Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Beauty Feature: Mani/Pedi Rescue Products for Summer

I'm notorious for dry hands, chipping nails, and tired cracked heels. I'm constantly washing my hands and constantly chasing after a 2 year old. With all the hot neon nail colours hitting the shelves this summer, you've got to keep your hands and feet in tip-top shape. Here are some products to keep your hands and feet summer-ready!

Manicure Rescue:

Nailtiques Cuticle & Skin Gel ($4-15 USD): Love it! Nailtiques Cuticle & Skin Gel is a thick concentrated glycerin and aloe enriched formula that conditions and penetrates deeply into the skin. Ever since I've started using this, my hands feel super soft and my cuticles crack less preventing those nasty hang nails. You can also use this on rough elbows and knees. Perfect for nail biters. Apply sparingly and massage into dry areas. I use this every time I give myself a manicure. Pushing cuticles back is a piece of cake now!
Nailtiques Cuticle and Hand Conditioner ($4-15 USD): I carry this in my purse at all times. Nailtiques Cuticle and Hand Conditioner is a highly concentrated combination of pure aloe and jojoba oils that rehydrates and conditions the hand and cuticle area. It softens the cuticles and skin without softening the nails. It's non-greasy and absorbs quickly into the skin. This tube of magic is portable and great for applying throughout the day anytime your hands need a pick-me-up.

Nailtiques Pink and Green Sponge File ($5 USD): I love products that are portable and don't add extra pounds to my purse. These little files come in a pack of 10 so you can keep one handy just about anywhere you are. The green side safely shapes nails without creating splits. The pink side is beneficial when patches are necessary, as well as for the removal of stains and/or ridges from the nail surface. This little emery board files my nails quickly and perfectly. Use before you apply any polish.

OPI Retro Fun In The Sun Collection: I am loving the brights and the bolds of this summer's hottest hues! OPI's Retro Fun In the Sun summer collection is fun, flirty, and totally retro! My favourite right now is "Lemondade Stand by Your Man", a bright yellow-gold with a metallic finish. If you're scared to wear bright colours on your face then have fun with colour on your nails! You'll get noticed for all the right reasons. ;)

Nailtiques Non-Acetone Remover ($2-6 USD): When it's time to switch up polish colours, you want to make sure your nails are free of old polish before applying another. Nailtiques Non-Acetone Remover is an acetone-free formula that is extremely gentle for both nails and skin. This remover contains aloe and conditioners so your nails and cuticles are never dry or brittle.

For more information on Nailtiques visit www.nailtiques.com .
For more information on OPI products visit www.opi.com .

Pedicure Rescue:

Jessica ZenSpa Intense Heel Repair Creme ($16.95 - 39.95 USD): This has become my go-to moisturizer for dry cracked heels. My feet feel instantly smooth and rejuvenated. It also has a nice light ginger fragrance to it. A little goes a long way so this tub of moisturizer will last you for a long time. I never leave the house without applying it. My feet have never looked so good in sandals!

Jessica ZenSpa Blissful Calming Green Tea Bath ($6.25 - 49.95 USD): This foot soak is supposed to refresh, rejuvenate and revive tired, aching feet. How nice does that sound?! So, to pamper myself, I poured a little ZenSpa Blissful Calming Green Tea Bath into a square bucket of warm water. I actually tried it while sitting outside, under our new gazebo to make my spa experience that much better! The scent is just the right intensity and smells very spa-like. It foams just a little bit, which is nice and easy to manage. The directions say to put a generous amount, but I noticed that a little goes a long way. I did notice it was somewhat oily. I’m sure this is to help moisturize, but not sure that I love this. After my feet dried, I decided not to moisturize because of the oiliness but within a few minutes they were feeling dry. Just apply the Heel Repair Creme and your feet will be feeling supple in no time!

Jessica ZenSpa Refreshed Green Tea Calming Foot Spray ($6.25 - 14.95 USD): The spray has natural botanicals and menthol that instantly stimulate and revive tired, aching feet leaving them fresh and rejuvenated. I thought the spray smelled soo nice. I like to spray this when I’m in my room so the scent lingers. However, I didn’t notice anything else with this besides the calming scent. I also expected the price to be less expensive than the foot soak but an 8 ounce bottle is the same price. But on a hot day, a little spritz of this does feel nice and cools the feet!

Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear ($2.99 - 4.99 CDN): I love finding beauty steals and Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear is one of them! They come in so many bright summer-ready shades! This polish glides easily and evenly. It's also DBP, Toluene, and Formaldehyde free. The polish is long-lasting and remained chipped-free for over 7 days. My absolute favourite shade right now is the limited-edition polish in "Psychedelic Purple". It's a bright, metallic polish that is absolutely gorgeous on the toes and your fingers!

Happy shopping!

For more information on Jessica Cosmetics visit www.jessicacosmetics.com and for information on Sally Hansen products visit www.sallyhansen.com .

by Shiv and Joy


Erica said...

I've got dry hands from constantly washing from my two-year old, too! This post was great for tips on how to maintain a semblance of manicured hands.

Make-up Junkie said...

Thanks Erica! My hands feel like sand paper sometimes after all the washing so it's good to have a manicure regime to keep the hands soft and youthful.