Although the nail salons and spas in my city have opened back up, I’m still in quarantine for the most part. So, my friend Jasmen and I decided to get together and have an at home spa day that consisted of pedicures and facials while enjoying wine and some of our favorite snacks.
I thought I would share the process with you guys and show you everything I do to pamper myself at home:
Before we started our spa day, I showered and made sure to clean my feet really well. You never want to do a pedicure on unclean feet. The day before, I went to Walmart and tried to find a foot scrub to use in the shower but couldn’t find one. A foot scrub is a great way to exfoliate your feet and give them some extra love and care before your pedicure.
Here’s everything I used:
I do believe everything is from Walmart. I will link what I can find online below.
L.A. Colors Color Craze Nail Polish, #218
L.A. Colors Nail Treatment Base Coat Top Coat
Revlon Manicure-To-Go Nail Kit [this set does include a nail file, but I mainly use that one for my fingernails]
Individual nail file
Toe separators and pumice set
Wood stick cuticle pusher [not pictured]
For a more spa-like experience, I also used the Conair Foot Spa that my parents bought me a few Christmases ago. It was my first time using it, and I was pretty impressed with it.
Here’s a picture of what my feet looked like before:
Pretty bad, I know. Being in quarantine has definitely made me appreciate nail salons and spas a lot more.
The purple button at the top of the foot spa produces bubbles and heat, and the attachment you see between my feet is a stone pumice. I wish I had realized it came with a pumice before I purchased one.
I let my feet soak for about 15 minutes and just enjoyed relaxing before I started the pedicure.
Here’s the final product:
I think I did a great job! You probably noticed I didn’t use one of those clean up brushes to remove the excess nail polish. I just used my fingernails, but I’m sure it’s probably best to use one of those brushes.
Now on to the…
My skin has been in a really good place lately. I plan on sharing my full (daytime and nighttime) skincare routine soon. I do think it’s a great idea to incorporate a good mask into your skincare routine at least once a week.
If you all have any affordable face masks recommendations, let me know in the comments. Usually, whenever I do a face mask, I use the Garnier SkinActive Super Hydrating Sheet Mask, which I love. This time I wanted to use a clay or gel mask instead of a sheet mask for a more spa-like experience.
Here’s the Clay & Gel Face Mask set that I purchased from Walmart:
I had never heard of this brand before I purchased this set. I liked what I read about each mask and the use of each mask, so I decided to give it a try. I love that the set came with an applicator to make it easy to apply the masks. Applying masks with your fingers can get very messy.
Here’s a close up of the applicator:
I decided to try out the clay mask first.
The directions on the box tell you exactly how to apply the masks. Always be sure to read the directions before applying any new skincare products.
The clay mask felt good on my skin. It didn’t irritate my skin, which can be very sensitive at times, or leave it feeling dry.
I left it on for 15 minutes max, as directed. When it was time to remove, I rinsed it off with warm water and dried my face with a clean, damp wash cloth. I followed up with my everyday moisturizer. I use two different moisturizers – one in the morning and one at night. I chose to use the nighttime one since it was the middle of the day.
I, unfortunately, didn’t get a picture of what my face looked like after I removed the mask and applied my moisturizer. I’ll be sharing my thoughts on the entire Clay & Gel Face Mask set soon (likely whenever I do a post on my full skincare routine), and I’ll be sure to include after pictures then.
If you guys are wondering why we didn’t do manicures as well, I’ve been letting my fingernails breathe. The only things I’ve been doing to keep them looking good during quarantine are clipping, filing, removing any dead skin, and sometimes applying a clear polish like the one shown above.
That brings you to the end of this post. If you enjoy these kind of posts, be sure to like and leave a comment below. I want to know how you’ve been pampering yourself during this chaotic time in our world. I know between Covid-19 and the racial injustice going on right now, there’s probably not a lot of time and focus being dedicated to pampering and taking care of yourself, but this is definitely a great way to relax and give yourself a mental break if you want or need one.
Also, I do want you guys to know that I, being a black woman, stand 100% with the black community and Black Lives Matter movement. I’ve been extremely vocal on social media, specifically Facebook and IG, and in real life about where I stand and how I plan to do my part to contribute to the necessary changes that need to be made in our world. Be sure to follow me on those accounts if you’re not already. My social media accounts can be found in the header section of my website whether you’re accessing it on a computer or mobile device.
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