As I was passing by Attica department store in down town Athens, I saw poster of Jo Malone, with the tag line “The Art of Pampering” and I thought…oooh that’s a nice idea for a blog post! Of course I’m asking you to share with me in the comments section, your way of pampering yourself (and your tips on that matter), but I’m also sharing with you the ways I pamper myself (when I make time for it).
I wasn’t always keen on pampering myself. Sure I washed my face and used face cream as well as body lotion after every shower, but that was it pretty much. Until I read this book: The Busy Girls’ Guide to Looking Great, which included some tips on how to “create” a spa ritual at home both for face and body. Since then I “discovered” and use products such as scrub and face masks from time to time. So without further ado, here are my ways of pampering myself!
The ritual I follow every night in order to cleanse and moisturize my face is:
a) remove all make up (well mainly eyeshadow because I rarely use any foundation),
b) cleanse with a foam cleanser (lately I’m using Sensial by Castalia, after my pharmacist’s recommendation)
c) tone with a toning lotion (Hamamelis toning lotion by Korres is a favorite of mine)
d) apply eye cream (lately I’ve Aqua Vita by Apivita)
e) apply face cream (I change them all the time, haven’t found one to stick with!)
Extra: Once I week I like to exfoliate and/or use a face mask. My favorite face exfoliator EVER is Deep Clean Invigorating Foaming Scrub by Neutrogena. As for face masks, there are a couple I use. I usually by Nivea masks, but last year I also tried Herbalife’s clay masks (ideal if you want to cleanse your pores) and Yellow Rose’s astringent mask which is very moisturizing!
P.S. If you’re wondering about my morning routine, I just use eye and face cream after washing my face with water only!
I have to admit I adore body lotion. Especially floral scents. Whenever I visited my best friend who was studying in the US, I went straight to Bath and Body Works for my body lotion fix…ah if only they shipped to Europe! Other body lotions I like are from Body Shop (almost anything), Korres and Apivita (the white tea&jasmine one please). I’m also keen to try this one by Le Petit Marseillais (simply because it contains Argan Oil).
I’m also on the lookout for a good body scrub. If you have any recommendations I’d be more than happy, as I haven’t (yet) found anything that satisfies me!
And now…the ultimate pampering ritual, that I rarely do, but it’s very relaxing and I promise you, your body will feel very very smooth after that!
1) Fill the bathtub with warm water. You can add bath salts or shower gel.
2) Soak in the bathtub (I would add as long as you like, but I think 20-30 minutes is ok).
3) Drain the water and apply body scrub.
4) Rinse the scrub and dry yourself
5) Apply your body lotion or body butter of choice.
Plus: while soaking in the bathtub you can apply a hair or face mask (multitasking anyone?) and wash your hair/face afterwards!
Extra Tips: For better relaxation you can turn the lights off, light some candles and put on some relaxing music…works for me at least!
This one is tricky, because we all know the importance of good looking and well painted nails. I used to be really sloppy at it, but after visiting a beauty salon for a good amount of times, I watched the beautician and made mental notes, so as to use them at home. Having the proper tools is an essential part! You must have a cuticle nipper and a cuticle pusher. They’ll make your work look professional.So now the process!
1) Soak your hand/feet on lukewarm water and leave them there for about 15 minutes. For my feed I like to add bath salts on the water.
2) Use a cuticle remover gel to soften your cuticles. Then use the cuticle pusher (<–it’s the second tool from the right)
3) Use the cuticle nipper where necessary. Don’t overdo it!
4) Buff and file your nails and apply hand/foot cream.
5) Clean your nails with nail polish remover in order to remove any cream from the nails.
6) Now the painting process: apply base coat, 2 layers of the desired color (some polishes need only one layer) and then add a top coat. Allow at least 5 minutes between each layer. At this point I have to tell you that the one top coat I swear by is “Good To Go” by Essie. It dries the nails in no time, but don’t expect that it is miraculous. Let’s say that after 10-15 minutes you can go to bed and when you wake up next morning there will be no lines on your nails from the fabric!!
As for nail polishes, I can go with any brand as long as I use Essie base coat and top coat. Lately I like H&M‘s nail polishes a lot!
So, my dear readers, these are my pampering tips! I always feel good after a good face ritual or a successful manicure! And now tell me, which are your tips and tricks? How do you pamper yourselves?
(Photo credit: Jo Malone website, as my photo of Attica’s window has reflections and therefore isn’t good!)