“ Brand: Champneys / Type: Foot Care „
I am always trying to give myself mini pedicures and keep my feet in tip top condition. It is quite hard as they get dry really easily, but I can't afford to go to the beauticians every month and fork out £30 on a pedicure. I wish I could! I got this pedicure set for Christmas 2010. I think they cost around £30 before Christmas, but I saw quite a few in the reduced section at half price just afterwards. Even before Christmas they were in three for two offers on gifts which a lot of shops do.
The set is packaged in good quality thick cardboard. It is very classy and thick and makes it look very enticing to buy. It also makes it a very nice gift. Inside is a small curved machine which is easy to hold in your hand. It has a button to control the on and off and the speed, and a rotating disk on the opposite end. The disk can be swapped and changed for the different pads for your feet. There are four different pads including pumice, a buffer and a filer.
The machine runs on removable batteries, double A. The problem I have found is that the machine only works fast enough to do any good (at least to my feet anyway) when the batteries are brand new, and even then I just don't feel like the power is enough. Because of this issue I have never found this machine to be that useful to me, and in the end I gave it away to my young cousin as more of a beauty toy for her.
It makes a lovely looking gift and you feel like you can really pamper yourself, but to be honest it's really not that much use, so a kind of pointless item I am afraid.
I'm about to review my final prize from the 10 Days of Dooyoo competition that I won last Christmas. I wanted to leave this one for a while so that I could get an adequate picture of how it worked - seeing as it is a home pedicure accessory.
I absolutely hate my feet and am always applying creams and lotions in an effort to keep them moisturised and keep hard skin at bay. I also have a Ped Egg which is a most prized possession and use this to scrape away the dead skin every week or so! I was pleased to receive this electronic pedicure system as I thought it might be an easier way to remove dead skin and keep my feet in good condition!
I had heard of the Champneys brand, which mainly consists of toiletries and bath products, but had never tried any. I know you can buy Champneys products from Boots, but I'm not sure about the electronic products such as this one. In fact the only place I found this available to buy was at Amazon.
This Champneys CHPED-300-GB Electronic Pedicure System costs £14.99 from Amazon.co.uk (as I found), and claims to smooth hard skin to give you softer feet. It comes in a brown box with the name Champneys Home Spa Pedicure System on the front, as well as a clear picture of the product. It is described as having two speed controls and four pedicure attachments.
Inside the box, the product is presented in a clear plastic container with an instruction manual included. This states that the pedicure system comes with a two year limited guarantee. The manual states that people with pacemakers and pregnant women should consult a doctor before using the product, while those with reduced sensory, physical or mental capabilities should not use it unless they have been properly instructed or supervised. You should not use it on swollen or sensitive areas or if you have poor blood circulation. The product should not be operated for more than 20 minutes at a time. I've chosen to highlight a few of the important points made in the manual - I'm not going to repeat the whole thing as that would be dull.
The product requires two AA batteries which need to be bought separately.
The item consists of a small, contoured, grey and white handle which is simple in design and has a battery compartment in which it is easy to install the required batteries. There is also a switch, where you can choose from 'low' or 'high' speed or switch the item to 'off'. I've seen a Champneys electronic facial product before and this one seems identical - albeit with different attachments! The attachments are easily fixed to the main body and do not fall off by themselves.
I'll discuss the four attachments included in the kit separately below.
1. Stone Pumice - This is the attachment which I use most often. It acts like a normal pumice stone, exfoliating the heels and the balls of your feet to smooth and soften dry skin. I always use it with the switch on 'high' as 'low' isn't strong enough for me! I was worried that the pumice as powered by the product would be too harsh on my feet, but this wasn't the case at all. In fact it felt very nice on my heels and pleasantly ticklish just under my toes!
One negative aspect of this product was that I didn't think it was as effective as my Ped Egg. This stands to reason, as the Ped Egg is a kind of cheese grater for the feet, and a pumice is never going to be quite as powerful. However, it was much less effort to sit there and just hold this product next to my feet, as opposed to having to actively use a Ped Egg! I was reasonably pleased with the effect the pumice had, and one bonus of using this was that after use I felt like I had just had a foot massage - the action of the speedily revolving pumice attachment had massaged my feet and they felt less sore. It normally takes me between five to ten minutes to do each foot and I try to use the product at least once a week.
2. Finishing Pumice (pink) - This attachment is designed to be used after the original pumice in order to further smoothen feet and finish off the exfoliation. To be honest I sometimes don't bother with this as after using the ordinary pumice I am too bored to carry on! However when I do bother, I find that it helps to smooth down the surface of the skin and remove any odd bits. I tend to only use this one for a couple of minutes.
3. Nail Brush - This one not only cleans the nails, but it also helps to remove dead skin from the feet following exfoliation. This is a good idea and I always use it after using the other attachments to get rid of any flakes of skin. It leaves my feet nice and clean and ready for the application of a cream or lotion.
4. Nail Buffer (grey) - The fourth and final attachment is designed to buff and shine your toenails. I never use this to be honest as I always make sure my toenails are painted. However, I can see that if you prefer the more natural look this might come in handy. I used to have an ordinary nail buffer and it made my fingernails really shiny.
This is a useful product and it would come in handy for someone who wanted to keep their feet and nails in good condition. It does a good job and it's easy to use and I think it would be especially good for someone who doesn't have the energy or ability to use a Ped Egg. Personally though, I will be sticking to my Ped Egg as I do think it is more effective - I might use this product alongside it though. Partly this is because my feet are in a dire condition generally - someone who doesn't suffer from hard skin to the same extent may find that this Pedicure System is perfectly adequate for their needs.