Friday, 11 January 2019

A mini Marie Antoinette inspired evening

Marie Antoinette blog beauty routine. Vintage girly aesthetic.
  Here are my tips for making a Marie Antoinette inspired relaxing evening routine, that will work for the smallest of budgets, things that will make every evening feel like a pyjama party. I really loved making 12 princessy things to do in your pyjamas, so here are some ingredients for an enchanted night in, to do anywhere, even in your friend's shower or sofa. Here are some things that will enhance your routine, make a space feel like a little retreat, and add a little extravagance to every day life...
Marie Antoinette blog beauty routine. Vintage girly aesthetic.
 . Use floral scented products in your routine. The Queen adored most ardently orange blossom, but also doted on floral fragrances, oils, potpourris like rose, violet, lavender, jasmine, lily, cloves and also the silk sweet innocence of vanilla. The rose range from The Body Shop here is perfect for this. I love checking out affordable offerings in my local supermarket or drugstores, you can find foamy bath soaks
and silky bath oils that feel amazing. I absolutely love treaclemoon and the I love... ranges in the UK.

. Add skin soothing sweet almonds, pine nuts or linseed to your bath for exfoliation, for super soft skin. The key to angelic soft skin is to exfoliate, exfoliate, ex-fo-li-ate. My favourite scrub is Soap and Glory's Breakfast Scrub, but you can also combine kitchen ingredients like brown sugar and coconut or olive oil together, maybe with a drop of vanilla essence to make something so similar, it works so well!

. Invest in a Turkish cotton bath towel - they are said to be goddess like but are more affordable than Egyptian cotton, the joy of hotel room towels but without the hefty price tag. 
Marie Antoinette blog beauty routine. Vintage girly aesthetic.
. Dress the body in almond oil, maybe the Almond Supple Skin Oil by L'Occitane. Almond was popular with the queen, every night she is said to have worn gloves filled or lined with wax, rose water and sweet almond oil to keep her hands soft. Another lovely ritual is to dress the nails with a strengthener, prime and/or polish with pretty sheer or pastel shades.

. Choose something light and flowy to wear, something relaxed you can swan about in. Marie Antoinette is known and was infamous for rebelling against the heavy dress code of the time and often rejected the opulence, and tight corsets in favour of pretty pastels and light, sheer, comfy and chemise like garments. I'm thinking about putting together a little wishlist of garments and pieces that are perfect for lounging at home, or donning as nightwear. Let me know if you'd like to see!

. According to records, her signature face mask consisted of four ingredients, two teaspoons of cognac, one egg white, one third of a cup of powdered milk and the juice of one lemon. To make it simply blend these in to a paste. This is still used today, the citric and lactic acid to dissolve dead skin cells, tighten pores, the cognac to stimulate circulation and the egg to repair skin tissue. A powdered almond milk is a wonderful alternative to regular milk and you can even add a little vanilla essence.
Marie Antoinette blog beauty routine. Vintage girly aesthetic.
. A silken pillowcase is often considered the epitome of luxury whilst sleeping. There is also the silk eye mask, both of which are known to be beneficial for the skin and any signs of aging. Treat dressing for bed as dressing for an occasion, deck even the tiniest space out with your freshest sheets, fresh and sweet scented fabrics, even lots of lovely fresh flowers - even flower petals to be extra extra.

. Make and sip some Jasmine tea and enjoy beautiful desserts, choose special marzipan delicacies or M&S macarons my fave, perhaps from a bakery in your town, or even some that you have made yourself. Maybe a slice of apple or rhubarb pie, depending on the season, eaten with a fork. Sometimes I dream about living in the city and just casually popping in to Laduree for a bag of macarons... or a box of Krispy Kremes works too!! Choose special, beautiful, unusual desserts that delight the eyes as well as the tastebuds. The secret is to surround yourself with items that evoke joy within each of the senses.
Marie Antoinette blog beauty routine. Vintage girly aesthetic.
. The queen used liquid based remedies, lotions and potions as part of her beauty routine. Now our modern ones are even more beautiful and advanced, such as specially formulated rose water spray you can keep at your bedside to refresh, moisturise and even the complexion, plus smell delicious!

. Light candles for added effect. One would have dressed and undressed and bathed their face by candlelight, recreating that soft ambience can make you feel comfy, calm and soothed. An amazing alternative too is to use fairy lights and LED candles, they are much safer if you are ever to nod off straight away or have small children or animals around me plus no smoke or soot marks, voila!
Marie Antoinette blog beauty routine. Vintage girly aesthetic.
A modern mini Marie Antoinette evening is never complete without watching the film with a bowl of marshmallows! PS The Duchess is currently free to watch on iPlayer too. I really hope you enjoyed this little guide or set of tips. I feel like incorporating any of these in to your routine will infuse a little luxe and fun in to every day life. Do you have a favourite historical drama? Let me know! 

18 comments:

  1. Great post! I love Marie Antoinette (the film) - some great tips here.

    I love having a silk pillowcase! And, I never knew about the almonds or pine nuts as an exfoliant - I will have to try it out!

    Zoey | https://www.zoeyolivia.com

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  2. Your posts are always so dreamy and whimsical!

    Danielle xx
    https://www.fashionbeautyblog.co.uk/

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  3. Great post! Love those items!
    Eva @ UrbanWheelz.co.uk

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  4. This is such a unique post and I love it! I think I'm going to have a Marie Antoinette evening next week and feel all fancy!

    xoxo
    Jess
    The Crown Wings | UK Travel & Lifestyle Blog

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  5. I really enjoyed this post Elizabeth! I love Marie Antoinette and all this pampering makes me feel so lush just by reading it. Silk pillow cases are definitely a good investment I would say - one day I will get some!

    Julia x
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  6. Such a great post! I definitely need to invest in a silk pillowcase it seems like a great addition to have xx

    Hannah | luxuryblush

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  7. This is so wonderfully indulgent! I'm no stranger to tea and desserts in the evenings :3 I really like the idea of a silk pillowcase... Some Youtubers I follow have raved about their thrifted silk pyjamas, which makes me want to search for one too haha -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey's

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  8. Beautiful!!

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  13. Face masks and doing my nails are my favorite. I can do them every night and never get tired of it!

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