Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Make Your Mani Last
However, after getting married, I've had to slightly reduce my "self management" budget (highlights, haircut, nails, facials, massage, clothes, makeup, etc.) It's a little difficult to explain the reasoning behind a triple digit dollar hair appointment to my husband who gets his hair cut at Great Clips. (I tried once to convince him to go to someone at a salon, which prompted him to say, "Well if I spend more money on a haircut, we'll have to take some money out of your hair budget to pay for it." I quickly shut up and dropped the Great Clips issue.) Anyway...with this reduced budget, I've been forced to be a little creative in making my luxories last. More low lights, less highlights, digger deeper into my extensive MAC collection, shopping sales, shopping less, keeping with my classic perfumes instead of venturing out and trying two new ones at a time, you know, things that "responsible grown ups" do. (Ugggh, I loathe all three of those words.)
So...combine my budget reduction with my manicure resolution and I'm in a tight spot, right? Wrong! I have found a way to stretch my manicures that is easier than easy. About four days after my manicure, a day before the chipping would normally begin, I apply two coats of topcoat to my four day old manicure. MAGICAL. Seriously, like Hogwart's level magical. That top coat keeps my mani looking nice and fresh for another three days and then at that point, I'll add another top coat or two if I want to stretch it longer. So while my manicure once lasted five days or so, I'm now stretching it double the time. That's right people, just call me thrifty! (Ok, thrifty might be a stretch for someone who gets multiple manicures in a month, but c'mon, it's a start.) So cheers to my manicure maintaince and my reduced budget. Who knew those two could be such good friends?