Ever since I watched the ‘Treat Yo Self’ episode of Parks and Recreation I realised that I need more ‘Treat yourself’ days in my life, we probably all do. Nowadays it’s become common and in some circles even encouraged to work like a dog but then for some reason when you rest or treat yourself that’s considered ‘indulging?’ Can’t say I’m on board with that logic.
I talked about taking breaks in my ‘Workaholics Guide To Getting Some R&R’ post but this goes beyond getting the bare minimum, I think we all deserve to treat ourselves more often and I don’t think there should be an ounce of guilt or judgement involved in doing that. I almost want to start some kind of a ‘treat yourself’ movement where everyone regularly does the things that they love…until then, to inspire you here are my favourite ways to treat myself.
It’s not often that I give myself pamper time but I do have a special little beauty routine and whenever I do it I always feel like I’ve got my life together I’m really treating my skin-
Moisturise everywhere. Why do I feel like the Queen of Sheba when I moisturise? For most people moisturising is part of their daily routine but I tend to forget about it (no idea why!) so whenever I do actually pick up a moisturiser I slather it everywhere and end up feeling like a goddess. Currently I’m loving using the **Elizabeth Arden Moisturising Body Treatment because it’s super thick, nourishing and it smells like a lemon tart. It’s fast absorbing as well which is great for me because let’s just say patience isn’t one of my virtues…
Whip out the brightening trio. I start with the Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel which gives my skin a nice glow (longer review here) and then I follow that up with the *Elemis White Brightening Even Tone Lotion. The lotion has a gentle milky formula and it seems to slowly be fading my post-acne scars but it does come with a hefty price tag which is why I consider using it a treat. I finish up with the *Antipodes Skin-Brightening Serum, it’s an ugly little serum (it’s dark purple with a goopy consistency…) but it transfers clear onto the skin and when used in combination with the other two products it seems to be capping off my brightening, post acne scar-fading skincare routine perfectly.
Take a break.
When I really let myself do what I want it’s usually just to sit down and watch a movie or something on Netflix. Sometimes I just need to plant myself on the couch with absolutely nothing on the agenda, you know? I think I must be the easiest person in the world to please…
Devour something delicious.
Ask anyone that knows me well and they’ll tell you that I’m one cookie short of turning into a cookie myself, so naturally one of my favourite ways to treat myself is to eat.some.cookies. If I’m being painfully honest, not much pleases me more than a good cookie does. (See, told you I was easy to please.)
Wear luxury products.
I don’t own a lot of luxury makeup and by no means are they a necessity, but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t get excited every time I whip out my Burberry lipstick and see the lush packaging with the embossed Burberry design on it. It definitely feels like a treat and also….I feel fancy. My current favourites are the more wearable, rosy pink lipsticks like Tom Ford’s ‘Indian Rose’ or **Burberry’s ‘English Rose’. I’m getting so much use out of both that I feel like cost per wear justifies the price tag.
A wise man once said, “Love? Love fades away. But things? Things last forever.” Just kidding, but honestly whether you treat yourself by buying material things or by marathoning Star Wars, I think we all need to make more space in our lives for the things we love- minus the guilt.
What are your favourite ways to treat yourself?