My DIY Manicure Essentials.

I’m sure I’ve mentioned this before, but random Ashley fact: I used to be a chronic nail biter. I finally stopped biting my nails in 2007 when I had UV gel nails for a few months leading up to my wedding. Even though gel and acrylic nails can be damaging, they did help cure my nail-biting habit. For the most part. I still pick at them and once in a while if a nail breaks, I’ll start biting again. Unless I keep them polished. And since I seem to be incredibly hard on my nails (one reason I loved the gels and why I never spend money on a regular manicure), nail polish rarely lasts more than a day or two before it chips or peels. Unless I use the Sally Hansen Insta-Gel Strips, which last over a week, I find myself painting my nails almost every day. I guess I just traded nail-biting for nail polishing. (FYI, nail-biting is a way cheaper habit than polishing!)

Over the years I’ve tried a lot of products, so I finally put together a list of my DIY mani essentials (excluding the polish itself, since the options are basically limitless):

My DIY Manicure Essentials! #mani #girlyobsessions

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