I’m In a Pampering Phase and I’m Ready to Talk About It
01.18.18

There is a radiator pipe by the door of my walnut-sized bathroom that keeps it a tropical 80 degrees at all times and warms up my robe, just like at a fancy spa. The womb-like atmosphere has made hanging out in the bathroom such a delight, an idea I had previously found bizarre: I’m not a bath-taker; if I want to lie down, I use a bed. I never understood why people kept reading material near the toilet, either. What’s the point of a couch, then?

Because it’s been so cold outside and the regulation of my studio’s heat has been nothing short of a learning journey, I have started to spend more time in the bathroom, literally just hanging out. I light a candle, put on a podcast, catch up on calls. It’s also encouraged me to try new things in the world of products that pamper — and get back into two that I had stopped using, purely because this summer I was like, “I’m busy! It’s too hot in here! Who has time to rub her face for ten minutes each morning!”

So, for the sake of sharing recommendations among friends like a one-woman Yelp!, here are five things I’ve either discovered, or re-discovered, as a direct result of me and my bathroom’s newfound romance.

1. The Aquis Lisse Luxe Hair Turban

From the brand’s website: “Our Lisse Luxe Hair Turbans are made with AQUITEX, an innovative fabric woven from ultra-fine fibers to create a lightweight material with superior water-wicking capabilities that is gentle on your hair. Designed for fine, delicate, and/or thinning hair, and for all hair lengths, our Lisse Luxe Turbans quickly and gently dry strands to a damp stage, with less friction, to minimize frizz and damage – all hands-free.”

I did not buy this on my own accord; someone sent this to the office a year ago. I was suspicious because the towels I borrow from the gym then forget to return work well enough, OR SO I THOUGHT. Turns out I didn’t know proper “towel dried hair” until I tried this baby after a particularly luxurious hair conditioning treatment. It soaks up water, saves blow-drying time, does not break my neck nor pull out my hair like heavy (non-stolen) bath towels do and it’s certainly saved me from the immediate post-shower tangles that tend to attack my hair. I attribute its ease and lightness to the improved quality of my post-shower bathroom iPad reading hour.

2. The PedEgg

From the brand’s website: “Are you embarrassed by how your feet look and feel? Tired of dry and callused feet tearing your pantyhose? It’s time to take back control with PedEgg Power, the powerful solution in the palm of your hand! PedEgg Power easily buffs away callouses, dead skin, or dry and rough skin in seconds! Your feet will look years younger and feel baby smooth.”

If there’s one place in the world that I like to hang out in more than my bathroom, it’s the queue that leads up to the cash register at Bed Bath & Beyond. It is an enclave of discovery, a hub for all the things you thought were only purchasable on TV. It’s here that I first saw a Ped Egg in real life. I’d watched the commercials and almost threw up at them just like the next person but, because I am equally human, I was intrigued. Everyone enjoys soft feet! So I bought it, tried it, and it immediately became part of my self-spruce-up routine.

I forgot about the Ped Egg in recent years. Who knows why some loves fade? But I broke it out given my newfound pampering pound, and man am I happy to be back. My heels haven’t been this smooth in ages.

If you purchase this, two things:

1) With the classic PedEgg Ped Egg (the one shaped like an egg), your feet won’t feel like true velvet unless you buff after you skin-shave. (If you don’t know what I mean by skin-shave you should watch the video.) (If you have a strong stomach.) (It’s funny I promise.)

2) I have not tried the newest PedEgg product, the PedEgg Power (not shaped like an egg) but if anyone has, please let me know how it compares.

3. Herbivore’s Rose Quartz Face Roller

From the brand’s website: “Using the Rose Quartz Roller for a lymphatic massage as part of your skincare routine helps to eliminate toxins, reduce puffiness, and improve blood circulation to even out skin tone. Also, works great when combined with one of our facial oils as a way of working the oil more deeply into the skin for deeper penetration of nutrients and increased skin benefits.”

I have been pushing this thing on loved ones since 2016 when I first came across the jade version. Dedicated fan of Georgia Louise’s “Lift & Sculp” face massage that I was, I found myself using the excuse, “I don’t have time to rub my face for ten minutes twice a day” more often than I was comfortable with and realized I needed an equally satisfying solution for my lazier days.

