Save Money And Try This DIY Gel Manicure

I'm a babe on a budget. Are you?

I started consistently keeping my nails painted when I was a junior in high school. There were a few times that I went and got a manicure and pedicure, but it was when I was able to tag along with my mom or had a gift certificate to a nail salon. I've never been into acrylic or fake nails, so I always just got regular polish, but was always disappointed when it would chip about two days later. My high school job was working at a concession stand, so at the end of the night when all the dishes had to be hand washed, you can only imagine what my nails looked like after. I would love to tally up the house I spend keeping my nails polished.

In college, I made the leap and tried a gel polish manicure and I loved it! I would occasionally head to the nail salon and treat myself to a gel manicure, but I mean, there was no way I could afford to keep it up. My junior year of college, I realized that gel manicure kits where sold in stores. I found a whole kit for like $25 at Target, so I figured I would give it a try. Well, guess what? It worked really well. It looked like I had been to the nail salon and gotten it professionally done. I also couldn't beat the price. The whole kit cost basically the same amount as one gel manicure.

For all you ladies who are on a budget, you don't have to skip the manicures. You don't have to deal with chipped nails! Go out and get yourself a gel manicure kit. Most of them have everything you need - including the polish to get you started. I've been doing this for about three years and yeah, I go to the salon and get a manicure to clean my nails up occasionally, but dropping like $60 or more every month to keep my nails looking great was not the move.

Here are my current favorites and what I use to keep up my gel manicure.


What are other ways that you save some cash?


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