College Girl on a Budget: Manicures


The stereotype of broke college students is so real. It hasn’t struck me yet…but I can see how it is with my friends who are current collegiates. So, I have set monthly spending goals for myself while working for the next 3.5 months so that when I get to NYC, I will have plenty of spending money for the semester. Since I started shopping on a regular basis (age 12-ish), my parents made it clear that they would pay for what I need, and I would pay for what I want. And yes I do know the difference. Thankfully my parents are continuing to support me with the necessities + gas money. Now that I have set financial goals and expectations for myself, I feel significantly more responsible and prepared for school.

When I started working a regular schedule at Birdies last year, I allowed myself the luxury of getting gel nail manicures at the salon about once a month. My mother has urged me to stop this…and it is hard and frankly awful. I used to paint my nails once a week, but after 9 months of self-induced spoiling, when I sat down to do my own nails again I was not pleased. Even though I did the whole shebang -trimming, buffing, cuticles, base coat, 2 coats of color, and top coat – they are not up to par. I’m trying to hold out on going to the salon (my favorite is Le Reve in Leawood, KS because every 5 times you spend $25, you get $5 off), so we’ll see if I can do it. Where else will I only have to pay $25 for a gel manicure?!


On my toes I used “Butler Please” by Essie for the first coat, and for the second I used “Petrol Overcoat” by Butter London. It transformed the indulgent bright blue into perfect metallic mermaid toes!



My favorite base/top coat by Rimmel London


This actually works!! I got mine at Ulta for only $3.


The color I chose for my nails: “Elegant” by Revlon


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