We all know that life is full of up’s and down’s and we often experience both types of emotions at the same time.
I won’t lie, the past couple of weeks have been a bit of an emotional roller coaster for me. You may remember that I started a new job a few weeks ago, and leading up to it, I’d been very excited. I quickly learned that it wasn’t the right fit for me and that in many ways, it wasn’t what I’d signed up for. Rather than spend months (or years) there, I gave my notice and my last day was Friday. Believe me, it was a bummer. Add to that a couple of bad dating experiences recently (what else is new), and you can definitely say I’ve been feeling the “winter blah’s” this month.
While I’ve had some recent disappointments, I’ve also been very excited about a lot of other things. Shortly after giving my notice at my job, a couple of new opportunities presented themselves to me. It’s too soon to know what the outcome will be, but I’m trying to stay optimistic.
For whatever reason, it’s easy to get bogged down by the negatives, especially during the winter. To help brighten your mood (or celebrate an accomplishment), why not pamper yourself with an at-home spa day? I feel like for now, a spa day at home is best for me right now, as I don’t have much time to look after myself. But when I do, I enjoy taking my time and relaxing. I even went as far as looking into something like spa packages melbourne, as I am planning a trip to Australia soon. I think a spa day would be great, considering I will be going half way across the world. In all honesty, self care is important wherever you are in the world. There are so many ways that you can have a spa day at home, some people are happy to buy a hot tub (like these denver hot tubs) and that can be a great way for them to relax, whilst other people like to have a few other spa experiences. Whether you want to enjoy an evening alone, or invite a couple of friend’s over for a girl’s night, all you need to create the experience are 5 types of “goodies.” When I have an evening alone I tend to also play something like skrill bingo on my phone whilst I’m pampering myself! It really is the most relaxing and calm evening to be able to do my own thing and destress at the same time.
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***Note that you can visit www.skinceuticals.ca to find a retailer closest to you.***
***Hard Candy products are available at Walmart and www.walmart.ca***
WHAT YOU NEED TO CREATE AN AT HOME SPA EXPERIENCE:
1- COMFORTABLE CLOTHING
You need to be comfortable to enjoy the experience and in my opinion, nothing beats a cozy pair of pyjama pants. If you’re having friends over, it might be fun to buy matching PJ’s!
2 – SNACKS
You can’t argue that popcorn and chips are snacking staples, but it’s fun to get a bit more creative. My suggestion is to pick up a bag of giant pretzel rods and decorate them. Most people love that combination of sweet and salty, but they’re also really easy to make…and they photograph well for Instagram.
3 – BEAUTY TREATMENTS
Nothing is more important at the spa than the beauty treatments, right? When you create the spa experience at home, you’re saving a ton of money, so it’s a great reason to splurge on some higher end products. If you’re not sure what to buy, I recommend the SkinCeuticals line. I’ve been testing out a few of the products and have fallen in love! Here’s my recommendations:
– Start with the SkinCeuticals Clarifying Clay Masque. It’s non-drying formula is made up of the highest quality clays, as well as botanicals and minerals to help calm and soothe your skin. It lifts out impurities and helps to remove excess oil, so your skin feels refreshed and smooth after you rinse it off. Like a lot of other masques, you should only apply it once a week or so, or else it could dry out your skin.
– Next, you’ll want to apply a serum or nighttime concentrate, like the SkinCeuticals Resveratrol B E. The rich formula works to support your skin’s natural repair system and diminishes the visible signs of aging. It’s quite concentrated and a little goes a long way, but your skin instantly feels smooth and healthy when you apply this treatment. Finish with moisturizer and your skin will feel incredible!
– The next morning, you’ll want to complete your spa experience by using the SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic. All you need is a few drops before applying your moisturizer to notice a difference in your skin. This serum works to provide environmental protection, in addition to visible anti-aging benefits. The effects last for about 72 hours, but when you first apply it, the smoothing effect is instantaneous.
4 – Treat Yourself
You’ll want to pick up a few goodies to help make your environment feel more “zen.” Candles, flowers and essential oils are all fair game. Sometimes it can be worth just spending that little bit extra as well, if you have the space and money, then why not invest in the best outdoor sauna, this can really help set the mood if you are keen to have the best pampering session that you can!
5 – WILD MAKEUP AND MAGAZINES FOR INSPIRATION
Picture yourself relaxing with a clay masque on your face, and a girly magazine in hand. Pretty fabulous, right? It’s also fun to play around with fierce makeup, which you may or may not feel comfortable wearing outside of the house. I’ve included a few bold colours of Hard Candy Lipsticks, but it would be fun to experiment with different eyeliners, bright blush or coloured mascara, too. Use the magazines as a source of inspiration.
I hope you give the idea a try, especially if you have a girl’s night coming up!