Clear out the clutter from your brain-and your closets-with a battery-recharging weekend at home.
Chill out at home with spa-tacular do-it-yourself products.
Create a spa-at-home by making a retreat out of your bathroom. Light a few candles, pour yourself a glass of wine and drown your tension in Thymes’ Kimono Rose foaming bath bubbles ($45, thymes.com). A professionally drawn bath would cost about the same at a spa, but you can use this bottled goodness for at least 12 baths. The sensuous fragrance of rose, vanilla, clementine and jasmine will stay with you all day.
After you’ve destressed from your bath, it’s time to pamper. Start at the top of your body with Fekkai’s Intensive Conditioning Hair mask ($22.50 at Sephora, 520 N Michigan Ave, 312-494-9598, sephora.com). The shea butter will repair your dry locks, making them fuller and more manageable. While the mask is soaking in—leave it on for about 25 minutes—slather a thick layer of Catastrophe Cosmetic ($9.95 at Lush, 835 N Michigan Ave, 312-573-1805) onto your face. The mask’s rose oil will soften your skin, the calamine powder will reduce redness and get rid of blemishes, the clay will cleanse your pores and the seaweed provides nutrients. Leave it on for ten minutes; when you wash it off, you’ll look like you scored a $100 facial.
Professional manicures and pedicures are relatively inexpensive indulgences, but it’s easy to do them yourself—if you have the right tools. The Ms. Manicure box ($7.99 at Target, locations citywide, target.com) have everything you need—including cuticle softening gel, nail glue (if you want to add some tips) and a nail nourisher polish.
No spa experience is complete without a massage. The Splash Aphrodisiac massage bar ($8.95 at Pour Vous, 1750 W Division St, 773-698-6024) does triple duty—it’ll get you relaxed, moisturized and in the mood. Have your honey rub your limbs with the lavender-jasmine–scented bar, which your body heat will melt into a silky residue that moisturizes your skin. You know what happens next.
— Danielle Braff