*Thank you Smile Brilliant for sponsoring this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own*
How many of you really take some “me time”? I can’t lie and say I do it often. There is so much to do. Always. I am that person that feels like sitting down and relaxing is a waste of time. How crazy is that? I am always on the go go go which fits my personality, but at times it results with me feeling so overwhelmed. Tired. And simply not in a good mood.
I know you always hear people say how important it is to take some time for yourself. But guys, they are right! It is extremely important to take care of you. Because when you put yourself first, everything will run more smoothly. It’s only human nature to be a little selfish at times. Selfish to know before you do anything you gotta make sure homegirl is good. Before I am Melissa the mom, wife, business owner, friend, sister, etc. I am Melissa first. Ultimately when you are good, you become good at all your titles and jobs. Happy Mel, happy mom, wife…
The importance of taking me time really hit me last week. I didn’t even noticed it in the beginning. I felt like I was being pulled from so many directions and honestly, I had too much on my plate. And what did I do? Continue doing it all! I never claim to be a fast learner guys. Friday came and I was in bed by 6:30, beyond exhausted and so tired. Not good. So I took the weekend to focus a little on me, what I should have been doing all along.
Now on to the good stuff! Because taking me time is so important, I want to share what I like to do. Of course getting my nails done is always my favorite way to treat myself, but in reality my me time tends to happen more at home after the kids go to bed and the moon is out 😉 No one calls my name. No one needs my attention. All I need are my cozy pj’s and catching up on my favorite TV shows!
I love taking extra time with my nighttime skin care routine whenever it’s possible. I am a huge believer in washing off your makeup before sleeping every night. I swear if I skip this before going to bed I will wake up with pimples. But I don’t always take my time though. On nights like this I go all in and give myself a mini facial. Usually, I take my makeup off, then start with an exfoliator. I am very picky when it comes to exfoliators. I want something that takes off any dead skin and really cleans my pores. At the same time I want something gentle on my face. No one wants exfoliate with sandpaper, right? I have lucked out with Dr.Brandt microdermabrasion. Leaves my skin so soft and really makes a difference with my acne. I then continue my facial experience with my GlamGlow Bubble Sheet Mask. I am so loving this mask. You can feel working right away. If you ever worn a bubble face mask you know you look totally silly. Mrs. Doubtfire anyone? Glam Glow Bubble Mask truly gives you a good deep clean. On days my skin is feeling a little on the dryer side, I add Ahava hydrating mask to leave my skin with a glow touch. And since we are talking about treating your self, I love adding Blaq eye mask. My under eyes are dry, part because I get horrible allergies that doesn’t seem to leave me and the fact that I’m getting older. I don’t buy anything for my under eyes if it doesn’t hydrate them. I wear these for about 20 mins and my under eye looks healthier and brighter. These are also good before shooting pictures or when you have a special event to go to.
Taking care of your skin is also about taking care of your lips and smile. I think it’s one area most people forget to pamper. I’ve tired numerous teeth whitening products in the market. From whitening tooth paste, LED whitening and even strips. Some were okay, but the results only lasting a few days at most, which sucks. Is it just me or when you’re thinking of teeth whitening you want results that last for a few months at least? Others whitening techniques were a total waste of my money. But there’s nothing like a custom tray whitening kit! It’s worth the money and time to get the custom trays done, because it truly works and the results actually last. Smile Brilliant were kind enough to send me their whitening kit to try and I can’t express how happy I am with my results. My teeth are whiter and no sensitivity afterwards which I was surprised with. Usually any whitening products I have used in the past will cause my teeth to be super sensitive even days after. Not only do you receive your custom trays and whitening solution, but they also send desensitizing gel for you to use afterwards. It actually removes stains within in a gentle way. No more going to the dentist to whiten your teeth, you can do it on your own time, in the comfort of your own home.
I’ll tell you a little secret, I am a chapstick addict. The thought of my lips being dry makes crazy. I just can’t stand it. So I may over do it, I’ll admit. But mama will always have them smooth. My sister suggested I try Laneige lip mask and guys… the best lip mask on the market. Hands down! You lips feel smooth for hours. And since I am so in love with this product, I have bought one for my bedroom, bathroom, purse and even my car. Yes, I’m that obsessed!
After, my face is all cleaned and soft I finish the night with two new favorite products I am so digging at the moment. I saw an ad for the Aveeno max glow infusion drops in a magazine and decided to give it a try. It’s a bit on the oily side and since my skin is combination dry, I tend to use it more in my nighttime routine. My skin looks so healthy with a glow that you would have thought I slept for 8 hours 😉 Totally fooling people! And because I’m all about that glow, this Glow Recipe Watermelon Juice moisturizer is life! Besides that it smells so refreshing and yummy, it leaves my skin super soft and moisturized without being oily. A summer favorite for sure!
Why is it important for you to take me time? What are your favorite things to do?
Smile Brilliant were so kind to not only send me a trail to tryout, but they are giving away 15% off storewide and one lucky winner is winning whitening kit!! I promise you will love it as much as I have. Giveaway details down below!
Jumpsuit: Target || Necklace: Gift
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