I am so sorry that I went a little M.I.A last week and if you don’t follow me on Instagram – you probably didn’t see that I was taking a little out of office break. My boyfriend and I had family staying with us for Thanksgiving and then a few days back to real life before my birthday crept up on me and I was super busy! But, we are back to business now!
That all being said above, I am exhausted. The last 2 weeks I have eaten so much that I really shouldn’t be eating, drank much more than I should have been drinking and slept a lot less than I should have. Last night my boyfriend and I had the first quiet night home alone and I took full advantage of it and had a mini home spa night.
When my mom came to visit last week she brought me such amazing loose leaf teas from the PEI Preserve Co. so I made myself a cup of the Black Vanilla Tea which I am completely hooked on, (thankfully you can order online because I am going to run out in no time) and had a detox bath. Before moving on, can we take a minute to admire my new obsession? How adorable is this silicone Pug In A Mug tea infuser from NOKI? I have always been a huge fan of baths and it is something that I look forward to after a long day. I have really bad knees (from years of dance, bartending and my addiction of high heels) and scoliosis so I am always in some form of pain. If you have never taken a detox bath, it is so easy to do and I promise it will help sooth aches and pains, relieve headaches, flush toxins and reduce stress.
There are so many different combinations for a detox bath but I keep mine straightforward and simple. Start by filling the tub with hot water (you can go as hot as you can handle – personally, I hardly touch the cold handle) and mix in 2 cups Epsom salt, 8-12 drops of lavender oil and 1 cup of baking soda. Give it quick swirl with your hands before getting in and then grab a book or turn some music on and light some candles (and a cup of tea in my case). Relax and soak for anywhere from 20-40 minutes or really as long as you want. I top up with hot water every once and a while for good measure 🙂
Once I was squeaky clean, I thought I would take care of my locks next. (It did occur to me that I should have done this first but I hadn’t thought that far in advance) I am prone to split ends and I know I should be doing this more often but truthfully – I just don’t . No good reason at all. Once a month or so I do this hair mask and it always leaves my hair looking and feeling so fresh and amazing! I need to make a mental note to remind myself to do this more frequently! I have really long hair so if you are on the shorter side, play around with your quantities until you find the right amount for your length. Mix together 2 tablespoons of almond oil, 4 tablespoons of honey and 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar. This can get messy so please be careful and I suggest you do this either standing in the shower or the bathtub. Rub the mixture from root to tip, paying extra attention to your ends and leave it on for 30 minutes before giving it a really good rinse.
I wasn’t ready to give up my home spa evening at this point so I moved on to my face next. After 2 weeks of late nights with early mornings and unhealthy food options, my skin was starting to look like it had seen better days. I was noticing dry patches on my t-zone and cheeks and I could feel a pimple forming on my chin. When I am just not in the mood to use a standard mask, I turn to a really simple coffee & honey mask since we always have these ingredients on hand. Combine a teaspoon of each in a small bowl and using circular motions, apply directly to your skin. Leave the mixture on your face for 20 minutes before gently washing away. Honey’s moisturizing feature will provide you with a glowing and moisturized skin, while coffee is filled with antioxidants that help repair skin damage, reduce under eye puffiness, and is a great exfoliate that is able to penetrate deep into your pores to remove impurities.
At this point, I was ready to call it a night and grabbed Pug for some much needed cuddles on the couch. Let me know in the comment section what your mini spa nights look like and if there are any products or recipes you have to share with me? Also, I am going to be test out the Lush Sleepy location to see if the hype is worth it. Have you tried it out yet? Is it real or placebo? Do I really care what it is as long as I can get a good sleep? No, not really.