Being frugal, I try my best to minimize my outsourcing.
This means: I clean the house (IRobot-love u!), do my own facials, tend to my garden, cook and bake, and do my mani-pedi, and more.
For years I only put clear nail polish, telling myself “I look european” but actually trying to avoid the extra work around the manicure issue- and remember I do my own gardening and house cleaning.
But then I decided to change things a bit. since I don’t wear a lot of make up, and I like the look of old-fashioned red nails, I gave it a go- and here is the result.
- I am definitely not recommending putting on nail polish . there is research that indicates health hazards connected to putting on nail polish- please do your resurch before any thing you do in life. and look at my disclaimer
I know it doesn’t look professional, and it’s not perfectly done, but I am here to tell you that I .dont.care.
The frugal advantages trumped any strange thoughts of perfectionism.
what are the frugal advantages?
#1: saving a huge amount of time: i don’t have a nail salon close to where i live + leaving work in the middle of the day to get pampered is not ok, this means that in order to get my nails professionally done I need to drive for 20 min to town, wait at least 10 min for my turn, do the manicure and wait for it to properly dry- at least 40 min- and drive back home. total of 90 minutes. sorry- not for moi.
*Yes I can do it after work but I shall miss the whole point of minimizing traffic by getting out of work early -as a result of getting to work early -see link to another post of mine-why i get up at 4.
#2: saving a nice amount of money: the average price for a regular manicure is around 15$ where i live , and when adding a pedicure it can get as high as 25$.to this you need to add the price of gas and parking -and there you go . a bottle of my non-cruelty nail polish is 3$ -I use 2 bottles -one for the clear base and upper coat and the other is the old fashioned red color you see in the picture. the bottles last for 2 months at least -so doing the math will get you to these results:
2 months*4 times a month * 15$+1$ gas and parking= 128$. if you add in diy pedicure like I do- then the math is 2*4*26=208$ and in a year- 1248 $.
and instead I spend 2*3=6$+1/2$ for nail polish remover. and for the whole year- 39 $.
1248:39 -that’s a big difference in my book.
A difference that justifies learning to do my own nails, and spending those extra 10 minutes a week to do them.
look online for instructions, it’s simple once you do it a few times, and you even get to practice ambidexterity. yes that’s a word. (for being able to use both hands in an equal manner).
*how long does it last? well from my experience- between 4-5 days, and sure- it’s not a whole week, I know, but when at home, doing house chores and gardening – I am perfectly content with only clear nail color .
I do have a habit of rubbing any residual facial cream/body cream I put on -on my hands-that makes at least 3 times a day , but sadly this has only been a habit of mine in the last few years, which explains the wrinkles I have now. please remember to put sunscreen and moisturisers on your hands too. many people look at your hands even before they listen to what you have to say, which is definitely something that I hope will change someday, but sadly is currently the situation.
*please remember to use cruelty free products.
that’s it for now- the cooliflower.