xmlns:fb='http://www.facebook.com/2008/fbml Pinkies To Pitties: May 2010

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Barbara Trombley's New Art Glitter

I'm really excited about Barbara's new art glitters. I use so many of her colors to mix my acrylic nails and glitter toe mixes. One of my favorite glitter toe mixes is to use Light Elegance Cotton Candy gel underlay. For the top glitter mix Barbara's Polar Bear, Fossil, and a hint of silver. Finish with gel top coat and watch how your toes look like diamonds outside!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Peppermint Pedi with a Touch of Lavender

I love finding different ideas for specialty pedi's on the web. Here's a refreshing peppermint recipe with an added touch of soothing lavender.

Peppermint foot scrub with Lavender

1 1/2 cups sea salt
1/4 cup sweet almond oil
2 drops peppermint essential oil
3 drops lavender essential oil

Combine the sea salt and almond oil and stir well to mix. If the mixture seems dry and does not hold well together in your hands, add almond oil by the tablespoon until you can scoop it comfortably. Add the essential oils last and stir well.

Rub Peppermint Lavender Foot Glow Scrub vigorously all over your feet and ankles. Pay special attention to your heels and the soles of your feet so they are thoroughly exfoliated. Rinse well with warm water and follow with a rich lotion or cream. Sleep in socks so the moisturizer is absorbed well into your skin.

Peppermint Foot Soak with Lavender

This foot soak soothes aches, remove odors, and soften rough skin. Hey go ahead and add some rose or lavender petals to the bath.

1/2 cup epsom salts
5 drops peppermint extract
3 drops tea tree oil
3 drops lavender


Add oils and salt to a large pan or footbath of water and soak for 10 to 15 minutes, rinse feet, dry and moisturize.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Homemade Bath Bombs

Our salon recently rid of the jetted tubs and opted for the stainless steel pedicure bowls. We have a newly remodeled room with inviting relaxation and the sound of a waterfall. The great thing about switching over to the non-jetted tubs is that we have virtually completely eliminated spreading any type of infection or disease. And how much fun can you have without the jets specializing your tubs for each client. I found a great recipe for homemade bath bombs.

Mix together the dry ingredients of 3 cups baking soda and 2 cups citric acid. Set aside. Mix 2 tablespoons safflower oil, 1/8 teaspoon scented oil and 8 drops food coloring. Add to dry mixture. Press mixture into mold, gently turn over and release from mold. Lightly spray with witch hazel to help set. And walla! What a great way to add that special touch for your client.

No More Lifting!

I have used Young Nails Protein Bond for a while now. I love the product. You can use it on the natural nail for manicures and pedicures ultimately making the client's polish last longer. It also works as a perfect bonder for acrylic and gel nails. In a Young Nails class at the IBS Las Vegas show, Greg demonstrated putting the Protein Bond onto the natural nail and curing it under the UV light for 30 seconds before applying your acrylics. He swears by this method that it will cure even your toughest clients against lifting!

May Specials

On special this month are our acrylic full sets and pedicures. Choose from over 100 different nail acrylic colors for $30 or go with a classic white for only $25. Come in for an hour long spa pedicure complete with a healthy mask and relaxing massage for only $35.

Stretch Your Product!

I recently went to the IBS show in Las Vegas and took a few classes. In one of my Young Nail classes, Greg suggested we add in a 3 to 1 ratio black acrylic to clear. This helps the black acrylic not be that messy mess that it normally is and sets so much more beautifully without any loss to its original color. I have had great success with it thus far and even applied the same principle to all my other solid, more pasty colored acrylics. It works really well with even the neon colors. And what a great way to stretch your product!

Glitter Toes Galore!

Be sure to stop in the salon and get a set of glitter toes! What a perfect way to keep those pitties looking pretty for the summer.

I use Light Elegance gel cured under the UV light and high quality glitters to customize the best look for you. There are over 100 colors to choose from to fit every style and taste out there. Come in and get your set for only $25!

Margaritaville Foot Scrub

Change it up a little for an early summer treat and pamper your clients with this super easy scrub recipe. Simply mix together margarita salt and lime essential oil until slushy. It is sure to make them feel refreshed!