go-to spring pedicure products

In my book, pedicures are necessary evils. Don't get me wrong - I love having painted toenails. In fact, I feel weirdly self conscious if I don't have them painted (is anyone else like that?). What I hate is the actual painting process. Being that I'm normally too cheap to spend the $30-ish to get a pedicure, that leaves me to do them myself. I still like to keep the same(-ish) salon standard when it comes to my toes, so a few months ago I decided to go rogue and buy nice mani-pedi tools instead of haphazardly lacquering my Essie polishes.

To top that off, every year when winter turns to spring my feet like to rebel against sandals and (TMI?) I get gross, dry feet. Thank God for awesome foot cream and pumice stones, because having nice feet is important in the spring! Ready to take notes? Here goes my routine:

  1. Rough feet? Soak your toes in a few inches of hot water in the tub for 5 - 10 minutes. Grab the nearest pumice stone and go to town, without hurting yourself, of course. I usually put on some angsty teen music to match the mood.
  2. Next, I use a salt foot scrub I picked up from Charleston to soften my new skin again and make it smell nice. The scrub I use is lemongrass which is perfect!
  3. After toweling off my toes, I slather on a bit of Herbacin foot cream. I used to skip this step entirely since my feet felt soft after the scrub, but having tried this cream, I totally get it now. It's not super fragrancy (awesome), is paraben-free, and has camomile blossom extract, and avocado oils, so it leaves my feet super soft for a long time after my pedicure. If you live in the (south)east you can pick it up at Harris Teeter!
  4. Cut and shape nails. I like to use a short, four-sided cuticle board with different grains, but whatever floats your boat.
  5. I learned the importance of the Blue Cross cuticle remover from her highness, Lo Bosworth, and I'll never do my nails without it. Just dab a few drops over each nail and let it sit for a few minutes. Then take a cuticle pusher (and if needed, cuticle scissors) to remove most of the cuticles, but don't cut too close to your cuticle beds! I picked up my bottle at Sally's Beauty.
  6. Sally Hansen base coat. I paint one foot base coat, the other foot base coat, then one foot at a time for the color, but again, whatever floats your boat.
  7. I own a lot of Essie colors, but I typically like the brush of OPI colors more. Paint two to three thin, even coats of color, waiting about 2 minutes in between each coat so that they each get a chance to dry. I use these pointed tip q-tips dipped in polish remover to correct any mistakes (that, or I rub it away the next time I'm in the shower).
  8. Since I'm super impatient when it comes to not touching painted nails, I use Seche Vite fast dry top coat. It smells really strong for 10 seconds, but it's the best I've tried, hands down. I used to use Essie good to go top coat, which also works really well, but I found that after a while it became more gummy and less smooth when applying.

So that's it! More complicated than I would like, yes, but in the interest of saving money, you get super similar results as you would in a salon (soft feet, pretty polish, sense of entitlement), for super cheap! It also feels nice to pamper yourself occasionally, which definitely isn't a bad thing! I paint my toes every few weeks, and I like painting my finger nails in almost the exact same way. Happy pedicuring!

Herbacin sent me a sample to try, but all opinions are my own