There are certain things I allow myself to splurge on, like my monthly massage subscription (at $40 a month it’s well worth the health and wellness benefits). Even as affordable as the massages are, I wanted to save money in other areas to compensate, so I gave up my monthly spa pedicures. That said, I do not want to end up with Boomerang toes. (Netflix the movie if you don’t know what I am talking about, it’s a CLASSIC.) So, instead of salon pedi’s, I now do my pedicures at home. At first, I thought that I would totally miss the pampering of a spa pedicure. I mean, giving myself a pedicure could not be as relaxing as someone else giving me a pedicure, can it?
A Luxurious Spa Pedicure- At home!
Not only can a home pedicure be as relaxing as a spa one, it can be even Fancier! DIY home pedicures have one HUGE advantage over salon pedicures, beyond the obvious price difference- and that is complete customization.
If you want everything to smell like your favorite Bath & Body Works scent, like Japanese Cherry Blossoms, Vanilla Creamsicle or my fav Paris scent above, buy all of the products in that scent and have at it. BBW usually has buy three or $15 anyway, which works out to about $.10 cents per use if you break it down per bottle. At a salon, they just slap whatever they have on you and if you don’t like the smell of Minty Mango or Cyprus Pine, then too bad.
Also, you can listen to or watch whatever you want during the pedicure at home. Half the time I walk into my local mani/pedi place they have the news on TV or some teeth-grindingly bad, slow jazz muzak playing. During my at-home “spa pedicure”, I like to set the lights in my bathroom on low, light some scented candles and play some relaxing spa music on Pandora. It’s like I’m at a high-end spa without the high-end price tag!
There are foot masks available now that come with thin plastic foot socks. My favorite is the Lavender Foot Mask from Sephora. Sometimes I add a few drops of soothing essential oils to the warm towel…like Lavender or Peace & Calming. If my honey is around I break out my printed foot reflexology map and ask him for a customized foot rub, and, perfect man that he is he almost always complies. You can do this yourself if you don’t have anyone else nearby to do it for you, add some essential oils or lotion and go to town…ahhhh, heaven.
The final step? I put on my fluffy bathrobe (or linen robe in the summer) and pour myself a glass of wine (or two
I LOVE pink wine. Call it “Blush” or “Rose”, heck call it whatever you want. It’s light on the palate and it’s PINK. There isn’t a girlier wine on the planet and it’s perfect to sip during a spa treatment. My favorite is the Barefoot Bubbly Pink Moscato above. It’s sooo pretty and only $10 a bottle. The Sophia Blanc de Blancs is a sparkling white, but it comes in pretty little pink cans. Individual portions make it easy when it’s just you and you don’t want to open an entire bottle. Easy on the vino or your polish job will turn out
like crap into a sloppy mess.
My favorite polishes are by Zoya because they go easy on the nasty chemicals that are in most nail polishes. Click here for a fantastic step-by-step video that shows how to give yourself an amazing spa pedicure at home.
Pampering yourself does not have to cost a fortune. Simply don a soft robe, grab your glass of sparkling pink wine, lower the lights, and get ready to romance your toes with a Faking Fancy spa pedicure!