Benefits of Epsom Salt Soaks

The wonders of age old epsom salts will never cease – and there are quite a number of uses and benefits it seems. From soaks to scrubs, relax to laxative, muscle cramps to blood sugar to cleaning grout and preventing hardening of the arteries. Seems our forefathers knew a good thing when they soaked in it, right?

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Epsom Salts

Fresh from a little nip and tuck of my toe (nails), I’m now a week out and still swollen, bruised and hurting. My doctor gave me a choice for taking care of my tootsies after of either soaking in an epsom salt bath twice a day for 20 minutes, or use a cream that would help heal “just as well”. Waking 20 minutes earlier to sit and soak did not sound appealing to me, so I opted for the cream. A week later, my painful, puffy and red toes couldn’t even fit into any shoes I owned. I was staying undercover in my office, putting on slipper like shoes when I had a meeting or needed to see a Client. Ouch! [Read more…]

Pristine Nails with Natural White Tips

Ever since my first visit to Paris as a 19 year old, I have an admiration for how French women care for themselves. Looking out my hotel window the morning after I arrived, I watched Parisians walking, walking, walking, looking stunningly healthy and gorgeous. Seeing the beautiful older women, wearing scads of jewelry, high heels, coifed to perfection, I remember wishing my mother and grandmother looked so elegant and chic.

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It’s never too late to take a tip or two from the French, and as I am at the tail end of my fifties, I am looking for as many tips as possible from the ladies who do beautiful with such refinement. One such tip is for healthy, natural nails, and comes from my new guide, Forever Chic: Frenchwomen’s Secret for Timeless Beauty, Style and Substance, by Tish Jett: [Read more…]

7 Tips for Protecting Your Cuticles

Do you care for your nails with regular manicures and pedicures? Taking care of your nails, cuticles and surrounding finger and toe tips will keep your nails healthy and looking their best.

Yesterday, my manicurist wasn’t very gentle. Having asked her to be a little more gentle more than once or twice, here are some tips for protecting your cuticles, keeping them healthy, and always looking their best.

  1. Preventive care is VERY important! Keep your nail beds clean, using a natural oil cleanser, and a moisturize after, while they are still a little damp.
  2. Use a Sugar Scrub or Acid Peel on your fingertips once a week to help move the old skin along and promote moisturizer absorption. [Read more…]

Sparkly Fun for Fingers and Toes!

Sparkly nails are such a fun way to accessorize your holiday outfit! Here are some of the lovely shimmer polish I found, in gemstone colors and silver and gold (for more colors, visit Polyvore.com)

This is a wonderful blue-cherry red that reminds me of Dorothy’s Ruby Slippers from the Wizard of Oz. It’s from Forever 21 called Raspberry Raven.

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New for Nails!

How your nails look can be very important to your business success. If you work with people, they will at some point notice your nails. Some companies have policies regarding length of nails, types of acceptable “toppings” and such, if they strive to present a specific corporate image.

In my daily work, I do meet with customers/guests and coworkers all day. I don’t want to draw attention to my hands, and yet want to put forth an elegant hand with manicured nails, and neutral polish. I’ve had acrylics (so 90’s!) and, more recently, shellacs. I have very dry nail tips that often split and peel. The Shellacs were lovely, yet I found they began to chip by the end of the first week!

For the time spent getting the shellacs applied and requiring a return visit to have them professionally removed, they weren’t meeting my need of a longer lasting polished look for the extra $$ and time. So, while at my local Target, I browsed the nail polish aisle and saw that Sally Hansen had released a new line of Sally Hansen Salon Manicure polishes. [Read more…]

Best. Shoes. Ever.

I’ve started a new position that requires a bit of walking back and forth between and through buildings, upstairs, downstairs, and then standing, standing, followed by walking some more. Counting  10+ pairs of shoes I’ve purchased in the past 3 months, that look good with my business attire, easy on my wallet and in the largest size I could find in women’s shoes. Ahem. That would be an 11.

Here I am, a few months later, calluses forming, tender red bumps apparent on the widest points of each foot, and knots within my arches. I’m placing band-aids over the calluses, and longing for a pair of sneakers that look like elegant black heels. Unable to ignore my feet any longer, I went to a store known for their shoes and had my feet measured.

Point #1 for finding comfortable shoes – have your feet measured by a Shoe Fitting Specialist.

Now I am looking for Size 11.5 shoes. [Read more…]

Tips for Beautiful Looking Nails Between Manicures

Pretty Pink Nail PolishDon’t have time to get to your manicurist? Nails needing a bit of refreshing for an event or important meeting?

