When I am working a flight, I never get through one day without chipping a freshly polished nail.
I used to just give in and get my once a week manicure as keeping nice looking hands is one of the things that is expected at my work, but it was a bit expensive to keep up.
I have never had acrylics and I used to calculate the days between the flights in order to 'get the most' out of my manicure + pedicure.
Being on my feet for hours at a time also causes a problem when it comes to keeping my toes looking good.
Recently, though, thanks to Ulta's buy two get one free (or at times I have seen buy 2, get 2 free) sale I see at least once a month (plus coupons that comes in the mail) I have accumulated quite a collection of OPI and Essie polishes.
Essie polishes (L to R)
Splash of Grenadine
As you can see, though, they are mostly the pink~purple family, and yes, I am gulity of buying the similar shades.
I now enjoy giving myself a simple manicure at home and salon visits has become more of a stress relief/indulgence for me when I get around to it, versus something I had to 'keep up' with.
BTW a nice tip for those who paint their own nails.
Keep the polishes in the freezer until you are ready to paint them.
They will never freeze, and when you paint, the temperature change from cold to warm makes the polish dry faster.
Polishes in the freezer