Beauty Reviews

Pampering treats for a stressed out mummy

Pampering

Stress. I am sure it is a word that you are familiar with. According to the NHS stress is “the feeling of being under too much mental or emotional pressure”.

You maybe feeling stressed right now. You may feel that tight knot in the back of  your neck. Your head may ache and you might feel weary. Maybe your mind is racing and you can not stop thinking about the 101 tasks on your to-do list.

I’ve been there and I’ve definitely felt that. And even though I adore being a mother and wouldn’t change it for the world there are days when I am stressed. There are days when I sigh with relief when Mr H walks through the door. But I can’t afford to get stressed. It isn’t good for me!

I try to nip stress in the bud by being kind to myself and giving myself a little pampering. It may not get rid of the cause, but it makes me feel happier and more positive. These are the at home treats that I like to give myself when I am feeling stressed.

Pampering treats for a stressed mum

Manicure

pampering

My hands are one of my best features and I like to give them some TLC every now and then. These are my 7 steps to beautiful hands and nails:

1. Moisturise

It is important to keep your hands moisturised. Especially as everyday life can really take a toll on the skin on your hands. That is why before I do anything else I use a hand cream.

At the moment, I am using Time Bomb Bombshell Body Hand to Hand Combat Hand Cream* and I love it. I really struggle to find creams that don’t dry my hands out further but this hand cream, feels luxurious and has turned my skin baby soft.

The cream is enriched with argan oil and olive oil to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fight the aging process. Since using this cream I have noticed that the skin on my hands doesn’t look so on the road to middle-aged. Which I am very happy about. The formula isn’t greasy and sinks in quickly – an added bonus when you have a toddler demanding to be picked up every 10 seconds.

2. Trim

After covering my hands with moisturiser, I give my nails a trim as I like to keep them short and neat.

3. File

I then file my nails into a rounded shape.

4. Cuticle oil

My cuticles get a treat from the Hand to Hand Combat Hand Cream as it softens them. But as my cuticles get quite dry I like to give them some extra TLC with The Body Shop’s Wild Rose Targeted Hand Oil. Once the oil has sunk in I gently push my cuticles back with an orange stick.

5. Buff

I then buff my nails to remove any ridges and make them look pink and shiny!

6. Bottom coat

I always use a base coat before putting on nail varnish to stop my nails going yellow (ugh). I like this Double Duty Strengthening Base and Top Coat from Sally Hansen because it protects my nails and means I don’t have to faff around with more than one bottle.

7. Polish and top coat

Once the base coat is dry then I go to town with nail polish. I love nail polish. I am a massive fan of Essie nail polishes. The formula is easy to use, it looks lovely on nails and there is an unbelievable choice of colours. The colour in the picture above is called Blue Rhapsody and is perfect for the cold weather we are having at the moment. Once the polish is dry, finish off with a top coat and lashings of hand cream.

Facial

I find the whole process of giving myself a facial very soothing and relaxing. I try to incorporate some gentle massage too. This gets rid of any tension in my face, is great for the skin and is an extra pampering treat.

pampering

1. Pre-cleanse

Firstly, I use La Roche Posay Physiological Micellar Solution to remove all my make-up and the grime for the day.

2. Exfoliation

My skin is very sensitive but I still like to use an exfoliator. This Avene Gentle Purifying Scrub is especially designed for sensitive skin. It cleanses and exfoliates without irritating.

3. Cleanse

I prefer to double cleanse when I give myself a facial. This allows me to get rid of all the dirt and leaves my face squeaky clean. My main cleanser is La Roche Posay Rosaliac Make-up Remover Gel. This gentle cleansing gel is perfect for removing all traces of make-up and leaves my skin feeling fresh and clean.

4. Toning spray

I always spray my face with Avene Thermal Water Spray to soothe and tone.

5. Facial oil

I use a facial oil on my skin before I put on my face cream. I have recently been using Time Bomb’s Youth Juice Secret Oil*. This face oil is packed with vitamins and oils (including olive, kukui, avacado and jojoba). It feels wonderful on my skin and I like to use it to give myself a facial massage. It smells absolutely gorgeous and helps to reduce lines and wrinkles. Since using it my skin has got its glow back, is clearer and feels less stressed.

6. Moisturiser

The last process of my pampering facial is to smother my face in moisturiser. The moisturiser that I keep on coming back to again and again is Avene Rich Skin Recovery Cream.

Bath

The pampering treat that I love the most is a long, hot, relaxing bath. Adding some bath foam, bath cream or bath salts to the bath makes it an extra treat. At the moment, I love Hope’s Relief Goats Milk Body Wash*. This body wash is a great every day cleanser. But when I run it under some hot water it becomes a wonderful and luxuriant bubble bath which is perfect as a stress reliever. All readers of my blog can currently get 20% off all Hopes products on the Mahi Naturals site (excluding saver packs), with this code: HOPE20.

It smells like turkish delight which reminds me of my childhood and reading “The Lion, the witch and the wardrobe”. The emollient quality of the goat’s milk in Hope’s Relief Goats Milk Body Wash leaves my skin feeling amazingly soft and moisturised. It is gorgeous!

