Keeping your toes beautiful this summer can cost you. So, why not skip the salon pedicure and do it yourself? Joining us on Eyewitness News Sunday morning with tips was Kim Martin", Senior fashion and beauty editor of stylelist.com.
Tweezerman Pedicure Solution Kit, $50, www.tweezerman.com (a One time investment that you can use for years to come)
First cut nail corners at a 50 percent angle and then file for a round shape. A kit that has all your equipment easily at hand will make it easier to do it yourself at home.
2) Sally Hansen products run about $6-$10 at drug stores, and you can reuse this. The others here all run about $10-$25.
Use bath salts in warm water to soften skin. Peppermint and lavender scents will control odor control, while tea tree and jojoba oils disinfect and moisturise.
Make a scrub with sugar, hand cream, pretty plate or wooden container to display mixture, and/or pumice stone. This can be done for pennies with lotion and sugar you already have on hand.
Mix sugar into your regular hand cream to create a homemade scrub. Concentrate on calluses with a diamond file instead of a pumice stone since pumice is porous and can harbor harmful bacteria.
Solar Oil cuticle oil/wooden manicure sticks. The oil is only about $7 and the wooden sticks are less than $2 for a bog of them.
Massage in a vitamin-rich cuticle oil to soften the skin around nails, before pushing back cuticles with a wooden stick. Never cut your cuticles. You risk infection as well as thicker skin. CND Solar Oil, $7, www.ulta.com
Acetone polish remover can get the yellow out. You can get this at the drugstore for anywhere from $3-7, depending on the size.
"It's a myth that acetone polish remover is bad. Truth is, only the acetone can remove the pigments stains on nails," says Valinoti. The trick is to gently buff away a very thin layer of nail first.
You can use a variety of nail polishes and top/base coats from Opi (including the new 90210 line of colors) to Essie to Nars to Sally Hansen. Nail polishes are priced anywhere from $2-8, and again, you will have this for multiple uses.
After cleaning the nail bed with polish remover, apply a basecoat to prevent future staining and then two layers of color. Rolling the bottle will help thin polish (important for dark colors). Finish with clear top coat once color is dry to the touch.
You can correct small mistakes. Just dab polish remover on your finger and drag very lightly over a smudge to smooth. Count to 10 before reapplying clear top coat.
An ultra thin line of metallic polish on the edge of a neutral pale color feels fresh. And color combinations are endless. Try soft pink with gold or a sheer white shade with silver.
Eating healthy and enjoying it this summer. Joining us on Eyewitness News Sunday morning with a healthy recipe for grilled skirt steak and potatoes was Chef Phil Andriano, The executive chef for chef's diet.
Grilled NY Shell Steak with Roasted Red Bliss Potatoes & Beef Steak Tomato in Worcestershire BBQ Sauce
By Chef Philip Andriano
Corporate Executive Chef - Chefs Diet
30% Protein: 6oz. NY Shell Steak (Boneless/ Defatted)
40% Carbohydrate: 2ea. Md. Red Bliss Potatoes (Boiled/Sliced)
1ea. Lg. Beefsteak Tomato (1/4" Sliced)
2oz. Beef Demi Glace (Espagnol)
1tsp. Worcestershire Sauce
1tsp. BBQ Sauce
1tsp. Shallots (Minced)
Salt & Pepper
¼ tsp. Granulated Garlic
30% Fat: 2tsp. Olive Oil
1) Arrange the potatoes and tomatoes on a plate; slice the steak and spoon on the sauce.
Catalina Chicken salad with Mango and Cranraisins
Protein: 4oz. Chicken Breast
Carbohydrate: 4 cups. Mesclun greens
¼ cup. Fresh Mango (Diced)
1oz. Celery (Diced)
1oz. Catalina Dressing (Reduced Fat)
1oz. Red Onion (Diced)
¼ cup. Grape Tomatoes
¼ cup. Cucumber (Coin Cut)
2oz. Raspberry Vinegar
Fat: 2tsp. Canola Oil
Make your next summer get-together a fun fiesta without emptying out your wallet. Joining Eyewitness News Sunday morning with some summer snack ideas was Hallmark Magazine Associate Editor Amy Palanjian.
Chips & Dips
Blue cheese Dip + Sweet Potato Chips
With a fiery kick and real blue cheese flavor, this creamy concoction puts other bottled cheese dips to shame. Uses subtle-ly sweet Sweet Potato Chips for a perfectly balanced flavor base.
Chipotle Bleu Cheese Dip & Spread, $5, appalachiannaturals.com;
Sweet Potato Chips, $3, www.foodshouldtastegood.com
Guacamole Mix + Blue Corn Chips
It can be a challenge to get the right flavor balance in a homemade guacamole. Enter this mix: Just add it to avocado for perfect guac, every time.
Guacamole Mix, $4, fronterakitchens.com;
Native Kjalii Foods Fresh Cut Blue Corn Tortilla Chips, $4.89, www.mybrands.com
Brie + Cherry Graham Crackers
The cherry graham crackers are a seasonal offering and when paired with creamy Brie - at room temperature or slightly warmed - this is one sophisticated appetizer.
Cherry Graham Crackers, www.potterscrackers.com
Blood Orange Spread + Sweet Crostata
One box gives you 16 mini sweet and buttery tartlet crusts that are ready to be filled with a range of fillings -mascarpone and fresh berries, chocolate pudding or this luscious blood orange spread from Bella Cucina.
Sweet Pastry Crostata, $20
Blood Orange Spread, $12, www.bellacucina.com
Target's Wine Cubes
Unbreakable, easy to pack and excellent quality for the price. There are several varieties available, like Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabernet/Shiraz.
3 liter cubes are $16 and available at Super Target stores www.target.com
We've heard our whole lives to eat our fruits and veggies but do we really know the nutritional value they provide, and what does organic really mean?
Joining us on Eyewitness News Sunday morning to clear up some of this was Stephen Brooks, co-founder of Kopali Organics and G-word correspondent on the new planet green network.
Mulberries are high in iron and Calcium and Goldenberries are high in Vitamin A in the form of carotinoids, like what you find in carrots, which are great for your eyes and lungs.
Many studies prove that the nutritional content of organic foods far surpasses that of the same foods grown conventionally. And not only are they better for you, but they are better for the farmers that grow these foods and of course way better for the Earth.
The foods we eat have way more than just fats, proteins and carbohydrates; there are properties that scientists have yet to define. When food is grown and prepared with love, the foods we eat are way more nutritious than when they are not.
There is also a huge difference between organic/non-organic milk and organic/non-organic bananas.