Ms. Manicure now has a new kit out that I just love: their Tips and Toes kit. It contains 9 pro tools, including two pairs of easy to grip clippers (one for your toes, the other for your fingernails), orange sticks, a pumice stone, and other great stuff. The best part is that it will only set you back about $10 or so.
Use this kit to save yourself some money! You can easily give yourself a salon-quality mani or pedi by following these tips:
FOR BOTH A MANICURE OR PEDICURE:
- Get everything you need set up in one place before you start. The last thing you need is to be running around looking for a nail clipper when you're trying to give yourself a relaxing at-home spa beauty session!
- Remove any old nail polish. (Click here for my Battle of the Nail Polish Removers!)
- Soak your feet in warm water for 10 to 15 minutes. If you have a foot soak, go ahead and use it. If not, try some Epsom salts. Even if you use water and nothing else, do NOT skip this step!
- Clip your toenails straight across with toenail clippers. Doing so will help prevent ingrown nails or nail infections. Also, don't clip your toenails too short!
- Using cuticle cream and an orange stick, gently push back your cuticles. Never, ever, ever cut your cuticles. Doing so could result in an infection! Not pretty.
- Use a pumice to exfoliate your feet, paying particular attention to your heels and the balls of your feet. You may have a lot of cracked and flaky skin that needs tending to. Take your time exfoliating and don't be too rough on your feet. Avoid "cheese grater" style foot stones--they may take off a little too much!
- Massage your feet with a foot lotion. Try something with peppermint in it to make your skin feel rejuvenated and to cut down on foot odor.
- Make sure your nails are not covered in lotion.
- Use cotton balls or a specially designed toe spreader to spread out each toe.
- Apply a base coat to each nail. Doing so will help your polish last longer and will prevent the color from leaching into the nail which results in your nails looking yellow when not polished.
- After allowing the base coat to dry, apply two coats of your nail color.
- Allow nail color to dry and then apply a top coat.
- Give your toes enough time to dry before putting on shoes/socks or becoming overly active.
- Between pedis, try these Tea Tree Oil Foot Wipes--they are easy to use and make your feet feel refreshed, clean, and cool in a matter of seconds. Plus you can stash them in your purse or beach bag--they're great for the summertime!
- Like with a pedicure, take 10 to 15 minutes to soak your hands. Dry when done.
- Trim nails if they are very long.
- File nails in one direction. Do not go back and forth across your nails in a see-saw fashion!
- Use cuticle cream and an orange stick to gently push back your cuticles. Again, DO NOT CUT YOUR CUTICLES!
- Massage your hands. If you have an at-home microdermabrasion kit, you can use it on your hands to soften them up. If not, use any exfoliating cream you have on hand, or just massage your skin with your favorite hand cream.
- Make sure your nails do not have lotion on them!
- Apply a base coat and allow to dry.
- Apply two coats of your nail polish and allow to dry.
- Apply your top coat.
- Give yourself plenty of time to let your nail color dry before using your hands for heavy duty work!