The Perfect Summer Pedicure - Get Pretty Feet for Summer

Charity Vance always had a passion for beauty. As a child she "invented" products in her mother's kitchen. She has always loved giving friends makeovers and manicures. At Christmas she passes out her homemade vanilla/mint lip balm for gifts. In 2002 she launched Luscious Cosmetics, starting with an amazing line of nail polish-- each bottle comes with crystals you can adhere to your nails. Here's her 10-step recipe for beautiful feet:

Step 1 "Remove your polish with non-acetone remover such as Cutex Non-Acetone remover. (Acetone dries out your nail and cuticle.) For stubborn dark polish, try soaking cotton ball in remover and holding on top of nail for 20 seconds. Then, start rubbing across nail to remove polish."

Step 2 "For the smoothest heels, I love Diamencel #10 Classic Foot file. It's expensive, about $48, but you will never have rough spots or calluses again-- and if you take care of it, it lasts years. Use it on dry feet. Rinse the file with mild soap and water when done."

Step 3 "Cut nails across with a larger nail clipper. File them with a medium grain file into a square shape to avoid ingrown toenails."

Step 4 "Soak your feet in warm water with a moisturizing product like Olivina Bath or a few tablespoons of olive oil and a few drops of lavender essential oil. (Aura Cacia essentials oils available at health food stores)."

Step 5 "Do not attempt to cut your cuticles. After soaking cuticles will be soft, gently push back them back with orange stick wrapped in cotton."

Step 6 "Gently exfoliate the tops of feet with a bit of your favorite scrub. I love Origins Ginger Scrub."

Step 7 "Pat feet dry and moisturize! I use Philosophy's Soul Owner foot lotion with salicylic acid. This is also a great product to put on your feet at night. Rub some on and slip a pair of large socks on."

Step 8 "To make your pedicure last, wipe each nail with nail polish remover before applying polish. This rids the nail bed of all oil making it easier for your polish to adhere to the nail."

Step 9 "Apply a thin layer of a base-coat. Next, brush two thin coats of polish on your nails. Start with one stroke up the left side of the nail, one up the right and then one up the center. (If you want to add crystals, see Step 10.) Next, apply a layer of a high gloss topcoat. (Naturally, I use Luscious Cosmetics Crystal Cove Sealant.) For added wear, when applying the top coat stroke up and over the tip of the nail."

Step 10 "Since summer is the best time to play up your feet, it's a great time to apply crystals to your toenails. Each Luscious Crystal Nail Lacquer comes with about 80 color-coordinated Swarovski Austrian Crystals. While nails are still wet, apply a Swarovski crystal or two on to your big toe using an orange stick paint a top-coat or clear coat over your crystal design. For step by step instructions visit Luscious Cosmetics.com

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