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BEAUTY ON A BUDGET: GET YOUR BEAUTY SLEEP

Get a good night’s sleep
It’s free, and you’ll look younger

 
Abbey Lee gets her beauty sleep

Sleep really helps with everything–including what you consume (as in eat). We’re obsessed with getting enough sleep–it trumps everything else. When you are well-rested, you look better and you eat less–you’re less likely to reach for everything with sugar in sight. It’s proven. Plus, you won’t need to spend as much on coffee from Starbies or cookies from Le Gourmand (though sometimes I just give in to those big, fat cookies–I’m human).

This one doesn’t require you to spend any money, but if you’d like to make your nest a little more luxurious, try changing your pillowcase (get a silk one if you really want to go for it) or put a few drops of lavender or another relaxing essential oil on your pillow case. If you have problems falling asleep, try taking a nice, hot bath with Epsom salts and oils–you’ll enter into a sleep coma in no time. You could also try a little relaxation yoga before bed, or a little meditation to calm your mind.

To avoid squashing your face into the pillow (which can contribute to wrinkles), try to sleep on your back. You can try to trick yourself into staying on your back by placing a pillow underneath your knees. Also, get into a consistent sleep routine–Dr. Oz says that this way your body’s biorhythms and hormones be will be regular.

An hour or so before bed, shut off all unnecessary lights and avoid watching television, listening to music, or going on your phone. This will start to get you mentally prepared for bed.

Try applying a few drops of lavender oil to your fingers, inhale, and massage pressure points like you temples, inside your wrists, and your neck. Lie down in bed, close your eyes and make your inhales and long as your exhales (equal counts of four). Then, start to add one extra count to each exhale, eventually doubling the length of your exhale to 8. Concentrating on your breathing will calm your mind and relax you.

We like: Aveda Stress Relief Roller, Badger Sleep Balm, essential oils, Mother’s Little Helper tea

How does this save you $: more, better sleep = a more energetic, productive you = less spent on candy and coffee urges and anti-aging products

LUSH // THE LOVE DOCTOR

IT’S REALLY NO SURPRISE that Lush has managed to make yet another range of bath and body products that smell amazing and have you wanting to hop right in the bath as soon as you’ve got your hands on them. And their Valentine’s Day collection is no exception–everything smells like heaven and looks like it’s straight out of a Prada Candy ad.

The standout product in the line is in no doubt the shower gel, Prince Charming, which literally smells so good that I’d probably choose it over an actual Prince Charming. The marshmallow and vanilla scents take me back to the coveted lip glosses I owned as a third grader, but the pomegranate keeps it sophisticated and fresh.
The Kiss is your go-to balm pre-makeout–tastes like oranges, makes lips supple, has the shine, but not the tackiness of a lipgloss, and leaves a bubblegum pink stain. The texture is also really light and not goopy, so it’s rather pleasant to apply and goes on thin.
While I still don’t entirely get the point of bath bombs, I can’t deny that the small explosion of vibrant pigments and water ‘decor’ brings out my inner pyromanic and, ya, it’s fun to watch. The Love Locket is like huge. Which had me super excited to see what this one would do when I dunked it into the hot bath. Sadly, with a little research, it’s actually good for three baths–which yes, means no crazy huge bath bomb extravaganza, but indeed, more colourful baths. Supposedly some spectacular surprise emerges from the yellow core, which I have not yet got to witness (hopefully it is a coupon for said Prince Charming). Will keep you updated on my bathing.
Update: Wasted the entire bath bomb in one go (hence lack of Love Locket in picture), however this one’s beautiful–little confetti hearts and rose-coloured water, also super moisturizing. The locket turned into three big hearts then fizzed away WHICH I’m assuming is the big surprise. Sorry for spoiling.
And to make your extravagant bath spectacle even more festive, the Neon Love soap is lovely. The fragrance is a bit more elegant than those of the rest of the line, but the bar is equally girly. The range, of course, is limited edition, so get pampering ASAP before V-Day rolls around–the sheer use of these products is the extent of my celebrations for the holiday, and I’m pretty content with that.
–Anna Raponi

BATHTIME

For me, there is nothing worse than going to bed cold. If I slip into freezing cold sheets, it is so hard for me to warm up, and if I don’t warm up, then I can’t fall asleep. I don’t know if it’s poor circulation, or I’m a lizard, or what, but my feet are persistently ice blocks.

