I am positive nail salons will not want you to read this article. Although I regularly visit a nail salon, I think we could all save money and showcase our creativity if we decided to do our own nails once in awhile.
Try playing with your nails in between visits to the salon so you can experiment with different looks without committing to one. Try different color contrasts, or try practicing a design. Before you shake your head and rule out these suggestions, check out some fun polishes and nail art that may inspire you to pay someone to replicate them… or inspire you to continue expanding your creative horizons
It is crucial to find a deep go-to color for winter. Essie always has a gorgeous selection. This beautiful deep nail polish will go tremendously well with all the dark, bold hues during the winter, whether it is the deep purple or the simple gray sweater.
→ Buy the Essie Nail Polish in Poor Li'l Rich Girl, $8.50, at beauty.com.
This next color is from the same brand, but it is lighter and brighter than the last feature. This gold is a great color for a pedicure, or that one finger in contrast to a bold red. It is very playful and deserves some nail recognition.
→ Buy the Essie Nail Effects Nail Polish in As Gold As It Gets, $8.50, at beauty.com.
Buy your own “diamonds” and glue onto your nails. This wheel has all shapes and sizes. Try a blinged-out design or try a generic, easy look. Either way it is simple. All you need is glue and a toothpick. Apply glue to the nail and use the toothpick to place the rhinestone on the desired area. Once you’ve positioned it where you want, wait a few minutes and use a topcoat of your choice to secure the design
→ Buy the Nail Art MoYou Silver Moon Rhinestone Pack, $1.65 (was $11.99), at amazon.com.
Next up is a little more complicated item that can turn out super sleek and sexy, but requires a tad more time. It is more luck of the draw when it comes to your natural nail shape. It will either be hard to cater these stickers to your genetics, or you are blessed and won’t need to cut and reshape the foils too much. However, if you can accomplish this fun task, you will love this shiny Rihanna nail look. Live a little…
→ Buy the Brightdeal Super Star Nail Art Gold and Silver Metallic Foil Sticker Patch Wraps Tips, $10.96, at amazon.com.
is a contributing writer for Adventures in the Stiletto Jungle. Kim is currently based in sunny San Diego, California, where she's a Realtor with Apprize Realty, Inc., specializing in coastal homes and luxury acquisitions. Kim has a communications degree, a third degree black belt, and a totally covetable Gucci handbag collection.