Aug 4, 2014

Adventures of Pedicure Girl: A kid-friendly at home pedicure

My daughter loves a good manicure/pedicure, you may even remember I did a manicure party for her 6th birthday. In particular, she loves to take time out to get her nails and toes done with me-its a good mommy and me moment for us. The folks at Julep reached out recently and asked me to share my own summer pedicure story so it really made since to focus on Pedicure Girl and her next adventure.

When she goes she likes picking her own colors (she usually goes with a rainbow or a different color for each toe). Her favorite part is the warm towel oh and the massage gives her the tickles. Recently however we've been doing the summer vacation trips back to back so their hasn't been a lot of time to go back and forth to the salon so we've taken to perfecting a quick kiddie DIY at-home pedicure that has a few key elements to make sure those toes stay picture perfect. Below you will see our step by step pictorial that is easy to follow and replicate. Enjoy!

1. Before shot: This is a left-over pedicure from our recent trip to Puerto Rico. These itty bitties need help!

2. Our Tool Kit: I keep all these items in one place and tell baby girl never to touch them unless I'm around. Obviously this is a fun activity but its not something she can do alone.
  • Nail polish remover from Cutex as well as their touch up pen (the pen is perfect for fixing that extra polish that runs off trying to cover those tiny nail beds
  • Sally Hensen Nail Hardener
  • Inglot Dry and Shine Nail Enamel Drops- quick dry is essential on tiny toes. They never sit long enough to dry properly so you will need something to speed up the process. I like these drops.
  • And of course your nail polish
3. The most important step I would say is to clip the toe nails and file them so they have a good shape to prevent ingrown toe nails and promote proper growth. I still use my baby nail clipper from my hospital care kit because it handles their small nail beds gently. 

4. To the right is my CND cuticle oil which I apply to the cuticle followed by lightly pushing them back with tool to the left in the picture.

5. After all this I wash the toes off with a warm towel, apply a moisturizer and massage mostly to make her happy. We then apply a base coat to protect her natural nail from the nail color.

6. Our color of choice for our upcoming St. Lucia trip with be Tart Deco from Essie. Its bright, looks good on our brown skin and is perfect for the beach. I'm going to put it on my toes too.

7. Ten perfect toes all done. Now if I can just get her to sit still for 15 minutes so they can dry!!

Well that's it for Pedicure Girl latest adventure. We are soon headed to blue waters and bright sunshine, yay! We can't wait to dip our toes in some of Julep's new colors for the upcoming season. Stay tuned for more toe talk.

1 comment :

Beauty and the Bump said...

Tart Deco is one of my favorite Essie shades for summer.