#PamperMeSunday with Products

20130606-170822I ❤️ watching lifestyle bloggers on YouTube. They talk about everything from fashion to beauty, health, book recommendations, how they structure their days and so much more! I’d say I spend at least an hour each day watching videos (or reading blog posts online). I’m learning different ways to take better care of myself (mentally, physically, spiritually) and it keeps me from sitting in front of the idiot box all day even though nothing is really ever on. Establishing a regular self-care/pamper routine has been one of my learnings and I do it on Sundays since that’s the day I always have time to do a little extra. It also helps you relax before the work week starts!

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This post is about having a routine to pamper yourself. To be honest, I’ve never really done this before, nor have I had a staple set of staple products to assist in such an effort. Thanks to YouTube, that has changed!!! 👍🏽💃🏽

When it comes to the routine below, modify the products/steps to fit your budget and/or tastes. i.e. If you don’t do your own nails, skip that step. And before you waiver on the need to do all this / for the complexity… don’t you deserve pampering?? If not every week, then every other week or maybe once a month? I think yes! (Note: The times are just estimates – start whenever you want – and I DO multi-task where it makes sense to speed things up a bit. I also included pictures of my absolute favorite items! and a few emojis because… why not?

_658859507:55 PM Set the tone! Turn off the tv, light a Diptyque (Nordstrom) or Nest candle (Nordstrom) and turn on some relaxing music 🎤 (Spotify). The kind that will help you turn ⬇️ not turn ⬆️! This is a great time to listen to a new album or audiobook. PS: recycle the jar!

07:59 PM Pull your hair back with a headband (Target).

08:00 PM Prep face. Remove  EYE MAKEUP with Lancome’s Bi-Facial Double-Action Eye Makeup Remover (Nordstrom) and Shiseido Facial Cotton (Nordstrom). For remaining makeup, apply Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water (Target) to a fresh Shiseido cotton pad and wipe your face squeaky clean! This will remove ALL excess grime and grit. It’s important to get EVERYTHING OFF before we proceed so this step is extremely important!

08:05 PM Apply SK-II facial treatment mask (Nordstrom) and let it sit for 15 minutes.

08:07 PM Prep nails: Remove nail polish from hands and feet with Pure Body Polish Remover (Amazon), trim then buff (Target). Step-by-step guide here.

08:19 PM Rinse mask off face with lukewarm mater and pat dry with a fresh white hand towel or face cloth – not the one you used yesterday! 😱 (Nordstrom).

08:20 PM Shower (or take a bubble bath if you prefer)

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  • Wash hair with Art Naturals Organic Shampoo (Amazon). Divide into 4 sections, comb out and apply It’s a 10 Miracle Leave-in Conditioner to each section (Target).
  • Buff feet with Amopé Pedi Perfect Electronic Foot File (Amazon)
  • Push cuticles back (hands and feet).
  • Splash a little water on your face (it should not be scorching hot) 🚫🔥.
  • Gently massage one pump of Kiehl’s Calendula Deep Cleansing Foaming Face Wash onto your face & neck (Nordstrom) then use a Clairsonic for a deeper clean (Nordstrom) and pat your face dry.
  • Clean your body with Fresh ‘Hesperides Grapefruit’ Bath & Shower Gel
    (Nordstrom) and shower gloves (Target). LOVE LOVE LOVE this combination!!! (the gloves provide a gentle exfoliation)
  • Apply *L’Occitane’s Almond Shower Oil to your body (HEAVENLY!) with an organic sea sponge (Nordstrom, Target) 😍😍
  • Exit the shower

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08:40 PM Tone your face and neck with Kiehl’s Calendula Herbal-Extract Alcohol-Free Toner (Nordstrom)

08:41 Treat face and neck with SK-II facial treatment essence (Nordstrom)…. let this miracle water soak in for a couple of minutes.

08:43 PM Gently press (DO NOT RUB) La Mer Creme de La Mer Moisturizing Cream onto your face. You only need a dime size and 1 oz should last you 6-8 months (Nordstrom). 😍💯

08:45 PM Treat your upper and lower eyes with Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado (Nordstrom).

08:46 PM Protect your underarms with Kiehl’s Superbly Efficient Anti-Perspirant & Deodorant Cream (Nordstrom).

08:47 PM Moisturize your skin with L’Occitane Almond Milk Concentrate. The smell is absolutely AMAZING and your hubby/significant other will LOVE you for it!😍😍 (Nordstrom)

08:52 PM Put on your most luxurious pajamas (Nordstrom).

09:00 PM Apply Soap & Glory Heel Genius to your feet (Amazon) and put on some fancy socks (Nordstrom).

09:05 pm Select and lay out your clothes for the next day! Including jewelry, other accessories, lipstick color, handbag and shoes!

09:15 PM Steep you favorite tea in a fabulous mug (Teavana, Target).

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09:20 pm Polish nails with Nails Inc base & top coat (Sephora) followed by Bobbi Brown Nail Polish (Belk) in this manner to allow maximum drying/setting time: foot 1, foot 2, hand 1, hand 2, then repeat TIP: Coordinate your nail polish with the outfit you picked out so you’ll feel extra special on Monday!

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09:45 PM Curl up with your favorite blanket (Nordstrom), tea and read a book! 📚 (Amazon).

10:45 PM Brush your teeth wit an Oral-B electronic toothbrush (Amazon) and Tom’s Toothpaste (Amazon).

