Spotlight: Beauty Pamper Session

at home spa pamper skincare session
I mentioned in my latest Philosophy review that I was working on an at-home beauty pampering post. Lately I've been feeling like I need a day (or two, or three) of spoiling myself with beauty products. Going to the salon or spa is the ultimate beauty indulgence, but it's definitely pricey. You can get a similar luxurious feeling at home if put more effort than you normally would. By that I mean going all out: lighting candles, ordering your favorite food, taking care of your skin, lips, hair, feet, everything! Also, if you've ever been curious about my skincare routine you can which products I use in this post.

If you've been feeling like you're in a funk (like me), a beauty pamper session can really lift your spirits even if it's just temporarily. Without going into soppy details, I've been feeling a bit down ever since my boyfriend left for the Navy. I've been in long-distance relationships in the past and, while difficult, they are absolutely bearable because at least you can contact your significant other whenever you please. This is a huge change and it threw me off my schedules. Funnily enough, I have over a dozen pre-written queued posts but last week I didn't even feel like hitting "publish". Thankfully, I feel better now. Here's what I do when I want to treat myself...

Disclaimer: I purchased the majority of items mentioned myself except the REN mask which was a Sephora 100 point perk, the Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish which I received from a swap, and the items marked with asterisks which are PR samples.

Skin
On a daily basis, besides the obvious step of cleaning my skin, I strictly stick to using a moisturizer and toner. I don't have a separate nighttime and daytime routine either, I just like to keep it simple. However, now is the perfect time to use serums, facials, face masks, oils, eye creams, etc. Your skin will really benefit from the intensive care. Doing this only once a week is fine as you don't want to smother the skin.
face masks ren origins skin food caudalie
Step 1. Face Mask I like to start with a good face mask (and a clean face). There are many types: hydrating, pore tightening, brightening, etc. Here are the ones I use:
If my skin feels itchy and dehydrated I use the Origins Drink Up Mask ($24). Initially I wanted the Intensive version (in the green packaging) but decided that I didn't really need it since I don't have dry skin.
When my skin looks dull I use the REN Glycol Lactic Radiance Reneweal Mask ($55 full size) or the Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Revealing Mask* ($46). I love both but I actually prefer the REN mask. It's so good. I have a deluxe sample but it has enough for several applications (maybe 20+).
When my skin feels congested I like to use the Skin Food Egg White Pore Mask ($10). This one is really tightening which is why I like to use it before any special event. It firms the face and diminishes the look of pores for about a day so my foundation looks extra nice after I've used this.
korres wild rose refining scrub cleanser
Step 2. Cleanser Time to cleanse the skin, remove my face mask, and get rid of residue. I alternate cleansers a lot but right now I'm using the KORRES Wild Rose Brightening & Refining Buff Cleanser ($24). I really like it so far and love its gentle scent. I also use the Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish which was sent to me by Latasha during our swap.
Step 3. Toner Toners can help prepare the skin for moisturizer, improve your skin's texture, and make your skintone more even. For convenience I like using toners that come in spray bottles like the Caudalie Beauty Elixir (not shown) or the LUSH Tea Tree Toner Water ($10). I also use Origins A Perfect World ($23) with a cotton pad once in a while.
clinique dramatically different moisturizing gel
Step 4. Moisturize I have normal skin and live in hot weather. I don't get very oily but still find that creams aimed at dry/normal skin are too heavy for me and leave a lot of residue. That's why I stick to gel moisturizers. My two absolute favorites are the Garnier Moisture Rescue Refresh Gel ($8, not shown) and the Clinique Dramatically Different Gel ($26). I've used over 6 jars of the Garnier gel but recently decided to replace it because I wan't to slowly phase out anything in a jar/tub packaging because it's not very sanitary. Sometimes I use an eye cream and sometimes I just use my facial moisturizer. When I do use one it's the L'Oreal Youth Code Eye Cream ($15).

