New things – photobomb

I went shopping with a friend today. Got a lot of fun new stuff.

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From The Body Shop
Honeymania bubble bath melt
Peppermint reviving foot soak
Test of gardenia shower gel

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Scholl Velvet smooth electric foot file

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A new hairdryer
(My old one is around 11years old and is giving up)

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A new epilator/ladyshaver/exfoliating brush.

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Make Up Store
Passionfruit/lemon twist body butter
Cover all mix (been after this for a while)

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A starting kit from Bare Minerals

I don’t know when I’ll review these products, but I’m going to try them pretty much before. If you want a fast review on any of these, give me a comment and I’ll fix it as fast as possible.

Ciao

Home Spa! Home Spa!

Now when Fall is here I’m starting to feel a bit gloomy, I think I might have seasonal depression, because this happens every year.
So what better way to get that chill out of your bones and get relaxed than indulge in a home spa?

In this post I’m going to include how I do my Home Spa days, but also how to satisfy all five senses during the experience.

I prefer having a bathtub available. If my fiancé ever suggests getting rid of our bathtub he’s crazy!

Pre-Spa day/night

Plan your spa day.
(this is prefferably done the day before)

Take a shower
Wash your hair and body the day before so you can focus on pampering yourself with treatments on the actual day.

Clean your bathtub/shower.

Scrub your tub and/or shower so they are clean and nice for your spa day.
Soaking in a tub that feels dirty is not a nice experience, and watching dirt on the shower walls are disturbing to the calm.

Remove clutter from the areas you’re going to use.
It’s easier to relax if the bathroom, bedroom, livingroom or other areas you’ll use are’nt cluttered.

Make sure you have everything you need/want.
Discovering in the middle of your spa night that you’re missing a drink, a snack, a product or anything else you’s want can annoying. Depending on what your missing it can also ruin your spa experience

Make sure you get the time you need for yourself.
If you have kids, see if you can find a babysitter.
See if your partner can leave the appartment/house or just make sure not to disturb you.
Turn of your cellphone, or at least put it on silent.

Remember, this day/night is for your relaxation.

Now on to the preparations you can do the same day

Prepare what your going to use/need
Take out the shower gel, body scrub, facial masks, hair treatments, a bath robe and other products you might want to use during the day.
This is so you won’t have to run all around your home in search for them.

Prepare snacks
Fresh fruit, wine, chocolate, anything you might want to eat or drink

Now on to the actual spa day.

Decide yourself what treatments you want to give yourself. This is the ones I usually do.

A relaxing Bath
Hair Treatment
Facial Mask
Body Scrub
Manicure
Pedicure
Massage*                       *If my fiancé feels nice that day

Relaxing Bath
-Start by drawing a nice relaxing bath.
-Light some candles in your clean, clutterfree bathroom
-Start some relaxing music
-Put some nice scented oil, bath salt or bath foam in the water. Or even coconut milk, helps smoothen the skin really well.
-Slobber a hair treatment on your hair and leave it on while you soak.
-Massage a facial mask on your face and leave on while you soak.

Soak for at least half an hour, nibbling on some snacks or sipping on a drink.

When done soaking, let the water out, start the shower and rinse the treatments of your hair and face, then take a nice body scrub and scrub your entire body. Then wash your body and dry off. Then put on your bathrobe and move on to the next part.

If you don’t have a shower, put the mask and treatment in and just listen to music or read a book by candlelight. Then take a nice long shower.

Pedicure
Soak your feet in a footbath, preferably with a foot salt for 5-10 minutes while listening to music, reading och wathing a movie.
take your feet out of the water and scrub them with a footfile and/or a foot scrub before returning them to the water for a little longer.
Dry your feet and massage in a foot lotion. Decide yourself how much you massage it in, but remember that the feet carries the rest of you the entire day, so they deserve some attention.
Take a cuticle pusher and push back the cuticles on your toes and massage in a cuticle oil and a cuticle cream, let that sink in, there’s no need to rush.
If you feel like it, paint your toenails or just buff them up with a shine file. Remember to use a base and top coat to make the polish last longer.
When you’re done painting just put your feet up end relax.

