(Closed) beautiful nails on a budget, advice?

posted 6 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
2555 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I like all sally hansen polishes, sally hansen cuticle remover, and i swear by l’occitane hand cream. if you start moisturizing everyday now, your cuticles will look much nicer

Post # 4
101 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I noticed that you’re in Michigan, like me.  Where I live, a manicure costs $12-20, and they take care of your cuticles, file, etc. in addition to applying nail polish.  It might be a lot more budget-friendly to just get a professional manicure instead of buying whatever you may need to do it yourself, if you’re only concerned about the wedding day.

Post # 5
1360 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

OPI has an amazing line of nail care products they are called nail envy, and yes it is a bit of a splurge but they really do work! My favorite cream (and i have seriously dry skin) is palmers cocoa butter formula, a little goes a long way!

Post # 6
1478 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013 - Creek club at ion, SC

With all the treatment stuff you’ll have to buy you might as well get your nails done. 


What were you thinking of getting done? Taking care of cuticles and putting a colour on should not cost that much. 


Anyway if yous till wat to go down the DIY route, I think Rimmel french manicure collection is great. They have differen natural shades, nail tip whitners. They also have lots of things to care for your nails depending on the problem but i cant remember what thats called. Rimmels french manicure it says lasts up to 10 days but id say it lasted me about 6.


Get a glass nail file.

Post # 7
8178 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

@beautifulmama28:  Google beauty schools in your area! You can get a manicure for like five bucks (plus $1-2 tip). I usually do my own nails because I like to and I do a good job, but I’ve gone to the beauty school several times when I had a special occasion but did not have $30 for a spa mani. They looked great. One time, it was so cute — this was like 10 years ago when everyone had square nails, but I’ve always worn mine in a slightly pointy oval. When the woman called her instructor over to approve, she said “she asked me to do that shape!!” like she was going to be graded down for it or something! LOL!! The instructor quickly said “and it’s a beautiful shape, too” so I wouldn’t be offended at the implication that I’d asked for something bizarre. It was funny. But anyway — they do a good job and it’s super cheap. If you can scrape up $5-7 every two weeks, your nails will be in excellent condition by your wedding day. The only drawback is that the hours are sometimes limited. Google, and then check several websites. Most have some evening hours, some have hours on Saturdays, some don’t. Some are by appointment only, some do walk-ins. … Check it out!

Post # 8
5892 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

Take care of you nails at home using lotion and cuticle cream. Then a few days before the weddding, get a gel manicure. I’m in DC and they are $35. But the mani will stay for 2 weeks. Seriously best deal that money can buy. 

Even if you do your nails yourself the day before the wedding, there is a good chance they will be ruined before the ceremony.

Post # 9
2178 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

If you live in an area with Groupon, Living Social, etc deals, check them out! I frequently get my manis/pedis for super discount with those sites. Good luck!

Post # 10
3028 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@PinkBubbles:  +1 I think it’s worth getting a salon manicure rather then spending the same $15 on polish or tools.  There is also a groupon in the area all the time for shellac manicurs if you want more staying power- if not they are $30.  Regarding beauty schools I just got my hair cut at the Aveda Institute downtown and they have a beautiful fancy looking nail salon that costs $24 but you get a bottle of polish to go- which is useful if you think it might chip.

Post # 11
757 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Yeah I live in a place where you can get a decent manicure for $6-8 which won’t even buy a bottle of OPI or Essie nail polish. If that isn’t the case where you are, I would just invest in some really nice hand lotion and a good nail polish that you like, and then just be super careful when you paint them.

Post # 14
1299 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@Daisy_Mae:  OMG i never even thought to go to a beauty school!!! Im so glad I read your post!

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