Friday, November 4, 2016

How to make your nail polish last longer than a week.

I love getting a professional manicure but being a stay at home mom on a budget doesn't really allow me to do that so often. It's more of a treat every now and then.
To be completely honest, I used to paint my nails three times a week because what girl doesn't love having their nails nicely polished.  If I have the slightest chip, I pick at it until all my nail polish is off.            
Also nothing is worse then when you think they are dry, you go touch something and it completely smudges.
So frustrating.
A couple people asked how I keep my nails nicely painted when I have two boys to chase after & I am constantly washing my hands. So I thought I would share the products I use to get a perfect DIY manicure at home that lasts for more than a week.

I decided to invest in a LED curing light.
Best investment I have made. It has already paid itself off awhile ago and has been such a time saver for a busy mom like myself.
I love the fact that I can just paint my nails, cure for 45 seconds each coat of polish I use and then I'm ready to go.
Now sometimes I will go get a professional manicure just for them to really push back my cuticles and shape my nails but honestly I can do all of that myself, I just like when someone else does it for me. (:

The light I use can actually be bought at Ulta. I will link it down below. I highly recommend it, for the price you can't beat it. I have had it for 3 months now and have had no issues (knock on wood).

I have used a lot of different brands of gel nail polish but by far my favorite is CND shellac. Mainly because the colors are beautiful and it lasts the longest.
A cheaper gel polish I've used and liked was Fingerpaints 1 step polish. This is sold at Sally's Beauty Supply for $10.49 a bottle. They always have sales going on but just for a price comparison CND Shellac goes for $15.46 a bottle. Which seems a bit steep for nail polish but when it lasts as long as it does, to me its worth it.

These three colors have been on repeat lately.      
Aren't they pretty colors for fall?

So if you are thinking about getting a curing light because you like your nails painted like me, just do it.
You won't regret it. 
By the way, I use it for a painting my toes too. (: 

Let me know if you already use a gel nail set.  
What colors are your favorite?
I'm a sucker for any nail polish colors. 

Thanks for stopping by! 
I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend! 




  1. I got a curing light for Christmas a couple of years ago, but I haven't used it very much. You've made me want to bring it out again!
    The New Old Fashioned Girl

    1. Ohh I'm so glad I made you want to pull the curing light out again! I don't know what I would do without it! (: