Do It Yourself Essie Nail Kit

Sunday, August 30, 2015

If you're like me and don't do your own nails then you know a good portion of your paycheck is spent on the luxury of going to nail salons. I have been going to nail salons for the past 10 years - I cant help myself, I just love the feeling of getting pampered and having a good foot scrub/massage.

Now that I have more expenses (one of which is a new car) it finally hit me that I need to save money on at least one of my beauty splurges. Clothes, makeup, and haircare are definitely out of the question because seriously those are female necessities I don't care what anybody says.

I've been able to spend less on food by eating smaller portions and cutting out things I don't really need (appetizers, frozen yogurt, pastries, etc.) After some thought, I decided one thing I could lessen is nail care. A lot of my girlfriends dedicate a day of the week to do their nails at home and with all of the right tools, it's definitely something I can do myself. I stopped by the Target Nail Supplies section to pick up the essentials: Nail polish, base coat, nail cutter, nail file, cuticle removers, nail polish remover, and a foot brush.

I do have to say the Sally Hansen cuticle remover is amazing! You can also use it on feet calluses as a temporary callus remover. I immediately wanted to try the Essie Gel-Setter since I usually get gel nails in the salons. I currently have the gel color Sunday Funday which is a peachy shade and fun for the beach. (See below pic)

The Essie Gel-Setter is good but I don't know if I would repurchase - it chipped after 6 days and is nowhere as near long-lasting as doing gel nails in a salon (which can last up to 3 weeks). I much prefer using regular Essie polish with a base coat and top coat - that would give me about 8 days without any major chipping. I'm still a huge fan of all Essie colors though! :) 

I'm going to update with more pics if I try any new colors I get!


  1. You’re officially one of my favourite bloggers, keep up the great work! xxx

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  2. Love that color.

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  3. Good ideas to save money, fingers crossed for a car :-)

  4. Nice tip :)

    The Cutielicious

  5. lovely post!
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  6. Lovely nails and the color looks great. Thanks for sharing.

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  7. Great idea! This is an awesome way to save money. I love the color too! Great post!
    xo Kiki

  8. Great nsils.


  9. Gorgeous picks Tiffany! I love the Essie nail polishes!

  10. wow love it
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  11. Love DIY anytime, dear! That's a great kit! xoxo

  12. Love the color!

  13. Nice colour! Great job! :)
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  14. LOVE your nails! beautiful colour!

  15. I love this color! I always do my own nails, just because I don't think I get a much better result when I go to a salon.

    Bella Pummarola

  16. Love the color of the nail polish <3

  17. wow love it
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  18. Your nails look SO lush!!!! They're the perfect square shape, honestly they look so awesome :)! That nail polish colour is soooo beaut too. This is a really nice regime you have going on here and all the products look amazing. Nice post! xx


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