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Thursday, April 12, 2018

The Nap Time Mani & Pedi

“Three decisions that we all control each moment of our lives: what to focus on, what things mean, and what to do in spite of the challenges that may appear.” - Tony Robbins

It can be overwhelming to take care of little humans plus YOU. Ahhhhh! What? You want me to do my nails? Scrub my feet? Then paint them? Yes, yes and soooo much more yes!! Doing things like this make you feel normal, alive and bring you back to yourself. Maybe it's not this exact self care but do something for you. It will help so much with your life, your parenting, your relationship, etc. Try it and tell me you don't feel better after. Even if it's just the bare minimum of doing something so simple as cleaning up your nail beds and scrubbing your feet. 

I remember senior moms telling me I would never do my nails again when I was pregnant. I don't know why women tell each other things like this. I know I'm guilty of it in my own fashion (I've been strongly focusing on all the positive things we can tell each other the past year though) but I do have my nails painted all of the time. Guess what, I'm two kids in now! 

We make time for what we desire and the life we want. If that means less sleep for me then so be it. Do you mamas, do what ultimately makes you happy or whatever makes you pop out of bed in the morning. 

Since I was a teen I taught myself how to do my nails and in college.... HA! No I did not have money for nails. Now that I've mastered it, I want to share my secret to the perfect at home mani and pedi. You deserve it mama! Small things like this can make a world of difference in the way you feel and how cool is it to be doing something for yourself. Literally, you are putting in the work and taking the time for YOU.

Back story: A year ago I got that gel stuff everyone has raved about and I honestly did not like it. My nails felt SO thick and they just grow so fast that I was seeing my actual nail bed way faster since the gel was so thick. I gave up and went back to my OG way of doing my nails. 

Well, a couple of months ago, I went back and got them done again and LOVED them this time. The trick was to get the OPI gel nail because it's one of the thinnest. I did not know this until now but now I get so antsy when they are doing my nails because it takes a long time. I've also noticed my nails are getting thin and weak. I think it's the soaking they do with acetone and then scraping it off that's taking a toll on my nails (which are normally strong). My nails also grow SUPER fast so they need to be painted every week. Still takes me way less time to do them myself every week rather than going to get them done every other week. 

I have two babies that need me and with the weather changing I could spend that sort of time doing way more valuable things with my time. Don't get me wrong I have my appointments that I make it to ( eh hem- eyelashes) but I can't make it to all of them so I'm compromising and choosing what mostly makes me happy. 

Now let's think about this. No, don't worry. I actually already broke it down. It takes around  2.5-3 hours spent just getting your nails done. Plus all the money and if you need a babysitter... I think you get my point. Expensive in money and expensive in time. All costing YOU. So here's what I do and what you'll need to do the same. 

First, you CAN do everything the nail techs do right at home. During nap time, early mornings or at bedtime for all the mama's out there. Taking a total of 20-30 minutes tops. Thank you TIME SAVER! 


Here's what you'll need:

nail file
nail clippers
cuticle cutter
toe spacer 
coconut oil
pointed cotton swabs
polish remover
nail polish!


How-to:

Step 1

Remove any nail polish then soak your nails in bowl with warm water and a few splashes of cuticle softener. I personally love removing my cuticles after a shower. Your skin softens up after a shower so it's the perfect time to remove all of that dead skin. After you have soaked your nails or jumped out of the shower push back your cuticles with the cuticle pusher. I prefer the chrome cuticle pusher because the wood one doesn't work that great. 

For your feet: add a couple of drops of cuticle softener to your feet and rub in. Add some body wash and then scrub the heck out of your heels and toes with Mr. pumice. The purple one I linked is the one you MUST get. I've tried so many of these, trust me on this one. It may take a couple of times to get them to the smoothness that you want. Keep on scrubbin' girlfriend!

Step 2

Clip off all of the cuticles that you just pushed back creating a nice fresh line. Try not to clip the cuticle in short strides. Try to cut each cuticle in a long unified line so that you don't clip a bunch of your skin unevenly.

Step 3

Cut and file your nail. Buff out the top of your nail.

Step 4

Rub a little oil over your cuticles. Wash your hands well. Clean up any cuticle stragglers. I don't use a base coat, I just go right on with the nail polish, but you totally can. I usually do 1-2 coats depending on the pigmentation of the nail color. Using a table top is the best way to paint your nails I've found. Try not to go on with too much polish and start in the middle and sort of wiggle to the top part of your nail so you don't get any polish on your skin. No worries if you do though, you can clean that up later. 

These are some of my favorite Spring colors

Lucky Lucky Lavender

Step 5

Add a clear top coat. 

Step 6

Clean up any polish on your skin with your pointed cotton swab. Just dip it into your remover and carefully take it off your skin

You don't know Jacques

Suzi - the first lady of nails



If your nails don't grow that fast, consider yourself lucky. Ugh, I'm telling you in 3-4 days my nail has grown so much. It's crazy!

Maintenance

  • After a few days you may notice the shine is gone. Add a layer of your clear top coat. 

  • File your nails down if you've noticed your shape has gotten a little funky. 

  • If your nails grow as fast as mine, cut them and file to your desired shape.

  • Apply a good layer of lotion to your feet, cover with socks at night. Same with your hands. Coat with a generous amount of lotion to soak over night.  


*All of these tips help for your manicure to last longer than a few days.


          
       I've linked all of my current favorite nail colors below:



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