Regular readers will know that I’m not a big fan of Going Out, and I particularly hate leaving the house on New Year’s Eve. This year, my friend T invited me to a party that does sound truly marvellous, and I was tempted – for the first time in 26 years – to actually leave the house on New Year’s Eve. But then I thought of the travelling (and all the drunken strangers travelling at the same time), and so unless someone invents the long-promised-never-arriving bloody jet-pack between now and eight o’clock, I’m staying tucked up at home to enjoy my New Year’s Eve pedicure ritual – tending my feet in the gentle glow of the Christmas tree lights.
This year, it will actually be more of a home pedicure and less of a mere shape ‘n’ paint, as I’ve discovered two wonderful products: the Emjoi MICRO Pedi foot-file and Margaret Dabbs Intensive Treatment Foot Oil. Used together, they put all the joys of spring back into weary winter feet.
I was given the Emjoi MICRO Pedi at the Pegasus PR Press Day in July, and received the Margaret Dabbs Intensive Treatment Foot Oil at the QVC Press Day last Spring, but only began to use them both very recently. The reason for this? I was afraid! I am not the kind of woman who takes good care of her feet. I have tried manual foot-filing and I loathed it. I am not over-keen on close contact with my own feet, and scraping away at them with something that resembled a cheese-grater was a terrifying experience for me. I was always afraid I would draw blood, so then I sought out a manual file that looked more like something you might grate chocolate with – less frightening, but frankly: absolutely useless.
So, the battery operated Emjoi MICRO Pedi looked exciting, but intimidating! I feared its battery-operated power, and thought it for girls more advanced in Personal Grooming Skills than me. But when I did pluck up the courage to try it, I wished I hadn’t waited so long. As you can see from the picture, it’s a neat hand-held device that uses what looks like a fine sandpaper roller to remove the hard skin from your feet.
The roller turns a full circle 30 times a second, according to the blurb on the box: a statistic which makes me feel dizzy. It tickles slightly, particularly when tackling the horrible, yellowing build-up of skin under my toes, but the action is very gentle.It is in fact so painless and easy that you are reminded to be careful not to over-work the same area of skin, but keep the MICRO Pedi moving over the whole foot.
The MICRO Pedi promises ‘beautiful feet in seconds’, a promise which I think surely depends on the immensity of the task you set before it. Look away now if you are weak of stomach! My feet are so neglected that the MICRO Pedi had quite a challenge – to the left is a completely disgusting picture of the flakes of skin it took off my feet on the first attempt. I don’t use weighing scales, but I’m fairly sure I must have been a few ounces of hard skin lighter after the MICRO Pedi had done its painless but super-effective work.
Just as it took more than one man to change Marlene’s name to Shanghai Lily, so it took the MICRO Pedi more than one session to restore my feet to something approaching beautiful. The MICRO Pedi and I aren’t all the way there just yet – the underneath of my toes, although better, still doesn’t bear close scrutiny. However, I am sure that if I tackle my toes with determination, and then remember to use the MICRO Pedi once a week or so, my feet will be soft and beautiful.
The Emjoi MICRO Pedi has an RRP of £39.95 and is available online through their website. It is also stocked at major high street stores, QVC, and Amazon. At the time of writing, discounts and gift set offers abound, so if you’re tempted, google thoroughly to find your best buying option.
The Margaret Dabbs Intensive Treatment Foot Oil is a perfect partner for the MICRO Pedi. I have been wary of foot treatments ever since I used an over-night foot cream, stepped out of bed the next morning and fell flat on my face because my feet were still so slippery. Since then, I’ve stuck with very occasional applications of Hoofmaker or Neutrogena; never using either of them regularly.
I like the packaging of the Margaret Dabbs Intensive Treatment Foot Oil very much. The weightiness of the chic dark purple box led me to expect that the product would be a dense oil in a glass bottle, but it is actually a dry spray, which I find far more user-friendly.
After the seamy (but very satisfying) process of foot-filing, the Intensive Treatment Foot Oil brings some much-needed glamour to the pedicure proceedings. I use two pumps of the spray on the soles of my feet and work it in, and have enough left on my hands to then move to the tops of my feet, and work the oil into my toenails as well. The magic ingredients are Emu Oil, to moisturise and nourish, and Lemon Myrtle: a bright, uplifting explosion of energising citrus scent.
Following application, my feet don’t feel greasy or slippery, just energised and pretty. In fact, after using the Emoji MICRO Pedi and the Margaret Dabbs Intensive Treatment Foot Oil together, I feel as though I have been carried about in a sedan chair for most of my life, and that my delicate little feet have barely touched ground.
Margaret Dabbs Intensive Treatment Foot Oil has an RRP of £22.00 per 100ml and is available online at the Margaret Dabbs website, and through QVC who (at the time of writing) are offering two bottles for £29.50 +P&P.
I still haven’t quite decided what polish I will choose to wear to welcome 2014. I’m torn between my Yves Saint Laurent Manicure couture No 6 Duo Terriblement Noir (a glossy black and a matte black duo), or Essie Topless & Barefoot Nail Lacquer. Maybe Topless and Barefoot is the way to greet 2014. It would certainly be a look to make an entrance at T’s party, should that jet-pack be invented in the next four hours!
One woman is, and will always be, the Barefoot Great Beauty: if you’re out celebrating tonight, I hope that any party you are at will be as glamourous as those graced by Ava Gardner. If you’re staying in, like me, why not make time to watch one of her marvellous movies whilst you paint your nails? Whatever you’re doing this New year’s Eve, I hope you enjoy it to the full, and that 2014 will be a wonderful year for you! xx