Manicure
File and shape your nails to a length and shape you feel comfortable with, then soak your fingers in some soapy or milky water.
Wash the soap of your hands and dry them on a nice towel before massaging in a hand cream.
Push back your soft cuticles and thoroughly massage in a cuticle oil and a cuticle cream on each nail.
Choose a happy nail polish and paint your nails, or just use a shine file to get a nice shine on them.

Massage
This is the slightly tricky part. You can give yourself a massage but it is not as nice as getting one from someone else.
Sometimes my fiancé is nice when I have my spa days and gives me a massage after I’m done, either full body or just back and shoulders. Otherwise I just massage my shoulders a little by myself.

After you’re done with all your treatments, don’t rush back to your everyday life. Put on a movie or read a book and just keep relaxing.
I myself prefer reading a book since I think that’s more relaxing than something including a screen.

 

So, how do we indulge all the senses while doing this?
Sight
De-cluttering the areas your going to use
Lighting candles to create a nice enviroment

Having tidy areas and nice lighting helps the brain relax since you wont be blinded bu strong lights ore thinking that the room needs to be cleaned
Hearing
Relaxing music.

Relaxing music during the treatments, especially the bath helps your mind relax because it won’t wander away and start thinking about what to make for dinner the next day or when the laundryroom might be free.
My personal favourite to listen to during spa days is Enya

Smell
Scented candles, bath oils or the products you use.

Relaxing smells like lavender or lemongrass helps with relaxation.
If you prefer you can also use a fruity smell like peach or if you want something more luxurious try chocolate scented products.

Touch
Warmth
Nice feeling products
Massage

The warm water loosens knots and tension to relax.
Nice feeling products feels luxurious.
The massage is relaxing, loosens knots (duh!) and human comtact makes us feel good.

Taste
Food
Drink

If you eat or drink something you like it makes you feel good because of hormons being released. But choose something light, don’t eat an entire pizza since you might fall into food coma. Some of my favorites are:

FoodI have three favourites
Fruit – It’s sweet, filled with vitamins and antioxidants
Chocolate – Does this really need an explenation, I mean, it’s chocolate.!
Brie Cheese – Brie Cheese and crackers are delicious and I don’t eat it so often so it’s more of a treat when I do.

Drink – Three choices here to
Water – Hydrating and I usually mix it with some citrusfruit.
Chai-Latté – I really enyoy my chai-lattés, so I indulge sometimes.
Wine – Just as the chocolate, no real explanation, it’s wine!

 

Now as an ending I’m going to show some of my favorite products to use for my spa nights.

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Hair treatments
Macadamia Deep Repair Mask
Lee Stafford Hair Growth Treatment

My alltime favourites, The Macadamia one doesn’t smell as chemical as the Lee Stafford one though, so it’s the favourite.

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Facial masks
TBS Warming Mineral Mask
TBS Vitamin E Sink In Mask

The Warming Mineral Mask is Deep Cleansing and the Vitamin E one is Moisturising

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TBS Vinyard Peach Shower Gel, Body Lotion and Body Scrub
TBS Chocomania Shower Cream, Body Butter and Body Scrub

These are the only series I have Shower Gel, Body Scrub and Lotion from, so these are the ones I usually use. I like having the same scent on all the products.
I opt for the chocolate one when I feel like a more luxurious night, but the Vinyard Peach Shower Gel works better as a bubble bath than the Chocomania Shower Cream ;P

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Shemen Amour Mineral Foot Cream

This cream is divine.

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TBS Almond, Rose and Hemp Hand butter

Usually use the Almond one as a Cuticle Cream and the Rose one as a Hand Cream

Well, this turned out to be a pretty long post, but I hope its helpfull

Ciao

 

New products from my birthday.

Last friday was my birthday, I turned 21.

