March 7, 2013

Sunday spa day

So, I have a little bit of a problem. I've become very a little obsessed with things that smell nice. I mean, yes, I've always liked going into the duty free sections at the airport to sniff at all the fragrances (DKNY Be Delicious is still one of my all-time favorites), but my recent obsession with home fragrances and candles has brought my sniffing to an all-time high.

Sunday has been deemed my "spa day" and I've been using Sunday evenings as a good time to destress, prep my skin for the week ahead, and just basically relax in my bed while watching beauty Youtube videos. Here are my recent favorite candle + face mask combos, featuring candles from Anthropologie (those apothecary buyers can do no wrong)!

candles + face masks

Illume for Anthropologie candle in Guava Nectar ($20) + Boscia Intensifying Moisture Pack ($30)
Dan bought me this candle for Christmas and oh my word, it is absolutely delicious. It's sweet without being too cloying, and reminds me of a being in a tropical forest.
Full disclosure on the Boscia Moisture Pack - I only have a (well-loved) sample from Sephora for this, but I'm pretty sure I'm going to bite the bullet and purchase it soon. I leave a thin layer on for about an hour or so (this is completely ignoring the instructions to wash it off after 5 minutes) and when I finally drag myself to wash it off, my face is smooth, incredibly moisturized, and does that little bounce thing when you ping your finger against it. My skin is super parched so I'm really loving this mask for an extra pick-me-up in this cold weather.

Voluspa candle in Goji Berry ($26) + Aesop Parsley Seed Mask ($50)
This candle is my all-time favorite. I actually held out for the Anthro sale last year to purchase this and then bought it in the largest size possible. It has such a multi-dimensional smell to it and it really powers the entire room (even my large, porous living room). Complete and absolute love. Am such a fan of all the Voluspa candles.
Already talked about my love for the Aesop Parsley Seed Mask. But it must be said - gentlest clay deep-cleansing mask. It calms my breakouts, my skin doesn't feel tight and dry (and believe me, my skin is VERY dry), face just feels softly rebalanced (is this a thing?? Am I just imagining it??)

Capri Blue candle in Volcano ($14) + Fresh Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask ($88)
Clean, fresh scent. Am in love and very depressed that I'm almost through with this candle. Burns cleanly and makes my room smell like yummy laundry.
This Fresh mask, like all their masks, is pricey (I bought mine with my corporate discount last summer). But it is also AMAZING. The first time I used this mask, my skin let out a chorus of hallelujahs. It has a weird mashed potato-like texture, but smells absolutely phenomenal and makes my skin feel super refreshed and ready to start the week ahead.

OH. And I usually have a cup of hot tea at the same time. My favorites are the Trader Joe's Green Tea, Trader Joe's Spicy Chai Latte, and (for the UK folks) Whittard's Dreamtime tea. Truly living the life! I'm also on a huge red lipstick kick at the moment... so stay tuned.

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