Saturday, May 09, 2015

Velvet Smooth Express Pedi by Scholl and GIVEAWAY

I think feet and I reach for the nearest sick bucket - there are no redeeming features in my own humble opinion for the slabs of meat at the end of our legs. That said however, there are things you can do to make sure that when the sun arrives (should I say when, what I mean is if) and the summer footwear comes out of the closet you don’t look like a Griffin from the knee down.

Not wishing to traumatise my readers I can assure you now that I will not be posting pictures of my feet!

Nail care is key, but what about any unsightly hard dry skin on the sole and ball of the foot? Step forward the Velvet Smooth Express Pedi by Scholl. It’s basically an automatic foot file that is designed to remove hard dry and dead skin leaving your feet looking beach ready.

Velvet Smooth Express Pedi

My Express Pedi was a sample from their lovely PR people. If you want one yourself wait until you get to the end of this review! Prices can vary by up to 30% depending on where you look, but you can buy it now for £30 from Boots online here

I have an overwhelming urge to use the phrase ‘for feet to die for’ but when you read the next few paragraphs you’ll realise I probably shouldn’t laugh, even though I do quite a lot when reflecting on this particular period of my life….I never used to take care of my feet and to say that they were a mess would be an understatement - in fact it wasn’t until I got married in 2004 and my feet nearly killed me that I started to pay attention to them - I can look back and laugh now, no really I laugh in a slightly crazed, deranged way. 

How do your feet nearly kill you I hear you ask? Well, I bought a new pair of shoes for my wedding and decided to break them in before jetting off for my nuptials. The problem was that I got a blister on my heel that was ignored for weeks that became infected. Being a typical man I ignored the throbbing pain, and then the shooting pains up my leg until I stood up from my desk at work one day and my leg gave way completely as the pain shot up from my foot to my chest - cue much embarrassment for me face planting the floor and very worried looks from my boss (thanks Maria for putting me in a cab to accident & emergency). I had developed septicaemia (blood poisoning) and ended up with a doctor immediately cutting into my foot (lots of gross puss) with a scalpel, seriously strong antibiotics and painkillers, all ten days before I was due to say "I do". 

One thing that sticks in my mind and make me chuckle was that the politician I worked with at the time phoned hours after I had left hospital - instead of asking how I was, he instead told me to take a paracetamol and get over it - helpful!

Anyhow, I digress massively! I highly recommend visiting the Scholl website - I found the FAQ section for the product really helpful and the tips straight forward that even I can follow them (however retaining this information in my brain has pushed memories out to make space - probably how to drive or something)

Velvet Smooth Express Pedi

Velvet Smooth Express Pedi

I have been using this on my right foot (always go to the right, a phrase that has always served me well) as I need the left one for another similar product I have to try. The skin on the ball of my foot and sole was to be blunt rock hard and actually had been starting to cause a few problems, particularly with my new boots. 

The first thing that surprised me was the weight of the Pedi, with four batteries (they come included) it feels solid, is well made and the once switched on it is almost whisper quiet. The diamond crystal encrusted roller spins really quickly and as soon as it comes into contact with rough and hard skin it works through it like a hot knife through butter - you can see it working away and while at first this may seems strange it‘s nice to be able to see where I‘ve already covered.

Now for the sensations  - having sensitive feet my only worry about using this was that it would either hurt or tickle so much I couldn’t apply any pressure. Nope, none of that - while it tingles and tickles slightly I had no problems applying light pressure as it sanded away. Indeed, considering that it is sanding off skin I was impressed by the complete absence of any discomfort, pain or irritation. Top stuff.

After using and washing my feet off the results were immediately noticeable - the skin was smoother, softer and slight colour blemishes on my heel has gone. Beach ready feet? Oh yes, these babies are now ready for anything and the removal of the hard skin on my sole means that breaking my new shoes is much more comfortable. As I only tested this on one of my feet I have to say that I really can tell the difference between the right that was treated and the left where there is still hard skin waiting to be treated. 

It’s a cracking little orbital sander/buffer for your feet. For me there were a number of massive positives when using this even when you put the exceptional results to one side and for that I am very grateful for the opportunity to try this out. I will be using it again, and again, and again. 

Usually retailing at £40 I would still say it is worth the money just because of the cracking results (that means good, not literally cracking).


Now here is the good bit, I have a brand new Express Pedi and a 30ml tube of Scholl Velvet Smooth Intense Serum to giveaway to one lucky reader.  It is a UK only giveaway and the prize will be posted to the winner by the PR company. If you are under the age of 18, please ensure you have parental permission to enter because I will need to obtain your home address if you win.

Please also ensure you complete the compulsory entries and anyone found to be using multiple accounts or not adhering to the terms and conditions will be excluded.

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