The Weekend Post #16: The Ultimate Pamper

I do love a good weekend pamper. This weekend relatives have come to visit, so I’ve had to make sure that IPL, a constant stream of food and a wi-fi connection is available at all times which hasn’t left an awful lot of time for my usual beautifying shenanigans. But over the past few weeks I’ve refined a little routine that clears up my complexion, cleans up my nails, nourishes my locks and moisturises my body, which I will no doubt be indulging in when they leave. Who doesn’t love a good pamper?

One of the first steps in my ultimate pamper routine is sorting out the mop on the top of my head. I take a decent amount of the Dove Hair Elixir in my hands and run it through the mid-lengths to the ends of my hair, then pop it up in a bun and leave it in for as long as I can (sometimes overnight), before rinsing my hair and shampooing and conditioning as usual. This little routine makes my hair so soft, ridiculously so and really smooth. It may be a chore having to sit around with a greasy-looking bun on your head all day, but whenever I’m being a hermit I love to throw it on.

Once my hair is all done, I like to have a bath. Although there isn’t any particular bath product I’m loving at the moment, I just tend to throw in whatever my Mum has got, one product I do like to use while I’m in there is the Nivea In-shower Skin Conditioner. My legs have been peeling slightly this summer and a little blob of this has sorted that problem right out. Plus it smells great and leaves a nice sheen to the skin too. Then once I’m out and have towelled off my skin I go for the Bath & Body Works Triple Moisture Body Cream for some souped-up nourishment.

My favourite part of my routine has to be skincare. Quelle surprise! What I use varies depending on how my skin is feeling that day, but for the past few weekends I’m applying a cream cleanser to draw out impurities and generally give your skin a good clean-up, followed by a hydrating mask to pump moisture back into the skin. My cleansing cream of choice is Olay’s Regenerist Cream Cleanser which cools and clears up complexion and to hydrate I apply a healthy layer of the Lakme Absolute Skin Gloss Overnight Mask which I like to leave on overnight (full review here). In the morning my skin thanks me for it.

Finally nails. By this time I’m usually half falling asleep (as I’m sure you are reading this dissertation length blog post!), so I like to make it a quick affair. I take off my previous manicure using the CVS Nail Polish Remover; so easy and quick and it makes your nails smell of berries. After a quick rinse I get to work on my manicure (and pedicure if I can be bothered!) which always starts with a base coat of Lakme’s Base Coat and finished with a gloop of Lakme Top Coat. My mani colour of choice at the minute is OPI’s Black Cherry Chutney.

So there you have my ultimate and rather extensive ultimate pamper routine. Of course if you don’t have a full two hours spare (yes it really can take that long), then you could always just do one or two elements to shorten it down slightly. But when the relatives leave I will definitely be booking myself in for a session…