Face masks, bath bombs and glasses of prosecco | How I relax and chill out

I love a pamper session. It’s what I live for.

For me, a bath is the ultimate pamper session, especially one where I go ‘all out’. What I mean by that is bath bomb, face mask and hair wash. I start off my running the bath (obviously as it’s the most important part) and putting in some bubbles. At the minute I’ve been using the Molton Brown Muddled Plum Bath and Shower Gel, which is fab and smells amazing, but I usually just use whatever shower gel I have at the time because they work just as well as actual bubble bath. Then I light some candles, and there is a specific number I like. I do one big one (usually a Yankee Candle) for the corner of the bath with two tealights next to it. Then I do two more tealights on my bath bar (more on that in a minute) and then another two on the windowsill. If I’m really really fancy I’ll light another big one across the room. Seriously though, the more candles the better.

Then goes in the bath bomb of choice. I’ve been loving these little tea bags at the minute (which I mentioned in my January Favorites post) but I also really like the Yorkshire Soap Company bath bombs and obviously the ones from lush. Anything that smells fruity or sweet and preferably turns the bath a cute colour. 

Now, the best part about my baths is the bath bar I have that my dad made. There’s space for two candles, my laptop, glass of water/cup of tea and a glass of prosecco. It means I don’t have to lug a chair in when I have a bath and I just have to lay back and relax. Also my new bath pillow that I got for Christmas makes everything even better. The type of video I watch varies, from episodes of Ru Paul’s Drag Race, Endeavour or random YouTube videos. Same with drinks. A mid afternoon bath comes with a giant mug of tea but an evening soak definitely needs prosecco or wine (with the bottle by the side of the bath, obviously).

If I’m going all out with the face masks I’ll take a triple approach. First I’ll do a pore strip to get rid of all the dirt out of my nose. At the minute I’m using the Biore Ultra Deep Cleansing Pore Strips and they’re really good and do the job. For the 30 minutes that’s on I’ll do two more masks. First I’ll go in with a spot clearing one, my one of choice at the minute is the Lacura Exfoliating Mud Mask which is pretty good and works best when I focus it on my oiliest areas / single spots. Then I’ll use either a sheet mask or my trusty Body Shop British Rose Fresh Plumping Face Mask (read my full thoughts here). Anything that gives me moisture it a winner for my final face mask.

A good pamper session ends by moisturising my body and then doing my skincare. At this time of year I love a thick body moisturiser and the Body Shop Shea Body Butter is my current go-to. In the summer I also love the body yogurts from the Body Shop because they’re just that bit thinner for when it’s hot.

What’s your favourite pamper product?

How I relax and unwind

I’m a total lover of pamper sessions and any chance I get I’ll hop in that bath with a cup of tea or a glass of prosecco, depending on what day it is, and just chill out. So after a day at work or on a lazy weekend what does a horizontal (ha!) person like me do to relax? Here are my favourite things to do when I just need to chill out:

Run. That. Bath. I put all of the bubbles in, if I have a bath bomb even better! Is there anything better than a bubbly bath, glass of prosecco and an episode of Endeavour? If I’m wanting to go all out with the relaxation I’ll have what I like to call ‘a hair wash bath’ which is basically a bath where I wash my hair. It’s like a full on treatment – head to toe pampering!

Putting a face mask on is like the ultimate pamper time for me. There’s two I’m switching between at the minute and I feel like they’re a match made in heaven. When my face is feeling a bit sad and dehydrated I use the Oskia Renaissance Mask. This costs a literal arm and a leg (luckily I got it in an advent calendar) so I’ve been using it sparingly but it does a great job of giving my skin a boost of hydration without making it feel oily or greasy. When my face is more on the spotty side of just feels gunked up I’m all about the epoch Glacial Mud Mask (thanks Amy for hooking me up!) . It draws all the nastiness from my skin without shrivelling it up like a prune. I have to say I’m really impressed with how non-drying it is for this kind of mask and although I’ve only been using it for a few weeks my skin seems to be enjoying it!

