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Avon essential pedicure
Oh no I say as the sun comes out and everyone starts to put their sandals on. It happens to me every year, I neglect my feet throughout the winter hiding them in slippers and thick socks from October to May. I am then slightly traumatized by the sight of them when I get them out for the fist time in summer. Believe me they are not something you would want to show off. I then have to quickly hurry to the shops to buy some miracle products to try and sort them out.
I bought this from my Avon rep at work who is surprisingly a man! It cost me £3 so I was quite pleased with my purchase, the normal price however is £6 which is quite a lot so its worth looking out for the offers on this one. I was hoping that the essential pedicure would provide some mini miracle for my feet.
When it arrived I was a bit disappointed with the packaging it was just in a boring box (not sure what I expected).
I suppose it didn't really matter what it looked like as long as it rescued my feet though!
The pedicure had a metal side and then a softer side on the other side which is a bit like a nail file only much bigger. Inside is a pumice stone and a sponge.
I used the product for the first time that night after I had a bath. I thought it would be best to use it after my skin had been softened a bit in the bath.
I used the metal side first as I thought it would be best to get rid of most of the dead skin with this harsh side. The great thing about this is all your dead skin gets caught inside so that it doesn't get all over the floor and make a mess.
The file worked really well it got rid of loads of my hard skin and it did not hurt or feel uncomfortable. After this I used the pumice stone and then the sponge lastly.
When I had finished I applied some foot cream to moisturize the area and make sure it was soft. I then left my feet overnight. By the morning they definitely looked much better they were not perfect but there was a definite improvement. I used it again for the next few consecutive nights and by the 4th night they looked good.
I am really pleased with this product and would definitely recommend it. I try use it now once a week so that I keep on top of my feet and hopefully wont have the same problem the time next spring comes.
I am prone to neglecting my poor feet. It gets to summer time and I panic knowing my feet will be on show especially as I LOVE flip flops and wedge sandals. Unfortunately suffering from dry and hard skin and plenty of neglect my feet are hardly presentable.
I used to be an Avon representative and decided to buy the Essential Pedicure when it came out to see if I could improve the condition of my poor feet, and then maintain them by getting into good habits. (Old habits die hard).
The Essential Pedicure can be purchased from the Avon website or from Avon representatives prices vary according to any offers. I paid around £5.
The Essential Pedicure is basically a tool containing pumice, callus remover and nail file. The pumice stone is completely removable so can be used in the bath or shower. Overall it is very compact as all of the tools are stored layered inside. It is fairly easy to grip and hold for very short spells- although I do think it would be a little easier if it was bigger and chunkier.
The callus remover does work, but takes quite a bit of effort to notice my feet feeling any smoother and also sometimes my feet felt a little jagged or rough after use which I found quite disappointing. Also because it takes a bit of effort to remove dead skin, I found the tool then gradually becomes harder to grip and almost uncomfortable, however I do have Rheumatoid Arthritis which could have been a contributing factor.
It is handy that the pumice stone can be removed and used in the bath or shower however, and I tended to use the file to smooth my feet after using the callous remover.
Overall I did not notice much difference to my feet even with regular and continued use and applying moisturiser afterwards. However they did feel a little more rough and jagged in places which was disappointing. I also think this could have been better made, especially if slightly larger and chunkier and if the callous remover itself was somewhat more effective. I would not recommend this as I think there are far better products on the market and would suggest you try those instead.
Whilst I was very good and used regularly the results certainly did not encourage me to continue to do so, old habits die hard and I am currently hoping for a miracle solution to my feet woes... if you have found one do let me know!
===Why I Got This===
We all need to pamper our feet occasionally and over the years I have had various Avon foot files which were mostly pumice on one side and a sort of rough file on the other side. These have long since been discontinued so I thought I would purchase their newer version. This had been on sale before in a more oval shape but is now a blue tear drop design.
3 in 1 Pedicure gadget.
4" tear drop gadget in sky blue plastic.
Opens to reveal separate pumice and callous remover grater.
Base of unit has black sandpaper type finish and is classed as a nail file.
* Callous remover
* Nail file
All fits together in blue plastic case and holder.
