My Favourite Ways To Treat Myself

Girl sitting and relaxing, treating herself to a warm drink and laptop time.

Ever since I watched the 'Treat Yo Self' episode of Parks and Recreation I realised that I need more 'Treat yourself' days in my life, we probably all do. Nowadays it's become common and in some circles even encouraged to work like a dog but then for some reason when you rest or treat yourself that's considered 'indulging?' Can't say I'm on board with that logic.

I talked about taking breaks in my 'Workaholics Guide To Getting Some R&R' post but this goes beyond getting the bare minimum, I think we all deserve to treat ourselves more often and I don't think there should be an ounce of guilt or judgement involved in doing that. I almost want to start some kind of a 'treat yourself' movement where everyone regularly does the things that they love...until then, to inspire you here are my favourite ways to treat myself.

BEAUTY-

It's not often that I give myself pamper time but I do have a special little beauty routine and whenever I do it I always feel like I've got my life together I'm really treating my skin-





Moisturise everywhere. Why do I feel like the Queen of Sheba when I moisturise? For most people moisturising is part of their daily routine but I tend to forget about it (no idea why!) so whenever I do actually pick up a moisturiser I slather it everywhere and end up feeling like a goddess. Currently I'm loving using the **Elizabeth Arden Moisturising Body Treatment because it's super thick, nourishing and it smells like a lemon tart. It's fast absorbing as well which is great for me because let's just say patience isn't one of my virtues...


Whip out the brightening trio. I start with the Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel which gives my skin a nice glow (longer review here) and then I follow that up with the *Elemis White Brightening Even Tone Lotion. The lotion has a gentle milky formula and it seems to slowly be fading my post-acne scars but it does come with a hefty price tag which is why I consider using it a treat. I finish up with the *Antipodes Skin-Brightening Serum, it's an ugly little serum (it's dark purple with a goopy consistency...) but it transfers clear onto the skin and when used in combination with the other two products it seems to be capping off my brightening, post acne scar-fading skincare routine perfectly. 


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LIFE-

Take a break. When I really let myself do what I want it's usually just to sit down and watch a movie or something on Netflix. Sometimes I just need to plant myself on the couch with absolutely nothing on the agenda, you know? I think I must be the easiest person in the world to please...

Devour something delicious. 
Ask anyone that knows me well and they'll tell you that I'm one cookie short of turning into a cookie myself, so naturally one of my favourite ways to treat myself is to eat.some.cookies. If I'm being painfully honest, not much pleases me more than a good cookie does. (See, told you I was easy to please.)

Wear luxury products. 
I don't own a lot of luxury makeup and by no means are they a necessity, but I'd be lying if I said I didn't get excited every time I whip out my Burberry lipstick and see the lush packaging with the embossed Burberry design on it. It definitely feels like a treat and also....I feel fancy. My current favourites are the more wearable, rosy pink lipsticks like Tom Ford's 'Indian Rose' or **Burberry's 'English Rose'. I'm getting so much use out of both that I feel like cost per wear justifies the price tag.

A wise man once said, "Love? Love fades away. But things? Things last forever." Just kidding, but honestly whether you treat yourself by buying material things or by marathoning Star Wars, I think we all need to make more space in our lives for the things we love- minus the guilt.

What are your favourite ways to treat yourself?

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151 comments:

  1. I definitely agree about the moisturising thing! I tend to do it a lot in winter but then it just fades away.

    nat - dignifiable

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    1. I just forget all year round and it's the worst in winter!

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  2. Yes! Eating something delicious is my favorite! I love indulging in loads of ice cream :)

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  3. Great list! I love having a piece of chocolate or indulging in a spoonful of nutella =o)

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    1. Ah I love some nutella now and again, especially on a crepe with some banana. So good!

