How to have a solo pamper evening What Olivia Did If there's one thing I've learnt since being self employed, it's how important it is to actually take some time out for yourself- be it a couple of hours every evening (she says, typing this post at 11:49 on a Monday night) or first thing in the morning, to ease yourself in to the day. It's funny- a lot of people would think it's the polar opposite (trust me, I really don't spend all day working from my bed. Well not every day) and most of the time being based online, and your own boss, makes it incredibly hard to switch off- especially when there's no-one to tell you to shut down your laptop at 5:30- meaning late nights, endless refreshing and sudden email-replies all become a second nature.

Recently however, I've learnt the pleasure of a solo pamper evening. Essentially sparing an hour or two to make yourself feel a little bit human again and remembering that sometimes bubble baths are just as exciting as new Twitter updates. So, here are a few of my top tips for unwinding after a long day- whether you're based in an office or your bed, it's certainly important to take 5!

Step 1: Pick the PJS
Hush Pyjamas
As silly as it sounds, wearing a pair of lovely PJS to bed, can make you feel almost as special as wearing a lovely dress to work. Whether it's an old, freshly washed pair that have been sitting on the radiator (mmm), or a recent little indulgence, getting cosy before bed is a favourite past time (wild? me?) and this Hush pair are seeing me through many a dream time!

Step 2: Get in the chill mood
Candle If you're planning on chilling in the bath for a little while, and know the candle will be attended, pick out your favourite scent and fill the room with your favourite scent. Joe's mum recently did me a candle-lit bath when I was feeling a little under the weather, and I'm pretty sure at the end I was so relaxed I could have stayed there all night (#prunefingers)- absolutely lovely!

Step 3: Get cleansing and masking!
Elemis Facial Products I was recently sent a couple of Elemis treats to test, and in a completely unbiased voice- they are beautiful. I mentioned the cleanser in my favourites video, but it's absolutely wonderful- and makes for the perfect face mask-cum-cleanser if you want to unwind and give your skin a bit of TLC. Alternatively pick up a mask in your local supermarket as a little treat- you'll feel far better for it!

Step 4: Run that bath
Lush Bath Bomb Body Shop Moisturiser If you're not feeling a loaded up bubble bath (which, let's face it- who isn't) pick out your favourite bath ballistic (cough, Lush, cough) and fill your bath with pretty colours and heavenly scents. I also like to prepare some post bath moisturising too, and have currently been loving this Body Shop Argan Oil body moisturiser, which, as you can imagine is super nourishing!

Step 5: Pick post bath treats
Origins Drink Up Mask Clinique Lip Balm Once you're fully relaxed, it's time to get that face ready for bed! It's no secret that I absolutely love this Origins Drink Up mask, and it's the perfect all-night facial treat, meaning I wake up feeling just as good as I did when I first put it on. I also pop on a favourite lip balm before bed- just to avoid any lip chapping!

Another thing that I've realised since being 'grown up' is how bloody exciting bath products are. I remember getting bubble bath sets for Christmas when I was about 7 and not feeling half as excited as I do now (not ungrateful, just unaware of their pure magic)- and now they are the thing I hunt out in my free moments in Boots- and yes, it's totally acceptable to have a bubble bath for every day of the week- an old proverb once said ; )! I'm also thinking of putting a little tips post together about how to be the most productive when working from home- so let me know if you'd like to see that too!

x
How to have a solo pamper evening What Olivia Did If there's one thing I've learnt since being self employed, it's how important it is to actually take some time out for yourself- be it a couple of hours every evening (she says, typing this post at 11:49 on a Monday night) or first thing in the morning, to ease yourself in to the day. It's funny- a lot of people would think it's the polar opposite (trust me, I really don't spend all day working from my bed. Well not every day) and most of the time being based online, and your own boss, makes it incredibly hard to switch off- especially when there's no-one to tell you to shut down your laptop at 5:30- meaning late nights, endless refreshing and sudden email-replies all become a second nature.

Recently however, I've learnt the pleasure of a solo pamper evening. Essentially sparing an hour or two to make yourself feel a little bit human again and remembering that sometimes bubble baths are just as exciting as new Twitter updates. So, here are a few of my top tips for unwinding after a long day- whether you're based in an office or your bed, it's certainly important to take 5!

Step 1: Pick the PJS
Hush Pyjamas
As silly as it sounds, wearing a pair of lovely PJS to bed, can make you feel almost as special as wearing a lovely dress to work. Whether it's an old, freshly washed pair that have been sitting on the radiator (mmm), or a recent little indulgence, getting cosy before bed is a favourite past time (wild? me?) and this Hush pair are seeing me through many a dream time!

Step 2: Get in the chill mood
Candle If you're planning on chilling in the bath for a little while, and know the candle will be attended, pick out your favourite scent and fill the room with your favourite scent. Joe's mum recently did me a candle-lit bath when I was feeling a little under the weather, and I'm pretty sure at the end I was so relaxed I could have stayed there all night (#prunefingers)- absolutely lovely!

Step 3: Get cleansing and masking!
Elemis Facial Products I was recently sent a couple of Elemis treats to test, and in a completely unbiased voice- they are beautiful. I mentioned the cleanser in my favourites video, but it's absolutely wonderful- and makes for the perfect face mask-cum-cleanser if you want to unwind and give your skin a bit of TLC. Alternatively pick up a mask in your local supermarket as a little treat- you'll feel far better for it!

