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Budget Friendly Pampering Guide

October 30th  •  Posted in Beauty

My Three Steps Budget Friendly Pampering Guide
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If there’s one thing I love, is getting pampered! And we all know that already, thanks to the endless list of how to pamper yourself‘ guides I’ve written for this blog… But let’s be honest: there’s a reason why we keep trying to recreate the perfect spa at home, and that is because the most of us can’t afford spa treatments, facials, massages and hairdresser touch-ups on a weekly basis.

So yes, today I’m sharing another pampering guide, yet again, but this time it’s for anyone who loves to treat her/himself but has an attention to her/his limited budget too. What if you could afford the random spa weekend a bit more often than you think? 😉

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Your SPA at home

This is probably foregone and obvious, but I couldn’t do a budget friendly pampering guide without encouraging you to do it all at home. Because yes, if all you need is an evening for yourself, a hot bath, some relaxing music and some aromatherapy, that’s totally something that shouldn’t be expensive at all and that you can do yourself at home.

Of course this would still be quite far away from massages, saunas, muds and all that jazz, but I can assure you sometimes it’s just what we all need. You could buy yourself fancy bath salts or oils that, although might be a little pricy, will last you a really long while; and then maybe enjoy a face mask or two but only after having lit your favourite relaxing candle(s).

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Get The Best Deals

I’ll be 100% honest here: I’ve used Groupon for a very very long while now, I’m talking a lot of years! I was originally introduced to it by my mum, who used (and still does) to find awesome deals for dinners out as well as the random travel plan super discounted but, most often, any beauty-related treatment at the best price! In fact, as I write this, she’s enjoying a relaxing weekend with thermal water, massages, saunas and all!

They have a whole category of Health, Beauty & Wellness Groupons, everything you could want for a good pampering session obviously included, but not only: they also sometimes have a selection of beauty items as well as some pretty interesting courses, and, when you’re very lucky, you can sneak in a good spa weekend deal as well as a shiny new haircut or hair colour for something like ten quid!

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Any long term reader might remember our daytrip to the lake from last Summer – in that exact occasion we decided to spoil ourselves to 5 hours at Sirmione’s beautiful spa thanks to a great deal we found on Groupon, and, now that I think about it, I should plan another day just like that for the two of us only! As well as a proper haircut for yours truly… because it has been a while… ops!

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Learn how to touch it up

But my top budget friendly pampering tip would be, once you’ve found your amazing deal on a beauty treatment, then learn how to touch it up and maintain it yourself! Maybe you decided to finally go for a new haircut: you could definitely learn how to trim that fringe a little as well as your ends, just so that they’ll stay into place and you don’t need to head to the hairdresser each week! The internet is so full of tutorials, isn’t it?!

That could be applied to anything: manicures, pedicures, waxing, insert your favourite (although I don’t know how waxing could be anyone’s favourite really..!). Make sure you know what you’re doing and start modestly and small: do not decide to chop your whole long hair into a bob overnight! You should consult or get the help of a professionist to start with, but maintaing your hair, nails, feet into place isn’t that difficult at all!

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Would love to know how you pamper yourself on a budget and if you ever use Groupon too! x

This post is sponsored by Groupon. All opinions and love for the service are 100% my own!

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My Very Basic Skincare Routine

October 11th  •  Posted in Beauty

My Very Basic Skincare Kit

It has been several years now that I’m suffering with eczema, which is what has brought me to a very simple and basic skincare in the first place. I have tried so many skincare products in the years that I’ve lost count of how many disappointed me at treating my dry itchy areas, until I decided to try and avoid most of them: no more fancy face oils, eye creams, thick moisturizers, nothing! Only natural, organic products or something I know doesn’t irritate my skin at all.

Now I’ve been eczema-free (my face only though) for a while and touch wood it’ll stay like this in the future! I am basically very afraid of trying out new beauty products in general not knowing what caused it in a first place, but honestly I’ve found a very nice balance in the set I’ve been putting together for my skincare, that I can hardly think I’ll ever change something about it at all!

So today I thought I’d share a few of the products I’ve been using since a while and that are working wonders on my oily, extremely sensitive skin! I know how difficult it can be for anyone having problematic skin to find some beauty products that work, so hopefully this can come some sorts of helpful to anyway in a similar situation to mine!

My Basic Skincare Routine including Lavera Basis Sensitive Cleansing Gel and Garnier Micellar Water
Cleansers

I’ve loved the fancy cleansing balm or two in the past, but I’ve realized those were not what my oily skin really needed if not very randomly a couple of times a year, I’d say! So I decided to give Lavera products a go, and, with the promise of a fully organic ingredients list, I was sold!

I firstly tried their 3 In 1 Wash Scrub Mask which I loved quite a lot for treating oiliness and leaving my skin feeling fresh and smooth, but I came to a point where I wanted something more gentle for my daily cleansing routine. And so I got their Basis Sensitive Cleansing Gel, with organic mallow, promising to soothe and gently cleanse your skin, which is exactly what it does!

Not only that: it also smells like a spa treatment, so nice and relaxing, and leaves my skin fresh and clean without being aggressive!

