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Beautification Bath

I recently came across this post on one of my favorite blogs, Devilishly Pleasurable, about her bathtime routine. I have always loved bathtime, so I thought I would write my own version of her post! As a child, I used to get into the bath with a bag of Doritos (gross, I know!) and a novel. When I was in my teens, I used to have what I called a “pretty bath” – on Sundays, I would have a long bath and go through a few beautification steps that would prepare me for the coming week. While studying at university, I didn’t have time for many pretty baths, but I’ve decided to bring back this tradition.

If you’d like to give yourself a pampering treatment, read on for my thoughts on how to have your own pretty bath…

Give yourself at least an hour, preferably during the evening, so you can fully relax afterwards without having to worry about putting on make-up or getting dressed.



Set the Mood
~ play some soft, relaxing music
~ light some candles if you feel like it
~ put something nice in the tub. Some ideas: rosepetals, essential oil (lavender is particularly nice), a bath bomb, a few drops of olive oil, oatmeal (which is supposed to help dry skin)…

Long baths are the perfect time to moisturize and condition your skin and hair.
~ put on a face mask (my favorites are Lush Brazened Honey & Lush The Sacred Truth)
~ apply some deep conditioner on your hair (Lush Jasmine and Henna Fluff Eaze is divine)
~ exfoliate your body using a body brush, scrub, or Lush Buffy bar (I’m not trying to sound like a Lush ad; I just love their products!)
~ put on a body mud mask if you have one

While the face, hair and body masks are working their magic, take the time to go through a few grooming steps…
~ scrub your feet using a pumice stone and/or foot scrub
~ pluck your eyebrows
~ cut your nails
~ shave/epilate/bleach
When all the grooming is done:
~ read a book or magazine
~ have a cup of green tea
~ thoroughly wash your hair and face
~ apply face cream
~ apply body butter
~ wrap yourself in something warm and soft… don’t forget the cosy slippersDo you have a bathtime beauty ritual? If so, please share!

Are you following the 2-week detox with me? If so, read my thoughts & meal ideas after the jump! Haute World pointed out that it’s almost Thanksgiving in the US so it’s probably not a good time for many of you to consider giving up meat, so if you choose to start detoxing after the holiday, I’ll still be here cheering you on!
So, a bit of an update… The first couple of days were a bit rough for me. I couldn’t find any vegan, grain-sweetened chocolate, so I made my own chocolate with cocoa powder, homemade almond butter and almond milk, and maple syrup. It was a disaster! Luckily I only made a tiny batch. I also had a killer headache on the second day, which could have been a side effect of the detox, but otherwise I’ve been feeling great and doing yoga almost every morning.
I’ve also cut out coffee which I really miss – I only ever had one small cup a day, and I had it because I loved the taste, not for the caffeine jolt, so I’m probably going to go back to it after the detox is over. Giving up dairy products hasn’t been too hard (so far), but giving up sugar was really difficult. However, I’m learning to start appreciating the subtle flavors sans the sweetener; right now I’m sipping on green tea without any honey in it, which is a first for me, and I’m actually enjoying it!I haven’t checked the scales but I feel more trim and toned. I feel amazing, actually! I think that cutting out sugar and white flour have made the most difference for me.
If you’re wanting to get healthy with me but are stumped for meal ideas, here’s what I’ve been eating so far…
Breakfast: oatmeal, made with water or non-dairy milk and sweetened with maple syrup or agave nectar. You can also have wholegrain toast with peanut butter; fruit; or wholegrain cereal.
Main meals: fried {brown} rice; brown rice with lentils; chana masala; brown pasta with stir-fried garlic and courgette; chickpea salad; roast vegetables with couscous; stir-fried tofu.
Snacks: carrots and cucumbers with salsa or hummus; miso soup; nuts.
This weekend I’ll post some recipes!