This weekend, inspired by Anna of Vivianna Does Makeup and her Weekend Posts I have decided to share with you a little of my pampering sessions. I don't have a set day for this, I tend to do it whenever I fancy a little bit of a sprucing up, and a bit of a relaxation session. Today, I was feeling rather sleepy all day - due to the fact I am fasting - and more or less curled up in bed watching the Olympic Gymnastics, Diving and Beach Volleyball. Quick side note: I'm actually enjoying the Olympics waaaaay more than I thought I would! Yesterday's Men's Road Cycling was somehow quite riveting, and the opening ceremony was just perfect for a children's literature fan like me. Anyways, I digress: back to the beauty bits.
So, after a little (or a lot) of bed and TV, at 17:30 I decided to run myself a bubble bath (a Lush Bubble Bar would have been perfect at this point, but I had to make do with a lovely Radox Bubble Bath), jumped in with my Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban audio book on play, and it just so happens that I am now sitting here, at 20:00, starting to watch The Zoo on ITV, feeling thoroughly pampered, and definitely more relaxed thanks to this little horde of beauties:
In terms of my face, I applied my newest face mask, the Good Think Five Minute Facial Face Mask which 1) smells ridiculously gorgeous 2) feels like its actually doing copious amounts of good to my skin and 3) appears to be a cheaper and yummier version of the REN ClearCalm Clay Mask. This stuff is soooo good that I will be writing up a separate review on this very soon. Haircare-wise, after a good old double shampooing - with Vosene - I applied the Herbal Essences Seductively Straight Sleekening Intensive Mask for 5 minutes before rinsing, whilst I rinsed off the Good Things Mask using a little bit of Lush Ocean salt, thereby giving my face a little bit of exfoliation action too! Of course I did the usual washing business that one must do in a bath or shower, and if you are interested, today's products of choice were the Soap and Glory Exfoliating Mitt with the Original Source Lime Shower Gel, which I adore.
So, after stepping out of the bath, deodorising and moisturising occurred:
And now, my faaaaave bit: skincare on my face! Today, I really treated my skin to a mixture of 3 different items - the weird hot, cold, hot, cold weather really takes the healthy look out of my skin, so I try to put it back via skincare, so that I don't need to do so much when it comes to make up. First up, the Alpha H Smoothing and Perfecting mask. Now, I'm sure you can see this seems to crop up in the wrong place in this pamper routine, and you'd be right! However, I am currently using this gem as an active night time moisturiser, as opposed to as a mask: I don't suggest you necessarily do the same - I am very aware of the limits of my skin, and this is fine for mine, but sensitive skins and reactive skins need to be cautious. I applied it in a very thin layer, and massaged it right into the skin, then continued on to my REN T-Zone Balancing Day fluid, to balance my skin, and followed up with a superb burst of moisture in the form of DCL Post-Peel Quick Recovery which is essentially a very calming, soothing, and moisturising cream that smells of angel delight!
Penultimately is my least favourite part of pampering - hands and feet. For my hands I use the REN Vetiver hand cream because it literally disappears, leaving the hands like velvet. For the feet I use Neostrata Problem Dry Skin Cream, which is complete and utter witchcraft! Using this 3 days in a row will give you feet-model style feet! I slather it on, and put on a pair of socks:
And last of all, trusty old Lanolips: my poor lips are in a right state, due to the fact I can't drink from 3.30am to 9pm, and as such, I am layering on as many lip balms as I can - Lanolips and Blistex Intensive Moisturiser are my current saviours!
And I believe that that is all for this miserable Sunday afternoon!