Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Worth It: Mani & Pedi Products

Going out to get a mani/pedi once in a while is fun, but it can also be expensive. I think it's safe to say that most of us appreciate the look of nice, clean and well kept nails. And the best way to do that without breaking bank is to do it yourself! This means that you need the proper "tools" to get the job done.

Today I'd like to share with you guys some of my "must have" products for a DYI mani/pedi.

That being said here is a small list of tools everyone should already have:

Note: I'm not particularly committed to any brand when it comes to these items.
  • Cotton balls
  • Nail polish remover
  • Nail clippers
  • Nail file
  • Cuticle nipper
  • Cuticle oil
  • Cuticle pusher
  • Callus remover
  • Foot file

Now, the following are my tried-and-true favorite products for an awesome mani/pedi:

Studio 35 Beauty Buffing Block: Possibly, what I love most about this buffer is that it is so inexpensive. Buffing blocks wear-out over time and need to be replaced; so why splurge when you can save? This four-sided block from Walgreens evens, smoothes, buffs, and shines. You can use it before applying nail polish or skip the polish and go for the natural, clean look!

LaVaque Go Green Crystal Nail File: Did you know that crystal nail files are a green alternative to emery boards? LaVaque's files are made from recycled material and are non-pouros (meaning that they can be sanitized and disinfected). Plus, it was designed to last for years! I've found that this file is much gentler on my nails that an emery board. It leaves my nails feeling nice and smooth. I got mine at Bed, Bath & Beyond.

Essie All in One 3-Way Glaze: This product works as a base, strengthener, and top coat. Truthfully, I only use it as a base. It does a great job at priming my nails before I apply color. My manicures last longer because of this base coat!

Revlon Colorstay Gel-Shine Top Coat: To be totally honest, this product is so hard to find and I may fear that it was discontinued. But, I have been able to get at Walgreen. Still, this is one of the best top coats I've ever used. Just like the name suggests, it leaves your nails super shinny! It actually does look like you just got a gel manicure, except that you saved a couple of bucks!

Essie Quick-E Drying Drops: If you are anything like me, you need this amazing product. I seriously cannot stay still... and always manage to ruin my manicures! Needless to say, these drop have completely solved that problem. All you need to do is apply 2-3 drops over your top coat and you are good to go. They dry almost instantly! I am so thankful for this neat invention!

Be Natural Callus Eliminator: You won't believe how much time and effort you'll save with this product. It literally does the work for you! All you have to do is soak your feet, apply the product, wait 3-5 minutes, and file the rest away. It'll leave the soles of your feet so soft. Even though it's a tough/professional product, it's totally safe to use at home. I picked up mine at Sally Beauty Supply.

A huge "Thank you" Valeria for requesting this post!!! <3

I've included links to the items that are still available online (just click on the item's names). If you enjoyed this post and/or found it helpful feel free to share it on you favorite social media network!

Thank you for taking the time to read this!

Until next time!

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