My At Home Pamper Routine Featuring ImPress Nails + A DIY Face Mask Recipe! (Blogmas Day 23)


*This is a throwback blogpost from my third trimester of pregnancy- for all of you expecting mamas this one is for you!*

Hey Y'all! Happy Blogmas Day 23!

I'm so excited to share my at home pamper routine today because I know I'm not the only one who #aintgottime to go to the spa and spend loads of money. Um, no. I'm in the home stretch with my pregnancy and more than ever, find it a necessity to wind down and relax before the baby gets here-  Below is my play by play on how I get pretty and most importantly take time for myself as a momma to be so I can in turn be the best version of myself for my family 💙 I'm currently on maternity leave and have the most time in the afternoon so I find that this is the best time for me to take a few hours and treat myself to some pampering. I start off my routine with my hair and applying a hair masque to help moisturize my dry, tangled strands- I love Shea Moisture  products and always find myself going back to my original love the Raw Shea Butter Deep Treatment that I have been using for literally FOREVER. I've tried a bunch of other Shea Moisture deep treatments but this one would have to be my favorite. I apply this all over my damp curly hair and allow it to soak in all of the goodness for about 30-45 min with a plastic cap. While I wait for my hair masque, I then move on to applying my DIY facial that I whipped up with ingredients found right in my kitchen; super easy and you'll only need three ingredients:

a ripe avocado

1/2 banana

1tsp of olive oil.

Blend, blend, blend and apply it all over dry skin. I love this face mask for its hydrating properties- my skin feels so smooth after I leave it on for about 15 min to work it's wonders. Now that I'm waiting on two things to finish, I take this time to pop in some headphones and listen to some relaxing music or an audio book to help pass the time. You can usually find me reclining on my bed at this point; eyes closed and really taking this relaxation thing to a new level. Seriously, it's so needed y'all! If listening to something isn't what that I'm feeling for the day, I then would use this time to do a quick manicure on my nails using one of my new favorite things: The ImPress home manicure kit. My sister recently introduced me to the ImPress Nail Kits that you can pick up at your local Walmart, Target or CVS to get a quick, long lasting nail look that won't break the bank. I had my first set installed by myself and it took barely fifteen minutes to press on. The nails feature a patented adhesive that is stronger than any at home glue I have yet to experience. I have done countless sinks full of dishes, laundry, messy dinner meals, showered and yes... these nails are STILL on. Each set comes with thirty nails and six accent nails to customize the look you want; the nail colors and designs are so cute! This is not a sponsored post, but just to help my fellow mammas out you can go on their website and sign up for their email list to get 15% off  to help shake up your nail look during your next pamper day. Follow the link above to grab yo' discount!

Alright, so it's been a bit of time since applying my hair and face mask, so I go ahead and make my way into the shower to get everything rinsed off. This part is pretty self explanitory with just rinsing your face and hair the best way you know how- I sometimes go ahead and wash my hair if I'm doing my pamper routine the same day as my wash day- it just depends! I have some favorites  to share when it comes to what I like to use on my skin to get it all squeaky clean. I've been really liking the Softsoap Coconut Scrub Body Wash and use it all over, it smells so good and it's great at exfoliating! For my face I like using the Shea Moisture African Black Soap Bar, it's been the best product I've found that can removing oil and dirt from my skin but dosen't leave it parched for moisture. I'm not really a "bubble bath" kinda gal but I'm sure some of you are and if taking a soak for a while gets you relaxed I've heard nothing but amazing things about the Lush Bath Bombs that can be tossed into your tub before you get in. They smell good and really give you that spa like feeling right from home.

After getting out of the shower- I like to slather coconut oil all over my body, with special attention to my belly. I do unfortunately have stretch marks on my tummy- something that I think is completely hereditary to begin with but the oil still does a great job keeping my skin moist. I change into some comfy clothes and fuzzy socks and chill! At this point, my routine could end in a couple ways... with a nap, watching one of my favorite movies/ shows or munching on a snack with an uplifting book- even diving into the word of God and worshiping is one of my favorite ways to find a renewing for my heart, mind and soul. Find what puts you in a relax mode and stick with that. Let your family and friends know your taking a mental break for a bit and turn that phone on silent for a while.

Comment down below and let me know what is your favorite way to relax or some of your at home pamper treatments? I would love to get some more ideas!

-XO Naj