A pedicure usually lasts me about 4 weeks, but this time I really pushed it. Six weeks is a long time to go, especially wearing red polish on my toes (the growth is much more noticeable). So last night I finally got around to doing an at-home pedi while I watched the Olympics.
The first thing I did was remove the red polish with Zoya 3-in-1 Polish Remover. It’s pricier than the store brand remover, but it’s a good thing to buy with the Ulta 20% off coupon or even their $3.50 off of $10 coupon. I bought the big bottle and it has lasted me forever. Not only is it terrific at removing hard to get off polish, but it has built-in conditioner.
Although I’ve been walking barefoot in the sand at the beach for a couple of months now, my feet were not baby smooth like I thought they would be. They definitely needed some help. Often I do the Listerine/vinegar soak, but I thought I’d use my handy, easy to use Amope Pedi Perfect Extra Coarse Pedicure Electronic Foot File.
Lots of other beauty bloggers were writing about this for a campaign during the holiday season that I didn’t get picked for boo hoo, but their reviews convinced me that I needed an Amope. Fortunately, CVS had a good coupon and I used it to buy the extra strength version of the Amope. It was the best money I’ve ever spent. It gives me baby soft feet.
If you have frequent dry skin on your feet, you need an Amope. Trust me on this. I use it on my heels and on all the callouses that I get. As a runner, my feet can definitely get beat up looking. My Amope helps in a flash.
The difference between the Extra Coarse (pink) and the regular Amope (blue) is the coarseness of the “diamond crystals” on the rotating replaceable roller. I’ve had mine now for about 8 months, and I still haven’t needed to replace the roller.
A few weeks ago, I was given the opportunity to try Soakees Slip-On and Tie Foot Bath. I had never heard of this cool invention, and I had no idea what to expect. I received a pair of big (so they fit any size feet!) heavy plastic booties with ties around the top.
The way it works is I fill each one with about 3 cups of hot/warm water and then put my foot in and tie it around the top. While my feet are soaking, I can work on my computer, or sit and watch TV or read a book, whatever.
Sometimes I add epsom salts to the booties, or I add my Listerine/vinegar concoction (read my foot soak post here). This time, I did a plain water soak.
The benefits of using Soakees rather than a plastic tub are:
- the water stays hot much longer
- you’re not stuck sitting in the bathroom with your feet in a tub of water, you can do whatever you want
- they’re portable – you can easily bring them on vacation for your own spa.
I relaxed and watched the swimming at the Olympics for about 15 minutes. Then removed my feet from the Soakees and dumped out the water.
My feet felt so soft and soothed! Lovely
Check out this video that shows how to use Soakees:
After wearing red polish for 6 weeks, I was due for a change. I went neutral. I picked out my favorite nail polish shade, Milani Pink Beige, and I painted my toes and my finger nails on top of OPI Base coat. I finished with a coat of Seche Vite.
And that’s it. Now my feet will look much better in sandals and barefoot on the beach.
Do you do at-home pedis? What are your favorite pedi tools? What do you think about the Soakees and Amope?