These facial rollers are it. I keep one at the office in addition to the one in my bathroom because I like to roll it across my forehead whenever I realize I feel a frown line coming on. Because they’re made of stone, they’re always cold, which does wonders for the puffy stuff and also, hangovers. My favorite thing to do in the bathroom with my roller is, post-shower, put my Hair Turban on, apply a facial serum (when I’m being extra fancy/not following the routine prescribed by my dermatologist), turn on a relaxing song and roll this thing all over my face until the personal stylist who hangs out in my apartment a lot knocks on the door and asks to use the restroom, “please.”

4. A 10-Ounce Jar of St. Ives “Timeless Skin” Collagen Elastin Moisturizer

From the brand’s website: “See ya later scale-agator. Nourish your skin with the goodness of 100% natural moisturizers (Safflower seed oil). Infused with hard-working collagen and elastin this hydrating formula will help capture that fresh-faced glow we all love.”

Like the Hair Turban, this too was sent to me. And like Haley, I tend to be wary of trying new face products when my skin is in one of its “calm” periods. But I brought it home, largely because of my nostalgia for St. Ives, the scrub, and because I thought, “Wouldn’t it be great if this $13 vat of face lotion that will last for an eternity was great?” Lo, it is indeed a wobbly, deliciously fat vat of indulgent-feeling, non-greasy cream that has lasted for months. My skin sucks it up like a milkshake and has yet to break out as a result.

Because it’s so hot in my bathroom, it’s like getting a steam facial every time you turn water on in that joint. What I like to do is shower, have a simultaneous pore steam, smear this all over my face, and use the roller over it. (I apply retinol before every other night. On these evenings, I let my face dry, apply retinol, let that dry, then spackle the St. Ives over it before bed in anticipation of waking up like Spongebob in that one episode where Sandy invites him over for the first time.) Full honesty, I can’t say it’s given me a so-called glow, but sometimes my thin is so thirsty that I’d rather hydrate first, worry about glow later. This is the only thing that makes it go, “Ahhhhhhhhhhhh.

5. Christophe Robin Cleansing Purifying Scrub with Sea Salt

From the brand’s website: “The cleansing purifying scrub with sea salt is ideal as a detox treatment as it cleanses, purifies and restores balance to sensitive or oily scalps. It can also be used as a post-color treatment to soothe tingling and itching sensations.”

First of all, I hate the word scalp. Second of all, my scalp gets irritated and itchy easily, regardless of season, and I’m sure that all the consistent dye-jobs my roots require make it worse. This goopy, gloppy salt-packed scrub soothes the itch, gets rid of flakes and restores my scalp to a sense of calm. The sensation is odd at first: it feels as though I’m applying Instagram slime with chunky sand inside of it to my head, which surely can’t be right. But then I massage, and it begins to foam and the salt crystals start to do their thing, and by the time I rinse I feel like a new woman. (I need to condition immediately after, then add a hair mask to the ends because all the scrubbing inevitably adds tangles no matter how “correctly” I do it.)

Anytime I’m getting my hair involved in the shower, it’s a 30-minute ordeal at least. This scalp scrub adds on an extra 15 minutes, easy, but the results are worth it, and since I’m using my bathroom as the new hang-out spot in my apartment as-is, I think of this as an added bonus.

 

K now please tell me all the things you’re into so that I can get into them, too!

Collage by Emily Zirimis.

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  • Bmo

    My friend has been talking about jade rollers non-stop. Is there any difference between jade and rose quartz ones? I’m assuming no because a cold rock is a cold rock.

    Also – I’ve been into baths since the top shelf interview with Emma Watson (well, MR’s synopsis of it)

    • prairie dogs

      My understanding is that the only difference is if you believe there’s a vibrational/energetic difference between jade and rose quartz. 🙂

    • Kelly Donnelly

      In addition to the energetic stuff (if you believe in it), jade is a much harder and heavier stone. You could drop it and it wouldn’t break/crack. Rose quartz, however, is a more fragile and can develop micro-cracks over time if you don’t treat it with care (which means bacteria can settle into the cracks, making it difficult to clean, etc). Ask anyone who uses jade/rose quartz eggs, and they can tell you all about it.