My boyfriends father and his girlfriend gave me a sort of goodiebag. It contained lots of nice little products, and what they referred to as “the real gift” – a giftcard to The Body Shop.
Here I have some pictures of the things from the bag and the products I bought with the giftcard (and some extra money)

I’ll start with the goodiebag. When I got the bag and started looking at the things, she said “I thought you needed something to blog about.”

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Sebastian Penetraitt Shampoo and Conditioner – 50 ml of each.
Strengthening and Repair

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Depend Hand Cream – Day
Nails Inc. London Nail polish in Cambridge Terrace
ORLY Nail polish in Sheer Nude

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balance Me Wonder eye cream
Acne Killer Peel off Mask

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Glossybox Lipstick in Glossy Pink
Model co Cheek and lip tint in Rosy Red
Mschic lip pencil, it doesnt say a name but it’s fuchsia colored
Elite Models Intensity Eye Liner, black and waterproof

Now we’ll move on to my new Body Shop Products

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Shower Gel, Body Lotion and Body Scrub in Vinyard Peach (LOVE LOVE LOVE the scent)
They had an offer so when I bought the lotion and scrub I got a free Shower Gel.

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Satsuma Shower Gel – I actually got this when I bought a Chocomania Scrub and Body Butter, but I included it here anyway.
Vitamin E Sink in moisture mask – I’ve needed a Moisture Mask for sooo long, so I felt that when it’s soon winter I had to get one.
A facial massager.
They also gave me a free perfume sample – White Musk, Smoky Rose

Aside from theese products I’ve also bought a chocomania scrub and body butter recently, but I forgot to take pictures of those.

 

Tonight I’m having a relaxing night at home so I’ll try a few of these products, like the vinyard peach ones, the hair products and the moisture mask and facial massager. But I will be back with pictures and reviews of all of these.

Ciao

 

Tigi Bed Head Colour Goddess – First impression

Here comes my first impression on the Tigi Bed head Colour Goddess Products.

The first thing that strikes me is the scent, it’s sort of fudge/toffee-ish. I can’t really decide yet if I like it or not.

The products however were pretty good.
My hair was clean after shampooing and of course, felt a little rough. But the Conditioner took care of that.
After I let my hair air dry it still felt smooth, but a little dry. Weather it will keep feeling dry I don’t know, that might just be until the hair gets used to the new products. It was easy to comb out and the scent lingered in my hair for a while, but not to noticable.

I will of course post a more detailed review after using the products for a while, but so far so good.

Ciao

Tigi Bed Head

I bought shampoo and conditioner today. My Macadamia Products are running out and I found these Tigi Bed Head Colour Goddess twins for 112 sek, normal price is around 449, 75% off due to closing.

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(Cellphone picture, I’m at school, bought them on my lunch)
I’ll use these later today and post a first impression review.

Ciao

Window Number 19 – 2012

And in the 19:th window there was

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Rainforest Moisture Hair Butter for dry hair – 200 ml

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As I guessed I got a hairbutter too.

I have this one since earlier too and I like it. I don’t reach for it since I have my Macadamia Hari Masque. But I usuallt keep this in my gym bag.
It smells sweet, kind of like honey and the texture is creamy and thick.
It leaves the hair soft and just like the schampoo and conditioner its free from Silicones, Parabens and Colourants.

Cia

Window Number 11 – 2012

In the eleventh window there was

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Rainforest Moisture Conditioner – 250 ml

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As I guessed I got a conditioner too.
It’s from the same range as the shampoo I got in the fourth window.
As I said then I tend to like the conditioner more than the shampoo. But I’ll try these out together later today. I also have a Moisture Hair Butter that I’ll use. So I can make a first impression review on these products together, I’ll post that tonight. Sure I’ve used the Hair Butter before, but still.

The Conditioner smells like the shampoo, sort of sweet but not to much. I like the scent. The texture is firm, just like I think a conditioner should be.
Just like the Rainforest Shampoos, the Rainforest Conditioners – and the hair butters – are without silicones, sulphates, colourants and parabens, which I think is really good.

