Happy Sunday (soon to be Monday, since I’m typing this at 11:15 pm :P), everyone!

I hope your weekend has left you feeling recharged and ready for the busy holiday week ahead! For me, this weekend was super productive. I seemed to cross a lot off my ‘to-do’ list that I had been putting off for far too long. Including my own self-care. Sometimes when we’re constantly on the move during the week, stressed with work and other obligations, we don’t always have the time or energy to complete some of the other important tasks on our to-do lists. These tasks include the ones that are dedicated to ourselves.

Anyone else feel this way?

I always tell myself, “I’ll do it today after work.” “I’ll head to the gym.” “I’ll run that errand.” “I’ll be sure to get my nails done.” But instead, what ends up happening is…I succumb to the comfort of my couch and push off my responsibilities until “next week” or “tomorrow” when I’m up to it. The more we push it off…the less likely we’ll actually get it done! This weekend I made sure to take care of the things on my list that I had been neglecting and when I did, I felt great!

As I was winding down into my Sunday routine tonight, a blog post idea popped into my head and I hopped right on my laptop to share with you guys. Sundays for me are days of relaxation and reflection. I take time to set my goals for the week, think about what I didn’t like the previous week and how I can put a better foot forward on Monday. I also take extra time to beautify myself with some of my favorite nighttime essentials!

Even during the week, my nighttime routine is super important to me. I like to unwind at the end of a long day and I truly believe that building your own little self-care regimen is the best thing you can do for yourself, especially when life gets hectic.

Tonight’s post is a highlight of all my favorite nighttime routine must-haves that I use religiously as part of my self-care routine! I’ve been using a few of these for so long that I just want to share my love for them!

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Yes, I’m pretty sure that anyone who wears makeup bows down to these wipes. These are my go-to for taking off my makeup or even just to cleanse my skin if I don’t feel like using soap and water. Whip these out at any girls’ night get-together and it’s about to be empty. What I like most about the Neutrogena wipes is that your skin is never left feeling dry or flaky which sometimes happens with other makeup wipe brands. Neutrogena is coming out with so many spin-offs of this product, from nighttime calming wipes to micellar purifying cleansing wipes and then these hydrating ones..I try a different type each time (they’re all awesome) but I’m definitely going to test out the nighttime calming ones for my next batch!

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Currently sitting with this on my face as I type. AH-MAZING. Okay guys, we all know that fancy face masks have become super prevalent and trendy today. From coffee scrubs to those other ones that make you glow like an alien. This mask is actually my favorite of all other face masks I’ve tried. It’s not infused with unnatural colors or foods. I was recommended this while getting a facial at Hand and Stone one day and I find that it really purifies the skin. The ClarityRx Rise and Shine mask is geared specifically toward more blackhead-prone skin, which is a huge problem for me. I use this about twice a week and let it sit for 15 minutes. It really digs deep into the pores to extract any underlying dirt and dead skin..I swear when you wash it off, you’ll notice the imperfections rise to the surface of your skin to be wiped away. (sorry, TMI) But really..this mask is a MUST for cleaning your skin and getting rid of blackheads. You’ll notice an immediate glow afterward and your makeup will sit so much better on your skin after using this. (P.S.-should I have added Nair to this list?! Because uh, that hair on my hands…Italian problems.)

My friends ask me so many questions about this..I can’t stop raving about it! I don’t know about you guys, but I’m very much obsessed with dental hygiene. My teeth are super important to me and it’s my goal to keep them looking fresh and bright. I drink a lot of coffee and tea so when I started to notice that my teeth were looking duller, I was not happy. I’ve tried the whitening toothpastes and strips but because I have sensitive teeth, I found that those products would weaken my enamel horribly and after using them, I could barely feel air on my tooth without being in pain. I stumbled upon My Magic Mud while at Marshall’s one day…yes, you heard correctly. I had seen so many advertisements for activated charcoal and its benefits for teeth but I never actually tried. Now I can’t look back! This particular one comes in powder form and can be a little messy if you’re not careful..but it works wonders and naturally whitens the teeth, free of harsh chemicals. Plus, it’s $9.99..for 150 uses! I pour a little bit on my toothbrush each night before bed and brush for 2 minutes..rinse..and VOILA! You’ll notice a whiter smile in two days. You’re welcome.

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All hail, Mario Badescu’s Rose water facial spray. As you can see, I’ve worn my bottle out. I’ve been using this religiously since the summer. I lugged it to Italy with me and it helped nurse a very itchy, painful Calabrian sunburn with its Aloe. I use this nightly after washing my face or sometimes use a spritz during the day if my skin is feeling oily. Rose water has many benefits when it comes to skin, including maintaining the skin’s pH balance, controlling excess oil, reducing redness and irritation, cleaning pores and toning the skin with its astringent like properties. If ever you want your face to feel clean and refreshed, spraying this will do the job. I sometimes even use it as a makeup setting spray! I can’t say enough about it..there’s also a lavender and chamomile spray I have not tried yet but I’ll let you know once I do!

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Does anyone else get extremely chapped lips as soon as it’s like, October? I do. One of my favorite pastimes is collecting chapsticks (and losing them). But these, I have not yet lost. I know that Burt’s Bees is a little pricier compared to the other brands but I truly feel the difference when I put it on. Not only are there so many flavor options (they just came out with Chai tea) and season-themed packs (these were from a summer flavor pack), but the product itself smooths and heals cracked, dry lips. It’s a very light consistency and what’s even better…all natural ingredients. I keep these in the draw next to my bed and use them nightly…especially as we’re approaching winter. I keep my favorite flavor of all time (coconut and pear) readily available in my handbag when I’m on the go! Team Burt’s Bees. All the way.

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Do not laugh at this because it really and truly works. I’ve gotten asked if I just came back from a tropical vacation after putting this on! Obviously, I’m sure none of us like watching our beautiful summer glow drain from our skin. If you’re like me, you’re not the type to run to a tanning bed which could have lasting negative health risks and effects on your skin….and some other options aren’t always that cheap or long-lasting. Last year, I was really wanting a fresh tan in the dead of winter but I was tired of using those orangey self-tanning body lotions. A friend recommended Quick Tan Body Drench and now I swear by it! The first time I ordered it, it was actually off Amazon. This bottle I happened to find at Harmon Face Values but you can pretty much find it anywhere when you type it in your search bar. I spray this all over my body after I shower and I definitely recommend purchasing the applying glove off Amazon when buying a bottle. The glove helps ensure that the spray goes on evenly and is not blotchy. It doesn’t spray on thick or orangey and you can even use it on your face! You will achieve a very natural sun-kissed glow in a matter of hours. It’s important to also let the spray set before wearing clothing..once you’re done, you’ll look in the mirror and be shocked! The glow generally lasts me a few days before having to apply again. Goodbye tanning beds!

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I’m a huge fan of Dove products! I was looking for a new body wash and stumbled across this (you had me at coconut). I lather it on to a loofah in the shower and it gets super sudsy and creamy which is what I personally like in a body scrub. I don’t like when a body wash is gel-like or slides off your skin making you feel greasy. This wash does the opposite. You don’t have to use too much and it still foams onto the skin and moisturizes while washing. It brings something new to your bathing routine aside from a boring old bar of soap. The smell is delightful..and there are also plenty of other scents if you’re not a coconut person. I highly recommend the purely pampering scrub! There’s nothing like a relaxing shower.

Well guys, I’ve shared my nighttime essentials with you all and now it’s time for me to get to sleep!

Let me know what you think of my favorite products, if you try or have tried any of these or if you have nighttime essentials of your own you’d like to share!

With love,

Amanda