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2018 was all about self-care for me.
During my quest to treat myself a bit more than I had been, I purchased several self-care products and services and had other ones gifted to me. Here’s a round-up of my ten favorites (plus a few honorable mentions) that I’ll continue to use in 2019 and beyond. Consider gifting these to yourself or a friend this holiday season.
Have you ever noticed how early your favorite stores switch-over to selling fall products? It’s typical to see Halloween candy on shelves in August and sweaters on racks by September and I find that to be slightly depressing. What’s the rush? Let summer live!
Of course I love some aspects of autumn, but I wish I could float down a lazy river of warm summer vibes all the time. There’s something about summertime that’s just so rejuvenating. Someone take me to the nearest beach ASAP – the pumpkin spice lattes won’t find me there.
If you’re a summer person like me, here are ten ways to stretch your favorite season and keep the beachy vibes going all year long.
When I was around fifteen years old, my first gray hair was spotted by a high school friend. I didn’t believe her until she plucked it out and dangled the full silver strand in front of my eyes.
I was shocked and confused. How could I, a high schooler, have a gray hair? I tried to shrug it off as SAT stress and hoped it was just some weird natural occurrence.
One of my most popular posts listed 50 Ways to Treat Yourself For Free. What about those wonderful moments where you find that extra $5 sitting in your Venmo account? Consider splurging for a little pampering.
Here’s a list of 25 inexpensive products on Amazon to treat yourself to!
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Popping on a face mask is one of my favorite ways to pamper myself, so I try to buy packs of face masks to save money. This 12 pack has a nice variety, ranging from cucumber to charcoal.
If you love wearing nail polish but find your nails are looking a little dry and brittle, try this Sally Hansen polish that includes argan oil! You’ll hydrate your nails while still rocking some color. I like the iridescent vibes of Reflection Pool, the shade above, and there are plenty of other shade options to choose from.
A cold eye mask can really put me in spa mode. I use one to reduce under-eye puffiness. These can also provide some relief to sufferers of migraine headaches!
Give yourself the gift of self-care by indulging in this 6-pack of bath bombs! The essential oils will turn your bath time into aromatherapy, and shea and cocoa butters will leave your skin feeling soft.
Step up your coloring game with this sarcastic and affordable option. You’ll chill out and get a laugh while you color this book.
Drinking seltzer or iced coffee from a straw feels like a tiny act of self-care, but plastic straws are terrible for the environment. Try this set of reusable straws that includes both straight and bent ones with cleaning brushes.
Hang up your polaroid photos in style with these photo clips that double as string lights! Your cute decorations will also make you feel warm and fuzzy whenever you look at them.
Charcoal beauty products are certainly having a moment, but my favorite way to use charcoal is in a scrub like this one. Use it in the shower for smoother skin. You’ll feel SO clean after rinsing.
There’s no better feeling than writing in a fresh journal. These sturdy little notebooks are small enough to bring anywhere, and the cover designs are so cute!
I do my best to avoid sunburn, but the sun does sneak up on my fair skin every so often. Aloe vera is my go-to relief aid for sunburn. This gel will cool you down and hydrate your skin.
If you have dry feet, cracked heels, or calluses, you should probably give these moisturizing socks a try. This at-home spa treatment will soften those tootsies right up, and you can add your own foot lotion to the socks as well!
How cute is this cotton swab holder?? This tiny decoration will bring you joy whenever you reach for a fresh q-tip.
Enjoy a relaxing cup of loose-leaf tea in bed with this handy mug. You’ll reduce waste by ditching tea bags, and the lid will help your tea really steep by keeping in the steam.
Take time to know yourself with this inspiring interactive journal. It could help you bust through that creative block and self-reflect.
Celebrate your astrological sign with this adorable keychain. Seeing it on your key ring will remind you to check your daily horoscope!
Objects that make you say “awww” are in their own self-care category. These tiny owl pots will be the perfect home for your next succulents, cactuses, or tiny bonsais.
Essential oils are a huge part of self-care for me. This gift set comes with Lavender, Tea Tree, Eucalyptus, Lemongrass, Orange, Peppermint, Frankincense, and Rosemary, so you’ll have plenty of scents to choose from and combine!