Lips
I use lip balms on a regular basis, but when my lips need serious TLC I resort to my fail-proof combo: shea butter and lip scrub. I always use lip scrubs I've made myself because I don't use them often enough to justify a purchase. When my lips are in really bad shape I reach for the L'Occitane 100% Pure Organic Shea Butter ($6). In 3 days it completely gets rid of dryness/flakiness and after 7 days it gets my lips into even better condition than what they were before they got chapped. It's more of a treatment than a balm (which instantly makes your lips glossy and soft) so I only use it whenever I really need it. I have my sister to thank for introducing me to this product. The lip scrub shown here is from my Honey Almond DIY Scrub.

Feet
foot scrubs
A pedicure is another great instant pick-me-up. The good thing about pedicures is that they last for ages which is good because it's a process you won't have to repeat as often. My favorite foot scrubs are the Freeman Peppermint & Plum Foot Scrub ($4, not pictured), The Body Shop's Peppermint Smoothing Scrub ($14 full size), and the Philosophy Footnotes Energizing Foot Scrub*. After a good exfoliation I like to moisturize my feet with the Philosophy Soul Owner Cream*.

Hair
phyto 7 hydrating day cream dry hair
For hair treatments I decided to go with creams instead of oils (like the Moroccan Oil which I've mentioned before) because lately I've been preferring creams. A mask would also be a great hair pamper but I don't own one right now. For when I let my hair dry naturally wavy I like to use the Desert Essence Coconut Soft Curls Cream ($9). I also regularly use the Phyto 7 Hydrating Day Cream ($28). It does nothing for my hair when it's dry, but when I apply it to damp hair it makes it feel amazing!

Candles
What better way to set the mood than with your favorite scented candle? I love Candles By Victoria and have mentioned them previously in a favorites post. She seriously offers over 100 scents so there's something for everyone. They're also potent which is why I prefer them over Yankee Candles (or store-bought candles in general) because I feel like those don't fill my entire room with their scent. The downside is that CBV only ships to the U.S. and U.S. territories. The one pictured above is the Peppermint Bark ($9) holiday scent. Another candle I've been loving is the Ginger & Vanilla Soy Candle* ($25) from Metropolis Soap Co. It smells so amazing! Very sweet but not overwhelmingly so.

Bath
metropolis soap company patchouli
This is more of a daily routine than a special occasion pamper, but a few years ago I switched over to artisan crafted bar soaps vs. store-bought body wash and soap. There's something about a handmade bar soap that just feels so luxurious. The scent selection is unique and amazing. Also the ingredients are very simple and natural. I also like supporting artisans so I stock up on soaps at local fairs. The soap on the right is a Peppermint one I got here in Puerto Rico. The one on the left is Patchouli* and was sent to me by Metropolis Soap Co., a New York based brand. They both smell divine!


So, let me know in the comments what you like to do (and what products you like to use) when doing an at-home spa session. Sundays are the perfect days to do them so I'm treating myself to one today.
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47 comments

  1. Lovely, everything is just lovely... :) I absolutely love my Cleanse&Polish. I wish I could try more Origins products but they are just so hard to get where I live and are really expensive.

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    1. Luckily I've loved that I've tried from them so far but, yes, they're quite pricey x

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  2. Like the sound of the skin food mask :)

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  3. It's always great doing a pamper session whether you are down or happy! Great products you have here too.

    http://skinstuffbykaty.blogspot.com/

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  4. Only good products ! No wonder why your skin looks so flawless !
    Sara,
    http://thecrimeofashion.blogspot.fr

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    1. It's not flawless at all but that's a sweet compliment :) x

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  5. This post has taught me that I need a pamper day and that I don't look after my feet enough! I've definitely found some new products I want to try through this, thanks lovely!

    Megan xxx
    Thumbelina Lillie | UK Beauty Blog

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    1. You deserve one! Make sure to have a little pamper soon x

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  6. Great post, I love pamper sessions, it's what Sundays are for!
    X

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  7. Sunday's are my pamper sessions!
    I use A LOT of products and make skin feel goooddd! :D
    hareem x

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  8. Ironically, despite my love of skincare products and the bazillion I use on my face, I am not that invested in body care products, other than a body wash. Once in a blue moon I will buy some random hand or foot product, but it usually ends up getting tossed from non-use. Spas are great for pedicures, manicures and massages. That's about it. Everything else is just high priced robbery. But it sure does feel nice!