Full price is £6 but you can receive a free 3-in-1 Pedicure when you purchase 2 products from a select range of Footworks items at present.
I always liked the pumice that was stuck to a foot file which Avon did for years but then discontinued. I have been without one for a while now so decided to get this new version when it came free with two other products.
It all comes in a plastic tear drop gadget in pale blue with the base being black and what is classed as the nail file.
The base section comes off to reveal what they call the callous remover - which is a metal grater type piece with a blue plastic surround - this slots into the top section when in use.
Also inside is a tear drop piece of pumice - this does not fit into anything and can be used independently - either dry or in the bath.
When finished all the pieces fit back into the unit so they can be kept together.
Most of us get dry skin on our feet from time to time, and during the winter our feet tend to be even more neglected and there can often be little patches of dry skin here and there.
Personally I do not have really bad feet and although I have seen similar 'pedipods' being used on the shopping channels I did not fancy taking a grater to my skin in case it drew blood. I did not have thick layers of dead skin that needed removing so I felt to attack them with this grater was a step too far.
For my feet the pumice stone, which I like to use dry, and the black section, which is classed as a 'nail file' but which I use on my hard patches, are quite sufficient. I do not see that you would need to use this metal implement on your feet and would prefer, even if I had loads of dead skin, to just gently remove it with the pumice and file.
Anyway the pumice did do a good job on the bad bits that had built up on the side of my big toes, as did the black file section - to my mind they are quite enough without including the 'grater' - and I wonder how many people have hurt their feet with that?
I often moisturise my feet so they were not in a terrible state to start with - but a little rub with the pumice and file does remove any hard areas.
I like to moisturise afterwards and before bed, so it keeps the skin on my feet quite soft.
Anyway as my item was free I am pleased with the two pieces I do use - they pack away nicely in their little blue unit and I just keep them in my dressing table drawer and give my feet a little rub over about one a week.
Even £6 is not too bad a price for something that will probably last me many months, but it was even better getting it for noting.
3 stars - not a bad product but I think the older designs worked better..
===Would I Recommend?===
I purchased the Avon Ultimate Pedicure from Ebay for £3.99 back at the end of June, after deciding that it was about time I did something about my feet. Having lived in flip flops, sandals and flats for months, my feet were not exactly looking at their best, with lots of dry hard skin on the bottoms. Even using a pumice stone in the bath no longer seemed to make much of a difference, I truly had a cave woman's feet! With the Avon Ultimate Pedicure I would be able to file and buff my way to smooth feet, or at least that's what Avon promises!
The Ultimate Pedicure is a 4-in-1 product including a rough skin remover on one side (this looks like a cheesegrater lol) and a foot file on the other side (this resembles a piece of dark grey sanding paper). It opens up in the middle to reveal a pumice and a sponge (a very hard one actually, I wouldn't personally call it a sponge). The product is an oval shape and measures approximately 8 cm in length, 4 cm in depth and 4 cm in height.
When I first received this through the post I was actually quite surprised how small this was (as mentioned earlier I had bought this on Ebay and the description of the item did not include measurements). There was no packaging as such and no instructions with it. It also looked cheap (which it was really!), made out of a horrible aqua coloured plastic, certainly not something you would display in the bathroom.
I decided not to wait until after I had a bath but try it out then and there. After removing the pumice and sponge from inside, I started by first using the rough skin remover (remember, the metal foot grater?). I was at first worried in case this might take chunks off my foot, but on the contrary, I could not actually feel anything whilst using it (perhaps dry hard skin equals dead skin?!) and thought not much could be happening! However, when I opened the box up after a few minutes of use, I was surprised at how much dead skin was inside it! I then proceeded onto using the foot file ("the sandpaper"), but to be quite honest, this really was useless, far too fine for my rhino skin. The polystyrene style sponge was never used as I really did not know what use it could have. The pumice I never bothered with because it was a ridiculously tiny size, hence absolutely useless (not easy to hold and use).
