My Best Purchase (Recently)

I have people who look at my hands all day. …from showing customers products to typing in their account information, they’re always looking. I used to be a nail biter and my mom hated it. Even now, when I’m stressed or anxious I will peel or bite them. …and then it’s just a mess all around. You can’t paint bitten nails and have them look nice.

I finally put two and two together! When my nails are in fact painted I don’t want to mess them up so I don’t bite them. That leads me to my next problem…who has time to paint their nails and pray to God that they don’t get bumped, scratched, or smudged? I’ve tried all the best and most expensive nail lacquers. (OPI, Essie, China Glaze, the list continues to bottles that are $30 +)

My family is super high energy (3 dogs and 3 cats) I also have three younger brothers and a boyfriend who is always into projects. (Last night he was sanding a picture frame as I worked out in our basement.) Needless to say, I need something that’s quick drying and long lasting, that takes Minimal effort. I figured I’d go to some salon and get a gel mani and pedi. Let’s just face the facts on that – it’s an easy $100 after tip. (That’s not even at a nice salon around where I live.)

…one of my best friends told me she has an “at home” gel manicure kit. I kind of laughed it off because I have all the Essie “gel” top coats a person can own – they don’t do squat. We ended up going to Sally’s and she talked me into it. I (well, my mom – thanks mom!) got the kit. The brand I went with is ASP. I got the LED lamp, a polish, primer, base, and top coat for $67. …I guess that might sound like a lot, but it’s really not. I would have spent that for one mani at a nice salon.

SO, since I’ve told you a little about what it is let me tell you about the end result. I’m in love. Like looooove love. If you, or you know someone, who is always paying big bucks to get their nails done give one of these a try. It took me roughly 20 minutes to prime (buff and shape) my nails, do the base coat, color and top coats before I was happily eating Do-Si-Do’s.

I painted them two days ago. I don’t have single chip, scratch, or bump. I have a funeral to go to tomorrow and the last thing I wanted was to go with unkemp hands. (I secretly can’t wait to do my toes tonight!)


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