Having gone to Ribby Hall last month I decided to do my first evening and morning routine posts, holiday style. I’m starting with the evening as the order of events works through to the next morning. This day we had been out in Blackpool, basically all day, which left us all exhausted. The below picture is the drive back to the cottage, dark eye circles visible in on us all, hair windswept and then reluctantly thrown in a ponytail. I’m smiling on the outside but whimpering on the inside.
The first thing I do, walking through any front door, is take my shoes off and put my slippers on. Followed as quickly as possible by 3 of the 4 best feelings in day-to-day life, which are; taking off my bra, taking out my contacts and removing my splint (which I wear because of a disability, if you’re not aware what a splint it, it’s a plastic device that supports you leg; think about a plaster cast that you get if you break your leg, but it’s made of sturdy thick plastic)… so as you can hopefully appreciate, it’s not very comfortable, so removing it feels amazing – sometimes painful depending on how long I’ve been wearing it – but amazing nonetheless. However, this evening, I had to keep the splint on a bit longer whilst attending to other tasks.
As none of us needed to eat tea, as we had eaten more than enough throughout the day, the first thing I did was put the kids in the bath. I usually give my Sister a night off when on holiday, so tonight I bathed the kids, and then she herself got to have an uninterrupted soak in the tub.
Whilst Becky had her bath, me and the kids entertained ourselves; playing a bit before settling down to watch telly. Max brought me over a stool that have been tucked under the coffee table, placed a pillow on it and then looked at me expectantly – well I was more than happy to oblige and rest my legs on them. Seeing how comfy I looked they both climbed on, and after arguing a bit about the fact that their legs were touching, they settled into a cuddle. Emily fell asleep within minutes whilst Max happily watched some robot-dinosaur-car-show.
After the kids went to bed, and Becky was finished in the bath, it was my turn, which meant I also got to enjoy the 4th best feeling in day-to-day life; removing my makeup.
(L-R: L’Oreal Cleansing Oil, Sanctuary Spa Warming Charcoal Wash, Clean & Clear Deep Cream Wash, La Roche-Posay Serozinc, The Body Shop Vitamin E Serum-In-Oil, Caudalie Anti-Winkle Cream and Avene Hydrance Riche Cream.)
My skincare routine is much the same as it was in this post, however, I’ve since been using The Body Shop, Vitamin E Serum (which I have been enjoying but haven’t been using very long, so I am unable to give a full opinion) and a Caudalie, Anti-winkle Eye & Lip Cream (which likewise, I haven’t been using very long).
As I was having a bath too, I only removed my makeup, as the rest of the skincare routine I do post-bath.
(L-R: Venus Razor, L’Oréal Shampoo & Conditioner, Sanctuary Spa Cocooning Body Butter, Garnier Moisture Bomb Mask, Mitchum Deodrant.)
I love baths, especially when my ankle has swollen with pain; it doesn’t eliminate the pain, but whilst I’m in the bath it relieves it, which explains why I can spent over an hour in a boiling hot tub (I know that’s bad for you skin, but if it momentarily stops the pain I don’t care). The book I brought to read during any down time I had is ‘Bitten‘ by Kelley Armstrong, it’s the first book in a series, quite a long series actually, that I have read many times. It’s an easy, fun read that I usually complete once every year.
My bath routine, again, is the pretty much the same as this post. The only addition is the face mask. As I recently had Dermaplaning (3 days before I came away for the holiday, the post reviewing it is here) I decided to use a moisture mask.
Once out of the bath I grabbed an evening snack to share with Becky and watched some TV, whilst continuing to make use of Max’s brilliant leg rest idea.
After relaxing for a while it was time to tackle my hair, now a lot of people say they have fizzy, crazy hair, well I truly do (and the below picture is a poor example of the size it gets normally, I think the water is always softer when away from home). I have to style it post bath and then again in the morning, if I don’t do it in the evening, as well as the standard morning styling, it is beyond taming.
With that done, I finished my skincare routine, brushed my teeth, inter-dentally cleaned them and flossed (dental nurse OCD there – but I have no fillings so it’s working). I then climbed into my holiday bed, attempted to watch a bit of YouTube and do blogging tasks, but admitted defeat and fell asleep pretty instantly; which for me is highly unusual.
My Holiday Morning Routine will be up soon.
Does your holiday evening routine differ from your standard home one? Are there any things you do that I’ve missed out but might want to start incorporating?