Thursday, November 29, 2018

At-Home Pedicure Tips & Tools

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If your winter feet aren't ready for the holidays, and need some TLC before you wear your new fabulous holiday shoes, then I am so excited to share my super-easy, and ultra-relaxing at-home pedicure tips.

Six Easy Steps:

Step 1: Wash your feet with warm soapy water in a basin.

Step 2: While your feet are soaking in the basin, gently exfoliate dead skin cells with a glass file that can be used on wet feet. Tip: Exfoliate very gently because the water softens up your feet, and therefore you don't need to use the same force that you would when filing dry feet. Trust me, take the less is more approach– otherwise you could end up over-exfoliating and doing far more damage than good! Currently lovingMont Bleu Glass Foot File

Step 3: Thoroughly rinse feet and empty the basin.

Step 4: Rinse out the basin and refill it with warm water and add a small amount of foot oil to moisturize your freshly exfoliated feet. Let feet soak for about 10-15 minutes. Rinse feet and empty the basin. Currently lovingVILACT 24/7 Foot Bath Oil with Lactoactive

Step 5: Massage foot cream into slightly damp feet, and let it sink in thoroughly. Currently lovingVILACT 24/7 Foot Cream with Lactoactive

Step 6: Paint your toes and go! Currently lovingLauren B. Beauty Nail Polish
Mont Bleu Glass Foot File (16,00 € from Mont Bleu and $12.99 from Amazon): Their foot file is, hands-down, the best foot file that I have used. It effectively removes calluses and is so easy to clean with soap and water.

According to Mont Bleu,

This Original Glass Foot File has 2-sided abrasive surface: one rough for the callus and one smooth for a velvet-like finish on your heels. It's designed to remove hardest and toughest calluses.

If you are seeking new nail files, then Mont Bleu has effective and beautiful files that are perfect to give as holiday gifts.

Mont Bleu Glass Nail Files with Swarovski Crystals (14,00 € from Mont Bleu and $19.95 for a set of three from Amazon): Mont Bleu makes high quality tempered glass nail and foot files, that are forged in the Czech Republic. Their Swarovski Crystal encrusted files are especially luxe, and they are the perfect accessory for every bathroom, and the perfect gift for the beauty-lovers on your list who have everything!.

Mont Bleu Dual-end glass Cuticle Pusher (5,49 € from Mont Bleu): The dual-end cuticle pushers are made of the same tempered glass as the files, and are elegant and effective. Length 92 mm / 3.62", Diameter 7 mm / 0.28".
I recently discovered the VILACT Foot Care Kit with Lactoactive and I have really been enjoying their products. Their products use Lacoactive®, a proprietary and patented formula, that is a highly refined colostrum. Their products soften feet beyond belief, and leave them smooth, supple and ultra-moisturized.

According to VILACT,

Because it contains the patented formula Lacoactive®. Vilact® products are all-natural without any harmful substances like allergens, parabens, dyes and other synthetic additives. Most products are also free of perfumes in order to provide the most effective yet gentle treatment possible.
Lactoactive® is highly refined colostrum, developed to provide excellent results for people in need of healing or relief from a range of skin issues.

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VILACT Foot Care Kit with Lactoactive (Sale: $89.99 Regularly: $99.96 from VILACT): You can either purchase the entire kit, or each of the products individually.

According to VILACT,

With this kit, you are certain to get the optimum daily care for dry and cracked feet and heels. Free of parabens and lightly perfumed, Vilact® 24/7 Foot Cream with Lactoactive® contains shea butter, which nourishes and hydrates. Panthenol helps to replenish the skin while a high content of glycerin provides extra moisturizing.

The VILACT Foot Care Kit Includes:
- 1 Vilact® 24/7 Foot Cream with Lactoactive®
- 1 Vilact® Heel Repair Cream with Lactoactive®
- 1 Vilact® Foot Bath Oil
- 1 Vilact® Cuticle Cream with Lactoactive®
VILACT 24/7 Heel Repair Cream with Lactoactive ($34.99 for 3.38 FLOZ. from VILACT): If you have dry cracked heels, this lightweight and fast absorbing cream is created with your feet in mind. I do not have dry and cracked feet, but I do find that this cream leaves my feet ultra-soft and silky-smooth. It has a light menthol aroma that feels very refreshing on tired feet.

According to VILACT,

Get soft and nursed heels in 7 days with award-winning Vilact® 24/7 Heel Repair Cream. Our product builds skin elasticity and prevents cracks for optimum daily care of dry and cracked feet and heels.

Vilact® 24/7 Heel Repair Cream contains urea, which adds moisture to hardened skin. Allantoin stimulates cell renewal and helps remove dead skin cells while Niacinamide soothes the skin and promotes its natural strength, helping to retain moisture. The cream reduces the appearance of heel cracks and leaves the skin feeling soft and supple.
- How to heal extremely dry cracked feet fast
- Best foot cream for dry cracked feet
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- Free of perfume, allergens, parabens and known endocrine disruptors

Directions: Apply at least 2 times a day for 7 days, preferably after the foot bath with Vilact® 24/7 Foot Oil.

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Urea, Paraffinum Liquidum, Lactoactive® (Colostrum Serum), Glyceryl Stearate, Glycerin, Niacinamide, Palmitic Acid, Stearic Acid, Allantoin, Cetyl Alcohol, Menthol, Triethanolamine, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ethylhexylglycerin.
VILACT 24/7 Foot Cream with Lactoactive ($29.99 for 3.38 FL.OZ from VILACT): I absolutely love this foot cream! It is a lightweight, non-greasy and fast absorbing cream, and it has a lovely light fragrance. I use it nightly before I go to bed, and I can't believe how soft, smooth, supple and moisturized it leaves my feet.

According to VILACT,

Get soft and nursed feet in 7 days with our foot cream for dry skin. The foot line builds skin elasticity and prevents cracks.

Vilact® 24/7 Foot Cream with Lactoactive® contains shea butter, which nourishes and hydrates. Panthenol helps to replenish the skin while a high content of glycerin provides extra moisturizing. The cream absorbs quickly without feeling greasy and leaves the skin soft and supple.
- Cream for dry skin on feet
- Best foot care products for dry feet
- Lightly perfumed
- Free of allergens, parabens and known endocrine disruptors

Directions: Apply at least 2 times a day for 7 days. Can be used after Vilact® 24/7 Foot Bath Oil and Vilact® 24/7 Heel Repair Cream.

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Lactoactive® (Colostrum Serum), Glyceryl Stearate, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter (Shea butter), Ethylhexyl Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Distarch Phosphate, Panthenol, Ceteareth-20, Sodium PCA, Phenoxyethanol, Ceteareth-12, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Palmitate, Fragrance (Parfum), Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Citric Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin.
VILACT 24/7 Foot Bath Oil with Lactoactive ($19.99 for 3.38 FL.OZ from VILACT): This foot oil soothes, comforts and cools feet, and it leaves them remarkable soft, smooth, supple and moisturized. Soaking tired feet in a warm basin of water infused with this oil is uplifting and leaves you with a pronounced sense of wellbeing. It has a light and pleasant aroma, but it is neither imposing, nor too strong.

According to VILACT,

Oil from the macadamia and jojoba nuts soothe and moisturize the skin, leaving it soft, supple and well groomed. This concentrated formulation is to be distributed into the water without any need for stirring.

Vilact® 24/7 Foot Bath Oil contains menthol, which gives a cooling and invigorating feeling bath for tired feet. The oil is absorbed quickly without feeling greasy. Oil from the macadamia and jojoba nuts soothe and moisturize the skin, leaving it soft, supple and well groomed.

- Essential oils for foot bath
- Oil based moisturizer for feet
- Best foot care products for dry feet
- Lightly perfumed
- Free of allergens, parabens and known endocrine disruptors

Directions: 1.5 ml of oil per liter of water. Pour the oil in warm water in a water bath and shower the feet for 10-15 minutes. Dry your feet well and finish with Vilact® 24/7 Foot and Heel Repair Cream for optimal care.

Ingredients: Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Laureth-4, Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Menthol, Tocopherol.
VILACT Cuticle Cream with Lactoactive ($24.99 for .05 FL.OZ from VILACT): The value kit also includes this wonderful cuticle cream that is thick and rich, and yet it absorbs very quickly. It is ultra-nourishing and moisturizing, and it heals and softens dry cuticles very quickly. It is fragrance-free.

According to VILACT,

Vilact® Cuticle Cream with Lactoactive® is a nourishing cream specially formulated to soften and loosen hard and stubborn cuticles. The cream absorbs quickly and effectively with long-lasting effects.

Derived colostrum combined with hyaluronic acid through a unique process using advanced technology results in a product rich in protein that leaves skin feeling nourished and supple. Vilact® products are the sole source of our breakthrough, patented Super-Molecule Lactoactive®, which regenerates skin at the cellular level, repairing and restoring aged and damaged skin.

- Best cuticle treatment products
- Organic cuticle cream with shea butter
- Free of perfume, allergens, parabens and known endocrine disruptors
Directions: Apply several times a day, as needed. Carefully push back the cuticle with your nails or use a wooden cuticle stick to avoid damaging your nails.

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Shea Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii Butter), Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil, Lactoactive® (Colostrum Serum), Cetearyl  Olivate, Cera Alba, Hydrogenated Olive Oil, Sorbitan Olivate, Stearyl Stearate, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Olea Europaea Fruit Oil, Sodium Benzoate, Cera Microcristallina, Olea Europaea Oil Unsaponifiables, Tocopherol, Phenoxyethanol, Citric Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Glycine Soja Oil.
Lauren B. Beauty Nail Polish ($18.00 for 0.5 oz. from Lauren B. Beauty, Petit Vour, ZulilySkincare RX,  lookfantasticSkinstore and Amazon): Lauren B. Beauty makes my all-time favorite nail polishes!

Lauren B. Nail Polish is 5 Free, therefore this formula is made without Formaldehyde, DBP, Toluene, Formaldehyde resin or Camphor. Furthermore, Lauren B. polishes are not tested on animals, they are vegan-friendly, and they are free of harsh chemicals. 

Lauren B. Nail Polishes come in a wide variety of gorgeous shades, they boast a glossy chip resistant, long-lasting finish,  and they are fast drying. Additionally, they glide on smoothly and they are streak-free. 

According to Lauren B. Beauty,

This advanced, quick-drying nail enamels deliver a chip-resistant, long-lasting, mirror-like finish.
The brush is packed with twice the standard amount of bristles, all pre-lacquered so your polish glides on smoothly and streak-free. The bottle has a special over-cap, so you can use a square or cylindrical handle for more control.  Bonus: Each formula is eco- and vegan-friendly (with no formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, DBP, toluene or camphor), and proudly made in the USA

Ingredients: Butyl Acetate, Ethyl Acetate, Nitrocellulose, Acetyl Tributyl Citrate, Adipic Acid/ Neopentyl Glycol/ Trimellitic Anhydride Copolymer, Acetyl Tributyl Citrate, Isopropyl Alcohol, Acrylates Copolymer, Stearalkonium Bentonite, N-Butyl Alcohol, Benzophenone-1, Silica, Alumina, Trimethylpentanediyl Dibenzoate, Polyvinyl Butyral, May Contain Titanium Dioxide, Mica, Iron Oxides.

Made in USA. No Dibutyl Phthalate, Toluene, Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, and Camphor. 100% Cruelty-Free and Vegan.
Overall Assessment: 6 easy steps to the perfect at-home pedicure, and the products that I have selected are a combination of old and new favorites that are definitely worth trying.

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  1. I LOVE Lauren B Beauty! I've met her in person and she's really sweet too.

  2. Excellent items. I love Mont Bleu files, they've changed my life. And Lauren B polishes are first class. I need to fix up my feet though so Vilact would be great for me.

    1. Thanks, Marcia! I agree about Mont Bleu and Lauren B., and Vilact is certainly worth trying!

  3. Oh my gosh, those nail tools are exquisite!

  4. The foot file makes an affordable and elegant holiday gift

  5. You know I adore Mont Bleu glass files. So happy to see yours. I need to do an at home pedicure ASAP - I just need to find the time! I noticed that Vilact is made in Denmark! I don't think I've ever seen any beauty products from Denmark. I love their charming typo: Curticle Cream unless that's their word for cuticle ;)

    1. I know you do, and how could you not?! They are so beautiful and effective! Yes, Vilact is make in Denmark, and their products are really quite nice! I think that you would like this brand!

  6. I have been using Mont Bleu Glass files for 7 years and will never use anything else!

    1. I am so glad that you have these! They are amazing!


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