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    20 Nail Products That'll Make People Think You Got A Manicure

    If you just don't have the time or money for the nail salon, these products are for you!

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    1. Le Mini Macaron Gel Manicure Kit will give you the salon look without the price! It includes a tiny cute LED lamp, gel polish, remover, and nail tools.

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    Promising review: "I have three of these mini macarons and have bought SO MANY as gifts for friends, and even my mom. I used to spend way too much money and time at a salon every 2–3 weeks getting my nails done. Now I kick back on the couch and do my own nails in my PJs. Le Mini Macaron has great color selections, the polish doesn't have a strong odor, and it dries faster than I can find the right emoji with the perfect sized and adorable macaron shaped lamp. I'm even able to do my kids nails with it because it dries so quickly!" —MC

    Get it from Ulta for $35.

    2. Sephora Collection Tough As Nails Deluxe Manicure Kit has the professional tools you need to do your manicure...without the professional price.

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    Includes cuticle nipper, angled Nail clipper, scissors, nail clipper, double ended cuticle trimmer/pusher, cuticle trimmer, and toe nail clipper.

    Promising review: "They are not joking with the deluxe part of the name, these clippers are really sharp and well-made. No handles slide or jiggle loose, the spring feels incredibly strong and professional grade, I could not be happier with this set. It's not a full manicure kit as there is no nail file (weird, right?) but it's very pro all the way." —annedroid

    Get it from Sephora for $20.

    3. Sally Hansen NailGrowth Miracle is created with soy protein to bind moisture to nails, promote growth, and eliminate brittleness.

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    Promising review: "Excellent product and something that I use on a regular basis. Really see the difference in both my cuticles and nails." —D. Clark

    Get it from Amazon $12.97 (available in a two-pack).

    4. Burt's Bee's Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream can help soften your dry cuticles with soothing almond and coconut oil.

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    Promising review: "A friend of mine gave me a tin of this as a birthday gift and it changed my life. The skin around my nails always cracks and peels in the winter and no matter what I do, nothing helps. And then I tried this cuticle cream. It's unbelievable. I massage it onto my nails and cuticles twice a day and so long as I'm consistent with it, my fingers don't crack! This is the only thing I've ever tried that actually works to prevent the painful little cracks and I can't say enough good about this cuticle cream. I even converted my dad, who has the same problem and he loves it, too!" —Melundie

    Get it from Amazon for $17.46 (available in a three-pack).

    5. SheaMoisture Coconut & Hibiscus Hand & Body Scrub will gently exfoliate dead skin and hydrate your hands with shea butter and coconut oil.

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    This product is free of phthalates, sulfates, parabens, dyes, and aluminium. It's also cruelty-free and gluten-free!

    Promising review: "I bought this as a hand scrub to use during manicures for a girls night and everyone loved it. It feels and smells amazing." —Jules10

    Get it from Target for $9.99.

    6. Deborah Lippmann Cuticle Remover acts fast to gently remove loose or dead skin on your cuticles without the painful plucking.

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    This product is created without parabens, sulfates, resin, toluene, dbp (dibutyl phthalate), and camphor. It's also cruelty-free!

    Promising review: "First time I used this and it worked like magic. I had been cutting my cuticles (tsk tsk tsk) and they were in bad shape. Saw this product video and Deborah sold me. I let it sit on my cuticles for about two minutes before pushing it back and cleaning up along my nail bed. The excess skin came right off and I didn't need to cut anything. My cuticles look great on my hands and feet and it looks like I got a professional manicure. Good investment!" —DS100

    Get it from Sephora for $14.

    7. CND Nail & Cuticle Treatment Solar Oil — aka 'manicure in a bottle' — vigorously targets nail damage and helps replenish your cuticles.

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    Promising review: "I bought this after a girl at work recommended it. Got to say I wasn't expecting much, but it actually helped with my peeling nails and truth be told my nails don't bend like they used to when I grow them out. Will definitely buy again, but probably not for a while because the bottle seems to last!" —Tebra Savage

    Get it from Amazon for $8.50.

    8. Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure is designed to be an all-in-one base coat, top coat, and growth treatment with chip-resistant vibrant colors.

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    Check out a BuzzFeeder's review of this polish!

    Promising review: "This is my absolute favorite, go-to nail polish. It is a beautiful color and two quick coats are all it takes to really showcase the color. I have very long nails and this polish is just transparent enough for the whitish tips to show through, creating a French-tipped appearance. To be clear, this polish is not thin and sheer, and provides full coverage color for your nails. I have been asked many times where I get my nails done while wearing this polish, and people always seem surprised to hear it is only polish. I've tried similar colors, but this one will always be my favorite." —Kristin and Nic Adams

    Get it from Amazon for $6.07 (available in 18 colors).

    9. Cutex Swipe & Go Nail Polish Remover Pads can easily clean up any accidental polish while you're painting your nails and leave you with a salon finish.

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    Promising review: "Love these portable nail polish remover pads! Very moist and easy to use. I will be purchasing these again." —Love2Travel

    Get them from Target for $3.49.

    10. Karuna Age-Defying Hand Mask revitalizes your hands with a creamy oil serum that'll leave your skin soft with a professional feel.

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    This product is formulated without parabens, sulfates, dyes, and phthalates!

    Promising review: "I have very dry hands that get even worse in the winter. After using these hand masks once, my hands were softer and smoother than they've ever been. The mask even helped heal a small cut I had on my finger. I have found that you can use one pair of gloves several times — I keep them on about an hour each time. These gloves are totally worth the price. I love them!" —LovesHollywood

    Get it from Sephora for $9.50+ (available in two sizes).

