Personal maintenance, amongst other things, has taken the back burner when I am knee-deep in motherhood. Don’t get me wrong, I love to have my hair done and try to get a workout in when I can, but the finer details, such as a pedicure for example, often get less priority. However, with sandal season on the horizon, it’s time for mommy to restore the life in her hooves.  My endless schedule of duties doesn’t allow for much time for a salon appointment. So I decided to save the $35, buy my own spa care, and freshen up the paws at home. With a glass of wine and my favorite show of course….Winning! So if you’re like me and would rather DIY and put the salon savings into a shoe money pot, here is what you need to invigorate those little piggies. SPECIAL TREAT ALERT! You can score one of these amazing products for a BIG DISCOUNT, check it out below.

DIY PEDICURE ESSENTIALS

1.) Foot bath or large bowl or tub. Also, epsom salt, tea tree oil, and lavender oil. They are not essential, but a nice treat. 2.) SPHERES FOOT FILE 4.) Cuticle cream and cuticle cutter 5.) File, buffer and clippers 6.) Base coat, Polish, top coat 7. Cotton swabs and polish remover

 

SIX SIMPLE STEPS

Start by filling a foot bath, bath tub or large bowl with warm water. I use my kids bath soap or just body soap to get the skin nice, soft and ready to exfoilate. I add a splash of tea tree oil to banish bacteria and epsom salts to rejuvenate the skin. Let’s those babies soak for a good 5-10 minutes. Scroll IG, flip through a magazine or relish the scent of a beautiful Cabernet twirling in your glass. Look at you multi tasking and being all fancy.

This is where the action is people! Remove your feet from the tub, leaving them slightly wet and start scrubbing with a foot file. A nice foot file is imperative in your kit as it removes all of the dead skin cells and smoothes all the rough patches. I love this Sphere’s Foot File because it has two grains: coarse and fine. I use the coarser side on my heels and sides of the feet and flip it over to the fine side for the rest of the foot. Currently Sphere’s is running a campaign for this exact foot file and you can get it now for 30% off and free shipping! Read on to find out how!

Smoothing time! Remove the remaining remnants of skin with an exfoilating foot scrub. Apply to lower legs and feet and scrub in a circular motion.  Put your feet back in the tub, wash off the scrub and pat dry. If you are not going to polish your nails, put on the hydration oil to lock in the moisture. I love these Essie spa products because of the yummy citrus scent and they include aloe vera to refine the skin and keep it hydrated.

Shape your nails in your preferred style. I like round, so I clip them straight and use an emery board to file them into my desired length and form. Use a buffer to smooth the nail before polish and cuticle cutting.

Apply cuticle cream or oil at the base of each nail and let it sit for a few minutes to soften the cuticle. This is when you go back to your wine twirling. Then, use a cuticle pusher or cutter to push or remove any dead cuticle skin. Make sure the skin is loose and easily removable. If it is not, it does not need to be removed.

Time for the pretty part!  Use toe separators or cotton rounds to space the toes apart. Make sure the nails are clean and free of any oils.  Apply a base coat, let it dry and then apply the color. I let each coat dry before applying another one, as I know I am sure to smudge it somehow, some way. After two coats of color, I finish with a shiny top coat.

TA-DA Gorgeous nails, at home and a fraction of the cost. No travel, no appointment, and you were able to drink  wine and possibly get through an episode or two of your fav show.. BOOM!

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For a limited time SPHERE’S FOOT FILE  is offering FREE SHIPPING + 30% to all STYLIST STANDPOINT readers! When you check out use the PROMO: Chanyn30 to receive your discount. This is a great product and my feet at so soft!  Spa quality at a fraction of the cost.

 

Have a great weekend all!

“Most smiles are started by another smile” – Frank A. Clark

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