Thanks to These Press-On Nails, I No Longer Have to Spend Money At the Salon

And you can buy them at Target!

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I have a terrible nail-biting habit, and I can't stand staring at my stubby, beaten fingertips.

Pre-pandemic, I used to go to the nail salon twice a month to get a gel manicure as having them done motivated me to stop munching. However, that's no longer my reality. Now, I try to keep my nails as neat as possible, but when my anxiety creeps up, I take it out on my nails.

Thankfully, I found some really great press-on nails. I'm very particular when it comes to my nails, I want them to look clean but also want a little bit of length. However, most press-on nails on the market are too long, are single-use, or come in shapes and designs that aren't very me. Thankfully, I stumbled across Olive & June's Press-On Nails.

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To shop: $10,

The brand offers a variety of solids and designs, including seasonal limited edition collections. Additionally, you can narrow them down by shape and length, which for me is always short and round or oval.

Once you get around to applying them, the kit comes with everything you need: 42 press-on nails (you need size options), glue, a wooden cuticle pusher, a two-in-one file and buffer, and a prep pad to make sure you've cleaned your nails of excess oils before application. And did I mention that the nails use 94% post-consumer recycled materials? I love that.

The nails are easy to apply — just place a bit of glue on your natural nail and press the faux one on for about 30 seconds. What really impressed me though was how long they lasted.

Typically, press-on nails will start to come off at around day four, but these last well over a week and a half. I once had one come off after a week, but that was also because I dropped something heavy and the nail was in the way — it wasn't the nail's fault. Other than that, these last almost as long as my gel manicures from back in the idea but cost a fraction of the price and can be bought at Target.

VIDEO: Follow These 5 Steps to Remove Press-on Nails In a Flash

To remove, the brand suggests soaking your fingers in warm, soapy water for about 10 minutes. And I always add a few drops of olive oil to break down the glue faster. However, if you want an alternative, Olive & June also sells a Press-On Remover acetone that does the work without you having to play at-home chemist.

I'll likely never kick my nail-biting habit for good, but these press-on nails will definitely hide the evidence.

Good to Go used to be the column where we'd share the beauty products we can't travel without. But while travel's off the table, we'll be focusing on products that make us feel good. This month, why I'm obsessed with Olive & June's Press-On Nails.

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