Mother’s Day is two weeks away and if you haven’t decided on a gift for your mom yet, I bet she would love a pedicure! If you can’t get to the salon for some pampering, I am going to show you how to spoil her in the comfort of home! And first things first, you should enter my giveaway to win almost everything you need to give her an amazing, unforgettable Mother’s Day pedi!
To qualify for the giveaway there are a few rules. I have listed them below:
1. You must be following my Chic Nail Styles Page on Facebook and share this blog post on your wall. Click on the link below to start following me!
2. You must comment on this blog post. In your comment, I want you to tell me what you would give your mom on Mother’s Day if you could give her anything your heart desires. I know she deserves it! To comment, click on the “Leave a Reply” box at the bottom of this page and follow the directions. 🙂
3. Please Pin the “Mother’s Day DIY Pedicure Giveaway” picture above to Pinterest. Simply click on the Pinterest icon in the top left corner and it will take you to your Pinterest account.
4. I will only ship to the U.S. If you don’t live in the U.S. you will be responsible for shipping charges.
5. If you are under the age of 18, I need your parents permission to send you the prize.
6. Giveaway ends on May 6. Hopefully you will get it in time to give your momma a pedi!
7. This contest is open to all my friends and family but I promise the winner be picked from a random drawing!
The prize package is super sweet! It’s valued at over $80 and includes everything listed below:
OPI Papaya Pineapple Scrub (I am having a hard time parting with this because it is seriously HEAVENLY!)
CND Scentsations Mango & Coconut Lotion (My favorite massage lotion and it will smell splendidly with the scrub!)
China Glaze For Audrey Nail Polish (my number one favorite nail polish color!)
OPI I Eat Mainly Lobster Nail Polish (my number two favorite nail polish color!)
Essie Winter Collection Trial Sizes (not pictured but includes Where’s My Chauffeur, Snap Happy, Leading Lady, and Beyond Cozy)
OPI Strawberry Margarita (not pictured)
Seche Vite Top Coat
CND Sticky Base Coat
2 Pairs of OPI toe separators
2 yellow foam buffing blocks
2 wood nail files
1 metal cuticle pusher
1 package wood orange sticks
2 Star Pro Foot Files (read more about them HERE)
1 Bottle CND Nourishing Polish Remover (not pictured)
1 Trial size bottle CND ScrubFresh (not pictured)
I cannot wait to hear what everyone would give their Mom’s if they could give her anything! And I cannot wait to see who will be receiving this amazing prize package!
Tutorial for a super deluxe DIY Mother’s Day Pedicure
I gave my terrific, wonderful, dear mother a pedicure a few weeks ago and as I was preparing for her arrival early that morning, I realized this would be the perfect inspiration for a blog post! My mom does not get a pedicure nearly as often as she deserves. She works so hard taking care of her mom/my grandma, who is 93 years old. She helps me and her other four kids (2 awesome brothers, 2 fabulous sisters) so much. She has been faced with many challenges in her young life that would put a lot of people over the edge. She does so much for everyone else around her, and the least she could do for herself is tell her professional nail technician of a daughter to give her a pedicure once a month. Needless to say, our schedules don’t quite coincide as well as we would like. But we finally made it work, and of course I took tons and tons of pictures to document this special day!
To get started, you can add a little extra atmosphere by providing a snack for your mom, playing her favorite station on Pandora, picking flowers from your garden, offering her a refreshing drink, or burning a scented candle…
The first thing you will need is a foot tub. I used the Footsie Pedicure Bath. I love the Footsie Bath because they have disposable liners and they heat and shake and vibrate for a little extra oomph! If you plan on giving yourself or your friends/family a lot of at home pedi’s, I would recommend investing in a Footsie Bath. The cost will run anywhere from $80-120 and you will have to buy the disposable liners 100 at a time, which cost between $70-100.
If you don’t want to spend the money on the Footsie system right now, my next soaking recommendation would be a beverage tub from Target. The cost for this is around $14-20. You can add some hot rocks to the bottom of the tub for added enjoyment.
