Budget: Nail'd

I couldn't take it anymore. Getting my son together, packing snacks and a charged up iPad then making our way to the nail salon was the most annoying bi-weekly time of my life. And that's IF I made it two weeks without breaking a nail. Talkative and nosey nail techs didn't make the experience better. Asking about my personal life, annoyed if my son needs my attention, up charging me for ridiculous things like having ONE nail painted a different color: $5.

And the fumes. The smell alone made me feel like I was slowly dying inside, so I can only imagine how my baby boy feels.

And because of not having much time to spend in the salon, I had to pay A LOT extra for fast drying gel polish.


One of the main reasons I implemented a "beauty budget" was because it cost me $50 for a simple fill-in.

Fill-In: $15
Cut down: $5
Broken Nail Repair: $5
Coffin Nail Shape: $5
Gel Polish: $15
Tip: $5
   Total: $50

That's $100 a month, $1,200 a year. Honey, $1,200 is money for an all-inclusive vacation.

So, my solution to pretty nails:


For a fraction of the price of visiting the salon, I can keep a SUPER cute color, design, and/or shape without leaving my house. And yes, on occasion a nail may pop off. But, I keep glue in my bag and it is an easy, painless and FREE fix.  

$50 for a crazy salon visit or $5 and hassle-free?  Easy decision!