7 Day Beauty Countdown
So the final countdown is finally here. Whether your prepping for a wedding, a party or that date you finally scored after months of flirting with that cute barrister, of course you want to look your absolute best. Keep reading and find out my fool-proof 7 day step plan to reveal the best version of yourself that you can be.
I can't state this enough! Starting now you should be drinking a ton of water. All of that water will help to flush out toxins and keep your metabolism moving. Stay hydrated and eat well to kick start your health and for your skin.
For breakfast all week, I recommend eating lots of plain non-fat yogurt mixed with fresh berries as they provide beneficial antioxidants. The yogurt will give your body a good dose of protein that benefits hair and nails, as well as the beneficial live culture bacteria that is good for the intestinal tract.
Focus on your sleep this week. Get to bed at a decent hour every night leading up to your special day to avoid noticeable tired eyes.
6. BATH TIME
This could easily be my favorite day... I mean, who doesn't love a warm bath, especially one with such amazing health benefits. Pour yourself a warm bath and add two cups of Epsom Salt and soak for at least 15 minutes.
Soaking in a bath with Epsom Salt, which is high in magnesium, is one of the easiest ways to get a quick health boost. Studies show increased magnesium and sulfate levels from soaking in a bath enriched with Epsom salt, as they are both easily absorbed through the skin. Sulfates play an important role in the formation of brain tissue, joint proteins and the proteins that line the walls of the digestive tract. They stimulate the pancreas to generate digestive enzymes and are thought to help detoxify the body of medicines and environmental impurities.
So lie back, give your mind a break and let your body do all the work on its own.
5. ALL ABOUT FACE
Now's the time to look after your skin and make sure its in tip top shape for the big day.
LUSH Cosmetics Mask of Magnaminty is a face mask I absolutely love! The peppermint oil inside never fails to leave my skin feeling smooth and refreshed and Oh so clean. It is mainly a cleansing mask, which means that it treats breakouts and prevents them from coming back. It includes China clay and bentonite gel that pulls the dirt from your pores, ground aduki beans and evening primrose seeds that exfoliate surface skin cells.
Do a makeup check. Are you about to run out of that perfect lip shade that you were looking forward to wearing that day? Is your mascara getting clumpy? Or is there a new look you wanted to try out for the event? Check all that now, so you can replace what you need.
How are your eyebrows looking? You could go into a specialist and get them to shape your eyebrows. You will be amazed at how much of a difference a little help in the eyebrows department can have. I suggest going to a trustworthy place such as Benefit's Brow Bar. And plus when your done, you can immerse yourself in the makeup department and stock up on some new goodies.
3. HAIR REMOVAL
This is important to get done about 3 days before the event, especially if this is your first wax, you want to be sure that the skin heals up great and any potential issues are resolved before you intend to show off the area. If this is your first time I highly suggest going to a specialist waxing salon to avoid any scary mistakes. If your an experienced waxer then I would even opt to a do it at home.
If waxing is not your style then shaving should also be done on this day to prep your skin for tanning the following day. I love using conditioner onto my skin as a shaving cream. It never fails to leave my skin feeling soft and smooth. The conditioner softens the hairs and makes it easier to get a smooth and clean shave.
2. FAKE A TAN
This is the perfect time to reveal your inner bronzed goddess and fake a golden tan like a pro. First decide what shade of bronze you want to achieve. If your after just a natural glow, use a tinted tanning cream. This will give you some light colour and a gradual tan after each application. If your after something a little more on the ''I just came back from a caribbean holiday'' glow then I suggest using a tanning mousse. This will leave you with a gorgeous deeper colour. The best thing is that you can see the results straight away. Make sure to let it soak into the skin overnight and take a shower in the morning to get rid of all the excess colour.
It's important that before applying any type of fake tan that you prep your skin by exfoliating. This will give you a better application and longer staying power. Tanning on this day allows enough time for your skin to heal from hair removal and enough time to fix any tanning mistakes.
1. NAIL IT
Nothing beats a fresh mani/pedi, so set some time aside for yourself to get pampered, either at your favourite salon (or if your anything like me then you can set some time aside to pamper yourself and do your own nails). I love trying out new colours depending on the outfit I have in mind. Make sure to follow this step the day before to allow your nails proper drying time.
It also helps to have a hair plan. If you are planning on wearing an up do, wash your hair today, not tomorrow as hair with a little oil stays up better and this is one time when not having freshly-washed hair will help you style it up.
Theres not much you should be doing today but taking it easy. A couple of ideas to get you in a relaxed mood are using:
FACE MASKS – Use a gentle facial treatment to get a luminous glow for the event. I normally use SKINVITALS C-Brighten Treatment Mask. This cloth masks contains Vitamin C and Ginger which both effectively replenish lost moisture and brightens your skin leaving it radiant and youthful. I love cloth facial masks as they are mess free and only need to be left on for 10 minutes.
EYE MASK – A gel mask is the ideal beauty pick-me-up for combatting dark circles. I even recommend taking a short reinvigorating 20 minute nap in the middle of the day using a gel mask. When you add a cold (or hot) gel pack over your eyes, you'll awaken from a nap as bright as you feel. Pre-party they make for the perfect way to ensure sparkling eyes until dawn.
Get both of these out of the way early and leave plenty of time to perfect your look for the night. The last thing you want is to rush and ruin that winged eyeliner you've been practicing all week! Enjoy your day and make some amazing memories!
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