would like to rewrite our old article about why and how you can dispose your nail polish properly so we can be more kind to the earth.

But you may said “I usually just throw them away in the trash bin.” So, is it alright to just toss them in the trash?

According to US Environmental Protection Agency, nail polish can’t be thrown away in the trash just like other household waste.  The reason is nail polish is flammable and it’s categorized as household hazardous waste. It means nail polish is as hazardous as your household cleaners or your car oil. And to dispose it improperly would pollute the environment and post a threat to human health.

So what can you do with your old nail polishes? You can recycle or you can dispose of them properly by participating in your local household hazardous waste collection program. Contact your city or county’s environmental health, solid waste, or public works department for information regarding which wastes can be recycled in your area.

For city of San Diego where I live,  there’s a household hazardous waste transfer facility nearby that accepts not only nail polish, but nail polish remover, batteries, light bulbs, paints, etc. It’s open to City of San Diego residents only. And an appointment is required. So, I called them and made an appointment. I didn’t wait for a long time until somebody took my call. And I got an appointment on a Saturday (they open only on Saturdays).

Dropping the waste off was quick. Just drove in, had my ID checked, then drove to a designated area where some people were waiting for taking all my old nail polishes from my car’s trunk and I was ready to leave. Best of all, it’s free! The whole process from setting up appointment to dropping of the waste was actually pretty easy.

I believe you can bring up to 50 pounds of waste at a time. You can also bring all sort of hazardous waste. I brought some used batteries along with my nail polishes in a plastic bag. Make sure your nail polish bottles are securely closed before disposing them.

I usually collect nail polish with batteries and old light bulbs for a year. Then, I make my yearly trip to the facility. I also volunteer to collect the waste from friends and relatives to make my trip worthwhile.

If you’re a resident in another city, you may contact your city’s website or Earth 911 website. At Earth 911, you can search a recycling center near you based on a city or zipcode.

And if you feel creative, reusing your old, unwanted nail polishes is always an excellent idea. From preventing rust at a deep scratch on your car to color coding belongings in your house, nail polish could be handy.

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What do you do with your old nail polish? Do you recycle or dispose? Feel free to comment below and if you like this article, please share it to everyone you know. Let’s be kind to our earth.

Rapidcure Tunnel UV LED Lamp

We’re pleased to introduce you to the new Rapidcure LED Tunnel Lamp. This lamp is unique because it’s the first tunnel lamp that can use either regular 9 watt UV bulb or LED bulb. There are 4 sockets that are compatible with replaceable UV bulb or LED strips. Four (4) LED strips included (but not the UV bulbs). Mirror panels surround hand for rapid and even curing. Now you can cure Shellac and Gel polish with the same lamp!

Rapidcure LED 24 Watt Tunnel Lamp

  • Voltage: 110V to 240V.  International customer: You just need to change the adapter to the correct plug for the geographical area it is being used.
  • Wattage 24 Watts
  • 4 x 6-watt Replaceable LED Bulb Strips included
  • Up to 50,000 Hour Lifetime
  • For home & salon
  • Built-In Timer (30 or 60 seconds)
  • Full five fingers curing.
  • Sliding base. Great for tips and toes.
  • Limited US warranty for 1 year from the manufacturer

Rapidcure UV LED Tunnel Lamp


LED Bulb Strips vs UV Bulbs

The Rapidcure LED Tunnel Lamp is now available at Esther’s Nail Center for only $99.95. Much cheaper from other brands LED lamp. Replaceable LED bulb strips or 9-Watt UV Bulbs are sold separately.

So what do you think about this lamp? Like it or not?

New DAISY DND Glitter Colors 2015

Daisy DND recently revealed their new colors in early 2015. About 10 totals. Most new colors are glitters – sparkling or matte glitters in variety of shades.

Some colors are shown below.

Daisy Duo 516 Just 4 You

Daisy Duo #516 Just 4 You – Matte black, silver and lilac glitters

Daisy Gel Polish Tropical Waterfall 515

Daisy Tropical Waterfall #515. Turquoise and black tiny glitters/flecks

Daisy Gel Polish Lollipop 517

Daisy Duo Lollipop 517. Tiny red and white glitter flecks

Daisy Gel Polish Dark Sky Light 525

Daisy Dark Sky Light 525. Black base with small silver and blue glitter.

