I rarely spend a night home alone (I like it that way) but when I do, I like to use the time to fully unwind – enjoy total peace and quiet, and just hit the reset button.
Life can sometimes get on top of you without you even realising – and that’s exactly what was happening to me. I’m not going to share my tale of toil, but I will share with you the products I used and some tips I’ve found really useful for unwinding – and as usual all of the products used are Cruelty Free.
I kick off by removing all nail polish, and not even bothering to apply makeup, which isn’t that unusual for me over the weekend to be honest.
I’m not vegetarian, but whenever I’m enjoying a wind-down I like to avoid meat, it makes my stomach feel heavy and causes distraction. I enjoy this with lemon in warm water.
After that it’s time to run the bath. This time I like to burn Tesco Botanicals candle named “Cairo” which was a really delicious blend of fig, myrrh and other warm spices, although on the label it says Leather and Fig. It reminds me of Valbonne by Molton Brown, and it’s very rich and relaxing. It was also just 89p reduced from £8 so…that kind of relaxed my purse.
Whilst I was soaking I applied a Superdrug Sugar & Spice Self-Warming face mask which was da bomb. I’m always wary of using a new face mask but thought I’d give it a go in the name of winter pampering, and I’m so glad I did. If you ever used to use the Soap & Glory Some Like It Hot body wash, this is the same sort of thing, except you leave it on for 10-15 minutes. It smells delicious and the warming sensation is so relaxing.
I don’t normally like to take baths (I prefer showers) so it’s difficult for me to stay in the tub. I have been reading SuperFreakonomics, but although very funny, it’s not relaxing. I revisited some old books I associate with more carefree years (Harry Potter).
I followed this up with a Lush shampoo (New) which is really rich and spicy – the scent compliments the candle and the face mask wonderfully.
Now time to hit the robe, part-dry my hair and set about moisturising & repolishing those fingers & toes!
In the spirit of winter spice, I used Body Shop’s Candied Ginger body butter (which smells like… candied ginger.) and for my face the Superdrug Vitamin E Moisturiser. They do a day cream & night cream, but I only use the Day Cream as the other is a bit too oily for me.
For the nails I went with Orly’s Country Club Khaki with a Barry M Jingle Bells topcoat – classy but fun.
I used Burts Bees Coconut Foot Cream on my feet, covered my feet with plastic bags for 10 minutes, and then put a towel & hot water bottle over my feet. This fast-tracks super soft feet. Fair warning, if you’re doing this and have wooden floors, when you take the bags off your feet will be slippy as anything. Be careful, or put on some slippers.
I just sat back a while and let my feet dry off, then practised a few simple asanas – just gentle stretches and reaches. I’m quite new to yoga but since starting I find it helps me sleep much better.
So with all that complete it was time to unwind with a movie and a warm drink.
I usually opt for some sort of spiced latte (pumpkin, ginger, cinnamon) but I had no syrup in and I’m trying to watch my coffee intake – so I tried a Chai Tea Latte for the first time ever.
I’m a convert! I know I’m late to the party but this stuff is Christmas in a Cup and I’ve only bought the instant stuff. Who knows what the good stuff is like?
I woke up on Sunday morning feeling like a new woman. No worries, no irritations, great skin, great hair and feeling utterly cleansed.
I’m definitely going to make more time for nights like this.
How about you?
Do you have any great at-home spa night tips?