Get Pedi Ready for Spring

Hi Loves,

Spring is just around the corner, which means it’s time to say goodbye boots and hello sandals! But before you show off your toes, you probably need to get them ready for their debut. We all know the cost of professional pedicures can add up quickly which is why I am going to give you a few essential pedicure tips so you can give yourself a salon-perfect pedi at home.

Here is my 1 through 9 step-by-step guide that will get your feet ready for all the open-toe shoes spring and summer has to offer:

Step 1: Soak

Fill your bathtub with warm water and add a bath salt that will help you relax while you soak your feet for 10 to 15 minutes or until your feet have softened for easy removal of dry skin. I recommend Heel to Toe Peppermint Pedicure Salt which can be purchased at Sally Beauty for $3.99 which helps to soothe and relax tired feet and it’s infused with peppermint for aromatherapy which will help you relax.

Heel to Toe

Step 2: Clip

After soaking your feet, you can start clipping your toenails. When clipping your toenails make sure you cut them evenly and equally, angling your clippers in the same direction. For clipping your toenails, I recommend Heel to Toe Sure Grip Toenail Clipper which can be purchased from Sally Beauty as well for $3.29.

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Step 3: File and Buff

Before you start to file, dry off your toenails. Position the file under your nail and file gently with even strokes, never going back and worth as this can damage your nails. I recommend Les Mirages Antibacterial Nail File which helps provide protection against germs.

File

Don’t forget to buff! Lightly buff nails in a back and forth motion with a finishing block. This will help prep your nails for nail polish. I recommend the All Season Fine Grit Finishing Block because it has a light abrasive for natural nails.

Buff

Step 4: Exfoliate

Wear exfoliating gloves and apply a polishing foot scrub to your feet and massage in a circular motion to get rid of any flaky or dry skin. Any exfoliating gloves and polishing scrub will work just fine. I recommend Bath Secrets Exfoliating Gloves and Heel to Toe Exfoliating Polishing Foot Scrub.

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Step 5: Apply Callus Remover

Even if you don’t have callused feet, you want to apply a callus remover to the areas of your feet that are still a little rough before using a pumice tool. I like to apply the remover just before I start nipping my cuticles so the remover stays on my feet a minute. I highly recommend Be Natural Callus Eliminator by American International. This product is amazing and will make your feet baby smooth with little work involved. The directions say to leave it on for 3-5 minutes, but I leave it on for no more than one minute because my feet are not callused, just a little dry in some areas. If you have callused feet, then I would follow the 3-5 minute rule on the directions depending on the severity of your callus.

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Step 6: Cuticles

Massage cuticle remover into your nail beds to loosen your cuticles. I recommend Be Natural Cuticle Eliminator.

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After letting the cuticle remover sit for a few seconds, it is now time to push them back before nipping. I recommend the Cricket Cuticle Pusher. Make sure to hold the pusher at a slight angle and gently push toward the nail base.

Pusher

Now it is time to start nipping away! I recommend All Season Cuticle Nipper to safely trim away your cuticles.

Nipper

Lastly with your cuticles, apply cuticle oil. I recommend Orly Argan Oil Cuticle Drops which helps nourish and hydrate cuticles and nails.

Argan drops

Step 7: Pumice Away

Wipe off the callus remover and start massaging your feet with a pumice stone to make them silky-smooth. I highly recommend the Tweezerman Pedro Callus Stone or the Mr. Pumice Extra-Coarse Purple Pumi Bar. Both products are amazing and give you the outcome of a professional pedicure. LOVE them!

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Step 8: Moisturize

Apply a generous amount of moisturizer in a circular motion. I recommend Queen Helene Cocoa Butter Creme.

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Step 9: Color

Before you add color to your freshly pedicured toenails, be sure to remove the oil and moisturizer on your nails really well with nail polish remover.

Position a toe separator on each foot to make it easier to paint your toenails.

