Spotlight: Beauty Pamper 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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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*.