So this evening I have decided to do a little pampering. I’ve had quite a long day today and I am exhausted, but after pampering myself I feel ten times better! I try to do a pamper evening at least once a week, and it usually lands on a Friday or on a Sunday. Now usually I’m okay with just doing a face mask, but today I felt extra pamper-y. If you want to start doing pamper evenings, or you do, and want to learn some tips, tricks, or new things to do on your pamper evening… then please read on 🙂
1. Nails! Nails! Nails!
So the first thing I did was take off my sad, chipping nail polish. Nobody likes chipped nail polish, it looks gross, unprofessional, sloppy and it just irritates me to look at.. especially on my own nails! So I try to repaint them every week once they start chipping and my nails have gotten a little too long. Doing nails is common sense really, I’m sure everyone knows to remove the nail polish, cut/file the nails, wash hands, and put on the new nail polish. But one thing I always do is use a nail buffer block . A nail buffer block is something you use on the surface of the nail. There are four sides to the block used for different purposes (i.e. one evens out the nail, one is for buffing etc.) and normally you start buffing each nail on the one side labeled: 1 and work your way up to 4. When you’re done buffing your nails they should be smoothy smooth and it should be very easy to put on nail polish (no bumps or creases!).
Nail Polish Remover: Sally Hansen Moisturizing – Nail Polish: Essie Tart Deco – Top Coat: Essie All-In-One – Buffer Block: Lawtons Drug Store
I don’t understand why the camera has to completely change the color of things. But this is not a pale orange it is a bright coral-y orange!
This is what the color really looks like!
2. Clean Yourself Up!
The next thing I did was hop in the shower quickly for a quick scrub using Dove’s Purely Pampering Nourishing Body Wash in Coconut Milk with Jasmine Petals (I love it), but I didn’t wash my hair (you’ll see why later). Now normally I would go for a bath on a pamper evening but today for some reason I wasn’t feeling it tonight. When I do take baths I loooove lighting some candles, reading a book or putting on calm music, drinking a beverage (whatever beverage you may choose, wine, water, sangria (yum!), and soaking up the bubbles. My favorite bath products from LUSH are the Rose Bubble Bar (makes your skin sooo smooth and it smells amazing!), Dragon’s Egg (seriously one of my favorite scents, and its glittery and shimmery (a bit messy) and just makes baths so much more fun and exciting!), Bunch Of Carrots (Seriously my favorite vegetable! These bubbles are soo easy to use (no crumbling), just run it under water and save the rest for later!… Oh and they smell WAYY better than actual carrots.), and my ABSOLUTE favorite Brightside (I can’t even explain this wonderful scent to you except that this bubble bar smells like citrus and all things fresh… it makes the bath look so bright and happy and it just lightens your mood and makes you feel so much better out of the tub!) Okay I will admit after writing this I regret not having a bath, oh and that I’m drooling just imagining how good those products smell! (how embarrassing.) The next step is crucial, if you guessed it then you get… 1o bonus points… MOISTURIZING! I can not stress to you enough how important it is to moisturize as frequently as possible! (Trust me your skin will thank you one day). Whether you’re coming out of the bath, or shower always always always moisturize your body! The product I used to moisturize was a Victoria’s Secret product and I can honestly say that all their lotions work very well, they are very hydrating and you will smell like a dream after you use them so I definitely recommend them. (The scent below is my FAVORITE for sure!)
3. Best Face Forward
Okay so for some reason I’m not very smart and I forgot to take my face scrub into the shower so I just did it after I got out of the shower and moisturized and put on clothes. The scrub I used is one that I have never used before, it was recommended to me by my good friend Alex who works at Sephora. On the day I went in to see her, we were standing by the face scrubs and face masks and I was just being typically me, opening things, looking at things, and smelling things all while attempting to remain engaged in a conversation, when I opened a product called Ole Henrikson Walnut Complexion Scrub , it was the smell that got my attention. It smells like sweet delicious heavenly walnuts if sweet walnuts are even a thing, but anyways intrigued by the smell I had to ask for a sample. So after just trying it now, I can say with my honest opinion that it works fantastic! I’m a big sucker for face scrubs, I love trying them and I love the way they make my face feel, but this product by far had the best results. Immediately after using this scrub my skin instantly felt so soft, smooth and exfoliated. The best part was that my face didn’t feel dry and it didn’t feel like it needed moisturizer right that second. In this scrub there are several exfoliating beads so only using a little bit of it can go a long way.
