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

 

The Body Shop

I love The body Shops products.

So I thought I’d do a couple of reviews on them. In this post I will list the products I have.

Body Butter

Lemon
Mango
Pink Grapefruit
Divine Calm – Wellness
Papaya
Strawberry

Shower Gel/Cream

Sweet Lemon
Mango
Pink Grapefruit
Divine Calm – Wellness
Papaya
Strawberry
Chocomania
Japanese Cherry Blossom
Total Energy – Wellness
Apricot and Basil – Earth Lovers
Moringa
Kaffir Lime and Coconut – Spa Wisdom Polynesia
Adzuki bean and Rice

Lotion

Sweet Lemon
Pink Grapefruit
Moringa
Lotus and Frangipani – Spa wisdom Polynesia

Body Scrub

Sweet Lemon
Pink Grapefruit
Shea

Body Mist

Pink Grapefruit
Apricot and Rice – Spa Wisdom Japan

Lips

Sweet Lemon – Lip Butter
Mint – Lip roll on

Oils

Sweet Lemon – Beautifying Oil
Monoi Miracle Oil – Spa Wisdom Polynesia
Unfragranced Massage Oil – Wellness
Divine Calm Massage Oil – Wellness
Harmonising Massage Oil – Wellness

Face

Facial Brush
Camomille Gentle Eye Make-up Remover
Seaweed Deep Cleansing Facial Wash
Seaweed Clarifying Toner
Seaweed Mattifying Day Cream
Seaweed Clarifying Night Treatment
Seaweed Ionic Clay Masque
Warming Mineral Masque

Hands

Strawberry Hand Cleanse Gel
Almond Conditioning Hand Wash
Almond Hand Cream
Almond Hand and NailButter
Hemp Hand Cream
Hemp Intensive Hand Butter
Wild Rose Caring Hand Wash
Wild Rose Nourishing Hand Cream
Wild Rose Hand Butter

Feet

Peppermint Reviving Foot Soak
Peppermint Smoothing Pumice Foot Scrub
Peppermint Reviving Leg Gel
Peppermint Cooling Foot Spray
Peppermint Cooling Foot Lotion
Peppermint intensive Foot Rescue
Hemp Intensive Foot Protector

Hair

Ginger Anti Dandruff Schampoo
Rainforest Moisture Hair Butter

And

Japanese Cherry Blossom Perfume
Bath Lily
Bath Brush
Exfoliating Gloves
Cocoa Butter Moisture Stick
Detangling Comb
Deodry Roll On – Green
Deep Sleep Pillow Mist – Wellness
Pomegranade and Raspberry Body Room and Linen Spritz

Wow! That was even more than I thought I had…

Anyhow If there’s anything special you want me doing a review on, leave a comment. Or else I’ll Just do the one I feel like for the moment.

Ciao

A few tips.

Hi!

I haven’t been feeling so well today. Autumn is here and with it cold and rain, which I hate. i alwas get depressed this tome of the year. So I haven’t had the energy to do any real post. So I thought I’d give you a few tips instead.

1. Don’t Use MakeUp every day.
While many people have it in their routine to put on makeup everyday, it’s good to give your skin a time to breathe sometimes. And take a look inside yourself. Do you really need makeup to go to the store? And if you absolutely must have makeup everyday,settle for just mascara and a lipgloss or lipsick sometimes.

2. Drink a lot of water.
Water helps mousturize your skin from within and gives you a more radiant complesion.
It helps cleanse/flush your body and improves circualation.
It reduces dark cirkles and increases you energy.

Think About
That you should drink at least 1 litre/day.
You can add some lemon or cucumber to make it taste fresh.
If you feel thirsty, drink water instead of coke or other sweet drinks.

3. Clean yor make up brushes
Brushes collects all the dirt on your skin while you put on your make up, cleaning your brushes helps preventing that you put all that old dirt back.

4. Don’t wash your hair every day
A lot of people do this out of habit of showering every morning. Not because their hair is dirty.
Washing your hair dries it out and makes the scalp produce more oils. So if you wash your hair everyday, it gets oily faster. Only wash your hair when it feels oily. If your hair takes 3-4 days to get oily, wash it every 3-4:th day. Pur it up in a bun or just give it a cold water rinse the other showers.

5. Sleep
Sleep 7-8 hours each night. It prevents dark cirkles and makes you look healthier. To little sleep makes you look tired and gloomy.

Well That was what I had today.

Ciao

Pedicure

Hi!

Today I decided to give myself a small manicure and pedicure today.
So here’s what I did and some pictures. I usually do a larger routine than this. But I’m out of some of my products and just wanted to pamper myself without to much work.

Here are some pictures of my nails on both hands and feet before I painted them.

    

    

The nails on my feet are weird. I have no nails what so ever on my pinky-toes and the nails on all the toes except the great toe/hallux/big toe/Ihavenoideawhatthistoeiscalledinenglish tend to fall of very easily. Thats why they look weird.

Here are the products/tools that I used.

    

So first I just soaked my feet for about 5 minutes then I smoothed the skin ith a file, a pumicestone and the blue thing which is a foot smoother from body shop. The jar contains a scrub.

Then I painted first my toes and then my fingers with;
1 Coat of O.P.I Natural Nail Base Coat
2 Coats of MNY #353
1 Coat O.P.I Top Coat
Finished of with O.P.I Drip Dry Drops

The Result

    

    

When I paint my fingernails I’m most comfortable in a French Manicure or a copper polish I really like. But red works to, and if it’s for something special I can paint them to mach what I’m wearing.

However I never paint my toenails, this is the second time I’ve ever done that.
Usually I don’t have so much nail to polish. But I also have a slight back problem which makes fixing my feet and toes something like a living hell for me. crouching my back like that isn’t good at all for me.
But sometimes I do it anyway.

Ciao