I Tried This Time-Saving Beauty Hack and May Never Go to a Nail Salon Again

I’m a believer now.

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KISS Press On Nails
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The holiday rush is in full swing, which means our calendars are packed and time is precious. While this is the season to look and feel good (hello, holiday parties), it's also the time of the year when self-care indulgences (like finding enough time to squeeze in a salon visit) fall to the wayside.

Just last weekend, I found myself in this exact conundrum where my nails were in desperate need of TLC, but my jam-packed calendar simply couldn't accommodate an hour or two for a salon appointment. Factor in extra time needed to account for holiday crowds, traffic, and parking woes, and I knew my gel manicure ritual was out of the question this month. I eyed the Kiss press-on nail kit that the brand recently sent me and decided now was as good a time as any to give it a go.

KISS Press On Nails
amazon.com

To buy: $9; target.com.

For a little background, I typically have a standing appointment at my nail salon, and since I can't paint my own nails to save my life, I will happily pay any amount of money for a proper professional manicure. I gravitate toward light neutral shades that always look elegant, and I should add here that I'm pretty hard on my nails since I'm constantly typing or traveling, so gel polish is my jam.

Admittedly, I was a little skeptical that I'd find success with press-on nails, but desperate times call for desperate measures. I quickly filed and buffed my natural nails and added a small drop of glue (included in the kit) to the artificial nail and held it on each natural nail for about five seconds at a time. The entire process took mere minutes, and I couldn't believe how incredibly seamless and, well, perfect they looked. The Acrylic French Nude Kit features 28 flexible, thin, natural-looking nails that are both comfortable and strong, and can be filed down to your desired shape and length.

KISS Press On Nails
amazon.com

To buy: $9; target.com.

After wearing press-ons for a solid week (which included dashing from holiday parties and work events, to packing and traveling for a tropical vacation where hikes, beach days, and hot tubs were a daily occurence), I can solidly say that these modern press-on nail kits are nothing like they were in the past. They stayed on and looked great no matter what came my way, and even garnered a few compliments from onlookers.

KISS Press On Nails
amazon.com

To buy: $7 with coupon (was $14); amazon.com.

If you've always wanted to experiment with statement nails without the commitment, Kiss has countless colors and chic styles to pick from, plus different lengths. At under $10 per kit, this genius time-saving hack is also budget-friendly, which means there's no excuse not to try some pretty press-ons for yourself.

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