How to wear cheap nail polish

I’m just not the manicure-every-week kind of person. It’s expensive, and who has that kind of time? But I do like to have cool nails every now and then.

We know the drill, though. Unless you get the “good stuff” you’ll be peeling off chips in a day. Well, I have a secret to wearing cheap nail polish, and getting it to last.

I recently found a good brand at Walmart for $2 a bottle: Pure Ice. It comes in unconventional colors, plus traditional ones. It goes on smooth and even. But unless you use the secret, it won’t last.


My secret is to make sure you use a professional quality base coat and top coat. Get the best base and top, it will keep longer than the colored polish, so you can make it go further.

My favorite base coat is Rock Hard, which you can get at Sally Beauty Supply. My favorite top coat is a UV-hardening The Rock, by the same brand.

My self-manicure lasts about a week using the base, two thin coats of color, and top coat. Do you do your own nails? What works for you?

PS: this is my first post from the WordPress iPhone app. What do you think?

About Sarah Pinnix

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  1. Okay, I use the app and say you rocked it with the added pic. And, I am loving these tips. I hate the cheap polish gunk.


  2. Nice post – good job with the app.
    NICE Nails! They look beautiful!


  3. MommaDJane
    Twitter: MommaDJane

    Don’t you just love iPhone apps?! My girls love their nails painted, I plan to try these tips! Thanks for sharing.


  4. Aw, I want an iphone. 😛


  5. Oh, and your nails look fab…lol


  6. Publishing posts from your phone is sooo cool!
    thanks for sharing your secrets with us. can save time&money for lots of womens


  7. I’m glad I’m not a woman so I don’t have to worry about my nails 🙂


  8. Few years ago, when I had more free time, I always did my nails (by myself) – the moment it would start peeling off, I would fix it, and have a new one. Now it’s another story: I can barely keep my nails from braking!


  9. Its so sheap, so simple and so beautiful
    Thank you 🙂


  10. Pure Ice is one of my all time favorite nail polishes! I have like 15 bottles! You should try “Flirt Alert”, It is a wonderful color for Summer toenails.


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