Since returning from holidays, everything has been full speed ahead in my life. While I'm not complaining, I am using this by way of explanation that it took me three full weeks to realise that every inch of my skin bar my face was totally dehydrated and dry. Honestly, I've never seen it so parched and the fact that it took me such a lengthy amount of time to realise it led to me carving out a whole afternoon of pampering a couple of weeks ago to give my skin some much-needed TLC as well as completing my usual facial/nails/hair routine.
Once a week I give my skin a good seeing to. Generally I am make-up-free for the weekend so, that in itself helps but, to give it a really deep and thorough clean I employ some of my favourite skincare products. First I slap on a generous layer of Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask (Review here) to clear out my pores and reduce the appearance of blackheads. Once this dries fully, I scrub it off with a muslin cloth in the shower and let the steam further clean my pores.
Post-shower, all wrapped up in a robe, I deep-cleanse my skin with the Clarisonic Mia (not pictured) and spritz my skin with some of the Caudalie Beauty Elixir (Review here) to close up my pores and refresh my skin. Finally, I finish with a dollop of the Origins Drink-Up Overnight Intensive Mask and leave this to soak in until morning. If I have any blemishes, I will treat them with the Origins Super Spot Remover Gel.
I have awful, awful nails. They are weak, thin and break, peel and split like nobodies business. Post-holiday and exposure to vast amounts of Vitamin D, they were in great condition, all the same shape, length - yes, I had length to my nails - and they felt quite strong. However, three weeks on, disaster struck. My right thumbnail split across the nail about halfway down and I had to let it grow out a lot before I could clip and file it back. Then the same happened to my little finger and ring finger on my left hand so, I just bit the bullet and clipped them all, filing them back to the nail line and have started the process all over again. Sadface...
To begin, I remove any polish using the Bourjois Magic Pot Nail Polish Remover (Review here) I clip and file my nails into shape. I then apply a thin layer of Sally Hansen Instant Cuticle Remover, allow it to soak in and then remove using a funny looking cuticle cutting implement. I then buff my nails to remove any ridges and add a thin layer of OPI Nail Envy Matte to each followed by a thin layer of CND Stickey. As an aside, this is the best basecoat in the world and I get a good week out of each nail painting when I use it!
Next up is polish. The Sunday in question here saw me use Essie Lapis of Luxury as I'm trying to get the most out of my summer shades while I can! Finally, I finish with a layer of Sally Hansen Complete Care 4-in-1* (Review here) and a dollop of CND Solar Oil around the cuticles. Pre-bedtime, I try to use handcream. I don't always succeed.
I've said it once and I'll say it again, I have a very lacklustre haircare routine. Being that it is undyed, naturally straight and altogether boring, I don't have the time or interest in faffing around with it. That being said, it gets a post-shower helping of L'Oréal Mythic Oil* (Review here) everyday and, once or twice per week I will treat the ends to a drop of pure Argan Oil* (Review here). I have also created a pretty decent routine to give it some lift and volume which I blogged about here.
Finally, the whole point of this ferocious pamper, my poor, neglected, moisture-less skin. To begin, I shaved my legs. Yep. Not only does this defuzz your pins but, it also manually sloughs away any dry skin, leaving skin instantly smoother. While still in the shower, I exfoliated from head-to-toe using my favourite Burt's Bees Sugar Scrub* (Review here). Once my skin was fully dry, I then moisturised using a little bit of Garnier Summer Glow* on my arms, legs and decolletage to give a healthy glow to the areas that people actually see and then finished the rest of my body with The Body Shop's delicious Peach Body Lotion*.
Thoroughly smooth, buffed and bronzed, I wrapped myself up in my dressing gown and fuzzy socks and snuggled down to watch Downton Abbey. A pretty perfect evening if you ask me!