Okay well I won’t sit here and tell you that Monday’s don’t suck. Because of course they do. Saturday and Sunday go way too fast and Monday’s take much too long. So if we can’t eliminate Monday’s and we have to endure the terribleness, I thought maybe we could incorporate some happiness into the dreaded necessity. So here is my plan.
I call it “Pamper Monday” and it’s been really quite a time since I started. One of my new years resolutions was to pamper myself more. Up my beauty routine, spend a bit here and there on some delicious smelling and luxurious feeling products and maybe shave my legs more often. Maybe. So I ordered a few whipped body butters on etsy to give as Christmas gifts way back when we were all feeling merry. And they smelled so good that I of course, got myself one and that’s where it all began. I go to the gym Monday nights at 6:30 and after my shower I cannot wait to use this butter on my now smooth and hairless legs. So I’ll give you a step by step process below on how to pamper and really turn at least a quarter of your Monday around.
Step 1: HIT THE GYM
I know you’re tired. And maybe a lot of you do your big workouts on the weekend. But I personally feel, in order to really enjoy a good pamper you want to earn it first. I take a one hour class at my gym that makes me shake and sweat and every minute that passes I feel that much more motivated because I know at the end of this torture I get some luxury. Also, it will definitely send you into a deep sleep that night.
Step 2: LIGHT THE CANDLES
I love my candles. I never really lit them much unless company was over. But then I was like, why shouldn’t I also breathe in delicious scents? It just does something for your soul to walk around and see flickering lights and smell vanilla or apples. Whatever you like. Anthropologie has the best candles that not only smell fantastic but are also aesthetically pleasing.
Step 3: THE FACE MASK
I was introduced to Lush this year. I know Lush is kind of old news. It’s pretty established and probably everyone already shops there. But I did not. And now I do. Usually for just two things. One is a face mask called “Love Lettuce.” This mask has made such a difference on my skin. It has nice scrubbing qualities without being overly abrasive. It’s also made with all natural ingredients, which I love. You actually have to keep it in the refrigerator. Also love. It’s nice and cool on your skin. I first wash and tone my face after a workout or anytime before I put on the mask. You want to be working with toxin free skin people. This mask stays on for about 10 minutes and while it’s on you can tweeze your eyebrows, file your nails, get your shower going and breathe in that candle aroma. Feel the steam fill the bathroom and smile. Because you’re pampering. For this 30 minutes to an hour, the evening is all about you and your “me” time.
Step 4: GET CLEAN
It’s time for your shower. There’s so much that can be done in a shower to relax. You can literally just stand there and feel the hot water wash over you like a spiritual cleanse and it will be enjoyable. OR you can take a bath. Whatever you guys want. It’s pamper Monday, there are no rules. Only helpful suggestions. So the second Lush product I love to use is this moisturizing shower bar. It works with the hot water to melt into your skin and stay there. You get out of the shower already feeling smooth. Amazing. And it makes the shower smell good too. Make sure you use all your favorite products. Pick up any and all yummy smelling and feeling washing things. Whatever makes tickles your fancy.
Step 5: MOISTURIZE
Yes. You are already so soft from your shower bar. Now you can be even softer. Grab your luscious, smooth, whipped, creamy, delicious moisturizers. Make sure they feel good and smell good. Now at this point I am wearing a big, fluffy bathrobe. I have my hair brushed and back. I put coconut oil on my face. I’m feeling calm, clean and collected. Everything is delicious.
Last but not least, sit back and relax. This helps to do if you did a little pre-planning on Sunday. Get the laundry done, the things put away, the dishes done. Whatever your usual Monday mess is, let’s keep it minimal so Monday can be all about you. I like to sit in bed, prop up on some pillows, catch up on my favorite shows such as Project Runway, Fixer Upper and Scandal. And grab a notebook to take some notes and make some to do lists. This helps to clear my head so I can really unwind. The aroma from my candles is at full capacity now. And I’m so soft. So things are going well according to my standards. It doesn’t take much and most if not all of it can just be waiting for you at home. So at the end of this horrendous day, you can sprint inside and get right to it. Pamper, people. It’s good for your health.