And if you don’t want to spend any extra money right now on a soaking system, just use your largest kitchen mixing bowl you have. Everyone’s got one of those extra large metal bowls sitting at the bottom of their cabinet collecting dust right? If yours isn’t collecting dust and you use it on a regular basis mixing yummy treats, you might not want to use it for a pedicure. In that case, you could use a cleaning bucket. Just make sure you rinse it really well. Cleaning chemicals are not meant for skin contact.
I arranged my mom’s pedicure in my living room so she could watch a show if she so chose to. I also have big windows in my living room that let in lots of natural light for me and offer a pretty view of the greenery for my mom. My living room has carpet floorings, so I moved our computer chair plastic floor thingy (you know what I mean right?) to where I was placing the pedicure tub and then put a bath towel under the Footsie tub to soak up any splashed water. If you are doing it on tile or wood floors, I would just put a bath towel down and dry up any splashes when you are done. I have a pedicure footrest I bought on Amazon for $25–HERE is the link to it. Obviously, if you don’t plan on doing a lot of pedicures, you wouldn’t want to spend the money on this. However, if you do want to start painting toes or giving pedicures to friends and family, this footrest is AMAZING and well worth the $25! If you don’t buy the footrest, just have your mom rest her foot on your lap. Your lap will have a nice clean bath or dish towel over it, of course. 🙂
I sat on a little folding stool I bought at TJ MAXX for $9. I LOVE these stools and use them all the time for everything! If you don’t have a stool, lower a computer chair down to the lowest setting, use a house stool, a small table, or you can even kneel on the floor and just have your mom put her feet on the floor while you are working on them.
Here is a pic of my pedicure station…
I have two little end tables I placed next to my station to set all my tools on. I also placed a clean, fresh towel anywhere my tools would touch. I am a clean freak when it comes to feet–you can spread germs and fungus and all kinds of gross things around if you don’t use sanitary methods. Nobody wants ugly fungus on their toe nails. 🙂 You will also want about 3-4 extra hand towels for drying her feet. I like to have lots of extra towels on hand just in case they get dirtier than I anticipated. Also, when you are clipping and filing toe nails and pushing back cuticles, please be VERY careful! Don’t hurt your mom! Be gentle and proceed with care and love 🙂 Be sure to use lots of hand sanitizer throughout the entire procedure. Sanitize your hands and your mom’s feet right off the bat. Lather her feet up in sanitizer before they enter the foot tub.
Here are the steps for the DIY Pedicure:
HERE is a link to a good foot massage tutorial.
A few other ideas would be to add a mask to her feet after step 3 or a paraffin dip after you’ve massaged both feet. If she has really dry cracked heels, scrub her heels with the foot file after you’ve sanitized her feet but before you put them in the water. Just put a towel down over the water and your lap to keep it from getting too dirty. I also love Callus Eliminator, which you can buy at Sally Beauty. You would put this on after you clip and file her toe nails and let it sit with a plastic baggy for five minutes. You need to be really careful with Callus Eliminator though because it can damage healthy skin. Make sure you only get it on dry skin. It works wonderful to get rid of tough calluses though. If you have nippers, you can gently clip her dry skin around her toe nails, but the key word is gently. You need to be very careful with feet because they are more prone to infection than other parts of our body. You can use a cuticle remover as well, which you would apply after you have clipped and filed her toe nails. If you soak her feet long enough, you shouldn’t need one as the skin will be soft enough to push back voluntarily. I usually try to push back my cuticles on my toes after I shower at least once a week.
Here are a few more pics from my mom’s pedicure…we had a lot of fun! 🙂
If this sounds like too much work, take you and your Mom to your favorite salon and spoil yourselves with a girls day out! I’m sure you both deserve it!
Let me know if you have any questions and I can’t wait to hear from everyone! Remeber the giveaway ends May 6 at midnight!