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    Nailing It: Father’s Day Gift Ideas

    Jun 14 • Nailing It • 55 Views

    Father’s Day is right around the corner, but there’s still time to give your Dad something that not only shows you care, but something he could probably use. There are a number of gift ideas that can help your old man spruce up his grooming regiment, and these might even give you some inspiration of how to pamper yourself too!

    1. Spa Day – What better way to pay back your Dad for all the things you put him through growing up than with a day of relaxation? And look no further than the guys-only Hey Man Day Spa at 226 West 4th Street in New York City, tucked in the basement of a West Village apartment building. If your Dad is in need of some muscle work, he’s in luck! Hey Man specializes in knot-melting massages with five different styles: Swedish, deep tissue, hot stone, reflexology and tui na, an ancient Chinese technique said to improve blood and energy flow. If you need more than just the kinks in your shoulders attended to, you can bundle an hour-long rubdown with other treatments such as a combo manicure-pedicure, a half-hour facial or a 60-minute body scrub that exfoliates your skin with honey and seaweed to combat aging dry skin.

    2. Groom It Out – If you want to upgrade your Dad’s grooming, head on over to The Art of Shaving’s website and check out their special Father’s Day gift packages, like the Sandalwood Full Size Kit. It comes with everything Dad will need for that next night on the town! The Full Size Kit includes all four elements of their signature Perfect Shave: Pre-Shave Oil, Shaving Cream, a Shaving Brush and their special After-Shave Balm. The combination of these quality ingredients, handcrafted accessories and expert shaving technique provides optimal closeness while helping ward against ingrown hairs, razor burn, and nicks and cuts, while leaving behind a soft and smooth face. Plus it comes with a free 30ml cologne. Dad’s looking pretty good for his age!

    3. De-hair & Detox – Summer is basically here and even Dad needs to get that body hair touched up for hitting the beach. Take him over to Mortal Man on 135 West 28th Street, a guy-grooming experience not easily replicated. Owner Anna Augustsson is legendary for her near-ouchless waxing, and she’ll painlessly defuzz you from your ears and shoulders right down to your back and legs. Augustsson personally attends to every client herself, meaning your Dad will get all the individualized care he deserves including some more odd treatments like wax-clearing ear candling or an ionic detox footbath, which is said to draw toxins out through the feet. Dad will be summer ready before he knows it!

    4. Travel Ready – Does your Dad love to travel or go on trips more now in his golden years? Well, make sure he’s looking his best abroad with the Perry Ellis Men’s Portfolio 10-Piece Grooming Travel Gift Set from Macy’s. This imported kit is perfect for keeping your Dad on the go looking sleek and smooth at all times. It includes a lint brush, black plastic comb, 3-way knife, cuticle pusher, toe nail clipper, nail clipper, tweezers, file, eyeglass repair kit and scissors, plus fits right into any carry-on or overnight bag. Go, Dad, go!

    No matter what you end up getting for Dad, he’ll feel great knowing that you just want him looking his best wherever he goes. Happy Father’s Day!


    Be sure to check back here regularly for more reviews and tips on how guys are NAILING IT when it comes to their grooming!

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    Nailing It: Putting The “Man” In Manscape

    Jun 10 • Nailing It • 124 Views

    In modern society, it’s not only women who have constant pressure put on them to be at the top of their game when it comes to their body and beauty. From the chiseled half-naked men plastered on billboards and the newfound obsession society has with “male beauty,” guys are almost neck and neck with that of their female counterparts when it comes to living up to a high beauty standard. No longer are nail polish, hair color and even makeup limited to the 1970’s memories of the David Bowie glam rock era or the gothic Adam Lambert “guyliner” craze. The modern idea of male perfection is less about glitz and sparkle or intense black eyes and more so about pushing the regiments that women have done seemingly forever. Leading the way are celebrities like Johnny Depp, who regularly sports polish, eyeliner and foundation, and One Direction heartthrob Harry Styles, who allegedly once sported lipstick to one of the boy band’s film premieres.