I’d use the Lavera cleaser both in the morning and in the evening or anytime I feel like I need a refresh (post workout essential!) and pair it with my trusted Garnier Micellar Water only if I’ve worn makeup that day and need something to remove my mascara that doesn’t irritate my eye area!

My Basic Skincare Routine included La Roche Posay Effaclair Duo and Antipodes Aura Mask

Treatments

That’s basically it for my day-to-day skincare, I told you it was very minimal! And then I only have a couple of options for treatments that I’d use only if very necessary, to treat blemishes or dryness.

I’ve been using the La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo for years now, gone through a million tubes I’d say, and I’m still such a lover of it! I don’t know how my skin hasn’t got used to it just yet, but I really believe this is the only blemish treatment that does work! I don’t use it every day and night just because I don’t love the fact that I’m constantly exfoliating my skin and then exposing it to the world outdoor, but if I have a very oily-week or some blemishes that threaten to appear, I would surely do three or four days of treatment with this one and all my skin issues would be gone!

I rarely use face masks anymore if not for the random Lush fresh mask lingering in my fridge from time to time or this Antipodes Aura Mask, that has been my favourite for years now! It is all natural and very gentle, featuring manuka honey that has lots of anti-bacterical properties but also deeply hydrates the skin, making this mask the perfect all-rounder! And it smells amazing, of vanilla and mandarin, which makes those two/three times a month such a treat!

My Basic Skincare Routine includes my beloved Nuxe Reve De Miel Lip Balm

Lip Balm

Lastly but surely not at least!, the lip balm of dreams! You know I love my Nuxe Reve De Miel more than anything, the only lip balm actually working for me, really. I struggle with getting along with any other lip balm or treatment since I have tried this, so I guess I’ll just pray they’ll keep doing it forever because I can’t really stay without! I have one in my bag, one at home, one at my boyfriend place… it’s a life saver, always!

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That’s basically it! I told you it was a very minimal and basic skincare routine!
Would love to know if you have any sensitive-skin faves to suggest! x

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My Weekend Pampering Routine

August 5th  •  Posted in Beauty

My Weekend Pampering Routine

I always begin these “pampering routine” posts like this, but I really am not one that loves to just sit there with face masks on for a couple of hours and do absolutely nothing. Or just feel like I’m wasting my time. That’s why I hardly really find time to pamper myself at all most of the times, however lately, after feeling way too constricted by working 24/7 for weeks, I decided I’d reserve my Saturday mornings to myself and nothing else.

I would take my time to do the breakfast I fancy, and not on a rush as I’d usual do, then shower and put a nice but quick face mask on, keep on top of my body hairs and eyebrows (especially) duties and then remember myself of popping some nail polish I like on my nail and maybe also to not be as lazy and apply a nicely scented body butter all over – because I know I like how my skin smells and feels right afterwards!

My Weekend Pampering Routine
My Weekend Pampering Routine
My Weekend Pampering Routine

Recently my skin is not having the best time, with the heat always leaving it a sweaty oily mess and the temperature leaps causing bad breakouts all the time. On my face I’ve been loving my old favourite Antipodes Aura Mask, a 100% naural all-in-one mask I love for treating blemishes and breakouts thanks to the antibacterial properties of the Manuka honey, but also for re-hydrating my skin without leaving it oily or greasy by any means. And its scent is a combination of mandarin and vanilla, and it’s probably not possible to describe at words how nice and relaxing it is!

In the meanwhile I leave on my face mask, I’ve been loving to treat myself to a mini manicure! It might sound extreme, but I very rarely take some time to properly fix my nails and put some nail polish on, so this is a big deal for me! As for nail polishes, I love anything that stays on for 4-6 days without needing any touch-ups as I rarely can be bothered with re-painting my nails in the middle of the week. The L’Oreal Color Riche Nail Polishes are something I would totally recommend for their amazingly opaque and long-lasting formula (the two shades in picture are Parisian Rooftops and You are worth it and they are both amazing!).

My Weekend Pampering Routine
My Weekend Pampering Routine
My Weekend Pampering Routine

A product that won’t ever be missed in my pampering routine, whether it’s in the evening or in the morning, is the L’Occitane Relaxing Pillow Mist, which I actually use more as a proper room spray everynight but also whenever I fancy switching off and recreating a relaxing atmosphere in my room. It smells like lavender fields with a touch of sweet orange and bergamot – it’s just the most calming scent ever.

And lastly, the body butter I would usually pick is the Laura Mercier Creme Brulee Souffle Body Creme, that smells and feels as fancy as it sounds once massaged into the skin! I’m a lover of sweet scents and there’s really nothing that can beat smelling like a creme brulee for a couple of days (yes, it lasts that long) to me! I’m usually that lazy that I would skip the body moisturizer step, but I actually deeply love taking some time to apply this one on my legs and arms.

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And that’s basically it, my short and sweet weekend pampering routine! Hopefully this will find any of you who feels a bit down recently and inspire you to treat yourself this weekend!

How do you get along with finding time to pamper yourself? x

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