Non-Toxic Summer Nails for Your Mini Diva

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Ever since my husband took my daughter to the nail salon a few months ago for a professional manicure, she’s been really into getting her nails done. Since it’s not feasible, affordable or remotely practical for her to get regular manicures, and I’m not a fan of the idea of her breathing the fumes that are present in most nail salons, we had to find a non-toxic, at-home alternative.

Every time I visit Walmart headquarters in Bentonville, AR, I learn something new. On my last trip, during a session about summer beauty, I learned that Walmart actually carries my preferred line of non-toxic nail polish for kids: Piggy Paint. I had been buying it online and never even thought to look for it at my local Walmart. A few days after I got home, I went to my store looking for it, and sure enough, found a variety of Piggy Paint three-packs for just $6.47. The packs even come with a kid-sized nail file. Cute!

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My daughter chose the pink, purple and silver glitter pack, and we grabbed some Crayola nail art stickers for just under $2 to finish the look with a cool summer theme.

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Having all her nails the same color was just too simple for my little lady, so while we started with pink on most of her nails, we put glittery purple on her ring fingers.

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Next, she chose some stickers for me to apply: Dragonflies, flowers and hearts. These stickers are perfect for little girls with fidgety fingers and mamas like me with hands too unsteady to draw complicated nail art onto tiny fingernails.

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I didn’t realize until I started applying the stickers that they needed a topcoat to keep them intact, so I grabbed a Sally Hansen topcoat that I already had on hand. Next time, I’ll be on the lookout for a non-toxic topcoat from Piggy Paint, because it definitely felt counterproductive to use a traditional topcoat. You can skip the topcoat if you wish.

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Still, I managed to give my daughter a cute, kid-friendly manicure that didn’t break the bank. But if we make a habit of this, I’ll have to remind her that painted nails are strictly a summertime option, and she won’t be going to school with her nails that way :)

DISCLOSURE: As a participant in the Walmart Moms Program, I’ve received product samples and compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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