Do you see how hot I look in the above photo? This is my secret Sunday beauty regimen which I usually do subconsciously! Very attractive look I realize! However my husband is away therefore it means I don’t need to hide my habits!!!
For years, whether I had £5 or £30 to get my supplies together, I’ve been making sure that my final hours of the week are spent doing little things to take care of myself.
In my youth, I referred to nights like these as “Girlie pampering nights’ usually on a Saturday but for awhile I’ve known it as “the thing I need to do in order to feel like I’m putting any effort into my appearance”. This is, of course, the type of appearance that I need to maintain my own respect. This isn’t mandatory or something I do so that I can like, “survive socially”; it’s the kind of upkeep I like to do in order to walk out of the door with (almost) total confidence on a Monday morning.
Here are the four simple things I do to feel like a queen:
Wash, tone, and apply eye and night cream to my skin – This is technically something I do every night, but on Sundays I do this with extra care. The week makes your skin gross, but the weekend totally wrecks it. Even if you don’t drink or smoke, the extra time you inevitably spend in the sun, running about in town, leaves your skin feeling nasty, whether you realize it or not. Daily moisturizing is important, but once you hit your mid-20s, you want to make sure that you’re using a night cream on your skin before you go to bed. I also dab a tiny bit of eye cream on for preventative measures.
Deep condition my hair – I wash my hair and then comb some deep conditioner into it. I like anything with Moroccan oil, It’s inexpensive, but has an expensive feel and the results are some of the best you can get from a highstreet brand. If you color your hair, you might want to try out L’Oreal’s new line of sulfate-free hair products. I bought the Everstrong Deep Replenishing Masque last time around and while it’s just okay, sulfate-free product is so much less damaging. After I apply the deep conditioner to clean, wet hair (avoiding the roots!), I wrap my hair up in a towel and sleep on it.
Lotion my joints – I cover my elbows and feet in a strong moisturizer and then slip my feet into clean comfy slipper socks. Nothing’s nastier to look at than dry elephant elbows and busted-ass heels. I’ve been scraping my feet up on shoes (especially summer sandals) for years, and if I didn’t trap them in cotton/lotion combos every weekend, they’d be ten times worse. A little thing like this makes such a huge difference. Normally I use heel balm or used Vaseline cocoa butter, which is so delicious smelling.
Put on some lipstick – When the rest of you is a mess, you can make yourself feel 100% better (okay, more like 45% better), by throwing on some lipstick. Since your whole face should be chilling under a blanket of moisturizer right now, add the final detail to brighten up your face. This looks unbelievably stupid to almost anyone else who might see you, but as long as you’re feeling good, who cares? Don’t just remember this tip when you’re feeling gross with deep conditioner in your hair and socks full of lotion on your feet, either. At every job I’ve ever had, I’ve kept a tube of bright lipstick in my desk drawl so if I was having a bad day or feeling poo I could put some on before going out from work & feel ten times better!
So that’s it. Of course I do my nails once a week ( yesterday I took the lazy option & got my acrylics & feet done! Pale orange.) some days I go all out and straighten my hair, but most of the time it’s just a challenge to get out of the door on time while making sure that the doggies have water in their bowl. You can leave the house feeling just a little bit more fly if you try and take care of simple things like skin, hair and soul maintenance on a Sunday night while you’re waiting for New kardashians or the only way is Essex to come on.