Get your party hats and elasticated waistbands prepped for a mega Birthday cake eating session, for today ‘The Weekend Post’ is coming at you for the hundredth time. That means that I have managed to bleat on about pamper routines, ridiculously indulgent bathing products and my love for Sundays for a whole hundred weekends in a row. Hooray. To celebrate this momentous occasion I’ve brought out the big guns – my ultimate pamper routine. The non-negotiables that I will always and forever house in my routine. The products that make me feel pretty darn fabulous come Monday morning (and trust me, that’s no mean feat). The best bit? I’ve managed to persuade that good ol’ fella of mine to follow me around and document it in progress to bring you a double-whammy post/video extravaganza. But even better than that? I’m giving a fresh, brand-spanking new set of my pamper supremos edit away to one of you lovely lot. Just stay tuned in till the end of the above video for more on how to enter that.
Blog-wise though, I thought I’d outline the featured ‘wah to wow’ weekend menu and justifications on why each product makes the cut. Notepads at the ready…
Commencing the mop makeover is the Tangeteezer; a tool I’ve begun my routine with for the past two years. Brushing my hair is no longer a task that brings tears to my eyes and I employ it both pre and post wash to rid my locks of knots. Then onto my ultimate shampoo and conditioner of choice when it comes to pampering. I quite like to strip back then put all of the goodness back in, so I’ve plumped for the Bumble and Bumble Sunday Shampoo as my cleaner of choice and the Toni & Guy Prep Leave-In ConditionerÂ to keep things looking shinny. The Toni & Guy is so good that no styler of sorts is required and I get to work roughly blow-drying, before whipping it up into a bun before the next step.
Before I even turn the tap on, a candle has got to be lit up. It’s all about the candles. My favourite is an obvious choice – Diptyque’s Figuier. Then I move on to what is probably the best bathing product in the whole wide world, Therapie’s Himalayan Detox Salts, the oft-described ‘good sleep in a jar’ that relaxes, rejuvenates and rids stress in equal measures. The KORRES Fig Shower Gel gets called in next. A fruity concoction that cleanses the skin without leaving things too squeaky clean. I tend to round off bath time with a scrub and the best one I’ve come across that hits the ‘abrasive, but not too sandpaper-y’ nail on the head is the Aesop Geranium Leaf Scrub – plus it looks a beauty on your shower shelves. Once I’ve dried off I like to butter myself up with Kiehl’s Creme de Corps Soy Milk and Honey Whipped Body Butter, a silky smooth formula that imparts the same properties to your limbs.
Body seen to, I move onto face and despite being a skincare addict (I’ll hold my hands up to that), I actually tend to keep things quite simple come the weekend. There’s nothing like an angry colony of pimples to add to Monday blues, so I stick to an edit that my skin drinks up happily. Cleanser-wise, I’m having an Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel phase, so out that comes, then for a mask I pull out, yep you’ve guessed it, Aesop’s Parsley Seed Cleansing Mask. A 10 minute skin fixer that halts blemishes in their tracks while keeping hydration levels high; it’s a good all-rounder. For the rest of my skincare I stick with Sarah Chapman’s Skinesis line; applying the Eye Recovery on my bags and the Overnight Facial all-over. The latter works as a bit of an oil/serum/moisturiser hybrid so I slap that on and be done.
The final step of the ultimate pamper is dedicated to fixing up my talons – a mini mani that I can complete in sub-fifteen minutes. First up, a quick cut and file with the Leighton Denny Crystal Nail File, then I turn my attention to cuticles. After the Sally Hansen Maximum Strength Cuticle Remover Gel has done its thang I get to work with the Elegant Touch Cuticle Pusher and Nail Cleaner; making sure that my beds are spick-and-span for polish application. For base I begin with Butter LONDON’s Horse Power Nail Fertilizer and for colour I’ve been picking from my Essie Festive Fingertips selection recently. Two coats later I finish things off with a coat of Mavala’s Mava Dry and a quick spray of their Mava Dry spritz to fasten things up.Â Finally, right before I hit the sack I mist my pillow with the This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray – aaaaaaand we’re done.
…and yep. Every single product underlined in the above text is included in the giveaway (remember to check the video for all the entry deats). So who wants a pamper then?Â