    The dominoes continued to fall as famous fashion designers such as Marc Jacobs and Tom Ford launched male cosmetic products, continuing the trend’s upward climb, as well as a slew of polishing, smoothing, trimming and hair removing products specifically geared towards guys. According to a Co-Operative Pharmacy survey of 2,000 people, half of the men between the ages of 18 and 55 admit to being the now-celebrated neologism “metrosexual.”

    However, despite the rise of male grooming trends, lovingly nicknamed “manscaping” for those unaware, many men are still embarrassed to admit to using beautification products. The stigma of the “macho” male continues to permeate even the most liberal of societies, leaving much to be overcome in regards to male nail and skin care practices being viewed as normal as when a female does it. After all, the motivations of manscaping boil down to the same human trait as women: most of us want to look like those guys in the Armani and Abercrombie ads.

    According to an article about male body image from The Huffington Post, 37% of the men they questioned said that they would sacrifice at least one year of their life in exchange for obtaining the perfect body. That number has surely grown as this “Adonis complex,” the obsession with achieving society’s idea of the perfect male figure, is one of the biggest factors of growing trends in male cosmetology. Men are now experiencing what women have dealt with since the Rolling Stone covers of the 1960’s: there’s a nearly impossible over-sexualized standard society tells us we should achieve with our bodies.

    Despite the industry’s attempts to finally flip the tables on men, us guys have to remember that just because you clip your nails, smooth your feet or use wrinkle prevention cream, doesn’t devalue your masculinity. Society’s idea of the modern male may include porcelain skin, expertly plucked eyebrows and a chiseled physique, but the motivation of manscaping should be for individual expression and to achieve higher self-confidence, knowing that although you may not be the flawless guy in the Calvin Klein ads, you don’t need to be because you’re perfectly YOU. Like that old saying says, true beauty still remains skin deep.

    Be sure to check back here regularly for more reviews and tips on how guys are NAILING IT when it comes to their grooming!

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    World Environment Day Nails

    Jun 5 • Hints & Tips • 170 Views

    You may not know it but today is a very important day in the United Nations calendar – World Environment Day! It comes around every year on June 5th and is a day used by the United Nations to encourage worldwide awareness and action for the protection of our environment. Each year there is a theme and this year’s is “Connecting People to Nature”, so we have rounded up our favorite Pinterest manicures that inspire us to connect to nature.

    The theme of connecting people to nature encourages people across the globe to get outdoors into nature, celebrate and appreciate its beauty and importance and then take on the call to protect the earth for the future. What we love about this theme is that even in our team, everyone celebrates their nature differently because of where we grew up and how we spend our time. So, whether (like the Aussies in the team), your nature is the beach, or the woods, or the snow or anywhere in between, read on for our favorite nature-themed manicures to rock this World Environment Day!

    World Environment Day Nails

    Beach Nails

    As an Australian, my favorite way to celebrate nature is to go to the beach (stereotypical I know but the beaches down under are pretty glorious), so this manicure is the PERFECT way to embrace nature for me!

    World Environment Day Nails

    Tropical Tutorial

    If a tropical beach is more your thing, then this palm tree tutorial is perfect for you! Palm trees, golden sand and a cocktail is a recipe for perfection to celebrate the outdoors.

    World Environment Day Nails

    Northern Lights

    Most people have the Northern Lights (aka Aurora Borealis) is something on most people’s bucket list, a true spectacle of nature. What better way to celebrate what our world has to offer than this incredible show created purely by nature.

    World Environment Day Nails

    Watercolor Earth Nails

    This watercolor marbling tutorial creates a gorgeous earth themed manicure, a simple and effective way to celebrate World Environment Day.

    World Environment Day Nails

    Forest Manicure

    While this wintry manicure isn’t really aligned with the weather at the moment, it does celebrate another side of nature with the gorgeous forests and snow.


