Thursday, 10 December 2015

5 Tips For The Perfect At Home Mani Pedi // Festive Edition

5 Tips for the perfect at home mani pedi
Barry M Festive Nail Polish Colours
Barry M and No7 Festive Nail Polish Colours
5 tips for the perfect at home mani pedi ft Micro Pedi Nano
Emoji Micro Pedi Nano
Hello lovelies! It's that time of the year again. Yes, the Christmas party. Usually resulting in a case of despair, disgust and total embarrassment. Handing in your resignation may be playing on your mind after throwing up on the street corner or flashing a bit more than your thigh as you launched yourself down those pesky stairs. In the event of anything like this, you could always distract from the situation by whipping out your fancy nails for everyone to admire. Only joking, (nothing will save you from that) but it's definitely a safer conversation topic than last years antics. Here's 5 tips for the perfect at home mani pedi to get you ready for the festive season.

1. Trim, Buff and Push
First of all use nail clippers and/or a nail file to shape your nails. I'd recommend using a metal nail file as it causes less damage to the nail as opposed to the standard sand papery type. If you're looking for one in particular try Leighton Denny's crystal nail file. Recently I realised how important it was to push the cuticles back. The idea always freaked me out but it's surprisingly painless and totally worth it if you want a flawless nail. It also makes them look longer which is a major bonus just don't push too hard. Oh and don't forget to buff your nails. Again this makes a huuuge difference as it not only makes them shiny, it removes all those ridges which tend to peep through the polish.

2. Base Coat Is A Must!
I use Sally Hansen's Hard As Nails. Not only does a few coats strengthen your nails but it also stops staining which is important when you're using some of those dark festive colours. I never thought I'd stop biting my nails but I've been going 5 years strong and that's all down to Sally Hansen. I'd totally recommend it if anyone is looking for ways to stop biting nails or have nails that are forever snapping!

3. Sand those feet!
Let's face it, we've all had hard skin on our feet before, right? It's pretty hard to avoid so if you don't then you're one lucky lady and don't you forget it! A while back I talked about the Pedi Spin which now seems a little clunky and dated after testing this one out. This is the Micro Pedi Nano* aka the Emoji Micro Pedi Nano. The Micro Pedi Nano is compact and pretty nifty. It works as a hard skin and callus remover by rotating at 30 times per second which is crazy. It's shaped to fit the contour of your hand and glides along like there's no tomorrow. The Micro Pedi even has a detachable head to empty and clean all the dead skin out (sorry if you're eating). Just in case you're worried about all the nasty bacteria on your feet, they have us covered. It actually has an anti bacterial treated roller. If you've got severe hard skin, this may take a few rounds but afterwards your feet are left feeling stroke-ably good. Micro is in its name and in its nature, it's so light! With my old Pedi Spin, it used to freak out and spin across my foot causing a few injuries now and again. The Micro Pedi Nano feels a lot safer as it doesn't have a mind of it's own. Plus it comes in a range of pretty colours which are always hard to resist. I'm like a magpie when it comes to anything pink!

4. Nail it!
I can be quite slap handed when it comes to my nails especially during winter. I find it hard to reach them hunched over twenty layers of winter wear but when it comes to special occasions I tend to give them a little more attention. You never know when you need to crack out a fancy pair of shoes so it's best to be prepared. If you're wondering how to paint your nails I was told a little secret. You should drop a dot of nail polish on the lower third of your nail in the middle. You then push the polish to your cuticle and then pull it back all the way to the top. The middle strip of your nail should now be covered. Go back to the dot and repeat the process but by sweeping the polish to the right and to the top and again for the left. Perfecto! Don't forget a top coat (I use M&S's Top Coat but anything clear will do).

I'm feeling pretty festive at the moment so my most used colours at the moment are reds (Barry M in Bright Red), blues (Barry M in Navy), greens (Barry M Hi Shine in Black Pistachio), burgandy (Barry M Matte in Burgundy Crush) , mustard (Barry M Gelly Hi Shine in Mustard) and yes I have finally cracked the glitter polish out (No7 Nail Effects in Starry Sky).