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    1. The place where I'm lacking is quite literally the body as I never use a body lotion after the shower on my legs, arms, or hands. It's something I've never gotten into. I just feel weird getting into my clothes with that "residue" feeling x

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    2. Bingo. I always thought it was just because I have oily facial skin, but I associate putting creams/oils on my body with oiliness and it feels kind of repulsive. I feel the same way about sunscreen for the body. I can imagine living in a humid climate, its not pleasant either.

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  9. wow I also love skin food!

    Please also check out my blog :D

    beautyetiquettes.blogspot.com

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  10. I need to do a pamper session soon before I go back to school!

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  11. Drink Up really is a great product so I'm saving up to repurchase :) I never understood the purpose of a toner honestly, but it sounds like a nice thing to have. Great post xx

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    1. The Lush Tea Tree actually helped with my cheek redness. I didn't think it would but after a few weeks I saw a difference xx

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  12. great post i love pampering sessions :)
    keep in touch
    www.articalandfashionknowledge.com

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  13. Sounds like a perfect pampering session! I've been sampling the REN radiance mask lately and it really is fantastic! xo

    -Jen

    www.vibrantbeautyblog.com

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    1. It really is! I understand all the praises now x

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  14. Just the post I wanted to read!♥ Thanks Coco :)
    "Lately I've been feeling like I need a day (or two, or three) of spoiling myself with beauty products." I know exactly what you mean ^^ However, I'm pretty new to facial masks and such so I have lot to learn ._. So thank you very much for this post!

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  15. That skinfood mask sounds great! xx
    // Inês Paúl //

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  16. I've just picked up the Phyto 7 so I'm excited to try it. Gorgeous pictures as always Coco :-)
    http://wwwclairabelle.blogspot.co.uk

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  17. Looks like these products are amazing for a pamper session! I used to love the Tea Tree Water and I definitely need to rebuy it!
    xx

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  18. An amazing post! I find it really hard knowing which products I need and this post has really helped! Might be stealing some of your products and ideas so thank you :)

    Katie xx | Katies World

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    1. Let me know how they work for you :)

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  19. Some incredible products! my wish list definitely just got longer x

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  20. Love this post, you could have the most amazing pamper session with these! x

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  21. Ah, everything looks lovely! I love that tea tree water, makes me feel so fresh in the mornings!
    I'm dying to try any REN products.. I can't wait to move to Europe to order a bunch of products cause sadly lots of products don't ship to Argentina :(

    So sad to hear about your boyfriend, how long is he going to be away? I know about long distance relationships and they suck : /
    Be strong coco xxx !!

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    1. You'll go shopping crazy once you're in Europe!

      Well, I'm going to see him in a month but after that he'll be gone for a few more months and it's basically unexpected deployments until his contract is over in a few years xx

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  22. Great post! I love the cute DIY lip scrub :) And i definitely know how you feel with the long-distance relationship x

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  23. I love making my own lip scrub!
    catrinteleri.blogspot.co.uk

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  24. I love the Phyto cream! But I put it on when my hair is already dry. I feel like it helps it get smoother. :)

    Sandra - The Puzzle of Sandra's Life

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    1. I'm glad it works for you both ways :) xx

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  25. Totally agree with you that there's something so luxurious about using handmade bar soaps! I always forget about them but they're underrated :) Beautiful post!

    Ellie | Ellalogy 

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  26. Ohh man I am LONG overdue for a DIY pamper sesh! I really want to try the peppermint soap you mentioned, I love mintyness in a hot shower.

    PS. Girl we need to have a sappy talk on long distant relationships! I am going through one right now & it will continue even after we get married for a while:( They're the worst but they definitely prove how strong your love is!

    XO, Catt

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  27. From head to toe, a pampering session indeed! Loved the idea Coco, I don't have scented candles but I will definitely try doing all the rest. I'm already imagining feeling relaxed and smelling gorgeous all over haha <3 xx

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  28. You really know how to pamper yourself :)
    No wonder why your skin is so nice ♥

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