    So, what is your nature and how will you be celebrating it this World Environment Day? Will you be rocking any of these amazing manicure looks to help celebrate the places that matter to you? Let us know on social media @PedicureDotCom!

    Mette

    xx

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    Symbolic Nails for Memorial Day!

    May 23 • Hints & Tips • 278 Views

    Memorial Day is this coming Monday and is a day for us to remember and honor those who died while serving in our Country’s armed forces. A Memorial Day tradition observed by Americans every year is to decorate the graves of those who lost their lives serving our country, whether it be with American Flags or flowers. Poppies are symbolic of remembering military personnel who have died in a war and were first adopted as a memorial flower for the US after WW1. The remembrance poppy is inspired by the poem ‘In Flander’s Fields’, which described the poppies as the first flowers to grow in the churned-up earth of Flanders after the first world war.

    We’ve created a tutorial that not only honors the red white and blue but is a perfect symbol of thanks and remembrance to those who sacrificed for us.  So read on for our Memorial Day ‘Poppy’ tutorial!

    1. Paint your nails with 1-2 coats of your chosen white base coat. We used Essie ‘Blanc’.

    nails for memorial day

    2. Using your dotter tool, dot 4-5 red dots in a circle to create the petals of your poppy. Remember not to make it too perfectly circular or your poppies may turn into daisies. You can choose to do multiple poppies per nail or just the one, we mixed it up. Our red of choice was Faby ‘Faby’s Red’.

    nails for memorial day

    3. Once your red petals have dried, dot a large blue dot in the center of your petals. We used Mac ‘Double Trouble’.

    nails for memorial day

    4. If you want, you can add a green stem or leaf to your poppies. CND ‘Carou-Celery’ was our choice.

    nails for memorial day

    5. Once your nails have dried add a top coat and you are done!

    How will you be celebrating Memorial Day? Will you be wearing poppies on your nails like us? Let us know on social media @PedicureDotCom!

     

    Mette

    xx

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    Nailing It: Crisis Control

    May 17 • Nailing It • 332 Views

    Whether you’re a pedicure pro or a nail newbie, one of the most painful and unpleasant things that can happen to your feet is developing an ingrown toenail. These little buggers are usually caused by improper cutting of your toenails or wearing shoes that don’t fit correctly, causing excessive pressure on your toes and nail beds. If you do happen to develop an ingrown, don’t panic! There’s a simple step-by-step method that will stop a wild toenail in its tracks.

    1. Soak your foot in a mixture of Epsom salt and hot water, as hot as you can possibly stand it. Do this for about 15 to 30 minutes at least twice a day. This concoction will soften the toenail for easier removal and prevent the ingrown nail from becoming infected.

    2. Carefully trim your toenail, being extra precise around the ingrown section. You don’t want to aggravate it further, so be sure your toenail is cut perfectly straight without any pointed parts near the edges. Toenails that are rounded off are slightly more likely to grow into the skin, causing ingrown nails.

    3. Take a small piece of cotton ball and wedge it between the nail and the skin with a pointed nail tool. Make sure not to push too hard or you could hurt yourself. The piece of cotton should form a little ball under your toenail in the corner. This should keep that pesky nail from growing back. Also be sure to replace the cotton daily to keep the nail clean and reduce the risk of infection.

    4. The worst potential side effect of an ingrown is it getting infected. Knock out any remaining bacteria with an infection-preventing ointment and keep a Band-Aid over it until it’s healed. Neosporin is a great go-to for this.

    5. Make sure you keep up with it! When you’re home, take off your shoes and socks to let your foot breathe. If you treat your feet well and maintain the regiment, your ingrown toenail should be all taken care of within a few weeks.

    Ingrown nails are a nasty business and they do happen, sometimes to even the most pedicured of feet. If you find yourself battling one of these, just follow these simple steps for a relatively quick and painless cure. It may even prevent you from having to get surgery to remove the ingrown toenail if ignored. Summer is coming. Keep those feet flip-flop ready!