Daisy Gel Polish Kool Berry 520

Daisy Gel Polish Kool Berry 520. Full dark pink and multicolor tiny glitters in clear base.

Daisy Gel Polish Peach Cider 510

Daisy Gel Polish Peach Cider 510. Matte peach and silver tiny glitters.

Daisy Gel Polish Sparkle Nude 511

Daisy Gel Polish Sparkle Nude 511. Light pink matte glitter with some silver glitters.

Daisy Gel Polish Pomegranate 522

Daisy Gel Polish Pomegranate 522. Shimmer medium red

Daisy Gel Polish Green To Green 524

Daisy Gel Polish Green To Green 524. Clear gel polish full of sparkling green glitter.

I must say these colors are unique and lovely. Available now at for $12.95/set. Some colors are available in limited quantity at this time and can take longer processing time.  So what do you think? Let us know your favorite color.

Credit Card Fraud Detection for Online Business Owner

First of all, pardon me for posting something unusual today. I just feel the need to share this with other business owners who may find the information useful.

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Last week marked a record of the most credit card fraud transactions we ever got in a weekend.  It makes me wonder how many stolen credit cards out there are used for credit card fraud.  And how much money the businesses have to lose.

Before we go further, what I mean with credit card fraud transaction is when a buyer, with stolen credit card information,  place an unauthorized order without the knowing from the original credit card holder. I will discuss tips especially about online credit card fraud.

Business owners need to distinguish fraud transactions among the legitimate ones. It’s even more difficult if you have an online store as you can’t see the physical card. So what you can do?

My tips are:

  1. Don’t assume just because you never have one fraud, you won’t have one. The more popular your store is, the higher probability you will frauds.
  2. Don’t assume the credit card or the shopping cart system you have is safe. You need to be vigilant and to look through all of your orders and know which ones are the bad ones.

Credit Card Fraud Detection

You need to detect credit card frauds by looking for the characteristics below:

1. Order is unusual

Unusual means different than regular orders you receive daily. For example, the quantity per item is high or the total order is significantly higher than usual. It should give you an alert.

Don’t feel too happy yet when you see an order with a high amount. Take a deep look into. Search on the internet to find more information.

2. Shipping and billing address is different

If there’s an order with a high total order amount with different shipping billing address, I will cancel it right away. Most often, it’s fraud. Don’t feel bad to cancel it. It’s better to be safe than sorry.

3. Shipping with Express mail. 

The thief usually wants to have the goods shipped right away to their place. They don’t care how much the shipping cost since it’s somebody else’s card anyway.

More Ways to be Safe

1. Enable AVS on your online store. Address verification is helpful to weed out illegal transaction.

2. Most fraud transactions are originally from Russia, USA, and some other countries. Search on the internet for it. And restrict shipping to those. I don’t ship to those countries (I ship to USA of course) now since there are higher risk that the purchase is fraud.

The tips I share with you is only a part from the big picture and it’s just the first step. You will find a lot more by searching on the internet.

Do you have any information you want to share or any experience with credit card fraud? Feel free to share in the comment below. I’d love to know your thoughts. Thank you.

Undercured Gel Polish What and Why

One problem people may have with gel manicure is undercuring. It shows when the polish is still sticky after curing and wiping. Undercuring will increase the risk of service breakdown and may increase the risk of an allergy to any gel product.

Gel polish not cured enough can lead to allergy

Potential Causes & Solutions

  • Improper hand placement –> Hands and nails should be properly placed far enough under UV or LED bulbs
  • Gel has been applied too thickly –> Apply thin layers. Shake nail polish well before application. Cure each layer separately and cure according to the recommended time by the manufacturer.
  • Not using CND UV Lamp –> Shellac was developed to be fully cured using Shellac lamp. Using different lamp may cause Shellac is not fully cured.
  • Bulbs need to be replaced –> Recommended time to replace all bulbs is 6 months or when it shows signs of undercuring.
  • Incorrect removal of tacky layer or use acetone or diluted Isopropyl Alcohol –> Use 99% Isopropyl Alcohol to remove sticky layer.

Do you have any experience with undercured gel or shellac polish? Please share on the comments below. Thank you.

Source: CND

Infinite Kit for Infinite Gel Color Palettes

Winifinite color palette kite wrote some time ago about Gelibility gel polish, a product that changes your regular nail polish to gel nail polish. And we want to introduce you to another similar product called Infinite Color Palette Gel Kit.

