Easy Gift Idea | DIY Pedicure Kit

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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:

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).

dallas blogger valery brennan675Then 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:

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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!

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dallas blogger valery brennan702Admittedly, 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).

dallas blogger valery brennan707Once 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.

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  • 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!

xoxo
Valery

6 thoughts on “Easy Gift Idea | DIY Pedicure Kit

  1. Sure it’s admittedly cheaper – but sometimes you just want to treat yo’ self! Nothing beats a professional pedicure – the key is, it may take a couple trips shopping around to different nail salons to find the perfect one (which yes, can add up with anywhere from $20-$65 a piece) But if you find the best, local nail salon that you can go to and get the most for your money, it’s worth it! I’ve found a salon I can go to and for roughly $45 – I can get a full, deluxe pedicure – which includes all of the following:

    -free beverage
    -seated in a massage chair (which is worth it alone!)
    -some kind of entertainment (music and/or TV)
    -begin with foot soak/wash in jetted tub
    -full pedicure (remove old polish, nail trim, cuticles, foot scrub with “cheese grater”, lotion)
    -depending on the package you choose, you get some kind of fruit/herbal/organic treatment (fresh oranges/citrus, peppermint oil, coconut oil, brown sugar scrub, chocolate mousse, etc) massaged into foot, ankle, and all the way up your shins and calves
    -rinse off and place feet in bag of hot parafin wax
    -apply oil to the rest of the leg and wrap in hot towels
    -if you’re lucky, they will rub your forearms with lotion and give you a deep tissue massage while your feet set in the wax and hot towels
    -remove wraps, rinse off and rub shins and calves with hot stones
    -finish with applying nail polish (with multiple layers and top coat, it dries almost instantly and lasts for months)

    I agree, it’s not the most affordable treatment for some and is definitely considered a luxury – but if you go to the right place, you’re getting a LOT for your money! 🙂

    But the DIY kits are adorable and would make a great gift!

    1. I’m sorry but you can’t go around teasing people with these fantasies! No but seriously, I just desired a pedicure like I never have before. So hard to do your own feet when you have back issues, and can’t sit in a chair 45 minutes at a salon. One day hope to treat myself to a spa pedicure though after reading this comment.

  2. I love the idea of a homemade scrub– is that something I can use on my lips too? Also, you saying that your nails are chip-free is really making me want to grab those products for myself! [client]

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