A little luxury in your beauty routine is guaranteed to feel good.
A little luxury in your beauty routine is guaranteed to feel good, whether you can afford to spend a lot or have little. Lucy Slight shares seven easy ways to invest in yourself.
A good bath
Set aside 30 minutes just once a week to indulge in a relaxing bath or pampering session. It does wonders for the body and mind, especially if you have kids or a busy work schedule (or both!)
Enjoy the day with an Epsom salt bath or an indulgent shower, and give your body some love with a head-to-toe exfoliation.
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Brac’s Turkish Silk Exfoliating Mitt, $40, will leave your skin feeling silky smooth, especially when followed up with a luscious lotion such as Trunque Rich As Croesus Firming Butter, $130.
If you need a soundtrack, Hivern candles come with a Spotify playlist inspired by each fragrance.
Immerse yourself in a fragrant wardrobe
Building a “perfume wardrobe” sounds impossibly chic, and also expensive… So we’re grateful to local brands such as Ingrid Starnes, Abel and Curionoir for their carefully selected fragrance sets that allow you to dabble without the smell. huge down payment.
Play with combining scents in each set to create your own unique blend or enjoy the luxury of having a range of scents to suit your mood.
Escape to the spa
Leave the hustle and bustle behind for a few hours and treat yourself to a spa experience. Chuan Spa, inside the Cordis Hotel in Auckland City, is a must visit.
Make the most of your treatment by arriving early to take advantage of the heated outdoor pool and spa, sauna, herbal steam rooms and showers.
We love the Chuan Body Elements treatment, which includes both a signature Chuan massage and a Sothys facial, starting at $260 for 1.5 hours.
A designer’s delight
If Chanel ballet flats or a Gucci handbag aren’t in the budget, but you fancy a bit of extravagance, shop from your favorite brand’s beauty collection instead.
Tom Ford Beauty is known for its signature fragrances, but the makeup line is just as divine. The range of wearable shades in eyeshadow quartets can be worn everyday and amped up for special occasions.
And who can look past Gucci’s new vintage-inspired nail polish bottles?
Give you food
Hand sanitizer is a handbag staple these days, but alcohol, which helps kill germs, can be incredibly drying on the skin.
Do yourself a favor and spend a little extra on a formula that nourishes while protecting, especially with the drying effects of winter weather looming.
Get hair that blows everyone away
Instantly feel more fabulous by booking in for a hit wave, or make it a regular thing if your wallet allows. Dry & Tea has blow-dry salons in Auckland and Christchurch, with services starting at $49.
In Wellington, So You Hair offers weekly blow-out subscriptions starting at $120 per week (for one wash and one blow-out wave) as part of their Blow Out Club.
A $200-a-week Platinum Membership gets you a twice-a-week wash, blow-out wave, and hot tool styling with free Olaplex treatments twice a month.
Redeem for great towels
Ditch your makeup-stained washcloths and invest in a high-end set made from premium cotton.
Baina is a luxury towel brand founded in New Zealand, which uses GOTS certified organic cotton in contemporary tones and prints.
You’ll have no trouble finding a shade to pair with your existing towels.