Even though you may keep your hands and feet covered in these colder months, you should still pamper them regularly. My customers tell me they want to save money where they can nowadays, but they also want to take care of themselves. I have a fabulous idea! How about doing your Mani-Pedi at home? Do something special (and budget-conscious) for yourself. It’s a great way to get you into a gift–giving mood and it’s just in time for the upcoming holidays.
Create a spa-like experience at home with this Do-It-Yourself manicure and pedicure tutorial.
To begin, gather these items:
● Nail File
● Fingernail Clippers
● Toenail Clippers
● Small Nail Scissors
● Cuticle Stick (birch wood or orangewood)
● Nail Buffing Block or Disc
● Pumice Rock
● Hand Towels
● Nail Polish Remover
● Rubbing Alcohol
● Cotton Balls
● Warm Bowl of Water
● Milky Protein Cleanser
● Sweet & Smooth Body Polish
● Crème Extreme
● Body Balm Extreme
● Hand Restore Hand Cream
● Hard Coat Nail Polishes
● Soft Foam Fingernail/Toenail separators (optional).
Find a comfortable space in your home then, light a favorite aromatic candle and place it nearby (but not next to you).
Let’s start with your Pedicure:
● Remove any old polish.
● Add two tablespoons of Milky Protein Cleanser to warm container of water and soak feet for 10 minutes.
● Use a pumice rock on tough calluses, soak for a few more minutes and pat feet dry.
● Trim with straight-edge toenail clipper–straight across (this minimizes in-grown toenails)
● Push cuticles with angled-tipped cuticle stick toward nail bed. Remember, do not cut cuticles, as they help protect the nail bed from infection.
● Exfoliate feet for a couple of minutes with Sweet & Smooth Body Polish and then rinse. (Great way to exfoliate hands while you are at it too!)
● For that extra special spa “touch” on your home pedicure, microwave a damp towel for a couple minutes, make sure it’s not too hot, put Crème Extreme moisturizer on feet and wrap in warm moist towel for 10 minutes
● Soak a cotton ball with regular rubbing alcohol then wipe nails clean so they are ready for the polish.
● Apply several thin coats of my Hard Coat Nail Polish (try bright Red Hot or Black Cherry).
● Clean up smudges, if necessary with the cuticle stick dipped in nail polish remover.
● Allow toenail polish to dry and harden thoroughly.
● Moisturize feet and legs with Crème Extreme lotion; follow with my Body Balm Extreme massaged into rough patches of skin on heels.
Next, let’s go all out with your Manicure:
● Remove old nail polish.
● Add two tablespoons of Milky Protein Cleanser to warm bowl of water and soak hands for 5 minutes. Pat hands dry.
● Trim hangnails carefully with small nail scissors.
● Trim and file fingernails to a classy 1/2” practical length in a lovely square-oval shape–a “squoval.” Try to match the shape of your nail base to your nail tip with a squoval (a great shape for both slender and chubby hands). It makes fingernails more resistant to tears and cracks, too. Remember to file nails in one direction only.
● Gently push cuticles with angled-tipped cuticle stick toward nail bed. Do not cut cuticles, as they help protect the nail bed from infection.
● Buff nails smooth with buffing block or disc.
● Exfoliate hands for a couple of minutes with Sweet & Smooth Body Polish and then rinse. Lightly pat dry.
● Moisturize hands and up the arms with Crème Extreme lotion. Follow with a gentle massage of Body Balm Extreme into your hands.
● Remember to get all the lotions off your fingernails (so the polish will stick). You can soak a cotton ball with regular rubbing alcohol then wipe nails clean.
● Apply a thin base coat of my Hard Coat Nail Polishes but in a broad wide stroke with the whole brush–one stroke down the middle from the cuticle to tip, and one swipe down each side (go from pinky to thumb on each hand). Then repeat with a second thin layer. Let dry. If needed, finish with a third, thin topcoat.
● Clean up any smudges with the cuticle stick dipped in nail polish remover along edge of nails to fix any glitches.
● Allow polish to dry and harden thoroughly.
● Soften–often–with Hand Restore twice daily by applying liberally to palms and backs of hands. Allow treatment to absorb in so it creates a moisture barrier.
● Kick back and enjoy your beautiful at home Mani-Pedi! (Remember to blow out your aromatic candle!)
Your basic at-home manicure can last up to one month, here are some tips to help achieve that:
● Roll nail polish bottle between palms before use. Shaking can sometimes cause bubbles
● Use Crème Extreme lotion on hands daily to “maintain & prolong” your home manicure.
● Protect your home manicure: nail buff any chips, fill in chip, apply top coat.
● Protect your home pedicure: regular exfoliating with pumice stone in shower and my Body Balm Extreme after.
● Refresh and hydrate your Mani-Pedi with my energizing tonic Pure Energy Replenishing Mineral Bath–spray on hands and feet daily, it feels really great!
● If you are out-and-about and get a small fingernail snag, grab a matchbook and use rough edge to file it down!
● Plan to change your polish color in two weeks if you want a different look, your hands and feet will still be soft and look great!
Here are a few of my assorted tips and tricks and taboos:
● Finger and toe nail polish doesn’t need to match–try Black Cherry on your toes and Red Hot on your fingers!
● French tips are out! So are long fake, square acrylics, glitter and rhinestone and cheesy charms.
● Shorter trimmed fingernails with darker gun metal, gray-beige are in.
● Keep nails all one length. If one breaks, trim them all down to that length and start over.
● Nail gels are in, they can last two to three weeks, and are relatively easy to brush on like polish.
● Big hands need Big Rings! If you have big hands, or crooked fingers, choose big chunky rings, not small dainty rings.
● Nude-ish color nails, like my Truly Mauvelous Hard Coat Nail Polish, make hands look longer and younger.
● Keep polishes in cool, dry place, like the fridge. Be sure to let them warm up to room temperature before use.
Have a Beautiful Day!
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