May 1, 2011

A little foot pampering...

May 1st? Wow - where did April go? We have an exciting week ahead with our upcoming "Day In Her Shoes" event on Wednesday evening, hope you have your tickets. It will be a great night for a great cause! Click here for details about this event!

Given it's officially May, warm sunny days are certainly on the horizon, yahoo! If you haven't already done so, it's time to prep those toes for SANDALS ladies! We thought it would be fun to share some tips on how to give yourself a home pedicure. It can be just as relaxing as a spa visit and budget-friendly! Just be sure to take your phone off the hook, turn off your blackberry and pop in your favourite CD. Setting the mood is key to a true relaxation session!
As taught in Glamour magazine, here's some easy steps to follow. Happy foot pampering!

  1. Take a milk bath. Not as ridiculous as it sounds! The lactic acid in the milk will help smooth calluses, so fill a large bowl or tub with equal parts milk and warm water, add a few drops of lavender oil, and soak your feet for five to ten minutes.
  2. Care for your cuticles. Rub a drop of cuticle oil into each toenail bed and push back any thickened skin with an orangewood stick. Use a coarse-grain emery board to file your nails straight across to prevent ingrowns, and then slightly round the edges.
  3. Soften your soles. Refill the bowl with clean water, then thoroughly exfoliate both feet with a coarse foot scrub and rinse them clean. Remove calluses on your heels, the balls of your feet, and your toes with a foot file or pumice stone.
  4. Add some moisture. After rinsing off the scrub, coat your feet and lower legs in a moisturizing foot mask. Let the ingredients sink in for five to ten minutes, then rinse your feet and legs.
  5. Prepare your nails. Pat your feet dry, then massage in a hydrating foot cream. Wipe the lotion off nails with a nonacetone polish remover pad before slipping in a pair of foam toe separators. Swipe a basecoat from bottom to top of each toenail.
  6. Paint away. Apply three strips of polish, one up the center, then one on either side. After about two minutes, paint on a second coat, and follow with a topcoat after another two minutes. Let your toes dry for at least an hour.
Ahhhh, doesn't that feel good!

On a side note, here's some products we love!

Aveda Foot Relief

  • If your feet have it rough, treat them to a soothing creme blended with active herbs, exfoliating fruit acids and plant-derived oils like jojoba and castor. Even tough, stressed feet are smoothed, cooled and moisture-charged.
  • Invigorates sore, tired feet and legs.
  • Softens and smoothes calluses and dry patches.
  • Helps deodorize with lavender and rosemary oils.
  • Absorbs quickly.

Body Shop Peppermint Cooling Leg Gel

  • Rejuvenates your tired, aching legs and stimulates circulation with an energizing, lightweight gel.
  • Provides a cool, refreshing boost.
  • Smells delicious! 

O.P.I Nail Polish
  • GREAT colour selection.
  • Fun product names like "pink before you leap" and "black cherry chutney".
  • Long lasting wear.
  • For Spring 2011, O.P.I has some fabulous new shade collections inspired by Texas, Hong Kong and celebrity Katy Perry!

Manchester Shoe Salon is a women's shoe, sandal, boot and handbag boutique in Market Square, in the heart of uptown Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada! Locally-owned since 1994 with exceptional service & selection! We carry your favourite shoe brands & designers from Canada and around the world - from casual & comfortable to bold & funky. Some of our brands include Clarks, Naot, Rockport, Rieker, Steve Madden, Nine West, Enzo, Sam Edelman, UGG, France Mode, Anne Klein, Calvin Klein, Timberland, Easy Spirit, Franco Sarto, Ecco, Born, Sofft and many more! Do you wear orthotic insoles? We have special brands with removeable footbeds so that you can find a perfect fit! We carry many styles in narrow, medium and wide widths - sizes 5 to 12! Stop in for a browse, we're open 7 days a week!  

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Saint John Shoe Store

Manchester Shoe Salon
1 Market Square
Saint John, New Brunswick
E2H 2Y4 Canada
(506) 633-7463

Open 7 days a week
in Uptown Saint John!

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Manchester Shoe Salon is a women’s designer shoe and handbag boutique located in Market Square! Locally-owned, exceptional service and selection, from trendy high heels to comfort walking footwear – we love shoes! We carry your favourite shoe brands and designers from Canada and around the world! Located in Uptown Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada, this is our blog about all things shoes, fashion and local, enjoy!