My Perfect Self Care Evening

I’m sure you have all heard of the term ‘self care’, it pops up on the internet every 5 minutes. No doubt you have also spotted something along the lines of “self care is more than a bubble bath, self care is more than lighting a candle” and so on, which in my opinion, just over-complicates quite a simple concept. To me, self care is whatever you need it to be in order to bring some calmness and clarity into your world.

If a bubbly bath with all the candles makes you feel relaxed, hop in. If binge watching Netflix helps you to unwind after a stressful day, go for it, I’ve watched an entire series in two days so no judgement here. We are all different, so you do you. Today, I thought I’d share my perfect self care evening, inspired after I picked up some discounted bits in the Boots sale which all came to an impressive total of less than a tenner.

1. Have A Bath

I often wonder how much of my life I’ve spent in the bath. I would be a serious contender for a Guinness World Record as the longest bather (my personal best is nearly two hours). I find it is the perfect way to switch off and let the stress melt away. I’ll either watch a YouTube video or listen to a Spotify playlist. It’s blissful and I feel like a brand new person afterwards (or at least a more relaxed warmer version of myself).

2. Do Some Yoga

Admittedly, sometimes I skip this step and head straight for the Netflix phase of the evening. Although, when I’m feeling it, doing some yoga can increase relaxation levels dramatically. My go-to yoga is Yoga With Adriene on YouTube – there are tons of different videos to suit every level, every mood and every schedule. On self-care evenings, I opt for a more chilled, cosy, restorative routine and let the yoga work it’s magic.

3. Treat Yourself

As I mentioned at the start, self care can be whatever you need it to be. There are no rules to say you need to be super healthy, drink a litre of lemon water and meditate for 30 minutes, if that is not your thing. Self care can be an indulgent hot chocolate with cream and marshmallows, self care can be a takeaway pizza or simply your favourite home cooked meal. Whatever makes you happy, that’s caring for yourself.

4. Netflix And Duvet

Netflix is a wonderful invention, isn’t it? I’m relatively new to the world of Netflix, having only stole my sisters account a few months ago, but I’ve made it my goal in life to catch up. Netflix And Duvet is now an essential part of my self care evening. A few recent favourite lighthearted films have been: Dumplin, The Fundamentals Of Caring and How To Be Single. The series ‘You’ is pretty addictive too. What are your faves?

5. And Sleep

I would totally add ‘napping’ to my CV if that kinda thing was appreciated in the workplace. Sadly, it’s not seen a respectable employment skill but still, I am very good at it. Sleep is basically one huge extended glorious nap and the more time we allocate to this activity, the better we feel. Going to bed early gives the opportunity for a longer sleep and longer sleep = happiness. It’s that simple, in my world it is anyway.

I hope you have enjoyed reading about my perfect self care evening. I’d love to hear what your perfect evening looks like and do you have any Netflix recommendations too? Let me know in the comments – I’d love to hear from you!

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Soap & Glory Home Spa

This post may look like it is sponsored by Soap & Glory, but sadly it isn’t (if you are reading this Soap & Glory, I’m always available for future collaborations!). This post is in fact a little sneak peak of the things I bought with my £25 Boots Voucher which I got for my birthday. At the moment, Soap & Glory products are 3 for 2 in Boots, so go grab yourself a bargain. If you saw my last post, you will know I was lucky enough to have the most relaxing Birthday Spa Break in the New Forest. This week was back to reality, so I thought why not just create your own spa at home, so that’s exactly what I did.  I brought the New Forest Spa to my bathroom, just with slightly less horses.

Soap & Glory Glad Hair Day Ultra Shine Daily Super Shampoo (250ml) – No build-up formula with raspberry fruit vinegar, panthenol, glycerin and phytantriol to gloss, smooth, repair and strengthen. For all hair types including highlighted and heat processed. One of things I love about Soap & Glory products is the smell. This shampoo smells so fruity and summery and leaves my hair feeling soft, smooth and super clean. There is also a matching Glad Hair Day Conditioner which I have only just discovered so will definitely be adding this to my home spa routine in the future.   

Soap And Glory Pulp-Friction Foaming Fruity Body Scrub (250ml) – Get fresher, smoother and softer skin with fig powder, pumice, peppermint oil, lemonade tree liquid, orange waterjuice™ and vitaminballs™ (A,C,E). Scented with our new Fruitigo™ fragrance. Whilst the bath was running, I used the foamy fruity body scrub. I found that I didn’t need much of this as it lathers up really nicely. I expected exfoliating to be uncomfortable but this cleanses gently and you can feel it working it’s magic. I felt extra clean before I even got into the bath! 

Soap And Glory The Daily Soothe Bath Float Foamy & Super Soothing (300ml) A new super-soothing, pre-bedtime foamy tub float is seductively scented, intensely relaxing, delightfully deluxe with luxurious long-lasting suds and sleep-inducing, muscle-relaxing and aphrodisiacal actives. This was the product I was most looking forward to using in my home spa and it did not disappoint. All you need is a small scoop into the bath and it smells amazing and really foams up well. It has a lovely sweet and calming aroma – I just put on my chill out tunes, zoned out and had the most relaxing floaty experience. 

Soap And Glory Smoothie Star Deep Moisture Body Milk (500ml) – Loaded with skin-softening cocoa butter, shea butter, coconut oil and Soap & Glory’s WATERLOCK™ moisture-trapping matrix, it also conditions thanks to its delicious (but in this case, definitely not edible) oat, yoghurt & honey formula. After my chilled out bath, it was time to use the body milk. The smell is gorgeous and makes me feel like I’ve been rolling around in cake mix. It absorbs well and the lovely smell lasts for ages, leaving skin feeling smooth and nourished. 

Soap And Glory Hand Food Hand Cream (50ml)With moisturising shea butter, macadamia oil and marshmallow, it’s non-greasy and non-sticky. I love this hand cream so much, I’ve been using it for a while now and it was especially handy (pun intended) for travelling (See: In-Flight Essentials Bag). Like everything Soap & Glory, it has such a nice fragrance, it’s light and absorbs instantly. When you have left your home spa, it’s the perfect size to pop into your handbag and top up throughout the day to keep your skin fresh and hydrated.

Do you like the Soap & Glory range? What products would you include in your home spa? I’d love to hear your thoughts and suggestions!

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