Why is it that we always seem to take care of everyone but ourselves? It blows my mind! After years of overworking and running on empty, I’ve learned that in order for me to give all that I want to give for the people I love, I have to make myself a priority. Jess time is just as important as family time! My family, my friends, heck even my clients—my relationships with all of them grow when I treat and take care of myself first. Of course, if you know me, you know working out is one of my non-negotiables for self-care. But I also love to splurge on beauty treatments. Yes, splurge! I spend money on myself! I’d be lying if I said I never feel guilty about it, but I know that every penny I put into helping myself feel my best is worth it to me. If you could do with a little more me-time in your life, I’m personally telling you now: you have my blessing—so do it! Need some suggestions? Read below for a few of my favorite beauty splurges to totally treat myself!
Why I Invest in Beauty Treatments
First off, spend your money how you see fit. I’m not here to tell you to spend your money on crap you don’t need. But I am here to remind you that investing in the occasional treat-yo-self day can be just as rewarding as that vacation you’ve been saving up for. It also helps you de-stress and re-energize for the rest of your schedule. Personally, I love to squeeze these in midweek every now and then to feel recharged for whatever else I have planned in my work week! When that little voice creeps up in the back of my head, telling me I shouldn’t spend money on this stuff, or I need to get back to work, here are a few things I tell myself:
I am worthy of nice things and special treatments
I work hard for my money and I should spend some of it on myself occasionally (instead of just on all of those freakin’ bills!)
By investing in myself now, I will feel recharged to tackle the rest of my to-do list after
Say it with me: I DESERVE as much love and care as I give everyone else!
Okay, now onto the fun part!
Manicures and Pedicures
The perks of my lifetime bestie also being a kickass nail professional is getting to catch up while she makes my nails look flawless! Just like hairdressers, there’s a special connection between you and your manicurist—especially mine! The nice thing about manis and pedis is that they can be as luxurious or as quick and simple as you like, depending on your budget and time.
Preferred Place: Lashes by Alex (DM me for her contact! She’s hard to get into see and you’ll need a referral—trust me, she’s worth it!)
Okay, go into your makeup drawer, grab your eyelash curler, and toss it right in the trash. I’m forever changed since having eyelash extensions! Who doesn’t want perfectly curled, flirty eyelashes?! Keratin Lash Lifts are also popular now, which is a more affordable option with a similar result. But life hack: both save you time getting ready in the morning since your lashes will already be nice and curled!
My shoulders relaxed just from typing this. Massages are simply the best, especially for those of us who tense up from all the stress that piles on throughout the week (me af). My current obsession is a combination of cupping and thai stretching massage from the team @thainamicbodywork, but seriously you can’t go wrong. Well, you can. Yelp! reviews save lives. Or ask around for referrals! It could be from your friends, family, or that random stranger on the street. Word of mouth is still one of the best business tactics out there, and pretty accurate when it comes to genuine, honest feedback!