Spacers

Now you’re ready to apply your favorite nail polish. Apply a clear base coat, two even coats of colored polish (make sure the first is completely dry before applying the second coat), and lastly apply a quick dry top coat. For a clear base coat I recommend Orly Bonder and for a quick dry top coat I highly recommend Orly Sec ‘N Dry.

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And that is how you give yourself a salon-perfect pedicure at home.

All the products mentioned in the blog post can be purchased at Sally Beauty and will last you at least a year, if not longer.

Your beauty addict,

Trisha

XO

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Nexxus Youth Renewal Conditioner Review

Hello Gorgeous!

I recently started using a new conditioner and I can’t believe how much I love it! I adore it so much; I had to share it with everyone. I am on my second bottle now and I use it every day so I can honestly say it is an amazing product. It is called Youth Renewal Conditioner and it’s by Nexxus who claim that Youth Renewal™ Rejuvenating Conditioner provides lightweight nourishment to help preserve volume, vibrancy and vitality”. This is Nexxus’ first product line to combat 8 visible signs of aging hair: volume loss, breakage, less shine, roughness, dryness, brittleness, unruliness and loss of color vibrancy.

I have fine, long, dry hair that needs deep conditioning every day, but it is difficult trying to find a conditioner that will not weigh my hair down after time and that actually works, leaving my hair shiny, full of volume, and strength. Nexxus Youth Renewal Conditioner does everything I have ever wanted a conditioner to do and I recommend it highly to everyone (all hair types). Since using this conditioner, my hair has less breakage, dryness and brittleness, and is much more shiny and bouncy with no frizz at all. It also detangles and leaves my hair feeling silky soft without weighing it down. Another amazing benefit I noticed after using this conditioner is that my hair grows like crazy! My hair grew at least two inches in 6 weeks. I had to ask for additional length taken off my hair (instead of my normal trim) during my last salon visit (even though my hair didn’t need it). This conditioner also smells good, I would say it smells something like marshmallows, but it is really light and fresh smelling (not overpowering at all).

Nexxus

Description:

Unique Vita-8 Complex contains premium ingredients: Omega 3, keratin, essence of pearl, argan oil, CoQ 10, wheat protein, vitamin E, and benzephenone-4. Nexxus’ expert formulations work in harmony to improve color radiance, shine, strength, volume and reduce frizz.

Directions:

Apply to damp hair and comb through with a wide tooth comb. Leave in for 3 minutes then rinse with lukewarm water.

Price:

$19.99

Where to buy:

Ulta

This is a wonderful conditioner, great for everyday use. My hair is definitely healthier thanks to this amazing product. I highly recommend this conditioner to anyone who heat styles or blow-dry’s their hair often as it will keep hair healthy and help repair it. Overall, this is an amazing product and I cannot come up with one single con (except for maybe the price, but it is worth it).   

XO

Your beauty addict,

Trisha

BIRCHBOX Review: Tiny Tweaks, BIG Results

Hello Gorgeous!

Recently I signed up for a few different monthly beauty sampling programs and today I received my first BIRCHBOX from their April 2013 Tiny Tweaks, BIG Results box full of amazing beauty samples. I am definitely impressed and will be keeping my subscription next month for sure.
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What’s Inside:
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Caudalie Devine Oil
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Nexxus Youth Renewal Rejuvenating Elixir
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StriVectin-SD Eye Concentrate for Wrinkles
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Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics Anti-Shine Mattifier
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Weleda Body Lotion
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One-Year Subscription to Women’s Health Magazine FREE (this is a special bonus just for BIRCHBOX members)
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I was really excited to see my favorite eye cream from StriVectin inside April’s BIRCHBOX. All the other beauty samples included in this box I have not tried yet and I am super excited about all of them. I will also be signing up for my FREE one-year subscription to Women’s Health Magazine.

Overall, I am really happy with my 1st BIRCHBOX and I definitely recommend this monthly beauty sampling program to anyone who loves trying new beauty products. When I first signed up for BIRCHBOX, I was placed on a waiting list, but soon after, I received an invitation to join and a few weeks later, I received my first beauty box. They even send tracking information when your beauty box ships. I still haven’t received my first Glossybox and I signed up for that beauty sampling program a month before BIRCHBOX!