To make the bath extra special I take a book in with me to read, slap on a hair mask and lie back and relax. If I am feeling a little bit naughty then I may also be accompanied by a glass of wine and some chocolate. Perfect for relieving the tension after a stressful day.

pampering

Scrub

When in the bath, I love to spend time exfoliating my skin and giving it a good scrub. I feel like I can scrub the stress away and it is a lovely treat that leaves my skin glowing. I like to use a home-made scrub that I make with 2 tablespoons of brown sugar, 2 tablespoons of olive oil and 2 drops of lavender essential oil.

Early night

If all these pampering treats fail to relax me then I take a cup of decaffeinated or camomile tea to bed, read a few chapters of my book and get an early night. Bliss!

What do you do when you are feeling stressed? Do you think you will try any of my pampering treats?

Hugs

Lucy

xxxx

Disclaimer: the products marked with a * were sent to me for the purpose of this post. All words and opinions are entirely my own.

Mummascribbles
Mami 2 Five

32 Comments

  • Reply
    Katy {What Katy Said}
    February 17, 2015 at 4:43 pm

    Doing my nails always makes me feel better. I would love a bath too but mostly I have a 2 minute shower!! x
    Katy {What Katy Said} recently posted…Are you Jealous?My Profile

    • Reply
      Mrs H
      February 21, 2015 at 12:48 am

      Thanks for your comment honey. I really love painting my nails. It always makes me feel more put together. But I hardly have time anymore. Boooo! But I always make time for a long bath. Hugs Mrs H xxxx

  • Reply
    Rachel Kowalski
    February 16, 2015 at 11:06 am

    Oooo these all look lovely! Fab post!
    Rachel Kowalski recently posted…5 Ways to Get Through Having a Husband that Works AwayMy Profile

    • Reply
      Mrs H
      February 21, 2015 at 12:56 am

      Thanks for your comment. I love all these pampering treats. I just wish that I had the time to indulge in them more often. Hugs Mrs H xxxx

  • Reply
    Lisa (mummascribbles)
    February 11, 2015 at 7:40 pm

    Oh my goodness, this post has just made me want to do all of those things right this minute! It had been soooo long since I have done any kind of pampering…I must do some for myself as I’m feeling like I’m being pretty unloving of myself! Thanks for linking up with #twinklytuesdays
    Lisa (mummascribbles) recently posted…Twinkly Tuesday 10/02/15My Profile

    • Reply
      Mrs H
      February 21, 2015 at 12:59 am

      Thanks for your lovely comment honey and thanks for hosting #TwinklyTuesday. I must admit that I am not that good at taking my only advice and pampering myself. But I think it is really important to take the time to relax. Especially as a super busy mum. These are just the ways I like to relax when I have the time for a little pampering. Hugs Mrs H xxxx

  • Reply
    Marion
    February 11, 2015 at 3:54 pm

    It sounds like you have a great strategy in place to keep stress at bay! These products look amazing. I’m expecting my first little bundle of joy and I love taking time out for a pampering session, I am a big fan of bubbly baths! I just hope I will still have time to enjoy all this pampering when baby’s here… Thank you for giving me product inspiration for even more pampering action!
    Marion recently posted…9 ways to bond with your unborn babyMy Profile

    • Reply
      Mrs H
      February 21, 2015 at 1:03 am

      Thanks for your comment and a huge congratulations. If you are going to be a new mum it is definitely important to find some time to yourself and to do something that relaxes you. Even if it is just having a sit down and a cup of tea for 5 minutes or having a nap when the baby naps. If you can get a babysitter then maybe take an hour to have a nice haircut or manicure and grab a coffee in a coffee shop. You need to look after you too. Good luck. Hugs Mrs H xxxx

  • Reply
    Mackenzie Glanville
    February 11, 2015 at 7:16 am

    Oh yes I love being pampered, my favourite type of pampering is when my best friend visits from interstate and we book a 5 start hotel, we swim, we have a bath, we eat amazing food, and hang out in our bath robes, love it!
    #twinklytuesday
    Mackenzie Glanville recently posted…can you surrender control?My Profile

    • Reply
      Mrs H
      February 21, 2015 at 1:05 am

      Oh my gosh, that sounds amazing. You definitely have this pampering lark sussed. I would love to go to a spa one day and have a whole day of blissful relaxation. It would be lovely. Until then I will just have to make do with a home facial. Thanks for your comment. Hugs Mrs H xxxx

  • Reply
    Sarah
    February 11, 2015 at 1:15 am

    Wow I feel soothed just reading this post. I’m lucky if I get to wash my hair, but I’m going to try and find sometime to do at least 1 thing in this post.
    Sarah recently posted…Wicked WednesdayMy Profile

    • Reply
      Mrs H
      February 21, 2015 at 1:06 am

      You really should do something on this post. Even one early night or being able to put moisturiser on your face can make a huge difference to your mood. I hope you manage to pamper yourself soon. Hugs Mrs H xxxxx

  • Reply
    mamavsteacher
    February 10, 2015 at 10:30 pm

    Sounds delightful, I could do with some pamper time #twinklytuesday
    mamavsteacher recently posted…Weekly weigh in #6My Profile