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  4. The Antipodes serum sounds very intriguing. I like your description of it! Ha ha. :]

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    1. Thanks Carmen! Yeah it's one of those serums that doesn't look great but it seems to be working well :)

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  5. Moisturizing my body (especially after a shower) makes me feel like a Queen. Is that weird?! Hahaha. I do love sitting around on the couch and watching Netflix with nothing to do! Nothing better than that. x

    www.ashrealasitgets.blogspot.com

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    1. No that's not weird at all! There's some pretty luxurious about moisturisers right? haha

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  6. I like the sound of the lemon tart smelling Elizabeth Arden Lotion! I find anything citrus smelling is always uplifting to me. I've heard good things about that moisturiser too, so good to know you think it's worth the splurge. I must admit I have tried to keep "natural" by using pure coconut oil as my moisturiser or argan oil but I always find I can't touch anything or sit on anything for a long time after! So I think I prefer something like this that actually absorbs well cos otherwise I just skip the moisturiser.
    I must admit I haven't really tried any brightening products but I do have the Oskia on order and have been waiting for it's delivery! Might take a look at those other whitening products one at a time after trying the Oskia first.
    Now I'm taking your advise- off to munch on something yummy, put my feet up and watch some Netflix :)

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    1. That literally sounds like my idea of heaven Phoebe, hopefully you enjoyed relaxing and watching Netflix! I actually did that today as well and loved every minute of it.

      I find coconut oil and things like that take a really long time to absorb as well, otherwise I'd love to use something natural like that regularly but it just makes me so oily!

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  7. Eating something delicious is my absolute favourite. I also like to treat myself with a splurge buy sometimes ;)
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    Siffat
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  8. I don't own a lot of luxury make-up either but if I do whip out a MAC product or something from Stila I feel so much better about myself!
    Charlotte // www.charlottespicks.com

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    1. I totally get what you mean. It makes me feel vein to even say it but luxury makeup does make me feel really good when I use it (I mean, provided the products themselves aren't crap!).

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  9. cool post - my favorite part is the cookie part! hehe!!! ;-)

    xoxo,
    marie

    www.heartfelthunt.com

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  10. I love this post - I really need to remember to treat myself more. I have a few weeks off coming up and I'm exciting for some pampering time! :) xxx

    Sarah / Sarah Smiles

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  11. Treating yourself is SO important. For me it's a huge part of being happy. I work so hard every day that I think I deserve to give myself a treat from time to time. My favorite ways are either a shopping spree or eating something with a lot of chocolate ;)

    http://memoriesofthepacific.blogspot.com.es/

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    1. I couldn't agree more, everyone seems to work so hard nowadays that I feel like we need to balance all of that out with treating ourselves.

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  12. Heavy moisturising sounds always sounds like a good idea to me - body butters and massage oils can be super relaxing too, massages are always worth booking! Lovely points, devouring something delicious (doing so right now, in fact haha).

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice x

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    1. Good point Gabrielle, I actually used to hate massages but now a good neck and shoulder massage is pretty much my idea of heaven. Enjoy whatever delicious thing it is that you're devouring ;)

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  13. I think something as simple as a face mask or doing my nails is a great way to unwind and treat myself. Or I'll actually go and get a facial and my nails done at a salon. Thanks for sharing as this was a great post!

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    1. Thank you Mariann! Whenever I go to a salon I feel like it's a real treat as well, especially because it's not something I do often.

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  14. A walk in the nature works for me!
    Lovely post!
    Marilyn | marilynnassar.wordpress.com

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    1. Thank you Marilyn, I love walking in nature as well :)

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  15. Idk why but that cookie picture is SO pleasing! Also because cookies are delish. It's always important for "me" time - which for me usually means lighting a good candle, pouring a bath, and settling in with wine, a good book, and a face mask.

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    1. I feel you Sarah, every time I click on this post I always stop and stare at the cookie photo...it actually makes me so hungry. Your me time sounds amazing as well, is there room for two? haha

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  16. I loved this post, I also love to go on a moisturising spree but my favourite way to relax and treat myself is to buy a new book and get some quality reading in.

    Rosy | Sparkles of Light Blog

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    1. That really does sound perfect, I love that feeling right when you open a new book.

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  17. Yes to all of these, especially eating delicious food.

    xo
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    1. Thanks Carina, we're definitely on the same page :)

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  18. This is such a lovely written post and I am one who moisturize my skin all the time. The way I treat myself is by cooking or baking something new, I am most passionate about that two and it makes me so happy to be creating something.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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    1. I wish I were like you and remembered to moisturise all the time! My skin would love me for it. I also wish I loved baking, considering how much I love eating baked goods...

