This weekend was the first time in over a month where I have had nothing to do and let me tell you, that was MUCH needed. I guess I can be best described as an outgoing introvert. I am really loud around my friends but I need quite time. Something about being surrounded by people is exhausting to me, and when you are surrounded by the same people for 3 hours a day M-F and then 12 hours on Saturdays you need space.
Naturally on my glorious weekend off I decided to have a nice, little spa day. I can honestly say there is nothing more rejuvenating then going on Netflix, popping on a movie and doing NOTHING! My movie of choice this week was "Not Suitable for Children." If you don't have a netflix you probably havent heard of it since its an Australian RomCom, but though I don't suggest it for a younger audience (name might have some double meaning there!) I really enjoyed it. I am a sucker for lower budget or indie films and this fit just that. While watching it, I had to be doing something (ADD began kicking in) so I decided to paint my nails. Since I am on a college budget I don't really have the opportunity to get my nails done every week plus I find it extremely soothing to do my nails so I decided this week to give myself a mani-pedi and paint them Love Every Minute by Essie and Blood Sangria by Revlon. These are two very different shades. The Essie shade is a peach pink so its a lot more summer. I wouldn't typically wear this in the fall or winter months but I had the urge to paint my nails that color since its so pretty. Blood Sangria by Revlon is more of a plum color that is perfect for these cold months. I typically hate how red looks on me but I love this color. The color is so used that it is starting to go a little thick but I refuse to part with it. Another thing that is worth mentioning here is Seacret Cuticle Oil. The salons are always warning you not to mess with your cuticles this stuff makes such a difference between just painting your nails and actually giving yourself a mani-pedi. A little goes a long way with this and it leaves you fingers looking like a blank canvas for polish! One of my favorite parts about getting that pedicure is the leg scrub. As an athlete my legs are always banged up, bruised and incredibly dry so I love how they feel after the salon uses whatever that scrub is. A few months back at Sephora I decided to try Soap and Glory Flake Away and I can honestly say its a gift sent from God; I ADORE this stuff. It goes for about $25 but it has lasted me SOOOO long. I typically use it once a week and it leaves my otherwise reptilian legs feeling so soft and smooth.
Another thing I don't get to keep up with as much as I would like is my hair. In the summer I am in the water or sun pretty much 24/7 and in the winter I am in the pool 1-3 times a week and it kills my hair. Besides the color, one of the biggest differences I have noticed is my hair has become thinner since I started swimming full time in 8th grade. In a recent effort to grow out my hair I have decided to become proactive with my hair and two of the products that have made the largest difference is the Wet Brush and Keratin Renewal Spray by Biolage. My hair feels soooo much healthier thanks to these too. Another thing that I have been told makes a huge difference but I haven't found the right one is clarifying shampoo. I have had Malibu Un Doo Goo for a little over a year and try to use is once a month. Though I am not the biggest fan of it since its very watery and doesn't lather well, I can definitely tell the difference using it makes on my hair. It creates a completely different feeling of clean.
Though it is inarguable that being physically and intellectually fit is extremely important in leading a good life, one aspect that is often overlooked is being emotionally stable. For some reason this has been the happiest I have been in years, and though that is a bold statement for a 20 year old to say it has really reflected on my in sports as well as in the classroom. This emotional stability is what enables me to have a positive attitude which makes all the difference in my motivation to work hard. This happiness not only comes from having great friends and family, since I have always had that but from of the largest changes I have made this year, letting my guard down. Personally one of the scariest places for me has been my own head. Days off like yesterday really let me explore that and truly think about life. It allows me to clear my head, evaluate whats around me and generate this self awareness that is otherwise hard to sense. Though I don't believe that makeup and pampering is necessary to feel pretty, I always feel prettiest when I am put together. For me its not what the makeup does in changing my face and covering up blemishes because in reality I use minimal makeup but in the feeling of having it all together. If my nails are done and I look at least somewhat put together I feel like I'm doing something right.
Wow this post has gone just about everywhere, but below are some of the links to products I mentioned:
Not Suitable for Children: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1935065/
Seacret Cuticle Oil: http://www.seacretspa.com/nail-care-collection
(I just mentioned the oil but the buffing block is phenomenal and I currently don't have it cause my mom wouldn't let me take it from home)
Revlon Polish: http://www.target.com/p/revlon-colorstay-longwear-nail-enamel-bold-sangria/-/A-13940934
Soap and Glory: http://www.sephora.com/flake-away-body-polish-P294727
Wet Brush: http://www.thewetbrush.com/index.php/detangle/the-paddle/the-paddle-blue.html
Keratin Spray: http://biolage.matrix.com/advanced/keratindose/pro-keratin-renewal-spray
Malibu Un Doo Goo: http://malibuc.com/content/CN_Product_Detail.aspx?ID=2410