I love having my feet done, even though my ridiculously long toes provide a great source of amusement in such situations. There’s nothing quite like having a room full of women chortling at your toes. A man once told me that I would have a really long schlong if I was a guy, because of how long my toes are. I was more chuffed about this idea than I should’ve been.
Anyhow, enough about my ET-phone-home-toes. The big dilemma in my life is that my pedicure place now does acrylic nails and I can’t stand the smell, especially since getting knocked up, so I have vowed to do it myself. This will also help with Savings Plan 101. I can buy a kitchen cabinet with the money saved over the year. That now totals two kitchen cabinets, considering the one I can buy since making my own face scrub. Winning!
The trick is to store everything you need together, so that you can whip it out when the little ones are tucked in bed or you get a rare moment to yourself. That way all you need to do is fill the bucket with water.
For a home spa pedicure you will need:
- Nail polish remover (shellac will need a special remover) and cotton pads
- Cuticle Oil – coconut, avocado or olive oils work really well, but I have a recipe below if you feel like getting fancy
- Tub with warm water. Put some river pebbles in the bottom, they feel awesome (I ‘loaned’ the ones from my pot plant)
- Foot scrub and pumice stone or something similar
- Nail scissors or maybe even those mean looking toenail pliers
- Nail file (the metal files are great for longevity, but are prone to splitting the nail)
- Cuticle stick (the wooden ones with the angled tip)
- Cuticle trimmer/nipper – optional. My beauty therapy teacher thought these made cuticles grow back stronger, but I’m not so sure. Just use them with extreme care and keep them ridiculously clean – swab with alcohol wipes or tea tree before and after
- Nail polish or rub the cuticle oil into the nail for a subtle shine