We’ve had a freezing past few days in London and I’ve come to accept the fact that winter is now here to stay. Although I love a good night out, with the colder weather it’s so much more tempting to stay in with a cup of tea and a DVD. Every once in a while it’s nice to sit back, relax and have some well-deserved ‘me time’, as well as pampering my face, body and hair with all my favourite beauty bits.
So this week I thought I’d share with you how I’d spend a perfect relaxing evening in during the winter.
For me, there’s no better way to start a relaxing evening in than a hot bubble bath. I love the sensuous indulgent aroma of the Tisserand Signature Blend Luxury Bath Soak, which is made up of natural ingredients to relax the body and mind. If I’m feeling particularly stressed I also add in a few drops of the ultra-calming lavender and mandarin scented Tisserand De-Stress Blend Luxury Bath Oil.
While relaxing in the bath I’ll usually apply a cream face mask to rejuvenate my skin. As I wear a lot of make-up during the week, it’s important for me to keep my skin fresh and hydrated so it doesn’t end up looking sallow. The La Roche-Posay Hydraphase Intense Masque has a velvety gel-cream texture which is super-soothing on the skin and leaves it looking glowing.
As I use a lot of heated appliances on my hair during the week, when I’m having a pamper evening I also take the opportunity to treat and repair my locks with an intensive conditioning mask such as DHC Rich & Moisturising Care Treatment. I simply let the nourishing shea butter-infused formula soak into my tresses while reclining in the bath and rinse out when I’m ready to get out. The treatment leaves my locks feeling super smooth, shiny and healthy.
Being a beauty junkie, I tend to chop and change my shower products quite often. I’ve recently been reaching for the Crabtree & Evelyn English Honey and Peach Blossom Body Wash, which leaves skin feeling super-soft and smelling utterly delicious. If my skin’s going through a dryer phase, I always rely on the La Roche-Posay Lipikar Surgras Shower Cream to provide intensive moisture.
Moisturising your body after bathing can sometimes be a tedious task, but not when you’re using a gorgeous smelling body butter like L’Occitane Shea Butter Ultra Rich Body Cream. The thick, comforting formula leaves skin feeling nourished and supple without leaving any greasy residue – plus the cream’s marshmallow and sweet almond extract means your body will be smelling divine for hours.
Once I’ve slipped on a fluffy dressing gown and settled myself in front of the TV, I like to relax with a cooling gel face mask like the DHC Bio Cellulose Mask to keep my skin feeling plumped and refreshed, as well as reducing any redness or agitation on my face. Simply leave on and chill out for 20 minutes to reveal a thoroughly more radiant complexion.
If you suffer from under eye bags, I thoroughly recommend the DHC Revitalising Moisture Strips for Eyes. Place the cooling gel patches under your eyes for around half an hour for visibly brighter and more awake-looking peepers. Perfect if you’ve had a heavy weekend!
To round off my pamper evening, I love lighting a scented candle like Daniel Sandler’s In Love Home Candle – which fills my bedroom with a beautifully musky vanilla and sandalwood aroma – and painting my nails a new shade ready for the week ahead.
I tend to opt for deep, dark and mysterious tones on my talons during the colder months; my current favourites are Michael Kors Glam Nail Lacquer in the shimmering indigo blue hue Femme Fatale and my very own Binky London Gel Nail Polish in Beaufort Burgundy.
Hope you enjoyed reading about my perfect relaxing evening in – will you be planning something similar soon? I’d love to hear what pampering products you’d go for!
Love Binky xxx