Relax & Unwind: My Pamper Routine

Since starting my job, and working long 12 hour shifts, I’ve become a huge fan of having a pamper night in. I love to just unwind, relax and have a bit of ‘me’ time after a long day, and I don’t think there’s a better way to do this, than to have a good old pamper. If you haven’t had a bit of ‘me’ time recently, I would definitely recommend giving it a go, it honestly gives me a whole lease of life.

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To kick off my pamper evening, I love to light some candles to set the atmosphere and play some of my favourite music. I’ll either use my wireless headphones or my Bluetooth speaker for the music – my speaker is particularly handy for a pamper night as it’s waterproof so I can take it into the bath! I’m a huge fan of candles and have a fair few dotted around my rooms as well as a huge collection of wax melts but for an evening in I like to have something soothing. These Yankee Candles in Fluffy Towels* smell absolutely incredible and are perfect for a pamper session. They fill the room with such a fresh, clean scent, just like freshly washed towels, funny enough, and make me feel like I’m in a spa. An interesting stack of magazines are always a good choice to help you unwind, or maybe a Netflix binge session, – yes Orange Is The New Black, I’m looking at you…

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Next up, I’ll get out a face mask and a hair mask to apply before getting into the shower or bath. I have fairly long hair, which is quite dry and damaged due to years of dyeing it various colours, so a hair mask is a definite for me during my pamper night. My favourite at the moment, is My Little Beauty’s Repairing Mask which I got in my My Little Dream Box back in April. This mask has a much thicker, more balm like, consistency which is unlike any other hair mask I’ve tried. It contains walnut oil, and shea butter, meaning it not only does great things for my hair, but it smells incredible too. Another few of my favourite hair masks I’ve used include TGI’s Bed Head, No4’s Reconstructing Masque & the Macadamia Oil Extract Treatment

After I’ve slathered my hair in a mask, it’s time to do the same with my face – although with a different product of course! My go to mask at the moment is the fabulous Clear Improvements* from Origins, which I’ve completely fallen in love with. This is a lovely thick, luxurious mask that clears out pore-clogging impurities for a deep-down clean. Due to this mask containing clay, it does dry quite hard but once rinsed off my skin feels as smooth as a baby’s bum. I’ve heard so many great things about Origin’s masks and this one definitely lives up to its hype, giving a great deep clean without stripping my skin, which can often be the case with pore clearing masks. If you’re looking to try this mask, these ‘To Go’ sets are perfect, at only £8 they contain 4 pods, each of which is enough for a single mask. Great for finding out if the product works with your skin, or equally as good for travelling and popping one into your makeup bag. Other face masks I love using for pampering include Soap & Glory’s The Fab Pore, LUSH’s Cupcake & Indian Healing Clay

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During my pamper night, I try to leave my hair and face mask on for as long as possible, just to get the full goodness out of them – which is sometimes easier said than done. Specifically with the Aztec Indian Healing clay, which can start to feel really uncomfortable once it’s dry due to it literally pulling all of the nasties out of your pores, incredible, but slightly painful. Once I’ve sat for a while, had a cup of tea and read through a magazine or two, I’m ready to jump into the shower or bath. The majority of the time I will have a shower, as to be completely honest, I get quite bored in the bath, and it’s much easier to wash off a face mask under the shower! If I do opt for a bath, a great bubble bath or bath bomb is definitely needed. Of course, LUSH do the best bath bombs out there, my favourites including Honey Bee and Dragons Egg.

If I’m not opting for a bath bomb, a bubble bath is my other definite choice. This Calm One, Calm All* bubble bath from Soap & Glory is a great example of a fantastic bath product. Not only does it produce lovely bubbles in the bath and smell amazing, it also contains body lotion, allowing you to skip that step out of your routine.

