Beauty on a Budget: DIY Nail Art

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.

High-end brands like OPI and Essie apply just as smoothly, but why pay double the price? You don’t have to sacrifice to save.

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:

Cupcake nail art

 Newspaper nail art

Get Your Glitter On!

Chances are that your divorce left you pinching pennies in a half-empty abode because you split all your belongings with your ex when he (or you) moved out after the big breakup. Who needs crystal vases when you can light up your new life with glitter? DIY crafts not only provide cheap decorating alternatives, but offer an activity for lonely nights or wine parties with your girls.

Here’s how to make glittered IZZE bottles. We’ll give you a free junk food pass to drink all the soda, in the name of art!

Once complete, use them as a vase for a single rose and bask in the sweet smell of singledom.