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One of my favorite ways to relieve stress is to get a pedicure but honestly…the thrifty gal inside me doesn’t do it very often. I mean jeez, I could buy a pair of shoes for that price! Naturally, I’ve come up with an at-home solution that makes the perfect gift for someone who has a lot going on and just needs to treat herself. Plus it’s WAY cheaper than getting a gift card for just one pedicure. Or you can keep it for yourself, I promise I won’t tell.
Here’s what you need:
- 2 small mason jars or other glass containers
- 1 c of epsom salt (to use as a hand or foot soak)
- 1/2 c brown sugar
- 1/2 c white sugar
- 1/2 c coconut oil
- Sally Hansen Vitamin E Nail & Cuticle Oil – a moisturizing oil that softens cuticles and helps care for dry, brittle nails
- Sally Hansen Complete Care 7-in-1 Nail Treatment – an all in one Base Coat, Top Coat, Growth Treatment, Strengthener, Ridge-Filler, Brightener, and Ultra-Moisturizing Nail Treatment
- Nail polish (I love Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure polishes!)
- Cute box, bag or basket to hold everything
And here’s what to do:
1. Pour your epsom salt into a mason jar. Easy! You can also include a tag or note with instructions on how to use the epsom salt – “Put a few tablespoons of epsom salt in warm water for a nice hand or foot soak” or something similar.
2. Make your sugar scrub! There are tons of ways to do this but since people have different allergies and sensitivity to scents, I’m keeping it simple here. If your coconut oil is solid, microwave it at a low temperature until it melts. (Since it’s summer, your oil might already be in liquid form at room temperature).
Then mix the oil with your sugars – you should have 2 parts sugar to 1 part coconut oil. I layered mine and then just used a butter knife to carefully stir. Add more sugar or oil as needed. It should look a little something like this once you’re done:
Like the epsom salt, you can include instructions on how to use the sugar scrub. “Gently rub this sugar scrub on hands or feet to exfoliate and moisturize the skin.”
3. Put everything into your container….told you it was easy! If you want to take it one step further, add a cute handmade tag for the epsom salt and the sugar scrub!
Admittedly, I have to buy new nail polish, treatment and cuticle oil before I give this kit away to a friend because I had to give these a spin for myself! I applied the Vitamin E Nail and Cuticle Oil all over my nails and cuticles (I love that it has a brush to make application super simple), massaged it in for a few minutes and then washed my hands. Then I applied one coat of the Complete Care 7-in-1 Nail Treatment, let that dry, and followed it up with Complete Salon Manicure polish (in the shade Black and Blue).
Once the polish was dry, I applied one last coat of the Nail Treatment as a top coat. Even though I applied four coats of product, it went on very smoothly and dried down completely in about 20 minutes. Three days later and my nails haven’t chipped at all…which is nothing short of a miracle! Thanks to the Nail Treatment and Oil, my nails feel much stronger and smoother – I’m seriously amazed.
I grabbed everything I needed for this little project at my local Target – you can find all the Sally Hansen nail products in the beauty section, it should look a little something like this.
- Do you get regular pedicures? If so, would you consider an at home pedicure?
- Anyone else suffer from insanely brittle and soft nails? Spill your secrets!