I'm an only child. As such, there are some nights I'd rather spend on my own, cozied up in bed and completely relaxed. I imagine any other only child can attest to the same feelings. We're raised to be naturally independent. Though I crave companionship most of the time, every so often I need my 'me' time. Here's what my quiet night routine looks like:
I love showering at night. My hair takes an eternity to dry, so being able to take my time with it at the end of the day is a real treat. On the rare occasion I'll even get some time in the bath with a glass of wine, though that hardly ever happens [sigh]. Being able to wash off the day [which today included several layers of paint, along with the sweat from a night run], and crawl right into bed feels so luxurious.
As you can see, just when I thought I could get some time to myself, one of the pets has to nosy themselves into things. Tonight, Maggie wanted a sip of tea. Standard. Sometimes I read, but typically if I pick up a book in bed, I'll be down for the count within minutes. Tonight I stayed up watching YouTube and Netflix [Netflix and chill really is a thing!].
If I've been out late or if I quickly collapse into bed, I tend to forget this step, but I was raised to take care of my skin, and using really good products at night is an essential. Fairly new to my routine are the Luna Sleeping Night Oil and Good Genes Lactic Acid Treatment from Sunday Riley. I got these mini sizes during a sale a couple months back, and every night when I use these, I wake up with babysoft skin. Pricey, but completely worth it. I rarely break out anymore and everything just looks and feels better the following day.
On my lips, I always make sure to go to bed with some kind of balm applied to them. This one I keep at my bedside, since it's something I would only use at night. It sort of tastes like roses when first applied, which I'm not a huge fan of, but it takes even the driest of lips and makes them supple and lovely. But really, any lip balm that's colorless will do just fine. I can be pretty bad about taking my makeup off at the end of the day, but tonight I'm going to bed with clean skin and soft lips. I really ought to make this my everyday routine [#goals].
While I let the oil dry on my face, I spend a few more minutes watching something on my iPad, listening to music, writing, or reading before calling it a night. Typically, I try to sleep a bit earlier on a quiet night like this, but sometimes I get carried away with whatever I'm doing, look up and it's nearly 2am! Tonight, I'm calling it quits around midnight [as soon as I post this!] and hopefully I'll get a solid seven or eight hours of sleep. That entirely depends on how badly Maggie wants to bother me in the middle of the night. Tonight she's being awfully chatty so eight hours might be wishful thinking!