Frugal Nails

November 1, 2013

The first post on my new blog is, well, about nails!  Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve been learning WordPress and building a new blog site for Perennial Mommy.  You can visit my previous site here.  I am still trying to navigate my way around WordPress, so stick around as you see  – hopefully – this site improve with experience.  My goal was to begin posting today, so here goes!

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Homeschooling and having four children – the youngest being four months – makes for very little free time for Mom.  I like to have manicured nails, but don’t have the time or budget to go and have them done.  Truth is, I don’t really enjoy going to the nail salon.  Call me freaky, but it’s just not high on the priority list.  It’s not even near the list.  I do, however, like to have painted nails.  I keep my nails short for several reasons.  My nails are thin and tear easily.  I was dishes several times a day, and who has time for gloves.  I love to have my hands dirty in the garden and craft room.  With all the abuse my polish takes, it has to last!  If I’m going to take an hour out of my week to polish my nails at home, I don’t want it to chip off in the shower the next morning.  The hunt was on to find a combination of polish products that would last without having to spend time and money on a manicure or gel polish at the salon.  I finally found three products that work for me, so I though I would share them with you!  Keep in mind that this combo is not like gel polish, but I’ve found it to be very durable.  This way, I don’t have to soak my fingers in acetone to take the polish off.

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The first thing I do is make sure that my nails are clean and free of any lotions, or oils.  The first coat is Sally Hansen Ultimate Shield Base and Top Coat. I use this only for the base coat.  Let that dry for a couple of minutes.  Next, you want to choose your favorite Essie color.  After having tried other brands of polish with less than satisfactory results, I only used Essie.  Try to coat nail using only three strokes – one down the middle, then one on either side.  Make sure you have the polish brush full.  This way, you can eliminate putting on two coats of polish, which can cause the polish to chip and peel faster.  Allow your polish to dry for about 5 minutes.  Now for the final coat…Sally Hansen Mega Shine.   Once again, try to apply one thick stroke down the middle and then two on the sides.  Now just sit back and watch the paint dry.  The Mega Shine dries so smooth and shiny!

Let me know if you try it and what you think!


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1 Comment

  • Lauren

    Pretty nails, my friend! Glad to see the new blog up and running. 🙂

    November 2, 2013 at 3:07 pm Reply
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