Price: $10 a month (cancel anytime) and free shipping

Where to subscribe: Click Here

I just love getting a surprise box full of beauty samples each month… It is so much fun! And BIRCHBOX is a great program that is priced to fit any budget.
XO

Your Beauty Addict,

Trisha

Agadir Argan Oil Spray Treatment Review

Hi Gorgeous!

Last weekend I went to the salon and discovered two new hair products that I just love! First, I had my hair colored with Redken Shades EQ Color Cream for the first time (I loved the original Redken Shades EQ liquid, but the cream is much better and I am never going back to the liquid). Redken Shades EQ Cream is a gentle no-lift, no-ammonia hair color cream which provides rich, radiant color and stunning shine and it’s enriched with pomegranate oil and rice protein which makes it extremely conditioning for your hair. I am going to do a full review and ‘How To’ on my beauty blog about this product soon, but today I want to tell you about the second product I found amazing!

After getting my hair colored and deep conditioned at the salon, I was introduced to a new Argan Oil spray for hair. It is called Agadir Argan Oil Spray Treatment. At first, I didn’t think anything of this product as I have tried so many different Argan Oil hair products and I already have Argan Oil that I adore and use daily on my hair (Milk_Shake Glistening Argan Oil) so I left the salon without purchasing this product. Later that day, I couldn’t help but keep touching my hair as it felt so soft and I kept looking in the mirror as my hair never looked healthier. I also received many compliments on how shiny and healthy my hair looked from strangers throughout the day. So, I decided to find this product online and try it out on my own and it is amazing! I accomplished the same look I got from the salon at home by myself! My hair looks and feels soft, shiny, and healthy without being weighed down by oil. It smells good too. And by purchasing the product online and not in the salon, I saved a lot of money. In salons this product runs about $30-$45, but I found it on Amazon for $15 and this included shipping, plus it came with two free samples to try from Agadir. I really like that this Argan Oil is a spray because the formula is much lighter than any other Argan Oil I have tried in the past. With that being said, it doesn’t weigh my hair down at all or make it look greasy. It is perfect for my long, fine hair and I highly recommend it.

Agadir Argan Oil Spray Treatment

Description: Agadir Argan Oil Spray Treatment instantly repairs and adds elasticity to dry, damaged, frizzy hair. This leave-in Agadir Spray Treatment is ideal for applying to longer hair lengths for ease in coverage, enabling protection from heat appliances and a smoother, comb through. Alcohol free shine spray that provides humidity resistance, protective sunscreen, and is enriched with anti-oxidants, Vitamin E, and Omega-9. Lightweight formula provides 24 hour lasting shine. Formulated with 100% pure certified Argan Oil.

  • Nourishing and shine enhancing
  • Protects from heat styling and UV damage
  • Repairs, smoothes and strengthens
  • Spray version for easier coverage on longer hair
  • Does not build up on the hair
  • Hair Type: All Hair Types
  • Used For: Strengthening, Protection
  • Product Form: Spray
  • Capacity (volume): 5.1 Oz.

Suggested Usage: Spray evenly on damp hair. Massage into damp hair. Style. Spray lightly on dry hair for a silky, shiny finish.

Active Ingredients: Cyclotetrasiloxane, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Cyclohexasiloxane, Phenyl Trimethicone, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil (Argan), Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Fragrance (Parfum)

Not tested on animals.

Made in the USA

This is an excellent product for all hair types and I highly recommend it. If you haven’t tried Agadir Argan Oil Spray Treatment, give it a try! You will not be disappointed.

What is your favorite Argan Oil for hair?

XO

Trisha

Peek Inside My Makeup Bag

Hello Gorgeous!

