Mani-pedis are a great way to indulge…and end up in even greater post-divorce debt. If you’re spending about $20 a week keeping your tips in top shape, you’re also kissing goodbye $80 a month and at least $960 a year. Yikes! Just think of what you can do with all that extra cash you didn’t even realize was at your disposal.
Doing manicures at home will save you tons of money and actually make your nails look neater. How many times have you seen women with grown-out manicures, as they have to wait for their next appointment to re-polish? It’s slightly embarrassing. And people do notice, even if you have a French manicure. Go au naturale with your nails.
For those of you who are thinking, “Well, the nail polish doesn’t stay on when I do it myself!” let me share a secret beauty weapon: Sally Hansen. Sally does a service for nails like Victoria has provided for boobs. Once you realize this, there’s no going back to another brand.
Sally Hansen products keep nails chip-free and rock hard. Specifically, the Hard As Nails Xtreme Wear clear polish, when applied as a base and topcoat, will keep your color locked on for a week.
DIY manicures are more fun, too. Have nail parties with your girlfriends, where everyone brings over their favorite shades. Snack on cheese and your favorite beverage. It’s a creative and cheap alternative to girls nights out and when you’re done, you’ll feel a little more posh.
Before you make a mad dash to the drug store, make sure you also pick up an orange stick. That’s a little wooden tool that, when dipped in remover, will erase any “out side the lines” paint. Now no one will know you’re not a pro.
If you’re feeling extra daring, try these styles: