At Home Pedicure | How To Get Smooth Soft Feet

Are you one of those people who is always barefoot? Well, I am…I don’t like wearing shoes, I especially don’t like wearing socks, and I can’t be bothered with slippers. I just want my feet to be free!

So yeah, my feet are dry and I have calluses, but I’m not about to go to a nail salon to take care of it. I don’t like nail salons, and I am perfectly capable of doing my own feet.

So, here is how I DIY.

1. Epsom Salt Foot Soak

I fill up my tub just a little bit and add some of this Dr. Teals Foaming Bath. This has Epsom salts and essential oils and makes my feet feel very nice. It smells really good, and is pretty cheap. They have a whole bunch of kinds, but I am really liking this Pink Himalayan Sea Salt kind.

I just sit on the edge of my tub and soak my feet for around 20-30 minutes. I will just relax and read for awhile until I’m tired of sitting there.

2. Pumice

I take one foot out at a time and use a pumice stone on the bottoms of my feet while they are still wet. This is very rough, so be careful to not do it too hard or too long. It will do a really good job of getting rid of dead skin. I will then put that foot back into the tub, and do the other one.

3. File

The next thing I do is take my feet out of the water and dry them off. I use a foot file to smooth the calluses and dry patches. This step really works to make my feet soft again. Don’t do this for too long, or else you’ll have sore feet.

4. File Nails and Paint

After filing, I will grab a nail file and clippers and start working on my toes. I will then paint them and let them dry. I always choose hot pink for my toes 🙂

5. Moisturize

After the polish is dry, I will slather on a really thick lotion, like this Aveeno Skin Relief Overnight Cream. I will then put on some nice thick socks to hold the moisture in and keep the lotion on all night.

When I wake up in the morning, I will have smooth soft feet!

Hope you liked this post and found it helpful 🙂

xx

ALL the Pinky Neutral Nails

Baby pink nails are a timeless classic; they go with everything, and always look polished and put together. I love them because even if they chip a little bit, you can’t really tell. Most of these go on sheer, but you can build them up for a full coverage look, or leave them sheer for a more natural look.

Here are my favorite baby pink colors.

I hope you aren’t saying these all look the same (lol) because they definitely aren’t!

The two Essie colors that I have here are like “white pinks”, they are very very light (almost white), and the most sophisticated and flattering, IMO.

Essie Ballet Slippers is very very sheer. I like to apply just two coats and let my natural nails peek through. Love this one.

This one is from the Gel Couture line (LOVE) and it’s called Matter of Fiction. This is more opaque than Ballet Slippers – two coats will give you full opacity!

Next are the more neutrally pinks. These pinks have a bit of gray to them.

This is OPI Put It In Neutral. This is a very sheer formula, and looks so natural on the nails. This is like a “your nails but better” color. It has a hint of beige to it.

This one, CND Vinylux In Cake Pop is more opaque, but is still on the neutral side. This line of nail polish is one of my favorites; the colors really do last a week or more!

The last color is the “pinkiest”. This is Zoya Dot. Also sheer (but buildable), this is a true petal pink color that is so pretty and chic on the nails.

So, those are my favorite baby pinks! Are you loving this nail trend? What is your favorite neutral color to wear on your nails?

Thanks for reading 🙂

xx

January FAVES

Good morning! I can’t believe it’s already the end of January! I am excited to share some favorites with you today that I have been loving all month long.

Let’s start with makeup.

I bought this blush awhile ago, but I just recently pulled it out and started using it again. This is the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Luminous Flush. This blush is beautiful. It is a rosy pink color mixed with a champagne colored highlight. It is so pretty on the cheeks and gives a glow without being shimmery.

Next was a Christmas present from my 3 year old daughter Ashley. My husband says she HAD to grab this Chanel lipstick and get it for me while they were Christmas shopping at Nordstrom. I have never owned a Chanel lipstick before, but, ASHLEY DID GOOD. He says she picked the color and everything. He had no say. This is the Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Lipstick in 93 Intime.

Literally THE PERFECT sheer moisturizing nude color. I’ve got a review for this coming up soon, so stay tuned 🙂

Next, a few nail faves. First, this OPI nail color in Put It In Neutral.

I’ve been loving this sheer, neutral pink color. Goes with everything, and looks so classy and chic.

Another nail fave is this cuticle oil pen I picked up at my local grocery store – but I found it on amazon HERE. This is the Bliss KISS Simply Pure Cuticle Nail Oil Pen. This is a twist up pen that dispenses cuticle oil! I use this in the car while I am waiting for my daughter in the parent pick up line, and it really has softened my cuticles and made my nails look so good! It feels so nourishing and doesn’t feel greasy.

Next, is a skincare item I have talked about a ton. This is one of my favorite deep pore cleansing masks, the Sephora Collection Purifying and Mattifying Mud Mask. I love to use this mask when my skin feels oily or I am breaking out. It clears the pores and makes my face feel super clean, but not dry.

Lastly is a haircare item, the Bumble and Bumble Repair Blow Dry Cream. I haven’t been curling my hair lately like I usually do, I’ve just been wearing it straight. I like to apply this cream before I blow dry it, and it smoothes my hair and helps a lot with frizz. It also protects against heat and makes my hair feel super soft.

That’s it for the faves! What have you been loving this month?

xx amy

Little Haul Y’all

Hello! Today I have a little haul of beauty products I have recently accumulated. Some of these were gifts, and some I purchased myself!

Let’s start off with haircare.

I am a big fan of the Organix Haircare brand. I love the Eucalyptus Mint shampoo/conditioner, and also this Hydrating Teatree Mint shampoo/conditioner. It really hydrates my hair and tingles from the teatree and mint scents. I also saw this limited edition Candy Gumdrop scent, so I grabbed that as well. It smells so good.

I am also a fan of Amika hair products, especially their dry shampoo, but I’ve been wanting to try out this Nourishing Hair Mask. I love hair masks in a tub like this, and I like to use them once a week to deep condition my hair. This smells so good, so I’m excited to try it!

Lastly for hair is this Garnier Smooth Air Dry Anti-Frizz Cream. This is a cream to apply into damp hair to smooth the hair if you are air drying. I love to air dry my hair, but sometimes it gets poofy, so I’m hoping this will work well.

Now, the makeup.

My friend recommended this L’Oréal Magic BB Cream in the color correcting green shade to me, she said she loved it and it provides nice coverage. I don’t have a lot of redness on my face, but she said she applies it just like a moisturizer and skips foundation. Her skin always looks flawless, so I’m going to give it a shot.

Next is the Bare Minerals BAREPRO Pressed Powder Foundation. I actually have been wearing this the past few days and I LOVE it. I will be posting a review on it soon so stay tuned for that! I got the shade 04 ASPEN.

Next is my favorite mascara, the L’Oréal Lash Paradise. I got one of these in my stocking this year from my sweet husband. I featured this in my 2017 Best Of Beauty, and have raved about it here on the blog. It’s the best!

Another gift is this Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Lipstick in 93 Intime. This was a Christmas gift from my darling little Ashley, who was Christmas shopping at Nordstrom with my husband, and told him that I had to have this. I have never owned a Chanel lipstick before, but I love that Ashley picked this, and it is a really pretty pink color that I like. She must know of my love for neutral lip colors! It is super shiny and moisturizing, too.

Lastly is another gift, a Buxom Lipgloss in the color Amanda. This was wrapped so cute like a little ornament, and the packaging on the lipgloss tube is gold leopard print. The color looks like crushed diamonds, it is a clear gloss with a color shifting glitter, but it’s not chunky at all, and it looks good with anything. Love it.

I had to grab another bottle of my favorite day time moisturizer, the Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel. I love this for the daytime because it isn’t greasy, it doesn’t break me out, and it really hydrates my dry skin.

Since I loved the Unicorn Nails Inc Duo sooo much, I received this Nails Inc Hollergraphic Duo in my stocking! This duo has two colors, Rocket Fuel (silver holo glitter) and Ghetto Galactic (pinky purple polish with glitter). Both colors are shade shifters with holo glitter in them, and are AMAZING. I love Nails Inc polishes because of the thick brush, and these colors are so so good. Two coats to opaque, and surprisingly easy to remove!

Already tried both.

Ghetto Galactic

Rocket Fuel

Pictures don’t even do these justice.

That’s it for the haul! Just a few little things to try.

Let me know if you would like an in-depth review on anything here and I’ll be happy to do it!

Thanks for reading xx

END OF YEAR Empties | END OF NO-BUY

It is a new year, and it’s time to talk about all of the products I’ve used up the past three months. It is also the end of my year long NO BUY. At the beginning of 2017, I pledged to not buy a single makeup item for an entire year, and I succeeded! Having as much makeup as I do, I had more than enough to last me an entire year. I was actually able to use up things, and every time I was tempted to buy something new, I just told myself that I already owned something similar.

When I first started this no-buy, I thought it would be very difficult, as I purchased makeup all the time, and was even VIB Rouge at Sephora. I’m happy to say I’m no longer Rouge. It used to overwhelm me to see all of my products in my makeup drawers not even halfway used up. Some maybe used once or twice. Makeup expires, and hoarding it is no longer fun! My new rule for 2018 is to use up something before I purchase something similar. It is a great feeling to use something up!

Time for some Empties! I love seeing people’s trash and I think you all do, too. I get a lot of views on these. It’s fun cause it’s a bunch of mini reviews.

