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Combating the Winter Blues, Part 2: DIY Spa Night

By Jocelyn Rosenthal, University of Colorado
College Tourist Ambassador

girls in facial mask

If you’re like me when the temperatures are dropping to zero, the thought of leaving the house at night seems daunting and unnecessary when your house is so warm and cozy. Going to the movies or a concert is fun but costly, so what’s a girl to do for fun, cheap, and warm winter entertainment? Over the next few weeks I will be researching the best activities to do with your friends on a budget and right in the comfort of your own house or dorm!

Spa Night

On Monday nights you will find all my roommates snuggled up on the couch waiting for The Bachelor to come on. We keep all our collective nail polish in a container on our coffee table and usually use this time to paint our nails. This got me to thinking; this would be an excellent time to do a spa night! Here are the ideas I’ve found

Nails I happen to be pretty bad at painting my nails, but luckily spa nights allow you to have someone else paint your nails for free. To make your at home manicure more like a salon experience try this nail strengthening treatment:

Oil Lemon Soak
6 tbsp of Olive Oil
2 tbsp of Lemon (juice or squeezed)

Combine olive oil and lemon in dish and lightly mix, you can soak your nails in this for as long as you can sit still, up to 30 minutes.


For Shiny Hair:
3 tbsp of olive oil
1/2 cup of coconut milk
1 avocado

Mash up the avocado until it’s smooth then add the coconut milk and olive oil. Once everything is mixed together heat it up in the microwave for 20 seconds. Slather all over your hair and after 30 minutes wash it all out.

For Healthy Hair:
1 egg
1 banana
2 tbsp of honey
1/2 avocado
3 tbsp of virgin olive oil
3 tbsp of buttermilk

Mash the banana, egg and avocado together. Once you have a smooth mixture, stir in the buttermilk, honey and olive oil. Apply it all over your hair and let it sit for 20 minutes before rinsing. You will be left with revived, healthy-looking hair.


For Zit – Zapping

cotton swab
hydrogen peroxide
½ oz. powered oatmeal
½ T. fresh lemon juice
¼ c. egg whites
3 drops honey

First clean pimple with hydrogen peroxide, and then mix remaining ingredients into a paste. Put mixture on blemish and let sit for 20 minutes before washing off with warm water. For best results use twice daily until the pimple is gone, and you can store the mixture for up to a week in the fridge.

Sugar Olive Facial Scrub 
3 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 Tablespoons Honey
½ Cup Sugar
Small Container

First pour olive oil into container, and then add honey and finally add the sugar to the mixture making sure to stir it thoroughly. Take a scoop of the scrub and massage it into your skin in circular motions for 60 seconds. Rinse the mixture off with warm water and pat your skin dry for glowing skin.

*You can also use this for your feet, hands or any rough skin you may have*

Cucumber Yogurt Mask (For Dry Skin)

½ Peeled cucumber

1Tbsp. of plain yogurt


Blend cucumber and yogurt until it is completely mixed into a thick consistency. Dab mixture all over face (avoiding your eye area), leave on for 20 minutes, and after wipe off with a damp wash cloth to reveal moisturized skin!

To complete the spa night, have relaxing candles and boil a pot of water for chamomile tea to complete the rejuvenation. Remember to have headbands to keep your hair back, and towels to keep the concoctions off your clothes and furniture. So relax, take a load off, and reenergize yourself with a spa night.

If you have any ideas or favorite DIY beauty recipes post them here!

Jocelyn Rosenthal

University of Colorado at Boulder | 9 stories

I am originally from New Jersey, but traded my bathing suit and road rage for skiing and hikes with my dog Rufus in the Rocky Mountains. I love running, arts & crafts and visiting wacky roadside attractions.

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