Wednesday, 12 February 2014

The Pre-Date Pamper...

Whether it be getting ready for a date with a special someone, going out on the tiles with the girls or just some 'me' time, there's always an excuse to pamper ourselves before Valentine's Day. 

The Body
My favourite part of a pamper sesh is giving my body a glow giving overhaul. I love to jump in the shower and use the Soap & Glory Sugar Crush Body Scrub to get rid of any dry patches. The formula is quite oily, nourishing to the skin and smells divine. I then use my Wilkinson Sword Intuition razor which has a built in shave cream bar which lathers up and makes shaving in the shower an absolute breeze. 

After the shower, I like to moisturise my whole body and for this I use two products. The Vaseline Spray & Go Moisturiser all over and the Body Shop Body Butter on drier patches such as knees and elbows. This creates a great base for fake tanning (for which, St. Moriz is my go to brand) which, let's face it, makes us all look a feel a little more 'done'. 

The Hair
Hydration and flyaway management are always key for me in terms of creating that super sleek date-night hair. The Ever Riche range by L'Oreal is perfect for this. The Deep conditioner is ultra hydrating and gives that 'just been to the salon' look and feel to the hair. I use the Oil Precieux* throughout the mid-lengths and ends of my hair. This makes it super manageable and gives the hair a lovely sheen, it's also great to use through second day hair to refresh and re-tame styles. I always use Batiste Dry Shampoo through my roots to make my hair a little more easy to manage after washing. The cherry sent is lovely and flirty and it's something the Boy always notices.

The Face
When I have a special occasion, I really up the ante on the skincare routine to create the perfect base for that flawless makeup look. 

I start with a pre-cleansing oil to get rid of any make up and general grime from the day. I am still using this Una Brennan Vitamin C+ one and I love the results I get from it. I follow up with a cleansing balm, and this Boots Botanics one is a cheaper alternative to the ever lusted after Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm. This leaves the skin feeling ultra hydrated and gives a lovely glow. I would definitely recommend this product to everyone!

Depending on what end of the spectrum my skin is sitting at, I'll either choose Lush's Catastrophe Cosmetic Mask to target breakouts or Una Brennan's Rose Hydrate mask for dryer skin days. I love flicking through a magazine whilst leaving this to work, or getting started on the nails. 

The Nails
Giving myself a manicure is one of those things I absolutely love doing, it really relaxes me and the right colour can really complete an outfit making you feel that little bit more special. 

I tend to start by cutting or filing down my nails to a uniform length and then giving them a good buffing with the Models Own Buffing Brick. 

When choosing a colour I really think about my outfit and make up. Matching nails with lips is a big trend for Spring, but I also really enjoy choosing contrasting colours to make my nails stand out or picking out a colour from a pattern or accessory I am wearing. It's amazing how much nail polish can tie together a whole look. 

Once I've painted my nails, I add a top coat and a couple of drops of the Models Own quick dry solution, as for an unknown reason I find it near on impossible to sit still and let them dry naturally, I always find a million other things to do and smudge them beyond repair. 

Let me know what you're getting up to on Friday and what your go-to feel good pamper products are. 

Much Love,

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