DIY Pedicure

Hi Deerest Friends,

How long has it been? Between overseas holidays and battling the stomach bug to end them all, unfortunately Dorothy Deerest has had a little break. Well, I’m back and ready to go. Today’s tutorial is how to do your own pedicure. Now, I know this isn’t groundbreaking stuff but sometimes when life gets really busy you need to find a way to unwind and relax, and this is one of my favourite ways.

Aside from a DIY pedicure, I also wanted to talk about a range of products that I have fallen in love with. Reniu by Pure Fiji is a popular line of beauty products from Fiji that are comprised of natural ingredients, such as nourishing virgin coconut oil.

Reniu by Pure Fiji

When I was recently in Fiji, I bought a massive amount of these products and they are so beautiful. I’ve been using them on my feet and hands and after they are incredibly soft and smell fantastic for hours.

So Let’s Get Started

You Will Need
-A large basin or bucket filled with warm water (warm water is necessary as its softens the skin)
-A pumice
-Towels (To help dry your feet and keep your floor dry)
-Nail file
-Nail polish (I used “Pink Pandemonium” by O.P.I)
– A good quality scrub (I used Reniu’s Watermelon Infused Coconut Sugar Rub but you could make one yourself using my tutorial)
-A good quality lotion (I used Reniu’s Watermelon Infused Coconut Body Lotion)
-Socks

Start by lying some towels done and filling your bucket/basin with warm water. Soak your feet for around 10 minutes.

Step 1

Using a good quality store-brought (or homemade) scrub, rub all over the feet. The grains will exfoliate the feet and the oil with nourish and protect the skin. When completed, rinse feet in water to remove all grains and pat dry with a towel. For this step I used the Reniu Watermelon Infused Coconut Sugar Rub.

Step 2

Take your feet out of the water and dry them gently. Using a pumice, start to exfoliate the base of each foot, focusing on the particularly dry/rough areas (such as heels).

Step 3

Now file your nails and then paint them with your chosen colour. Allow plenty of time for your nails to dry.

Step 4

Once your nails are dried, apply a generous coat of a good-quality lotion or moisturiser and put some socks on to allow the moisturiser time to sink in. For this step I used Reniu’s Watermelon Infused Coconut Body Lotion.

Step 5

And You’re Done!

This tutorial is a great way to relax and pamper yourself, particularly if you don’t have lots of money to spend going to a spa or a salon. Get your girlfriends over, have a chick-flick marathon and pamper yourselves. This tutorial can also be repeated as a manicure. As I said any scrub or moisturiser can be used for this tutorial but if you ever visit Fiji or have the opportunity to buy these products online, I definitely recommend them.

If you liked this DIY tutorial comment below and if you have any other DIY ideas you’d like me to attempt let me know :)

Thanks guys!

*NOTE: Not Sponsored… All the opinions about this amazing range are solely mine.

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Fiji Craft Adventures

Hi Deerest friends,

When some people go on holiday they relax by the pool, when some people go on holidays they do activities such as hiking, fishing or surfing and when some people go on holiday they may even go shopping… but when Dorothy Deerest goes travelling, She Gets Crafty!

In my last post I mentioned I’ve just spent a week on Denarau Island in Fiji. I had the best time there (including a bit of shopping, kayaking, swimming and relaxing by the pool) but I also took part in some crafty activities.

Fiji has an amazing culture and crafts/DIY-ing are an important part of this. Whether its cooking their amazing meals from scratch, weaving baskets from dried leaves, wood carving, using shells and pearls for jewellery or creating cosmetics from natural produce, such as cane sugar and coconut oils, Fiji has a proud DIY heritage. Many of these skills are passed down from ancient times and shared through families.

During my trip I tried my hand at bracelet weaving. Using strips of dried leaves and being led by a very helpful Fijian; “Tiger”, I weaved the strands together creating a really intricate “checkerboard” pattern. It looks complicated but it was easy and a lot of fun.

Tiger Cutting Strips of Dried Leaves

Weaving The Bracelet

Our Finished Bracelets

Hand-Woven Bracelets From Fiji

If you ever visit another country I really recommend doing a native craft class, if you can. It’s really interesting, gives you a greater insight into their cultural practices, allows you to meet some new people and you get to keep a great souvenir that you made yourself!

Love Dorothy XOXO

Dorothy Takes Fiji!

Hi Deerest Friends,

So just a casual statement here… I’m off to Fiji today! I am currently sitting in the airport and I AM SO EXCITED!!!

Where I'm Staying In Fiji!

Usually I post my new DIY Tutorials every Monday and Friday, but due to the fact that I will not be taking my computer and I was far too disorganised to create some new tutorials and schedule them, my next DIY will be on the 18th of January.

But during that gap I have scheduled some new pages; such as a conversion chart for my projects if your in a country that doesn’t use the Metric system, a bit more information about myself (not Dorothy), all the ways you can stay in touch with this blog if you so desire and updating my “About Me” page.

So that’s it from me until the 18th, stay safe and if you’ve ever been to Fiji before comment below and let me know what you thought of it, where you went, what you did and any other tips you may have for me.

Thanks guys!

Love Dorothy XOXO