My nails were SO in need of a mani! I try to keep up with them, because I like when they are painted and manicured, but life just gets in the way sometimes. I have to say though...I am so happy Chris got me a UV light so I could do my gel polish manicures at home. It pays for itself in the first month or two you use it. And yes, the polishes are pricey (about $16 each) but you can find them on sale, and I just buy one or two at a time.
I wrote a post a few years ago about doing your own gel mani's at home you can find it here. And whats really awesome, you can use your own non-gel polish if you want, and stamp them to add a little added flare. :)
XOXO - Rachel