Every woman likes well-manicured nails, but in "real life" theres many factors why women have MANY not so good nail days: work, not enough time, laudry, too many chores, kids etc....
Nice looking nails makes a real difference in ones hands, they look clean, younger and simply it gives thats little something to make an outfit pop. Beauty comes hand - hand with maaaaannny requirements : to always keep them looking nice, no chips on the nail polish have them looking EVEN, and the list goes on.
Its really nice once in a while to go and have your nails done , but honestly in the long run its really expensive. The "regular" mani ranges from $24+ escalating to the lower 100s. Just for a polish that lets be honest it doesn't matter how GREAT you take care of your nails but it WONT LAST for more than 2 weeks and Im going to an extreme with that guesstimate.
I personally recommend to invest your money in a good base coat , nail polish ,top coat and a good hand cream because the constant use of nail polish remover dries out skin really bad so protection is the key. Yes the 1st you will spend around $50 but can give yourself A LOT of manicures not only 1 as if you go to the spa or salon.
If you're not that great and putting color on your nails the simple fact of having them even and polished makes a statement your give a really nice image on yourself. So I recommend a 4 sided nail file they are not expensive and have all you need to get you started in your way of great looking nails. Don't go immediately and buy the "sand paper" looking ones , they might be too harsh on your nails your have to take it slow and go step by step once you get a little practice and get to know your nails you can go ahead and get something that suits you the best. So grab your self a 4 sided nail file , follow the steps then put on a base coat and top it off with some clear nail polish trust me your hands will have an amazing glow for a fraction of the price on the long run.
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4 sided nail file