My Favorite At-Home Pamper Essentials

April 22, 2016

I have a roundup of things I wanted to share that I find best for at-home pampering. I try to take care of my skin on a daily basis but try to give it extra care on the weekends – kinda like doing a DIY at home spa session for a good reset or cleanse. There are a few body products I’ve been meaning to write about for a while – ones I found well worth the splurge. I’ve included several recommendations by category – there’s no one product fits all so I’ve tried to cover a variety of options in case you’re looking for something specific whether it’s to purify skin, firm the skin, etc.


  • Cle de Peau Beaute Synactif Soap is probably one of the most expensive face cleansing products I’ve ever bought. I’ve gone through 4 of these – I probably would have purchased more if it came with a cheaper price tag. It gives the skin a very thorough cleanse without leaving a film. It cleans out all the pores and leaves skin feeling squeaky clean. When I feel like my face is getting clogged this helps clear up the complexion. With daily use 2x a day a single bar lasts about 4 months.
  • Kate Somerville Exfolikate Cleanser has been mentioned before in my spring cleanser roundup. I really can’t rave enough about this – I used mine up so I stocked up on a few more during the Sephora sale earlier this month. It cleanses the skin and helps keep it clear but gentle enough for daily use.
  • Ole Henriksen Empower Foaming Milk Cleanser (c/o) is a super gentle milk cleanser that won’t leave a film. I really don’t like milk cleansers because I often find them too rich for my skin type and they rarely leave my face feeling fully clean. A few of you mentioned you have really sensitive skin – this is a good one to try. It does give the face a good cleanse without drying it out. I still do a double cleanse with this one in the evenings (I remove all my makeup first with a cleansing oil or cleansing water), but in the morning it’s perfect to use alone.
  • Glamglow Supercleanse Daily Clearing Cleanser is one of my favorite purifying cleansers. I’ve gone through several bottles and it’s one I keep going to. In hot summer months I can use this daily (usually in the late afternoon or evenings, or post work out), for now I like to use it weekly to help give the skin a thorough cleanse. It helps reduce redness and irritation too.


  • Glamglow Supermud Clearing Treatment is hands down one of the most effective clearing face masks. It does have a tingle feeling when you apply it but it’s not too strong and doesn’t irritate the skin. It sucks out impurities and leaves the skin feeling super firm and tight.
  • Glamglow Gravitymud Firming Treatment is one of the newer masks from Glamglow. This one you leave on the face for 20-30 minutes and peel off. I normally don’t like masks that require more than 15 minutes of application because I’m super impatient with skincare, but this one is worth the extra time. It is more on the gentle side for a firming mask and I feel like the effects are more immediate vs. long-term, but it does leave the skin feeling super firm and lifted.
  • Aesop Parsley Seed Mask is the best purifying mask for my sensitive skin. It dries up the gunk in your skin and leaves it feeling thoroughly clean and tight. Many have mentioned to me that their skin cannot handle the Glamglow because they find it too harsh. If that is the case and you still want a purifying mask to draw out impurities, try the Aesop.
  • Kate Somerville Eradikate is one of the most gentle acne-clearing masks. It works in a similar way to the other clarifying masks mentioned above but is super gentle and non-irritating. It won’t leave the skin feeling tight. It’s gentle enough to use daily – I wouldn’t recommend using it every single day, but on weeks where I have some breakouts, I use this nightly for about 4-5 nights and it really helps clear up the skin.

I usually don’t splurge on body products. I typically keep things simple with L’Occitane or Nuxe, but I’ve discovered some new-to-me things that I am really excited to share with you.

  • Chanel Fresh Body Cream is something I’m beyond obsessed with. It’s one of the most expensive body products I’ve ever bought and it’s a bit hard to find (you can’t find it at all counters). You can basically find this at any store or counter that sells the Exclusifs Fragrances. It’s a super gentle body cream that smells really fresh but won’t interfere with perfumes. I like to use this at night before bed because I have a sensitive nose and scents sometimes prevent me from falling asleep. This one is soothing enough that it doesn’t interfere with my sleep. It’s hydrating and non-greasy. I will keep repurchasing this one for as long as they make it.
  • Byredo Bal D’Afrique Body Cream is another pricey splurge but I adore the Bal D’Afrique scent I had to try it in the body cream. This one is super emollient and has a body butter feel which is super lush. A little goes a long way and the moisture lingers for an emollient feel. You can definitely feel the moisture after you apply but it’s not greasy. That being said if you need a body product to have a dry-down you may find this too rich.
  • L’Occitane Shea Butter Extra Gentle Lotion for Hands and Body is another favorite. I’ve featured this a few times in past years. It has all the moisturizing and soothing qualities of items from the regular Shea line but it’s lightweight and absorbs into the skin quickly. Anytime I have irritation or flare ups – I use this and skin is instantly soothed. I love that it’s non greasy, gentle, but effective.
  • NARS Monoii Body Glow II is the ultimate scented tiare body oil that makes you feel like you’re on a tropical vacation. It lifts the mood instantly and absorbs quickly into the skin. There’s no greasy feel or residue after it’s absorbed into the skin. I’m about 99% happy with this one – if it came with a pump dispenser it would be perfect.
Home Fragrance

