The Relaxing Evening Pamper


I have mixed feelings about the upcoming move to Autumn but one of the things I will be looking forward to is cosy evenings in having a good pamper!

Bath Time

I start by running myself a nice warm bath. If I have a Lush bath bomb or fizz then I'll use that but at the moment I love the Body Shop Deep Sleep Comforting Milk Bath Float | £14. It's so gorgeously creamy and the fragrance is beautiful and relaxing. It bubbles up really nicely and they last a long time. I definitely need to pick up a few bits from the new Spa of the World collection, I think!

For a candle I stray away from my usual heavier scents and go for more of a spa fragrance. My favourite is the Rituals Sweet Sunrise Orange and Cedar Wood Candle | £19.50. It's nice and fruity but still very fresh, unimposing and relaxing.

Before I get in I'll apply my Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey Face Mask | £22.99 | post. This is my favourite all-rounder in terms of face masks as it just seems to improve my skin in every way! It's hydrating as well as helping blemishes. Also, it doesn't tingle or dry out the skin so feels more relaxing. The fact it has a runny consistency means it doesn't harden and you don't feel the need to cut your bath short to take it off.

There are two products I reach for when I'm in the bath; one as a body wash and one for shaving my legs at the end. I love the L'Occitaine Almond Shower Oil | £18 as it feels so much less stripping on my dry skin than a foaming body wash. The oil is super-hydrating and leaves my skin feeling really soft. I also love the subtle almond scent. For shaving my legs, instead of a shaving foam or gel, I much prefer the Soap & Glory Whipped Clean Shower Butter | £7. I love the thick, creamy texture of this and the brown sugar, sweet almond oil, cocoa butter and oat fragrance works beautifully with the L'Occitaine oil. It's really nourishing and makes shaving effortless.

Relaxation

After my bath I wash off my face mask then cover myself in the Mandara Spa Ylang Ylang and Coconut Body Butter* | £6 (also available in Sainsbury's stores). I really love the fragrance of this as it's not too sickly, again it has that refreshing, spa kind of scent. It's also not to thick; sometimes I feel like slathering on a really heavy body butter just sticks down the dry skin instead of hydrating it, however this is somewhere between a lotion and something like the Body Shop's butters. It leaves my skin so soft and hydrated without leaving excess oiliness on the surface, plus it's a bargain!

I'm a self-confessed excessive hand-washer so between my fingers gets really dry. Nothing hydrates them as well as the Body Shop Hemp Hand Protector | £11 (100ml). I find it too heavy for in the daytime but as an overnight treatment it's perfect. I take a small amount and make sure it's really rubbed in and my skin feels soft and supple instead of dry and tight.

I move my candle into my bedroom and settle down to paint my nails. Even when I'm relaxing, I'm impatient when it comes to wet nails! The Barry M Speedy Quick Dry range has been my saviour and my favourite shade is Pit Stop | £3.99, a gorgeous and work-appropriate 'greige'.

Whilst I paint my nails and let them dry I'll listen to a bit of music or watch something on Netflix. I'm not super into any TV shows at the moment but a couple of months back I would definitely have been watching Orange is the New Black! For music I go for something quite relaxing, like the little Summer Chill Playlist I made.

Before Bed

I try to turn off my laptop and TV at least half an hour before bed so I can full switch off. I might make myself a Camomile tea or some other caffeine-free bedtime infusion. I spend around about 20 minutes reading a book (I recommend Sali Hughes's Pretty Honest for a beauty read in bite-size chunks), my Kindle or a magazine (my favourites are Allure and Elle). 

I apply my Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate | £36 | post, as an overnight oil treatment as it really does work wonders for my skin. I won't go on about it too much as it's a very recent purchase but I'm really liking the Nuxe Reve de Miel Lip Balm | £9.50 as a nourishing overnight treatment. Lastly I'll blow out my candle and give my pillow a spritz with the This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray | £16. I don't know how this works but it does! Maybe it's a placebo effect but I always seem to drift off effortlessly into an uninterrupted sleep when I use this.


How do you like to relax in the evenings and what are your pampering essentials?

 


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29 comments

  1. I would love to try the deep sleep bath milk. A few of my pamper essentials would include a bath bomb and at home steam facial.

