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DIY At-Home Spa Pedi

07/04/2011 7 Comments

DIY At-Home Spa Pedi

07/04/2011 7 Comments

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You don’t have to venture out to a nail salon every time you want to freshen up your toes! With a few inexpensive tools and products, you can make your own salon kit at home. You’ll have to splurge a little on supplies in the beginning, but your cost per use will add up to big savings over time. You can take the $25 a week you’d spend on a professional pedi and put it toward something fun – like new shoes ;-)

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I like to keep all of my supplies organized {cough; OCD}, so I always know what I have and don’t buy unnecessary duplicates. That’s a Caboodle, ya’ll. From way back in the day. I’m pretty sure I’ve had this little storage wonder since I was 10, when I filled it with Lip Smackers, Noxema, and neon scrunchies.

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Start with a foot spa, available at any drugstore or major retailer. Fill it with hot water, and add some salts or soaks to help soften dry skin. I always stockpile epsom salt for pedicures and baths (it’s cheap and great for soothing tired muscles) and I love this foot soak from Sally Hansen. Let your tootsies soak in this cocktail for about 15 minutes, or as long as your little heart desires. Just don’t let them get too pruney!

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Post-soak, give your feet a good scrubbin’ with a polishing lotion or pumice stone (or both!). Clipping is much easier when your nails are softened from the soak; they’re less likely to split leave the edges smooth. Trim your nails with a good pair of sharp clippers, and shape them with a medium nail file.  Finally, buff your nails with a fine block file to remove polish stains and smooth ridges.

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Apply a cuticle remover to moist cuticles, and then gently push them back with a cuticle tool or an orange stick. I follow up this step by massaging in a cuticle cream or oil. Then treat your feet to a little extra love by rubbing in a moisturizing foot cream, paying extra attention to dry heels. Bonus if you can talk your sweetie into a foot massage right about now…

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Now let’s get painting. Start with a good base coat — you really can’t beat OPI. Let it dry completely, and follow up with two smooth coats of color. Today I used OPI Pink of Hearts. You can finish with a top coat, but if you use a good quality nail polish you can skip it.

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If summer sandals leave your heels dry and cracked, smooth on an extra emollient heel cream every night before you go to bed.

Happy feet!

Keira Lennox

I'm a small town lady from the sunshine state with an affinity for bookstores, beauty counters and unfussy style. I spend my days running my flower shop, and my nights blogging about what I love and what I wear.

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  • […] 7. Cure nail fungus with tea tree and olive oil.  I picked up a nail fungus in a salon a couple of years ago, and had the hardest time getting rid of it for good. It started out looking like a tiny bruise under the nail and later the nail started to lift from the bed. Yikes! I tried over-the-counter treatments, but it kept coming back. Then I discovered the tea tree oil trick, and I haven’t had a problem since. Every night, I applied straight tea tree oil to my fingers and toes, rubbing it in to the cuticles and getting it under the infected nails. Tea tree oil can be really drying, so I followed it up with a little organic olive oil. I did this nightly until the fungus disappeared, and I continue to do it several times a week to keep my nails and cuticles healthy. These days, I’m all about home mani/pedis. […]

  • […] night, I sat on my bed with my Caboodle full of polishes and went.to.town. I painted and repainted my nails for hours {my room still smells like acetone} […]

  • Best Hand Cream For Dry Hands 08/22/2011 at 6:08 am

    The toe separators with the smiley face is a little scary….

  • jackie 07/06/2011 at 2:31 pm

    oh goodness, i love saving money, but after this adventure in france that i’m on, i’m gonna need a good ol’ professional pedicure. walking everywhere has been hell on my feet. plus it’ll feel so good to finally get some pampering. maybe next time i’ll go the diy route.

  • annebach 07/05/2011 at 12:20 am

    Okay, you have me seriously thinking about buying these supplies! I only get pedis about once a month during sandal season (about 7 months a year where I live), so @ about $30 it only comes out to $210… but I could still save some money by doing what you suggest here. Still, though, I love the relaxation and sheer pampering @ the salon… and I can’t imitate the magic massage chair @ home! ; )

  • Cecilia Oviedo 07/04/2011 at 10:50 pm

    I love getting mani and pedis at home, is so relaxing, I play a movie and start, I prefer to envest those bucks in shoes, so true!

    Cess O. <3 The Outfit Diaries

  • Cheryl parker 07/04/2011 at 10:21 pm

    I wish I still had my caboodle…my supplies are currently stored in a large shoebox! I may still have a neon scrunchy floating around though! ;)

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