Save money by getting the perfect pedicure right at home

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Summer is here, and that means its time to bare those toes!

Whether your piggies are in flip-flops or peep toe stilettos you’ll want to make sure they are pretty and painted.

But if you’re like most of us, watching the amount of cash flowing out of your wallet, then follow these simple tips from Arizona Spa Girl, Lisa Kasanicky.

Create your own at home pedi toolbox.

Your Home Pedi Toolbox:

Clean emery boards
Wooden cuticle sticks
Nail buffer
Toenail clippers
Nail polish remover
Cotton balls or pads
Toe separators
Foot file
Nail polish base coat, color and top coat

Emery boards are cheap when you buy them in bulk so ditch those ratty old ones!

If you’re not up for, or don’t have the time to pull together your own kit, try some of these ready made ones.

Ms. Pedicure Toe Riffic Tools Kit, $9.99 at Target
True Blue Spa Foot Patrol Kit, $24.50 at Bath & BodyWorks
Tweezerman Pedicure Solutions Kit, $50 at Sephora

Now that you’ve got your kit, it’s time to grab a glass of wine and schedule your appointment.

Here are Kasanicky’s essential steps for the perfect at home pedi.

Step 1. Clean and Shape

  • Remove old polish with non-acetone remover
  • Clip toenails straight across
  • File nails into “squoval” shape (slightly rounded square shape).

TIPS: Tilt emery board under nail and stroke in one direction.

Step 2. Soften and Smooth

  • Use nail buffer to gently smooth ridges
  • Rub cuticle oil to cuticles
  • Soak feet 2-3 minutes in warm water with a splash of olive oil or milk
  • Gently push back cuticles with orange stick
  • Exfoliate hands with a gentle body scrub
  • Rinse and rub hands with lotion

TIPS: Don’t overbuff, no soaking in a soapy solution and no cutting the cuticle. For yellowing, use a teaspoon of hydrogen peroxide in your foot soak to whiten the nails.

Step 3. Polish and Practice Patience

  • Swipe nails with remover again
  • Apply base coat, two coats of color and top coat
  • Plop your feet and relax for 30 minutes to allow the polish to dry thoroughly

TIPS: Allow each coat to dry at least 2 minutes, keep coats thin by using three strokes: one down middle, one down each side.

It may seem like a lot, but once you get into the habit of doing it, it will come naturally.

We know sometimes you just have to splurge on a pedi and lunch date with the girls. If you choose to indulge here are a few of Kasanicky’s tips to keep your spa pedi in perfect shape longer.

  • Bring your own nail polish so you can cover chips at home.
  • Moisturize those heels, toes and cuticles on a daily basis. Any lotion will do but mint-laced lotions help with odors too. Try Burt’s Bees Peppermint Foot Lotion
  • Keep heels soft with a foot file. I like the Swedish Clover Foot File, which you can find at many salons or at Sally Beauty.

To ease the pain of splurging on a spa pedi, head to the Arizona Spa Girls website where you can find some great deals! 

Now that you know how to do it, here are the hot colors to perk up those toes for Summer.

According to Kasanicky if you want to be on top of the trends, nudes and blues are the hot nail colors for summer ’09.

With the vibrant colors of this season’s fashions, nude nails don’t compete with your summer duds with the added benefit of making your fingernails look longer and leaner.

But when you’re ready turn it up an amp, Kasanicky suggests ocean-inspired blues and greens.


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