If I’m not feeling for a bath that day, or have a particularly stubborn face mask (Indian Healing Clay specifically…) then a shower is the best choice. I love to use a really nice, indulgent shower gel during my pamper evening, and I have a lot of those to chose from! My top 3 at the moment include two from LUSH – Flying Fox & the highly sought after Snow Fairy, as well as Soap & Glory’s Rich & Foamous*

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After getting out of the bath or shower I normally want to hop into my PJ’s straight away and get comfy so moisturising can often get left out of my routine. I hate standing around looking like a fool whilst waiting for my cream to dry but these problems have become a thing of the past since trying out Palmer’s Moisture Body Spray Lotion. This is a moisturising body lotion in the form of a spray, which definitely is a bit gimmicky, but I don’t actually care – I love it. This is perfect for lazy people like myself, you just spray it on, rub it in and your done. It dries very quickly and doesn’t leave any weird or greasy residue afterwards – perfeeecttt.

Once I’m snuggled in my PJ’s the last step in my pamper routine is to give my nails a good seeing to. I’ve been biting my nails ever since I can remember, and it’s only in the last 2 months or so I’ve actually stopped, and have real nails for the first time in my life. Due to this they’re extremely brittle and very weak, so I’ve been using Sally Hansen’s Hard As Nails strengthener, which has been working out great for me.

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Once I’m all pampered out, I’m normally ready to get into bed and binge on some more Netflix, or YouTube videos. If I’m feeling particularly tired I’ll spritz some of the This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray onto my pillow, to help me sleep. This spray has the most soothing, calming lavender scent which I absolutely love, and really helps to put me into a deep sleep, it honestly does work!

So that’s it for my pampering routine, a big thanks to Victoria Plum who provided me with some of the goodies you’ve seen in this post to help me relax and unwind! If you haven’t had a pampering evening in recently, I would highly recommend giving it a go, you’ll definitely feel better for it in the morning!

I would love to hear all about your pampering routines or relaxing evenings in the comments! Have you tried anything I’ve mentioned in this post? Happy pampering!!

emily x

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* Some products in this post were provided for the purpose of this review although as always, all opinions and thoughts remain my own. For more information, see my Disclaimer *

  • hollycarole

    I love having pamper nights too, I usually try and have one on a sunday ready for the week ahead 🙂 love those soap and glory products they smell so gorgeous!
    Love Holly x

    • I work on a shift pattern with completely random days and normally work on a Sunday – I wish I could have a Sunday night pamper session, sounds perfect! The soap and glory products are lovely aren’t they! x

  • Music is key for my pamper evenings too! I love painting my nails it really is relaxing x

    Emma | Emmys Beauty Cave

    • Yes totally agree Emma, love a bit of good music and painting my nails! xx

  • My pamper day is usually sunday – it sets me up for the week ahead! That face Mask by Origins sounds fab and is something i need right now x

    • Ah a Sunday pamper evening sounds fab, I work shifts and random days so that never works out for me unfortunately! The Origins face mask is lovely, definitely give it a go if you can! xx

  • I try really hard to make one of my ‘hair washing’ nights which happen twice or three times a week, a pamper night too. I love having a bath with a Lush bubble bar and doing the whole face-mask thing too! I have a large Yankee Candle, also in Fluffy Towels, which I find so calming and relaxing to light in my room, whilst I snuggle in bed with a book or blogs. You’ve totally made me want to have one tonight! Resisting the temptation…
    Rebecca | The Two Twenty Somethings

    • Yesss I always incorporate my hair washing night with a pamper evening when possible! Wish I had the fluffy towels scent in a large candle – it smells amazing doesn’t it! Definitely have a pamper night soon Rebecca!! xx

  • Brazenrouge

    Omg this sounds incredible. I could Do with an evening like this soon. X

    • You should definitely give it a go!! x

  • Chloe Barnes

    Love a pamper night! <3 go to have a bit of lush!!

    Chloe xx

    • Me too, yes for sure! Lush is a definite! x

  • Pam Scalfi

    I love relaxing after a stressful day, and pampering always helps! Must try bath bombs, I have never used one….I know shame on me :p

    Pam Scalfi?

