Students are generally well-known for their nights out, but as the evening are getting darker and colder, why not organise a budget-friendly girls’ night in?
To make your night a success, you’ll need to do a little preparation, so first decide what sort of party it’ll be and who’s going to make it onto your guest list.
Essential to every good party is the food, so think about what your friends will like. If you’re mates are health buffs chances are they’ll be glad to see sliced veggies and a selection of dips, but if they’re not so bothered opt for fun foods like sweets, crisps and chocolate – and plenty of it! There’s no problem with asking everyone to bring along their favourites to help spread the cost. Make sure you have a mix of juices, soft drinks and if there’s going to be alcohol add ‘bring a bottle’ to the invite. You could even offer a few cocktails if you want to add a touch of glamour. Some simple recipes can be found here.
For a night of pampering and beauty treatments you’ll need to stock up on some basics, such as facial wipes (pick up a great value pack from Wilkinson for less than £1), cotton pads, buds and wool, and make sure you’ve got some nail polish remover, cleanser, toner and moisturiser. Remember to ask everyone to bring a towel, a face cloth and a hair band or hair grips.
It’s up to you to decide what treatments you want to have at your party; select from the following or add your own, and have a few DVDs on hand in case your guests want a change of pace later on.
Homemade Hand Scrub
This sugar-based hand scrub has got to be one of the simplest, most effective homemade treatments out there. All you need is granulated sugar and honey, mixed with a few teaspoons of water. Have a bowl of warm water to hand, lay down a couple of towels and rub a little of the scrub into your hands. Wash, dry and rub on a little hand cream. You can also use this on your feet. You’ll be amazed with the results!
A steam is a great addition to a girls’ night in and it couldn’t be simpler. Just boil the kettle and pour the water into a bowl or sink, taking care to warn your guests how hot it is. Add a drop or two of your preferred oil (tea tree is great for skin problems, lavender for relaxation, lemon for clearing that bunged-up winter feeling). Cover your head and shoulders with a large towel and steam your face for 10 minutes. One steam can be used for as many people as needed until the water cools down.
Home Spa Face masks
The rule with making your own face masks is simple: if it’s good for your body then it’s good for your skin. So think pureed fruit and vegetables, oats, honey, Greek yogurt and herbs. Combine these with essential oils for added benefit and a nice fragrance.
It’s completely up to you what you do with the ingredients, especially if you fancy being adventurous, but I’ve included these recipes for specific skin types.
You’ll need… 1 over ripe banana, a few drops of fresh orange or lemon juice, and a tablespoon of warmed honey. Puree the banana and blend with the juice and honey. Add a little water to achieve your desired consistency. Apply to your face and leave for 10-15 mins, then wash off.
Peel an over-ripe avocado and blend with a tablespoon each of Greek yogurt and warmed honey. Apply to your face and leave for 15 mins before washing off.
Combination / balanced
Mix an over ripe peach with a handful of porridge oats and a tablespoon of honey to create a thick consistency. Add a few drops of milk if necessary. Apply to your skin and leave for 12 minutes.
With any facemask put a few cooling slices of cucumber over your eyes to reduce puffiness and brighten their appearance. After you remove the mask, be sure to cleanse thoroughly and apply lots of moisturiser.
This is great fun and perfect if you’re after a new look. Pair up and take it in turns to do each other’s make up, trying new colours and styles. It’s worth asking at beauty counters if they have some free samples of different foundation shades and eye shadows to give you. They often have free samples of cleansers, toners and moisturisers too. Suggest to your friends that they bring over some pieces from their own make-up collections so you can mix and match from each others’.
A lot of people think doing a French manicure is really difficult, but it doesn’t need to be, especially if you pair up and take it in turns to do each others’. For a low-cost manicure set, opt for Superdrug’s own brand set.
Once you’ve filed and smoothed, wipe the nails clean and dry. Grab yourself a set of manicure nail guides and apply these to the nails, leaving the tip exposed. If you’re really wobbly then place a sticker underneath the white of your nail on your skin too. Apply two coats of white polish and allow to dry completely. Peel off the stickers and discard. Then apply a coat (or two if necessary) of nude polish over the whole nail, including the white tip and allow to dry. Once dry, complete with a clear top coat. If you feel really brave and want to glam it up a bit, apply tiny gem stones to the top corner of each nail using the polish to attach them.
So with your party planned, you just need to prepare a space to have it in. Depending on how many guests you’re having over you may want to clear a space and put out some cushions. Spray a little perfume or light a scented candle to create a fragrant environment, and have some suitable music for pampering and relaxation to hand.
So why not plan your own pamper party and have a fabulous girls’ night in that won’t break the bank?