I love New York City, and I'm sure you all know it by now. The busied streets, constant commotion, plethora of shops (and you know I hit those up), range of personalities and cultures, and general characteristics makes the 'city that never sleeps' ever lust-worthy in my mind. Over the course of my five week stay, my body was pretty beaten to a pulp from all the constant dancing, blisters, and pounding sidewalks and there is just one thing that I couldn't wait to do for when I got home - give myself the ultimate pamper.
Hair, bath, body, skin, and nails - everything from your follicles to your toes will be feeling more than primed by the time the lights go out that night. To start, I run myself a bath. This time, I threw in the LUSH Bubble Bar in Amandopondo because what's more lush than a tub full of bubbles and a rose and lemon scent? That's what I thought. After I've refilled the tub
once three times and have mowed through my YouTube subscription feed, it's time to get to work washing my body. This time, I went for the Soap & Glory Clean on Me Creamy Clarifying Body Wash, which is only suitable considering it fits the retro mood as I pretend to be as Marilyn Monroe in my tub full of suds. Then, I buff up with a homemade body scrub of sugar, olive oil, and lemongrass oil and follow with shaving and all that shebang.
After my shriveled fingers and toes are dragged out of their warm abyss of water, I throw on my pajamas (still one of my favorite parts of the day) and get cracking on my hair. Because I'm high maintenance (the same words I used to describe my two fourty nine pound duffles for my stay), I wash my hair over the side of the tub using samples of the Bumble and bumble Surf Foam Wash and Creme Rinse Conditioner. Now that my hair is dried, I'm able to say that they're pretty awesome, but I want to have another go with them before I take the fifty dollar plunge. Then, I slapped on my recent purchase - the Bumble and bumble Quenching Complex - a potent, leave-in-conditioner sort of product that, like the name suggests, gives moisture to thirsty locks.
Alas, we're onto my favorite part - skincare. I follow my usual routine with a cleanse using the REN ClearCalm 3 Clarifying Clay Cleanser, tone with the REN Clarifying Toning Lotion, apply Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum, Origins Make A Difference Plus + Rejuvenating Treatment, and, lastly, the Origins High Potency Night-A-Mins Oil Free Moisturizer. Rather than being REN and Origins heavy, I also throw on a clay mask - the Aesop Parsley Seed Deep Cleansing Mask. Of course, I apply it right after cleansing with an old foundation brush, leave on for about twenty minutes (longer than directed...whoops), then remove and carry on with the rest of my routine. In short, I looovvveee this mask.
We're nearly at the dregs of the ultimate pampering routine, but all we've got left is nails. After pushing back cuticles, clipping, filing, removing gunk and all that jazz (notable mention to the Sally Hansen Instant Cuticle Remover Maximum Strength for making the job über easy), I get started with color. It's as simple as one, two, three - OPI Nail Envy, two coats of OPI Nail Colour in Samoan Sand, and a finishing layer of Seche Vite Top Coat.
By now, I've probably gotten through a far too scary episode of 'Law and Order: Special Victims Unit' (i.e. where I spend all of my time) and am probably pretty sleepy. At least I'm feeling clean, relaxed and ready to catch some zzz's. Oh - and don't forget the sleep inducing pillow spray. *Lights out*