10:50 PM Protect your lips with La Mer Lip Balm (Nordstrom) and hands with L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream (Nordstrom) or La Mer Hand Treatment (Nordstrom). I like them both!

11:00 PM Put on a fancy sleep mask and get some zzz’s! (Nordstrom) 😴💤 tip: get the matching pillowcase, too (Nordstrom)

lamerFinal thought: DO NOT rush the process!!! If you find yourself rushing through steps or wondering if you’re doing it right you are missing the point! It’s called #PamperMeSunday for a reason!! Enjoy feeling fabulous! 😘

*This product is not cheap! Use no more than a quarter-size for your upper body and another quarter-size for your lower half. Squeeze your sea sponge frequently to maximize the product.

Fall Nails

I read an article in Real Simple this morning about the best nail colors to try now. It missed the mark completely and actually left me thinking, “Huh?” If you don’t believe me, check it out here. I’m almost certain you will be left feeling underwhelmed (ok, they did get one right). Anyhoo, that means there’s only one thing left for me to do – and that’s to share my own list! So here are The Top 5 Nail Polishes you will need for the Fall:

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Essie Leggy Legend

Leggy Legend by Essie is absolutely everything! It is an amazing color and is sold out almost everywhere online. People are raving about this color all over social media. Don’t believe me? #hashtag it! The “color” is also featured in Essence Magazine’s September issue – all the stars are wearing it! I managed to snag mine at Macy’s and am just waiting for the perfect occasion to pull it out! Essie’s entire Fall lineup is actually really great and you can’t go wrong with either one. (2nd fav in this lineup is In The Lobby ). $8.50 USD

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Nars Night Flight

Gucci’s Absolute Purple is next up and I’ve already told you before how much I love this color. $29 USD. You also need a vibrant bordeaux (as in wine) – I prefer Essie’s Bordaux ($8.50 USD). It’s a classic that sales out fast every year, good luck finding it. You also need a great navy. Honestly the jury is still out on this one but the next one I’m going to try is Nars Night Flight $20 USD. Finally, you need a great neutral / flesh tone / natural looking color. It could be in the nude, brown or gray family, whatever suits your taste. The one that fits my fancy is Dior’s Palais Royal $27 USD. Everybody’s skin tone is different so you must find the one that best fits you (just like with all other makeup). If you need some help, #hashtagit, look for pics of people who have similar skin tones similar to yours and try it out!

So there you have it! Spend $100 or so on a few staples for the Fall and rotate. You’ll be all set for the next 6-8 months (depending on where you live!).

PSA: images not my own

Gucci Beauty

I’m back from vacation and this post is a 100% all in attempt at a self-intervention. So let’s get started.

Some girls like pink. Some girls like purple. A girl like me likes pink AND purple at the same time. Meaning, combine both colors to create a magnificent shade I like to call pink-purplish. For YEARS I have been wearing Mac’s Dazzleglass in Funtabulous. It has been the perfect cinderella-like color for me. It is an amazing color. I keep this gloss with me at all times and typically will buy 2 or 3 at a time. It costs $20 per, which is more than what most people will spend, but I could care less.

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But then something happened. Maybe I’ve been under a rock or something… I was perusing Instagram or some magazine on the NextIssue app on my iPad (or maybe I was looking at the Best Sellers in beauty on the Saks mobile app for iOS?) and I ran across an EVEN MORE amazing pinkish-purplish color of beauty products. It is by Gucci and it’s not just a lip gloss. They have EVERYTHING: lipstick, lip gloss, nail polish, you name it. And did I say it wasn’t just the lip gloss? Mascara, eye shadow – everything you’d expect in a beauty line. I love it all. I also want to buy it all. Like everything. Now. I am completely obsessed. Even the packaging is phenomenal.

367405_99PRD_5140_001_web_full_new_themeSo here’s where the intervention needs to take place. I really do want to buy it all. I took the plunge on the nail polish (see my Instagram post here), called Absolute Purple and OMG, I LOVE IT! It costs $29 and I do not care. I really love it. Very high class. Very high end. I’m usually not a label junkie but this is not just about the label. These products are AMAZING. I took it to the nail shop today and everyone swooned at not only the color, but the brand and the packaging. But as I said earlier, I could care less. I love it. So what else do I want to buy?

Lipstick in Tiger Lily, $39

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Mascara in Iconic Black, $33

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Lip Lacquer in Potent Violent, $32

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I REALLY LIKE THIS COLOR. So those 3 products alone will run me $105. It’s an expensive habit to start but I LOVE IT so much that I WILL 100% buy them all. But that’s not my problem. The problem is that I love at least 3 other colors equally as much. Let me show you what I mean, focusing on the nail colors:

And this is just a sampling! How are you supposed to choose?? I mean really. This is literally NOT FAIR! I’ve been eyeing these products for weeks and have held off this long. But I’m not sure how much more I can take! And to top it off, of course I started imagining what all my new Gucci beauty products would look like in a nice new makeup bag and ran across this one ($360)!

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Christmas is not even here yet (or my birthday… #scorpio) and this line already tops my FAVORITE THINGS for 2015!!! (see also 2013, 2014) You can get Gucci beauty now at Saks.com, Neimanmarcus.com, and Gucci.com. Happy shopping!

Signed, #GUCCIBEAUTY #FAN #HELP