First Impressions: Do Baby Foot Peels Work?

The first time I heard of a foot peel was when I was watching “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” and Kimmy’s tres faux chic employer, Jacqueline Voorhess, had her foot stuck in an ice bucket due to a foot peel. I knew it was something cosmetic but the ice bucket didn’t make sense to me. However, the words foot and peel stuck and since it was something related to a cosmetic enhancement, it definitely stuck. I still wasn’t convinced enough to buy them but the name came up again at my dermatologist. They were selling the same thing out of their offices. I did some more research and it stuck around in my head for a while.

Baby Foot Peels?

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Photo courtesy of babyfoot,com

I know it sounds wrong at first but allow me to break it down for you. No, we’re not peeling any baby’s foot. We’re simply trying to get fruit acids to peel ours so we can achieve smooth feet like a baby’s. The at-home version basically comes in a box that looks like a facial mask pack. I’ve seen them as low as $9 to as high as $25 for a pair of the real Baby Foot versions. I bought one pair (they are one-time use only) from Amazon and I admit I was pretty excited about them.

So what the hell is it?

An at-home foot peel is  basically a spa treatment where lactic, glycolic acids, and a variety of other serums (depending on whether you get the Baby Foot brand or an off-brand) are premixed into a pair of plastic booties. You wear them for an hour preferably with some fuzzy knee-high socks on and watch your favorite movie. You take them off when the time’s up, wash your feet … AND you wait for a couple of days. Essentially, the acids cause a chemical exfoliation as opposed to a mechanical one (i.e. using  a pumice stone) and actually removes a few layers of skin (just the epidermis). Your skin does look like it’s shedding and essentially molting off but that’s okay.

The box of foot peels sat in my Amazon shopping cart for a while before I finally decided to buy them. To be honest, I don’t think there is anything wrong with my feet physically. I keep them moisturized and taken care of but I always envied people with soft, unwrinkled feet. Thanks to genetics, I’ve got drier skin which means more wrinkles so  figured it was time for a new start. I got them about three days ago and started the peel that same day.

I actually prepped a bit before the peel by exfoliating with a pumice stone and removing any excess cuticles. I also followed the directions of a fellow Amazon user and soaked my feet before hand. I’m not posting pictures though. There are enough photos on Amazon for that purpose lol.

Results so far?

On day one: My feet looked moisturized but felt a little tight on the soles. I was secretly hoping for them to start peeling but since it was a light peel, that wasn’t going to happen. I soaked my feet in warm water for thirty minutes before bed because one of the reviews said this helped intensify the peeling. I also noticed immediately after the peel, the lines on my feet are much lighter.

Day two: My feet are feeling and looking a little rough. Kind of like sandpaper. Just the soles and the thicker skin of the feet. I applied a lotion with AHA (alpha hydroxy acid) in it to intensify the effect. Soaked the feet in warm water once again but didn’t see any peeling yet.

Day three: Now they feel like coarse grit sandpaper so that means it’s working. I soaked them for thirty minutes and after I dried them this morning, it could see loose, dead skin starting to roll off. I am resisting the urge to pick at them but I’ll definitely apply some more AHA lotion and soak again tonight. The skin underneath the recently rolled off dead skin feel really soft.

The directions said the whole process takes about two weeks so we’ll see how this goes. I’ll post updates again soon and I’ll write a condensed review after I see if this really works.

If you’re interested in getting them, check them out on Amazon.com. The treatment is for both guys and girls and I think they make the ultimate gift for all the at-home spa folks.

Snow Storm for the New Year?

I feel like every year there is a snow storm warning around January or February. Unfortunately, I am one of those people who actually heed those warnings.

I believe in taking chances but there’s also a time and place for that. No time for being stuck in a ditch or at work this year. Unless you’re adequately prepared for it (which Atlanta is generally not).

I think I was caught up with trying not to appear selfish for some reasons unknown in the past. However, it took a year of butting heads with one outspoken (or should I refer to them as honest?) Scorpio for me to realize that we have to be selfish sometimes. Like it’s a survival need or something.

I heard this storm is going to hit most of the country. So if you are out there, stay warm, stay safe, and stay sane. I really hoped it wouldn’t have happened but it’s a renewal process for nature.

I’ll probably end up going to work tomorrow when it’s not black ice and sleet allover.

I read a few articles this morning about people changing up their driving tactics which ended with some in fatal accidents. I wouldn’t wish that upon anyone.

