Pamper Time

Pamper time by Laura Lewis
The last few weeks have been a tad busy. I've been here, there and everywhere and now I'm on full wedding countdown, it doesn't look like it's going to slow down anytime soon.

It's always important to look after yourself - even at the busiest of times. I try and take an evening off from the screens in my house (including the phone) and relax. It may sound harder than it is, but I have the perfect pamper routine that will get you in the zone.

Rub-a-dub-dub
Run a bath and pop in your favourite bath product. It could be a bath bomb from Lush, or some relaxing bath salts (I use L'Occitane Aromachologie Relaxing Bath Salts). I'll also be lighting a couple of candles and dimming the lights - who says you need to go to a spa for the ultimate relaxation experience?

Face time
When I plan on having a long soak in the tub, I use that time to give myself a DIY facial. I always remove my makeup beforehand with my trusty Bioderma Micellar water and then give myself a double cleanse with my Eve Lom Cleanser, followed by a light exfoliation and a face mask which I choose depending on how my skin has been acting recently. This time I used the Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Face Mask as it helps unblock pores. I wait until I'm out of the bath before applying an overnight moisturizing mask which I grabbed a load of from Sephora when I was in NYC back in March. 

Relax
If the above hasn't relaxed you enough, then hopefully the next part will. This is when I give my nails a bit of a spruce followed by a paint. I don't tend to paint my nails that often - mainly because I can't be arsed to sit still and wait for them to dry, and I quite like having them done at The Final Nail in Brighton. However, I was recently sent the Red Carpet Manicure Kit and although there's a fair few steps to do, it lasts a lot longer on my nails than regular nail polish and saves me the money I would've spent on having my nails done. 

Finally
To keep with the 'no screen / tech' rule, I grab the book I'm currently reading, slap on my overnight face mask and curl up on the bed. At the moment I'm reading The Girls by Emma Cline which is a fairly intense story but I also have Lean In 15 by The Body Coach on my bedside table as I love to have a flick through and plan the meals I'm going to be making that week. (If you haven't got this cookbook, I highly recommend it - the meals are all so delicious)