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Save it For a Rainy Day

We take our cues from The Carpenters: Rainy days and Mondays always get us down. Unless, that is, they involve spa-worthy treatments you can do at home. The next time it’s pouring, hole up and try one of these beautifying projects:

Exfoliate, Exfoliate, Exfoliate

You know the drill: Exfoliation—the act of buffing away dead skin cells—unclogs pores and keeps your skin buttery smooth. Before stepping into a warm, steamy shower, dry brush your entire body. The technique boosts circulation and removes dead skin. While you’re in the shower, tackle scaly spots on your elbows and knees with Caudalie Divine Body Scrub. Infused with brown sugar and exotic plant oils, this scrub removes dirt and oil while buffing away rough surface skin. When it comes to your face, try a gentle formula like dr. brandt®’s microdermabrasion skin exfoliant. This microdermabrasion-style treatment uses all-natural jojoba, aloe vera, and chamomile to soften and refresh dull skin.

Run a Mask Marathon

Now is the time to catch up on those beauty rituals that slip through the cracks during a busy workweek (or, let’s be honest, work-year). Refresh your face and neck with a cleansing, hydrating mask, like WEI™ Golden Root Purifying Mud Mask. The luxe formula uses white China clay and golden root to detox skin and flush out impurities. After you’ve removed it, moisturize your skin with a vitamin-packed sheet mask. We’re partial to Karuna’s Hydrating Treatment Mask. These single-use masks make our skin look dewy and decidedly less stressed.

(Finally) Clean Your Brushes

Cure rainy day blues by crossing this long-overdue task off your beauty to-do list. Pour a small amount of beautyblender® blendercleanser into an empty bowl. Dab each brush into the cleanser and carefully swirl it around—this will loosen any bacteria, dirt, and oil that has accumulated over time. Next, run each brush under warm water and use your fingers to rinse out the cleanser. Gently squeeze excess water from the bristles and lay your sparkly clean brushes on a clean, dry towel.

Jazz-Up Your Digits

Since you’ve got nothing but time on your hands (get it?), we suggest taking your mani game to the next level and trying out a more complicated design. We’re crushing hard on this geometric nail look, which uses OPI Sheer Tints Color-Tinted Top Coat to create a cool overlay effect.

Audit Your Cosmetics Collection

If you’re anything like us, your vanity is a disaster zone spilling over with dried up mascaras and half-used lipsticks. Take advantage of being trapped inside by organizing it. First, toss any beauty goods that are past their prime. Now that your stash is pared down, store your essentials in these handy DIY mugs and trays.

Do Some Deep Thinking

A rainy day is the perfect time to put the ol’ I-have-to-wash-my-hair excuse to good use. Treat you over-styled locks to Number 4’s black current-infused Clarifying Shampoo. This cleanser whisks away a week’s-worth of product buildup. To moisturize parched strands, try Kérastase’s Masque Force Architecte – Treat, an ultrahumectant hair masque that fortifies weakened hair and soothes dry cuticles. Post-shower, towel dry your now-glorious mane and work in a quarter-sized amount of Miss Jessie's® Original Leave-In Condish to keep frizz at bay all day long.

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