I actually don’t like that I got full sized shampoo and conditioner in the calendar since I most likely won’t use them that much.

Ciao

Window Number 4 – 2012

Behind the fourth window I found

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Rainforest Moisture Shampoo for Dry Hair – 250 ml

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Last year I got a small bottle of their Rainforest Volume Shampoo and I really didn’t like it. I’ve also tried the Rainforest Shine Shampoo and didn’t like that one either.

This Shampoo is for dry and damaged hair and is supposedly moisturising for the hair.
It has a pretty discreet scent that’s a bit sweet, at least in the bottle. It might be stronger when used.
It’s a clear formula that’s a bit runnier than shampoo normally is, I didn’t have to squeeze the bottle to get the product out to look at it. For me this is a bad thing since shampoos that are runnier can “escape” more easily if you for example have the bottle in your bag, and that can get really messy and frustrating.

But the Rainforest Shampoos are without silicones, sulphates, colourants and parabens, which is really good.
I would like to find a Body Shop Rainforest Shampoo that I like, but since I’ve disliked the ones I’ve tried so far I don’t really feel like buying them.But I will try this so I can make a review, but my expectations aren’t that high actually. Especially not since I’m completely devoted to my Macadamia Natural Oil Products.

I am however hoping on more hairproducts in this calendar, I’d love to try some of their styling products some time and the Conditioner and Hair Butter I tend to like.
I’m hoping I’ll get a styling product in the calendar, I’m guessing I’ll get conditioner and maybe a hair butter.

Ciao

Macadamia Natural Oil – Review

Hi.

I thought I’d finally do the review on the Macadamia Natural Oil Products I bought. I already have a First Impression Post on these but now I’ve used them for about 2 months and can do a more wxtended review.

I’ll start with mentioning that I’ve gotten pretty many comments on how nice my hair is, among those comments are “God damnit woman what’s going on with your hair? Smoooooth!” From a friend.

The products I will review now is; Rejuvenating Schampoo, Moisturizing Rinse, Deep Repair Masque, Healin Oil Spray, Healing Oil Treatment, Nourishing Leave In Cream, Reviving Curl Cream and No Tangle Spray.

My usual routine consists of;
In Shower
Rejuvenating Shampoo2 times
Deep Repair MasqueOnce a week
Moisturizing Rinse
After Shower
Nourishing Leave In
Healing Oil Treatment
Touch Ups
Healing Oil Spray

The Reviving Curl Cream I use sometimes when I feel like accentuate my small waves. The No Tangle Spray I rarely use.

But now To the actuall review.’

 


Rejuvenating Shampoo

The Rejuvenating Shampoo is a color safe shampoo that’s free of sulfates and parabens. The texture is like almost every other shampoo, lite a runny gel formula. but not to runny. I always wash twice with this one, once to  remove the outer layer of dirt and one more time to reach and care for the hair. It almost doesn’t lather at all the first time. Sulfate Free shampoos usually don’t lather as much as sulfate shampoos but the secomd time it lathers nice. I don’t use much product at all. But the amount that needs to be used depends on how dirty and long the hair is, how frizzy it is can count in to.

I think that it works really good. The first few times I used this my hair felt really coarse afterwards and I needed the conditioner to even be able to comb through it. I think however that this was just as the hair got used to a sulfate free Schampoo since it’s much better now. I think that the best way to describe the scent of this shampoo is fruity, my first thought is always honeydew.
Since this is a Sulfate Free shampoo some silicones can be hard to wash out with this only, so you can experienca a silicone build up. This isn’t something that I myself have noticed. But I use a anti dundruff shampoo sometimes that probably takes care of that for me. But even when I haven’t used that for a while I haven’t noticed anything.

The easiest way to use this is to take a really small amount in the hands and rub the palms together then apply it to the hair. Then add a little more and rinse out, then just wash again.