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  19. Pampering myself definitely one of the ways of treating myself, I love to dive in the moisturiser bath and just soak in then taking a nice sleep :) Also can't say no to freshly baked cookies and a glass of coffee :)

    Ela BellaWorld

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    1. A good night's sleep is one of the best things isn't it?

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  20. I totally agree that a nice pamper session makes me feel like I've got my life together haha! I really want to try the Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel. I hear such good things!

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    Nida | Caked To The Nines

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    1. haha yes! So glad someone else feels the same way. Definitely give the Oskia cleanser a go, I just finished my bottle of it and I'm hating using other cleansers while I wait for my new bottle to arrive :(

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  21. I love treating myself and my skin on Fridays, it's the perfect day to relax after a stressful week. Hot bath, music, scrub, face mask and reading a nice book!

    Yiota
    PinkDaisyLoves

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    1. I love to spend my Friday nights just relaxing and de-stressing as well :)

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  22. I would probably say moisturizing, pampering myself. I also love to take a hot shower/bath and then get into fresh pjs and go to sleep early, especially if the day was pretty long and stressful!
    But my old time favourite is go and get a hair cut or a nice blowdry, always hits the spot!


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    1. Yes! I absolutely love that feeling of hopping into fresh pj's or sheets after a nice warm shower.

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  23. Firstly, those photos are stunning, you are such a beauty! Secondly I really love this post, it really is so important to treat yourself and look after yourself. Sweet treats are always my first port of call ;)

    Elle
    www.theellenextdoor.com
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    1. Ah thank you Elle, you're way too kind! I love sweet treats as well, so much so that they probably wouldn't actually be considered 'treats' with the amount I eat :p

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  24. Great post, it is always nice to treat yourself :) thanks for sharing!

    Camille xo

    www.cococami.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thanks Camille, so happy you enjoyed the post!

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  25. Yes, treating yourself is so important! I love getting pedicures and eating delicious brunch when I want to relax and feel reinvigorated!

    Lindsey
    The Fashion Barbie

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    1. That sounds perfect Lindsey, I so love going out for brunch as well!

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  26. I really love this post. It is so important to treat yourself, wear good cloths, eating healthy foods.

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  27. I really enjoy a good, indulgent bubble bath when I want to treat myself! I also like to read magazines while sipping tea because somehow, it makes me feel fancy.. Thanks for sharing, I enjoyed reading this very much! :) x

    Kayleigh | http://kayleighmakesup.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. I can totally see why that makes you feel fancy! There's just something about sipping tea as you do things....

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  28. I love taking care of my skin when I have these sorts of days. There really is nothing better than that fresh feeling!

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    1. I completely agree! It's underrated in my opinion.

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  29. I would definitely get on board with the Treat Yourself movement! Sometimes it feels like we need to apologise or justify every time we take five minutes for ourselves which just seems crazy. I love a good pamper night or a shopping spree - those always make me feel better! x

    Kate Louise Blogs

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    1. I know! It's insane isn't it? As you said I really hate how it seems like we always need to justify ourselves every time we take a break...

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  30. Couldn't agree more, it's important to have a pamper session! My favourite way to pamper has to be having a nice long bath, a herbal tea, luxury body oils :)

    It's always important to take time out to treat yourself.

    Laura xo
    www.shehearts.net

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    1. I've never tried luxury body oils before but they sound amazing!

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  31. i love having a pamper session after a long week or when i'm feeling low. i miss moisturizer too, sometimes i'm just too lazy to use it, so when i do it makes me feel pretty awesome so you're alone there haha! my pamper sessions almost always involve good food, an episode of Friends and face masks x

    Aditi | https://lifeasaditi.wordpress.com

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    1. Oh good I always think I'm the only one that doesn't remember to moisturise! It seems like everyone else really has their routine down. Also your pamper sessions sound so appealing to me!

