Remove my makeup
Even though I try to wear little to no makeup on Sundays to let my skin breathe, I had a lovely meeting today so I actually did wear makeup. To remove the remains of my foundation and eyeliner I use the Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter by The Body Shop. Using this for the first time feels a bit odd, because you don't use cotton pads or wipes and may look a bit like a panda if you were wearing eyeliner or mascara. However, this balm removes every bit of makeup on my face (even waterproof!) and leaves my skin feeling very smooth.
Take a shower or a bath
When I'm at my parents' house I always take a bath - no doubt. It's even better when I can throw in a colorful bath bomb and float between the bubbles for an hour or two. I was in Amsterdam this week so I was forced to take a shower - I made sure it lasted a bit longer than usual because it's a Sunday after all.
Steam my face
Removing my makeup and taking a shower has cleaned my face and I would usually leave it at this. However, I love to steam my face once a week and to do this I use Lush's Toner Tabs. These aren't expensive (1 euro a tab) and I usually break them in half because I feel like that is enough. These toner tabs make my skin a bit more even and less red, without being aggressive because you're not actually putting something ón your skin. On top of that I just really love steaming my face - it removes all the dead skin cells and my skin feels like a soft peach afterwards.
Extra cleansing and moisturizing
Lush's Ultrabland Facial Cleanser has been 2015s best Lush purchase. This cleanser removes makeup, I don't use it for that though. Because I just steamed my face the pores are wide open, cleaning it with this cleanser allows me to deep-cleanse my pores. This product also is very greasy and moisturizing, which makes it perfect for a little massaging! Whenever I apply Ultrabland I make sure to (have washed hands) and rub it into my face for a few minutes. After this I leave it on for a minute or 10 - and sip on my tea in the mean time. When I feel like ending my Sunday evening ritual I put some hot water on a washcloth and drag this across my face. This feels so nice and soothing!
Steaming and applying hot water to my face makes it quite red. To cool the biggest organ of my body down a bit I spray some Breath of Fresh Air Toner Water (also by Lush) on my face. This is the last step of my Sunday skincare routine - after doing this I apply nothing else to my skin because it doesn't feel dry but very nourished and soft instead.
I always feel extra tired on Sunday evenings - it seems as if every tiny bit of sleepiness has accumulated and decided to surface. I finish my tea, read a few pages of a book (currently reading 'I'll Give You The Sun, I'll let you know what I think!) and when my eyelids start to get heavy I turn off my lights and go to bed early - as you should on a Sunday <3
do you have a little Sunday evening ritual as well?