Have you had a week that felt like it was never going to end? Did your card get declined at Pret? Or did you spill toothpaste down your favourite jumper? We all have those kind of days when it feels like only a fortnight in the Maldives could lift our spirits, but sometimes all you need is to indulge in a little self care. So, here are some of our favourite ways to unwind by ourselves or even with our favourite gal pals. Just remember to rest, relax and savour every moment.
The Beauty Bit
Well-deserved me-time and beauty products go hand in hand (at least we think so!). And if you’re feeling frazzled, your hair probably is too. Bring along a hair mask to your pamper night and both you and your stressed tresses will thank you. Our current favourite, Coco & Eve’s Coconut & Fig Hair Masque repairs damage, improves texture and shine, deeply hydrates, fights frizz, and seals split ends (phew!). The perfect companion for a chilled night in, simply wet the ends of your hair, massage in the decadent formula and leave it to work its magic all evening (or if you want to fast-track, 10 minutes is plenty!).
We love taking some time to massage in a body lotion in the name of self care, too. John Masters Organics Geranium & Grapefruit Body Milk will rapidly restore moisture and softness whilst the essential oils refresh and tone. Not only will you reap the benefits of hydrating your skin (hello, super silky legs), but the application and scent can be really relaxing.
No pamper guide would be complete without a sheet mask. Possibly the best way to switch off, treat your skin to a better, brighter radiance with the potent mix of glow-getters in the Beautaniq Beauty Radiant Glow mask. Make sure you remember to sit back, relax and take selfies with your nearest and dearest! Quick disclaimer: sheet masks will make nibbling on snacks much harder, sorry.
The last step to creating a dreamy at-home pamper night? Fragrance! Although it may not be the first thing that springs to mind, spritz on your favourite feel-good fragrance before chilling out. Philosophy’s Amazing Grace Ballet Rose has delicate rose and soft peony notes that’ll calm your mind – trust us, an uplifting scent can work wonders when trying to de-stress!
The Other Stuff
It’s not all about beauty products, we get that. So whilst you’re moisturising, toning, soothing and everything else-ing your body and mind, pop on Netflix, light your favourite candle and treat yourself to a tipple.
Wanting to avoid the dreaded “no, you choose!” chat? We’re here to help. When it comes to Netflix, we can’t stop talking about our namesake, Birdbox, so give that a try if you enjoy keep-you-on-your-toes thrillers. Looking for something a bit more relaxing? Marie Kondo’s new series, Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, features some of the most satisfying organisation we’ve seen in a long time.
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