3 Steps To Buffed Nails at No Cost

As a busy mom, do you still find some ME-Time and indulge in spa or salon services once in a while?...

As a busy mom, do you still find some ME-Time and indulge in spa or salon services once in a while?  In my previous post regarding 10 Me-Time Ideas for Busy Moms, my most favorite is mani-pedicure at home or at the salon.

Living here in Manila makes everything you need accessible.  We have more than 20 salons nearby where I could easily have my regular hand and foot treat.  But even having said that, the question is, do I find time to squeeze it in my busy schedule?  Yes I do... but....  The next question is, does my budget permit it? Honestly, sometimes no.

Good thing, I found an inexpensive nail buffer at Saizen, where everything is only P85.00!  Great deal for at most 6 months of use (12 uses or twice a month) you save P600.00 to P1,440.00 (manicure cost of P50.00 to P120.00.)

So if you are like me, who has the time, but sometimes with a tight budget or none at all, here are three easy steps to get those nails pretty and shiny at no cost.

But before starting with the buffing part, make sure you remove your nail polish, if you still have them, trim your nails until desired length and bring the nail buffer with you.

The nail buffer usually comes in three colors.  The one I bought has the Blue (roughest side), White (second roughest) and the Gray one (the smooth side.)

STEP 1: Managing RidgesOn the top surface of your nails, use the roughest side.  Buff each nail using the same direction.  This step takes care of your nails' ridges.  Don't do more than 5 strokes each nail if might make your nails too thin or weak.

STEP 2: Smooth Out Smaller Ridges
Use the second roughest side of the nail buffer.  Just like the previous step, go through each nail using the same direction.  This smooths out the nails' scratches brought by the first step and gets rid of smaller ridges.  Use up to 8 strokes each nail only.

STEP 3: Make Them Shine
This is the last and most exciting part, the shining, shimmering, and splendid step.  Use the smoothest part of the nail buffer.  Buff each nail until your desired gloss.  You may use up to 12 strokes to make your nails highly glossy as if you've applied a natural transparent polish.




My Salon-Like Glossy Nails
After doing steps 1 to 3 I instantly got glossy nails.  The shine could last a week or more.  This practically saves me hundreds of pesos I usually spend when going to a salon to have my nails done.  Sharing with you my nails' before and after photos.

BEFORE: Dull-looking nails
AFTER: Healthy, glossy and salon-like buffed nails
Isn't nail buffer one of the coolest inventions ever?  Do you have nail-care tips too?  Please do share it with me!



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49 comments

  1. I'm using the same nail files.. :)

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  2. I love DIY manicures (and pedis), too. :)

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  3. i love to do DIY mani and pedi too cheaper and u got to use ur creativity :P gonna have to buy a new nail buffer! :P

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  4. That nail buffer looks great. I think I need that, too. Lately kasi madalas napuputol nails ko and it irritates me especially pag out of the house ako. You're right, owning that nail buffer is a must. :)

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  5. i also do my nails by myself
    like your nail buffer...got to find that one

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  6. Hi Reese, look it up at Saizen stores. There's also a pretty cheap sold at Body Shop. =) Nice seeing you again!

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  7. True Krizza, plus it saves you some pesos for doing it at home. :) Thanks for visiting!

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  8. Hi Jen, I think I'm better at pedis with nail color pa, than with manis. That's why for manis, I stick to nail buffing. :)

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  9. Farida Jane TiongsonSeptember 11, 2012 at 1:02 PM

    Saizen is also a favorite place I'd like to visit leisurely in the hope of finding a good buy! We once got our Christmas giveaway in that same stores and got practical items such as liquid hand soap, sets of pens and highlighters.

    The need to take care of our nails is essential because this is one of the most exposed body parts that other people see first. Great idea! :)

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  10. I love their merchandise! You know it's value for your money! And yes, the nail buffer is one of the most bought. The rack was almost empty when I went back to buy some for friends..

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  11. hmmm....maybe i should visit Daiso one of these days. this will help keep my toes nice without going to the salon. thanks fo sharing!

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  12. It definitely will =) Thanks for visiting! :)

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  13. You are definitely right! Everything is accessible in Manila :( One of the store I missed in Daiso where I can buy stuff for less.

