During the week, I’m usually too busy catering to my fussy tabby’s redonkulous demands (where, pray tell, does one find an XXL Gucci cat snuggie??) to catch up on my beauty maintenance tasks, like hair plucking and nail polishing (like, where I paint all 10 fingers in the same shade, as opposed to the single-finger technique I use a lot for swatching), etc., etc.
So it’s only on the weekends that I’m able to take care of many of my beauty rituals. Things like…
1. Hair masks
I’ve been wearing my wavy hair straight a lot lately, and if I’m not careful, the heat from all of the flat ironing and blow drying will do a number on my locks.
Doing a hair mask over the weekend seems to quench my coif’s thirst, and lately I’ve been turning to Lush’s $19.95 H’Suan Wen Hua Hair Treatment, which I like to use right after I finish my Saturday or Sunday run.
As soon as I’ve caught my breath, I’ll comb the treatment through my hair from roots to ends, put my hair up in a ponytail, and let the mask do its moisturizing thing while I do my stretching, eat a post-workout snack, and putter around the house.
When I finally jump into the shower, I keep the ponytail on while I lather and shave. Then, I’m finished with my body stuff, I take out my ponytail and rinse the mask away (it smells like pumpkin pie!), before shampooing and conditioning. After everything, my hair looks and feels about a million times better — soft and shiny.
2. Face Masks
Because of the moisture-sapping cold outside and the heater running almost non-stop inside, my face has been totally parched, so I’ve started to use a weekly June Jacobs Intensive Age Defying Hydrating Masque ($80), which hydrates the heck out of even the driest patches on my forehead and around the corners of my nose.
Like I do with hair masks, I like to apply face masks right after a run, when I know I can let it work for 30 minutes to an hour before I hop in the shower. Then once in the shower, I try to leave the mask on as long as I can to let the warmth and humidity in the air open up my pores, making it easier for the product to absorb into my skin.
3. Exfoliating scrubs
Ah… There’s nothing quite like a good scrubbing to get my skin baby soft, and I’ve been de-crusting lately with Borba’s $28 Firming Micro-Diamond Body Polish. Borba calls the tiny grains in it “prismatic micro-diamonds!” — which just sounds very cool to me. I’m sure there’s nothing diamond about them, but they scrub like the dickens without rubbing my skin raw.
The product contains glycolic acid, green tea, colloidal oatmeal, aloe and cucumber to scrub, soothe and firm. Teamed up with these $3 exfoliating gloves from EcoTools, it’s a skin-scrubbing dynamo!
4. Removing excess body hair
Have I ever told you that I’m part Sasquatch? Yeah, that’s why I’m so hairy and have these big feet… Get it? Bigfoot? Anywho, to mow the fuzz that seems to sprout up overnight, I use the Gillette Venus Razor ($13) and EOS Shave Cream ($5) on my bod, and pluck my brows, upper lip and chin bare with the Tweezerman tweezers.
5. And painting the paws (mine, not his)
I’m primo picky about my nails and like to do my own at home, so on the weekends I’ll usually start up a movie and do them while I watch TV on the living room floor.
To do the best job I can with my at-home manis/pedis, I use Lippmann Cuticle Remover ($17) to remove debris around the cuticle area; Nails Inc Kensington Caviar Base Coat ($10) to create a strong, smooth foundation for whichever polish I decide to use; and Seche Vite Fast Dry Top Coat ($10) for shine and polish protection.
Now how about you? What are your weekend beauty rituals?
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,