The holidays are made for glam, amirite? Sparkles, twinkles, and baubles everywhere! Dinners, gifts, and parties! Ohh, let’s not forget the mistletoe!
But, oooh, girl. Your nails. Your toes!
All that buying for others and now you don’t have enough for yourself. Or maybe you had to choose between getting something for the kids or treating yourself. (I’m a single mom, I know how that goes sometimes!)
What if I told you that you could give yourself at least 5 pedicures and 5 full manicures (PLUS extras for quick fixes) for the price of ONE nail salon visit? Heck, you can get a lot more that that if you’ve got your DIY nail salon setup already. I calculated a full set of the nails I bought and listed below at about $1.09. Including nail polish!
You can read my full, verfied purchase, 5-star review of the Ejiubas nails on Amazon. They are AWESOME! I bought two packages in March and still have some left. I love how they make my digits look a little longer and more fabulous!
Starting From Scratch: DIY Nail Salon Supplies
You don’t need a lot to get started and if you freak out a little at the prices, just remember these aren’t one-time use items. They are investments that will be so worth it in the long run!
Here’s a basic list to get started:
- Spa to massage and soften feet
- Glass bowl to soak fingers in
- Mini electric mani/pedi tool
- Tip clipper
- Manicure tools (for cuticles, trimming nails)
- Nail files
- Nails or tips
- Nail glue
- Nail polish remover (both “normal” and 100% acetone)
- Rubbing alcohol or vinegar
- Cotton balls or pads
You probably already have most of those at home already, right? If you don’t, here are a few of my recommendations:
Again, if you are worried about the up-front costs, don’t be. I got my Remington Foot Spa on sale at Goodwill a few years ago. It’s not fancy, it’s not even the cool heated one I listed here. It just massages (vibrates) but that’s all I really needed it to do anyway. I’ve had my mini electric mani/pedi kit and my heart-shaped glass (former desk candy) dish since around 2009.
Other than having to replace my tip clipper this week, the only expenses I have for my nails and toes are the nails themselves, nail glue, polish, polish remover, and cotton pads.
A Word On Glue
For the love of all that is self-care, please – PLEASE – do NOT skimp on your nail glue! Please don’t even TRY to use Super Glue! While the latter is awesome for most things, it is NOT designed for nails and can really damage your digits. The cost for both types of glue is about the same so do your gorgeous nails a huge favor and use the glue that is designed for them!
If you are going to skimp on anything, skimp on the nails themselves. A good nail glue will help whatever finger and toenail you pick to stay on so well you’d never know you skimped. (Unless they are really bad quality then … girrrrrrl. You need to invest in some Ejuibas! They come in different sizes, colors, and styles so there’s bound to be one you like.
Applying Your Nails
There are two main methods to DIY finger and toe nail applications: I’ve Got Time To Pamper Myself and I Don’t Have Time For This.
If you have the time, put on some amazing music, pour a glass of wine, and give your feet a much-needed massage! Seriously, women – whether we are moms or not – are usually running around taking care of everything for everyone else. Sometimes we don’t even realize how tired we are until we sit down for a few minutes. Then we start feeling the pain in our heels, arches, the balls of our feet, and even our calves!
Hands are a bit different. Hand lotion at night and in the morning seems to eliminate the need for a lot of hands-on (hands-on, get it? haha!) hand work. It’s more about making sure the nails are trimmed and filed well.
If you don’t have much time, simply make sure your nails are filed, clean them well, buff them gently with a nail file, swipe your nails with an alcohol or vinegar soaked cotton ball to help eliminate germs and prevent fungal infections, glue your nails on, and swipe a couple of coats of polish on. Tada! Done.
Yep. That’s it! If you’d like a better or more in-depth DIY instructional, let me know and I’ll whip one up for you but it’s really that easy. Especially if you carry a tube of nail glue and a couple of emergency replacement nails with you. 😉
Repairing, Replacing, Removing Your DIY Nails
Whether you want to repair, replace, or remove your DIY nails and toenails, 100% acetone will remove the Ejuibas and nail glue easily. Simply pour enough acetone in your glass soaking dish to soak the offending nail(s). It will all just ‘melt’ off.
If you are in a hurry, you can use an orange stick to help remove the ‘melting’ nail/glue combo a little faster. Just be careful not to use too much pressure or scrape your nail too hard!
Color or Design Changes
It’s not necessary to soak off a false nail or toenail just to change your nail polish color or tweak your nail design. Simply use the "normal" nail polish remover! Just be careful not to leave it on one spot for too long or that section will warp/get 'eaten' through. You can probably change your color about two times before you notice the nails are a little too soft to be useful.
Comments, Questions, Suggestions
So, what did you think? Do you (or would you) do your own nails? Do you have a different technique or products you recommend? Let me know in the comments below!
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