HAIRCARE

Kenra Platinum Blow Dry Spray – I just mentioned this product in my 2017 Best of Beauty Post , and if you missed that one, just know that this stuff is amazing! It smells great, protects your hair from heat, and lowers blow dry time. Definite repurchase.

It’s a Ten Miracle Leave in Plus Keratin – you’ll probably think I’m crazy for this, but I actually grabbed this empty from my girls’ bathroom (they’re 6 and 3). I use this on their long hair every night to detangle, protect from heat, add moisture, smooth, and everything else it does. We love this stuff! Already repurchased.

The next one is the Bumble and Bumble Sunday Shampoo. This is a clarifying shampoo that is minty and tingly and gets rid of all the buildup in my hair. I use this weekly and love how nice and clean my hair feels after. I would repurchase.

Lastly for hair is one of my favorite dry shampoos. This is the Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo. This take away the oil from my hair, adds volume, and has a nice scent that isn’t overpowering. It leaves a bit of a white cast, but brushes out easily. Already repurchased.

SKINCARE

First off, the Caudalie Instant Detox Mask. This is a good mask. It is a pinky colored mud mask that really clears out pores and refreshes your skin. The only thing I don’t like about it is the smell. It’s a very strong, almost licorice scent. I would repurchase because of the scent, and there are better mud masks out there for cheaper.

Next is a repurchase for life! The Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water is so good for removing makeup. I put this onto a cotton round, and it takes off all of my makeup in a snap. You can also use this to swipe over your face when you’re in a hurry or you don’t want to wash your face. It removes the dirt and doesn’t require rinsing. Love it!

This one was kind of a dud. Vita Liberata 10 Minute Tan. If it sounds too good to be true, it is! Leaving it on for ten minutes will not give you a tan, you have to leave it on longer. It is also a lotion, so you have to use practically the whole bottle for one application. It’s not worth the money ($39!) and there are better self tanners out there (Fake Bake Flawless ($12).

Lastly for skincare is an item that both my husband and myself use, and I think it’s in every empties that I post! They need to make this in a bigger size. It is the Clinique For Men Face Scrub. This is a super minty gritty exfoliant that makes my skin feel sooo nice and smooth. I use this on the shower and I love it. He does too. Already repurchased.

MAKEUP

Real Techniques Miracle Blending Sponge – did they change this? It doesn’t feel as soft and bouncy as it used to…but I still used one till it ripped. I use it dampened to apply my favorite foundation and it blends it oh so nicely. The foundation is L’Oréal Infallible Pro Glow, and it leaves such a nice luminous natural finish to my skin. I will repurchase both of these.

For primer, I always need hydration. The Too Faced HangoveRX Primer adds some moisture and smells like coconut. It doesn’t break me out and feels lightweight. I would repurchase.

This Sephora Collection Gel Serum Concealer is my favorite to conceal any redness or blemishes on my face. I don’t love it for the under eye (too sheer), but it does work nicely on the rest of the face. Already repurchased.

Next is the Lush Lip Scrub in Mint Julips. This is a chocolatey mint flavored lip scrub that exfoliates the lips and hydrates them with oils. I know it’s easy to DIY this, but I really love this one. I’ll probably repurchase.

Ok, so I have four mascaras here. The Estee Edit one was a fail. It had a regular wand on one side and a teeny wand on the other. I couldn’t get either one to work for me. Too wet, too clumpy. I didn’t like this at all. Can’t repurchase – this brand has been discontinued. Next was my favorite mascara last year- Tarte Maneater, which is an awesome mascara. Really volumizes the lashes, but has been replaced by L’Oréal Lash Paradise because it is so much cheaper and just as good! Used up two of those and definitely will repurchase.

RANDOM

I decided to throw in my toothpaste (why not?) for this post, and it’s the Arm and Hammer Extreme Whitening with Baking Soda and Peroxide. I love this stuff because it’s not sickeningly minty and sweet like regular toothpaste, and I like how it foams up a lot and really whitens my teeth. Already repurchased!

I used up a Chloé Roses Perfume that I absolutely loved. The smell of this was super feminine and pretty. Roses are my favorite scent, and this perfume is just like sniffing a bouquet of roses. Loved this! Will repurchase after I use some other fragrances up.

Next are two brush cleansers. First is the Cinema Secrets Brush Cleaner. This is a spray on spot cleaner that I would use in between eyeshadow colors or on any of my eye brushes when I wouldn’t have time to deep clean them. It smells like vanilla and does a great job of getting all of the color off. This bottle lasted me forever! I will repurchase this.

Lastly is my deep cleanser for brushes. This is the Sephora Collection Solid Brush Cleanser. I use this on all the brushes and sponges I use. This is a solid bar of cleanser that you rub your brushes or sponges on, and it gets every last bit of makeup off. It’s really easy to rinse the product off, too. I love this stuff and will never be without it!

That’s it for the empties, that was a lot, right?!

Thanks for reading xx