    Be sure to check back here regularly for more reviews and tips on how guys are NAILING IT when it comes to their grooming!

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    Your Ultimate Guide to Pampering Your Mom!

    May 10 • Inspiration • 303 Views

    With Mother’s Day fast approaching (this Sunday in case it has slipped your mind), you may be stuck for ideas on how to spoil that special woman in your life who helped shape who you are today. So, why not treat your Mom to a mani/pedi? Whether you want to go out and celebrate or would prefer to stay at home, worry not, we have you covered! After all, what better way to thank your Mom for everything she has done for you than by pampering her?

    We have done the research so you don’t have to, here are our top 3 fav spas in the New York area for you to take your Mom this Mother’s Day:

    1. Dear Sundays

    This nail salon in the Flatiron district is a down-to-earth relaxing oasis in the middle of the big city! Dear Sundays offer non-toxic, cruelty-free, vegan nail care products and services to clients. It aims to provide a safe nail care environment without the frills, but packed full of wellness benefits. Hand treatments start at $25 and foot treatments start at $45, the perfect pamper for your Mom!

    2. Primp and Polish

    With five locations in the New York area, this high-end salon is just gorgeous! Their ‘Dead Sea Minerals Manicure’ is our pick. While a little pricey at $47 it promises to revive dry skin with the therapeutic properties and skin-nourishing minerals of the Dead Sea. But if that’s a little out of your price range, their regular manicures start at $12 and pedicures at $18.

    3. Chillhouse

    Located in the Lower East Side, Chillhouse is a salon-café, so you can get your hands and feet taken care of at the same time you get your caffeine fix! With their top of the range manicure priced at only $35, this is a wonderfully priced place to make your Mom feel pampered to the extreme!

    If you’re not in the NYC area or want to add a more personal touch to the pamper session, why not do it yourself? We’ve found some great manicure kits, so you can add a personal touch to your Mom’s day.

    1. Manicure Essentials Set – wrap this up with a cute little IOU and your Mom will be so excited for her special day!

    2. L’Occitane Mini Hand Cream Set – add a touch of professionalism to your at home mani by adding a massage at the end, complete with these gorgeous hand creams from L’Occitane. Guaranteed to be a winner in your mom’s eyes!

    3. Origins Face Mask Set – if you want to go all out with your at home pampering session, why limit it to just your hands? This face mask kit is a beautiful addition to any D.I.Y. pamper session.


    Are you sorted for Mother’s Day now? What will you be doing to celebrate your Mom and all of the wonderful things she does for you? Let us know on social media @PedicureDotCom!

    Mette
    xx

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    In The VIP Chair: Classic Nails 117 E 41st St #1, New York, NY

    May 5 • In The VIP Chair • 729 Views

    You know the saying never judge a book by its cover? Well, that rang true with my salon review at Classic Nails on Lexington Ave in New York City. I walked into this rather small and cluttered salon and judged. Not enough to turn around and run out the door, but enough to make me think twice about continuing to choose my color.

    Let me paint the picture for you, in the corner was a wide variety of colors (many needed to be replaced) stacked in rows making it near impossible to choose. Although they did have some colors stacked in a way you could see, strangely only the OPI brand. My eyes then diverted to the outdated decor, chairs, seemingly clean pedicure baths (I use that word loosely) and three rather friendly nail technicians chatting around one of the manicure tables. They seemed to be enjoying their casual chit chat so much that I felt bad interrupting them. After taking it all in and spending an embarrassing amount of time choosing my colors I once again went with my favorite – OPI’s Big Apple red for both my fingers and toes.