Here are my tips for the best at home care and smooth, professional looking polish I follow in between manicures:

Shoe Advice Anyone?

Today I need YOUR Advice. I need your suggestions for the most comfortable shoes that you totally love if you walk a lot at work. I’m looking for a nice flat and a pump. Here’s what I’ve got going on…

woman walking in red pumpsI walk a lot each day, between five buildings, over a bridge, and back, again and again. So much so that a Security Guard asked me if I wear a Pedometer to see how far I go each day. I totally love the walking, and getting out and about all day long.

My feet, on the other hand, are hurting. Badly. I think they have spread a bit, and maybe grown. Might be an 11 1/2 wide. I do know an 11 hurts the top, medium really, really hurts my little toes. Blisters and calluses. I’m having pedicures regularly, which does help a lot.

The only pair that is comfortable is my old, and I mean like 20 years old, Trotters weaved loafer flats. They are great, I’ve had them resoled a few times, but I would like to wear a different color flat, and a navy and black pump for my power meetings. I’ve tried Naturalizer – didn’t help, even hurt more.

Any one wear Beautifeel Shoes?

What do you think? What do you recommend?

Any one wear “character” shoes? What brand?

They have to look professional and business like, while at the same time like tennis shoes in comfort and wearability.

I look forward to your suggestions! My feet thank you!

 

7 Tips to Smooth Rough Heels!

Are you heels dry and cracked, feeling rough, and looking rather nasty?? You’ve  just had a wonderful left heel before by emily.cwatrepedicure, and in no time flat, your heels are looking unloved with nail polish painted on.  How can you keep your feet looking and feeling lovely all year long?

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Nut Shell, Salt or Beet Sugar Scrub?

Face and body scrubs are becoming more and more popular, with unique ingredients such as  essential oils, botanicals, and a variety of “grit” to mechanically scrub away dead skin cells. Commonly used abrasive ingredients include things like ground nut shells and coarse sea salt. When you consider these ingredients up close, they have sharp edges that can cause small cuts, damaging skin at the microscopic level.

I’m loving this Face and Body Scrub –
Celloxylin Enzyme Activated Micro Scrub, which is a highly effective mechanical exfoliant, designed to massage away dead skin cells and encourage healthy skin cell turnover. The primary exfoliating ingredient in the Enzyme Activated Micro Scrub is beet sugar. [Read more…]

5 Minutes to Soft, Smooth Fingertips!

If your fingerstips are extra dry, cracking, and peeling, here’s a little tip on something I’ve been using recently that is amazing!

Seems like everytime I use a public restroom, and wash my hands with their cleanser, my fingertips dry out, and by the end of the day I have peeling skin on them. I started to think that maybe if I used my Acid Peel on them, the dead skin would be removed, giving my moisturizer a much better chance to be absorbed.

Voila! Works like a charm, turning my rough, peeling fingertips back to smooth and satiny soft!

Recipe:

Beautifully Soft!!

Here’s to satiny smooth fingertips!

Should You Avoid UV Light at the Nail Salon?

Recently, I adventured into a new nail treatment – Shellac Nails! What I LOVE about them is that I don’t have to worry about chipping or peeling for almost 2 weeks, and no chemical smells that go along with other nail treatments.

The downside is that they can tend to dry your nails out. Your manicurist should be on the lookout for signs of nail dehydration each time you have a manicure. Most often you will see white discoloration of the nails that doesn’t go away with applying lotion. To treat them, you will need to take a little break from the Shellac Nails until they repair, and use the Shellac product less often. [Read more…]

A Peel for Your Rough Heels!

Do you have rough, dry, cracked, peeling heels?  Me, too!

The other day, while I was using my Acid Peel on my face,  I started thinking “Wouldn’t it be nice to have the same exfoliation on my feet – especially my heels?”

So, I tried my Celloxylin MD 20Ex Acid Peel, a home use, pharmaceutical grade peel, on my heels and WOW! For a quick 5 minutes, it sure did a fabulous job of smoothing out the roughness!!

“Using the highest active levels possible without a prescription, this non-abrasive formula provides intensive EXfoliation through a highly potent 20% complex of glycolic acid, lactic acid, glucosamine, and encapsulated salicylic acid.”

Try it – You’ll love your new fabulous smooth heels!

Celloxylin MD 20Ex Acid Peel

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How to Keep Your Fingertips and Cuticles From Cracking and Peeling!

Finger by quinn.anyaIf you find yourself washing your hands often throughout the day, chances are you have dry skin around your fingernails and cuticles. Fissures along your fingertips and peeling cuticles are very painful breaks in the integrity of the skin. When I develop them, they can awaken me out of a deep sleep!

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