You know that mood you get in when you’re feeling crappy and it feels like there’s a black cloud hanging over your life? It usually happens to me when I’m stressed or feeling overwhelmed, but sometimes that mood just comes around like an unwelcome neighbour when you least expect it, and it feels like a slap in the face. Yeah, not so enjoyable.
When I’m in one of these moods my favourite way to lift my spirits is to treat myself. I won’t buy myself a Porsche or anything but I’ll definitely indulge in a little massage, a trip to the hairdressers (it’s been way too long) or a sneaky online purchase. Call me vain or call me crazy, but it’s what genuinely makes me feel happier.
I’ve been in a bit of a funk lately and usually my go-to ‘treat yourself’ move is to give my nails a quick file and a fresh coat of polish, but after being contacted by Vaniday and offered a voucher for a salon treatment of my choosing I felt like it was some kind of cosmic sign that I should take a step back from things, treat myself and throw my hands in the air like I just don’t care. So I threw my nail file out the window (not really, my Manicare nail file is the bomb.com) and hopped on the Vaniday Website to book myself something special.
Apparently I’ve been living under a rock because Vaniday has dedicated websites for Australia, the UK, U.S, Italy, France, Russia and Brazil yet I only found out about them recently.
For those who don’t know, Vaniday lets you pick from a bunch of different beauty services and salons and book everything online. Each salon has a profile so before you book anything you can check out prices ahead of time, suss out store photos, see all available appointment slots and even see which staff work which days (perfect if you’re a control freak like me).
I loved booking online, mainly because it means avoiding what I like to call the ‘long awkward phone call’ between me and a salon where we go back and forth a million times trying to find an appointment slot that’s open and actually suits me. “No, that 12.04pm appointment on Friday doesn’t work for me…what about 1pm Wednesday? Oh, That’s booked too?” Ain’t nobody got time for that.
In the end I chose to book myself a princess treatment pedicure at the Hand Spa Concept Salon in the city because A.) the salon looked nice, B.) my feet are fine but I can’t say touching them is something I enjoy doing and C.) the salon only uses OPI products so I felt like I’d be getting some quality polish.
I headed into the salon on a Monday at midday, popular time right?
Before my pedicure I got to pick the shade I wanted from a gloriously large wall of OPI polishes and a bunch of nail swatches. I landed on the bold red ‘Tasmanian Devil Made Me Do It’ which is an old favourite. An oldie but a goodie.
I loved that there were so many shades to choose from in a brand I actually know and trust. I hate when you treat yourself to a manicure/pedicure and then you’re made to pick from 20 unappealing shades of polish from brands you’ve never heard of…
The treatment itself went for about 45 minutes but it felt like 5, why couldn’t time have gone that quickly when I was in school?!
I have to say, getting my feet massaged, scrubbed and soaked in a mini spa before having my toe nails painted was glorious. Plus, have you seen what comes off your heels when they use a pumice to rub off all the dead skin? ‘Ew’ would be an understatement, as the pumice was rubbing off the dead skin it was creating a disturbing ‘snow-like’ effect. That’s definitely something I have no desire to do myself!
Needless to say that as I sat down with my feet up (literally) while someone tended to my tootsies, I definitely felt like the queen of the castle.
This was my first time booking a salon treatment entirely online and pre-paying. After the pedicure was done it did feel a little strange to just walk out of the place without whipping out my wallet, but strange in a good way. My toenails were shiny, my spirits lifted and my feet as soft as a baby’s butt so it was a win win all round.
I don’t often do things like this but it’s inspired me to have ‘treat yourself’ days more often. A very wise woman or a L’Oreal ad once said, “You’re worth it” and it’s true. So whether you’re uber stressed or just looking to add an extra kick into your week, consider taking some time out to treat yourself. As I’m writing this I’m actually eyeing up a few other treatments to get in future…