GOD be with the days when we thought that spa weekends were the norm, a small reward for a hard week's work.
It may be back to basics for us all but there's no reason why you can't have a spa night hanging at your own place. It's easy- peasy if you're one of the growing number of people who live alone -- light some candles, perform a full body exfoliation before you hop into the shower and then draw a scented oil bath, get as many as you can in pre-water charges (health food shops sell some great essential oils), and then smooth on a face mask.
Alternatively, get Himself to mind the kiddies for a couple of hours and repeat all of the above after you lock the bathroom door.
Lots of beauty brands have spotted the gap in this market -- including Lush who have just launched The Lush Spa gift box (€32.50). Containing a bath ballistic, massage bar, serum bar and foot scrub -- it's a perfect pay-day treat.
OF COURSE, some of us simply can't let the grooming regime go and so we go less frequently and prioritise our 'must-do' list when we simply don't have the cash.
Nevertheless, it is worth keeping your eyes out for package deals from established beauty houses.
The limited New Year Great Body Package from Brazilia caught my eye -- and it's perfect timing for anyone who has an event coming up.
Comprising a Lycon tan, a Hollywood/ Brazilian wax and a Shellac colour nails, it costs €100. Get a free eyebrow/underarm, too.
Brazilia, South William Street, D2, and 4 Sandyford Office Park, D18. Tel: (01) 675 0000. Offer ends on January 31.
There are lots of Valentine's Day-inspired ideas currently making their way into Herald HQ. It might not be your bag, but Littlewoods do have a super line of affordable date-night dresses. I say forfeit the expensive meal, treat yourself to a sexy little dress and have a cosy night in with your significant other. This Fearne Cotton, flattering, pleated dress is only €79.
PS... Rihanna for River Island showcases at London Fashion Week on February 16. The collection launches globally in stores and online on March 5