Frugal Friday: Salon Quality Manicure For Less Than $10

Frugal Friday: Salon Quality Manicure For Less Than $10

Happy Friday! We made it through another work week! Now, I am not a beauty blogger, however, I am the beauty and fashion editor for the WOW! magazine. Over the years, I have learned a few tricks to keep me looking my best without breaking the bank. Besides, why pay for something that I can do myself. One of my favorite tricks is a do-it-yourself salon quality manicure. No, I am not talking about just polishing your nails. I am talking about looking like you went to the nail salon and got a full set!

On average, a full set costs at least $20-$25 without a design. Add in $3 per nail for designs and it can become pretty pricey. With this solution, you spend at the most $10. Are you ready for it? Okay, here you go: taaaa daaaa press-on nails. I can remember being a child and hearing the Lee press on nail commercials and when I started my frugal journey, I decided to always do my own nails.

Most of the time, I do a simple home manicure with polish and designs myself, but there are times when I want to glam it up a bit. When those times occur, I turn to my trusty press on nails. My favorite ones to use are by Nailene, Impress, Fingrs¬†and Kiss. In today’s post, I will be using Fingrs (yes, that is how they spell it).

Step 1. Gather Your Supplies

Gather all of your supplies. Nothing makes me madder than sitting down to do my nails and I don’t have everything I need right there. I still perform a manicure and shape my nails before I put on the press

Step 2. Clean your nails

Make sure that your nails are free from all oils. I use pure acetone to do this and then I wash my hands. You want your nails to be as dry as possible. That just helps the glue stick and stay longer.These press-on nails come either with glue tabs or glue already on the nail, but for extra hold, I use Kiss paint on glue. Hey, I am a busy woman and I don’t have time to lose a nail. With the extra glue. I am able to wash dishes and do other housework that may otherwise soften the glue.

Step 3 & 4. Paint and press

Last but not least, paint and press! In about twenty minutes or less, I have salon quality nails without salon quality prices! These nail packs come with at least 24 nails and that is enough for two applications. I have found that if you take care of them you can usually wear them again once you take them off, therefore decreasing the price. One pack usually lasts me, at least, a month so that makes them anywhere from $2.50 to $5.00 a pack, depending on what brand you purchase.

ff nails

ff nailsFinally. Flaunt

Now you are ready to flaunt your do-it-yourself salon manicure!

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You do the math, $5.00 -$8.00 a month do-it-yourself versus $40-$50 a month for the salon. That extra money can come in handy for paying off debt, saving for retirement or stashing away for your emergency fund.

There are so many lengths, shapes, and designs to choose from, you will never become bored with them.

This is not the only trick I have up my frugal beauty sleeve, stay tuned for more. In the meantime, comment below and tell me your favorite do-it-yourself beauty trick.



on Frugal Friday: Salon Quality Manicure For Less Than $10

  1. heather
    March 27, 2016 at 7:21 pm (3 years ago)

    Awesome idea!! Thank you!!

    • tracie45
      March 27, 2016 at 7:30 pm (3 years ago)

      You’re welcome and thank you for the comment!


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