Create your own gel polish shades with Infinite Color Palette Kit. You can create your unlimited array of colors using nearly any regular nail polish. The gel polish made (about .5oz finished product), can cures in 30 seconds under LED or 2 minutes under UV. And it lasts for weeks without chipping or peeling.

Save the remaining nail polish for pedicures & touch-ups. Also get creative by mixing colors or adding glitters!

The Kit includes:

  • Exclusive Formula Gel
  • Lacquer Extractor
  • Filler Tube
  • and a Color Display Ring. Just add your favorite polish!

Infinite Gel Color Palette Kit

What makes Infinite different than Gelibility is the way it uses to create the gel polish. With Infinite, you need to use the polish extractor to take out a lot of nail polish and fill it into the Infinite bottle. With Gelibility, you use drops to create as much gel polish you want. Basically, they are the same. With Infinite I guess you can use couple drops to make little amount of gel polish too.

Watch instructional video at or below.  The kit is available at Esther’s Nail Center for $10.99. What do you think about Infinite?

Thresa Sulistio, The D-I-Y’er

Thresencia SulistioThere’s always something interesting in people’s life story. I would like to share some with you today in Q&A format. I’ll start with myself and I hope to write more stories about people in nail industry.


I believe what you give you’ll receive it back. It started when I first moved to San Diego in 2004. Back then I still had plenty of spare time. So I volunteered at the local library. Then I knew the supervisor at the library who just started a nail polish line. She offered me to sell her nail polish and I grabbed the chance. I thank God that Esther’s Nail Center still exists and it is what it is now.



When I first started the business, I didn’t have a different business phone number. So people called to my home phone. One early morning, my husband took a call from a customer asking for Esther as she wanted to order some nail polish. Thinking the customer was my friend, he casually said that I was still in bed and couldn’t talk. It was really embarrassing to call back the customer :-).


Managing business always has some down moments. One saddest part is when we lost a great deal of money couple due to some credit card frauds. We were naive back then and thought everything was secure. Since then we learnt a lot.


I am an immigrant. I speak English as second language. I am a quiet person. I like to be home when my kids come from school. I am active at a local Indonesian Church and I have another insurance business. And I find it difficult to apply nail polish nicely. :-)

CND Shellac Vinylux Garden Muse Summer 2015 Collection

Not long after releasing its Flora and Fauna Collection for Spring 2015, CND revealed its summer 2015 collection called ‘Garden Muse‘.

CND GARDEN MUSE Summer 2015 Collection, featuring intense floral hues from a bright garden filled with memories future-past. “This season’s trends are all about sculpted, dramatic silhouettes and intense floral hues that invite abandoned reverie,” says CND Co-founder and Style Director Jan Arnold. “Nails are seductive and sleek, adorned with a harmony of vintage floral design elements and spellbinding patterns for an alluring effect.”

CND Shellac Garden Muse

The color collection in Shellac and Vinylux is slightly different. Shellac has 4 new colors and includes 2 old colors in this collection, while Vinylux version has 6 totally-new colors.

The Shellac Garden Muse collection shades are:

  1. Beckoning Begonia: shimmer fuchsia pink
  2. Hot Pop Pink: shimmer hot pink. Not a new color.
  3. Wisteria Haze: creme lavender.
  4. Lost Labyrinth: shimmer teal.
  5. Water Park: shimmer blue sky. Not a new color, from Summer Splash collection.
  6. Butterfly Queen: glitter magenta pink.

CND Vinylux Garden Muse Summer 2015 Collection

While the Vinylux Garden Muse collection consists of :

  1. Beckoning Begonia: shimmer fuchsia pink
  2. Crushed Rose: creme dark pink. Not available in Shellac.
  3. Wisteria Haze: creme lavender.
  4. Lost Labyrinth: shimmer teal.
  5. Reflecting Pool: creme blue sky. Not available in Shellac.
  6. Butterfly Queen: glitter magenta pink.

Swatches can be found on the internet.

CND Shellac manicures and pedicures provide mirror shine and 14-day flawless wear. Formaldehyde, Toluene and DBP (Phthalate) FREE.

CND Shellac is sold for $15.95 each while Vinylux is $6.79 each. Available now at

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