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  14. hmn... my nail appointments had always been a fail for the past months... i badly need to do things on my own... this one looks promising! i never appreciated nail filers before... :D


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  15. I used to do this before. But I got fed up, hahaha! Tagal kasi bago kumintab eh. LOL! Visiting from CommEx Sept11.

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  16. Because of my busy schedule with work, business and family, I really have no time for grooming. I can't even cut my nails, haha. Especially that my toddler is around, he will sure join me in this.

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  17. Nice tips there. I am sure mommy will let me do this one. hehehe

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  18. Hi dear, I know, Daiso is one of those to-go-to Japanese shops. They've got nice merchandise. =)

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  19. Same here Mommy Maye, super busy everyday even on weekends. That's why thanks to these DIY grooming stuff, I save myself a trip to the salon. =)

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  20. You can do this yourself too Daddy Allan! hehehe! Nice seeing you again! :)

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  21. Yes, even if there are salons that charge cheap for mani/pedi, I'm loathe to spend my time sitting there getting my nails done. I love Saizen! There are so many interesting finds in that store :)

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  22. I usually go for pedicure than manicure and in interval of two months so I won't have a fragile, yellow looking nails. Lol

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  24. ohhh Nail Buffing can be quite addictive! I was turned to this via the movie Clueless, if I remember correctly. I'd buy a buffer and have it in my bag at all times. When I'm bored, I buff. I loved how it made my cuticles look nice. But I eventually grew out of it. I'm into nail polish now, but it would be nice to still have a buffer handy for days when you just want naked nails. hehe. :)

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  25. I do my own mani/ped most of the time because of budget constraint, haha! Since hubby has feet fetish, I feel obliged to make sure my feet are always well pedicured. ;)

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  26. I heard a lot of good things about Saizen. Must that place a part of my itinerary when go to manila. :D Nice nails, btw

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  27. Hi Kat! hahaha! Thanks for the compliment, super low maintenance, have to trim it shorter nga. Nice seeing you again!

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  28. That is so true! So cute about that info on your hubby being a feet fetish! :) That's really nice of you to obligate yourself. It just means you work your marriage pretty well for you address something as small as this. I can relate to you with that! :)

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  29. HI Vera! I remember that "Clueless" days, I was so into buffing as well at that time. Buffers were available and popular that time. For some reason, nawala siya sa market or wasn't as visible anymore. I also love nail polishes except when they chip off easily. I keep my hand nails bare na lang and my toe nails polished. =)

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  30. I have pedicure done every other 2 weeks sometimes at the salon or at home. :) THanks Anneleia for sharing that. :)

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  31. Hi JellyBelly! Saizen is love! :) I'm with you on sitting for an hour or more just to have them done too! :)

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  32. Love the shine on your nails. I should try to do that one of these days.

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  33. Hi Dominique, yes you should it's very easy to do! :)

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  34. I used to buff my nails in college, when nail polish isn't allowed. But now, I got too lazy. LOL Anyway, also try putting hair conditioner on your nails while bathing. It moisturizes the cuticles. The idea's not mine, though, just read it somewhere, tried it, and have been doing it ever since. ;)

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  35. HI Superkane, thanks for sharing that tip! I'll do that this weekend. :)

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  36. I do my own manicure and pedicure because I am afraid my nails on my feet be tortured hahaha :D Nice tips and for sure I can apply this the next time I will clean my nails.

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  37. Oh hurray for easy nail care! I am hopeless at beautifying my own nails that I spend a mani/pedi every month :/ (not so much now because mall nail spa are super expensive!) Must go to Saizen! I hope they still have this.

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  38. Yeah, hopefully they still have. There are also nail buffers at Watson's and Body Shop. :)

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  39. thanks for sharing, now that my cousin who do my nails is working and I am lazy to do it myself I always end up going to the salon and it can be expensive

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  40. Hi Gven, then you can try this nail buffer to save you some pesos. :) Nice seeing you here! :)

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  41. Hi Jennifer! Glad to be of help! :) Thanks for visiting!:)

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  42. Saizen is a treasure trove of all things nice and cheap! I used something similar back in college, tagal lang magbuff para super shiny.

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  43. HI Badet.. true.. last time I used buffer was back in college too! :D

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  44. wow how nice! thanks for sharing!

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