And with stupid Winter just getting colder every single day and laughing in my face as I try not to slip on the ice while walking to work dressed up as the Michelin man, I am almost constantly cold. We don’t control the heating in our apartment, so it is not uncommon for me to be wrapped in a blanket. On Christmas morning, I opened my presents wrapped up like the Grandma that I am (on the inside).

Exhibit A

So! To try to combat the icy chill and dark morning and nights (this, really, is why I am vampire pale), I have taken up bathing (among other spa activities). Ok, I bathed before in a shower (obviously, I hope), but now I am bathing…in a bathtub. With very hot water and a mixture of potions.

Here is my recipe for making yourself so ridiculously internally warm and half-awake.

Clean bathtub + hot water + bath pillow + sweet almond oil + Epsom Salts + 4-8 drops of Essential Oil

As for which essential oil you choose, it really is personal preference. I basically just went to Whole Foods one night and smelled like 40 little vials until I found one that I liked and wasn’t ridiculously expensive (of course the one I liked most was $40). But, I really do enjoy the one that I bought (Sleep Well from The Aromatherapist), it’s a nice mix of Lavender, Sandalwood, Bitter Orange and Ravintsara that is really relaxing and not overpowering.

If I’m feeling extra fancy/if I am alone in the apartment, I will even shut all the lights off, light a scented candle, and light a few tea lights in my bathroom. Or, I don’t want to get too sleepy, then I’ll grab my Kindle (currently reading The Goldfinch: it is excellent so far) and pray that I don’t drop it in the bathtub and electrocute myself.

If you can add a skin-scrubbing hemp mitt to that, you will exit the bathtub as a new, hot blooded, silky smooth and soft woman. I then spray myself down with some rosewater spray (to smell like a princess) and then, if I really wanna cook like a chicken all night, then I’ll slather on some more almond oil or thick body lotion (my skin is insufferably dry in the winter) to finish and then I’ll wrap myself in a fleecy robe, go sit on the couch, and watch TV like a warm, nice-smelling, sleepy zombie. Sometimes, I’ll step up the zombie-brain with a cup of sleepytime tea.

Wanna go that extra mile to Cloud 9? Apply Aveda’s Stress Relief Rollerball to inner wrists and behind ears.

STOCKING STUFFERS UNDER $20 X THE BODY SHOP// LUSH// ROCOCCO

A few little things that any women would love to put to use.
 
Lush Bath Bombs & Mini Shower Gels: Lush is famous for their quirky bath and body products– bars of shampoo, the Sex Bomb and Henna hair dyes. All of their products stand by their ethical philosophy, meaning no animal testing, fresh ingredients, environmentally friendly production and packaging and donations to LUSH FunD and Charity Pot.That being said, everything from Lush smells amazing, seriously. A baby shower gel or a bath bomb is the perfect stocking stuffer, because come on, who wouldn’t love to take a nice bath? Ponche, the shower gel I’ve been trying out, literally contains a shot of tequila to wake you right up. Rose Jam, the body wash Amanda was trying out, smells like what rose macarons taste like in Paris. Oh, also, their bath bombs look super cool as they fizz up into the water, and usually leave the water a pretty colour. The Golden Wonder is especially cool as it goes through several evolutions, with the end results being a bluish mermaid-coloured water rippled with scented oils, gold shimmer and little golden stars. Simply magical.
 
The Body Shop Mini Hand Creams: The perfect safe present for the woman in your life (let’s say, in-laws, teachers, friends–but not quite best friends, you catch my drift) whom you aren’t entirely sure on what to get. Everyone needs hand cream!! These holiday scents aren’t too sweet and nourish deep enough to counteract Jack Frost’s jackass temperatures. Cranberry Joy smells amazing, like I’m addicted. My friend loves Ginger Sparkle, and steals some every time she’s over.
 
Rococco Nail Polishes: At first I was thinking that these would be more suitable for a younger audience, but I’m reconsidering. I mean grey and black are great staple shades that I think most women can pull off. But I ain’t saying that these Rococco polishes are boring. These two in particular are from their Molten Lava: Lost in Space winter collection, basically the coolest thing in the world (or should I say out of this world? HA). Bad Robot is a frosty silvery/ grey shade that has super finely-milled sparkles that reflect the colours like that of spilled oil that you see in parking lots (that just might be the most awful description I’ve ever given a product). But in a good way! It’s like mega iridescent, and when held up to the light, it’s honestly breathtaking. Space Invader your classic black gone sci-fi, with tiny flecks of silver sparkles. Both are hella long lasting and their ultra thin formula is nearly impossible to pick off when you’re nervous/bored (this was a huge thumbs up for me).
–Anna Raponi