Fall is right around the corner, and the weather has begun to change. There's definitely more gloomy, rainy days and what does that call for? A Spa Day In, of course! Rainy days make me want to stay indoors and just relax in the comforts of my own home. I definitely don't have time to do this every rainy day, but when I have time or it's a weekend, I do a little pampering session to just unwind. My spa day in is really simple and only consists of a few products.
Scented Candles or Fragrance Oils
I wish we had as many scented candles on sale here in Malaysia as Bath & Body Works, but we don't so we'll have to improvise! I use fragrance oils with an oil burner. First step to relaxation - burn your favourite scented candle or fragrance oil! Nothing relaxes you more than a wonderful scent. I use fragrance oils from The Body Shop, and my favourites are: Cranberry Joy (which is a Christmas scent, I think), Pomegranate & Raspberry, and Mandarin & Tangelo. I love my fruity scents, as you can probably tell :p
Scrub away the week's worth of tiring hard work, and also dead skin. My favourite body scrub is: Soap & Glory Breakfast Scrub (it smells like pancakes with maple syrup.. I can't even.)
Buy: [Soap & Glory Breakfast Scrub]
A long, warm bath - what better way to relax? Drop in your favourite bubble bar from Lush, or your favourite bubble bath gels. Get a ton of bubbles in the tub, get it there and drown away the stress! To me, getting into a warm tub of bubble bath is like one of those *good sigh* moments. All the stress just melts away and there's nothing in my mind but happiness. I haven't tried bubble bath gels, but my favourite LUSH Bubble Bars are: The Comforter (sweet & fruity), and Creamy Candy (sweet). Sometimes I like to drop half of a Bath Bomb in there too. My favourite bath bombs are: Butterball (ultimate relaxer and skin softener with cocoa butter and everything!), Twilight (for a relaxing Lavender scent), and Tisty Tosty (for a wonderful rose scent, and beautiful dried flowers!).
A Good Book
Okay, so I'm a chick lit kind of gal (does anyone still say "gal"?). I love my cheesy romance novels and there's no better time to read a good book than in your wonderful warm bubble bath. Sometimes I love a little more Sci-Fi or a little more Mystery, just kind of depends on what I'm feeling at the moment I guess. The book I'm currently reading is Afterwife by Polly Williams (pretty cool book. Wife dies, her "spirit" stays and looks after her husband, tries to find a good fit to be his new wife. Pretty hilarious book.). My favourite books are: Beautiful Disaster by Jamie Mcguire (typical girl meets bad boy, falls in love, but with a ton of "passion", it's a pretty "adult" novel, but nothing excessive *ahem*50 shades*ahem*), and the Uglies Series by Scott Westerfeld (pretty cool sci-fi series, with cool girly technology).
Buy: [Afterwife by Polly Williams] [Beautiful Disaster by Jamie Mcguire] [the Uglies Series by Scott Westerfeld]
Hop out of the shower, dry yourself and slather on a thick, moisturising body butter and let your skin soak it all up! I prefer using lightweight body lotions instead of body butters every day just because they're on the heavier side, but I love body butters after a bubble bath! I love the Body Shop Body Butters and my favourite scents are: Strawberry Body Butter, and the Mango Body Butter.
Doesn't matter if you prefer blasting your favourite music out loud, or listening to them from your phone with a pair of headphones in - music is probably your best friend when it comes to destressing. I love Spotify for music, you can listen to your favourite songs for free at home, and also you can get Spotify Premium to listen to the songs offline.
Manipedi at Home!
My last step to a spa day in is probably to do my nails while listening to music. I do the whole manipedi at home - hand mask, hand cream and stuffs to get soft, smooth hands. And then paint on my favourite shade of nail polish! I have a whole post on my favourite shades right now (for Fall 2014!) if you would like to check it out. This one I'm showing in the pictures above is: OPI's In The Cable Car Pool Lane (a beautiful, deep red-purple).
Phew! That was a pretty long post! And guess what.. it's raining outside! I'm gonna go soak in a warm bath, and read a good book, and do my nails.... nah, I'm just kidding. I have to get to class! Bye!