I think that the most useful part of this 4-in-1 product really was the grater, and after my first trial, I carried on using this 3 to 4 times a week, every time before getting in the bath. Every time I would be surprised at all the hard skin it removed! I would then use a different foot file (one I bought from the Body Shop and which I will review soon) and then in the bath my old pumice stone, which is three times the size of the Avon one. It is now mid-August and I can honestly say that my feet look and feel much better, most of the hard skin has gone. The bottoms of my feet are a lot softer and smoother and I can actually say that I am quite proud to show them off. The rough skin remover has now gone quite blunt though, pity there is no way you can sharpen it!
I think the idea of this product is good, but I don't necessarily think it has been made very well. In my opinion, the Ultimate Pedicure should be slightly bigger, the foot file perhaps a bit coarser and instead of a hard sponge and a pumice, there should just be one bigger pumice. Also it would be nice if instead of plastic it was made of wood, just so that it looked a bit more attractive?! Overall I have awarded the Ultimate Pedicure 3 out of 5 doyoo stars, because even though I only ended up using one part of the product, it has actually contributed to my feet looking and feeling a lot better!
I am the first to admit I have awful feet, they are too big, my toes are fat and I have awful hard skin on my heels but even I like to be able to wear sandals in the warmer weather so of course I have top try and do something about it. I have tried a couple of the Footworks products from Avon and whilst flicking through the brochure I decided to give this a go too.
I bought the ultimate pedicure whilst on offer and I think it cost me a couple of pound which didn't seem too bad, of course being an Avon product you can only buy it from Avon directly.
The product came packaged in a white cardboard box and then inside it was inside a little plastic bag. The product is a pale turquoise in colour and a sort of long oval shape, it has a metal section of the same shape in the middle of the top and this is a file.
The product goes in at the middle too make it easier to hold I presume and it separates into two plastic pieces as inside you find a pumice stone and a kind of like those really holey hard sponges you can buy. On the underneath of the product you fine a piece of material also the same long oval shape and this is like a very fine sandpaper but coloured grey.
The product is really easy to use and comfortable to hold, simply use the file against your rough skin on your feet moving backwards and forwards to smooth the skin. The product of course causes flakes of hard, dead skin to come away but it is designed so that the skin is actually caught inside, I was amazed just how much skin I had filed away when I open it up.
The file even though it is metal doesn't hurt at all and I would say it does make an improvement to the hard skin on my feet however it hasn't got rid of it all so my feet are still not how I would like them to look but they are certainly improved. I would recommend this tool as it does improve the feet and it is probably more that I don't use it enough that my feet aren't more improved.
Avon cosmetics have been providing women with cosmetics with health and beauty products since 1886 and the company's name and reputation is renowned throughout the globe. In recent years however there seems to be more online purchases with their website now fully developed and running and less door to door sales people.
As long as he doesn't find out about me writing about him I'll be fine so nobody say ok?
He has had feet like a sea urchin since we started going out, no matter what he put on the soles of his feet they remained dry, hard, rough and uncomfortable. So I purchased him this three way foot pedicure when it was half price at £3, which he really believes makes a difference. The product is so good that one of his other male flatmates has nicked it and no one will admit to having it.
It comes in three pieces, the grater like section splits in two to reveal a pumice stone and foot buffer. My man uses the pumice stone and grater section the most, whereas with mine I predominantly just use the grater section. This is very similar to the JML pedegg but when on offer it is a fraction of the price. My family really like this product also as there is no danger with cutting your feet but it leaves them with a nice smooth layer of skin.
This is just randomness on my part, but this contraption has totally put me off eating parmesan cheese on pasta, as the grater mechanism works somewhat like a pencil sharpener in that you have to empty out the contents after use. So guess what that looks like!? eww right?
They have actually redeveloped the shape of this contraption, but it contains all the same components, I would say £3 is still pretty good considering all the features, the full price is around £6 but with any Avon product I would never buy it for full price as everything goes down to being half price or better at some stage during the year. I would also recommend using some nice moisturiser on your feet afterwards as it keeps your feet smoother for longer, which Avon also supplies at very good value, if you are lucky from 99p upwards.
You can get it online or from your local Avon representative.
Being an Avon rep I buy quite a lot of their products and when I saw this I had to have it. It was on offer at £3.00 down from £6.00 when I bought it which I think is a good price as I have seen simliar ones at a much higher price from the likes of JML.