5. Moisturise
The final step and the one that is often overlooked is to moisturise. If we've done all that hard work with the sanding, we need to give our feet a treat. I've been using Clinique's Deep Comfort Body Butter. I don't use this on my body as it takes a while to sink in with it being a heavy cream. This actually makes it perfect for my feet as I smother them in lotion and wear a pair of clean socks for the night. This allows it all to sink in and prevents you from waking up looking like the grinch from all fluff off the floor. As for my hands, I'm all out of the Body Shop's Wild Rose hand cream so I'm currently using their Hemp hand cream instead. It's perfect for those with dry hands as it's an intense moisturiser.

There you have it. 5 Tips for the perfect mani pedi so we're all ready for the festive season. Even if you haven't got any parties to attend this year or you're like me and prefer curling up on the couch with a hot chocolate and book. Who cares? A little bit of pampering goes along way to ease off those winter blues.

Have you got any tips for the perfect at home mani pedi? Oh and what's your favourite festive polish?

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83 comments:

  1. I'm sooo rubbish at keeping my nails looking nice! I just don't have time for all this, ha! Working in retail, they get so grubby, too. They might not be the best option, but acrylics are the only way for me!xx

    Laura | Lala London: Beauty & Lifestyle

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    1. I wish I could handle acrylics. The last time I had them I ripped my nail off with it haha. It still makes me cringe now!

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  2. ive got to get the pedi nano to sort out my ogre feet :p hahaha
    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥ (Handbag 24 hours GIVEAWAY!)

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    1. Ogre feet haha! Love it! I've entered your giveaway, fingers crossed!

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  3. I've tried to push the cuticles back on my boyfriends fingernails and he just whinges. What a wuss lol.
    Tegan xx | Permanent Procrastination

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    1. Haha! Bless him, my boyfriend is the same when I try and pluck his stray beard hairs. He looks terrified when I get the tweezers out!

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  4. I personally love Soap & Glory's body butters or my go to classic Bath and Body Works Twilight Woods scented hand cream! Super moisturising and smells divine x

    bohorush.blogspot.com

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    1. I was looking at bath and body works the other day. Their products look so lovely!

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  5. Gaaah it sounds like so much work to do a stay at home mani pedi. This is why I only use nail clippers and nothing else on my nails. Hahaha, that said, moisturizing is a must!

    ...I say even though my hands are shriveled like prunes...


    xx Bash | Hey Bash | bloglovin'

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    1. Haha! I usually do it once a week (usually when something boring is on tv). I can't survive without hand cream at the moment though. I'm feeling you on the prune hands haha

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  6. Ohhh I'm so bad a looking after my feet and they are in need of some major TLC, so your tips are going to be much needed and followed!! Xx

    www.theemasphere.com

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  7. Amazing post dear,
    kiss
    admaiorasemper.website

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  8. This totally inspired me to do a pedi at home this weekend, it's been WAY too long. I am obsessed with those little foot sanders (is that what they're technically called? I don't know...) and just barely got one but now I want this cute little one. It'd be perfect for travel. Great post gorgeous girl, hope you're having a wonderful week! XO -Kim

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    1. Yeah I don't know what their technical name is either haha. We can go with foot sander haha! Thanks Kim, you too!

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  9. Oh very cute color of nail polish dear
    xx

    www.sakuranko.com

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  10. Great tips, I love your nail varnish picks! Especially the glittery one :)

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    1. Thanks Georgia! The sparkly one is so pretty although difficult to remove!

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  11. Great nail lacquer and so amazing tips!
    Kisses

    www.angelswearheels.com

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  12. I was supposed to learn but I think I must paint my nails right now. ^^
    Love the post!

    lilianndehn.blogspot.com

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  13. To be honest, I haven't realized before how "complicated" and time-consuming could be mani-/pedicure at home, but you explained everything in very clear way:) And the nail polishes are brilliant, I love that glitter one:) What about your comment, thank you, dear, for your lovely words, I'll have to think about the post with my "thrifting" tips :)

    http://crafty-zone.blogspot.com/

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    1. Haha! It does take a while, I save the intense pampering for special occasions or when there is nothing on tv! Thanks lovely

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  14. So thorough and helpful! Excellent tips dear!

