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People in the beauty industry get tons of goods to test out, so when someone spends their own money on something that they’ve run out of, you know it’s good. In this series, we give beauty buffs $100, and ask them how they’d spend it on the best-of-the-best cosmetics from around the internet. 

Steph Stone is a mani master, who’s got a pulse on how to tap athleisure as inspo. Whether she’s replicating the print of her Vans or giving a single, high-gloss holographic hue (inspired by Reeboks, of course) to nails, this Los Angeles-based gal has her finger on the pulse of what’s new and now.

But it’s not all about the sneaks: A scroll through Stone’s well-curated Instagram feed mixes the nail trends of the moment in perfect order.  Reverse French manis, nail art, and negative-space nails are sure to bring on immediate envy. So that you don’t have to shell out your extra cash on pricey nail art, here, Stone shares what’s in her kit. How you use them to craft your perfect mani, however, is totally up to you.

Keep scrolling to find out how Stone would spend $100 on manicure supplies.

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Essie
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Essie Speed.Setter Top Coat, $8

“This is the only top coat I can trust to dry quickly,” says Stone. “It’s super high shine and will help your manicure last as well. You can even apply it every two days to keep nails looking fresh and chip-free.”

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Hand Cream
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Burt’s Bees Honey & Grapeseed Hand Cream, $10

“I start every manicure with a quick hand treatment using this hand cream,” says Stone. “It’s a natural formula (which my clients love), pleasantly scented, and it leaves hands super soft all day. Plus, it’s affordable so I can keep one in my purse at all times too.”

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Cuticle oil
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NCLA So Rich Pumpkin Spice Cuticle Oil, $18

“Use this twice a day,” recommends Stone. “Not only does it prevent hangnails and promote nail growth, the scent is highly addictive. I’m hooked.”

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Tweezerman nail set
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Tweezerman Mini Nail Rescue Kit, $22

“The best way to keep your nails looking professional is to have them clean and the same length,” explains Stone. “This kit has everything you’d need in a broken nail emergency. If you break a nail, just cut the rest down to a comparable length and start fresh.”

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Nail board
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Sally Hansen Hard As Nails Coarse Nail Board, $6

“Keeping your nails smooth will help you grow them out,” says Stone. “These files are super affordable and leave nails feeling smooth and snag free. Use it after clipping your nails or keep it in your purse in case you snag a nail while you’re out.”

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Concealer brush
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E.l.f. Concealer Brush, $1

“This $1 brush is one of the most essential items in my kit,” admits Stone. “I dip it into nail polish remover and clean around the cuticles for whenever I paint outside the lines. I found it at Target one day and have been buying them ever since!”

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Foot peel
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Patchology Poshpeel Pedicure, $20

“This is the most oddly satisfying pedi products you can find,” says Stone. “After taking a bath, soak your feet in these foot pads for an hour. Rinse off and over the course of the week, your calluses will peel off in sheets (disclaimer: expect to look like a shedding snake). Your feet will be left feeling baby-soft and dead skin free.”

If you want to know how other dermatologists shop for beauty products on the cheap, check out how Mona Gohara, MD does it and this is what Shereene Idriss would buy. 

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