The outer 'shell' of this product can be taken off and inside there is a double sided pumice stone. Essentially it has four surfaces with which to work. The 'grater' side that the picture shows, a black 'file' type side and the pumice which is quite rough on one side and on the other is more of a crispy foam finish.
I use the product on wet feet, using the grater first to remove excess dry skin, then the rougher side of the pumice, followed by the softer side and then the outer 'file' side. By doing it this way you are left with a softer finish as you have filed away all excess skin.
The only possible downside that I can see is that the 'grater' bit may get rusty so I always make sure it's dried after being used and it has been fine so far.
I find this to be an excellent product, especially in summer when my feet get particularly dry and cracked from wearing flip flops and open shoes.
I am a huge Avon fan and have been for years ever since I stole a blob or two of my Mums rich moisture cream as a girl. I wasn't actually looking for this product I just fancied trying it after seeing it in the catalogue but now I love it! My little blue foot friend as I call it has become an essential part of my bathtime and body beautification regiment. Sure - the process of literally grating the dead skin off ones feet would not appeal to all, and the fact that the little central chamber stores away all the skin flakings also has a slight yuk factor. However it does the job and gets rid of stubborn dead skin leaving silky smooth tootsies! I actually prefer to use it on dry skin as I feel it takes off more dead skin in one go. I then bathe and finish with a good moisturiser. Once used you simply open and dispose of the shavings. There is a coarse emery board the other side for dealing with more delicate parts of the feet where dry skin may need attention.
It is that time of year again, the daffodils are eventually flowering, lambs are gambolling around the fields and it will soon be time to dust off my summer sandals and enjoy some sunshine. The only downside to the sweetness of Spring is the thought of exposing my hard-working feet to the brightness of sunlight after cocooning them away in socks and boots all winter.
---Why Did I Buy It?---
Last Spring a friend of mine decided to become an Avon representative. Feeling that I should support her in her new venture I had a look through the catalogue she left with me and saw the Avon Ultimate Pedicure. Knowing that my feet always need a little TLC at that time of year and seeing the bargain price of £3 I decided to order one and give it a try.
---What Did I Get For My Money?---
A couple of weeks later my order arrived. The Ultimate Pedicure was packaged in a plain white box with absolutely no information. I expected a little information on how to get the best from the product so was a little surprised to see nothing at all.
I was not impressed when I took it out of the box. I hadn't appreciated from the photograph quite what a revolting shade of pale aqua it was but I decided that I didn't really care what it looked like as long as it did the job.
The product is about three inches long and about one and a half inches deep and is "waisted" in the middle to make it easier to hold. On one side there is what looks like a Parmesan grater in shiny metal, on the other side there is a grey piece of something like emery paper. These tow sides are described as a Rough Skin Remover and a Foot File on the Avon website. The product then opens in the middle and inside there is an oval object which the website says is a pumice stone and a sponge. I recognised the pumice but in my mind the word sponge tends to mean something soft and squashy, not something that resembles hard polystyrene! Anyway, having inspected this bizarre contraption I decided it was time to put it to the test.
---But Did It Work?---
I used to use hard skin removers after showering until a chiropodist friend of mine said that unless there was a really large build up of hard skin this can damage healthy skin and it is better to actually use the coarser files on dry skin. Thus I set about filing away using circular movement all over the affected areas, the product is designed to catch the dead skin inside so there should be no mess and it is hygienic to empty. I found the file worked very well and was not as aggressive on the skin as I thought it would be, it removed the hard skin quickly and painlessly. It was at that point that I noticed a flaw in the plan. I had been so eager to start that I had forgotten to take the pumice/sponge out of the middle of the contraption, thus when I opened it the horrible little dry skin cells seemed to fall out everywhere instead of being neatly contained. This was obviously my own fault and on future occasions I found that the parmesan type shavings were all safely stored away until I emptied them.