    • Reply
      Mrs H
      February 21, 2015 at 1:07 am

      Then get thee some pamper time. I insist. Go to bed early with a hot soothing decaf tea and a good book. You’ll thank me when you do. Hugs Mrs H xxxx

  • Reply
    mummyofboygirltwins
    February 10, 2015 at 5:42 pm

    Oh I love pampering myself too – always feels wonderful when you do it! I adore all this. I actually like a bath, body butter and glass of vino to relax. Lush 🙂 Jess xxx

    • Reply
      Mrs H
      February 21, 2015 at 1:10 am

      Oh, I love a good body butter too. It feels so lovely after a nice warm bath. And a glass of wine is a must with a bath too. I also quite like to have some ministrels to nibble on too. Thanks for your comment lovely. Hugs Mrs H xxxx

  • Reply
    Kat | Beau Twins
    February 7, 2015 at 5:48 pm

    This is amazing huni!! It is soooo important us mummy’s look after ourselves and I agree with all kinds of promotion to do this as you know!! FABULOUS ideas here!! xxxx
    Kat | Beau Twins recently posted…Cheap or Free Activities For ToddlersMy Profile

    • Reply
      Mrs H
      February 8, 2015 at 10:06 am

      Thanks for your lovely comment beautiful! Pampering and taking “me time” as a mum is so important. I hope that these ideas can inspire mums to take time for themselves. Hugs Mrs H xxxx

  • Reply
    You Baby Me Mummy
    February 5, 2015 at 11:31 pm

    Yes please huni to all of them! I need a spa day! xxxx

    • Reply
      Mrs H
      February 21, 2015 at 1:11 am

      A spa day would be fabulous. Count me in? When are we going beautiful? Hugs Mrs H xxxx

  • Reply
    Jenna
    February 5, 2015 at 8:34 am

    Great post, Mrs H.

    My favourite way of pampering myself is also a long soak in the tub. Rare these days though… I usually share a bath with my little lady so not quite the same when you have rubber ducks floating around and water being splashed in your face. 😉

    I love your choice of nail polish!!

    Jenna at Tinyfootsteps xx

    • Reply
      Mrs H
      February 21, 2015 at 1:12 am

      Thanks for your lovely comment honey. I love the nail polish too. I have a lot of pinky red colours but this was something very different. It seemed perfect on a cold winters day. Hugs Mrs H xxxx

  • Reply
    rachel
    February 5, 2015 at 7:31 am

    Lovely post and great tips. It is so important to make time for ourselves. I Love laying in a hot bubbly bath. I have never made a scrub but with your tip I will try making my own.

    • Reply
      Mrs H
      February 5, 2015 at 8:16 am

      Hello. Thank you for your lovely comment. You really should try the scrub. It is so easy to make but is really effective. Happy pampering. Hugs Mrs H xxxx

  • Reply
    Heledd
    February 5, 2015 at 1:01 am

    Love this post and love a good pamper session!! You must do my Beauty Hub Q&A post soon, I’d love to read your answers as you obviously like your beauty products. Have to say I love the Avene range too, especially the face spray! xx
    Heledd recently posted…Spring Fashion Wish ListMy Profile

    • Reply
      Mrs H
      February 5, 2015 at 6:44 am

      Thanks for your comment gorgeous. I really mean to do your Beauty Hub Q&A. Avene products are lovely and they are great for my sensitive skin. Hugs Mrs H xxxx

  • Reply
    Katie LifeonVistaStreet Haydock
    February 4, 2015 at 11:53 pm

    Oh gosh. This all sounds LUSH! You’ll have to do my nails for me, I love a good manicure but I’m not great at the ‘staying in the lines’ bit.
    Love this post Mrs H xx

    • Reply
      Mrs H
      February 5, 2015 at 6:51 am

      Thanks for your kind comment. I’m not brilliant at ‘staying in the lines’ either. So I always keep some cotton buds and nail varnish handy to clean up messes. Hugs Mrs H xxxx

  • Reply
    SaraH Christie
    February 4, 2015 at 11:38 pm

    oooh i love love love Turkish Delight. Its so important to find time to pamper yourself isn’t it xx
    SaraH Christie recently posted…The Incredibly Cool Artisan ManchesterMy Profile

    • Reply
      Mrs H
      February 5, 2015 at 6:55 am

      Thanks for your comment gorgeous. I love Turkish Delight too. In fact I may have to buy some to nibble on the next time I have a bath. Hugs Mrs H xxxx

  • Reply
    Katie
    February 4, 2015 at 11:29 pm

    Great ideas for a mammoth pampering session here Lucy.
    I would quite happily sit in a bath that smelled of Turkish Delight. Think I might need to invest in some of that body wash xxx
    Katie recently posted…How much does a school trip cost!?!My Profile

    • Reply
      Mrs H
      February 5, 2015 at 6:58 am

      Thanks for your lovely comment honey. I love a pampering session; can you tell?! I highly recommend the Hope’s Relief Goats Milk Body Wash – it is lush. Hugs Mrs H xxxx

    Leave a Reply

    CommentLuv badge

    Pin It on Pinterest