I x-posted this in my personal journal. Last time, I wrote about giving yourself a proper DIY manicure/pedicure.
I trundled down to my local 24 hr. pharmacy.
a bag of jumbo cotton balls for $1.00
the most inexpensive bottle of nonacetone polish remover
Surprisingly, it wasn’t noxious! I was tempted by Mandarin Orange and the Coconut Lime nail polish removers but those are acetone (which is a no-no for those who go the artificial nail route.) I also like that they come in a squared bottle.
I’ve been giving myself manicures/pedicure since I was in elementary school. One night, my father (who had cataracts) mistook my nail polish remover for Scope. It was acetone-based on top of that. So I had to call poison control. He also beat my butt because he accused me of trying to poison him. That’s when I made him set an appointment to get his cataracts removed. As an added precaution, I kept all my manicure/pedicure supplies out of the bathroom. I still do that!
Pumice/Brush Combo, $3 A basic tool for a DIY pedicure.
Cover Girl’s Boundless Color in Plum Pudding (535). $3.50
It’s a nice deep burgundy! The color is really thick. If you’re not used to doing your own manicures, I can see how easy it would be to screw up the application because it’s a little thick on the brush. Put this polish on too thickly and you’ll be in smudge/chip city!
Don’t get wise and think one thick coat will do the job of two thin coats either. I made that mistake in third grade. I literally peeled my manicure off during math class.
Sally Hansen’s Salon Double Life Base/Top Coat. $6.50
It works very nice as a base coat. Not gloppy. Fills in ridges nicely. Mild odor. As a top coat it’s unbelievable! I love the shine. It’s not a quick-drying top coat but don’t think you’re going to be stuck there for 10 minutes. I plunged my hands in a basin of cold tap water and the top coat was set in one minute. If I plunged them in ice water, I think it would have set even faster.
Curel Targeted Therapy Deep Penetrating Foot Cream. (normally it’s $5.50 I got it for $4.30) My Palmer’s Foot Magic was not in stock. So what’s a fashionista to do? Look for a foot cream on sale of course! I checked this one out because it was on sale… The ingredient list had everything that I was looking for:
- shea butter
- Vitamin E
and other bonus stuff I was not looking for like:
- Vitamins A and C
- Olive Oil
- Coconut milk
I also used my Mother’s Day’s presents:
Ped-Egg. I goof on infomercials a lot. So my husband bought me this as a goof! I’m not laughing anymore…this thing rocks! My feet became horrific this winter. They just took a beating. Callouses on a fashionista?! Oh the horror! I used and it took all the nasty, crust off. My feet hasn’t been this smooth in forever! I love it. Feels comfortable in the hand.
Don’t get crazy.
Keep it upright and straight: Go on an angle and you’ll get foot dust all over the place!
Go slow: It doesn’t feel like it’s doing anything so one can get overzealous and started attacking their feet like it’s a block of fresh parmesan cheese. You will hurt your foot doing this.
Only good for those with dry/cracked heels and callouses!
and the Perfection Professional Manicure/Pedicure kit. It works OK but I’m not exactly thrilled with it. I know my nails aren’t that tore up that it acts it’s running out of power after the first use. Gah!
So I’m spelunking to see if I can find a more powerful nail buffer.