Pedicure Posse Monday: Sleek toes for summer

toesWith a beach trip coming up very soon, I realized that between my son’s school trips and concerts, being sick, etc., I never did get my spring pedicure — horror of horrors! – so now I’d better get on the stick to get my toes ready for those summer sandals.

So off I went on my nail polish scouting, to see what new shades I could see. It’s always fun to take a peek at what OPI is doing, also Essie, Chanel, Nicole by OPI and others.

From OPI I saw lots of cool hues, but Ink, a gorgeous deep blue grabbed me, but it’s SO not me – with my pale feet a hue like this would make my toes look heavily bruised. Maybe one day when I’m feeling extremely bold?

Continuing my love affair with lilac-lavender lipstick shades from spring, Nicole by OPI’s Get a Mauve On and Play Fair caught my eye. As did Sephora’s Formula X in a gorgeous deep lilac pink called Harmonics.

And for a chilly, frosty look, I love the elegant, icy Chanel pastels Atmosphere and Paradisio.

toes 2But in all likelihood, I’ll probably get my toes done in my fave from last year: Sally Hansen’s Pool Party (at left) topped by a coat of their Hypnautical glitter polish.

And that’s actually pretty daring for me, as I tend to think of glitter as more for younger folks. But last summer this combo made for a pretty look without being as dramatic as some of the deeper turquoises and teals can be, and it made me feel like I had cool feet – in both senses of the word. It really did help — on a 90-plus degree day it was refreshing to look down and see soothing aqua toes peeking out of my sandals.

So do share: What are your tootsies sporting this time of year? And what are your favorite pedicure shades? Do you do your own toes or do you spring for a pedicure? I know Portia has talked about having a pedicure party at a salon with friends, which sounds like a blast.

As for me, I could probably do my right foot, but a wonky back and left leg prevent me from doing that one. And I figure the nail tech wouldn’t be too amused if I went in and asked her to do just one foot, for half the price, right? 🙂

Jennifer Counts June 2, 2015

I like to get a mani/pedi once in a while, but I'll probably be doing it myself at least for a while to save money. I actually stopped getting manicures because it seemed like my nails were ending up in worse shape for it. When I go for pedicures, I usually go for metallic colors, usually some variant of red, purple or turquoise. I also like the warmer, cobalt-ier blues. Other cooler shades sometimes make my skin look kind of gray and weird.

March June 1, 2015

I love deep blue, and I think if you find the "right" one it would be splendid on you. Ink is lovely but I'd recommend something lighter (it can look black in the wrong light) with no shimmer. Do you have Sinful Colors in your drugstore? Check out Endless Blue.

odonata9 June 1, 2015

I do get semi-regular pedicures. I live in San Diego and wear flip flops or sandals for 3/4 of the year, but those pesky children keep me busy, so it's harder to get time to actually go and get the pedicure. I am not good at doing them myself, always end up smudging them, and miss the whole soaking and callus removing at the salon! I am very boring with my color - I almost always get the same OPI, used to be called Russian to a Party - but Romeo & Joliet and a few others are similar - metallic dark burgundy. Once and a while in the summer, I will get a more "summery" color - last year I did a tangerine/coral type thing, so will probably do something like that again at my next one. No blues or greens or art or glitter or anything too crazy for me!

eldarwen22 June 1, 2015

I'm not the type to fuss around with my feet besides washing them in the shower. But my finger nails are entirely different. I did do the gels for a while but it got too expensive after a while but I've started back up with polishing my nails again. My ultimate favorite red is OPI's An Affair in Red Square. But I do like Skating on Thin Iceland and Do You Lilac It.

Mary K June 1, 2015

I stubbed the big toe on my right foot really hard getting into the car yesterday and cracked the toenail. Then, after that, I bumped it against the side of the couch and it pretty much ripped off, (but not down too far and no blood or pain), so that means no cute toes for me for a while. I am working on tanning my legs, though, a little bit at a time when I'm outdoors, as I am quite fair and need to get a little color on them, and that's coming along well.

Portia June 1, 2015

Heya Ann, We usually go pedicure as a crew. Sometimes as many as 8 of us descend on the nail place, men and women. Currently I have deep shimmer blood red with white and silver glitter over the top. Very festive. We all try to out OTT each other with our choices of colour and overlays. Pure selfish pleasure for most people because their feet are locked away in shoes for work. After hours though we wear flip flops to show off. Afterwards we go for food and laughs, it's a fun cheap Saturday morning out and leaves the day for partners and families. Portia xx

Dina C. June 1, 2015

Ann, I love doing pedicures on my feet during sandal weather. I keep my toenails polished all spring, summer and fall. My favorite colors are reds, magenta, hot pinks, burgundy, and purple or silver when I'm feeling crazy.

Suzanne June 1, 2015

Hi Ann! I got my first pedicure of the season last night (and I needed it badly!). My husband does gel nails and he did my toenails in a burgundy shade called "Rendezvous" by Gelish (that's the brand name). I think the "Pool Party" color that you went with for your pedicure last year is summery-pretty and would look great with black sandals.

Hamamelis June 1, 2015

I have a few fungus toenails :-( For years I try to get rid of them (tea tree, and everything else you can think of), so nail polish is in order but I am always afraid it makes it worse. If anyone has a suggestion that really helps I would grant them a perfume wish!

Anne June 1, 2015

I have never had a pedicure... let alone painted my nails. Years of martial arts (scars, callouses that I do not want removed), stumpy toes and rheumatoid arthritis does not really encourage me to celebrate my feet beyond being grateful they still work... and I am. I like looking at polish bottles though and they are lovely colours.

Neva June 1, 2015

Hi, normally I like my nails in all shades of red, but that's the "summer in the city" variation. As soon as I go to the coastside, the must have color is blue - mostly turquoise, but a darker cobalt blue is also very nice...maybe with some nail art in white...

Eloquaint June 1, 2015

Deborah Lippman Dark Side of the Moon. Like OPI's Lincoln Park After Dark only with more purple, instead of brow. Deep and dark and shiny and pretty.

Rina June 1, 2015

I'm a huge Zoya fan-girl! My pedis are usually burgundy, black or bronze/orange. I love having it done but always feel a bit uncomfortable, so I take a GF for distraction, LOL! Bring on Summer Toes!!

Caroline June 1, 2015

Love almost all shades of blue, but I too am very fair--afraid I'd look like someone took a hammer to my toes if I sported blue polish. This year I got Chanel's no 19 (either a limited ed or an online exclusive), and I'm wearing it now-- it's a bit darker of a berry shade than I expected. Also picked up Nars Jungle Red and Guerlain #263. Pretty soon I'll commence with self tanning my legs; once a week suffices and I finally found a tanner I like: L'Oreal's Sublime Bronze gelee, which has neither glitter nor an obnoxious odor.