      • coffeebee

        I am certain that is a question I now never want to ask. Urrrp!

  • Anna Kalmbach

    The first sentence of this story tho

    • Nora

      Right?!

  • Hilary

    Same question as another reader – any difference between the types of facial rollers available?? Need to know because you’ve officially sold me on one.

    Also, you’ve made my day with the Spongebob reference. TY.

  • Elizabeth Tamkin

    Fresh Black Tea face mask if you don’t follow my nightly Instagram stories… 🙂 (https://rstyle.me/n/cwt4i6bv2s7)

  • Caroline

    Two words- MARULA. OIL.
    Once I discovered Marula oil, I have never turned back. Buuut my nightly routine (when I feel like going all out) goes a little something like this…

    1. Wash face with First Aid Beauty cleanser
    2. Use Exfolikate mask by Kate Sommerville on my nose and chin
    3. GlamGlow Mud Flash mask on my whole face
    4. Squirt a pump (or two) of Acure Marula oil and add a few drops of rose oil. I’ll rub this into my face, hairline, eyelashes, under eye, and neck.
    5. A pump of Acure Marula oil with a few drops of tea tree oil (I tend to breakout on my chest and the tea tree oil keeps it from flaring up)
    6. If my skin doesn’t feel irritated from my masks, I’ll then use a needle derma roller on my face and neck. I’ll switch between my needle derma roller and the Tinkle razor
    7. Apply more Marula oil or just a few spritzes of Mario Badescu Rosewater Facial Spray
    8. Use the Herbivore Jade Roller on my face for a couple minutes
    9. If there any facial/chest blemishes (very rare with this routine but around my period one tends to pop up) add tea tree oil straight and it goes away in a day

    I know this sounds like a lot but (like you) my bathroom is the warmest place in my house and it feels absolutely amazing in there. I try to do all this two to three times a week. On normal days I stick to steps 1, 4, 5, & 8, throwing in the micro-abrasion on some days if I’m feeling fancy but too lazy for the masks.

    I was never into self-care all that much but now my skin is glowing!!

    Also if anyone is looking for a hair products- Ghost Shampoo by Verb is INCREDIBLE! I also really love to use Bumble & Bumble’s Hairdresser Oil. Spray that generously on your damp hair before combing and your hair will feel like a dream once it’s dried.

  • I love my Aquis Hair Turban, it has done wonders for my hair and makes getting ready so much easier BECAUSE ALL OF MY HAIR IS OUT OF THE WAY!.

    • I just have a regular hair turban thing (made of terry cloth) but now I’m tempted to get this- so I’m glad to hear you recommend it!

  • Kelsey

    I left my jar of the Christophe Robin salt scrub behind in a hotel bathroom in Denver and I am bereft, I tell you! Fortunately, travel-size jars appear to have been added to the check out line at Sephora…

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  • Emily M

    My current pamper product is the Mymatcha stick from Cocokind Collective. I rub it under my eyes and on my lips and I let the miracles happen. No more eye-bags. No more cracked lips (!!!!!!) It’s insane and cheap and CLEAN, too.

    Also can always get down with a good turmeric-honey facial scrub (homemade…literally just those two ingredients.)

  • Kelsey Moody

    um have you been using my bathroom??? this is the exact description of my abode’s commode, radiator pipe and hair turban included.

  • Kelly Donnelly

    I go full on foot file on my heels and calluses (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00R6P72JO/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o05_s00?ie=UTF8&th=1). Yes, you need to buff after with a pumice stone or the like, but nothing is as satisfying as making it rain dead skin. No, it doesn’t hurt because you’re taking off dead skin.

  • Arden

    I know this seems like it should be a common part of everyone’s routines, but I’ve recently fallen back in love with moisturizing my whole dang body. Since it’s been extra cold in New York lately, I’ve taken to lathering on the Korres Body Milk – absorbs so quick and has me feeling like a well hydrated baby as I roll back into my burrito blanket.

    • Rebecca

      ohhh same i love my korres body lotion!

