How I spend £8 instead of £80 on nails a month.

9th December, 2020
False nails - most women's number one addiction. Getting our beautiful nails done and looking ON-FLEEK. I mean there's absolutely nothing wrong with it other than the amount of money that goes away on nails that won't even last two weeks, without one chipping off! Here's how I've managed to save at least eighty quid a month with stick on nails from Primark, and Amazon nail glue!

Couple of years ago I've spent a lovely afternoon with my friend Natalie who's nails always look on point. I've noticed that her nails looked rather thinner and more natural than the acrylic ones I had on at the time. I asked her where does she gets her nails done and her reply knocked me off my feet!
'Primark, £1.00' - she replied...

I rushed to Primark the next day after hearing all the oohs and ahhs about the £1 nails that my friend had pointed out to me.. Hmm, how tempting yet hard to believe. After purchasing my first box and actually rocking it for a week I've realised myself - this is real! All the boxes were ticked. The excitement and happiness of finally being able to save the money I would spend regularly every fortnight, and still manage to make my hands look on point - I mean, what more can you ask for...
The entire process didn't take no longer than quarter of an hour. The first step is to arrange them into the correct sizes for each finger nail. You get a total off 24 nails plus the glue. To make my nails last even longer, I came across this amazing Strong & Quick Dry Nail Glue which extends the duration of false nails to up to 3 weeks! Once your nails are lined up all you have to do is carefully apply them on with the glue. The glue dries within seconds therefore you have to as quick as possible as a wonky nail isn't the look we're going for! My first thoughts were very positive. The nails looked gorgeous and felt natural. The application was quick and extremely easy as well as fun! Within the first four days no nail chipped off or broke. Sadly on the 5th day, I've managed to pull one of the nails whilst changing bedsheet, however it still remained on my finger nail. The next day, day 6 it came off, I've decided to stick it back on and wear them for the following day or two. You can not go wrong for one pound! After one week of wearing them on my finger tips, I've decided to removed them and at that point they came off pretty easily without any force or pain. Without any hesitation the next day I headed over to Primark for a month supply of different pattern, shape and length nails -  I was in heaven! 2 years later and I have not even thought about getting my nails done professionally and I am very certain this will never change.

Pros of stick on nails
- easy and quick to apply
- cheap and affordable
- the ability to change your nails more frequently
- it doesn't hurt as much when pulled
- easier and quicker to remove
- not having to wait queues to get your nails done
- easy to file

Cons of stick on nails
- doesn't last as long as gel or acrylic nails
- thin, which means can break easier or bend (for long nails lovers - Primark offers much longer nails which are very thick and do not bend)
- risk of applying nails wonky as glue dries within seconds
- have to be a little more careful with manual work to prevent breakage

This post was created in collaboration with Ealicere.