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Written on April 16, 2013 at 12:03 pm , by

As a beauty editor, I occasionally get treated to spa pedicures (I know—tough job, right?). And although it’s a total luxury, I can rarely find the time in my busy schedule to put everything on hold and just relax for a few hours, so sometimes I actually prefer a DIY pedi. It’s more convenient for me and with a set like Julep’s new Fit Feet Kit, it’s super easy to do at home. The kit includes everything you need to go from sneaker to sandal-ready feet:

  • Billie Jean Polish: A purple fuchsia crème shade created exclusively for Fitness readers and inspired by legendary tennis player and women’s rights advocate Billie Jean King.
  • Julep Instant Warming Foot Scrub: A cucumber mint-scented scrub that warms up on contact. It’s packed with natural pumice to exfoliate, chili pepper oil to stimulate circulation and vitamin E to nourish.
  • The Best Pedi Prep Ever!: Super exfoliating AHA’s combine with chamomile extract to soften and prepare calluses for foot filing.
  • Julep Foot File: It’ll smooth away calluses and soften rough skin (hello, heels).
  • Toe Separators: For easy, foolproof painting.

You can snag it here (on sale!) for $29. Come on, happy feet await you!

Wellness Retreat at the Pacific Waters Spa at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort

Written on May 3, 2012 at 3:09 pm , by

Last weekend, I jetted across the country to California (tough job, I know!) to check out the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and its Pacific Waters Spa, taking part in the resort’s Wellness Retreat. The daylong hybrid healthy-lifestyle and pampering program includes:

  • A 60-minute wellness consultation, where they tailor the day to your needs and give you a private fitness assessment
  • A 30-minute fitness activity
  • Spa cuisine lunch (The fruit and vegetable-heavy, locally-sourced menu offerings are both good-for-you and delicious— we swear.)
  • Two (!) 60-minute spa services (We recommend the super-indulgent Pacific Waters Rhythmic Massage and leaving time to soak in the jacuzzi, lounge in the cozy relaxation room, and sweat it out in the spacious sauna.)

The spa offers treatments using products from locally-sourced, handmade and USDA organic-certified Kimberly Parry Organics. Our favorites were the Body Oil in Ocean blended exclusively for the spa (a unique mix of lime, lavender, basil and fir essential oils) used during the massage, and the intoxicating lemongrass and ylang ylang-scented Soft Hand and Foot Balm infused with a healing combination of shea butter, olive, coconut and jojoba oils that we took home and can’t stop applying.

Tell us: Have you gone on a spa wellness retreat or are you planning one? If so, where to and what did you think of it?

3 Surprising Tricks for Making Your Manicure Last

Written on April 19, 2012 at 12:50 pm , by

A few easy tips can make even a vibrant manicure withstand workout wear and tear.

Our May “Nail It!” feature (starting on page 43) is packed with the hottest new lacquer hues, a yummy three-step at-home manicure, special effects you can do yourself, and four superquick ways to make nails look polished on the go. Here, a three more genius tricks for keeping your tips and toes in top shape from Jane Park, founder of eco-friendly nail care brand Julep.

  • Seal the deal. Swipe the tips of your nails with polish to seal the edges, which minimizes peeling and cracking.
  • Beat the heat. Avoid steamy activities like hot yoga, washing dishes, and warm showers or baths for four hours after a manicure or pedicure— heat can soften the polish, making it prone to dents.
  • Ice down. Once your manicure is dry, wash your hands with cold water to set it and prevent smudging.

Treat Your Feet

Written on July 7, 2011 at 10:43 am , by

It’s 90+ degrees here in New York City, but we recently got to treat our pavement-weary feet to the cool new Ice Cream Pedicure at Eve Salon in the West Village. Here’s a DIY at-home version of the sweet (calorie-free!) service:

  • Draw a warm basin of water with enough room for your feet.
  • Stir with your hand and dissolve, then place feet in the warm basin and soak for approximately 10 minutes.
  • Next, use a pumice stone to get rid of stubborn calluses on the bottoms of your feet and heels.
  • Stop, relax, and enjoy a scoop or two of your favorite flavored ice cream before proceeding!
  • Dry off and apply a few pumps of light lotion (try a vanilla scent) to keep feet and calves silky-smooth and hydrated.
  • Cut and file nails as desired, then top off with a summer polish (try experimenting with five shades of your favorite color—one on each toe—in order from darkest to lightest for an of-the-moment ombré effect.) Finish with a clear topcoat.

Best Foot Forward

Written on March 11, 2011 at 11:43 am , by

We’ve been training hard here at FITNESS—for both the FITNESS/MORE  Half-Marathon and to keep up with our New Year’s resolutions—and one thing that’s taken a beating along the way is our rundown feet! The sight of our roughed-up tootsies could send anyone into a lifelong state of foot-phobia. With sandal season creeping up, we’re using this DIY treatment from Dawn Gallagher, former model and author of Nature’s Beauty Secrets, to get our overworked soles ready for their day in the sun:

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  • Fill a foot basin with warm water, add a few drops of almond oil and soak for 10 to 15 minutes.
  • While you’re soaking your feet, use a pumice to buff away calluses and rough skin.
  • Towel-dry your feet, then focus on your toenails. Cut and file them to your desired length, always cutting straight across to avoid ingrown toenails.
  • Use the almond oil to soften cuticles and an orange stick slowly push them back.
  • If you’re in the mood for a burst of color, paint your toes your desired shade and finish with a topcoat.
  • If you painted your toes, wait until they’re completely dry, then slather your feet in the most buttery cream you can find. Pull on a pair of cotton socks to lock in the moisture.

—By Lindsay Richardson, Beauty Intern

Favorite Find Friday: CND SolarSpeed Spray

Written on September 17, 2010 at 10:06 am , by

We give ourselves an at-home pedicure once a week, and would be lost without CND SolarSpeed Spray. A spritz or two over our just-painted toes gives them shine and helps them dry fast. We even do another once-over before putting on shoes to be safe, and re-spritz throughout the week to add shine if the lacquer’s looking dull. Plus, like the original CND SolarOil, the formula contains (and smells of) nourishing sweet almond oil. Do you do your manicure/pedicure at home? If so, how do you speed up drying time?

Putty Goes Pretty

Written on August 25, 2010 at 12:13 pm , by

Step aside, pale pink: There’s a new neutral nail hue for fall—putty. These mushroom-esque mixes of gray and beige are perfect for active lifestyles; the colors are easy to paint on and the errant post-workout chip won’t be obvious. “Putty shades are fabulous on both hands and feet,” says Essie Weingarten, President and CEO of Essie Cosmetics, Ltd. “They’re universally flattering, so any skin tone can wear them, but they look best on shorter, well-manicured nails.” Our putty polish picks: Deborah Lippmann Nail Color in Waking Up In Vegas ($16; below left), and Essie Nail Polish in Chinchilly ($8; below right). What new polish hue will you treat yourself to this fall?

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Chinchilly

Make Your Mani Last!

Written on July 21, 2010 at 5:20 pm , by