Seeing as I have my final exam on Wednesday and then leave for vacation on Saturday, I decided another Sunday pamper session was in order.
As always, I ran myself a bath, lit some candles and applied a face mask—in fact two face masks tonight. Here are the products I am reaching for this evening:
LUSH Blackberry Bath Bomb I typically avoid the LUSH bath products that dye your bath water, but I was so drawn to the scent of this I had to try it. It smells so nostalgic as it reminds me of one of the scented Crayola crayons my sister and I had as kids. The scent of this is predominantly fruity—like the name would suggest—however, the bergamot oil in this also makes the scent much more uplifting and aromatic. It turns your bath water a light purple/pink that is actually really pretty and I love that the nostalgic scent lingers on your skin afterwards. I also love that this bath bomb contains frankincense, as this oil has so many incredible health benefits.
Cougar Snail Slime Facial Mask* Snail slime is an ingredient that is coming up a lot in skincare lately and it is something that both intrigues me and weirds me out a bit. Snail slime is said to be packed with nutrients that are beneficial to our skin and is anti-aging and capable of helping numerous skin concerns. This mask feels more like a moisturizer on the skin than an actual mask and though it feels nice on the skin, it does not really lift or tighten like it claims. I actually really like snails (I’m that person that will stop to help a snail get across the sidewalk to safety), so having now tried a product containing snail slime and not being wowed by it, it’s an ingredient I’ll probably avoid in future products. And even though I am not 100% cruelty-free when it comes to the products I use, having now read more about how snail slime is harvested, I do think it is a cruel practice.
Still Spa Essentials Coconut Water Mask I then decided to follow up with a second mask that offers a boost of hydration with coconut water and cocoa butter. I love coconut water, whether I am drinking it or applying it to my skin and hair because it really is incredibly hydrating. This particular mask leaves my skin feeling so soft and smooth and it smells fantastic. I also like that this product is paraben-free and not tested on animals. It’s not online, but Still Spa Essentials is sold at Walmart and they have tons of different masks to choose from in regards to formula and skin concerns for only a few dollars.
Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream My nails have still been really dry and brittle, so I was in need of something really nourishing and I had totally forgotten about this incredible cuticle cream. This product really helps to relieve any dryness around my cuticles and helps heal my nails with ingredients such as sweet almond oil, beeswax, beta-carotene and of course, lemon oil (which is not acidic, so it won’t irritate dry, broken skin). It contains no nasty ingredients and the buttery consistency of this allows the product to slowly sink into the nails and cuticles.
Nivea Creme I haven’t used this product by Nivea in ages, but I was sent the 400mL tin of it in the fall and my boyfriend and I were loving using it throughout the winter months. I love how rich and deeply nourishing this product is and the fact you can apply this anywhere without worrying about it clogging your pores or feeling heavy on the skin. Applying this liberally to my lips, hands and feet before bed really gives the product a chance to work its magic and transform your skin. This is just the 30mL travel tin that I bought to keep in my handbag and it’s so compact and adorable.
Now to spend the rest of my evening curled up with tea, chocolate and Netflix! You can also read my last volume of ‘Sunday Stuff’ here.