Bath Time Self Care: Must Haves

Hay hay! Happy FriYAY to you guys! I hope you’re having a wonderful week. Cooper has had the flu + an ear infection this week and today is our first ‘typical’ day since this past Sunday and I am just estactic about that! If you don’t know already, I live and thrive in routine… so the disruption to our schedule plus my poor baby suffering have just made this week kinda cray. BUT it’s Friday and things are **mostly** back to normal and I’m HERE for that.

So! To the actual point of this post. lol Self care is such an important important thing. Self care is taking time to check in on yourself and make sure that your needs are being met, and if you find that they aren’t being met, taking the necessary time and energy to do just that. I know that people will often be like, ” Self care is actually so much deeper than things like getting a massage, manicure, or taking a bubble bath.” And while that is sometimes true. Sometimes self care is as simple as taking a bubble bath every night. For me, having my me time bath time while surrounded by bubbles is a must have for my self care routine.

And because taking a bath is something I do like it’s my job – I have kind of gathered up a few essential products that make that my bath a self care event. And well, one night while I was partaking in my sacred bubble bath – I thought it might be a cool idea to share with you all some of my Bath Time MUST HAVES. 🙂 So, let’s get to that shall we?

First up for me in the arena of bath must haves is definitely the BUBBLES. In the world of bubble bath – Dr Teal’s Foaming bath is KING. I promise you that you will not find another bubble bath that makes better bubbles and smells better. Ok I haven’t tried alllll the bubble baths so I can’t really make that promise. But I do promise you’ll be impressed by and fall in love with Dr Teal’s foaming bath. The Activated Charcoal and Lava and Coconut Oil versions are my absolute FAVEsto use.

Another must have for me when it comes to my self care bath time is Epsom salt. Once again Dr Teal’s takes the cake. You can actually smell and feel the Epsom working which is basically the entire point. I pretty much like all the varieties of Epsom that Dr Teal’s offers. A little bath time hack? You should pour your Epsom salt directly under the water as it pours from the spout.

If you are ever so unblessed as to come down with a cold – Village Naturals makes a mineral salt soak that says it’s for aches and pains which I don’t disagree with BUT it will also clear your sinuses right up.

Candles – listen I know that sounds cheesy and maybe something you’d only reserve to ‘setting the mood’ if your person is joining you in the bath. But don’t knock it until you’ve tried it alone. I don’t light candles for every bath, but when I do – I thoroughly enjoy it. 🙂 I just use regular white candles that aren’t scented. But if you have a favorite candle with a calming/relaxing scent – I’d say use that one!

A body scrub. This particular one from Dove is the shiz. The scent I lurve is Macadamia and Rice Milk. It’s pretty heavenly. But beyond the smell – the point is that exfoliating is so good for your skin and it just feeels good. I especially love to use the scrub on my legs right before I shave. I feel like I get the best shave that way. This body scrub is really gentle and is great for all over your body. Sometimes, I like an intense exfoliate for my legs before I shave – and I’ll opt for a sugar scrub.

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Anddd there you have it! my bath time self care must haves! Do you use a bath as a time for self care?

— Ashley

Favorite Affordable Face Sheet Masks

I don’t know about you guys, but I LOVE a face mask. Whether it be a mud mask, peel off mask, lip mask, under eye mask, or sheet mask and beyond – I’m not turning any of it down. As a result of this minor obsession, I’ve tried quite a few masks. My absolute favorite kind of face mask though is a sheet mask.

Why? Well I just really love how they are generally super easy to apply and they definitely have minimal clean up. Also, they’re fun. I take a bath almost every single night and in addition to using bubbles or epsom salt – another way that I really love to treat myself is to apply a sheet mask and let it sit while I soak.

Soooo, I’ve said all of that to say that I’m here today to share my unsolicited opinions on some sheet masks that I’ve tried. These area all ‘affordable/drugstore’ sheet masks. 🙂 I do love a sheet mask, but I also love money in my bank account so I don’t really indulge much in fancy ‘spensive sheet masks; therefore, I don’t have much to say about high end sheet masks. I DO have LOTS to say about all the ones I’ve tried from places like Target, Ulta, Walgreens, Walmart…etc. 😉

Let’s get to it shall we? Oh, and a little information on my skin. I have extremely dry skin that is not sensitive at all. I can throw whatever I want on it and rarely [[if ever??]] have a bad reaction to whatever new product I happen to be testing out. Soo without further adieu here are some of my most favorite and most least favorite sheet masks that I’ve tried. 🙂

OH and P.S. >>> there’s a giveaway at the end of this post so make sure you power through to the bottom. 😉

St. Ives Glowing Apricot Sheet Mask – I don’t have any strong feelings either way about this mask. Did it give me a glow? Eh. I don’t think so, but it felt really great and the actual product that makes up the ‘sheet’ was breathable and comfortable and not slippy at all which are all major pluses in my book. The packaging says that this mask should soften and smooth skin. I think that really those are high claims for a product that is made to just use once or sporadically. 😉

St. Ives Nourish and Smooth Oatmeal Sheet Mask – ok ok THIS mask is amazing. It’s got to be one of my top favorites I’ve ever purchased and tried. It doesn’t say it’s hydrating but this bish is hydrating and my dry skin soaked it up. Just like with the St. Ives Apricot mask – this particular sheet mask was incredibly comfortable and breathable. It does claim to leave your skin feeling soft and supple which is so true. If you have dry skin, you need this mask in your life.

Neutrogena Moisturizing Hydro Boost Hydrating Face Mask – well that name is a mouthful, and it obviously gives you the sense that this mask is supposed to hydrate yo face. I can attest that it does in fact infuse your facial skin with moisture. It’s a gel sheet mask that isn’t slippy (as you can see non slippyness is crucial for a good review from me 😉 ) .

Burt’s Bees Detoxifying Charcoal Sheet Mask – I did not like this one. It felt heavy and suffocating on my face which meant I was dying to rip it off asap. I also felt no difference in my skin afterwards. It is supposed to detoxify and cleanse your skin which is not really something that you can see or feel I guess – but it was uncomfortable to wear so basically I’ll never use it again just because of that .

Pixi Plump Collagen Boost Sheet Mask – I thoroughly enjoy these masks. I felt like I really did notice a more plumpness to my skin. And again, they are super comfortable and breathable and not slippy.

Que Bella Sheet Masks – to be honest I’ve tried almost all of the masks this brand has to offer and I haven’t been disappointed yet. They are must have in your face mask arsenal, especially the sheet masks.

Do you guys use sheet masks? If so, what are YOUR favorites? I’m always up to try a new one!

And ALSO – as a way to celebrate my new blog, I wanted to do a fun little giveaway for those of you who have decided to come check me out! What am I giving away? One of each of my absolute favorite sheet masks.. the St. Ives Oatmeal and Neutrogena Hydro Boost, Pixie collagen Boost, and a Que Bella sheet mask!! What do you have to do to get them? It’s pretty easy peasy:

subscribe to my blog + and like our RATMM (blog) Facebook page 

Once you’ve subscribed to my blog and liked the RATMM FB Page – comment here on this post letting me know that you’ve done both. I’ll compile all the entries and do a drawing Tuesday Night (2/12/2019) which means you have until 9pm that night to enter!

— Ashley