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Professional pedicures are pricey, and if you live in a secluded area, they’re also inconvenient. You can get all of the same benefits that a professional would offer in the comfort of your own home by following a few simple tips.

Clip and file

Before you do anything, you need to prep your nails. Remove any old nail polish. Then clip them to your desired length. Lastly, file with a high-quality nail file to achieve an even shape.

Soak, soak, soak

This is, hands down, the most important step to achieving a professional-looking pedicure. An aesthetician would never paint your nails without first letting them soak. It helps soften your cuticles and the rest of your feet, which makes each subsequent step much more effective. The other benefit of a hot soak? It immediately puts you in a relaxed mood—a key ingredient for the complete spa experience.

The easiest method is to fill a dish tub with hot water, adding just a tiny bit of the soap of your choice. That way, you can soak your feet while sitting in your favorite comfy chair. Let your feet hang out for a generous 10 minutes, then dry them off.

Clean, trim and buff

Now that your feet are prepared, it’s time to remove all that dead skin. First clean underneath each nail using an orangewood stick. Use a cuticle trimmer to remove the excess dead skin from your cuticles if necessary. Then buff the bottoms of your feet, especially your heels and any other callouses. You can also use a gentle scrub at this stage.

Get baby-smooth

Almost there! Your feet should be looking brand new by now, so it’s time to restore all the moisture that was lost during the hot water soak and buffing process. Any rich, creamy lotion will work perfectly for this step, though you can buy a special foot cream if you’re feeling fancy. If you prefer to go natural, shea butter or coconut oil will both work well.

Final touches

If you prefer a natural, polish-free look, you can skip this step or add a simple nourishing oil to your nails instead. If, however, you like to jazz up your toes, then now is the time to choose your color and apply it to your nails. Don’t forget to use a base coat and top coat for longer-lasting results. Then sit back and relax—there’s nothing worse than smudging your pedicure a few minutes after you finally finished!

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5 of the Best Beaches in Trinidad and Tobago

Trinidad and Tobago, the Caribbean twin island nation closest to South America, is known for its lush vegetation, vibrant cultural festivals and sumptuous cuisine. But these two islands are also known for their idyllic beaches, some of which are tucked away from the beaten path.

So, if you’re taking a trip to the islands, here’s a list of beaches that you should make a point of visiting.

Beaches in Trinidad

Las Cuevas

Out of all of the beaches on the North Coast of Trinidad, Las Cuevas stands out for its nearby caves which can offer a much needed respite from sunbathing. The name of the beach actually means “the caves” in Spanish. Snack bars, nearby showers and toilet facilities make spending the day at Las Cuevas a breeze.
Life guard services are available from 11 am to 5 pm.

Maracas Bay

Maracas Bay is arguably the most popular, or at least the most well-known, beach in Trinidad. The water can become rough and hazardous, so be sure to swim between the red flags that designate safe areas. Life guards are generally on duty there from 10 am to 6pm.

Great food and amenities are available at Maracas. When you’re there, the locals will tell you that you must try a local dish called “Bake and Shark” which is a fried shark filet sandwich that you can dress with your choice of tasty sauces.

Beaches in Tobago

Pigeon Point

Located in Crown Point, just about 10 mins away from the airport, Pigeon Point’s waters are calm and family friendly. The beach is also very close to Buccoo Reef which is one of the most readily accessible coral reefs in the Caribbean.

There are regular tours from the beach to the reef and the Nylon Pool, a shallow section of crystal clear water just beyond the reef. The pool got its name from Princess Margaret who visited the island in 1962. Its waters are said to have the powers to rejuvenate you both physically and spiritually.

Buccoo Reef tours are done in glass-bottomed boats and the tour guides are just as colourful as their sea vessels. You can book your trip right on the beach and sign up for jet-ski rides as well.

If you’re just interested in having a relaxing day, Pigeon Point is a great choice once you’re willing to pay the US $3 entrance fee. It’s worth it, though. Due the shape and size of the beach, you can still enjoy your fair share of privacy and tranquility even when it’s crowded.

The beach bar at Pigeon Point, Renmar’s, is fully stocked with a wide range of alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages to quench your thirst after a long day of fun in the sun. Try the fish and chips there, it’s delicious.

Englishman’s Bay

Located on the west coast of Tobago, Englishman’s Bay is secluded from the main road by a mile or so of lush vegetation. The deep clear water makes it good for swimming and snorkeling. But, be careful. The steep sea shelf makes the transition from shallow to deep water potentially dangerous.

People go to Englishman’s Bay to relax on a beautiful beach that seems hidden from the outside world. There’s a restaurant on the beach offering tasty local dishes. The craft vendors there give you chance to pick up some souvenirs for friends and family back home.

Mt Irvine

The beaches at Mt Irvine, located on the Southwest/Leeward coast, have excellent facilities and some of the best snorkeling opportunities on the island. The Mt Irvine Beach Hotel is open to the public and offers refreshments- via their restaurant- as well as changing room and toilet facilities. And Mt Irvine Bay is well known for its watersports and snorkeling with coral and reef fish in abundance. Snorkelling gear can be rented onsite.

Trinidad and Tobago offers a fun getaway experience for people who love great food, culture, vibrant nightlife as well as lazy days lounging in the sun. Book your trip today.

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