Sunday, 7 April 2013

Sunday Night Pamper Session


I'm not a big fan of Sunday nights. Ever since my school days I've associated the dreaded 'Sunday night feeling' with overdue homework, stress, and misery over the coming Monday. The only difference now is, my Sunday's are filled with sadness over the weekend ending, my boyfriend going home for the week and the inevitable dread over the following day. Not fun, right? However, lately I've decided I have to make my Sunday evenings all about me - and I think a pamper session is the absolute best way to do so. 

I adore having pamper sessions. I think there's nothing better than putting your feet up, whacking a face mask on and indulging in a bit of relaxation. I would have one every night if I could; however devoting my Sunday evenings to the cause suits me well and gives me something to take my mind off the somber Sunday night blues. 

I thought I'd put together a little post with all the products etc. I use and recommend for a night of pure, unadulterated pampering. To begin my night I like to unwind and take a nice long bath filled with a bath bomb/melt. All of mine in the wire basket above are actually from Bomb Cosmetics, although I'm a huge fan of Lush stuff (I just wish I could afford it, wah!) I'll light a candle, grab a book and pop a hair mask on (LOVING the Lee Stafford Breaking Hair one at the minute) for a good twenty minutes, reading my book and breathing in the gorgeous aroma of my lovely Monsoon candle. I just finished the novel 'The Snow Child' and I'd definitely recommend it, although I found the first half of the story a bit slow.

Once out of the bath, I'll smother some body lotion on (the Boots Natural Collection Wild Strawberry Body Whip is literally to-die-for), followed by some body oil (loving the Balance Me toning oil at the minute - god knows I could use a bit of toning!) and then I'll step into some snuggling pjs. I'm obsessed with pyjamas - I'm particularly fond of the range at Asda - they sell some seriously cute Disney pjs, the Dumbo ones above included. Then I'll set about giving my face a bit of a pamper. 

First up; exfoliation. I think exfoliating your skin is so important and I recently discovered the Botanics Radiant Youth Microdermabrasion Polish and couldn't resist purchasing it, after spending months hunting down a cheap microdermabrasion exfoliator. I've only used this a couple of times but I'm already impressed with the results - expect a full post in the next few weeks! Once I've exfoliated, I like to apply a face mask on my skin for around fifteen minutes. The Dermalogica and Soap & Glory ones above of my absolute faves - although I think the Soap & Glory one is the best of the two - it's seriously amazing. I'll sometimes use cucumber, or I recently discovered these Bliss eye energizing masks, which are great for cooling and soothing the eyes, and waking them up. I wouldn't recommend using them after a facemask though as they really irritated my skin - try using them before or whilst you have your face mask on (working around them obviously) to add to the relaxation experience! 

Once my face has been pampered, I'll paint and file my nails (I'm always so slack when it comes to filing but I recently got some Tinkerbell emery boards from Primark and now I have no excuses!) and, if I feel like I really need a pick-me-up, I'll slap some fake tan on (St Moriz, always) to brighten things up a bit. Once all the pampering is done and dusted, I don't think you can beat snuggling up in bed with a good book or a DVD, some snacks (I'd ALWAYS say get chocolate but I'm trying to eat healthy right now, so yoghurt-coated treats it is!) and forget that Monday is only just around the corner.

Does anyone else devote their Sunday evenings to be a bit of pampering? What are your favourite products to pamper yourself with?
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17 comments

  1. Great idea to make a Sunday better, I always do the same thing as you. I always make sure i have a bath and fake tan ready for the week ahead :)

    P.xx
    greywalls94.blogspot.co.uk

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  2. Aw this looks adorable, and exactly what I plan on doing for the remainder of tonight!

    www.lifeofatraineejournalist.blogspot.com

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  3. I love pamper nights :-)
    http://wwwclairabelle.blogspot.co.uk/

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  4. I felt so relaxed reading this post! All your pictures are so pretty. Nothing beats a good pamper night, I'm currently obsessed with the Body Shop so I'd definitely recommend their Vitamin E Range and their warming mineral mask if you like warming face masks!

    Sophie at http://ivyandgoldxoxo.blogspot.co.uk xxx

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  5. My next house has to have a bath so I can have pamper nights, this looks like a great way to get yourself ready for the new week. Might have to look at that Lee Stafford hair mask, it sounds great
    xxx
    Nina from little nomad

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  6. This looks SO perfect - I love your massive selection of products!
    Me and my girlfriends had a girls night last night so that was my pampering session for the week but tomorrow morning I'll be exfoliating and using a deep cleansing mask to refresh my skin after a couple too many cocktails!!
    Natalie xoxoxo
    The Blonde Ethos

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  7. Might try and have a little pampering session in the week before I have to go back to school!!! I love Tangled :)
    Nice idea

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  8. I love pamper nights! I wish I had a bath in my uni house!

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  9. Im so in need of a good pamper session like this x

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  10. This is such a lovely post. I had a Sunday night pamper session last night and it was seriously good. I steamed my face with one of the little lush tea tree bomb things which was perfect before my face mask. You have convinced me to make this a weekly occurrence! xx

    Cupcakes And Cocaine

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  11. The balance me body oil sounds gorgeous, I love these sort of nights!

    xxx

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  12. I love bomb cosmetics tbh I feel the designs are nicer than LUSH and cheaper :) but I still Love both brands. I really want to buy more bath bombs now D: amazing post I always love the dermalogica range x

    www.krystelcouture.com

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  13. I do this too! But on a Monday :)

    xx

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  14. This is such a fab idea! Turning Sunday into an evening that you can look forward to is a good move. I always have the same thing - I find that if I nap at the weekend during the day, then I don't sleep very well come Sunday night and then wake up on Monday morning with a bit of a fuzzy head. Pampering is the way forward, will give this a try this week :) xx

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  15. I love having a sunday pamper, I might do a blog post like this on mine tomorrow.. If you don't mind!:)

    Anabel
    ♥ Anabel Kate ♥

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  16. Great post as always! I have just published a sunday pamper night post on my blog, check it out if anyone fancies a look at my favourites! http://0ldtricks.blogspot.co.uk/2014/02/sunday-pamper-night.html

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