    So here I am in a pedicure massage chair – minus the massage component, I mean if you like a chair that sounds like an airplane taking off in a hurry then this chair is for you. Not my cup of tea, and all I wanted was some down time. So I took a moment to look beneath the cover so to speak and started speaking with my nail technicians who were actually doing a brilliant job prepping my fingers and toes. They took such great care of cleaning up my cuticles and laughed with me when my ticklish feet sent their instruments flying across the room as I kicked it during my “fight or flight” moment. I didn’t hesitate when one of my nail technicians asked if I wanted a 10-minute massage for an extra $12. I had just started to close my eyes and relax a little when my manicurist asked if I wanted to pay. After a stressful mix up with the bill my massage was over, hmm timing wasn’t great and I felt a little annoyed about it. Hint to said manicurist when a customer is in the middle of a very relaxing foot massage leave her be for a few minutes to enjoy it before asking for money.

    This annoyance quickly disappeared when the owner arrived from running an errand and immediately came up to me to apologize for the bill mix up, thanked me profusely for my business and proceeded to tell me how tough it is to run a small business in New York City. She has been running the salon for 23 years and loves her customers. As she spoke about her business, you could see the passion in her eyes. Her whole goal is to keep offering quality service at an affordable price. I was sold, despite the quirks of this salon that could have you running for the door the story behind it coupled with the amazing service and immaculate polish job would have me running back here. The owner was even open to a little business advice from this VIP columnist despite all of her experience. A good reminder to never judge a “salon” by its cover.

     

    Until next time,

    Ruth Shelling


    Ambience: The radio was playing softly and for the majority of my treatment I was the only person in the salon. Not relaxing but not stressful so somewhere in between. They were super quick and did a great job so a perfect salon if you are after quality in a hurry.  

    Cleanliness of salon: Cleanish, the pedicure bath wasn’t as clean I would have liked.

    Polish: Manicure and pedicure OPI’s Big Apple – Retails $8-$10.

    Polish job & chip factor: immaculate polish job, fingers lasted 5-days and my toes a full 2-weeks

    Color range: Vast range of polishes, Essie, OPI, CND and OPI GelColor.

    Customer engagement: Friendly, engaged and offered great customer service.

    Price range:  Manicure and pedicure special: $26.99, regular pedicure $20, regular manicure $11, 10-minute foot massage $12 and callus removal $10.

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    Nailing It: Maintenance Matters

    Apr 20 • Nailing It • 396 Views

    So it’s been a couple of weeks since your last manicure. Normally you wouldn’t worry, but you’ve got that big romantic date tonight followed by that really important meeting with your boss in the morning.

    What do you do when your nails are just a tad too long for a firm handshake or aren’t smooth enough to confidently caress your date’s hand? Oh, and to top it off you have no time to go and get a professional manicure done.

    Sometimes doing your own manicure maintenance is a great way to lengthen the life of what you got done at the salon, as well as being a fast fix to keep your hands presentable. Here are a few simple tips to try when you need to do a quick DIY manicure:

    Step 1: Tools. Let’s not talk about the eminent disaster using your teeth and paper scissors to trim your nails will cause. Pop into a Duane Reade or Walgreens for their Crafted Imports Men’s Grooming Kit, a $25 lifesaver. Not only do you get a decent pair of clippers and a metal nail file, but it also comes with nose scissors, a lint brush, a razor and a comb. It’s everything you’ll need to clean up your look in a pinch.

    manicure maintenance grooming kit

    Step 2: Trimming. This step brings you back to the good ol’ days of clipping your own claws. The easiest way to do it? Follow the white nail line as best you can with a steady hand.

    Step 3: Filing. Yes, guys file their nails too. File down the edges until they are rounded and neat. This prevents the creation of jagged edges, which stresses the nails. The pointed end of the file also serves as a pick to scrape out any leftover dirt that cutting the nails didn’t uncover.

    Step 4: Rinse. There’s dirt and nail dust everywhere and we need to seal the job you just did, so run your hands under some water and dry them thoroughly.

    Step 5: Moisturize. Nothing combats rugged hands like a lotion designed to tackle the guys. Jack Black’s $15 ‘Industrial Strength’ Hand Healer combats the toughest skin to go deep and not only softens hands but heals them as well, promoting even smoother skin in the future.

    maincure maintenance hand healer

    And you’re done! You’ve successfully thrown your manicure a life ring. Give yourself a pat on the back with your refreshed, just-like-new nails.

