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I love having my nails done. It’s so relaxing to me and I absolutely adore how they look when they’re done. What I am not in love with is the $30 or more price tag that comes with it. That’s why I started doing them myself! Frugal mani/pedi’s aren’t hard to do and in fact? I’m pretty sure that I enjoy them a bit more than I do actually visiting the salon! When my Emma and I do these DIY mani/pedi and Spa Nights, we get to spend quality girl time together and have some frugal fun at the same time.
These are perfect for girly girls of any age. My 10 year old Emma loves them and so do I! If you really take the time to plan things out, you can create that relaxing spa atmosphere at home for just a few dollars over and over again.
To start, you’ll need to gather your supplies. You will want to have these items gathered before you begin so you are not running all over looking for them. Most of these items can be found at your local drug store, retail store, or beauty supply store.
- Fluffy Bath Robes – (I picked up THESE since we do these spa nights once a month or so)
- Nutrient rich base coat – (We use THIS one since it’s a base coat, top coat and nail strengthener in one)
- Top coat
- Cotton balls
- Nail polish remover
- Hand lotion
- Olive oil
- Small bowl with warm water
- Essential Oils – Try Peppermint and Lavender
- Nail file
- Nail clippers
- Bath towel
- Candles – Use LED flameless candles if you’ve got kids around.
Once you have your supplies ready, it’s time to get started! Lay your materials out on a bath towel so they are within reach when you need them.
To start, you’ll want to set the spa atmosphere. Put on some calming music and grab a bottle of water (or glass of wine if you prefer).
Add a couple of drops of the Peppermint Essential Oil and Lavender Essential Oil to your bowl of warm water. You can also add a drop of olive oil if you want to soften your hands a bit. Place your fingertips into the water and allow them to soak for 10 minutes. Just relax! The lavender is relaxing and therapeutic while the mint is invigorating.
When you remove your fingers you will notice how soft they feel! Now it’s time to address your cuticles. Add a tiny drop of olive oil to each cuticle and using your other finger just gently massage it in. As you do, push your cuticles downward.
Dry your hands using a soft cloth. As you do make circular motions to stimulate the skin and relax the muscles in your hands.
Once your hands are dry, prepare to apply your base coat. Your base coat will strengthen your nails and make your polish adhere well. Go ahead and apply a single coat. Allow to dry.
Apply two coats of your primary polish color. Take your time starting at the cuticle and brushing upward. Don’t worry about any mistakes just yet, but do be sure to allow them to dry fully between coats.
Once dry, apply your top coat. This will protect your manicure and keep it fresh.
When dry, apply a small dab of lotion to each palm. Massage in gently using a circular motion. Take your time and feel your hands relax and unwind.
Using your q-tips and cotton balls, add a small drop of polish remover and go around the nail bed removing any blemishes. This gives the manicure a clean look that you get from the salon.
Apply another dab of lotion and repeat the moisturizing massage.
Repeat the process with your toes for a pedicure!
Now, it’s time to relax the rest of your body. Grab an eye mask, put some essential oils into your diffuser and sit back and relax! Enjoy the quiet, calming nature of the environment you’ve created!
As you can see, a do it yourself diy mani/pedi and spa night can be quite fun, relaxing, and simple. The supplies needed are inexpensive and will last you for many manicures to come! Have a manicure night with friends to make it more fun and enjoyable, and pretty soon you won’t miss your salon visits at all!
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