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  1. Great post! I agree that manicures are super expensive and difficult to add into your self-care routine because of the cost. I’ve always recommended DIY manis because it’s taking time out for yourself AND you’re saving money. Kudos to you for keeping your nails fly on a dime!

    1. theanalyticalmommy says:

      Thanks Cameo !

  2. Megan Ogden says:

    I’m not a Mom but I might be the only woman in the world who HATES the nail salon. lol. I’ve always done my own nails… which reminds me… I need to do them ASAP! lol.

    1. theanalyticalmommy says:

      Ha! You crack me up! I’m right there with you… Not a fan but probably because the cost makes me cringe !

  3. Thanks for the tip! I’m one of those who prioritize other things than my nails 🙂

    1. theanalyticalmommy says:

      Me too! I love how they look and last but don’t actually “enjoy” sitting there for so long and spending all that money!

  4. I keep seeing these in drugstores and am curious if they can produce the gel effect that I love so much from getting them professionally done (but holy cow, the money and time!!). I take it these don’t require a UV lamp, right? Thanks for the great review.

    1. theanalyticalmommy says:

      Hi Dylan – Thanks so much for your comment! This doesn’t require the UV lamp which I love! (I’ll need to update the post to include that key detail! oops!)
      What “effect” are you speaking of? When I’ve had the gel manicures done professionally, the two things that stood out the most to me were how long they last (probably the most obvious!) but also the intense SHINE! The Essie Gel Couture nail polishes seem to produce the same shine that seems to last about a week or more depending on what I put them through. I really love it! I’m actually planning to post an update in the newsletter showing how they held up to a few days at the beach 🙂

  5. Before I even finished reading this I was looking for the buy link! LOL! I have zero time to sit at nail salons. I also very hands-on with things so nail polish doesn’t last long. DEFINATLY trying this. Thank you!

    1. theanalyticalmommy says:

      Ha! That’s great Nancy! I hope you love the polished too!

  6. blair villanueva says:

    Hello Momma!
    Thanks for sharing us your Essie review. I also love the colors you choose, and thanks also for your very helpful tips. I also do my own nails (coz I’m being frugal).
    For Urban Women

    1. theanalyticalmommy says:

      Thanks Blair ! Yay for frugal moms!!!

  7. Great post! I use my hands often throughout the day, so most times I get my nails done, it’s usually a gel mani. I’ll definitely have to look into this Essie polish though. It will surely save me quite a bit of money! Thanks for sharing?