Mastering the at Home Pedicure

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Remember that time I got a pedicure and my big toe got infected, so I had to take 3 pills a day over the course of 10 days? But on top of that, I had to take a probiotic to prevent a yeast infection (sorry TMI but 95% of my readers are women so let’s be open). So that was 40 pills over 10 days. Oh wait, and did I mention during this time I was at Disneyworld with my family?

Yeah, that sucked. And then, after those 10 days it didn’t go away so I had to go back to the foot doctor and get another refill for another 1o days?

I quit going to the nail salon after that.

Since then, I have mastered doing my own manicure and pedicures at home. It saves me $50 – $75+ each time and it’s worth the convenience. I promise it’s actually quite easy and fast with the right tools.

Get rid of callouses

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Silk’n Pedi, $29 on Amazon

It has a rotating roller that comes with a coarse and polishing roller to remove calluses and dry spots on the bottoms of your feet. You just roll over dry feet with light pressure. Pair it with the Silk’n Foot Cream it hydrates the tough skin and locks in moisture. It’s great to put on some good cozy socks right after and wear to bed!

I use it over my tub and it really gets calluses off like little pieces of sand gather (which is really your dead skin cells). It really works and it doesn’t hurt. I used to put on a callus remover, let it sit for a few minutes then use this thing that looked like a cheese grater. That worked, but it was so messy and inconvenient.  This option is gentle enough to use daily. Purple roller is fine grain, the turquoise roller is coarse grain for thick callouses. Your feet should be dry when you use it. You can use the fine grain for smoothing after having used the coarser roller. It comes with batteries too!

Check out the Silk’n Pedi, $29 also on Amazon. Don’t forget the Silk’n Foot Cream, $29.99.

Cleaning

Many times I do the cleaning part in the shower, while my skin is already wet. I dab on some cuticle away, let it sit for a minute and push back everything with the nail groomer. I then use the cuticle nipper to get everything else. It’s so quick. I guess you could say it’s similar to brushing your teeth in the shower (I don’t do that anymore, but I get it).

Once I’m out of the shower I can get ready to put on my polish.

 

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 Cuticle remover / Nail Pusher / Revlon Cuticle Nipper

Finishing with the right polish

I use these three polishes and I’m done – nails painted and dried in 15 minutes or less. Once you put on the top coat, it dries within two minutes and everyone asks if I’m wearing gels. AILA is a healthier nail polish line if you’re into that. Given that I’m using the other normal polishes I’m sure that cancels it out, but I disposed of all my other colors and bought AILA because I love how long they last and the pigment is amazing. I’ll never give up my Insta-Dri top coat, that’s what makes my nails look like gels.

I sit down in front of the TV, watch my recorded shows and by the end of the show I’m all set for the week!

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Sally Hansen Double Duty (as base coat) / AILA PolishSally Hansen Insta Dri Anti-Chip (fast dry top coat)

Diana Elizabeth is an author, photographer, and obsessive antique shopper. You can typically find her in the garden wrist deep in dirt, at a local estate sale or planning her next epic party. She continues to blog weekly.

4 Comments

  • Stephanie Young

    I stopped my (at least) monthly pedicures a few months ago when I changed my budget and it took a few times to see the pedi-roller thing making a difference, but it really does work! It’s so easy and a little addicting, ha! Looking forward to trying that top coat-ordering now! Thanks!

    • Diana Elizabeth

      It’s a huge money saver isn’t it? I do like being pampered but after that infection all I’d get is anxiety. And you know me, I’m always going to find the quickest way to do anything. You’ll have to tell me how you love that top coat. Sometimes after 5 days I put on another top coat to keep it shiny and it prolongs my mani. Can’t wait to hear how you like it!

  • Mailinh

    Woohoo to saving money! I’ve never really had a full mani and pedi done–it creeps me out to have someone else touch my fingers and toes.

    Hope you’re having a good week so far!

    • Diana Elizabeth

      Hi Mailinh! Hahah, it’s never bothered me but you aren’t the only one who I know who feels that way! :) Weekend is here, woohoo. I think I’ll finally be able to rest on Sunday evening. I have two more shoots tomorrow and then one for myself and the blog on Sunday. I need a vacation! xx

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