14 April 2013

Spring Pedi Prep




The moment the sandal worthy weather makes an appearance, the bulk of my boots and slipper socks become buried in the depths of my wardrobe whilst I'm out parading a new lick of pedicure paint - let's face it, the only Winter treat for my feet is a lashing of lotion so the soaking, scrubbing and smoothing that comes as part of my Spring pedi prep is a luxury to say the least...



I start with a soak by pouring in a generous glug of Dr Bronners Tea Tree Magic Soap for a bit of foot-spa froth and deep cleanse. After submerging my feet for 10 minutes, I take them out and towel dry before giving my nails a tidy with a crystal file - these do just the job, help strengthen and protect, and last a lifetime. Cuticles get coated in OPI's Avoplex Exfoliating Cuticle Treatment and once massaged in nicely, I'll then run around the edges with a pusher and trim with a nifty nipper. Next, I rub over any rough skin with the OPI dual-action foot file, one side for tackling calluses, the other for smoothing over to reveal silky soft soles. A good scoop of the Caudalie Crushed Cabernet Scrub, a grape seed, honey and brown sugar base, gets smothered on and I'll buff its course chunks all over before dunking my feet back into the bowl. It's spa-like scent creates a heavenly aroma and the essential oil combo aids toxin draining - a quick rinse later and they're back out, dried off and slathered in L'Occitane's Shea Butter Foot Cream, a rich, thick butter which soaks straight in and keeps dry heels hydrated. Prior to a polish, I'll twist-up a tissue length-ways and weave it between my toes to separate and stop any smudges. With a cotton pad, I'll clean over the nail surface until it quite literally *squeaks*, to remove any greasy residue, before brushing on a base, OPI's Natural Nail Strengthener being my go-to choice, followed by two coats of colour and lastly a layer of OPI's top coat. If you want to leave out the lacquer, pop on a drop of cuticle oil, slip on a pair of socks and let the moisture work its magic. 

Without a doubt one of my top treatments to do as it makes a dramatic difference to how the feet look, I'm a big believer in once your toes have had a tidy up you'll then feel good all over.  With my ever growing stash and wide shade selection, polish picks are going to have to be put on regular rotation - think I'll be booking myself in more often...
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  1. You've made me feel pretty guilty about neglecting my feet over winter and I have to say, I had a bit of a panic when I woke up to warm weather this morning. I think tonight's going to have to be a pamper night! x

    Cosmetic Debris

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    1. Haha! Enjoy your pamper night Becky :-) x

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  2. Ah you had me at foot-spa froth ;) Didn't know the Dr Bronner soap could be use for a foot soak too!

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    1. Haha! Yup - I don't think there's anything that stuff can't do ;-) x

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  3. Sounds gorgeous! My feet have been neglected since the end of last summer and this post has made me want to book a pedi! x

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    1. Ah glad you liked it! Enjoy your pedicure ;-) x

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