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Sunday, January 21, 2018


Anyone close to me (and anyone who watches my Instagram stories for that matter) knows how much I love pampering my self. Skincare has had a special place in my heart for a long time, so usually my special at-home spa nights focus a lot on face products. Keep reading to see my favorite special occasion products!

I call these special occasion products because I don't use them everyday. Normally, Sunday nights are kind of my time to use products that do more than just the daily clean. In a perfect world, I would have little home spa breaks twice a week, but weekdays get so busy! You guys know how that goes, I think anybody with school/work can relate. But it's so important to take a moment to treat yourself, and I find this to be a very healthy way to relax!

Freeman Manuka Honey + Tea Tree Oil Clay Mask/Cleanser ($4.29)

I use this mask twice a week if possible. It's got one of my favorite ingredients inside- tea tree oil! Tea Tree Oil is one of the best things for acne prone skin. I am also a huge fan of clay masks in general, I feel like they really pull the extra oil out of my pores and leave my skin soft and glowy. 

The Body Shop British Rose Body Butter ($21.00)

I have the worst dry skin! New York winters just suck the moisture out of me, and I'm finding the famous Body Shop Body Butter really does the trick for me. When my skin needs a big moisture boost, I use this after showering when skin is most receptive to moisture. It can be pricey though, which is why I don't use this every day.

Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream ($5.89)

I have been using this stuff since my elementary school friend introduced it to me when we were nine! I can't stand dry, cracked, and peeling cuticles. When my nails get really rough looking I slather this on and it makes a big difference. There's nothing I love more than soft cuticles and a fresh clear coat on my nails!

Bio-Oil ($10.99)

Bio-Oil is on this list because while I use it regularly on the two bad acne scars on my face, sometimes I put it on my whole face. I do this every once in a while just because it feels nice. I like to think it's like a large scale skin evener, but I don't know for sure.

My Beauty Diary Sheet Masks ($12.99)

These are a Taiwanese gem! They used to be only available in Asia, but now that K-Beauty and Asian Skincare products are so hot right now in the US, these are available on Target's site. I use these only once a week, usually after my clay mask. After removal, I don't moisturize anymore because there's so much essence leftover from the mask.

Organik Botanik Coconut Oil Hair Mask ($6.00)

I have chronic split ends in my hair, and again, this winter air isn't making things easier. This is a great intensive moisture mask for hair. I use this for my whole head, concentrating the most product on the ends of my hair. I picked this up from Marshall's, and that seems to be the only place this is available at. There's very little online information on this brand so it's hard for me to find other places it's sold!

Valjean Labs Hydrate Facial Serum ($15.00)

If I don't use the My Beauty Diary sheet mask after the clay mask, this is the moisturizing routine I do. First I'll use this serum, which I like because of its ingredients. I hear hyaluronic acid is really great for moisturizing so that's why I use this. This serum is super light, and after it absorbs in my face I find it's not enough alone in the winter time.

Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion ($10.69)

For my main moisture, I use this lotion. Cetaphil is known to be gentle and good for sensitive skin. This big container of lotion lasts a long time and leaves me fresh. The lotion is effective but doesn't feel heavy of make me greasy (and that's important to me, I have oily skin).

Mario Badescu Facial Spray ($12.00)

I have so many debates with friends over if this stuff really works. We've come to the conclusion that it does do a little bit, but not that much. The spray does give a refreshing spritz and has a nice scent. However, this is mainly just a trendy product that gets you hooked on the feeling of a little bit of luxury. I love luxury so I'm here for it lol.

Sephora Green Tea Sleeping Mask ($4.00)

So I put this product into a league of its own for a reason. This mask was my first time trying any kind of overnight sleeping pack type thing. My prime time for using this is after a clay mask, so I would just apply this after with no additional products. This one pod gave me like five uses, so don't be fooled by the seemingly small amount of product inside. I smooth this gel over my face and neck and wait for it to become not sticky before going to bed. In the morning I wash it off with my Clarisonic and face wash in the morning and my skin feels super supple!

Hopefully you caught on that my basic "treat yourself night" starts with a clay mask but then can go into three different directions. I like to mix it up! I either do my clay mask and just moisturize after, do a sheet mask after, or do a sleeping mask after. Never do all these things together, you might end up overloading with all these products and clog your pores or irritate your skin!