March 13, 2015

DIY: Simple Summer Ready Pedicure

I absolutely love Pinterest and so does my friend, Michelle Melton. The past couple of days, Michelle has been pinning some fun pedicure knowledge that really encouraged me to get naked and expose my toes for the world wide web to see, both the good, the bad and the truly ugly.

However, all of the knowledge I found on Pinterest just wasn't for me, so without further ado, here's my own intake on an, "I'm Ready For Summer Pedicure."

The Tools of the Trade:





How I did it:


Before:


Pedicure Before
Before My Pedi
I removed the red chipped off nail polish using L.A. Colors Nail Polish Remover Pads. They're small, but they do the trick, especially if you don't like the smell of regular nail polish or it's harshening effects. These pads actually moisturize the nails, which is a plus in my book, and they come in some really fun scents.


During:

There's been some hype on Pinterest about whiter nails using a simple paste of peroxide, lemon juice, and baking soda. I was intrigued, so I decided to try it.

I just eyeballed the mixture using more baking soda to give it a paste texture and making sure the peroxide and lemon juice were equal amounts of one another. I scrubbed the mixture onto my toes with a nail brush and allowed it to set for about 5 minutes, then rinsed it off.

The results were cleaner nails, but not really any whiter than normal. So if you don't have the ingredients on hand, I don't recommend going out of your way to try this whitening method.


During Pedicure
During My Pedi
Next, I trimmed my toenails with my new Revlon Gold Series Dual Ended Nail Clippers. I bought them because they claimed you can trim straight across for a square look with the flat end, and trim across for a rounder look with the curved in.

To be honest, save your money on something else. The Revlon clippers are no better than a regular set of clippers and in fact, seemed kind of dull for clipping in my opinion.

Then, I filed and buffed my nails with the file and buffer for smoothness. I had to be very careful when I did this. If you can't see from the photos, my nails have some serious damage on the big toes. It's also why I try to keep my toenails polished when I wear flip-flops, and don't like to expose them on camera.





Pedicure Tools
The Tools of the trade.
Next, I smoothed my heels and the soles of my feet using The Pedi Perfect Electronic Foot File by Amope'.

This was another recent purchase and well worth it! It  works much faster and leaves smoother results better than any ordinary fool file! It's a must have if you're feet are rough and dry like mine!

 I then applied about a quarter size amount of Sally Hansen's Overnight Heel Repair. Normally I don't do this until after I polish my nails because the oils aren't good on a manicure, but my skin was so dry, it needed immediate relief.

By the way, as much as I wanted to love the cream, it's no better than Vaseline petroleum jelly, which works just as great and is perfect when you're a mom on a budget!

Finally, I applied 3 coats of Sally Hansen's Triple Shine Nail Polish in Pool Party. This was also a recent purchase because I found it on sale and love the color!

In general, 2 coats of this polish is enough, but if you have any nail damage like I do, you may need to apply  3 or more coats. I used 3 and as you can see from the photo, the damage still peaks through in really good camera light.

After:
The results are a perfect ready for summer pedicure for any age!

Pedicure After
After My Pedi



Joy Smith also known as The Insane Writer, is the author of the Sci-Fi novel, The Generation. She can be found on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Google+ and LinkedIn.

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