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Monday, December 23, 2013

The Pre-Christmas Pamper


The twenty-third of December. We've only got two more coves left in our advent calendars (whether they be chocolate or nail polish), the home stretch for gift-buying has begun, and I'm already anticipating the after-Christmas sales--it's a good thing I've been saving my money since August.
Nevertheless, I won't meet you again until the big day. Whether that initiates a tear or a giddy 'yippee', I'm filling the void with a plethora of holiday themed posts to indulge your senses.

Since tomorrow is Christmas Eve and I'll be dining and guzzling drinking with all my family near, I'll be capping off the evening with a pre-Christmas pamper (that I've been undoubtably planning since...July).

What's a pamper without a bath? And this is no ordinary bath; I'll be pimping my tub with the LUSH Butterball Bath Bomb. I've been tortured since mid-July when I purchased it to throw it in on bad days and rainy nights, but, no no no, I just couldn't--I saved it for this day. It brims with cocoa butter for moisturized limbs and a vanilla sniff that ought to go well with the Malin + Goetz Dark Rum Candle. A plum, musk, milk, and undeniably sexy and warm scent that will warm me up despite the frigid temps outside my window. Once I've been soaking, I'll wash up with the Korres Vanilla Cinnamon Shower Gel--another seasonal and dreamy scent (sensing a theme?)--and then scrub away with a homemade body scrub concocted with coffee beans, coconut oil, olive oil, cinnamon, and cloves. Once I've popped up the drain, I'll spritz and moisturize my limbs even more with the Caudalie Divine Oil; now that's luxe.

Alas, it's time to wash my mop--and with what other shampoo than the Bumble and bumble Sunday Shampoo. The name practically suggests it's made for pampering with a deep-cleansing formula that won't transform your locks into the Sahara Desert (because the rest of our bodies are already there), but imparts a wicked shine. Then, I'll moisturize my damp hair with the Josie Maran 100 Percent Pure Argan Oil for some end nourishment.

Once I'm packed into my pajamas, I'll get to work on my complexion. The basic routine stands with a double cleanse from the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish and REN Clearcalm 3 Clarifying Clay Cleanser, tone with the Aveda Botanical Kinetics Exfoliant, and treatment with the Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair. Nevertheless, I'll slap the Aesop Parsley Seed Mask right after cleansing for a pore-cleansing, nourishing, and spot diminishing power. Although it's the most gentle of my masks, it doesn't bring up the gunk into spots the next day--and no one wants a spotty face when family is around. Then, to finish, I'll slap on the Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask for some seriously plump dermis.
Then--hold the mistletoe--we can't ignore the lips. A quick slough with the LUSH Popcorn Lip Scrub, then injection of moisture with the Malin + Goetz Mojito Lip Balm will make those puckers baby smooth (for either kissing or matte red lip duties).

Last, but not least, it's time for a nail painting session; and you can't paint them this time of year without a festive touch. First, I cleanse and clean my talons into tip top shape with the Sally Hansen Cuticle Remover Maximum Strength and the Tweezerman Pusher and Nail Cleaner*. Then, I sandwich color between layers of the Nailtiques Formula 2 base coat and the Seche Vite Top Coat. As for the color, I'll be brushing the butter LONDON Nail Lacquer in La Moss--perhaps the prettiest red, plum, and wine shade I've ever seen. Then, things get really festive, as I'll be adding a single glitter dot to the bottoms of my nails. The only problem? I can't decide which glitter. At the moment, it's a toss up between the Essie Glitter in Hors D'oeuvres or the Ciaté Caviar Pearls in Metallic Gold (a gain from that gorgeous advent calendar). Whichever one I choose, it will surely look festive  chic.

With a blow of the candle, the lights are out and 'Santa Clause is coming to town.' Until next time, 'Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night.'

8 comments :

  1. Ahh this is making me so excited for Christmas- I'm starting the preparations tomorrow as soon as I get back from work.. it's so much fun choosing nail polishes and makeup looks! xxx

    StudentBeauty

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  2. I'm having one of these tonight, can't wait! x

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD

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  3. Sounds divine! Had a 2 hour long pamper session last nite; Blissful is the only word I can think of to describe it.

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  4. So many lovely products! I'm so excited for Christmas now. I'm definitely going to be using a face mask and painting my nails tonight. Excited!

    xx
    Celina | The Celution | Bloglovin’

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  5. Ooooo; that's where I'll be too. xo

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  6. I can only imagine. x

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  7. I agree. I ended up going with La Moss and dots with Essie Hors D'oeuvres for my nails. As for my makeup...i'm still undecided. x

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