    11. INLP Mega %100 Pure Ulta Holographic Polish will give you long-lasting boutique quality and is fully opaque — you won't need a top or base coat!

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    This polish is vegan and cruelty-free!

    Promising review: "I absolutely LOVE ILNP!! This is the highest quality formula I've ever used and I've used Dior and Estée Lauder, etc. It goes on like butter and wears like iron and looks fabulous! Even after four days, it was perfect and I washed the car and had my hands in water a lot during that time! I will definitely be buying more ILNP!! Thanks for making such a high-quality product! It was also shipped beautifully packaged!" —Dyann T. Kruszona

    Get it from Amazon for $10.

    12. Nail Tek Crystal Nail File's double-sided abrasive surface is created to never wear out and will prevent the splitting of natural nails during usage.

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    Promising review: "These crystal files are fantastic, especially for people with thinner nails or nails that peel. I'd been using emery boards for years, but it always took longer to file, and the boards always seemed to tear up my nails and leave jagged edges. I found with the crystal file, I can file my nails quicker, and nicely shape the nail. My nails also seem healthier since I began using it. It is very easy to clean and should last a long time." —Emily

    Get it from Amazon for $8.78.

    13. OPI RapidDry Quick-Dry Top Coat is designed to seal in the color and dry your nails quickly with one coat.

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    Promising review: "This is a great product that I use to finish off my manicure as a do it yourself person. Can't afford to go to the salon, but this product puts a professional touch on my nail job." —Rocsi

    Get it from Ulta for $13.95.

    14. Tweexy Nail Polish Holder lets you paint your nails anywhere — without bumps or spills — so there are no mistakes and your polish goes on smooth!

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    Promising review: "Great little device! I like to do my nails just before I go to bed so that I can lay my hands on top of the sheets and let them dry as I go to sleep. The problem is, I would try to hold the bottle between my raised knees, and it would slip and slide around. With Tweexy, I can do my nails anywhere, without having to squeeze the bottle between my knees, or needing to have a flat surface to keep it on." —Suzy

    Get it from Amazon for $9+ (available in 11 colors).

    15. Magique Peel Off Latex Nail Barrier is the cure for messy manicures and will stop polish from spilling over onto your skin.

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    Promising review: "This is quite possibly the most satisfying thing EVER! The odor is pretty strong, but not any worse than any other nail product you're probably going to use. The rose smell helps! I got this product specifically for my daughter's tiny nails and for glitter polish. It is a pain waiting for it to dry first, but immediate gratification follows when you pull it off the nail to reveal an absolutely perfect nail polish job. This is seriously the first time I've had beautiful nails without the fuss. I am absolutely amazed at what a hassle free product this is." —Craftgeek

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    16. Pacifica 7 Free Nail Polish is created with a long-lasting formula to keep your "at-home manicure" sparkling for weeks.

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    This product is formulated without parabens, phthalates, xylene, camphor, formaldehyde, and resin. Also, it's vegan and cruelty-free!

    Promising review: "The color is absolutely beautiful and it dries within 30 seconds after applying. Even with washing dishes every day, the nail polish stayed on for a week (no base or top coat was used)." —Chels

    Get it from Ulta for $9 (available in 10+ options).

    17. 3D Nails Stickers are easy to apply and will give you the perfect salon design.

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    Promising review: "I love love love these stickers. They are so dainty and easy to peel off the sheet but stay on your nail for longer than a week. I got a few duplicate sheets but don't mind because every sheet is beautiful. I apply a top coat but feel like they would stay put even with out one. I will definitely purchase these again." —Tash

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99 (available in three colors).

    18. Sephora Collection Instant Nail Polish Remover will remove any polish easily and is great for a fresh start!

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    Promising review: "It used to take me a long time to remove the countless layers of polish off my nails. They chip a lot at work so I load up on the top coat. This remover literally takes seconds to remove it all. And it doesn't smell horrible either. The price kinda threw me off a bit, but it's totally worth it! Will definitely repurchase this!" —Krisj67

    Get it from Sephora for $9.50.

    19. Beauty Care Wear Hand Masks are perfect for rough or dry hands and will lock in moisture while you sleep.

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    Promising review: "I have hand eczema that can be pretty severe at times. I also work in healthcare and am a rock climber. I bought these and can say they are well made and DO stay on overnight. As you can see they stitched the glove at the wrist which keeps them on throughout the evening. I've washed them multiple times and haven't noticed shrinkage or any damage to the gloves. If you have hand eczema I would highly recommend trying these. First, wash your hands with a gentle soap. Next, apply your lotion/cream (I've had very good luck with Hydrocerin for daily use) If Im noticing a flare up I will use my prescription cream too. Lastly, put on your gloves and go to bed. Wake up with smooth happy hands!"Blaster

    Get it from Amazon for $18.95 (available in three sizes).

    20. And rainbow glitter nail polish that'll have people asking, 'Where'd you get your nails done?'

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    This product is free of toluene, formaldehyde, and dibutyl phthalate.

    Promising review: "The second I saw this polish online I just knew I had to have it. I bought this white version and I put it on as soon as it arrived. It is so cute! Looks just like the picture. I used two coats and it looks great, probably could've done three coats for even more of the glitter pieces. I received compliments the first day I wore it to work and they said, 'Oh, did you go get your nails done?' It has been on over three days now, with a top coat of course, and no chipping yet. Get it!"

    Get it from Amazon for $10.

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