Pros
Color Safe
Sulfate Free
Paraben Free
Smells Delicious
Cleans well without stripping your hair.

Cons
Can make your har feel corse the first few uses.
Can leave some silicons in your hair.


Moisturizing Rinse

This is the conditioner. Just like the shampoo it’s color safe and free of sulfates and parabens. The texture is creamy and pretty firm. The scent on this is harder to explain, but it still smells good. The shampoo smells better according to me.
As a conditioner this works great. As with the shampoo I think a small amount is enough.

I comb through my hair with my fingers or a loose toothet comb before application. I take a small amount in the hand, rub my palms together and combs it through the hair. Then I let it for maybe two minutes before coming through the hair and rinsing it out.

Pros
Makes the hair soft and smooth.
Doesn’t weight the hair down.
Smells good.
Pretty easy to rinse out

Cons
I don’t really have any cons on this conditioner.


Deep Repair Masque

The Deep rapair masque must be the product that smells the absolute best. The texture is a really firm cream and just like the other products, you don’t need much. I use this once a week and it just leaves the hair so soft and smooth. I seriously can’t stop touching my hair. The instruction says to leave this in for 7 minutes. I leave it for as long as i feel like, usually during the time I scrub and wash my body and shaves my legs. If I bathe I wash my hair and put this in before. so then it might be 15-60 minutes depending on the lenght of the bath.

I apply this just like the conditioner. Small amount on the hands, rub the palms together and comb it through.

Pros
Works wonders
Smells wonderful.
Leaves the hair smelling awesome.

Cons
Non at all

    
Healing Spray Oil
and Healing Oil Treatment.

Since these are basically the same product I’ll review these together. The Spray Oil is a little lighter than the Pump Oil but the functions are about the same. These smell good to, a little more spicy than sweet. I like these oils. They are easily absorbed and don’t leave a greasy residue on the hair if you don’t use to much.  I usully use the Healing Oil Treatment on wet hair and The Healing spray Oil on dry hair as an extra boost if needed and after styling. After I apply the Healing oil treatment though I always need to wash my hands to get the oil of my hands. Not really a problem, but can be if you have dry hands or are in a hurry.

I apply the Pump Oil just like the conditioner and Masque. The spray oil I usually spray directly on the hair and combs through with a boar bristle brush.

Pros
Leaves hair smelling good
Leaves hair smooth and soft
Leaves hair shiny
Easily absorbed

Cons
Can leave the hair greasy if you use to much.
Needs soap to wash of hands


Nourishing Leave-In Cream

Now we’re back to the sweet smells. This has a cream texture and as the other products. A little goes a long way. you need about a pea-sized amount every time. It applies easily and don’t leave a residue. If you use to much it will leave a residue, but thats obvious.
I usually use this with the Healing Oil Treatment, but I’ve used them both seperatly and like it either way. I think this cream is the reason my hair keeps so straight.

I apply it like the oil, and usually I apply this before the oil. Don’t know why, I just prefer it that way.

Pros
Smells great.
Leaves the hair smooth.

Cons
It’s pretty easy to take to much.


Reviving Curl Cream

I havent used this one a lot. Only a few times. But the times I used it I liked it. I actually have it in my hair now It smells wonderful and the texture is creamy. Again you only need about the size of a pea and if you take to much of this your curls can get a bit stiff. When I use this I use it on wet hair with the Healing Oil Treatment or alone and I spray on the Healing Spray Oil after my hair dries.
I get small and messy hair by this, sort of a messy bed head/seducing hair.

I apply this like the Nourishing Leave-In and after I applied it i either just squeeze my hair into curls or I put it up in a really messy bun with hairpins. And if needed I pull my fingers through the hair. Never a comb or brush.