    • Yes me too, it’s such a good way to relax! Yes you definitely should try out a bath bomb, they’re so great – especially Lush’s x

  • Sounds like a really lovely pamper night! I’m another fan of This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray – I can’t be without it. I love the sound of the Palmer’s Spray Lotion! xx


    • Ah yes the pillow spray is amazing isn’t it, not sure how it works, but it definitely does!! The palmers lotion is perfect, especially for lazy girls like myself!! xx

  • Stacey Louise

    Such a lovely post! I really loved reading this! You have made me want a pamper now! – A Beauty & Lifestyle Blog


    • Aw thanks Stacey! Definitely have a pamper night in when you can – you won’t regret it I’m sure! xx

  • Sounds like a great night, now I want to pamper myself 😛
    I’d love to try the origins mask 🙂

    The Everyday Life of Rachel

    • Definitely do have a pamper night when you can – so relaxing! The origins mask is amazing, especially good that you can test it out in the little pods before buying the full version! xx

  • This sounds great, I just want to go home, get in a nice bubble bath with a glass of wine and a face mask! // x

    • Yes do it – right now haha!! x

  • Looks like you really had your perfect “me” time 🙂

    Now I’ve got an idea from you– lighting a scented and relaxing candle is something I always missed, cos I usually get bored while waiting for my hair and face mask to be done watching the clock ticking… and music, music– ah, great! I’ll do it then!

    Btw, I just followed you on Bloglovin and Twitter!

    Jhem | beauty blog

    • It definitely is the perfect me time, so relaxing! Very glad to hear you’ve gotten some ideas from this post, hope you have a great pamper evening! Thanks very much for following and reading lovely xx

  • Ah I love this post, there really is nothing better than having a pamper night after a super busy long week! Loved all the products you used in this post too! X

    • Ah thank you Emma! Yes I totally agree, there isn’t anything better than a good pamper night! Hope you can manage to squeeze one in soon! x

  • I really like the clear improvements mask by Origins, it really feels like it removes all the grime that sometimes a regular cleanser fails to do. I sometimes have a pamper on Sunday night, it really sets me up for the week ahead.

    Sarah xo | PolkaDotLemon

    • I love it too, I was really impressed when I tried it out, how much cleaner and soft my skin felt afterwards! I work shift work, so I’m normally working Sunday’s – wish I could do the same as you!! 🙁 x

  • Ellen Smith

    Hey Emily 🙂
    It really sounds like you deserve a bit of a pamper. I hope work isn’t too stressful haha!
    I am watching Orange is the new black on Netflix at the moment also, it’s so good isn’t it?
    I think a pretty bath with a nice bath bomb is sufficient for a pamper night of mine.
    But I definitely have to try out some of your remedies.


    • Hiya Ellen! Orange is the New Black is definitely amazing, I’m trying hard to pace myself and not binge watch the whole series in one go! Hope you enjoy your pamper evening if you do have one! Thank you for reading xx

  • Jennifer

    the palmers spray looks promising! anything to make life easier!


    • Yes totally agree, anything to make life easier, and the palmer spray definitely does! xx

  • The Yankee Candle tea lights sound gorgeous x

    • I absolutely love Yankee candles, and these ones are especially amazing, such a fresh scent! xx

  • I’ve run out of LUSH bath bombs at the moment, I need a little haul to stock up!

    lillies and lipbalm


    • Ah yes you definitely do need to stock up! They’re the best! xxx

  • I love Rich and Foamous 🙂 my favourite S&G shower gel. A good face mask is also an essential for me when I want to unwind xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty

    • Me too, it smells incredible! A face mask is definitely an essential for me too, so relaxing plus all the added benefits after! x

  • Emma Kelly

    You can’t go wrong with soap and glory products! I love the Vaseline spray moisturiser so I may give the palmers version a try xx
    Glossy Boutique

    • You definitely can’t go wrong with Soap & Glory, they’re fab! Ooo I haven’t tried the vaseline spray but they sound like a similar concept, so would love to give that a try, the Palmers version is amazing! xx

  • Lovely post! Soap and glory products are my go to’s for a pamper session 🙂

    • Thank you! Yes Soap & Glory are fantastic for pampering! x

  • Alina Isaev

    I’ve had S&G bits given to me as a gift before and I used them up pretty quickly 😉

    I think LUSH is definitely a big part of my pampering sessions as they smell and feel lovely!

    The Fairytale Pretty Picture

    • Yes definitely – LUSH is the queen of all pampering I think!! x

  • Eleanor Davoren

    Loved this post my love ? I want a pamper evening now! :'(
    Eleanor |

    • Aww thanks Eleanor! Definitely have one!!! x