Treat Yo Self - The Ultimate Guide to Pampering

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I am known for being the patron saint of pampering amongst my friends — they come to me for lingerie advice (for my lingerie favorites, here you go), we have Femme Night where I pamper them with girl group playlists (you can have some too), face masks, mani-pedi’s, hair braiding, and full access to my makeup collection. I am, despite my perma-sullen facial expression and closet full of leather, a super ultra girly girl. And bathtime is my sacred ritual. It makes you feel so much better! You sit and soak in your feeilngs and then get to wash the bad ones down the drain, if only for awhile. I want to share with you all my favorite things for ultimate #treatyoself nightly wonder. Let’s get to it.

One - The Soaps and Washes.
I’m putting these together because you might not have a bathtub, but you still gotta pamper yourself. I revolve shower products depending on how grumpy I am (the grumpier, the better smelling the products, so I can stew in the water and just sniff myself to feel better. that isn’t weird right?)

I have talked about my obsession with the Malin+Goetz Rum scent before, this is the bar soap version whereas I talked about the candle. I also love tea + more earthy smells (or baked good smells) so I gravitate towards those. LUSH cannot be forgotten here, but my favorite shower+gel products are limited edition Christmas ones and aren’t available right now. (For reference: Jilted Elf Shower Jelly and Twilight Shower Gel)

This is going to be a long, in depth post, so jump the cut for more.

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D.I.Y Skincare: Scrub Edition

DIY Pore-Opening Scrub

  • 1/2 Teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 Tablespoon raw brown sugar 

Mix the baking soda with the sugar then rub it onto your face until your skin tingles (this will take 30seconds to 5 minutes). Wash it off with warm water. This is good for opening up your pores, and helps clear up your skin and mattify it. 

NOTE: You should test out how your skin reacts to baking soda before you put it all over your face. You might want to replace it with honey; honey and sugar = amazing face scrub as well. 

Oatmeal Skin-Polishing Scrub

  • 3/4 cup dry oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup honey

Mix the oatmeal with honey until it’s well blended, rub it onto your face for a few minutes then rinse it off in the shower. 

Almond-Mayonnaise Scrub

  • 1/4 cup almonds
  • 1/8 tsp mayonnaise

Grind almonds until fine. Add mayonnaise just until it’s mixed, then rub this paste gently over face, leave 10 minutes and then rinse. This is best for dry skin. 

D.I.Y Skincare: Scrub Edition

Since you guys seem to love my home skincare recipes (most notes per post, easily) here’s a few more scrubs to add to your liked posts. I think once I’ve posted like, 50, I’ll release a special edition pdf of all my favorite home recipes for skin and hair. Would you guys like that? Like this post if you would so I get an idea if it’s worth it or not. 

DIY Pore-Opening Scrub

  • 1/2 Teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 Tablespoon raw brown sugar 

Mix the baking soda with the sugar then rub it onto your face until your skin tingles (this will take 30seconds to 5 minutes). Wash it off with warm water. This is good for opening up your pores, and helps clear up your skin and mattify it. 

NOTE: You should test out how your skin reacts to baking soda before you put it all over your face. You might want to replace it with honey; honey and sugar = amazing face scrub as well. 

Oatmeal Skin-Polishing Scrub

  • 3/4 cup dry oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup honey

Mix the oatmeal with honey until it’s well blended, rub it onto your face for a few minutes then rinse it off in the shower. 

Almond-Mayonnaise Scrub

  • 1/4 cup almonds
  • 1/8 tsp mayonnaise

Grind almonds until fine. Add mayonnaise just until it’s mixed, then rub this paste gently over face, leave 10 minutes and then rinse. This is best for dry skin. 

Lip & Face Scrubs in Your Dorm

I live in a dorm on weekdays and that means I don’t have access to drugstores etc in which I would normally buy face scrubs or what have you to pamper myself with. Since I am one of the most vain people in the entire world I cannot go a few hours without preening in the mirror. Unfortch since both sides of my family have bad skin in the family I’m cursed with perpetual skin problems — acne and combination skin that veers on dry in most cases. I always have these products nearby in my dorm or at home because  a combination of them can create a good toner, makeup remover, spot treatment, lip scrub, or face scrub. And it’s cheap and it tastes good. 

  • Honey
  • Lemon juice 
  • Olive oil 
  • Organic cane sugar — only for my face, I use zero calorie sweetener for noms. Organic cane sugar is just like, a larger grit and I prefer it over regular ground sugar on my face for the texture. 
  • Yogurt, plain. One with a plastic cap, not a tin one, because you want to keep using it. 
  • Witch hazel - a good toner on it’s own and when mixed with olive oil it makes a good eye makeup remover too. 
  • Un-coated aspirin tablets

My favorite mask for acne:

  1. Grab a few tablets of aspirin, uncoated, and drop some water onto it — maybe like, three drops, so it dissolved. Not too much water because it will dissolve very quickly and you want to make a thin paste, not a soggy white liquid. 
  2. Heat up a few drops of honey — I eyeball it so be maybe half a teaspoon or so and mix it into the paste. It shouldn’t be too hot because you are putting it on your face. 
  3. Mix in a squirt of lemon juice. It does make a difference if you use it or not, but it will work without it. 
  4. You can also add in a small spoonful of unflavored yogurt. It’s not necessary either but it’s really amazing. 
  5. PUT THE WEIRD GOOP ON YOUR FACE AND WAIT. You can wash it off after 15 to 20 minutes but I leave it long for however as long as I feel like it, sometimes overnight. 

Super awesome sugar scrub:

  1. Mix a teaspoon of olive oil, a packet of organic sugar (or two depending on the texture) and some honey together until it’s a thick paste. 
  2. Steam your face! I don’t do it as long as usual, which is 10 minutes, but just until I’m sweating like I’ve ran ten miles and feel like someone put me in a volcano. 
  3. Cleanse your face with your favorite cleanser, preferably a foaming or liquid one over one with beads in it. Cold water. 
  4. Apply face scrub in circular motions and work it into your face. 
  5. Wash it off, use your favorite toner. 
  6. Viola your skin is as soft as a baby’s ass. Not that I would know what one feels like because no one trusts me to babysit their children and change their diapers. 

Lip scrub: 

  1. It’s basically the same as the face scrub but you don’t steam your face, you just apply the mixture to your lips in a gentle scrubbing motion and wipe off.