How to Stretch Your Beauty Dollar
We show you how to get the most bang for your buck with these penny-pinching beauty hacks
How to Stretch It: Invest in an at-home gel manicure kit. To get that professional, I-paid-big-money-for-these look, follow this advice from China Glaze educator Sreynin Peng:
-Lay the brush down on the nail bed with a bit of room so you can push the brush as close as possible to the cuticle without touching the cuticle.
-Pull the product down towards the tip, covering the nail bed completely, then cap the free edge to finish.
-Fix smudges before applying and curing the top coat. Once you fix it, recap free edge and cure.
Total Savings: Salon gel manicures last about two weeks. If you get your digits lacquered twice monthly, you spend $960 per year on gel manicures -- yikes. If you switch to at-home gel manicures, you spend about $65 for the LED light and starter kit and $11.99 for every bottle of polish and top coat. That's a savings of $870 initially and over $900 once you factor out the one-time cost of the LED light.
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