Over the past year I have really gotten in to painting my nails. There is something about having painted nails that makes me feel girly even in a sweatshirt and yoga pants.
I have come up with a formula that lasts for about 5-6 days before chipping. Orly bonder for the base coat (found at Ulta), two coats of color from either Essie or OPI (both sold at Target and Ulta) and the Seche Vite top coat (Ulta). Each of these cost about 10$. That means you could have endless manicures for $30 at home that would cost $50 one time at a spa.
Tip: If you are a beginner at painting your nails, start with a lighter color that is more forgiving.