Ways to Pamper Yourself on a Budget

Ladies–raise your hand if you love to pamper yourself!

Now, raise your hand if you can’t afford to go to the spa and nail salon every weekend to do so!

Yeah, me too. *sigh*

“Me time” is absolutely necessary to stay sane, so I made this list for all the ladies out there who are broke but like to live expensively. ๐Ÿ˜‰ ย These are all of my absolute favorite ways to relax and pamper myself at home without spending big bucks!

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I don’t know about you guys, but one of my favorite things to do is to take a night every once in a while to just have some “Ryan time” where I pretty much hide from everyone so that I can relax and pamper myself. #noshame

If I go too long without taking some time for myself, I tend to get pretty irritable and just not really fun to be around. I feel like this can happen really easily to anyone, you just give so much to other people and sometimes you just need some time to yourself! Anyone else get like this?

Maybe someday I’ll be a sophisticated business woman who can afford to go to the spa whenever I want, but that day is definitely not today. Probably not tomorrow either (a girl can hope?).

Anyway, because I am not at a point in my life where I can go to the spa whenever I want, I’ve had to come up with some other things to do when I need Ryan time. Hence, this list! These are all of my favorite things to do when I need some me time. So, if you wanna join the club of gals who make their houses/ dorm rooms into their own personal spas, keep reading! ๐Ÿ™‚

Bubble Bath & Chocolate

Yeah, I totally got this idea a few years ago when I was watching Gossip Girl and Blair ate macaroons in the bathtub. Since macaroons are not readily available to me, because unfortunately I’m not Blair Waldorf, I get the next best thing. You guessed it! Chocolate! I love to take bubble baths, and I love to eat chocolate, and putting the two together is total bliss. It is literally so relaxing, and along with that, will make you feel so sophisticated and pampered.

Face Mask

This is one of my favorite things to do when I want to pamper myself, especially if I’m with my girlfriends! We just go get cheap face masks from Walmart and put them on and watch movies. It is so nice, and you also get to take fun pics with your face masks on, which is always a plus. ๐Ÿ˜‰ If I’m alone, I like to make my own face masks. I usually just mix an egg white with some water and a tsp of lemon juice and put it on my face! The lemon makes it smell nice and refreshing. If you’re wondering what to do with the egg yolk, read on to my next point.

Hair Mask

Alright, here’s where the egg yolk comes in handy. If you want to try an awesome homemade hair mask, mix the egg yolk with some warm water, massage it into your hair, and then put your hair in a bun, wrap it in a towel, or put a shower cap on! I know, the idea of putting an egg in your hair is pretty gross, but it makes your hair so shiny and smooth afterwards! Just make sure that the water isn’t too hot when you’re washing out your hair or you will end up with a head full of scrambled eggs. Yes, I am talking from experience lol.

Do Your Nails

I love having my nails done, but don’t really like having to spend $30+ every time I want to get them done. I also don’t like doing them at home with normal polish, just to have them chip off the next day. If you’re looking to have awesome looking nails that stay on for weeks at a time, you should definitely get your own gel nail polish kit! They are a little expensive, but considering all of the money that you will save in the long run (3 nail appointments = the cost of the whole kit that you can use over and over) it is definitely worth it. I have used one of these kits and definitely recommend because it’s so nice to be able to give yourself a gel manicure at home for a fraction of the price!

Face Massage

This is perfect to do after you get done with a face mask! I’m going to be honest, I don’t really know what I’m doing when I try to give myself a face massage–I just do what feels good. I’m definitely not a pro masseuse, but I like to do it nonetheless! I usually put some moisturizer on my face and then just use my fingers to trace lines from the middle of my face to the outside. It feels really good. You should definitely try it.

Eat Ice-Cream

Nothing like ice-cream to make you feel pampered! I love the idea of getting one of those mini containers of ice-cream (mint chocolate chip is my fav!) and watching movies in my pjs. I feel like this should be the dictionary definition of “me time.” I don’t do this very often, but I feel like I should because it’s what they do in all of the movies.

Brush Your Hair

You’re probably like “Ryan, this is not a way to pamper yourself, this is something that you are required to do every single day in order to look socially acceptable.” And yes, I kind of agree, but honestly sitting down and just taking like 10 minutes to brush your hair is so relaxing. It’s also nice because afterwards your hair is so nice and shiny and soft! I always get a huge urge to brush my hair when I’m watching princessy shows like Reign. All of the cute hairstyles make me want to do my hair lol.

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