Hello beautiful people! This weekend is going to be a full-on concert weekend! We are going to see Bruno Mars Friday, and Hall & Oates Sunday. I am super excited!! I am a major music person, so concerts are the perfect evening for me. As I was inventorying my closet for what I might wear, I realized that I really needed to get my toes done because I would be wearing sandals of some sort. Of course there was no way I could squeeze in a nail salon trip beforehand, so I decided to give myself an at home pedicure.
I give my toes a break over the winter by not wearing any polish, so my feet are a hot mess. I started doing my own pedicures last summer because there always seemed to be a long wait at the nail places. Plus, it saves me $25. This is a quick, down-and-dirty pedi. Minus the massage chair, foot massage, and cute nail designs. So, just “pick ca-lah, Miss”, and off we go!
This post will feature my photography assistant Murphy. First thing you will need is a cheap-o plastic dish pan (Dollar Store or Walmart) to soak your tootsies.
Before I start, I trim my nails and file them down. I got these cute clippers and emery boards in the clearance section at Marshalls. I prefer these foam emery boards because they don’t shred your nails.
I like to use a foot soak and a scrub. You could also put epsom salts in the water, or use just plain H20.
I use very warm water to soak in, then scrub, scrub, scrub! Especially the heels.
Next comes the not-so-pleasant part. The actual clean-up of the nails and sloughing off all the dead skin the scrub didn’t take care of.
That silver tool on the far left is great for getting your toenails cleaned out, and you can use it also to gently push your cuticles back. I found the pink pumice stone at Marshalls too. There is one on the back of the foot brush as well. The one on the far right is from the Asian market, and in my opinion, works the best (and cheap). After I use the pumice all over my feet, I go back over it with the brush. And back into the dish pan.
Then, completely dry my feet off and polish my toes! These foam things are completely optional. I personally don’t really care for them.
For my toes, I don’t use a base coat or top coat. The only thing I use is a quick dry thingy.
My choice of color was Zoya Bevin. I usually go for super bright ass colors on my toes, but this one spoke to me. If I’m in a hurry, I use just the dry quick because I can just slather it on messily and be done. I used Essie this go round because it was the first one I found. You can use whatever brand you want, as I’m sure it’s all the same thing. If I’ve got some time, I will use a fast dry top coat. You have to be a little more precise with that. If you don’t use any kind of quick dry product, you are missing out. You just apply, and within a few minutes, your nails are dry to the touch. I always do my nails about an hour before bed to give them a chance to completely dry, and this stuff ensures I don’t get the dreaded sheet marks on them.
Voila! All done! I know feet aren’t the most beautiful things in the world, and I was going to omit the picture. But I kind of felt the post wouldn’t be complete without the finished product.
They’re shiny because I really slathered on the dry quick. And I told you I do my nails before bed. Yes, cow pajamas. The cow jumping over the moon actually, a la “Hey Diddle Diddle”. Don’t judge.
Slather on some peppermint foot lotion, and off to bed!!!
What are you up to this weekend?
Again, thanks for reading! kxoxo