One of the luxuries I have as a single Belle is “Me-time”. Time to do whatever I choose, a luxury not everyone is afforded. Over the years I have spent my “Me-time” doing anything from: working longer hours -to- fixing up my condo, going on a bazillion first dates -to- going on a very few second dates, taking cooking and wine classes -to- volunteering…you get the point. However, one ritual I have always dedicated my “Me-time” to is… taking bubble baths.
Seems simple, right? But being the bath-loving Belle that I am, I’ve perfected a few different bubble baths to enhance specific moods I’m in (or hope to be in afterwards.) That being said, I thought I would share what has accumulated as hours (and hours and hours) of research, so when you are able to carve out a little “Me-time” from your busy schedule, you can achieve the desired results without having to do all the “legwork”. I also recommend these as perfect gifts for fellow belles, everyone I’ve given them to has enjoyed getting a little luxury that they wouldn’t have otherwise bought for themselves. I’ll do my best to provide links to all these products so you can recreate the experience for yourself.
So here goes:
“Wake My Ass Up Bath”
Otherwise known as the “Liquid Alarm Clock”. The Super Minty Soap-n-Scrub is a personal favorite of my sister’s as well (btw, it makes a great gift). Stand in the bathtub and splash water on yourself, and then scrub it all over your body to exfoliate. I do that for about 2 minutes and then wait about 30 seconds (or until I start to freeze my ass off). You can splash some more water on you and suds it up some or if you’re lazy like me, just sit down in the bath. When using the Tonic Shampoo, lather it up and let it sit on your hair for a couple of minutes. Then, after you’ve soaked for 15-20 minutes, towel dry off, apply Frownies Eye Gels (refrigerate before hand) underneath your eyes for 15 minutes while you lotion up with FatGirlSlim and comb your hair out. FatGirlSlim has a cool energizing scent AND encapsulated caffeine molecules to get rid of cellulite and make your skin super soft. When you are done, you will feel like a super refreshed skinny bitch!
Products: * Bliss Super Minty Soap -n- Scrub: $32 * Philosophy Candy Cane Lip Shine: $10 * Bumble and Bumble Tonic Shampoo: $24.00 * Bliss Labs, FatGirlSlim Skin-Firming Creme: $36 * Frownies Eye Gels: $29.95
“Calm My Ass Down Bath”
Had a long day of work? Stressed about finances? Just get in a fight with your beau? Screaming kids pushing you to the brink of a breakdown? Solution: a hot sake bath. It took me a long time to try this because until recently Fresh only offered one size and it cost $80 (now they have a smaller bottle for $48), but when I finally did… I was amazed at how awesome this stuff actually is. It’s not a product that makes false claims, this stuff totally relaxes you. I run my bath water pretty hot, adding some sake at the faucet and then soak until your fingers wrinkle. Towel dry off, rub some Almond Oil on any stretch marks, scars, or dry areas and then apply a hydrating body creme that is very lightly scented, I’ve listed my favorites below. After this bath, you will forget what was threatening to send you to the psych ward and carry on with your day, or hit the sack for some good sleep!
Products: * Fresh Rice Sake Bath: $48 * TokyoMilk Dark Femme Fatale Collection Lip Elixir, Salted Caramel: $7 * L’Occitane Almond Supple Skin Oil: $38 * Fresh Brown Sugar Body Creme: $35 OR * Philosophy Amazing Grace Firming Body Emulsion: $35
When I was in college my friend, Amy, and I used to love to bake a pan of brownies and devour them with scoops of vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce on top. It was SOOO good! We’d talk about it for days before in anticipation. And it was everything we got ourselves all worked up over. Then Amy would go home to do homework… aaaand I would have another bowl of amazing brownie goodness that was just as good as the first. And then… I would feel like shit. I would look at the empty pan of brownies and panic that Amy would come back and want more and I’d end up getting overly defensive and yell that you “can’t leave a fat kid alone with cake”! Ultimately, my hips and ass started giving away my secrets without Amy even having to ask for seconds, and it took 10X as long to get if off as it did to put it on. So now that I’m older and wiser, I prefer to enjoy my sweets ON my body rather than putting them IN my body. It’s void of any calories and you will feel incredibly pampered afterwards. Indulge in as much as you want and feel completely guilt free!
Products: * Laura Mercier Creme Brulee Honey Bath: $40 * Philosophy Cinnamon Buns 3-in-1 Shampoo: $16.00 * Kai Fragrance Body Buffer: $34.00 * Laura Mercier Creme Brulee Souffle Body Creme: $55.00 * Tarte, Pure Maracuja (face) Oil: $46.00
A little something extra:
These are your “bells and whistles” of the bubble bath world. I swear by this Aquis hair turban because it keeps your hair out of your face and sucks all the excess water right out. If you prefer a bar of soap to a shower gel, these are two great products that you’ll get 50+ uses out of and will feel equally pampered, clean, and hydrated afterwards. Also, they’re great hostess gifts because of the beautiful packaging, although you’ll literally have to badger your friends to actually use them because they look so good sitting out in the bathroom. My next fave is a hair product that you can use on wet or dry hair. Towel dry your hair and pour a dime sized amount in your palm, rub hands together, flip your head upside down and then start at your ENDS and work your way up smoothing the product evenly through your hair. Flip your head back over and you should be able to comb straight through your hair. Blow dry or air dry and your hair will feel amazing. I use this stuff every day and it never gets old. When I splurge on a massage somewhere, I love bundling up in the big terry robes at the spa, so one day I thought, “why not get these to use at home”? I bought spa robes from Telegraph Hill after sneaking a peek at what my spa used and I am so glad I did. I even have an extra robe for guests to enjoy when getting ready. And finally, nothing goes better with bubbles than… more bubbles! Nino Franco Rustico Prosecco is my personal favorite. After your bath, you will feel like you spent the whole day at the spa! (And if you drink the whole bottle, you might actually believe it!)