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  32. I feel like I have my life put together when I remember to moisturise haha! Having a pamper night to wind down is one of my favourite things to do :)

    Sarah | What Sarah Writes

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  33. So true!! Us girls need a treat once in awhile ;) i like the beauty products as well!

    Girl About Town Blog

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  34. Inspiring post Julia! On first photo you remind me on Kendal Jenner :) :D

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    1. Oh wow really? I've never had anyone say that before! Thanks Ana :)

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  35. I love going to the spa when I want to treat myself. These are great suggestions!

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    1. I've only been to the spa one or two times but that's such a great way to treat yourself :)

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  36. Everyone needs to pamper themselves from time to time! A good bath will definitely do it for me!

    XoXo,

    Tamara - LoveofMode.com

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    1. I should definitely try having a nice warm bath!

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  37. Absolutely love posts like this, always reminds me to treat myself too so thank you! Haha you're like me- give the girl a cookie and she's happy! 💟💟

    My Little Online Space

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    1. haha yes!! I couldn't be more on board with that.

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  38. This post was sooo warm and lovely :) Exactly what my soul needed, babes <3
    Haha, the quote about "things lasting forever" made me laugh :D Even though it's not THINGS that usually make me happy I do think it helps to use or try some lovely products to help yourself relax and unwind. Yesterday I took the longest walk in the park and just chilled staring at the riverfront, leaves starting to fall down... and wow, that was like a flippin' spa treatment for the soul :) Our life tempo is insane. It's so important to slow down or pause <3
    xox Nadia
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    1. Aw thank you Nadia :) Glad you found the quote entertaining as well, it's from Parks and Recreation! Also a spa treatment for the soul is exactly what I need right now, I definitely think it's so important to just slow down and breathe sometimes, you know?

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  39. Love this post, such great tips!

    Marta
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  40. Ooh love the sound of the Antipodes Brightening serums but heck, I'd be dirt poor after just buying *one* product from them hahaha. But you're right, all year round, my favourite ways to unwind is getting some good ol face masks and products out and chillax with the tv on ;-) minus a bath cause we don't have one and I definitely don't have a bloggah-enviable apartment ha!


    Cherie | sinonym

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    1. Yeah those sorts of products can get pretty expensive that's why using them is a treat for me! I'm actually relaxing (well, semi-relaxing) in front of the TV right now and there's seriously nothing better.

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  41. Love the Queen of sheep comment ;') I definitely love to eat something tasty and beautify myself to make myself feel better!

    www.ohsobecky.com

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    1. Thanks Beckie, that sounds like a great way to make yourself feel better :)

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  42. what a lovely post! I love moistursing too - I feel like some soft smooth skin queeeeeen after haha. as for biscuits - I'll devour them all the time! xxx

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  43. I agree, we all need to treat ourselves a little more! I think that this should be a regular thing and you’re right, there shouldn’t be guilt involved. It’s just how society makes things seem I guess - but who cares about society anyway lol. Yes moisturising is something that I forget about too. I feel like I’ve been to a spa after I moisturise, as it’s such a rare occurrence for me haha. The Elemis White Brightening Even Tone Lotion sounds amazing. I really want to try it now, as I have a few skin marks that I want to fade. I think that my favourite ways to take a break is to eat good food, snuggled on my sofa. Oh but this has to be done after I've sat in my bath for about an hour though. I’m really loving all of your 'tips' posts lately, definitely keep them coming.:)

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    1. Yeah it's for sure a societal thing but it really bothers me that treating yourself isn't encouraged more, it's kind of frowned upon almost because it's like you're wasting time that you could be 'hustling'- so silly! Love the combo of good food and snuggling on the couch as well, there's nothing better!

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  44. These are great suggestions! I love the Elizabeth Arden Original Eight Hour Cream, so their body treatment sounds lovely and luxurious!

    Abby Talks

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    1. I'll have to check out the original Eight Hour cream, thanks Abby!