  • I’ve been unsure about trying the face roller, so I’m glad to see that you’re enjoying yours. It makes me feel more confident about giving it a shot! Thanks for these recommendations!

  • Lorange E

    Amelia, next time you’re in that Bed Bath and Beyond, look in the As Seen On TV section for the turbie towels! The microfiber ones are great and come in a pack of two. Good back up for your beloved turban. (I am also a turban fan. They make getting ready in the morning so much easier. I almost forgot to take mine off before leaving the house today!)

  • Erica

    The Christophe Robin scrub is soooooo good! I got it as a sample last year and forgot about it until now

  • Jennette Sison

    I’ve been using the AMP MD roller by Rodan and Fields… it’s doing wonders on fine lines & wrinkles when combined with the Redefine regimen. To help with dry skin, I’ve got the Active Hydration Serum.

  • Rebecca

    caudalie divine oil for face, hair, and body, is a dreeeeam. i feel like i make much more money than i do when i use it

    • Great product and its smell is so delicate and good!

      • Rebecca

        it smells so good! im always trying to describe the scent to people but never can!

    • belle

      Wonderful smell. I love the Nuxe oil too

  • I want the quartz roller but I can’t find in Europe!

  • coffeebee

    I need my nightly shower to relax and pamper, too. (Hate baths, btw). Here’s what I’ve been slathering lately: Everyday Oil (smells like lavender, sage, and palo santo), Le Petit Marseillais Orange Blossom shower creme (such an affordable and lovely smelling soap), Mustela baby lotion (hooked on its herbal petit grain and non-sweet orange blossom scent). I’m very into bedtime perfuming, too. Favorites are Origins Ginger Essence, No 5 Body Oil, Lush Twilight. HAPPY PAMPERING!

    • Kiks

      Bedtime perfuming how did I never think of this before. You just blew my mind.

    • M Rae

      lush twilight, the bessttttt

  • Emily

    I have a pretty simple routine, but one thing I’m really into rn is my Aveeno Clear Complexion Cream Cleanser. I recently moved across the country to new york, started a new job, and moved in with my boyfriend all at once, soooo you can say I had some stress breakouts. This helped so much and smells yummy and refreshing, like cucumber. I also have sensitive skin and Aveeno’s products always make it feel amazing. Recommend!

  • Emily

    TRADER JOE’S LAVENDER ‘SPA’ LOTION! So cheap, smells lovely, makes me super soft, psychologically restorative. What more can a girl want in a lotion? Also, not sure the last time I actually used the word ‘lotion’…

  • Meg

    Any recommendations for a cheaper facial roller? Not sure about it but very much into trying but also not spending a bunch initially

    • Lolita Magazine

      I got my jade roller in the Chinatown in my city (I live in Vancouver) for like $19.99.

    • Alexandra09

      Birchrose + Co (online store) has a Jane roller for $25! I haven’t seen any online that are much cheaper than that.

  • lydia

    TYSM, I forgot about the St Ives lotion until this article and had just been whining to my sister that all my lotion sucks. To Amazon, I go!

  • Mar

    Nuxe Reve de Miel Lip Balm is my current favourite! Leaves my lips soft and moisturized and ready to kiss <3

  • I would love to have that jade roller! I hear so many people talking about it and it sounds so relaxing and calming for the skin! *_*
    Kisses*
    http://www.fine-alchemy.blogspot.com

  • Monica M

    Just came into this post to say ~yas queen~ and plz continue to live your best life.

  • The Jao Brand Goe Oil I just bought and Im obsessed ! The packaging alone is flawless, and the smell is so amazing! Its the best body butter I have found, you only need a little bit, but I always feel pampered when I use it <3

  • Kate Alexis Clausen

    1. Excited to hear about the Christophe Robin scrub because I have been thinking/wanting it but holding off.

    2. LOVE my Aquis turban, it’s so helpful and lightweight.

    3. I reccomend Caudalie’s Vine[Activ] Overnight Detox Oil. It’s a dream. Truly, my skin looks and feels amazing in the morning.

    4. Amelia, because of one of your beauty articles, I fully blame you for my violet grey addiction. (thank you)