Step 4: Run that bath
Lush Bath Bomb Body Shop Moisturiser If you're not feeling a loaded up bubble bath (which, let's face it- who isn't) pick out your favourite bath ballistic (cough, Lush, cough) and fill your bath with pretty colours and heavenly scents. I also like to prepare some post bath moisturising too, and have currently been loving this Body Shop Argan Oil body moisturiser, which, as you can imagine is super nourishing!

Step 5: Pick post bath treats
Origins Drink Up Mask Clinique Lip Balm Once you're fully relaxed, it's time to get that face ready for bed! It's no secret that I absolutely love this Origins Drink Up mask, and it's the perfect all-night facial treat, meaning I wake up feeling just as good as I did when I first put it on. I also pop on a favourite lip balm before bed- just to avoid any lip chapping!

Another thing that I've realised since being 'grown up' is how bloody exciting bath products are. I remember getting bubble bath sets for Christmas when I was about 7 and not feeling half as excited as I do now (not ungrateful, just unaware of their pure magic)- and now they are the thing I hunt out in my free moments in Boots- and yes, it's totally acceptable to have a bubble bath for every day of the week- an old proverb once said ; )! I'm also thinking of putting a little tips post together about how to be the most productive when working from home- so let me know if you'd like to see that too!

x

53 comments:

  1. Elemis is a really nice skin care brand.

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  2. Nice post :)

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  3. I love pampering myself, such a great post with lovely pictures

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  4. Oh this sounds good. Someone start running the hot water and find me some bath treats! I'd love to see more of your organisation ideas - they'd be so helpful!

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  5. Love this post and your pictures <3 I definitely agree, we all need to take time out for ourselves and be pampered!
    Lizzie xx

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  6. Great post!
    I'm always finding that bubble bath can really fix your tiredness after a long day.
    For me it's my winter must when it's cold outside and you're just laying down in steamy bath mmm

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  7. Sounds good. I'm gonna have a bath evening today. *-*

    Sim
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  8. I'm so into the solo pamper evenings! My usually includes a bath, painting my nails, and eating delivery food while I watch Netflix :)

    These photos are gorgeous, btw!

    Cat
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  9. Such great tips, this looks like such a lovely evening to have!
    Maddy, xo // UNSTITCHEDD

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  10. Lovely post - I'm actually having one of these tonight!!
    Megan x
    London Callings

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  11. I love the origins facemask, it smells amazing!! I am definitely gonna have a bubble bath tonight!! xxx
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  12. I haven't had a pamper evening in too long. Time to bring out the lush bath bombs I think! Xx


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  13. Such a stunner Liv, those PJ's are just the absolute cutest x

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  14. all of this sounds perfect, thanks Olivia :)

    Blankets Of Roses xx

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  15. This makes me want to have a pamper evening right now! Lovely photos and excellently written post :)

    Seren x
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  16. The PJs are so, so cute! It reminds me of some drawings I used to love when I was a kid, which is pretty rad. And by the way, I want those bath bombs! They must smell like heaven

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  17. I can second your thoughts on the Elemis Papaya Enzyme Scrub, I absolutely adore it. Worth every penny x

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  18. Your pj's are so cute!!!

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  19. Love this post. One of my favourite things is to kick the bf out of the house and run a long bath with a face mask on. Put comedy central on with friends on the iPad and find somewhere to prop it up also helps ;) xx

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  20. I think every girl needs to do this haha :) X
    thefashion-junkie

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  21. Lovely post! I don't do this nearly as often as I should. To be honest, I don't think it occurs more than twice a year or something. Shame on me! I really do wish I had a bathtub.

    xx Mimmi, Muted Mornings

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  22. Lovely post, I definitely need a pamper session soon!

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  23. Lovely post, I definitely need a pamper session soon!

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  24. Such a lovely post, its so good to relax and have pamper sessions.

    Jess x
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  25. Those pjs are so cute I can image they're toasty! Love the Elemis balm I just left mine on for an hour now for a lovely boost to the skin. I need to switch off more and take care of myself, absolutely.
    Lauren x
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  26. Now that term is about to start again I really am in desperate need for some pamper time :) And who can resist with such a how to- setting example! xx Lara
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  27. Such great tips, lovely photos please can you do a post on how to be productive at home xx

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  28. Love your routine!

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  29. I haven't done this in too long!

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  30. I need to report back to this post when I have a free day!

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  31. I haven't had a real pajama set since I was little. This post might just inspire me to invest in some fancy new pj's!

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  32. I just finished my first week of college, so a solo pamper evening is much needed! Thank you!! -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey's

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  33. Great post, I'm super into the self-pampering evenings too! I like to play Rainymood when I'm in the bath, it makes it just that little bit more relaxing :)

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  34. Lovin' those Pjs! xx

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  35. What a great post! I love your pjs
    xo
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  36. Nice:) x
    Bianka
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  37. I love a good pamper evening! I haven't had one in a while but I think I'll give myself one very soon! :)

    CAT xo
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  38. Looks like the perfect pamper evening to me! And I'd definitely like to see your post about being productive when working from home! x

    Jess In Retrospect

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  39. You've definitely inspired me to treat myself to one of these this weekend! Love the photographs and your pjs are so gorgeous!
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  40. This was a great post I love origins!

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  44. I love this!
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  45. I love pampering every now and then!

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  46. sounds amazing! I should do this more.

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  47. ooooh these posts are my favorite by far ... That one is amazing ! Pamper is always such an amazing time for us ladies :)

    Love from France, Victoria

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  48. Loved this post, I need a pampering session!! H xx

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  49. Well, not gunna lie... I totally had me one of these tonight! sometimes you just need one! lol

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  50. this is such a perfect blog post

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  51. this is a perfect post, will be using all these tips next time i do a pamper evening x

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