Friday, April 10, 2015

Naptime Nails

Besides the miniscule amount of time my daughter likes to cuddle, my favorite time of the day is naptime. After she goes to bed I get time with my husband, which I also look forward to, but naptime is strictly mine. That’s when I do any shopping that can’t be done online. It’s when I watch T.V. shows that aren’t animated. It’s pretty sacred time in my book.

I have gotten two manicures in my life. One for prom and one for my wedding. I just can’t justify spending the money. I have a terrible habit of biting my nails and it seems like a waste to pay that much money for someone to paint my short, chipped nails. I’d much prefer to do it myself so when I pick the entire thing to shreds the next day I won’t feel guilty. Here’s what I do:

Things You Need:
  • Lotion (I bring my cheap lotion and my good lotion.)
  • Baby oil (or a sugar scrub)
  • 2 TBS Sugar
  • Nail files (I keep my wooden one and my metal one so I can use the tip of the metal one to push back my cuticles.)
  • Callus Remover (it looks like a cheese grater for your feet)
  • Cuticle Remover
  • Nail polish
  • Top Coat (try to find something that dries quickly.)
  • Towels
  • A rag and a bowl of water or a quick path to the bathroom to rinse

Step 1: Lay your towel in front of the T.V. and make sure you have everything you’ll need. Keep that extra towel handy. Once your feet are all sugared up, it would stink to have to get up to get something. (I know from first-hand experience.) Load up your favorite show or music – something you don’t watch or listen to while baby is wandering around.

Step 2: Lather your feet in lotion. I usually use my cheaper lotion and put on more than enough so my feet can soak up the moisture while I work on my hands for a minute.

Step 3: Put a thin layer of moisturizer on your hands. I don’t know if it actually helps, but I feel like it primes my skin to soak up the baby oil. Now would also be a good time to mix the sugar and baby oil together, if you haven’t already. I like my scrub to have just a bit more oil than sugar, but make yours how you like it.

Step 4: Lather on the scrub. Start with your hands and work the scrub in small circles across the backs of your hands and knuckles. Be sure to get your palms, too. You don’t have to hurt yourself, but remember you’re trying to get the dead skin off.

Step 5: Use the rest of the scrub on those feet. I always make sure to focus on the tops of my feet and the calluses. You’re going to use that callus remover on them, so if the scrub doesn’t do much don’t worry.
Step 6: Take a breather and then rinse. Let your feet and hands soak up that oil before you rinse the sugar off. Take as long as you have. When I did mine I knew I had a little less than an hour so I only let them sit for about 5 minutes. You can always put on socks and gloves and REALLY let the moisture soak in. Use the towel and bowl of water to get the sugar off.

Step 7: Use the cuticle remover on your hands first and then move to your feet. Getting this stuff will save you tons of time and scraping. I had no idea how well it worked. It got everything off and my polish went on so smooth while I only spent about 5 minutes on it. There should be directions on the bottle.

Step 8: Paint those nails. Here is a great tutorial on how to do it like the pros. I tried. It is faster, but it will take me a few times before I get it right.

Step 9: Apply a top coat. I got a new quick drying one and it works amazingly well. It went so fast and fixed all the brush strokes and dents that I inevitably wind up with when I paint my nails.

And ta-da! You're done. Doing my hands and feet including the scrub it took me about twenty minutes to do this quick, easy mani/pedi. I feel so pampered and ready to continue the day! 

I sure needed a break today. Miss K got a round of shots and is a little crabby. Not that I can blame her, the poor dear.

Not that you can tell! Look at that smile.
Happy Friday, everyone!

I can't even believe I got to link up with I Heart Naptime tonight! I've been following their blog for years and it was part of what inspired me to start my own. Thanks guys!
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