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DIY: Manicure & Pedicure

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For this weeks #ManiMonday I wanted to show you how to get salon worthy nails at home. I personally enjoy doing my own nails, especially since I like to change the color often. I do enjoy going to the nail salon but at-home manicures and pedicures can be a terrific alternative to the expensive nail salon services that often only last a few of days. In order to give yourself a long lasting manicure and pedicure at home you’ll want to follow these steps. But first lets talk about about what you will need.

These are the essentials you will need:
Nail file
Nail clipper
Nail polish color
Top coat
Nail Polish Remover
Cotton Swabs
Hand and Foot Cream or Lotion

Optional:
Cuticle cream or oil
Side clipper
Base coat
Pumice Stone

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Step One: Remove Old Polish 

Using nail polish remover and cotton swabs, be sure to remove all signs of your previous color.

Step Two: Soak

In a shallow dish, combine honey and olive oil in warm water. The honey has antibacterial properties and will cleanse and soften your nails. Olive oil will add moisture to dry nails and cuticles. Soak for about 10 minutes.

OR

You can jump in the shower. If I know I am going to be doing my nails, I will remove the polish from my nails then take a shower. Taking a shower allows you to kill many birds with one stone. It removes that nail polish remover scent from my skin and nails, while softening my nails. Also this is a great time to use a pumice stone on your feet since your skin is moist.

Step Three: Clean

Using a brush or nail file remove debris and dirt from beneath your nails. ( This is another step you can do in the shower) If your nails are yellow or discolored make a paste of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda. Massage nail beds with the mixture and let it sit for a couple of minutes then rinse off.

Step Four: Moisturize

You want to hydrate your skin, people tend to forget to take care of the skin on their hands and feet. The skin in these areas can get rough not to mention the skin on your hands can age you, you want to have young and healthy skin for as long as possible. So make sure not to skip this step. I like to use a thick foot cream and then throw a sock on while I file and prepare my nails for my manicure. For my hands I use Jergens Coco Butter Lotion ( which is also great for all over) but feel free to use any lotion of your choice. Also be sure not to leave too much lotion on your nails, this will effect the longevity for your manicure and pedicure.

Step Five: Cuticle Treatment

This step is optional, I personally don’t have issues which my cuticles. Moisturizing with lotion is enough for me and I don’t have to take any further steps. But if you have dry cuticles be sure to apply any cuticle treatment of your choice. A great DIY option to soften cuticles is to add a drop of lavender essential oil to a teaspoon of olive oil. Gently massage into your cuticles and then use a q-tip to push back your cuticles so they don’t get in the way of your polish. Again, be sure not to leave too much oil on your nails, this will effect the longevity for your manicure and pedicure.

Step Six: File

Using a nail file, shape your nails into your desired length and shape, making sure they all are even. Check out the guide below for some nail shape ideas.

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Step Seven: Polish

Now your ready for polish! I like use different colors for my manicure and pedicure, I feel like its more fun and I don’t have to choose just one color. My current go to  nail polish brands are the Sally Hansen Miracle Gel with the Top Coat and Illamasqua. Both these nail polish brands are good quality and long lasting. I really love the Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Top Coat, I have used it with other brands of nail polish and it makes my manicure and pedicure last much long then when I don’t use it.

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Step 8: Drying 

One of the reasons at home manicures are difficult is because we rush through them without allowing our nails to thoroughly dry. That ultimately leads to dings or smudges. Give yourself a good 15 minutes (or longer!) to make sure everything is completely dry. A way to see if your nails are dry is to tap them together and if they are sticky then they aren’t dry.

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I hope these steps help you in achieve a great at home manicure and pedicure.

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