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A Much Needed Spa Night…

 

There is absolutely nothing UNclassier than a grumpy grumpster.  Bad, negative attitude, bitchy even.  It’s just so not classy.  But we all get that way some days.  It’s normal, it’s natural.  We do so many things throughout our days that if we don’t take a little time to destress, it can drive us absolutely bonkers.  Some days we just need to “check out” for a while and yesterday was most definitely one of those days for me.

I’ve been handling and running so many different projects lately (ones that I’m excited about!), but between those, a hubbie, two kids, and the not-so-fun symptoms of peri-menopause, I will admit it, I was bitchy yesterday…and the day before that…and if we’re counting, the day before that too.  You get the idea.  So I decided to take a much needed break last night even though my to-do list was horrendous, I was going to do no one any good unless I decompressed and took some time for myself.  I decided to do a tech-free spa night.

There’s no fabulous pictures of my spa night because I went tech-free for the evening-no emails, no Facebook, no television.  I had a pile of fashion magazines waiting to be read (ummmm…one of them was from last November…oops).  I also had a complexion that was feeling worse for wear.  So I gave myself a DIY facial.  I removed my eye make-up and washed my face.  Then I put on a glycolic peel mask (the one from No7) and waited a little bit longer than what they initially said, ok, a lot longer, but who’s counting?  After washing it off, I put on a super hydrating mask from Nuxe (the 24hr hydrating one).  After letting that sit, I rinsed it off then went to work putting on my treatments.  I’m really loving the new L’Oreal Revitalift series-specifically the hyaluronic acid serum and the regular serum.  I used the hyaluronic one where I needed it so basically everywhere from my nose down.  The regular serum I put everywhere else.  I then topped everything off with a heavy duty shea butter cream from No7 (the one with the rose top).  I then plopped myself in my recliner with a cocktail, some chocolates and my fashion magazines.  All, in all it made for a fabulous night!

This morning I woke up to the softest skin I’ve had in a REALLY long time and I felt motivated to start tackling my to-do list again.  Sometimes we just need to step away from things for a few hours and regain ourselves back.

What do you like to do to step away and recharge?

 

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Bring On the Oil!!!

I was out of country recently visiting family and friends in Belgium.  And since Paris is only a couple hours from Belgium by car, a trip to the City of Lights was absolutely mandatory!  And no trip to Paris is complete with out a trip to a French pharmacie. Those glowing green crosses are a mecca for every beauty obsessed junkie in the world!  I did notice some things this visit though.

Now-a-days there seems to be a certain hype about French women.  It seems that everyone is obsessed with what they eat, what they wear, how they stay looking so great for so long, how they remain sexy into their golden years.  There’s tons of books out there on all sorts of subjects regarding French women (in fact, I’ve read a lot of them!)

But one of the things that has intrigues me the most is the French Woman’s love affair with beauty oils.

Americans seem to have an aversion to oils.  The skincare aisles are full of products to eliminate oils and even those products for dry skin seem to tout “oil-free” on their labels.

But the French women LOVE their oils and have FABULOUS skin.  Hmmm…

They use cleansing oils, moisturizing oils, facials oils, hair oils, cuticle oils, body oils, aromatherapy oils, etc.  You name it and they probably have an oil for it and French women probably use it!

So, needless to say, yup…I picked up some oils in France and also picked up some available stateside and began to play.

Here are some of my favorites…

Kate Somerville Dilo Oil Restorative Treatment

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This oil is from Figi and is rich in natural essential lipids to help fortify and strengthen the skin.  It has omega oils also for moisturization.  And it actually helps with firming up your skin courtesy of lupin seed and marine extracts.  I absolutely LOVED this oil on my face, but at $65 for an ounce, it’s a little out of the Classy on a Budget price tag, but the next time  I get a gift card to Nordstrom, Sephora or Nieman Marcus…

Botanics 100% Organic Facial Oil

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This oil is available at Target and who doesn’t love that!!!  It uses sweet almond oil and argan oil as it’s main base and while I’m not a “granola girl”, this product is 100% organic.  I just like it because it works and I can afford it!  Try replacing your night cream with it and see how great your skin looks in the morning!  $8.00 for an ounce.

Botanics Hand & Body Nourishing Body Oil

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This is the partner-in-moisturizing-crime of the Botanics 100% Organic Facial Oil.  Uses a blend of saltflower, jojoba and almond oil to moisturise and iceland moss which is rich in natural sugars to help calm and hydrate your skin.  Best way to use it?  After a long day outside at the beach or pool…shower, slather on tons of this stuff and then crawl into a cool bed with cotton sheets.  You’ll wake up feeling like a new woman!  $8.99 for 5 ounces.

Sonia Kashuk Body Oil

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(Photo from http://www.target.com)

Another fabulous Target item!  This uses sweet almond, cottonseed and apricot oils to hydrate as well as a regenerating lipo vitamin complex to make the skin even better.  The cool thing about this one…it comes in four amazing scents (my personal favorite is Red Promisia) and it also comes in a spray bottle for easy application!  $10.99 for 5 ounces.

Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Multi-Purpose Dry Oil for Face, Body & Hair

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And this my friends would be what I brought home from Paris and started this whole oil obsession!  It also uses sweet almond oil as its base but also adds camellia, hazelnut, macadamia and vitamin E oils to moisturize.  Yet it’s not greasy and soaks in super fast!  In fact, you can even use it in your hair without making your hair a greasy mess!  $29 for 50 ml.

So, I must say, I’m a convert.  I love my beauty oils!  And I’m always on the lookout for new ones to play with!

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