I spent some time by myself this morning, had a tiny aromatherapy spa. Put castor oil on eye lashes and roots of my hair, grape seed oil on the face and hair ends, added some ordinary seasalt and a tiny touch of fresh coriander (I love this scent) to the bathwater and had a long relaxing bath. Later scrubbed the face with baking soda and warned the cellulite off my thighs with the help a big scratchy glove. Bliss! I love baths, so much more pleasureable then showers. It was so worth it although I had to shampoo twice to get all the oil out of my hair but it evens out since after oil treatments my hair has no need for a conditioner. Really, almost any oil will do for one's hair but I use the cheaper ones like grape seed or olive oil. It's so easy to have a spa in ones own home, most of the stuff is just sitting there in the fridge or kitchen cabinets. The only things missing are a manicurist and a foot massage. :D
Water one uses makes a huge difference. In the country my hair dos not get as greasy as fast as it does in the city. Tallinn is built on limestone and so is also our water reservoir, lake Ülemiste. This means very harsh water which is hard on hair (oilyness, dandruff), skin (dries it up, becomes flaky, especially in the winter) and household appliances. My hair feels so very different when I have bathed in a bog lake, silky smooth and shiny, makes me want to bring some of that soft water home in huge canisters. Rainwater is also splendid for ones hair. Sometimes it's recommended to put some vinegar in the rinsing water just to achieve the same soft result. I don't know about you but I think vinegar does not smell very nice.
After bath covered myself with jojoba oil from face to foot and pondered about todays look. Came up with this:
Colors used are:
E.L.F.'s mineral eyeshadow primer (yeah, it's the stinky one)
EDM's Olive Fair in o-glo all over the eyelid and on the browbone as base, also used as foundation all over the face;
E.L.F.'s cream eyeliner in brown on upper lashline topped with The Conservatorie's Brown Cocoa;
MoonStone in the crease and lower lashline;
Satin White applied very lightly on the browbone and inner corners;
EDM's Fairly Light Neutral o-glo for contouring the cheekbones;
whatever was on the blush brush as blush (I suspect Scorpio the Eight mixed with a touch of Garnet);
E.L.F.'s eyelash curler (for one dollar - an amazing find);
Lumene Natural Code "eye dramatizer" mascara in black (a very good find, although not waterproof, will not budge from it's place during a day's wear; looks nice and sleek too);
Slight touch-up of the eyebrows with E.L.F.'s "feather proof" brown eyeliner pencil;
E.L.F.'s mineral lipstick in Rosy Raisin as the finishing touch (gone in an hour as usual, lipsticks do not stay on me :S).
And here's a pic of all the stuff itself (quite a pile, is it not?).