Anyone who knows me, knows that I’ve always loved dogs. They’ve been in my family for generations and I often joke that I’ve owned dogs since before I could walk – them or myself! Although, while they say a dog is a man’s best friend, I’ve never experienced that deep degree of love and loyalty that dogs are known for, mainly because I lived at home where my mum did everything for them, so she got their eternal devotion while I was slotted into the sibling role by our family pets, much to my dismay.
All of this changed when I moved to the UK and we got Poppy. She walked into our lives a mere one day after I moved here and we’ve been attached to the hip ever since. The first year after I moved would have been the loneliest I’d have ever been, if it wasn’t for this little munchkin who kept me going and gave me a sense of purpose, belonging and friendship when I missed home.
A year and a half later, in rolled our lovely Millie who won over our hearts instantly. Even Poppy’s, despite our initial concerns. It has been so wonderful to watch their relationship evolve into one of best friends and sisters who want to do everything together.
Working from home can sometimes be a little lonely, but knowing I have these two fluffballs by my side all day makes it a lot less isolating and frankly, fun. Sometimes a little too fun. And can you blame me? Those face are distractingly cute!
From meeting tight deadlines to late night dance parties to helping me plan outfits for my blog shoots (thay actually sit on the bed and pay attention while I put on mini fashion shows!), my two little BFFs never leave my side. In fact, lately they’ve been participating in my pamper nights when we all get a little girly grooming done (which basically means that I use the time when I have a sheet mask on and my toenails are drying to give them a good brush to rid their curly coats of knots and matts, which poodles happen to be famous for because of their non-moulting, hypoallergentic fur).
So I thought I’d put together a quick list of essentials for a girly night in that’ll have you covered whether you walk on two legs or four, just in case you’re planning a little pamper sesh with the precious little pooch-kin in your life.
(1) A Nice Robe
Whether you’re a fluffy white hotel robe kinda gal or you prefer a delicate and feminine satin number, consider a good robe your OOTN. And since tonight is all about looking and feeling good, why not start with the perfect outfit?
(2) A Candle
Set the mood for a relaxing night in with your favourite scented candle. I happen to be partial to Jo Malone’s Peony and Blush Suede but there are loads of budget options available if you don’t fancy the splurge. Just make sure to keep it well out of reach of any exciteable pups so your relaxing night doesn’t end in a disaster.
(3) Good Playlist / Podcast / Netflix Binge / Magazine
Do you want your pamper night to be calm and relaxing with some jazz music on in the background? Or are you all about having a little mini rave with your pups to some 80s / 90s hits? Or perhaps this is the only time you’re going to get to catch up with a podcast or Netflix series you love. Whatever mood you’re in, make sure you have your choice of entertainment on hand for a great night.
(5) Drinks and Snacks
Whether you’re a chamomile tea or a G&T kinda gal, I’d make sure to set up a little ‘bar’ near where I was doing my beauty treatments so I could refill whenever necessary. I’d also keep a few favourite snacks on hand (hello cheese and biscuits!) in case you get peckish.
(4) A Face Mask
Is it even really a pamper night if you don’t do a face mask though? My favourite sheet masks of all time are by Korean beauty brand Innisfree and are perfect if you’re after intense hydration and an overall boost. But I’m also a huge fan of Lush’s Mask Of Magnaminty for when my skin is a bit aggravated and spotty.
(3) Nail Varnish
I like to use the time when my mask is on to give myself a little DIY mani-pedi. Although it is also a good time to catch up on shaving your legs and other bits that may require attending to.
(4) Eye mask
I absolutely love the feel of a cool gel eye mask after a long, hard day. The only challenging part is training myself to lie still, relax and not check my phone. Easier said than done!
FOR YOUR POOCH
(1) Dog Leads / Leashes
We found that our dogs were a lot better behaved and more receptive to being groomed at the groomer’s as opposed to in between sessions at home. Our groomer told us that that was because they appreciated the structure of their lead being hooked up to something as opposed to freestyling it on the sofa like we did. Well we tried this at home and it worked wonders. All we did was install a little hook on the wall, hook their leads on and it was like we had somebody else’s dogs all of a sudden. Be sure to unhook them and take their leads and collars off as soon as you’re done grooming them, though.
(2) Pretty Hairbrushes
Because your little furball deserves a little glamour, too. Like I mentioned, I like to use the time when my toenails are drying and my face mask is on to give my two a good brushing. We’ve recently discovered the PetAngel and the Tangle Angel Pro brushes and love that they’re gentle on their poodle curls. PS if you do own a poodle and you’re a bit behind on their grooming and they’ve developed some stubborn knots or matts, I’d advise using a brush like the PetAngel ones to give them a dry brush. Then stick them in the bath. After the initial brush and a good shampoo, their hair will be much softer and easier to detangle with a comb.
(3) Round Head Scissors
The kind that kids use in school, so just in case your furry friend makes any sudden movements, you won’t have to worry about hurting them. I like to keep them on hand to trim the hair around their eyes (warning: only attempt this if your dog really trusts you, is well behaved and doesn’t fidget) or to cut out any stubborn matts in their fur instead of tugging at them with a comb, because to me, it is more importnt that the grooming experience is a positive and pain-free one for them than their hair looking a little uneven.
(4) Dog Treats
Give them periodic breaks between brushing and be sure to reward them with their favourite treats for being good. They’ll be more likely to behave if they know treats are up for grabs, too.
(4) Favourite Toys
If your pup isn’t a fan of being groomed, then tonight is going to feel less like a pamper night and more of a punishment. Make the environment feel more welcoming and familiar by scattering a few of their favourite toys around. Bit of a bonus that they’ll also have something to distract themselves with while you have your eye mask on / your manicure is drying.
Sometimes brushing can leave dogs a little warm. Especially if they’re not a fan of being groomed or they have a couple of tricky knots. Make sure you have a water bowl on hand so your pet doesn’t feel uncomfortable and can cool herself down again if she needs to.
What are your essentials for a good girls’ night in? Share them with me in the comments below or via social media – I’m @MascaraEverSat on Twitter or @MascaraEverySaturday on Instagram. See you at the next post! xx
**This post is in collaboration with Pet Angel. However, all opinions are entirely my own and I would never endorse brands / products I don’t genuinely believe in / wouldn’t buy or wear personally.