6 inexpensive products I use to give myself a salon-grade manicure at home
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- Getting a professional manicure once a week would cost a minimum of $40, or about $480 a year.
- I put together a list of six products I use at home to get salon results, all of which last me at least six months, some even longer.
- My routine involves a simple nail file and buffer block, base coat, nail polish color, and top coat - with a cuticle product recommended to me by a coworker as a bonus. All of these products cost less than $30 total.
My friends and coworkers are always asking me where I get my nails done, and they're totally shocked when my response is that I do them at home. I prefer to have my nails painted at all times and I tend to put a fresh coat on every week (or every other week if I'm feeling lazy). I'm being totally honest when I say I only treat myself to a manicure and pedicure once a year for my birthday.If I went to a nail salon on a weekly basis and paid for a $10 manicure, I'd be spending $40 a month or $480 a year - and honestly, that's a low-balled estimate. I live in New Jersey so expect those prices to be higher if you live in New York or another city. On top of that, who has an hour or two every week to get pampered? I wish, but I'm not a Real Housewife.
On top of that, I prefer to paint my nails dark colors like black cherry, midnight navy, and even black, so it's painfully obvious when my polish starts to chip. I've tried different brands of nail polish and gimmicky products to make my nails last through the week and I've finally cracked the code - including a quick drying top coat that's my secret weapon.
Trust me when I say you'll only need these six products to give your natural nails a salon-grade manicure at home - and at under $30 total, they won't break the bank.
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