Introvert or extrovert, studies will tell you that you are a better person when you take time out to be alone. Forcing yourself to socialize out of the pressure to certain expectations can be even more taxing than the actual activity of hanging out. This is why Fridays were made.
Tonight, if you feel like going straight home to change into your sweatpants and binge watch = Netflix for the nth time, then do so. Do so the best way you can. Other than shoveling down copious amounts of your favorite food and singing all out to that one Spice Girls song you loved since it first came out, we advise you to set up a pamper session. It will set the mood for the rest of the weekend and condition your mind to clock out from the stress of daily life.
Lush Sex Bomb Bath Bomb
The scent of this bath bomb isn’t overpowering despite having pretty potent stuff like jasmine and ylang-ylang. It turns the water into a candy pink and also has a few rose petals in it to make you feel like you’ve given yourself a treat. Lush Cosmetics. Available at SM Mall of Asia.
Nothing sets a calming mood for me like the scent of tea. The warm earthy scent will make you think of slow afternoons. Splurge a little with this pretty one from Penhaligon’s. Penhaligon’s. Available at Adora.
Kiehl’s Creme De Corps
After your bath, retain the suppleness and moisture of your skin with a reliable moisturizer. This one from Kiehl’s is a classic for a reason, with minimal scent but maximum hydration. A small amount also goes a long way in case you want this to be a nightly habit. Kiehl’s. Available at Greenbelt 5.
Leader’s Insolution Aquaringer Skin Clinic Mask
The great thing about this sheet mask is how you can leave it on your face while watching one episode (with no commercials) and it will give you renewed skin immediately. Leaders Insolution. Available via Sephora PH.
Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief
Same logic as with your body, restore the plumpness of your face with a moisturizer. When I feel like the extended work hours make my face sullen and dull, this moisturizer is a lightweight but effective solution to that. I suggest you chill this in the fridge first before massaging it in– in or on your face for that added comfort. Clinique. Available at SM City North EDSA.
ANNY Nail Polish in Wading in Paradise Nail Polish
If you want to take this pampering night a little further, give yourself a mani-pedi. The soft pink shade of Anny in Wading Paradise is a safe color for those who need something office-appropriate or would simply go well with your sundress for the weekend coffee date. ANNY. Available at Rustan’s, Glorietta 3.
Art by Dorothy Guya