when i need a little detoxifying, my go to is the origins charcoal mask. i find that it is exfoliating, while still gentle enough for my sensitive and dry/normal skin. i apply a super thin layer on warm, damp skin and let it dry fully before washing off with lukewarm water.
i also really enjoy the freeman’s lemon and mint clay mask. it works in a similar way to the origins, going deep into the skin to cleanse and clear pores. i especially used this when i was struggling with my acne, and i felt it helped keep my skin a little bit calmer, especially in the summer. it’s also great to use more as a spot treatment as opposed to the whole face if you have drier skin like me. i was having a hard time finding this in my local drugstore, but now that i am back in the midwest i know i can get it at ulta. need to do that soon!
i always follow a more drying mask with a generous layer of the glossier moon mask, which is a thick moisturizing cream. i let it soak in for 20 minutes and then wash off with lukewarm water as well, massaging the remainder of the mask into my skin to get all the moisture i can. i will occasionally use the moon mask all by its self if i feel like my skin is really struggling, aka all the time in the winter. this also makes an incredible hand mask, so i highly recommend using it for that purpose as well!
if i feel like something quick, i am in love with the milk makeup x uo urban defense mask. it is a thick gel mask that only requires 3-5 minutes of wear, and then is washed off in a similar manner to the glossier. i like this one because it is cleansing and clarifying as well as moisturizing, and it’s a quick fix for parched skin.
i follow up my masking with my usual skincare routine, which right now consists of the mario badescu rosewater spray, go-to face hero oil, my acne gels, and cetaphil moisturizer, and dior creme de rose.
an at home manicure is probably my favorite way to unwind, and i take great pride in my ability to do so and do so well. i very rarely get an actual manicure, only if i have a gift certificate or a special occasion, so as a result i’ve perfected my at-home routine. i used to paint my nails a lot more often, but i still enjoy the act of taking care of them even without polish.
though i used to cut my nails, i prefer to file them these days. i find that i have more control over what they look like as well as the length, and since i like them pretty short it’s easier for me to get a nice straight line with a file.
my favorite base coat is the opi nail envy matte version. i find the matte version adds a little more grip for the nail polish to stick to, and it looks really natural on its own as well. this is really the first base coat that i have tried and stuck to, and almost a year after purchasing i never paint my nails without it.
i don’t really have a preference as far as nail brands go, but i do find that essie chips pretty quickly on my nails. nail polish definitely doesn’t last super long on me, but i find opi and nails inc. are stronger contenders. right now i’m wearing opi’s lincoln park after dark, an oldie but goodie.
for top coat, quick drying is my main specification. i have tried the opi rapidry, essie good to go, nails inc 45 second top coat, and am currently using seche vite. i was really hestitant to try seche vite because of the health warnings, but after quite a bit of research i decided to give it a go. basically, like many other nail polishes, seche vite is potentially harmful if breathed in constantly and on a daily basis. it is no more harmful than any other nail polishes, excluding natural and 5-free ones of course. i think it is a great product and love how quickly and strongly it dries my nails. i’m not sure if it extends wear time, but it definitely doesn’t shorten it. next to the nails inc this is definitely my favorite top coat, and i love the shiny, strong finish it gives.
i don’t really do anything for my toes – i usually have them bare in the winter. i am much more likely to splurge on a good pedicure though since they last so much longer and are really the height of relaxation for me. so at home i might pop on a bit of moisturizer or vaseline and then stick those puppies into some thick socks.
youtube, shows, movies, & magazines
the best way to relax is to do all of the above while sitting in front of a screen, be it a computer or a tv. from youtube videos to my favorites shows to movies, i love to zone out and just relax while taking care of my body at the same time.
the most relaxing youtube channels to watch, in my opinion, are tamira jarrel, chrissstttiiine, and extrasunbeamsjess; these ladies put my mind at ease and i actually like to fall asleep to their voices, as weird and creepy as that may sound!
for shows, i watch miss fisher’s murder mysteries all the time, as well pretty little liars and vanderpump rules (not quite as relaxing, but i love a good bit of reality tv).
for movies, it depends on the season. right now i’m all about the christmas movies, as well as wes anderson. but usually a like a good psychological thriller, jane austen drama, or anything indie and off the beaten path.
as far as reading material, i prefer to read magazines while pampering, as opposed to a book that requires more attention. my favorite magazine is definitely nylon, and i loved this month’s featuring the awesome alia shawkat. i picked up this issue of frankie magazine while in new york last week and i have already read it cover to cover 3 times.
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