01 July 2014

Top 10 Pedicure Must Haves

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Top 10 Pedicure Must Haves
Do you find yourself either spending too much money on pedicures, or wish that you gave yourself pedicures more often?  Don’t despair, because I have got the crème de la crème of the pedicure items I have tried for you!  These are products I have purchased multiple times and wouldn’t dream of doing an at home pedicure without!

Step One – Cut your toenails strait across using Tweezerman Toenail Clippers*.  They cost more than most, but you will have them forever!

Step Two – Apply a generous layer of cuticle remover.  I am fond of this one from Deborah Lippmann.  Leave on for two minutes then, without removing, move on to step three.

Step Three  – Soak your feet in warm water for a few minutes.  This can be in your bathtub, in a foot bath, or even in a plastic bowl or kitchen pot!  Add a few drops of essential oil – I have been using a deluxe sample size of L’Occitane Amande Shower Oil I picked up at Sephora.

Step Four – After you have finished soaking your feet for a minimum of five minutes (or until the water gets cool!) pat your feet dry then push back your cuticles.  You can use a simple orange stick, but I really love my Tweezerman Pushy* (it now comes in HOT PINK).  You don’t have to apply as much force AND it just plain works better!  I like to do each toe once with the flat end, then again with the rounded end which lets you get into the corners.

Step Five – Apply cuticle oil to each toe.  I don’t love the smell of the traditional CND SolarOil, but I do love this Special Edition* scent.  I was originally sent this for review but have purchased backups!

Step Six – Apply a generous layer of lotion or cream.  I love CND Scentsations in Enchant – it smells exactly like the Special Edition SolarOil!  I also am partial to this one from The Body Shop.

Step SevenNovices should skip this step - Trim any loose cuticle that was not completely removed by the cuticle remover.  DO NOT cut your actual cuticle – we are just looking for excess that needs to be removed.  I really love these nippers* – they are very accurate, which means I don’t accidently cut anything I don’t mean to (which has happened to me when I bought cheap ones from the drugstore).

Step Eight – When you are ready to paint your nails, prep them by swiping with remover.  I swear by Zoya Remove+ and won’t use anything else.

Step Nine – Paint your nails!  Because I always want my pedicures to last a long time (minimum two weeks) I use a quality polish base coat and top coat like Nail Tek Hydration Therapy II and CND Air Dry.  My last pedicure was Cult Nails Radiance and it lasted for three weeks!

I hope you have found this post helpful.  Will you do your next pedicure at home?  Don’t forget to check out more Top 10 Pedicure Lists from the bloggers below!

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