(Closed) At Home Mani and Pedi Tips?

posted 11 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
1060 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010 - Anela Garden Chapel & Japanese Cultural Center, Honolulu

get some cuticle oil! or make your own! 🙂

Post # 4
555 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

For staying power, I recommend OPI, at least in my experience it’s the only polish that doesn’t chip off my toes (I don’t even try keeping it on my hands). Also make sure to use a base and top coat that helps as well. I use a cuticle stone instead of the metal scrapers they’re a bit less rough and I find I get less hang nails with them. Olive oil is a great cuticle oil. However make sure to dehydrate the nail and cuticle bed after you put oil on them or the polish won’t stick and you’ll end up with peely chippy nails. Have fun!

Post # 5
1684 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

Ack! Confession: as anti-girly as I am… I’m way obsessive over my nails. I do my own nails at least once a week and I can’t stand it when I have chipped polish, even when it’s light. I’m crazy – yes, I know.

– pour some sugar into a bowl (or your hand) and add just enough oil to combine with the sugar so it looks like bath salts (can be essential oil if you want, but plain ol’ veg.oil works for me). Massage it into your hands, cuticles, whatever (I usually do it over the sink) and then rinse with warm water to dissolve the sugar. Use a small dot of dish soap to get rid of the excess oil, but don’t wash it out of your skin. It’s the BEST exfoliating moisturizer ever! I use it on my legs when they’re super dry too or I rub a teeny bit on my lips if they’re dry but DON’T use it on your face. It’ too oily. I usually push my cuticles back with my nails too when I do this, it eliminates you having to cut or push them back which can damage your nail bed.

– Soak your feet in a basin of hot water with Epsom salts. They’re cheap in the drugstore and they work better than most of the those fancy soaks.

–  Always use a base coat – even if you’re using a light color or if it says you don’t need one.

– I’m a huge fan of Sally Hansen’s Diamond Strength nail polishes. They last longer than most other enamels and you’ll need that if you’re ripping open fun presents. 🙂

– Seche makes the best & quickest drying topcoat but not a lot of stores carry it and it’s pretty $$. Orly Sec n’ Dry is really good too.

– At least 4 of my girlfriends swear by the pedi-egg. I think it’s like $7 in CVS. I can’t vouch for it myself because I can’t bring myself to use it. It’ like a cheese grater for your feet. It gives me the heebie jeebies.

Post # 6
89 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

If you’re interested in fake nails, I suggest buying the brand Kiss.  Not the pre-glued ones, but the ones that you put the glue on yourself.  They actually look good and the glue holds pretty well (a few may pop off, but you can re-glue them).  Also, they don’t mess up your real nails anywhere near as badly as salon nails.

Post # 7
7152 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

Are you getting a foot bath? I suggest using one of these..they help set the pedicure off. I also suggest using something for your cuticles…an oil or something.

Post # 8
87 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

My biggest issue with doing my own nails (hands or feet) is the mess of polish I get on my skin. What I do now when I do it at home is use a small but dense paint brush or eyeshadow brush, q-tips and toothpicks. I get some polish remover on the eyeshadow brush and clean off excess paint from the skin. If I get paint into cuticles or edges of nail beds I pull a small bit of cotton off the q-tip and twist it around the toothpick, I also dampen it with polish remover and it works really well to get the paint out of the cuticles/nail beds.

Another thing that can pretty them up a little is go to a dollar store and pick up some tiny rhinestones and you can glue them down with nail glue. I prefer this for toes only but whatever works. Put a tiny dab of glue on your nail, use a toothpick with a smidge of glue to pick up the rhinestone on the crystal side so that you can place the silver side down into the glue on your nail.

Post # 10
5150 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

I really like the 4 sided files or cubes that have a side to file, shape, buff and polish. They are easy and number it out for you 1-2-3-4 so it is very simple and gives a really pretty look.




Post # 11
7152 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

Sulli, I have some of those too.

I found it in travel size bodycare section of Target. It’s only like $1

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