First, let me confess that I am a nail biter. The second these suckers get too long they don’t have a chance. So if I want presentable nails, they have to be fake. I never did my nails growing up and only recently became interested when I hit the in-laws jackpot with a nail esthetician/massage therapist as a mother in-law and a salon owner for a sister-in-law. Wendy told me that as long as I take care of her son, she will take care of me. I think this is a pretty fair deal considering that her son can sometimes be a pain in the ass.
Unfortunately, Wendy recently took another job and has left the beauty of nails behind. Instead of being a traitor and paying the expensive price to have a stranger glue nails onto my fingers, I decided to begin doing it myself. Naturally, I believe in living my best, most beautiful life without breaking the bank. Here is what I use:
- KISS 100 ct. Full Cover Nails – $5.99 at any local grocery/drug store.
- Essie Nail Polish – $8.99 also at any local grocery/drug store.
- Nail File – $0.97 at Walmart
Rounding up this totals a little over $16.00 with countless amount of applications and variations. One singular manicure can cost anywhere from $20 and up. My go to variation is white, clean and precise with rounded nails as to not scratch myself. However, with fall right around the corner I decided to break through my comfort zone and go with a more neutral to dark palette.
Once I glued on and filed my KISS nails, I became incredibly indecisive with which color to apply. Essie has an amazing arrange of colors that have worked the best for me when it comes to chipping, as I am not very good at being careful. So, instead of choosing just one I decided on three. From left to right order: Lady Like, Chinchilly and Truth or Bare. All have a slight purple hue with a nice neutral fall feel. Lady Like being the lightest of the three taking on a muave tone. Chinchilly being a purple-esque gray color and Truth or Bare being a chocolate brown. I haven’t fully decided if this combination looks crazy or is actually in harmony, I will let you be the judge.
With the exception of having no coordination with my left hand and being new to this whole beauty blog thing, I think I did pretty damn good! The beauty is that they can be taken off or re-painted at any moment so very little commitment is required, plus they make me feel put together and beautiful which is nice.
So there you have it. If you are like me and prefer to save some money and like to pamper yourself occasionally try these DIY products!
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