I buffed over the dry skin areas with the Rough Skin Remover to smooth the skin left after using the foot file, this worked nicely and left my skin smooth and after working in some foot cream I can honestly say that the skin on my feet, especially around my heels looked much better and also felt much more comfortable. I stand-up all day when I am at work and areas of hard skin can become quite uncomfortable so removal of them gives a noticeable effect.
All-in-all I was quite impressed with the effectiveness of the outside of the Ultimate Pedicure but what was I supposed to do with the bizarre pumice thing that was inside it? I decided to try the pumice out in the shower on small patches of rough skin, however because it is less than an inch and a half long and oval shaped it was really too small to hold comfortably so I did not find it very good to use. The "sponge" is still a complete mystery to me so if anyone has any idea what that is for please let me know!
After use it is very easy to rinse the product out and leave to dry before clipping it back together.
---Is It The Ultimate Pedicure?---
I have been using this for about a year in. The file still works well but the rough skin remover is now quite smooth so doesn't work particularly well. The pumice/sponge thing is knocking about at the back of the cupboard as I don't use that at all now. I still think the colour and the finish make this look quite cheap and nasty but I do find it easy to use and it does do a good job of keeping my feet soft and this year I have no fear of an unexpected sunny day and can wear my sandals with pride.
I have just checked on the Avon website and the product is currently selling for £6. I think this is far too expensive and at that price I really wouldn't recommend it as I think you can get more attractive products that have more features for that price. However if it pops up in the catalogue at £3 again I would probably purchase another one to keep in my travel bag but I would throw the pumice in the bin the minute it arrived.
I wouldn't say this was my "Ultimate Pedicure", that was whilst being pampered at Le Sport in St Lucia in those luxurious pre-children days but at least it does the job and I can just dream of the St Lucian sunshine whilst admiring my feet!
Having read the 3 other comment on this item i tend to disagree.....
I found that this alternative (and cheaper alternative too) to the pedegg a great accessory for removing hard, dry and cracked skin on my heals, it is small and completely painless to use. i had very sore heals at times due to cracking heels which since purchessing this item (normally £6 but in some avon campaigns can be as little as £3) i have not suffered with painfull heals at all, i should imagine it is not as good as going to a salon but if like me a salon trip is not in your budget... this is a bathroom must have!!!
simple to use, after a shower or bath simply use the 'grater' type side to remove tough skin, then regularly use the pomise stone to maintain skin condition and for a quick fix use the file on the otherside of the 'grater' to smooth.
i love this item and recommend it to anyone who has a limited budget but suffers with dry, cracked and very sore heals
Why did I buy this product?
I bought is product when I seen it in my AVON brochure. I thought it looked good and cheap so thought I would buy it to see if it was any good.
What is the product for?
Ultimate Pedicure is to file and buff your way to smooth feet.
Where can I buy it from?
You can buy this product from your local AVON representive or you can buy online on the AVON website if you do not have one.
The normal price for this is £6. I have found is for a cheaper price of £3 at certain times of years so keep an eye out for the best price if you are interested.
I would advice that if you do have an AVON rep to ask them if they could check there other brochure e.g. the one before or after the book they have given you and ask if they could order the cheapest for you. If like me you're representive would want to get their customers the best price for the product. Ask nicely and you could bag yourself a bargain.
For those of you that doesn't know I am a AVON representive . As I was I was looking through my brochure I spotted a new product. It was the Ultimate Pedicure.
It is a 4 in 1 product that includes a rough skin remover and foot file, then opens to reveal a pumice and sponge. It is made from plastic. The size is approximately 8cm x 4cm x4cm
As I have already stated as above the prices I bought mines for £3 which I thought was great value. This is a cheaper version of another one that I have seen on the market which is available to buy.
I thought that this product was such a waste of time being made I mean don't get me wrong it is a handy size and fantastic that it hold the dead skin cells in the compartment to save them going everywhere and making a mess. But as for the rough skin remover I will be completely honest with you it does not do as it says or removes any skin at all.
For this reason I would rate this product 1/10.
If you have bought this product and do not like and it has only been up to 30 days since you purchased this product please tell your AVON representive and he or she will send back and fully refund. If the product has been opened and tried that is fine it is still your right as a customer to send this back.
Hope my review was of some used to you. Thank you for taking time to read it.