I’m addicted to tea, it’s potentially my biggest obsession and I’m totally okay with that. There’s nothing better than getting the biggest mug we have, popping in two sweeteners, bashing that teabag and going ham with the milk. Drinking a cup of tea is one of my ultimate happy places and I usually have about six cups a day so you know, treat yo’ self.

Last week I was spending my mornings and evenings on a 40 minute train journey and although the teatime train was a bit like hell on earth, my morning trips were a total delight! I decided to take the time to get in some reading and I sped through The F Word by Lily Pebbles. I love Lily’s videos and was really looking forward to reading her book but I was really surprised at how much I loved it. If you don’t know, it’s a book about female friendships with stories, advice and anecdotes. When I was reading it I saw all of my friends in the book, they all slotted into the different situations and I loved that. This little morning reading slot made me look forward to my daily commute and definitely chilled me out before a day at work.

An honourable mention goes to TV. I’m obsessed with it and have mentioned my love for it many times (see here) so I’ll keep it brief. Cup of tea in hand, Ru Paul’s Drag Race on the box, switch the brain off – is there anything better?

What’s your favourite thing to do to relax?

Making the most of a relaxing bath

I love a good bath. No I REALLY love baths. If I’m bored, I’ll have a bath, if I’m home alone, I’ll have a bath, spare hour, you get the picture. It’s just nice to hop into a nice warm bath with some YouTube videos and give yourself a pamper. Here are the products I like to use when I step into the relaxing bath world.

Let’s start with candles. A bath is not a bath without a candle. I normally burn four non-scented tea lights, put two at the end of the bath and two on the ledge that sits behind my head. For scent I then light whatever candle I have on the go. When this photo was taken I was burning All is Bright by Yankee Candle but my current candle is The Body Shop Hawaii Kukui. I love the scent of this candle so much, I just wish it burnt perfectly flat and not in steps. I’ve tried everything but it won’t burn all the way across! Bubbles make a bath for me. I love a good lush bath bomb as well (I recently tried Dragon’s Egg and it was just a citrus delight) but bubbles are what make it special. After Christmas I made sure I stocked up on The Body Shop Frosted Berries Foaming Bath. It makes beautiful big bubbles and gives off the fruity scent all throughout the bath which I love because this is one of my favourite Body Shop scents.

After sitting in the bath for ten minutes I give my face a bit of a pamper. I make sure I cleanse my face before I start with The Body Shop Camomile Cleansing Oil then scrub my nose with the Soap and Glory Scrub Your Nose In It to get rid of the dirt on my nose. I then apply a face mask, usually a mix of two Origins masks, Out of Trouble and the Clear Improvements. They give my skin an intense clean and bring out any impurities.

After 20 minutes, and usually a Lily Pebbles video later, I wash off the mask and start with my least favourite task, exfoliating. I love it when I do it, I’m all about soft skin, but the thought of doing it just makes me tired and lazy. When I do remember to scrub I use the Soap and Glory Smoothie Star Breakfast Scrub. It is seriously scubb-y and smells amazing, like pure sugar and sweetness. Hair wash time! My hair wash of choice at the moment is L’Oreal Elvive Fibrology, a shampoo and conditioner that’s meant to thicken fine hair. It’s good and I’m enjoying using it but I can’t say I’ve seen that my hair is noticeably thicker but it cleans it and doesn’t make it greasy which in my book is a win win. I’ve been using the Soap and Glory Clean On Me Shower Gel and I have to say nothing else lathers like it. It makes me feel super clean and (CAUTION: TMI) it gives me a really good shave and leaves my legs super soft. To finish off the bath I just have one final relaxing moment and it’s time to get out. Did I mention I just love baths!

I’d love to try some more bath products so if you have any recommendations for bubbles, bath bombs or oils please let me know!