    Emily x
    www.britishbeautyaddict.com

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  2. I love TBS hand creams, they are so moisturising without being greasy. I didn't know about the deep sleep range, I shall have to check this out as I have so much trouble sleeping

    Hayley @ Tea Party Beauty

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    1. I'd never come across it before! I wonder if it's a re-release xx

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  3. I've never heard of a bath float before now, although you have me sold on it!
    Jodie, xo // Jodie Loue

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  4. Oh that Body Shop Deep Sleep bath cream sound so good!! I've been loving the new Sea Salt bath scrub from Body Shop and their Hawaiian Kukui body cream, super pricey for Body Shop but so worth the money ;) xxx

    www.angerawrs.co.uk

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    1. I think I've been convinced as that seems the one product everyone really rates! xx

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  5. I do need to make more time to pamper myself, these days I am lucky to have enough time to shave my legs and get a face mask on. But I totally want the face mask from Antipodes, it it right at the top of the wish list :)

    Pams Stuff and Things

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  6. I love face masks and have been wanting to try the Antipodes Manuka Honey Face Mask for a while now. My skins been pretty bad recently so I've been reaching for my Origins Active Charcoal mask more and more.

    Roxie x
    The Beautiful Bluebird

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  7. I always love me some Pamper routine. It feels really relaxing and you should definitely try the Body Shop Spa of the World range...it's amazeballs...xx

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  8. I love a good bath in the evening. How amazing does the S&G Whipped Cream shower butter smell though?! I love it! :)

    Blushhx

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  9. I feel like there are so many products in this post that I want to try! The bath float sounds amazing and I really want to try out Pit Stop from the Speedy range as I love Eat My Dust. I feel like the This Works pillow spray is a must on a pamper night and that once trying it there is no going back! This is such a lovely post :) x
    Charlotte's Road

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  10. I haven't tried the almond shower oil, but I've tried, I think it was their regular almond oil? Somehow I had gotten a small, travel size of it and ending up loving it. I guess I should try the shower oil next!

    Z · HELLOZAUNI.COM

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  11. I went into l'occitaine to have a sniff of that shower oil today and it was divine! Definitely on my wishlist xxx

    Karan|| studentbeautyhack

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    1. It's quite pricey for what it is but if I run out by Christmas it's definitely going on my list ;) xx

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  12. My hands have beeb getting really dry lately and The Body Shop Hemp protector sounds like just what I need x

    franklyflawless.com

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  13. i love a nice bath - lavender scents and camomile are my go to. Just bought that lip balm! x

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  14. This sounds so relaxing! I used to take baths all the time but now just seem to have a quick shower so I definitely need to get back into a routine! Really want to try that pillow spray too!

    Danielle's Beauty Blog

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  15. I really want to try that pillow spray. I struggle a lot with sleep so feel that it could help a little. x

    Jordan Alice

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    1. I was really surprised/impressed at how much it helped :) xx

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  16. The L'Occitane almond shower oil sounds amazing, sort of a all in one product! :)

    Velvet Blush

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  17. I always love having a good pamper when winter comes I think it’s the dark nights that does it haha. The Antipodes face mask sounds amazing, and I love the fact it doesn’t harden as sometimes you can end up rubbing your skin raw. I really need to get into the routine of switching my laptop off a good while before bed as I can end up being on it right until I shut my eyes which is so bad haha.

    Charlee XO | CharmedCharlee

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  18. This looks and sounds like the perfect pamper evening, need to have one of these soon. The Body Shop Deep Sleep Bath Float sounds ah-mazing and I can't believe I didn't know about it until now x

    Beauty with charm

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    1. It's such an underrated product; I'd never heard of it before until I just came across it once in-store xx

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  19. I love a good pamper night! I am a person who needs a recharge night. That candle sounds like just my kind of scent too.
    http://www.lipstickisalife.com/

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  20. Thank you for your comments and the product recommendations :) xx

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  21. Pamper nights are the best! I love them. These products look great and I really want to try some of them.

    Lust For Beauty

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  22. You gave me an inspiration to have a paper night! I've heard many times that this whipped cream shower gel/cream makes shaving sooo easy! I was trying to buy this in my local Boots store but it was all sold out:(

    http://www.cojograab.com

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