Pros
Gives a curl boost that’s nice.
Gives soft smooth curls
Smells good

Cons
Can make curls stiff


No Tangle Pre-tyler

This is the product I’ve used the less. I don’t need it on my self. I tried this on my younger brother with the No tangle brush though. And he was able to keep playing his video game while I combed through the dread like mess on the back of his head. Wheather that was this, the brush or the combination I don’t know.  This has a cream like texture which in combination with the spray bottle just seems weird. I have however not had any problems spraying with it. I think this one is kind of unnecessary in use with the other products.
I feel it’s to early for a Pro and Con on this one though.

 

Well so overall I can say that I love this product range. Right now I don’t want to use anything else. I’m completely sold.
I would and will absolutely repurchase this. Next time I’ll order the big packages. Both me and my hair loves these product range.

I’m dying to try out Flawless to since I feel that that would be wonderful to have in my gym-bag and if I’m in a real hurry. Sadly I don’t think I’ll be able to afford it in a while given christmas and that I’m running out of the other products. I also need new eyeshadows. But I hope I’ll be able to try it as soon as possible.

Ciao

Home Spa

Hi everybody.

This post was supposed to be posted yesterday, but i wasn’t done until about 11:30 at night and didn’t feel like blog then.

Yesterday I had a massage scheduled – a friend were to come over to give me a full body massage. So I thought, what bettter day to do a home spa? When you can end it with a nice massage.

I started with coloring my eyebrows and lashes.
Right now I use a product from Coloran for that.

I have  problems with keeping my eyes closed for the time while I do this, so usually I use the brush on the picture and brushes the color on to my lashes, that way I can still move around during the 5-30 minutes the color is on, I do a 30 minutes mix because I rather leave it on longerthan making it really strong.

So I brush it onto my lashes and then a cover my eyebrows, leave it on for 30 minutes and then removes it with warm water and a cotton pad.

I am thinking about buying brown for my eyebrows, but I will keep coloring my lashes black. I’m also thinking about trying other brands of color.

After that  I started with showering and washing my hair so my bathwater wouldnt have all the dirt from my hair in it, then proceeded to filling the bathtub.
After that I put a hair masque in. I used the Macadamia Natural Oil Products. I also put some of the Oil in the masque.

Then I sat down into the tub and just relaxed. I like lighting candles and using bubble bath, bath oil och bath salt. I did none of these because I’m out of them.
I also usually read while taking a bath, now however I have bought this.

This is a MP3 player that goes around your head, it’s waterproof to 3 meters and usable in chlorined water to. The buds on it is for dry use and the ones loose on the table is for use in water.

After being in the tub for about 20-30 minutes I got up and applied a face masque. I used The Body Shops Seaweed Ionic Clay Masque. Sadly I don’t have a picture because my camera is acting up and refuses to focus correctly.

The masque is supposed to be left on for 10 minutes so while I left the masque in I proceeded to shaving, scrubbing and cleaning the rest of the body. Then I rinsed the clay masque of my face and the hair masque out of my hair, conditioned my hair, rinsed and then got out of the tub.

After the bath I plucked my eyebrows, I did take befor ande after pictures of this, but you wont get them, my left eyebrow is exactly the way I want it to be, the right amount of thin, with a sharp angle. My right eyebrow however is a smooth arc with no sharp angle at all. So it looks kind of ridiculous. My fiancé sad he didnät notice so it might just be me, anyway your not getting a picture.

After that I moved on to my nails.

You can ignore the white pollish since I didn’t use it.

I happen to like brown nails, but it can feel so boring sometimes, so I decided to do one nail on each hand golden, I only found my goldne glitter polish, so glitter it is.

The polishes are.

O.P.I Natural Nail Base Coat
E.L.F Chocolate
Depend Gold Glitter
O.P.I Top Coat

Here’s The result.

I took about 40 pictures, this one was the best. Need to get my other camera.

After all of this I just relaxed with some tea and a book. My friend showed ut around 9 to give me the massage and after that I just wanted to sleep.
Anyway this is how a home spa can look for me. I will do another homespa post where I write a little more about how to do a home spa, instead of how I just did one.

Ciao