PREP: Real quick – when was the last time you actually had a sleepover with your girlfriends that didn’t happen out of convenience after a long night out in the world? It’s time to call upon the innocent vanity of our middle school selves and have a night dedicated to relaxation and temporary makeovers.
Call your friend, tell her the 90s called and that it’s super important that she come over immediately. After tying your hair into the highest of ponytails (preferably with an enormous, lime green Scrunchi), quickly remove all of the cushions from every couch in sight and throw them on the floor. Trade in the Root Beer for some wine, throw down some towels and prepare yourself for a night of productive beauty that would make your 7th grade self totally proud.
Step One: Facials.
You’ll never feel closer to your bestie than when you’re lookin’ at her while she’s lookin’ like the Wicked Witch of the West in her green avocado mask. At the time of our first facial mask discovery, our 12 year old skin wasn’t really aching to be corrected. However, now that we’re 100 years old and showing the signs, face masks can be an amazing way to correct any skin issues that we might have going on. Below are a few of my suggestions to try out.
If you’re looking for a good clay mask to draw out impurities and get rid of black heads, check out the Seaweed Ionic Clay Mask from The Body Shop. This mask will make your skin worse before it gets better, because it draws all the crap that’s clogging your pores to the surface. But with a few uses, it’ll leave your skin clear and help to control oil production.
This mask by Burt’s Bees is an Intense Hydration Treatment Mask that will work to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by restoring moisture to dehydrated skin – keepin’ you young.
Pick up the Grape Seed Extract Peel Off Masque by Queen Helene from any drugstore. You literally peel this off of your face after it sets and it’s like shedding skin. It’s so grossly satisfying. Slice some cucumbers up, put them over your eyes, lay back and get to gossiping.
Step Two: Manis and Pedis.
We’ve come a long way from the Tinkerbell Peel Off Nail Polish years (hopefully), but manicures and pedicures are still a huge part of any lush beauty routine. Here are a few of your many mani options:
Stop by the nail section of your drugstore and pick up some crazy fake nails. If you’re looking for something so loud it might offend people, opt for some African Safari themed press on nails in “Zebra” or “Cougar.” They’re super easy to apply and will last you about 2 days of being completely unproductive. They are absolutely a waste of your money, but they are so fun. SO FUN.
I actually fully support the use of fake nails for a lasting DIY manicure. Before I became really superb at painting my own nails (lolz), I used to use the brand Kiss’ plastic nails, paint them with my own nail varnish, allow them to dry, and then apply to my own nails using the glue that comes in the kit. This brand makes a style called “petite” that are not a ridiculous length, so they actually look surprisingly natural. This option lasts about 7 to 10 days of real wear and is also much less Jersey Shore than the previous option. Do try it.
Delve into the latest craze of “At Home Gel Manicures.” Sally Hansen makes a new product called Miracle Gel, which makes for a gel-like manicure that’s easily accomplished at home and doesn’t need any kind of fancy UV light. The 2-part product consists of a base color (base coat and nail varnish in one) and a top coat, which seals in the color and leaves a very shiny, thick-looking finish that is comparable to that of gel manicures from salons. It dries quickly, is very inexpensive and the color lasts a surprisingly long period of time. The color selection is also fabulous.
Step Three: Hair Care and/or Scare.
The most heavenly part of old-school sleepovers (IMO) was getting your hair did by your friend. I personally turn into an actual kitten when someone so much as touches my scalp. So, any kind of braiding, fishtailing or any other hair trickery was more than welcome on my end. Take things to the next level with these products.
Every once in a while, the urge will strike to make a big change. For me, this came in the form of dying my naturally dark-ish brown hair so black that it had a blue halo last year.
This loud choice may not be for everyone, but if dying your hair is potentially on the agenda, I recommend trying John Frieda’s Precision Foam Hair Color. This is quite possibly the easiest concoction to use. The foam makes it really easy to see where you’ve placed the color, and I was able to get a completely evenly distributed dye job the very first time I used it. Also, the conditioner that comes in the kit is heavenly and will make your hair feel like it’s somehow the healthiest it’s ever been.
Loose, tousled waves are super on-trend right now. So why not do a trial run on a night in just in case you end up looking a little less Scarlett Johansson and a bit more Cruella de Vil? If you’re a bit of a hair styler newbie, try out this new device called The Tulip. It’s this extremely intimidating… thing… that sucks a piece of your hair in, makes a weird beeping sound and then spits out a perfectly curled strand. WHUT.
As bizarre as this tool is, it works wonders and is so easy – and this is coming from someone with a serious lack of skill in the hair styling department. It takes a bit of time to do your whole head of hair, but once you do, the curl lasts for a solid two days. Dreams.
Perhaps you are a chick that has a bit more experience in the hair care department and are suffering from some hot tool damage, or too much hair dye. Now is the time for a hair mask. My favorite option is the Macadamia Oil Deep Repair Mask. This product can be used as a regular conditioner in the shower, but it really makes a difference when used as intended.
Massage enough of this into your dry hair to cover it from about ear level to the ends, and then tie it up into a loose bun overnight. When you wash your hair the next morning you will absolutely be amazed by how soft it is. The soft, slightly nutty scent doesn’t hurt either.