  • Lumira Travel Candles (c/o) are super compact and cute, I love having a few scattered around the house to burn. To date I don’t think I’ve brought a candle with me while I travel but there are times when I have traveled that I wish I had one with me. I’m trying my best to save the mini ones for my next trip. My favorite from their line is the Tahitian Coconut.
  • Lumira Mini Destinations Box Set (c/o) launched over the holiday a boxed trio of the most popular scents from the line in Tuscan Fig, Cuban Tobacco, Persian Rose. I just finally started burning Tuscan Fig today – it’s amazing and smells of sweet figs (Diptyque’s Figuier by comparison is greener). Top notes are fig leaves and fig tree, middle notes are blackcurrant and cedarwood, base is iris and musk.
  • Diptyque Gingembre Room Spray (c/o) was reviewed a month ago (I can’t believe an entire month has gone by). I won’t repeat the review but it’s a really nice bright and cheery kind of home scent.
  • Diptyque Colored Candle in Baies (c/o) is a classic. The larger size gives this one a stronger throw compared to the smaller ones. Don’t forget if you have any Diptyque on your wishlist you can save online at Space NK US by using my special promo code through May 1st.

I have very sensitive lips when it comes to lip treatments. There are quite a few very popular options that make my lips go numb (Kiehl’s, CO Bigelow, Chapstick etc.) so that may give you an idea of just how sensitive they are. The ones below are Beauty Look Book approved. Of course it’s not a list of all the ones I’ve tested or like, but ones I like most for right now.

  • Malin + Goetz Mojito Lip Balm is a great lip treatments that is also affordable. It’s emollient and I love the simple classic squeeze tube packaging.
  • Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask in Smashed is my current favorite for the most moisturizing lip treatment to help with dry or cracked lips (swatched in this post here and here).
  • AmorePacific Moisture Bound Lip Treatment is one I just used up (review from winter in this post here), it’s the best scent and taste-free lip treatment I’ve tried. Most others have some kind of scent or flavor. If you’re really sensitive to any scent, I’d recommend you try this one.
  • By Terry Baume de Rose Nutri-Couleur in Coral Stellar is one of the prettiest tinted lip treatments I’ve tried. Review + swatches here. It’s worth the splurge.
  • Chanel Hydra Beauty Nourishing Lip Care is a good lip treatment but I do think it’s overpriced for what you get. That being said I’ve never regretted buying this one and if you’re willing to splurge it’s a good gentle one that always soothes my lips. (More on this compared to others in this post here.)
If you’re looking for something to help reset the skin, calm the complexion or give your body an extra boost of moisture, I hope you found this roundup helpful! I have super sensitive skin and there are some body lotions and creams that cause an immediate allergic reaction (I always do a patch test first). If a good purifying mask is what you have been looking for but want something suitable for sensitive skin I hope the recs above help you find something gentle enough for your skin type!

What are your favorite at-home pampering products? I really love hearing about your favorites. So many of you have recommended some great things for me to try. I’m pretty set on masks but I do have my eye on a few sheet masks. I’m intrigued by mainly the two from La Mer – if you’ve tried them should I go for the Brightening Facial Masks or Hydrating Sheet Masks? Or should I wait for the Eve Lom Brightening Sheet Mask to launch in the US?

I hope you had a great week! Enjoy the weekend πŸ™‚

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  • Clever Girl Reviews April 22, 2016 at 8:16 pm

    I always love using By Terry on the lips. The formula just works so well. I also like La Mer's balm. I just can't afford either right now.

  • Leah and Rachel Goth April 22, 2016 at 8:38 pm

    First of all, amazing photographs! I haven't heard of any of these products but they all sound really lovely and so pampering. Definitely will treat myself to some of these!

    • Sabrina May 2, 2016 at 8:33 pm

      Thank you! Hope you treat yourself soon πŸ™‚

  • Unknown April 23, 2016 at 12:53 am

    I know you said you were stocked on masks, but you should put Chantecaille's Detox Clay mask. It pulls out impurities without drying the skin. It leaves your skin soft and lovely. For sheet masks, I really like the SK-II and Cle de Peau masks. I'm about to try La Mer's new Perfecting Treatment, which I am fascinated by. The smell and feel is amazing. I swear by La Mer and Chantecaille masks across the board, so I don't think you can go wrong with whatever suits your skin needs. Chantecaille is such an under hyped brand and it's absolutely worth every penny.

