Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Valentine's Day Pamper

Whatever you're up to this Valentine's Day, there really is no better excuse than the 14th of February to have a good old fashioned pampering session. I mean, the 14th still falls on a Friday night this year - right? So whether you're gong out on a date or going out on the tiles, it's a totally appropriate time to get your pamper on.

So for me, a pamper has to begin with a bath, and the Laura Mercier Almond Coconut Milk Bath Salts £15.00 (sale, part of a duo) get things off to a rather blissful start. I then get my scrub on with The Body Shop Vanilla Bliss Body Polish £5.00 which smells amazing, complimenting the scent of the Laura Mercier Bath Salts, and leaves skin feeling really smooth.

Once I'm out of the bath I apply a deep cleansing face mask like the Elemental Herbology Facial Detox Mask £28.00. Being clay based this really balances out an oily/combo skin and works really well after a bath where your pores have opened up a little. While this is drying I remove my nail polish and apply cuticle softener like the Sally Hansen Instant Cuticle Remover £6.99. This stuff works wonders anyway, but works especially well after a bath where your cuticles have softened up a bit. 

Then I wash the face mask  off and apply a nice nourishing moisturiser or oil. The Clarins Lotus Treatment Face Oil £30.00* is my absolute favourite especially as the scent is just so calming and relaxing. Usually I like to keep the nails really simple when I'm going for a full on pamper, and OPI William Tell Me About It £3.99 (Fragrance Direct) is just so easy to apply and has such an amazing high shine finish even without a top coat. However, you could go all out and try a Valentine's Day inspired nail art; like this or this.

Once that's all dry it's time to tan. Fake tan is like the finishing step  for me in a pampering evening - although I know it might be some people's idea of hell! But I just can't not fake tan. At the moment I'm using the classic Xen Tan Dark Lotion £25 for 236ml which is a great all-rounder, but a lovely product for fairer skins is the Rodial Brazillian Tan in Light £12.99 (All Beauty). It's a very subtle, natural colour and completely fool proof. 

If you prefer not to fake tan, a gorgeous product to apply instead is The Body Shop Shea Butter Body Whip £8.00*. It smells really fresh and clean and has a lovely lightweight texture. It absorbs really quickly and leaves skin feeling nourished and soft - and the pump makes it a lot less hassle! It's also a great one to apply after you've rinsed off your tan's guide colour. Oil is fake tan's worst enemy - I remember I used to moisturise with a oil and then wonder why my fake tan was coming off in weird patches! So non-greasy formulas like this Body Whip are great as they really help prolong a tan. 

Having some new products to try out always makes a pamper evening that much more fun, so if you're after a cheap and cheerful treat it's worth checking out the small gifts from The Body Shop. This Strawberry Cupcake Coffret £6.00*, which includes a shower gel, a heart shaped soap and two body puffs, fits the bill perfectly. 

So have you ever tried any of these products? What are your go-to favourites when you're pampering away? 

*PR Sample

1 comment:

  1. Sounds like my perfect evening!

    That varnish is absolutely beaut will have to get that! Uhhh love Xen tan, I really like the smell is that weird? aha




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