Take a peek inside my makeup bag and look at all the beauty products I’m using everyday right now.
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Inside my makeup bag:
– Revlon ColorStay liquid foundation for combination/oily skin in color 200 nude
– Peter Thomas Roth Glycolic Acid 10% Moisturizer
– StriVectin-SD Eye Concentrate for Wrinkles
– Nia24 Skin Strengthening Complex
– Josie Maran Argan Infinity Cream
– Glow by Dr. Brandt
– Maybelline Baby Lips in Yummy Plummy
– MAC Satin Lipstick in Myth (my 1st ever lipstick; I’m a lip gloss girl)
– Laura Mercier Lip Glace in Bare Pink
– Great Lash Mascara by Maybelline in Very Black
– Scandaleyes Show Off Mascara by Rimmel London in Extreme Black
– They’re Real! mascara by Benefit in Black
– Revlon ColorStay Liquid Liner in Blackest Black
– MAC Eye Brow Pencil in Spiked
– Sephora Waterproof Brow Pencil in Midnight Brown
– AmazingCosmetics AmazingConcealer in Medium Beige
– AmazingCosmetics AmazingConcealer in Fair
– Smashbox Photo Finish Luminizing Foundation Primer
– Lorac TANtalizer Baked Bronzer
– Clinique Sunkissed Bronzer
– Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder in Bronze
– Becca Mineral Blush in Sweetpea
– Laura Geller Blush -N- Brighten in Pink Grapefruit
– Anastasia Brow
– Anastasia Pencil Sharpener
– Soap & Glory Make Yourself Youthful Super Serum
– Waitrose Baby Bottom Butter (used on my face at night)
– The Body Shop Body Butter in Strawberry
– Bamboo Eco Tools Makeup Brush
– Too Faced Makeup Brush
– The Body Shop Blush Brush
– Too Faced Royal Oil
– Coach Poppy Perfume
– Urban Decay DeSlick
– The Body Shop Brow Scissors
– Finishing Touch Brow/Hair Electronic Shaver
– 17 Lash Curler
– Bourjois Effet Smoky Pencil in Black

These are all the beauty products I am loving right now and use daily!

XO

Trisha

Sample Size Me: Beauty Sampling Programs

There is just something about a surprise that’s so intriguing. The thrill of getting something unexpected is one of life’s little pleasures. And that’s exactly why I was excited to learn about beauty sampling programs.

What is a beauty sampling program? It’s a beauty program that delivers 5-6 deluxe sized samples (sometimes even full-size products) of high-end beauty brands in different varieties of makeup, hair care, skin care, fragrance and nail products right to your door each month. Beauty sampling companies work with leading beauty brands to provide a monthly box of deluxe samples to those who become members, all for a fraction of what it would cost to buy in a beauty store such as Sephora or Ulta. There is an online profile to complete which helps to best match products to your personal beauty requirements.

Sounds amazing, right? Well, there is a catch…there is a small fee to start sampling. Generally this fee ranges from $10-$21 a month, but the samples you receive are usually worth much, much more.

A few popular beauty sampling programs I researched online:
Birchbox
Glossybox
Beauty Army
Total Beauty Collection
Sample Society With Allure
IPSY
Beauty Box 5

You’re probably wondering which beauty sampling company I decided to try. Well, I signed myself up for a three-month beauty trial to the program I liked the most which is Glossybox. Glossybox was the most expensive program I researched ($21 per month), but personally I found their high-end beauty brands the best and I couldn’t resist the cute pink and black box the products will arrive in along with a special card. Unfortunately my beauty box will not arrive until the end of April (about 3-weeks). But I am sure this surprise will be worth my wait!
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I also plan on signing up for Birchbox after my three-month trial with Glossybox. Birchbox actually has a waiting period to try their beauty sample boxes and I am currently on a waiting list.

As soon as I receive my beauty box, I will write a full review on my beauty blog. I am one excited girl…can’t wait for my surprise beauty box to arrive!

Have you tried a beauty sampling program?

XO

Trisha

Beauty Samples and Mini’s

Hello Gorgeous!

Check out my growing collection of beauty samples and mini’s that I plan on giving away on my beauty blog to one lucky winner!

Which beauty products do you want to try?

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Keep reading my beauty blog to find out how to win all these goodies and more!

XO

Trisha