This is what the sample bag looked like.
4. Even Better Face Forward!
After cleansing and exfoliating my face I then steam it, with a hot face cloth to open up my pores and then… Yay! My favorite part: Face masks! I love face masks, after using them my face feels so fresh and relieved from oils and dirt from pores, and it feels great. I’ve been trying a few face masks out lately to hopefully soon discover my true love. Lately I have been testing AND loving GlamGlow. This mask is crazy good… the mud comes from Hollywood California, and is known for it’s amazing results on several A-List celebrities. They have a couple different kinds of GlamGlow face mask products depending on what kind of results you’re looking to see. The kind I have been using is the Supermud Clearing Treatment (the one in the white container). The best part of these face masks besides their great results and how great the skin feels after using them is that you can actually see it working right before your eyes. As the mask starts drying (it dries a lighter color than originally applied) you will start to see darker dots emerging…these darker dots are the oil, dirt and other gunk that were hidden deep down in the pores and are now being surfaced. (It is seriously disgusting… but really awesome). I do face masks every week and I am still surprised at how much stuff gets clogged into pores in just that amount of time (gross!).
Most difficult selfie of my life
It starts drying…… (please pardon my face)
Notice the dots that were once oil and dirt clogged into my pores but are now gone… muahaha
And it’s dry! (For some reason the mask on my one eyebrow wouldn’t dry hahaha)
Seriously I actually attempted to make better facial expressions but we all know how difficult it truly is to move your face with a face mask on! After rinsing off the face mask I put on some moisturizer. The moisturizer I’m using I’ve been using for a while, it does it’s job well and it prevents future break-outs which I love!
5. Long hur don’t cur
This is the last and final step to my pamper evening extravaganza: Hair Mask! Okay honestly, I have never done a hair mask before and would have never known how to do it and why to do it if I didn’t observe my best friend Alyssa do a hair mask a couple weeks ago. She used coconut oil on her hair which I’ve heard people raving about, although it is quite messy, I figured I would do some research on it and give it a go. After research, I’ve learned that coconut oil promotes hair growth, attempts to repair split ends, creates a healthy-looking shine, and makes hair stronger and healthier (all factors that are necessary when I’m looking for something to put in my hair). So of course, all-in-all the best product to put in your hair, I figured I would go out and buy a tub of coconut oil (plus I wanted to try it for all it’s other uses!). Once you put the oil in your hair, you’re supposed to leave it for a minimum of two hours and a maximum of however long you want to leave it. Excited to attempt this… in my bathroom I took a spoon and dug it into the hard solid tub of oil, rubbed it in my hand (it turns to oil very very fast) and quickly applied it to my roots first and made my way down to the tips of my hair, making sure I had it all the way through. Surprisingly enough it wasn’t as messy as I thought it would be, you just have to make sure you do it over the sink. In just a short amount of time I managed to get it all throughout my hair, success! (Except for the massive amounts of hair on the counter and on the floor… yes, you will shed, and you will shed a lot, and you will have to clean it up because nothing is more disgusting than stray hair… especially oily stray hair). After I cleaned up my hair off the floor, counter and on my clothes, I began to braid my super greasy, oily hair so that I could pin it up.
After pinning my hair up (because I plan on sleeping with my hair like this) I put a plastic bag over my hair so that the oil won’t spread all over my pillow… yes, I’m talking to you with a bag on my head, and I feel like a weirdo and I should probably look into investing in a shower cap.
Thank you everyone for tuning into my weekly pamper evening routine! I hope you at least learned something or at least enjoyed reading this! …. My mom just told me that mice were going to eat my hair because apparently the scent of the coconut oil can be detected from quite far for mice… Thanks mom.