That Saturday you wake up and realize you are in dire need of a full complement of beauty treatments. That was me this past weekend. Beyond just a mani/pedi session, this girl needed a facial, a massage and head to toe buff session. It must be the slightly warmer temps here, but I'm suddenly fully aware that spring will someday come again and my face, skin and body need some attention. Any salon & spa regular knows that you can't book the best appointments at 10am on Saturday. No, ma'am. Those coveted slots with the pros just aren't happening at the last minute. So what did a girl in need of a little glow (and some tress mending) do? Allow me to share...
Thanks to the wonders of the internet I've been discovering a few miraculous hair taming & face changing products. Not only are they at-home treatments (bonus!), they are (mostly) easy to obtain and can be delivered to your door (my obvious guilty pleasure). I admit to loving online shopping for a good reason: reviews! I obsess over user generated feedback and tend to weed out the duds from the diamonds with enough research. Still, there are gems to be discovered on your own and products that work differently for everyone. Experimentation is necessary to find your personal favorites.
This past weekend I was committed to repairing my hair and reclaiming the glow my skin deserves. A top to bottom exfoliation were on the agenda as was a very special hair treatment. Below are the cast of characters that found their way into my repertoire. Mostly present were longtime favorites but a there are a few new stars of the show. Here's how it went down:
FIRST: HIT THE SHOWER!
Begin by grabbing a great clarifying shampoo to remove product buildup. Often what feels dry is simply the result of lingering hair spray, calcium or conditioner on your strands. The key here is to prep the hair for my new tress BFF and secret weapon. What is it and how did I discover it? I was desperate to change my hair texture (or should I say return it to its former smooth glory). I searched far and wide for a keratin treatment I felt comfortable using. Joico came highly recommended. Their newest product is called Revitaluxe. It promised (if those glowing reviews were to be believed) to transform my brittle locks back into the Botticelli-worthy tresses I once adored. (I have blonde Kardashian dreams, you know!) So... clarifying shampoo first. Joico treatment next. Leave on the recommended 3-5 minutes and move on to... your bod.
Start by applying Kate Somerville's Exfolikate to your face. A thin layer will invigorate your skin and remove impurities. Careful not to rub too much. This is an enzyme peel, meaning it works with natural plant extracts and other organic elements. It requires no scrubbing on your part, which is good for sensitive skin. Don't leave it on too long, but give it a few beats to get in and clean those pores.
Next... I love (LOOOOVE) a great smelling scrub. In fact I would say I'm somewhat of a connoisseur of exfoliating products. This one from Molton Brown is smells intoxicatingly good in ways all Molton products do. But it's what it does for the skin that I appreciate. Your thighs will be glowing and gorgeous, and you'll feel as though you had a full service spa treatment with a single application. I assure you. I can't say enough great things about it. Pricey? A bit. So use it sparingly, but do enjoy it when you need a boost. Extra points if you wear those scrubby exfoliating gloves they sell at drugstores.
Finally... rinse out the Joico treatment (it only takes 3-5 minutes to work its magic). And finish with a cold rinse to close the cuticles & pores as well as invigorate your senses. And... you're done.
POST SHOWER GOODNESS
Once out of the shower, wrap hair in a tress-friendly turban. At this point I like to smooth on one of my favorite indulgences: Flowerbomb body lotion. Lord have mercy, this smells fabulous. I don't wear the perfume, but this lotion is amazing. Perfect for feeling fabulous while working on the rest of your beauty treatments. Next, don those silly looking paraffin socks from Bliss you have hiding under your sink. Yes, the blue ones. They work miracles. You might look like a Smurf, but by the end of the evening your feel will feel like buttah.
Now... my new secret beauty weapon for the face? You can thank a late night google search for this: Patchology Energizing Eye Patches. These were not on my radar last year. These strange little patches offer intense eye area treatments that actually do transform your visage. It's the perfect amount of time post-shower time to dry your hair and get in your jammies. After about 15 minutes take them off and leave the remaining product on your eyes do hydrate the delicate eye area. Trust me, you'll love this small but powerful addition to your beauty arsenal. Dark circles & fine lines are a thing of the past.
NOW... ON TO BED TIME
Last but not least, my coveted "Cinderella Cream" from Omorovicza. Officially it's known as the Instant Plumping Mask, and it is a fan favorite for good reason. While a bit, it lasts me well over 6 months when used properly. It can be worn as a mask or as an overnight cream. I love leaving on overnight as a treatment. (Editor's note: I like to use it 2x a week.)
How to use: Warm a tiny amount by quickly rubbing between palms to liquify the product. Smooth over face and décolletage gently. Now... spritz on a facial elixir. Omorovicza makes a very special one. I also love Caudalie's Beauty Elixir. Either one you prefer will do the job perfectly. Hold bottle about a foot from your face and mist entire area. Wait half a beat for it to soak in. Now... mist your face & neck area again. Now... do nothing. Nothing. You're done! Don't skip the mist. In order for the plumping cream to work you need to add hydration for it to absorb.
Once you're ready to sleep, I strongly suggest using a silk eye mask (you know I adore these every night) and these amazing copper-infused pillowcases (not kidding). Both will keep wrinkles at bay and induce a deep wonderful sleep. Trust me, a solid night of sleep will do wonders for your looks and your state of mind. For bonus points, leave those blue Bliss socks on overnight. Wake up more gorgeous, refreshed and fabulous.
That's it in a nutshell, girls! This is the perfect "night-in" beauty routine you can do once a week to keep your face, body & hair looking marvelous. Frankly, in February we could all use a little boost! Hope you'll try these favorite products out & share your results.
But wait! Let me share the skinny on my hair treatment: the Joico Revitaluxe. WOW. Best $22 investment I've made in a long time. It does not disappoint. Hair that I assumed would need to be cut off to be repaired is now soft and silky. It is a night and day difference. Those hundreds of online testimonials were correct. I can't wait to see how good my hair looks after a repeated use. If you color or heat style your hair, take a look at this marvelous gold & black tube!
Happy beautifying, ladies! I hope you find a few new favorites from this list.