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Strapped Girls Guide™ to DIY Manicure and Pedicure

Strapped Girls Guide™ to DIY Manicure and Pedicure
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Gone are the days when a nicely polished manicure and pedicure will run you only $15. Now the figures are more like $15 for just a manicure without the extras--and a ballpark figure for both will cost you around $40 or more.

If the high costs of nails and budget woes are preventing you from regular trips to the nail salon, you could always go the indie route and pamper yourself with a DIY manicure and pedicure.

Garner nail salon quality pedicures worthy of embellished sandals, and top of the line nails worthy of a full set of midi rings through these Strapped Girls Guide™ DIY tips.

What you'll need:

Tools: H&M Manicure Kit $2.95, Revlon Deluxe Nail Clip $2.49

Nail Polish Remover: Cutex Nourishing Nail Polish Remover $2.06

Hand & Foot Creme: Pretty Feet & Hands Rough Skin Remover $5.79

Cuticle Creme: Burt's Bees Cuticle Creme $4.47

Towelettes: H&M 10-pack Wet Wipes $1.95

Nail Polish: Salley Hansen Hard As Nails Extreme Wear Nail Color (assorted colors) $2.99


Step 1: Wash your hands and feet.

Step 2: Cut nails to desirable length using nail clipper, alternatively file nails down to desired length.

Step 3: Massage hands and foot using hand and foot creme; for massage techniques click here

Step 4: Apply cuticle creme onto nails, wait 2 minutes to dry. After creme is dry apply desired nail polish color(s) onto feet, wait 10 to 15 minutes to dry.

Step 5: Apply desired nail polish onto hands, wait 10 to 15 minutes to dry.

Helpful Tips: When painting your nails make sure to go with slow and light brush strokes, there is no need to rush. If your toenails are a bit small (pinky toe we're talking about you!) dab a spot of polish onto the nail and wait for it dry, any leftover space should be painted over. For fun and easy DIY Nail art tutorials make sure to visit Youtube.

Total Cost: $22.70

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