Stay home. It’s not worth it.

I’ll try to do something productive while I’m here so be on the lookout for less dismal content.

Lenovo X1 Yoga, Tegan and Sara, and Updates

Just thought I would update you all on how life has been for me lately. March was crazy and I’m glad a hacking situation was taken care of. (I feel like March is always crazy for me. Something bad seems to happen every year and it’s always during the month of March.)

Surface Pro 4 Type Cover upgrade

I also upgraded my Surface Pro 3 type cover to the Surface Pro 4 edition so this is the first time I’ve been able to sit down and really bang out a lot of writing on it. It’s still in red but the redesign is great. The key travel is great and it’s pretty quiet despite me being a pretty loud and forceful typist (old habits die hard). On the SP3 type cover, the island keys virtually had no space between them and I found myself making a lot more mistakes than usual. It started to skip a lot for the past week and it finally died a couple of days ago. So I finally upgraded and I am super happy with my purchase. So if you’re a SP3 owner like me and you’re on the fence about it, do it. And speaking of purchases …

I just ordered myself the Lenovo X1 Yoga!

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Photo courtesy of Lenovo.com

I have always wanted to have two things regarding computers: 1. a custom-built PC desktop (check!) and 2. my own Thinkpad (freshly-checked!). Yes, I know there are plenty of other models of Thinkpads out there but the X1 Yoga is what I wanted to start off with first. I was looking for an ultrabook that was exceptionally light, powerful, and still offered some if not most of the features I’ve come to love as a Surface Pro owner. I wanted to be able to continue drawing and annotating but I also wanted the super-premium feel of a well-built keyboard. The X1 Yoga has all of that and I don’t have the smallest doubt that it can keep up with my needs and lifestyle.

I was waiting for the Black Friday sale when the site would drop but I found out through the ad leak that this year, Lenovo would only be offering the corporate discount as the site wide Black Friday discount. I decided to place the order for my Thinkpad to be built right away. Originally, I wanted to get the OLED edition but that was sold out by the time I got to it so I settled for getting the WQHD IPS edition thinking I would still get a little more on battery life. I just placed the order yesterday and it should be arriving in two weeks. Super excited!

I’m also looking forward to getting a laptop from each of the x200 series, T400 series, and a P50. I have different plans and uses for all of them so slowly but surely, it’ll all be done. I’m just so happy that I continue to accomplish all that I set my mind toward.

I’ll be doing an unboxing and a review (a couple months in) when it’s here.

My new and current job

I’ve been at Microsoft for the past five months now. I was sent on a business trip two months in and I am really glad I get to work for such a dynamic company. The holidays are coming up and it’s time to get ready. Well, I’m a retail veteran so I’ll be just fine. I’ve requested some time off to get some R&R this week.

I’m seeing Tegan and Sara tomorrow.

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Photo courtesy of thebounce.ca

I love Tegan and Sara. They are one of my favorite artists and they are really worth the trip out to see them live. I saw them two years ago at the Buckhead Theatre in Buckhead Atlanta during the Heartthrob era. They played about 21 songs with only a 10-15 minute break halfway in. They also sound amazing live (something I’m picky about.).

The concert is going to be at the Tabernacle this year. This year, they are coming back for the Love You to Death tour and I am beyond stoked. I’ll be posting pics tomorrow and hopefully videos, too (I am notoriously bad for that. I tend to enjoy myself too much and forget about documenting anything at all.).

I think that’s all for now. Be on the lookout for some new updates regarding everything I’ve talked about during this post.

 

 

School & Textbooks

This is the last semester. I’m graduating in May and as much as I love my school, it’s time to move on.

I’m taking five courses this semester:

  • playwriting
  • math
  • physical science
  • mass media effects
  • writing capstone and portfolio (adv. special topics course made for me)

Anytime I have to take a math or science course, I know the textbooks are going to cost an arm and a leg. School starts on Monday, but I’ve already gone ahead and purchased/rented three out of four the books I needed via Amazon. A lot of students wait until the first week or even the second week of classes to get their books, but that’s when the bookstore experiences bumrushing and Amazon goes out of stock. I don’t have time for that!

I’m excited about my mass media effects textbook. It looks really nice. Here are my books:

I’m actually writing the syllabus for the writing capstone course. The power I wield in my hands! I have a put together a portfolio but I’m going to add a modern spin.