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Simple Nail Art And Design, Nails You Can Flaunt In Minutes!
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Simple Nail Art And Design, Nails You Can Flaunt In Minutes!

Many people will agree when someone says, 'hey, I love a good deal'. I do without hesitation and especially since I can get a great deal on manicures and pedicures. How, you ask? By doing it yourself, that's how.

You can easily spend close to $60 dollars on getting the two or maybe with just one if you're extra fancy. But I'm mother, not only am I a mother, I'm a mother of two young children and a stay-at-home one with barely any extra income to take care of these busy hands and feet.

One day I figured I would try to design my own look for my nails and to be honest, it didn't come out the way I liked. But I found it fun and an awesome way to pass the time. I had plenty ideas in mind so I got a basic manicure kit for about $5 at Wal-Mart, polish remover, and more nail polish and tried again.

It was like cooking a recipe that you know could turn out better if you added a little 'umph' to it. I knew I could crank out pretty decent nails if I tried. And eventually I put out a French tip styled manicure in gold and leopard and everyone loved it! I got compliments every time I flashed my hands to exchange money, or to scratch my head. I was proud of the outcome and the attention it was getting. Most of all, I could switch it up at any time.

I could jazz it up by adding jewels, different types of prints, glitter, what ever I felt like! The most I would have to spend was the cost for new polish, which if you're smart, shouldn't have to cost more than $10 depending on the brand. There are great polishes out there that cost half as much as the top brands they sell in stores like Sally's Beauty Supply.

Since most women have the basics like nail polish and nail polish remover, I won't include them in the list. To have a good start at getting a salon grade manicure (or pedicure!), you'll need to have these items:

  • Manicure Kit- a five piece is good enough to start with, seven piece is even better. As long as you have an orange stick to clean off excess polish from the cuticles, nail brush for cleaning under the nails, and a good nail file or emery board included. Estimated price: $5
  • Nail Art brush polish kit- These kits are now available to purchase where ever you can get nail polish and will be pretty much one of your main tools. They come in basic colors as well as neon colors and glitter! You can purchase them individually at Sally's or by the kit. Either way, they're a great investment. Estimated price: kit $6, individual $2-$6 depending on brand.
  • Dotting tool- If you aren't familiar with nail technician tools, this might sound a bit like a hassle to get. In reality, its pretty simple as long as there's a Sally's around. The name is self-explanatory. You use this tool to make perfect dots on your nails with polish. Simple. Estimated price: $5 or less
  • Salon-grade decorations- Now this one can be as cheap or expensive as you make it. Going to the beauty supply store will cost you and you won't get as much as you feel like you need for the price you pay. I have rhinestones, micro beads in silver and gold, and half pearl style decorations and I got the three for about $11 from Born Pretty Store. If you want nail decorations, polish, acrylics, brushes, or what ever else, this is the place to go. And they give you what you pay for! It's the best discovery I've made while taking this hobby up. Estimated price: Varies
  • Nail Buffer- This will be your friend in between polishes because not only does it file, buff, and polish your nails (depending on the kind you get), it shines up those nails like nobody's business if you do it right. The only thing to know is to stay in one direction when buffing and polishing to ensure you get great results. It also takes off the damaged, yellowed, or unhealthy layer of nail you have too. It's best to buff only about twice a month or you'll start to do more harm than good to those nails. Estimated price: $3
  • Acrylic Craft paint- You can get these at Wal-Mart and in a good selection of colors. Use these for simple colored dots or stripes. What ever your mind has in store. Get washable because instead of using nail polish remover to erase any mistakes you can use water! Estimated price: $1

All of the items listed are readily available is stores and the most you'll probably pay for an item is about $7 with taxes. The possibilities are endless once you get a hold to these supplies. You can mix and match basic techniques to fit any style and any occasion.

For my sister's wedding I used white as a base and sponged gold polish onto my nails to create a quick look. It was quick and easy and took no time at all to do. Her theme wasn't near what I had going on, it was just what came to mind. Once you get the tools, the ideas will come. I had an idea just by looking through what polishes I had and the new decorations I got and began creating a look that turned out pretty bad-ass if I do say so myself!

Inspiration is in all forms from the colors in your shower curtain to the mood you're in. Utilize these ideas to the max and you'll have people wanting those nails you're sporting. Get your technique right, stay relaxed and fluid, and practice as much as possible. You can do it yourself and I can say that because I do it myself all the time and it looks damn good!


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