Wherever you are, I bet you’re feeling the weather today! It’s a frigid 20 degrees here with on and off snow (a low of 12!) and while I love cold snowy weather when i’m home, it’s not my favorite when I have a commute to make! Thinking warm thoughts today!
Warm up way # 1: a nice, warm bath (which if you’ve had anything of a long day as I have will be so totally relaxing). Some of my favorite ways to make the most of your soak:
Good Music: I prefer something either upbeat and folksy, or relaxing. Pandora’s florence and the machine radio or sam smith/calvin harris are amazing.
Reading Material: I always have one book, one magazine, and a small towel on the table near my tub, prepare for the steam to wilt the pages slightly and use the towel to dry your hands if they are wet.
Good Lighting: I prefer candles, or lights on a dimmer but go with whatever fits your mood (no light is not recommended haha).
A Good Drink: (optional) nothing says “best bath ever” like a glass -or bottle depending on the day- of wine or champagne.
Scented Everything: bath oil or fizz, body soap, shampoo/hair mask the possibilities are endless. I prefer a nice lavander (relax) or rose (pamper) but you could try citrus (refresh) or eucalyptus (detoxify).
Great Post-bath Products: a body oil (thebodyshop.com has a great shea butter one), lotion, and facial skincare are a must! Bonus if you apply lotion to your feet and fuzzy socks as a cute moisturizing treatment.
Quick DIY Fix for Flaky Lips
Taken from Lipstick.com
Too much lipstick and harsh weather can do a number on lips this time of year. Nobody wants dry, flaky, lips and forget about attempting to apply lipstick in such a condition. For a quick fix i’ll apply my favorite Clinique “all about lips” lip treatment which runs about 22 dollars if i recall correctly. You apply for one minute and then wipe off with a cloth to find perfectly exfoliated lips by some miracle. Another easy, cheap, DIY approach: Lip scrub.
Two-step sugar-honey lip scrub: simply mix together a tablespoon each of raw cane sugar and honey (both preferably organic). Apply to your lips with a soft brush or Q-tip, rubbing gently until the sugar has dissolved.
For every time you go to a salon (hair, nail, spa, waxing) there’s a certain way that the professionals prefer clients to act. It’s best to stay on their good side if you intend to repeat your services in the future. Here are preferred rules from professionals themselves.
1. What’s the right amount to tip my hairstylist and washer?
“I suggest tipping $5 for washers, if you are getting a wash with no add-ons such as a mask, treatment, or scalp massage. For technicians, tipping 15 to 20 percent is sufficient, depending on how long you’ve been seeing that person. The level of satisfaction is a good indicator of how much you should tip. If you are satisfied, tip 15 to 20 percent, and if you are extremely satisfied tip 20 percent or more.”
2. How much should I tip during the holidays?
“If you’ve been a longtime client, I would tip double what you normally do. If you’re a newer client, it’s recommended to tip slightly more than usual.”
3. Should we tip if our stylist is the salon owner?
“I would suggest tipping the owner of the salon because he or she is still performing a service for you.”
4. If I don’t like how my hair comes out, what should I do?
“If you end up leaving the salon unhappy with your cut or color but have been seeing the stylist or colorist for many years with only one upsetting experience, go back to get it fixed. Tell your stylist or colorist in a calm way that you are unhappy with how the look turned out and he or she will be understanding. However, if it’s your first time with someone and you really don’t like how it turned out, I would suggest doing some research and finding a new person. It’s worth it to pay a little more and get your hair fixed properly. If it’s just a minor adjustment, though, I’d go back and have it fixed by the same person. If you get a redo, it’s not necessary to tip, but most people do.”
5. Is it OK to switch stylists within the same salon?
“If you want to switch stylists at the salon, that is fine—it’s your hair and your money. You should never feel bad about making that decision. You can always walk up to a stylist or colorist and mention that you like trying everyone because the salon is so good.”
6. What should I do if the wait at the salon is really long this time of year?
“Salons can get really busy during the holidays, so you should always cushion at least 30 minutes so you are not under pressure and rushed during the appointment. If the stylist or colorist is running late you can always reschedule, and definitely have a talk with the manager. You may even get a free service or discount out of it.”
MY top tip: Always research your salon, and hairstylist prior to making any appointments