    • Sabrina May 2, 2016 at 8:35 pm

      Ooooh I'm always open to recs no matter how stocked I am. I will put that Chantecaille on my list – it sounds like it's along the lines of the Aesop/Glamglow πŸ™‚

      I really like SK-II sheet masks too – but I love trying new ones.

      I'm about to try one of the La Mer ones and I have high hopes for it!

  • Yiotou_La April 23, 2016 at 5:08 am

    I love your photos! I am a face mask junkie, I love a good mask and I tried lots of them, so any mew recommendations are always appreciated! πŸ™‚


    • Sabrina May 2, 2016 at 8:35 pm

      Thank you Yiota πŸ™‚

  • SH April 23, 2016 at 6:23 am

    Lovely post! I have both the bite lip mask and the malin goetz lip balm which both work great, but I recently started using the Henne Organics luxury lip balm (amazon). It moisturizes better than anything I have ever tried and no more peeling lips :).

    • Sabrina May 2, 2016 at 8:35 pm

      Thanks SH for the rec! I'll have to look into it – thank you for letting me know where to look for it as well πŸ™‚

  • SJ Sellers April 23, 2016 at 6:48 am

    CdP Synactif is one of my absolute favorite skin care products. it is truly special! Glad to find another fan! πŸ™‚

    My favorite lip treatments are Sisley's Comfort Extreme Balm and 3Lab "Perfect Lips" (not their Balm) and of course ByTerry's tinted balms are amazing.

    lovely post! i want to give myself a spa now!

    • Sabrina May 2, 2016 at 8:36 pm

      Yay on the CdP but gah the price just kills me!!! But you are right it's really a special one. Thanks for the lips on the Sisley and 3LAB – adding those to my test list πŸ™‚

  • Rachel Kromdijk April 23, 2016 at 8:34 am

    Lovely products! looking good, im a big mask junkie! lots of love

  • Catherine April 23, 2016 at 4:27 pm

    Great recommendations! I keep meaning to look at the Bite lip products – have to get on that. I finally picked up Gingembre a week ago when Nordstrom got it in stock and I love it! I spray it in the morning when I get up for work and it helps so much haha.

    For the La Mer, I definitely rec the Hydrating Facial! It's amazing and I just bought my second box of them. Whenever my skin is stressed and dry I'll use one and my face will immediately look better and continue to look even better for the next few days. There's so much cream/serum in each packet I save as much from the tray as I can in empty La Mer minis and that's actually my holy grail night cream. (I think the mask says to leave on 8 minutes and then tissue off but I totally sleep with them on and try to hit 5-6 hours. I've never had one dry out on me yet.)

    I also have the Brightening Facial but honestly I just don't see as much benefit and I think it's actually a tad drying. I see better brightening benefits from my Naruko and My Scheming Diary masks.

    • Sabrina May 2, 2016 at 8:37 pm

      Oooooh, thanks for the input on La Mer! I'm trying the Hydrating one out this week and am really excited. My skin needs a boost right now. Thanks for sharing your experience on the Brightneing one too – saved me some $$$.

  • Suzy Q April 23, 2016 at 7:23 pm

    Wonderful products and photos!
    I love the Nuxe Reve de Miel Lip Balm—

    • Sabrina May 2, 2016 at 8:37 pm

      Ahhh Nuxe is one of my favs.

  • Tali May April 24, 2016 at 1:11 am

    Have you ever tried the SK-II Facial Treatment Essence Mask? I tried it and really liked it. Very soothing!

    • Sabrina May 2, 2016 at 8:38 pm

      Yes I have! Love those masks πŸ™‚

  • Allie brown April 24, 2016 at 3:21 am

    Would you say the kate somerville cleanser is safe enough to use on acne prone skin? What an amazing post! xo

    • Sabrina May 2, 2016 at 8:38 pm

      Yes – it doesn't have any scrubby particles in it, it's very gentle for an exfoliating cleanser.

  • alittlekiran April 25, 2016 at 2:13 pm

    Do you like any of the Lush face masks?

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    • Sabrina May 2, 2016 at 8:39 pm

      Never tried any from Lush – do you have any favs?

  • Gemma Carey April 25, 2016 at 9:03 pm

    Literally everything sounds amazing!! I'm obsessed with candles and home fragrances in particular at the moment!

    • Sabrina May 2, 2016 at 8:39 pm

      Awww thanks Gemma!