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Stephanie Hayes, Katie Sanders, Kameel Stanley, & Keyonna Summers

Is the DIY gel mani more than an illusion?



I've probably had more manicures in the past month than in my whole life.

Like Deal Diva Keeley, I normally don't enjoy the pricetag for something I can do pretty adequately on my own. Plus, I always said, it's not really worth the cost when my nail-chipping obsession reliably kicks in and ruins the day (a post for another time, hopefully once I figure out how to stop doing it).

Then I got engaged (!!). Something inside of me said, It's your time to become a manicure monster now. Did you know Essie has a light pink polish called Got Engaged? Did you know that's the only shade of nail polish I know by name? 

The thing is, I know the slip-into-the-nail-salon lifestyle is not sustainable. I KNOW. I also know I don't have the patience of Keeley, who was really diligent in walking us through this at-home manicure process.

I need a magical, long-lasting polish without the cost.'s The Cut says I should try Sally Hansen's new Miracle Gel nail polish ($8-$9, Target), debuting in drug stores now.

A UV light is not required, and neither is a complicated, painful removal process that leaves your nails looking gross and scratchy.

It's a two-step, two-bottle process that starts with two coats of color polish (The Cut found three color coats was best, FYI) finished with a Miracle Gel top coat that cures the polish in natural light.

No base coat is needed, and it comes off with nail polish remover.

RIP, aluminum foil finger hats? Live forever, limited expendable income?

[Last modified: Tuesday, July 22, 2014 2:30pm]


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