Summer is here, the weather is getting warmer, and guess what that means? It’s time to break out your favorite pair of sandals and show off that great pedicure! I don’t know about you, but I just love a cute pair of sandals and perfectly polished toes. But before you think about slipping on those sandals, you should do a self-check of your feet to make sure they are up to par. I encourage you to please, please, take care of your feet. Nothing ruins a pretty pair of sandals more than crusty feet!
Now I know that everyone can't afford an expensive pedicure at a salon, but don’t worry--you can do your own pedicure at home for a small fraction of the cost. You can find very inexpensive mani/pedi sets at Target or your local beauty supply store. You can even order online; Amazon has a kit for $15.44 and Ulta.com has one for $17.99. Now you're ready! Follow these step-by-step instructions for an at home pedicure.
What you’ll need:
1) Set the Vibe
Gather all your pedicure tools and organize them on a coffee table next to a comfortable chair. Fill the large bowl with hot water (not too hot; you don’t want to burn your feet) and place the bowl in front of your chair. Dim the lights or turn them off completely and get ready to work by candlelight. There's something so soothing about candlelight--it'll help give you the feeling that you are in a spa. Be sure to take a moment to relax before you get down to business!
2) Soak and Soothe
Remove old nail polish using the cotton balls and then clip and file your nails. Pour a sweet smelling oil into the water, which should be warm by now. I love eucalyptus or lavender oils personally, but anything soothing and relaxing will work. Soak your feet in the bowl of water for 10-15 minutes. Make sure to take them out before they prune up! Use the pumice stone periodically to help shed your dry “winter” skin.
** Depending on the degree of roughness, you might need to repeat these steps to get your feet in flip flop shape.
3) Treat Your Feet
Pat your feet dry and, using the nail file, smooth any rough edges that you missed before soaking. Apply essential oils. Use tissue paper to separate your toes. Be sure to push the cuticles of your nails back and treat with the oil of choice before you begin to treat your nails. Just make sure the nail surface is oil-free before polishing. Apply nail hardener, base coat, a nail polish of your choice and your top coat, then let dry. Now you can relax!
If you need come cool nail ideas check out Made Woman’s Pinterest Board for ideas. And click here to see the hottest nail colors for spring. Now, you have all you need to handle your at home pedicure!
Finding the right salon to help you with your all your beauty needs can be tedious and terrifying, especially when those needs include waxing! We don’t want just anyone plucking at our lady parts! We asked our resident Made Women staff to suggest their best picks for professional salons with great results!
Jenny Wax - Santa Monica, CA
Jenny Wax is not only the best place to get a great, almost painless wax that looks perfect every time ... but Jenny herself is incredibly fabulous and I look forward to my visits just to get to chat with her. She also uses all natural products that are amazing for the health of your skin! -Lindsay J.
Vanity Private Studio - Burbank, CA
Vanity Private Studio is the only place to go for any sort of waxing.
It's run by one woman and she does a fantastic job. I have been going to her for 6 years! I also love that you can set up your own appointments online!-Lindsey T.
Queen Bee Waxing Salon & Spa - Culver City, CA
I love Queen Bee Waxing because they provide a comfortable and relaxing atmosphere for all of your waxing needs. All of the waxers are expertly trained and are skilled at making the experience practically pain-free. Jodi, the owner, is British so there's lots of cheeky British humor displayed around the spa. This is the perfect place whether you're a newbie to waxing or an old pro. -Nailah
The Wax Shop - Beverly Hills, CA
I've been going to Tanya at the Wax Shop for years, and she is the only person I trust with such delicate matters. She's clean, thorough, and you'll be in-and-out in 15 minutes tops. Plus the central location has been convenient no matter where in LA I've lived. – Lindsey D.
Nanu Threading - Costa Mesa, CA
Precise and careful, I'll never trust anyone else with my brows again. -Erika
New Look Skin Center - Glendale, CA
I don't get waxed. I'm all about getting lasered.... and I do that at New Look Skin Center in Glendale. Waxing is painful, and you have to do it pretty much every month to keep up on it. It's a drain on your wallet and it's a lot of pain to go through. With lasering, there's less pain and the results last for months -- eventually you won't need to do anything at all! The only downside is if you decide you want to ditch the hairless look, you might be stuck. -Amanda
Sophie Wax - West Beverly Hills, CA
After many failed attempts at waxing (don’t ask) I finally found my waxing home. Sophie Wax is clean, small and efficient! I am in and out in 15mins and it’s as painless as a very personal wax can be. They have a single dip policy and my esthetician always wears gloves which is important to me. -Serena
Do you have a salon that you love to frequent for all you waxing needs? Comment below and share!
You get up in the morning and proceed to have an hour long prep session before you even start your day. You use enhancers, creams, and miracles on yourself before you feel ready to face the world. But what about when the day is over and you come home? Do you just crash? If your answer is yes then sister, we have a problem. We are all guilty of it; even me, I confess. But we can’t neglect ourselves at night and then look for a quick fix to combat our laziness (yes, I said laziness). I have learned that if I spend a little extra time simply practicing some self-love with my pre-bed beauty regimen, then I really have little need for extra products. Here are a few beauty tips for right before bed; I hope this helps you as much as it has helped me.
Bedtime Beauty Tip No. 1: Always wash up.
I’m guilty of skipping this step -- and I’ve got to stop! Sweat, dirt, makeup, the day’s grime … all of that sits on our face at night, clogging our pores and aging our skin. So use a gentle facial cleanser and lukewarm water before going to bed, and follow up with a mild toner. And the last and most important step, don’t forget to moisturize your body and skin before bed. (I will too. Pinky promise.)
Bedtime Beauty Tip No. 2: Never sleep with your hair in a ponytail.
No matter how exhausted you are, it’s important not to leave your hair elastics in, because they can cause breakage. If you want to avoid morning tangles, try sleeping on a satin pillowcase. It’s easier on both your hair and your face.
Bedtime Beauty Tip No. 3: Brush and floss every night.
If you skip the dental care at night, you’re not just in for a huge lecture at your next dental cleaning; you might actually be making yourself look older too. Brushing removes stains between and around your teeth, and for healthy gums you’ve got to floss too. Poor gum care can cause your gums to recede, making your teeth look longer -- and you older!
Bedtime Beauty Tip No. 4: Let your feet breathe.
Keeping your feet in socks may keep them feeling toasty, but it also creates a moist environment where foot fungus can breed. Yikes!
Bedtime Beauty Tip No. 5: Keep a glass of water by your bedside. Not only will this help if you wake up in the middle of the night dying of thirst, but also you are supposed to have a glass of water pre-breakfast to dull hunger and rehydrate. Remember, glowing skin comes from water.
Bedtime Beauty Tip No. 6: Don’t eat right before bed.
It is so important to eat within a reasonable time of your bedtime. When you eat right before bed, you don’t have a chance to burn off the calories. Certain foods and eating too much right before bed can lead to a restless night of sleep.
Bedtime Beauty Tip No. 7: Get your beauty sleep.
I know you really want to stay up late to watch your favorite show, talk on the phone, or peruse the internet, but beauty sleep is no myth. Your skin needs time to heal and restore. Plus, who wants under eye bags?
I hope you use these tips to re-energize your bedtime regimen. Instead of just crashing and waking up looking like a wreck, put in a little extra effort at the end of the day and stay looking young and healthy. Sweet dreams!