A Gel Manicure For Less

Getting a gel manicure every two weeks can get pricey. Especially if you’re on a budget. Doing your own nails can also get difficult because a regular manicure never lasts as long as a gel manicure and takes way too long to do yourself and to dry. Plus, doing your own nails is almost impossible when you’re extremely busy and don’t have the 2 hours to sit with all of your fingers and toes doing spread eagles until it dries. And personally, I feel that you’re lucky if you can get an at home manicure last more than two days! But luckily I’ve found a way to make my manicure stay for about a week and a half and dry down quickly! Which sadly isn’t the full two weeks you can get with a gel manicure but for the price, the half week difference is totally worth it!

I only have one secret to getting a gel-like finish and that secret is my top coat! I just recently switched what top coat I use, from INSTA-DRI by Sally Hansen to Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat. Not only do my nails have a gel-like finish and last one and a half weeks, they also only take about 5 minutes to dry completely and harden. And even better, this top coat is sold for only $5!

I only stumbled across this quick dry and hardening top coat by accident. When I was doing my nails one night and ran out of my INSTA-DRI top coat I put this Seche Vite top coat on. Of course, I had to quickly grab my ringing phone from my purse right after I was just finished painting my nails. Anyone who paints their own nails knows that plunging your hand into a purse after a fresh coat of varnish has disaster written all over it. But it was an important call that I couldn’t miss, so as I took my phone out of my purse, I found that my manicure was completely intact as if nothing had even happened, and as if I painted my nails 2 hours ago rather than 5 minutes before. I further investigated by tapping on each nail to see if they were all dry and was completely dumbfounded when they were all hard and dried down.

My only question is, where has this top coat been all my life as many of my home manicures have gone awry without it.

I urge you all to try this top coat, it is a game changer and you will not regret it.

– As always,

Stay Chic,

Stephanie Russell.

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