Truthfully, I admit that having acrylic gels are convenient. I drive to the nail salon, sit in a comfy massage chair while salon personnel work on my hands and feet, and leave with pretty nails/toes with an empty pocket. It's expensive. A full set of acrylic gels on hands alone costs $40 to $45, plus tip. Never forget the tip, or you'd get poor service next time. $50 to $60 just to have pretty nails in two weeks. $120 a month not including your feet. I'd probably work to earn a living just to feed that convenience. Not reasonable.
Worst part of it all, my nail bed gets all damaged and torn once I take off the acrylic gels. The glue used to bond the gel on my nail somewhat eats up the whole nail bed. The surface gets cracked, dried up, and just looks ugly. That's included in the expensive price of having pretty nails.
If I use regular nail polish, my nails would look wrinkled because nail polish application is just messy for me. It needs drying time. Sometimes, the polish dries up too quick that messes up the application process itself. Can't win either way.
Luckily, I discovered Jamberry Nails. It's the greatest alternative for acrylic gel nails! Jamberry Nails have pretty colorful designs, and it's so easy to apply. Your little girl can do it. I do it myself on both hands and feet. It's so easy!
It only cost $15 per sheet. 18 different sized strips are on one sheet. I could do two manicures from one sheet, or one manicure and one pedicure. Lots of savings compared to the cost of acrylic gels. Plus, it's totally unique. No drying time, no messy polish, no damaged nail bed. Independence! I'm hooked to it like glue!
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