Earlier this year I read about an at home gel manicure system called Red Carpet Manicure. I invested in the entire kit and have been so happy with it! I can easily go close to 2 weeks without any chips or dullness, where with regular nail polish I couldn't go one day without chips. It's fairly easy to get the hang of- here are some of the fun looks I've tried with the system!
color blocking for nails
Glitter gradient looks in various colors- I just used ordinary craft glitter mixed with a coat of clear.
Love the results I've gotten and overall it's well worth the extra investment to DIY!