Samantha W. is the winner of the giveaway! Be sure to check your inbox, Samantha! Many thanks to everyone who entered! :D
Summer weather has arrived here in the Northeast, which means it’s time for me to get my pedicure supplies in order. I love doing at-home pedicures because I think they’re more convenient and more hygienic. Plus, they don’t require a long wait at the salon.
When gathering my pedicure supplies, I always make sure to have five types of products in my arsenal: a good foot soak, a creamy cuticle butter, a cuticle remover, a nail polish with a metallic or shimmery finish and pointed manicure cotton swabs.
Here I’ll share a specific favorite product for each category, plus a few other suggestions. Continue until the end for giveaway information!
1: A good foot soak: The first step in an at-home pedicure is a foot soak. Not only does a foot soak soften the skin, but it also relieves tired, achy feet. Aura Cacia offers a variety of bath salts that serve as great foot soaks. The brand also offers foam baths like the one pictured above and linked here. I also love using bubble bars and bath melts from Lush, including Rose Jam, Melting Marshmallow Moment and A French Kiss.
2: A creamy cuticle butter: I use cuticle butter not only to moisturize my cuticles before applying nail polish and after trimming my cuticles, but I also use it between pedicures when the skin is beginning to look a bit parched. My favorite cuticle butter is Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream because it’s lightweight, but still super moisturizing. Plus, it comes packaged in a convenient tin. I also enjoy Lush Lemony Flutter Cuticle Butter, but find that it works better as a heavy-duty overnight foot cream because it’s so thick.
3: A cuticle remover: I’ve been told by beauty bloggers, vloggers and magazines that it’s always better to just push cuticles back, rather than apply a designated remover or trim them. And this might be too much information, but after a long winter without pedicures the only thing that will get rid of my pesky cuticle growth is a good cream cuticle remover and a cuticle trimmer. My favorite cream cuticle remover is Sally Hansen Problem Cuticle Remover. It easily removes any cuticle growth with the help of the enclosed orange wood stick. For extra stubborn cuticles, I call upon a cuticle trimmer like this one from Revlon or cuticle nippers like these from Revlon. If you are going to use a cuticle trimmer or nipper, always (always, always!) be very careful, go slowly and never cut too close to your skin.
4: A metallic or shimmery nail polish: I’m always on the hunt for a nail polish that will make my pedicure last at least a week to a week and a half. I’ve found that nail polishes with a metallic or shimmery finish work best to achieve a lengthy pedicure. One of my favorites is Revlon Brilliant Strength Nail Enamel in Enthrall. It’s a gorgeous deep olive green shade with plenty of gold shimmer. It wears incredibly well and I just adore it. Another favorite is China Glaze Lubu Heels.
5: Manicure cotton swabs: Every time I paint my nails, it’s inevitable that nail polish will find it’s way onto my skin. To clean up these messes, I use nail polish remover and precision tip cotton swabs, or manicure swabs as they’re sometimes called. I find mine at Harmon, a drugstore/cosmetics retailer on the East Cost, but a similar product is available through CVS here and through the Q-Tip brand here.
The best way to kick-off the unofficial start of summer is with a giveaway, of course! I’m giving away a pedicure kit featuring five great products that will prep your toes for sandals, flip flops and barefoot romps.
One person will win the items pictured above and mentioned in this post (minus the flip flops): Aura Cacia Foam Bath in Relaxing Lavender, Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream, Sally Hansen Problem Cuticle Remover, Revlon Brilliant Strength Nail Enamel in Enthrall and a package of manicure cotton swabs.
To enter, send an email to email@example.com OR a message to my ask box with the subject “Pedicure Kit.” Be sure to include your first name and last initial. Only one email or message per person, please.
For an extra entry, reblog this post. Only one reblog per person, please.
You must be 18 or older or have your parent or guardian’s permission to enter if you are under 18. The giveaway is open internationally. The winner will be chosen via random.org. The winner will be contacted via email or through Tumblr messaging. A post announcing the winner will be published on gloss & gab.
These products are new and were purchased by yours truly.
The giveaway will be open until Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. EST.
Good luck! :D
Obviously, I’ve been hoarding Birchboxes this spring! Since we’re well into May, I thought it would be best to get this post up before June to share what I received in the March, April and May 2014 boxes.
There’s not too much for me to say about these products because honestly I either haven’t used most of them yet (like I said: I’m hoarding Birchboxes) or I passed them along to my sister and mom because I knew they wouldn’t work for me or I wouldn’t use them (like the eyeliner and dry shampoo).
In another piece of (older) Birchbox news, the company is in the works to open its first brick-and-mortar store in Manhattan. There’s a New York Times article about the project here. I’m not sure when the store is going to open as Google isn’t yielding any results, but I’ll definitely be visiting it once it does!
Now, onto a look inside the boxes!
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