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  45. I like your relaxed photo here and the message you convey. I agree that we should really take a break and pamper ourselves, after all there's no point in working hard if we can't enjoy life itself.

    www.busyandfab.com

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  46. I love this post it has such great suggestions! x

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  47. This post was such a lovely read, I think I need a treat day soon! X

    Ellie | www.ellievdw.me

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  48. I really loved reading this post! you are right, we need a treat sometimes! we deserve it :)

    X

    www.britishmilan.co.uk

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    1. Thank you so much Beatrice! I think we really all deserve it as well :)

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  49. These are great things to remember and we definitely need to treat ourselves sometimes. I love to soak in a nice bath. The Antipodes serum sounds very intriguing, never tried anything from the brand. x

    Face to Curls | http://facetocurls.com

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    1. This was my first experience with Antipodes as well, I always read other bloggers talking about their products so it was nice to finally try something from their range myself.

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  50. That brightening trio sounds amazing. I really love all things Elemis. Thanks for sharing the code!

    Tiffany Tales – A British Beauty & Lifestyle Blog

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  51. My favorite way is to spend time outdoors, preferably with family and without any electronically devices.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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    1. I love spending time without any electronic devices as well, it gives my brain a nice break.

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  52. I like to have pamper nights where I take bit longer with my beauty routine x

    Laura
    Pink Frenzy

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  53. Great post Lovely! I am the same when it comes to moisurising I love when I actually do it but always seem to put it off or forget to do it haha and the Luxury product thing that is me all over I feel a bit special if I can use something a bit more luxe whether it be a makeup product or a handbag.

    Nicole xx | www.nicolesbeautybabble.com

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    1. Thank you Nicole! What is it about moisturising that puts us all off? haha

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  54. Such an inspiring post! Love all your tips. My favourite way to treat myself is definitely eat something delicious. :)

    LifeOfArdor.com

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  55. on days where i wanna freshen up, i def like to pamper myself a little with some beauty products like cleansing and putting masks on. it really helps with rejuvenating my vibe LOL

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    1. Yeah that's so true Fionna! I love putting face masks on as well.

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  56. I always moisturise my face but like you moisturising the rest of my body is somehow a treat thing to do?! I also feel completely fancy pants after using luxury products!

    Laura xx | Loved By Laura

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    1. I know! The moisturising thing is so strange isn't it?

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  57. Great list. Liked it :)
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  58. Wearing luxury products definitely is a great pick me up! Something about using them just makes me feel instantly better!
    Amy xx
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  59. Great post dear!
    Emma
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  60. The best way for me to treat myself is food that is not on my diet and a huge pamper sesh! Great post!

    Anika | anikamay.co.uk

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    1. Thanks Anika! A huge pamper sesh and good food always sounds perfect to me :)

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  61. I love wearing luxury products! An easy way to instantly feel fabulous.

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  62. Diving into some yummy food is definitely one way that I love to treat myself!
    I also love just getting a big cup of coffee and cuddling up in bed watching netflix! Loved this post.

    xx, lavishingg.net

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    1. Cuddling in bed watching Netflix is the best! That's my idea of heaven :)

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  63. Love this post! Yes to everything on this list!

    Bella x
    https://bellasfashionjournal.com

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  64. Taking time out for yourself is so important. I love to take care of my skin and sit back and relax a bit it gives my mind a break.

    xx Jenelle
    http://www.inspiringwit.com/

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    1. I love giving my mind a break as well, that's a treat just in itself.

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  65. Great post! xx

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  66. Thoroughly enjoyed this post - wearing a pair of designer shoes ALWAYS makes me feel good (I know that's not quite in keeping with your post, but once I read the "luxury products" bit, I realised that's what I do with shoes!!) :-)

    Rxx

    www.peppermintdolly.com

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    1. Oh yeah that's definitely still in line with what I was talking about though! If I had a pair of designer shoes I'd feel so good wearing them as well :)

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  67. great post !! i usually end up going shopping or eating cookies haha

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  68. Food is clearly the the key to our happiness. Thanks for sharing!

    Jessica & James
    Foodandbaker.co.uk

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  69. Your blog is so relaxing ! Love your items and the way you present your posts :)

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  70. Love this post.
    http://tipsoye.com/

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  71. Most of the time I get irritated by the ingrown hairs. So, the best way to treat my self is to get rid off these ingrown hairs. I usually prefer for dermology hair removal cream to get rid off these ingrown hairs.

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