Between blogging, Instagramming, Pinterest, Twitter and Snapchat, I feel like my life is ruled by technology. It's probably a no-no, but I do take social media breaks every now and again to just feel like a normal person who isn't ruled by my iPhone.
OMG it's 8am, I need to post something!
Wait, should I put this on Snapchat?
Geoff, take a picture of my outfit!
OMG, it's 10pm, I needed to post something half an hour ago!!
I generally try to pick one day of the week to relax, unwind and mentally detox.
For this post I was inspired by the spa getaway I had with the Garnier a few weeks ago. I gathered up some of my favourite goodies to show you how to have a spa day at home spa using mainly drug store items.
Today I challenge you to light a candle, do some yoga, drink some herbal tea and put on your favourite face mask. I hope this post inspires you to find some time "me" time this week and and relax and declutter your mind.
Post work out, it's time to wash up. I have combo skin that's more on the oily side during the summer so I've been using the charcoal formulated products from the SkinActive Clean+ line. Charcoal is known to help draw out impurities and keeps pores clear, making it ideal for me to use this time of year. While charcoal is hard working, I find the formula on this line to be gentle enough to use everyday.
- The wipes are excellent on-the-go and I keep them in my gym bag.
- MUST TRY ITEM: The micellar water for waterproof makeup is excellent for taking off stubborn eye makeup and preps my skin as a pre-cleanse at the end of the night.
- Finally, I wash my face. I add a pump of the cleansing gel to my Foreo to help get rid of all of the oil and gunk. I do this morning and night.
In the shower I'm all about the Coconut Oil & Cocoa Butter hair care collection which smells amazing and does it's job well.
Post shower, I spray on the Flat Iron Protector even if I'm just blow drying my hair to help prevent further heat damage on my hair. It smells so good and it's easy to apply on wet or dry hair.
SPA TIP: Apply conditioner to the tips of your hair. Then, combo the Tangle Teezer through your wet hair from root to tip to further work in the conditioner. The bristles of the TT feel like a mini scalp massage! Finally, let your conditioner penetrate your strands for 3-5 mins before rinsing.
Post shower it's all about skincare. I've been loving the Anti-Puff Eye Roll because it helps battle any morning puffiness, dark circles and it feels nice and cool when applied. I follow it up with my Anti-Wrinkle Firming Eye Cream because I need the added moisture on my under eyes. For my face, neck and neck I use the Miracle Wake-Up Cream, with antioxidant complex hydro-glycerin to give my skin a moisture boost. If I'm heading outdoors, I like the use the Ombelle SPF 60 ultra light lotion and then some BB Cream over top. (The BB Cream + Blur only comes in light right now, so I've been adding a drop of brown pigment to darken it a bit.)
I like to do this last step at night but you can do it whenever you want. First up, what's relaxation without a cup of herbal tea? Toronto based Sahara Tea makes a lovely white tea with pomegranate, coconut, pineapple, safflower, cardamom, papaya and rose petals. I sip it midday just to relax or if I'm doing a face mask. Right now I'm liking the charcoal based Pore Purifying Clay Cleanser + Mask, which can be used as a cleanser or a face mask as the name suggests. I do all of this with a scented candle lit to help me relax even more. (I fell in love into aromatherapy when I quit my day job and started working from home. I blog full time for those of you wondering.)
At the end of the day, just before going to bed, I'll slather on Garnier's Miracle Sleeping Cream a couple of times a week to repair my skin and give it an extra boost. I to use the Miracle Sleeping Cream Eye Cream nightly because I find my dark circles aren't so pronounced in the morning when I use this stuff.
*This post is in collaboration with Garnier Canada. All pictures and opinion are my own.