Ask The Swag Gal – June 29, 2011

Today’s question come from a Swaggernaut looking for an affordable way to get her feet sandal-ready:

Flip-Flop weather is here!! How do I get my feet pretty and presentable without spending a small fortune at a spa??!! Any tips??

This is a great question, as sandal season is upon us I’m sure many of us are looking for a way to get that professional pedicure look, but for a fraction of the price.  On I found a great do-it-yourself technique for getting your feet perfectly smooth and your toes flawlessly polished.  Let’s check it out:

Remove: Pick up some acetone polish remover and use a cotton ball to help strip the old color.

Soak: Take some warm water, add Epsom salt and a touch of your favorite scented oil.  In a large bowl or container, soak your feet for 10 minutes.

Buff: After you dry your feet off with a clean towel, exfoliate your feet and heels with a biodegradable pumice pad, which can be purchased at any drug store.  “Rub in any direction you want, but don’t scrub too hard and never rub the top of your foot. Make sure to get your heel, the ball of your foot and your big toe. Thoroughly rinse the pad after each use, let it dry and keep it in a plastic bag.”

Exfoliate: To remove dry skin and get those legs silky smooth, mix olive oil with kosher salt or raw sugar, and rub in an upward motion for two to three minutes.  Rinse them off in your foot bath.

Trim: Take a toenail clipper and cut your nails and file them to the desired length.  “Make sure not to go too short though, as nothing looks worse than a space between the polish and the top of your nail bed. Run your finger across the top of your toe. If your nail barely grazes your finger, you’ve got the right length.”

Moisturize: Pick up a rich moisturizing cream to smooth and soften your skin.

Soften: “Apply cuticle oil to nails to soften and revitalize rough areas. Try Sally Hansen’s Vitamin E Moisturizing Nail & Cuticle Oil, 0.45 oz, $5.”

Push: Take a cuticle or Popsicle stick to push back your cuticles so they won’t get in the way of the polish.

Polish: Apply a base coat followed by two thin coats of the polish of your choice.  Be sure to finish with a topcoat.

And voila!  There you have it!  A professional pedicure from the comfort of your own home and with hardly any money out of your pocket.  Now you’re ready to hit the beach!


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