Orly Top 2 Bottom Basecoat and Topcoat

Orly Top 2 Bottom Basecoat and Topcoat ($6.99, Sally Beauty Supply)

Orly Top 2 Bottom Basecoat and Topcoat ($6.99, Sally Beauty Supply)

My recent post about Sally Hansen ‘Salon’ nail polish got me thinking about mastering painting my nails on my own. And I’ve just added a new tool to my DIY manicure arsenal!

Orly Top 2 Bottom Basecoat and Topcoat is amazing. The first coat, which you apply before using color, provides a solid base that allows you to apply a smooth, even coat of color. After your color has dried, apply a second coat of Top 2 Bottom. It provides a transparent seal that prevents chipping, helping your manicure last longer.

I was amazed at what a neat job I was able to do. After a little help from a cotton swab dipped in nail polish remover, which I used to clean up any excess polish from the cuticles, I felt like I may never need to go for a professional manicure again!

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Sally Hensen Salon Nail Polish

Sally Hensen Salon Nail Polish

Sally Hensen Salon Nail Polish

It is rare to go to a drugstore these days and not see Sally Hensen products in the nail polish section. From strengthening treatments to “hard-as-nails” color durability, the Sally Hensen line has a nail polish for every need. I recently tried one of her “Salon” polishes, which I didn’t even know I had, and was so happy that I did!

My nails are quite weak and are prone to breaking. Over the years, I’ve tried a lot of polishes that promised to make my nails stronger but ultimately found that only a professional manicure could adequately protect my nails. Now I see why this Sally Hensen collection of polishes is branded under the name “Salon.” It was as if I’d had a salon manicure. I removed the color after about 5 days and was surprised to see that my nails looked much healthier and had grown.

If part of your “recession-tastic” plan to cut costs includes indulging in manicures less frequently, I highly recommend you try these nail polishes. I had trouble finding the exact price online but I do know that the “Salon” collection falls into the same price range of $6-7 like other Sally Hensen polishes. Not bad!

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Current Obsession: OPI ‘I’m Indi-a Mood For Love’ Nail Polish

OPI 'I'm Indi-a Mood For Love' Nail PolishOPI 'I'm Indi-a Mood For Love' Nail Polish

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Metallic Silver Nails

Hard As Nails 'Gunmetal' ($2.39, Sally Hansen)Sally Hansen Hard As Nails 'Gunmetal'

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Milani Cosmetics

Glossy Tube ($4.99, Milani)

Glossy Tube ($4.99, Milani)

Don’t you love it when your makeup looks so good that everyone thinks you must be using designer products? If so, then you have got to try Milani cosmetics. With everything from bronzer and foundation to lip gloss and nail polish, this collection has all the bases covered.

If a friend of mine hadn’t pointed out the Milani stand at our local pharmacy to me one day, I would have never thought to try this brand. I’m usually very reluctant to try new a makeup product once I’ve found one that suits me. However,  since then, I’ve tried almost the entire Milani collection and love every product. The colors are gorgeous and do not wear off quickly.

My favorite item is the Glossy Tube–lip gloss that not only stays on for hours but also has a yummy berry smell. The entire line is very reasonably priced, with approximately $10 being the most you’ll pay for an item. You can find Milani products at your local CVS, Walgreens ,Target, WinnDixie or drugstore.com

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