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Your wallet will thank you.
No doubt: self-care is an essential. It's much-needed dedicated time to focus on yourself when life's obligations are pulling you in a thousand different directions. But, as blissful as a little pampering can feel, the dent these experiences can leave in your wallet can leave you feeling a little less so.
There are plenty of times when shelling out some coin—or, a lot—for a hand-massage-exfoliation manicure combo package during which your hand is soaked in oils you can only get from some artisanal shop in a faraway city is worth it. But that shouldn’t mean treating yourself to a mani when you’re in budget-mode is out of the question. It just means you’ll have to take things into your own hands...quite literally.
Truth is, it’s actually not that hard to master the at-home manicure. Well, it’s not if you've got one of these kits complete with all the DIY essentials. I'm talking phone holders so you can film your nail job, carrying cases, ultraviolet lights used to set gel, the works. Now, all you need is a steady hand.
Few manicure kits will give you everything you need and everything you want too. Olive & June have set you up with all the expected tools including a nail file, clippers, and buffer cube, plus, they've thrown in game-changing add-ons like the universal nail polish holder to give you a better grip on your brush and a perch for you phone so you can film your manicure.
This compact kit will soon become your go-to. Its sized-down versions of the essentials—a clipper, file, cuticle pusher, and cuticle trimmers—are just a effective as the full-sized originals. Just be sure to pack your fave polish shade and you'll be ready to go.
In this all-in-one kit, you'll find a buffer, soaking tub, and a rechargeable tool with twelve attachments to shape, buff, and smooth your nails.
For an at-home mani that won't chip the minute it dries, add this kit to your cart. It's got every must-have to perfectly prime your nail beds for the polish of your choosing.
Let's start with the most important perk, here: free shipping. What's more is DipWell's starter kit comes with absolutely everything you'll need including the base coat, the activator, the top coat, the buffer, and of course, the dip powders. This kit in particular is packing pastel colors, but the brand's got kits for the more daring at-home nail artists, too.
Whether you're at home or traveling, this teeny-tiny macaron-shaped LED light will give you the shiny finish of any salon gel mani. The kit even comes with tools to remove your gel when the time comes because no. peeling. allowed.
Sure, this one's on the pricier side. But its high quality steel tools and super-soft leather carrying case promise longevity. This is a kit you can turn to again and again.
Deborah Lippmann knows cuticle care is a big deal so she created this kit complete with a cuticle pusher, the oil and remover, and a nourishing cuticle repair cream loaded with tons of vitamins, shea butter, and raspberry stem extract.
Remington's salon-quality kit stands out because of its electrical base. The thing has a whopping eight attachments that will file, buff, and shape your nails at high speed with incredible precision thanks to the LED light at its tip.
Regular nail polish is nice and all, but if an active lifestyle leaves your nails chipped only days after you've done them, gel is the way to go. This kit comes with cuticle oil, gel remover, a nail sanitizer, base coat, and one gel polish to give you that long-lasting finish.