Product Type: Avon Leg & Foot Care
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A perfectly good idea that could be improved
Avon Essential Pedicure
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Avon Essential Pedicure
Advantages: The rough skin remover works a treat
Disadvantages: Pumice stone and sponge not very useful, foot file not coarse enough
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!
Summary: An ok product that may work better for those without much dry/hard skin on the bottoms of their feet
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