    Be sure to check back here regularly for more reviews and tips on how guys are NAILING IT when it comes to their grooming!

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    Easter Nails Inspiration

    Apr 12 • Inspiration • 425 Views

    Who doesn’t love Easter time? All the pastel colors and adorable chicks and bunnies just bring a smile to my face! Here at Pedicure.com, we are big fans of a themed manicure. So for Easter, we’ve rounded up our five top looks from Pinterest to inspire your Easter nail art! There’s something for everyone, from detailed nail art to simple pastel and spots. So read on and be inspired!

    Pastel Mani

    pastel mani easter nails inspiration

    Want to embrace the pastels but don’t want your nails to look too cheesy? This mani is perfect!

    Two Way Bunny Tutorial

    pastel mani easter nails inspiration

    Who can go past this adorable tutorial, with two different options for your rabbit you cannot go wrong!

    Pink Bunny

    pink bunny easter nails inspiration

    There is nothing we don’t love about this look, hot pink, chevron AND a cute bunny. It’s almost too good!

    Easter Egg Mani

    easter egg mani nails inspiration

    This egg-inspired feature nail is just adorable, and with a dotter and striper brush, it’s easy to recreate yourself.

    Easter Mani

    easter mani nails inspiration

    To me this is the ultimate Easter manicure, it’s got everything, the pastels, bunnies, daisies AND eggs!


    Will you be using any of these as your Easter mani inspiration? Let us know on social media @PedicureDotCom!

     

    Mette

    xx

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    In The VIP Chair: Victoria Nails New York, NY

    Apr 6 • In The VIP Chair • 560 Views

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    My polish chipped after one day. You can imagine my frustration as I had a few events to go to and needed my nails to be perfectly manicured. The crazy thing is I cannot work out why my nails chipped so easily. So let me take a few step backs so I can understand how they became so destroyed after one day.

    I walked up the stairs to Victoria Nails located on the second floor of 379 Park Ave, no easy feat after herniating a disc in my back, that pain is serious. I was grateful for the helpful staff who took my coat and led me to a manicure station. That was after I choose my color, a smoky deep steel blue Zoya polish called Natty. Their polish selection was vast and I was impressed they carried a small range of Zoya polishes which are normally ultra-long wearing.

    Their pricing strategy was interesting as they charged by the polish you choose. For instance, if you chose OPI or Essie, it was $10 for a manicure, Zoya was $15 and Essie Gel Couture was $17. My nail technician did a great job and used the Zoya base and top coat to compliment my manicure. This is why I don’t understand why my nails chipped after one day. Whenever I paint my nails with Zoya at home, it lasts at least four to five days, not one.

    Despite this, the service I received was good. My technician even gave me a shoulder and neck rub for a few extra minutes while my nails dried. I would go back to this salon, it was old but seemed to be clean. All of the instruments were individually packaged and sanitized and the nail technicians were all wearing masks. I will keep you posted if I work out why my polish chipped so quickly.

     

    Until next time,

    Ruth Shelling


    Ambience: Busy, not relaxing (maybe because I was in a rush – what else is new, I feel like I am always rushing)

    Cleanliness of salon: Clean, with individual wrapped and sanitized instruments. The staff was well presented. The restroom had numerous bleach containers and cleaning products stacked on top of each other, so clearly they like to clean.

    Polish: Manicure: Zoya Natty – Retails $10 CND

    Polish job & chip factor: polish chipped after 1 day

    Color range: Vast range of quality polishes, Essie, OPI, CND & Zoya

    Customer engagement: friendly, engaged and offered great customer service

    Price range:  Special manicure & pedicure: $30, regular pedicure $22, regular manicure $10. Zoya: manicure $17, pedicure $27. Essie Gel Couture: manicure $17, pedicure $29

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