Wednesday, May 16, 2012

DIY Manicures and Pedicures

I used to help my sisters out at the nails salon, and spoiled with free manis and pedis. But now that I've moved and live about 1 hour away, I've learned to do it myself. They gave me most of the tools, except for Sally Hansen Ultimate Shield Base & Top Coat and Nail Artist Paint and Stencil Kit. I often give my friends and sister in law manis and pedis right at home.
Tools and nail polishes for DIY manis and pedis
  1. Nail Buffer
  2. Cuticle Nippers
  3. Nail File
  4. Toes Separating Sponge
  5. Sally Hansen Ultimate Shield Base & Top Coat
  6. China Glaze in Innocence
  7. Nail Artist Paint and Stencil Kit

I usually do my manis and pedis after a shower when the cuticle is already soft. But you can also soak your hands and feet into bucket of water for few minutes to soften up the cuticle. Use the cuticle nippers and carefully go around the base of the nail to trim the extra cuticle.
Use a nail file to file down and create the shape that you like, smooth out with a nail buffer. Wash your hand and it's already to be polish.

For my Fingernails, I gave it a coat of Sally Hansen Ultimate Shield, Two coats of  China Glaze in Innocence, and a final coat of  Sally Hansen Ultimate Shield. 

On my toes, a coat of  Sally Hansen Ultimate Shield, next carefully apply two coats of white paint across on the tips of your toes, then one thin coat of silver across the tips after the white paint, one coat of China Glaze in Innocence on the empty part of the toes, and a final coat of  Sally Hansen Ultimate Shield overall.
Allow yourself to sit at least 15-30 minutes for the nails to dry up, or even better have your hands and feet by a fan.

Tip: use Q-tips dip in polish remover to remove the excess color around the fingers and toes, it will looks like professionally done.

Link up: Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage 


  1. Great tips! Love that neutral color :)

  2. Thanks for linking up with us today and for the much needed tips (I realize as I type this =)


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