FEELING a little bit run down? Whether you’re fighting off Covid or a cold, it might be time for some well-deserved rest and relaxation.
Go from “argggh” to “spa-aah” with these great tips . . .
WE’VE GOT IT SALTED: A salt bath is great for a pamper, and an Epsom salt bath is just the thing for tired limbs. But while Boots’ Westlab Pure Mineral Bathing Epsom Salt seems reasonable at £4.99 for 1kg, poundshop.com has a 450g bag with a spa-like vanilla scent for £1.
Buy two and get almost the same amount as the Boots offering for less than half the price. You could also add floating spa lights from prezzybox.co.uk at just £11.99. And Spotify has some great free “relaxing spa music” playlists to really set the mood.
MONEY-SAVING MASK: A soothing beauty face mask is a treat, but checking the ingredients and switching brands could save you dosh. Compare packets to see how similar they are.
I use Revolution’s Charcoal Purifying Mask, £7.95 at beautybay.com, instead of Body Shop’s similar Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask, £18. You could also make your own exfoliator from brown sugar and oil, then do a hydrating mask of honey, avocado and natural yoghurt. There are plenty of inspirational recipes on Pinterest.
GO PRO: Or get out of the house and book into an actual spa. A cheap trick is to book a treatment and the spa will usually let you use the facilities for an hour or two. Another is to get a great deal on voucher sites. A group of six can save ten per cent at spabreaks.com, or go to buyagift.co.uk and get a spa day with a treatment and tea for two — was £183, now £99.
HAIR WE GO: If you are unable to get to the hairdressers, do it yourself without forking out. I love Knight And Wilson PurePlex Hair Repair System, £8.95 at Superdrug, which works in a similar way to hairdresser favourite Olaplex No3, £26 at Cult Beauty.
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GET into the GBBO spirit with the Swan retro stand mixer with 4-litre bowl, was £160, now £85 at ao.com.
DESSERT just got fancy. Try the Müller Light Ltd Edition Mocktail-inspired Strawberry Daquiri six-pack and get two for £4.50, normally £3 each.
SHOP at Sainsbury’s? You can now get more money off the products you usually buy with My Nectar Prices, which provides personalised offers.
Either use the Nectar app or the self-scanner in store to start building your profile. The discounts will be available for weeks and sometimes months.
CREATE a cosy space with this black lantern, £35, from The White Company. But I’d rather pick up Poundland’s great double, at a bargain £4.
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TAKE advantage of a cheap dinner as Wetherspoons celebrates Tax Equality Day today. The chain has cut the price of all food and drink in its pubs by 7.5 per cent for today only as part of its campaign to highlight the benefit of a permanent VAT reduction.
At present, all pub food and drink sales are subject to VAT, while similar supermarket sales are zero-rated.
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