    Http://Leftbankgirl.blogspot.com

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  15. That's a really useful tips! Thanks a lot, dear <3 gonna try that asap

    Take care,
    Rizuna from 100% Nerd

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  16. Hahha gotta love a work Christmas party! This foot sander looks so good (and fun in a gross way :P)! I swear by the Body Shop's hemp hand cream too- it's so non-greasy and makes your hands so soft :)

    Rachel xx
    http://www.thedailyluxe.net

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    1. It's crazy isn't it! I recommend the hemp range to everyone. Got a skin problem? Try hemp haha

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  17. That pedi machine looks amazing, I want it
    xo
    www.laurajaneatelier.com

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  18. The Micro Pedi Mani looks so cute and little! I'd probably take it everywhere with me even when I travel x

    http://wildfirecharm.blogspot.com

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    1. It's so compact isn't it! It's definitely light weight enough for travelling

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  19. I'm weird about other people touching my feet haha, so this would be great for me to do at home!

    www.rosyoutlookblog.com

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    1. Haha I am too. I become 10x more ticklish meaning no foot massages off the boyfriend!

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  20. Thank you darling for these great tips!! I'm so lazy about my mani/pedi cure but I want to take more care about them!
    My fav polishes for holidays are all glittery colors, especially golds and reds ^-^
    xoxo

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    1. I NEED a glittery gold one! Which one do you use?

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  21. Esos pinta uñas tienen un color precioso!!
    un abrazo.

    http://www.memoriesapril.com
    These painted nails have a gorgeous color !!
    a hug.

    http://www.memoriesapril.com

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  22. I need this! Seems like it would be fun and try to do your own mani :)

    ARedLip&Love

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  23. I really want to try Berry M nail polishes but I'm from Italy and this brand is not available here :( so so sad. I love dark red for Christmas :) or glitter and glitter everywhere! xx

    www.aishettina.blogspot.it

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    1. Aw no! Such a shame, they're so cheap but really good quality. I love glitter too! Glitter everywhere!

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  24. Although I do my mani and pedi at home, every once in a while I go to the salon, they still do it better than I :( Great tips, thx for sharing.
    xox
    Lenya
    FashionDreams&Lifestyle

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  25. I love the Micro pedi, have it in pink too :D it's such a life saver! :D Love your nail polish colours too! <3 :D

    Serene | I Am Serene L

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  26. I love the Micro pedi, have it in pink too :D it's such a life saver! :D Love your nail polish colours too! <3 :D

    Serene | I Am Serene L

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  27. I really love you :) I see you for a long time, I'm impressed!


    Can you follow me? I follow you :)
    If you comment my post, I will comment your five posts! :)
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  28. Love it! To bad I need fills or else I'd totally do this. ;)

    God bless,
    XO, Claire
    Http://www.littlemissfashionqueen.com

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  29. I keep seeing reviews on the micro pedi nano. Guess I should pick it up! Sounds nice :)

    xo, mikéla / simplydavelyn.com

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    1. They're so cute haha! It's really handy to have

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  30. I love the pics so much!:)

    irenethayer.com

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  31. Oh i need that pedi nano :D the pictures are too beautiful, as usual :) I don't know how you make this, but they always look perfect <3
    http://www.youtube.com/c/MissLovelyAttitude
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  32. This sounds so nice! I need that buffer!!!

    Danielle
    http://www.blushblossom.com

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    1. It's fab! So handy for when you need to get your feet out haha

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  33. Great post dear!

    http://helderschicplace.blogspot.com/2015/12/gray.html

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  34. great post

    http://carrieslifestyle.com
    Posts online about Australia, Rio, Amsterdam...

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  35. Great tips! The intro made me laugh.: I need to get my hands on Gelly shine nail polish. This is exactly what I am looking for. Great post dear. :)

    www.chicuturnonglitz.blogspot.com

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  36. Great tips! The intro made me laugh.: I need to get my hands on Gelly shine nail polish. This is exactly what I am looking for. Great post dear. :)

    www.chicuturnonglitz.blogspot.com

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  37. Beautiful shades! That red one is my fave. :)

    Ira / JOURNAL OF STYLE / BLOGLOVIN

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  38. This seems like fun to do! I want this haha :)

    Florals&Smiles

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  39. Nothing beats how you feel after getting a mani/pedi, even more so when you can do it at home! We also used to freak out over pushing our cuticles but it's worth it! Great post!

    ISA Professional

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