I don’t know about you, but I love to take out some time from one day in the week and just flat out pamper myself. It’s relaxing, stress-relieving, and after a long week of work, I feel like it’s something that I deserve. I advocate that everyone take a day just for themselves to rewind and prepare themselves for the week and events to come because, after my weekly ritual, every part of me is pampered and ready to go from the tips of my hair to the nails on my toes.
To begin, I always start with making myself a cup of tea. My absolute favorite tea is called Yoga Tea from Teaoli in Edmond, OK. It is a blend of hawthorne leaves, dried ginger, cloves, cinnamon, and a few other spices.
This tea is to DIE for! I discovered it while attending college up in Edmond, and I would have gone nuts when I came back down here to the Houston area had Teaoli not had their own website. Trust me, trying to ration this deliciousness is on par to staring down a piece of chocolate fudge cake and you haven’t eaten in days.
As that is steeping, I go and draw myself a nice relaxing bath. Depending on my mood, I’ll either put a couple of cups of Dr. Teal’s Epson Salt Soaking Solution in eucalyptus spearmint (this stuff will draw out toxins from the body, so it’s good for if you have allergies, are fighting off a cold/sickness, or if your muscles are just really sore), or drop one of Lush’s amazing bath bombs in. I have two favorites of all time that I will buy until they don’t make them anymore! The first is the Tisty Tosty bath bomb (it has dried roses in it!) Drop it in and watch the amazing rosy fizziness take over, filling the air with a sweet perfume. A plus is that it will make your skin and hair smell like roses, too!
My second favorite is the Ceridwen’s Cauldron bath melt. It comes in it’s own mesh/cheesecloth sack that you just drop into the water and let it melt away. It’s full of butters and oils – this is my go to for dry winter days or for days that my hair and skin need extra hydration. Your skin and hair will be so soft after using it, you don’t even need to apply lotion! (Am I the only one who slathers on the creamy stuff after a bath or shower?)
For days that I really want extra pampering, I add a few few drops of Bath and Body Works’ Stress Relief Eucalyptus Spearmint Massage Oil into the water. Combined with any of the above, and the result is heavenly. Pure bliss right there.
Now is when the pampering begins. Before I’m even in the water, I grab my favorite hair mask, Shea Moisture Manuka Honey and Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Hair Masque. For those of you who don’t know, I have really curly hair that is naturally dry (as all curly hair is). This hair mask brings so much moisture back into my hair, everyone who sees it the next day thinks that I had it cut and styled the day before. I’m talking bouncy ringlets, super lustrous hair, the works! I slather the liquid gold all over my curls, focusing mainly on the tips and where my hair tie sits and pop on a stylish shower cap to keep the goodness in.
By then, the tea is done steeping, so I set it on the edge of the tub, grab myself a book, turn on a candle warmer (if one isn’t already on), and soak for however long I want, wash my hair, and do anything else I need to. Before I hop out, if I didn’t use the bath melt, I will slather myself with either Lush’s Yummy Mummy body conditioner or Nivea’s In-Shower Body Lotion. Both are designed to instantly hydrate the skin once applied, and then you rinse it off with water. It is so much less messy than pumping lotion into your palm and having to wait for it to absorb before you towel off. Both the Lush and Nivea brands are designed so that you can immediately towel off as soon as you get out of the bath. Talk about a time saver! Now is also the time that I give myself a deep exfoliation with Philosophy’s Midrodelivery C-Peptide face peel. This stuff is amazing for sloughing off dead skin cells and letting newer cells come forth bright and radiant. I will buy this until the end of time!
Once done, I pull on some comfy pajamas (even if it is the middle of the day…) and tend to my nails. I remove all nail polish, push back my cuticles, and paint my nails.(If I’m removing gel nail polish, I follow the steps I wrote about in this post.) Depending on how long I want the manicure to last, I’ll either use regular nail polish or I’ll use gel polish that cures under an LED light.
After I’m all pampered and polished, I relax on the couch with my tea and enjoy some Pinterest browsing or watching YouTube videos, queen of my throne, and ready to tackle anything that comes my way.
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