I’m no hair guru but I’m also not new to the “natural hair” movement. I’ve been natural all my life. I have 4b/4c…mostly 4c hair and it does NOT like to be messed with. My hair has more attitude than me when I’m hungry, sitting in LA traffic in 100 degree weather. Continue reading Let it Grow!
It’s Spring time! That means vibrant colors and pastels! This is the time to experiment with your colors. The key to matching colors in any form is to stay within the same level of intensity. How saturated are the colors you’re matching? You wouldn’t necessarily combine a neon green with a pastel purple. Continue reading How I Did My Nails for Easter
I talked about creating a quick, cheap, and easy, spa day at home already, but if you have more time on you day off, let’s continue the at home spa experience.
I can’t believe I forgot the WINE in my first post. No explanation needed here!
I know quite a few people who stand by face masks. I’m new to this territory so I can’t give you a great review about it yet. I do want to try face masks because I know they would be a great addition to my at home spa day! Do you use face masks? What kind would you recommend?
We gave our bodies a sugar scrub so let’s treat our feet with the same love. After a bath is the best time to scrub your feet. Your skin will be soft and easy to scrub off with a foot stone. After soaking and scrubbing, use a foot lotion or Vaseline and put a sock on. Your feet will be noticeably softer.
On spa days, I like to do my nails, but I like to do this last. I don’t want to mess up my wet nails fumbling with my face mask or something else. After scrubbing my heels and moisturizing my skin, my nails need to be repainted. Clip, file, and buff your nails for great shape and natural shine. Set up your station with your favorite nail polishes and towels. Do your feet first then your hands.
What are your favorite spa day routines? Did you read part 1?
We live busy and hectic lives. Sometimes we just need a break, a massage, or a full spa day. But we don’t always have the time or the money. I’ve created a list of things that you may already have in your home. If you don’t, these items are all pretty cheap ($1-$10) and easily accessible at your local Target, drugstore, or dollar store.
I love all kinds of candles and I always have one burning! For the purpose of relaxation, go for a calming and soothing scent like lavender, vanilla, eucalyptus, or peppermint. This will set the mood for your relaxing day. Be sure to dim your lights or take them off and use as much candle light as possible.
Make sure your tub is clean! We don’t want any issues! Fill your tub with warm water. I like to put it as hot as I can handle but not hot enough to burn me. The warmth will loosen up your muscles and the steam will open up your pores and sinus cavities for better breathing. At this time you can play some soothing music or pick out a book you’ve been wanting to start for your bath.
Bath Bombs, Bubbles, & Epsom Salt
Add bath bombs, bubbles, or Epsom salt or any combination of the three to your bath water.
I just tried a bath bomb for the first time the other day. I don’t really see the hype about bath bombs. It was fun watching the Alka-Seltzer like fizz in the tub, but other than that, I don’t see the hype.
Bubbles are just fun to play with! Who takes bubble baths without bubbles? I mean it’s in the name!
The Epsom Salt is great for relaxing your muscles as well. Pair an eucalyptus scented Epsom salt with the steam from the hot water and you have a great environment for people with breathing and sinus problems. For me personally, the mint and steam opens up my airways. I also love the lavender scent. It’s so relaxing.
Sugar scrubs are great for exfoliating your skin. Exfoliation helps rejuvenate your skin by rubbing off the dead skin cells and revealing the new skin cells underneath. I got my scrub from TARGET. It’s cheap, smells great, and leaves my skin feeling soft with a glow. I use it on my face as well and I’ve noticed a drastic improvement in my complexion. My skin is even and soft. These are my own experiences. Your experience may be different from mine.
Moisturizing Body Lotion
After you soak for at least 15 minutes, I tend to get carried away and soak for 45 minutes, lightly dry your skin and use your favorite moisturizing lotion. Spend time massaging your body and use plenty of it. As you lotion apply more pressure than usual. Work out any tension you feel in your neck, shoulder, legs, etc. You know your body and you know what needs to be worked.
Doesn’t that sound relaxing?
Let me know how your at home spa day turned out.
Valentine’s day checklist:
- Outfit: Check
- Hair: Check
- Makeup: Check
- Nails: Oops!
This last Christmas 2015 I themed my gifts to “me time” with candles, nail polish, and sugar scrubs. I’ve never used a sugar scrub before but I felt my skin needed some love. So I went back to Target for one of the sugar scrubs I got my friends and family for Christmas. After my first use, I completely fell in love!
My skin looked refreshed and it was soft to touch. Even my hands were softer. I’ve always had hard-ish hands because of the rings and monkey bars in elementary school, not moisturizing in middle school, and softball in high school. But honestly, I just think my hands are naturally harder than the average lady. I don’t have man hands, but they’re not delicate. So when I used the sugar scrub, it was quite shocking feeling how soft my hands were.
I used it on my face and after about 3 uses, once a week or so, my family started noticing an improvement in my complexion. My skin looked softer and hydrated. My intake of water could also be adding to this new even complexion of mine but I know the sugar scrub is working as well!
Tree hut has a handful of scents to choose from. I got mine from Target but I see them in other stores as well.
*This is not a promotional blog post. All comments are my own opinion based on my own experiences.
I’ve been obsessed with black and silver nails this January. Maybe I’ve been carrying out the new year color palate but black is so chic and silver just pairs so nicely. I haven’t been too creative with my nails since high school. Frankly, I just don’t have the time like I did back then to experiment. So my nails are just plain black and my ring fingers are silver. I used Wet n Wild’s Metallica and Black Crème, both are in the Wildshine collection.
You can get these for $1 at Walgreens, CVS, Target and any where that carries Wet n Wild products.
Here are some cool black and silver ideas I found on Pinterest.