Sunday, June 23, 2013

Getting Nail Art Supplies on the Cheap!

Oh my goodness, it's JUNE!! How does this happen? I know, life happens, and all we can do is hang on and try to get done what needs doing. I've been failing on that front, but maybe I'm getting back into the swing of things?

On that note, I wanted to share a tip I've been using myself lately. I don't know if you've noticed, but rhinestones can be freaking expensive! Heaven help you if you want more than one color, or more than one size, or studs or something. You do have the option of going to a store like Dollar Nail Art, but you're gonna have a $25 minimum order plus shipping costs. What if you don't want to do that, or don't have an extra $30 to spend on nail art?

Honey, have I got you covered. Don't just look for nail art supplies in the cosmetics section. I often dig through the clearance department in both big box stores like WalMart and Target, as well as clearance at hobby stores like Michael's and JoAnns. Recently, I was rewarded by finding a big selection of clothing customization kits from a brand called Next Style.

I found several iron-on rhinestone & stud designs that included multiple colors and sizes of studs and stones. At a whopping $1 each, I wasn't breaking the bank and wound up with an amazing amount of goodies for nail art!

Unfortunately, I wasn't thinking too clearly and wound up putting all the stones into a single container, with all the studs into a separate container. This didn't do me a whole lot of good, because now I've got this jar of sparklies but I can't tell how many of each one I have. What to do??

You'll have to check back for the next post to see how I solved that particular problem. I've also got some hints for storage on the cheap, so check back soon!

No one sponsored this post, unfortunately. Ah well, such is life.
See my disclosure statement for more information.


  1. Ooh, I like where you're going with this. A potential series?

    I've actually been using this tip myself for well over a year now. Before I realized you could buy rhinestone wheels online I was at a loss about where to get them for cheap. I ran into iron-on rhinestone transfers at Wal-Mart and knew they were the answer, so I brought them home and picked off the rhinestones with tweezers, sorting them into little plastic zip baggies. I hadn't thought to look and see if they had any studded ones though... duh! *facepalm* I bought a stud wheel with my last big online order, so I have a variety of studs now, but I definitely will be looking next time I'm at Wal-Mart. I'm always on the lookout for nail art supplies wherever I go, though, especially in craft sections, where most people wouldn't think to look. This is something I'm used to doing, thinking outside the box while looking for art supplies... I've also been known to trawl the hardware section looking for polymer clay tools and supplies. :) And of course, that's a great place to get ball bearings for nail polish if the ones in your bottles came out or for some reason it didn't come with any at all.

    My tip is to remove the rhinestones in section, by type/color. So if you had a design with blue and white rhinestones, remove all the blue ones first so you're just dealing with sorting one type at a time. Muuuuch easier.

  2. I always think of these items as only good for what they're marketed for.I've see them at Michaels.And I just go by without thinking.But you are amazing for finding the treasure therein.Amazing post,Laynie! <3

  3. I keep an eye on ebay. There are tons of sellers in China who sell nail art supplies super cheap and for little to no shipping charges. I got ten stripping tape for a buck and no shipping. I have gotten tons of studs and rhinestones for less than a dollar each.


Thanks so much for taking the time to comment. I may not reply due to time constraints, but I read every comment and I appreciate them all!

Please don't leave links in my comments unless they directly apply to a conversation. If you want a link exchange, feel free to email me. Spam links will be deleted.