Beauty Beat: Freeman and wet n wild for a DIY Manicure Pedicure

Monday, March 22, 2010



During the winter months, I rarely treat myself to salon pedicures, and with the exception of a few special occasions which merit sparkling, manicured hands, my visits to the spa for nail treatments are a rare treat. So imagine my horror the night before my big trip to LA this weekend, when I checked the weather report and inspected the sorry state of my nails. Knowing that I would want to wear sandals during LA Fashion Week, I decided to take matters into my own hands (pun intended) using some budget-friendly drugstore products which had been sent to us for review. The results? Not too shabby, if I do say so myself.


DIY Manicure

For a DIY spa manicure, I started by scrubbing my hands with the Freeman Hand & Cuticle Tangerine & Basil Renewal Scrub. My hands get very dry during the winter months, and I’m an obsessive hand washer, so it was nice to give my hands a rinse with this pleasant, citrus-scented paste. The exfoliating beads were refreshing, and they did a good job of clearing my scraggly looking cuticles. I would definitely use this product again, as I enjoy citrus products in general. After the scrub, I used a generous dollop of the Freeman White Tea & Licorice Hand Renewal Brightening Balm, which was lightly scented and sank nicely into the skin, without leaving a greasy residue. After clearing my nails with nail polish remover, I painted my nails with two coats of wet n wild Mega Last nail polish in a pinky plum hue. I’ve never used wet n wild nail products before, and I was impressed with the user-friendly brush, which was wide enough to cover my nails in one or two strokes. I’ve had a problem with really thin applicator brushes in the past, but I had no problems with this one.


DIY Pedicure

The best part of getting a spa pedicure for me is the scrub and massage aspect. I tried to replicate this in my tub by using the Freeman Creamy Pumice Foot Scrub in Peppermint & Plum. The exfoliating beads were pleasant enough and not terribly abrasive. Warning: the scent of this product is fairly strong and perfumed products can be a subjective thing. I don’t love strong, sweet smells, but the smell didn’t bother me too much. The refreshing peppermint in the scrub more than made up for the sweet smell. After giving myself a good scrub, I applied the Freeman Softening Foot Lotion in Peppermint & Plum. This scented lotion was moisturizing without being greasy, and I loved that both products contain tea tree oil. After wrapping my feet up in warm towels and swiping my toes with nail polish remover, I painted the nails using wet n wild in a berry fuschia color. Again, I was impressed with the control I had with the brush. I’m not an expert DIY nail person, and I was able to get two easy coats on both feet without much trouble.


The Final Verdict

When I’m in a pinch and want to give myself a reliable mani pedi, I will absolutely use these Freeman and wet n wild products again. They’re easy to use, not to mention, easy on the wallet and available at most local drugstores. For more information, check out http://freemanbeauty.com and http://wnwbeauty.com.

Do you give yourself manicure/pedicures at home? Any tips for longer lasting nails?

Disclosure: Products mentioned in this post were sent to us for review purposes.

17 comments:

The Owl's Closet said...

thx for the review! i wash my hands like crazy, too, and i think i may just try the hand & cuticle tangerine & basil renewal scrub. love the ur mani pedi colors:)

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Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

Looking good D!

The only addition I would have is putting on a top coat - totally helps with chipping!

Shrimp Salad Circus said...

I'm a big fan of Wet'n'Wild for fun 'throwaway' colors - i.e. trendy colors that I might not end up wearing all too many times before it ends up at the bottom of the makeup bag. The prices are fantastic, and they have a great range of colors!!!

daisychain said...

great post :) those scrubs look great

Scientific Housewife said...

Great colors and post!

Mish Dish said...

I like the fuchsia laquer for the DIY pedi. xo Mish


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Princess Poochie said...

I give myself mani-pedis all the time because I like to be in charge of the shape of my nails. So I pretty much do a manicure once a week and a pedicture every two weeks.

My main thing is using a base coat, two coats of polish and a top coat for a pedicure that really lasts. For a manicure it may be only one coat of polish depending on the color and opaqueness.

My only tip has been wearing gloves while doing the dishes. My fingernails are really fragile and prone to splitting and that seems to be the only thing that really helps.

MissNeira said...

AW this makes me want a manicure girls day! lovely colors

Dream Sequins said...

Thanks for the tips, guys!

@Chic 'n Cheap: I was hunting around for a topcoat, actually, but didn't find it in my products drawer. Grr.. I have to say- my polish did fairly well...

@Shrimp Salad Circus: I'd never tried it before- and am impressed. I think I'll be back for more...

@PrincessPoochie: I really have to remember to wear gloves when doing dishes or housework... I'm really bad with my hands!

Sheena said...

I love using Freeman's products when I am in between pedicures. I usually do DIY pedis during the winter, but I do such a shoddy job of applying polish. I think you did a wonderful job on your nails and they look great!

Jaime @ La vie...J'aime said...

Great springy colors! I swear by a Zoya top coat...it makes the mani/pedi really last :)

thefatandskinnyonfashion said...

i have seen those freeman products before, but never tried them. i am totally going to the store tomorrow.

stacy said...

Good job! I can never paint my right hand because I'm completely uncoordinated with my left!

39th and Broadway said...

ahhh Wet 'n Wild, reminds me of my middle school days. Lovely color!

Susan said...

great post- I love freeman products, too!
xoxo

Kristin said...

I am the worst at DIY mani/pedis...but I would love to try those products and just put on a clear coat!

Paulina said...

All of my manis and pedis are DIY now. I change them too much to get it done professionally.

I really love Wet 'n' Wild nail polish. They have a good formula at a very low price. Oh, and plenty of colors to choose from. It also wears fairly well with a base and top coat. I've had on my nail polish for a few days now, after extensive cleaning, volleyball and working out and they still look practically fresh.

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