Monday, February 24, 2014

Everyday Elegance: Nails

If you are finished with your weekend, I hope you had a good one.  Happy mid-weekend to me! :)  Today I thought I would share with you my everyday nail solution.  To me there is something about having your nails done that adds a little extra elegance to the everyday.  It can make you look that extra bit of polished and put together, even when you don't feel it!

Me and regular nail polish don't get along.  I usually can't even get through it drying before ruining it.  I either smudge it right away because I am too impatient to spend my time waiting for them to try.  Or if they actually make it to being dry, they chip within the first day.  Needless to say I didn't really do my nails for years.

About 2.5 years ago I got on the no chip band wagon.  I first treated myself on my birthday.   I loved it.  I loved that they were dry when you left the salon, I loved that they lasted for 2 weeks, it was great.  I kept up with the no chip for quite awhile.  I started to notice that my nails were getting more brittle, and there were a few other things I didn't like.  It wasn't a cheap habit, costing me $30 every two weeks or so, and I felt like I was wasting so much time because they always felt like they took forever to do.

I started looking into the DIY no chip kits, and was excited when I saw Sally Hansen had one.  This was when they first came out, maybe a year ago or so.  This is the one I picked up.  I found it at Target for about $60 (they are now cheaper) and figured it would pay for itself in just a couple uses.

I had pretty good success with it.  The color that came with the kit looked pretty dingy after about two weeks.  And it did not come off easy at all.  Over time I feel like I have come up with a good DIY no chip formula.

I use the LED light that came in my Sally Hansen kit.

I then use the Sally Hansen base coat (because I still have it left), followed with color and top coat by Red Carpet Manicure.

I really like the Red Carpet Manicure Polish for a few reasons.  It is thinner than the Sally Hansen Polish and therefore removes much easier.  It always holds up great over two weeks, and it comes in so many great colors.  They carry this polish at Ulta, for $9.99 a bottle.  What I love is that if you are an Ulta Rewards member they are always sending you coupons for $3.50 off $10, which works on the polish making it a great deal.  And making it too easy to stock up on way too many colors. (Right now they are buy 1 get 1 50% off!)

I am not sure how much money I actually save by doing it myself since I am always buying new colors, but I know that I do save.  I am also saving my time, since I am now able to do my nails in the comfort of my own home catching up on Netflix shows.  I don't have to try to get to a salon when they are open, instead I can do them at 11pm if I want, which is what happens most of the time.

Color: What A Surprise

I have been doing my DIY gel polish for over a year.  I am constantly getting compliments, no one is any the wiser that they are not done in a salon.  My nails are no longer brittle, but strong and healthy feeling.  And it helps to add a little bit of elegance to my everyday.  It's easy to do it yourself, give it a try!

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