Organized Mani-Pedi Caddy

Ah, mani-pedis, some girls’ weekly splurge. I, on the other hand, am not a mani-pedi girl. In fact, I feel slightly toolish saying “mani-pedi”.

I dislike manicures because I don’t really like wearing fingernail polish– I prefer my naturally french tipped fingernails (seen here). And the last time I had a professional pedicure was before our wedding 2 years ago. I’m cool with pedicures, I just never have the desire to get them. That and I have beastly feet.

mani-pedi caddy

So with all that said, I give myself mani-pedis in the privacy of my own home. I save money and save a poor soul from having to manhandle my Sasquatch feet.

The contents of the caddy include:

• nail polish remover (non-acetone and acetone)
• cotton balls and cotton swabs
• nail tools (nail clippers, cuticle pushers, cuticle nipper, emery board)
• nail polish

how to organize nail polishes

I keep the tools in a drawstring bag I received with some bliss beauty samples. I’m all about reusing random things rather than going out and buying something new.

mani-pedi tool bag

Whenever I need to trim and file my fingernails or give myself a pedicure, I grab the caddy from under my bathroom sink and get to work. It’s nice because everything I need is in one place.

manicure kit

Some of you may wonder why I use acetone and non-acetone nail polish remover. For the most part I use non-acetone nail polish remover because it’s gentler than acetone. I use acetone nail polish remover for harder-to-remove nail polishes– like ones with big pieces of glitter.

pedicure kit
Are you a nail salon mani-pedi girl or an at-home mani-pedi girl?
Do you have a system for organizing your nail products?

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  1. Yeah, I am in the same boat as you. I don’t ever get manicures or pedicures either. I would rather buy products I can use over and over than on one mani-pedi. I love Bliss products and love your organization.

  2. I mostly give myself manis and pedis. I do enjoy a good pedi in the summer, like maybe before a vacation; and I recently discovered the wonder that is shellac, but I only kept it up for 2 visits to the salon (and removed it myself). But honestly, I’d much rather use those funds towards clothes or something for our house!

  3. I’m not a mani-pedi girl either. I NEVER wear fingernail polish and only do toes in the summer. Plus I saw this show on dateline about the water in those foot spas at most mani-pedi places. Lemme tell you, I cannot get the horrors of what was found in the “clean” water out of my mind, so I’ll scrub my own tootsies thank you.

  4. I used to work in a salon and get my nails done for free. I really miss it. But I’d rather spend the money on something else than splurge on a mani-pedi.

  5. I work with an entire office of “mani-pedi girls”, but I can’t bring myself to have that extra expense and frankly I don’t have the time to sit there and get them done. I’d much rather just give myself an at-home pedicure while catching up on my favorite shows, and then work on the blog while it dries.

    I have a similar container under my sink with all my nail supplies and it really does make it so easy to just grab everything and do your nails quickly – no more digging around in the drawers for a file, nail polish, etc. Never thought of having two different nail polish removers for different polishes – smart!

  6. I’m a “do your toes at home” kind of gal too! I love that you put this kit together! I’m always misplacing my nail polish remover so this could come in handy!

    Danielle at Framed Frosting

  7. It IS toolish to say “mani-pedi.” I get pedicures (not regularly) because I like to be pampered. I don’t even care if they paint my nails. 🙂

  8. I’m sorry to admit, I’m totally a salon girl! I’ve tried over the years to do them myself, but I am just terrible at it! I get polish everywhere, miss half my nail, and smudge almost immediately! I see it as paying for the peace of mind…I like to think DIY-ing in other aspects of my life makes up for it :). I do attempt touch ups and the like, so I do love the idea of keeping all your tools together and organized!

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