How to Create the Perfect At-Home Spa

Before you even start thinking about which indulgent beauty products you’re going to use in your at-home spa routine, it pays to think about your at-home spa space first. Think about the last time you stepped foot in the spa – what was the environment like? How could you recreate that in your own home?

Declutter and set the scene

Spas tend to be warm, welcoming and nurturing environments that are free of clutter. One of the best ways to start setting the scene for your perfect at-home spa is by eliminating any clutter. If your bathroom is to become your pampering zone, give it a quick clean and tidy up. Once that’s done you can get started on setting the mood. There’s no right or wrong way to go about this as every individual switches off in different ways. For some, it might be a lit candle, others might light 10, then draw a bath, read a book, listen to soothing music or make a herbal tea.

Ritual not Routine

If your beauty routine is causing you stress, it might be time for you to rethink your approach to skincare. Rather than being a source of stress, the beauty products that you choose to use each day can actually offer a moment of escapism. Instead of treating the steps in your skincare regimen as a routine, try thinking of them as 
a ritual and respite from 
the day that’s ahead of, or behind, you.

Make a Date

Creating the perfect at-home spa can give you something to look forward to so why not schedule it. Set aside time to focus on yourself 
and stick to it – no excuses.

Get offline

At-home spa time means 
it’s time to put all your devices down and get offline as disconnecting allows us to reconnect with ourselves. When you do use your devices, think of them as 
your servant not your master. Stop scrolling through Instagram mindlessly and instead use your device to help you unwind – put on a meditation app, take a pause and allow your thoughts to settle and your stress levels to reduce.

Little Things Count

Incorporating small rituals into every day can help maximise “me” time and transport your senses to the relaxing and rejuvenating 
spa environment. Try placing an essential oil on the floor of your shower. Each morning when you step into the shower you’ll get that beautiful aroma that will take you back to your last spa appointment.

Add some finishing touches

Finished with your face treatments and skincare? Try massaging a luxurious body lotion into your hands and feet, as well as adding a lip balm or lip mask so you’re not neglecting the areas we sometimes forget about.

Our At-Home Spa Essentials 

1. Set the mood with a Boy Smells candle. Our pick is Petal ($54) which features earthy and floral notes of rose, sage and patchouli.

2. Don’t forget to pamper your body too! Dr.Hauschka’s Birch Arnica Energising Body Oil ($47) refreshes the body and maintains moisture levels, leaving skin soft and supple.

3. There’s a reason that Sisley‘s Black Rose Cream Mask ($200)  a cult following – the soothing mask really does what it promises. It quickly refreshes, rejuvenates, plumps and smoothes complexions that are in need of a pick-me-up.

4. If you’re looking to see some serious results from your at-home spa, don’t go past Dermalogica‘s Rapid Reveal Peel ($159 for 10). The powerful, fast-acting formula speeds up cell renewal and sloughs away dead skin cells to reveal radiant skin.

5. Snowberry Soothing Facial Massage Oil ($36) rejuvenates skin with a revitalising blend of precious plant oils that are packed with healing and anti-ageing plant properties.


The beauty look you’re already wearing that dominated the couture shows

We usually expect certain beauty trends to emerge from international fashion weeks. But thanks to this week’s Couture Fall/Winter presentations there’s at least one dominant takeaway that’s super easy to adopt and start wearing right away. In fact, it’s probably already in your repertoire. 

It’s incredibly rare for top fashion houses to land on an almost identical makeup look for their runway looks, but that’s what happened this week. 

Key to the approach at both Dior and Chanel’s presentations in Paris? Sharp swoops of extended black eyeliner that flick out at the corners with an equally intense ‘under-liner’ – a streak of midnight blue etched along the bottom lash line, emphasising the inner corners. Everything else was decidedly low-key, down to the bare, balmy lip.

Dior’s eye look was created by the fashion and beauty house’s Creative and Image Director Peter Philips, who used Diorshow 24H Stylo Waterproof Liner in 091 Matte Black to create the liner, then topped it with a deep blue shadow from Dior’s 5 Couleurs Couture palette in Denim for the depth of colour.

At Chanel the liquid liner was the blackest black and pitched out at the edges into a double point with the lower liner also extended.

 It’s not something that happens often as high-fashion brands each like to lay claim to having set the season’s key beauty trends during their fashion week shows, but we’re just taking the rare double up as concrete proof that bold eyeliner will continue to play a big part in global makeup trends in the coming months. Steady that hand and sharpen that kohl now. 

Further confirmation came in other couture shows and presentations this week, that also made the most of liner and kept everything else understated.

Also going in on the liquid liner? Giambattista Valli, where the models wore liner so thick it covered most of their lids.

At Giorgio Armani the liner was a playful, retro-inspired eye makeup look created by Linda Cantello, Giorgio Armani international makeup artist, using a custom-made mix of blue and green pigments.

While not  runway presentations, Both Balenciaga and Schiaparelli’s haute couture collections were presented in a series of styled images accompanied by – you guessed it – thick black winged liner, and in some cases for the latter, a purple version.

The takeaway? It’s time to sharpen your kohl, steady your hand and practice your feline flicks!