When you are stood up all day, not only do your feet hurt - especially if you are wearing heels but doing it all day is bound to leave you with hard skin on your heels, toes, and balls of your feet.. Unfortunately there is not a great deal you can do about it as hard as you try there is always bits that soaking your feet miss..
That point is exactly where this little bit of plastic comes into use!
~*~ What Is 'Ultimate Pedicure?' ~*~
To be honest when I first looked at it, I only quickly looked over it in the catalogue - and didn't really take a lot of notice of it until it arrived a few weeks after ordering it..
The ultimate pedicure, is a mint green plastic device (if I can call it that) - that is similar to the Ped Egg, that you may have seen advertised on the televison..
Avon says that the ultimate pedicure is a way to buff and file your way to beautiful feet, just reading that you might assume that it's probably going to hurt a little after all filing away at live skin usually hurts - however this is totally different. This device is not likely to cut you at all, if it did I would like to know how you managed it!
The ultimate pedicure comes on the outside with a rough skin remover - which is the top metal part you can see on the picture above. A foot file on the bottom - which is similar to normal nail file, and has to same effect pretty much. When you open it there is a pumice stone, and sponge joined together..
~*~ Using the 'Ultimate Pedicure' ~*~
Depending on how much hard skin you have on your feet, it depends how much work they are going to need obviously, but the best way to make your skin better is to give them a soak first and try and soften up some of the skin.. Obviously not all of it is going to be soft enough, so out comes this mint green handheld hard skin remover..
The top of the device is metal with holes in that have a slightly serrated edge, which if you rub it over your hard skin, you will notice that it takes off some of the harder dead skin on the surface - obviously if you find it is not taking enough off that you will have to rub a bit harder, however not to a level that you are hurting yourself.. The skin that the top level takes off you will find when you separate the two layers, as a storage level - easily emptied into the bin..
One thing I forgot to mention before you start rubbing your skin make sure you take out the pumice and sponge first!!
The other side of the device is a foot file, as I said before it is similar to a normal nail file, except it is not as coarse as a normal nail file. It has the smoothing effect that is very useful if you have taken a lot of skin off and it's quite rough but not hard skin.. It is not going to hurt your skin at all it just smoothes it out and makes your feet look highly presentable in a nice pair of shoes!
The sponge and pumice insert - the sponge confuses me a little because it is not sponge as you would assume a sponge to be in the bath etc, it is much harder and you cannot use it too hard because it will literally crumble away under your fingers, but before you use the foot file it does take a bit of the harshness off you feet.. Leaving a lot of green dust around however!
The pumice I can't see what it really does to my feet personally, I mean it might take off a tiny layer of hard skin but it is nothing to write home about.. So stick with the metal area if you are after a more obvious result.
~*~ Price And Availability ~*~
I bought my 'Ultimate Pedicure' for £3, as it was on offer for half price when I got my Avon catalogue, however normal price it is £6, so look out for it on offer before you look into buying it!
~*~ My Opinion ~*~
Well I was originally considering buying the Ped Egg that is advertised on the television at lot at the moment, that is apparently ergonomically designed - but essentially does the same thing - and when on offer at a third of the price. This product is more than good enough for every day or occasional usage depending on how much time you spend on your feet - as the plastic that is it made out of is fairly durable, in the past few weeks I have dropped mine quite a few times and you cannot tell!
My only complaint with this item really is that there are no instructions to go with it, or to tell you what each part of the item does - it is mainly common sense to be honest but I still am wondering what the sponge is actually meant to do.
Obviously with trying to get rid of hard skin, you have to spend time moisturising afterwards so you don't have any damage to your skin, or that its going to dry out and leave your feet looking a less presentable than when you started.. It has worked quite well on my feet to be honest, because I had a lot of hard skin, that with regular usage I am keeping it down to a bare minimum and my feet have never looked better - of course that could have something to do with the fact I'm not stood up all day anymore!
Keep using this if you have hard skin, and want feet that look great in heels or revealing shoes - lather with moisturiser keep your feet happy!
This 4-in-1product includes a rough skin remover and foot file, then opens to reveal a pumice and sponge /