Sunday Spa Routine

One Editor’s Cheap-Meets-Expensive Sunday Spa Routine

She ends up with smoother skin, whiter teeth, and shimmery blue nails.

By: Samantha Sutton
Photography: Weston Wells

I’m going to be honest with you: my everyday beauty routine? It’s nothing fancy. On a typical morning, I’ll wake up, shower—often using drugstore-bought products—moisturize, then head out the door. I admittedly don’t wear much makeup (just enough to even out my skin tone), and I like letting my hair air-dry for an easy, natural wave.

But once Sunday rolls around, I do take some time to pamper myself, and enjoy testing out masks, scrubs, and other items that were sent to Coveteur’s office. I’d definitely say I’m more of an “experimenter” than a “loyalist,” but—and there’s always a but!—there are some things in my routine, both high- and low-priced, that Ive purchased time and time again.

Check out my mix of old favorites, new finds, drugstore steals, and celebrity-inspired splurges that help make my Sunday a fun and relaxing one, giving me a beauty boost before the week ahead.


Fizz & Bubble Iced Pineapple Bubble Bath Candies, $15

To be honest, when I first saw these bath candies, I thought they were edible—and I think that’s the point! While I rarely take baths (read: never), I’m curious about these bath bombs, and feel like a long soak is just what I need after a chaotic fashion week. I’ll let you know how it goes!

Crest 3D White Glamorous White Whitestrips, $30

For the past few months, I’ve tried everything (minus professional treatments) to whiten my teeth: toothpastes, mouthwashes, even *very messy* charcoal. But I’ve come to realize nothing works better than classic whitening strips. I usually keep them on while watching TV or when I’m in the shower (or in this case, I guess, bath).

Blaq Meteor Shower Scrub, $25

Here’s another something I’ve never tried but am hopeful about. This scrub that’s supposedly made from “actual meteors from outer space.” I’m *finally* getting over my summer skin issues (the one perk of the cooler weather), so I want to make sure everything is fresh, clean, and glowing under my fall clothes.

Garnier Fructis Grow Strong Shampoo, starting at $3

I first bought this shampoo on a whim, but now I feel tied to it. Between the way it smells, my strong and shiny hair, and the $5 price point, you can’t beat it!

Skin Laundry Hydrating Facial Sheet Mask, $10

I’ve been sleeping and eating pretty poorly over the past few days, so, naturally, my skin could use some love. This sheet mask promises to refresh, hydrate, and nourish, but even more convincing than that? The almost 5-star rating on Sephora! The comments say it’s cooling and reduces redness, to which I say, bring it on!

La Mer Blue Heart Crème de la Mer, $465

Anything La Mer gets a whole lot of hype and celebrity endorsement, but it’s actually worth it. My skin has looked so much better since I started using it every day (more even, pretty clear, super soft), and here’s a fun fact: My boyfriend uses and loves it, too!

Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye, $60

The one part of my body I’m super self-conscious about is under my eyes. They’re typically dark and puffy, and while a lot has to do with genetics (ugh), it’s also because I’m never not tired. But a few weeks ago, I bought this gel creme—which was the most popular suggestion when I did a quick Google search—and have already seen brighter results. Some days, I even skip under-eye concealer! (And yes, that’s a big deal for me.)

Bath & Body Works Winter Candy Apple Ultra Shea Body Cream, $13

Forget your pumpkin spice—I’m already in holiday mode! I received this lotion as a gift last Christmas, and while I’ve let it sit for a few months, I recently started wearing it again. To me, it smells like pure happiness, but according to Bath & Body Works, it’s “a fun, festive blend of red apple, winter rose petals, and candied orange.” It’s currently sold out on the site (but will likely be in stock soon!), so right now, you’ll have to make the purchase on Amazon.

Essie Bikini So Teeny Nail Polish, $9

A nice way to end my pampering session? With a quick coat of polish…mostly to prevent any stress-induced biting I may do during the week. My go-to color is Bikini So Teeny. I just love the pretty, fresh blue shade, with a hint of shimmer.