Tuesday are my official self-care days. It’s a day where I spend about seven hours just pampering myself to the heavens. I have dedicated my Tuesdays to self-care because I know I deserve it. It’s also because lately, I’ve felt as if I’ve exhausted my body, and exerted a lot of my energy on negativity. As I recently commented on a fellow blogger’s post, “our bodies are not machines. We must take care of them.”
I’ve had natural hair for about two months now. The whole process of transitioning to natural has been one that I have enjoyed fully. From this journey, I have gained a new confidence in my hair, my appearance, and how I carry myself. I start off my hair care routine by washing and conditioning my hair with the Cantu Cleansing Cream Shampoo and the Hydrating Cream Conditioner. These are 10/10 products for anyone thinking about going natural. My hair feels so moisturized every Tuesday on wash day. I’ve never used a shampoo that has made my hair feel so clean either. These products are relatively inexpensive and can be found for under $10 each at Sally Beauty. I have also seen Cantu products in Wal-Mart, Kroger, and Target. Hopefully, if you’re interested, these won’t be hard to find.
Throughout the week, my hair tends to get very dry. So, I use a deep-conditioning hair mask (which let sit in my hair with a plastic cap for about thirty minutes), a leave-in conditioner, and an oil sheen. Not only do all of these products leave my hair shiny and detangled, they also smell amazing!
As for skincare, I have dry skin. So, it is sometimes hard to find the right product that will not leave little red bumps all over my arms and legs, as well as moisturize well. Luckily, I have found two face products that do just that! Since it was Self-Care Tuesday, instead of using my daily cleanser (Clean and Clear Morning Burst rocks!), I decided to step up my facial routine by using the St. Ives Blemish Control Apricot Scrub. I love the way it smells and I truly feel as if it works for my skin. I used to use this every day, but I found that it was too harsh to use daily. My holy grail moisturizer is the Pond’s Dry Skin Cream. It has a thick, tacky consistency that I love, and feel like it will last all day. I have been using this every day since last year, and have had no issues. Both can be found in any grocery store or Target for inexpensive.
I also use a body sugar scrub that smells so delicious, is inexpensive, and can be found at any drug store. This also keeps my skin hydrated and moisturized. Since, using this daily, I’ve had minimal dry and itchy skin!
I am not one to go and get my nails done at a salon. While it has been a relaxing experience in the past, I really like to do my nails at home. It’s very calming for me. Having my nails painted makes me feel like I have my life together while looking like I have my life together. I truly hate the feeling of having a broken nail and crusty hands. A few years ago, my mom bought a whole collection of Michael Kors nail polishes. They’ve seemed to have lasted forever. But my go-to color is called Fantasy. I adore the minimalistic and chic design of the MK nail polish bottle.
I also binged watched a few Kardashian episodes, while painting my nails. It’s my guilty pleasure!
To end my routine, I like to read or plan. Both relax my mind and help me cope with the anxiety that I have been struggling with recently. In my top list of books, (The Fault in Our Stars = #1and All The Bright Places = #2), Milk and Honey ranks as #3. I cannot travel without this book. I cannot live in a space without this book. I’ve returned to the book many times. It is because it helps me find clarity and is relatable. As for my planner, I bought it for $6 at TJ Maxx. TJ Maxx isn’t a store I go into a lot, but I am so obsessed with their planners and decor. I’ve become serious about planning this summer and ordered college stickers for my planner yesterday from Amazon. (They were only $4!)
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