14 payday treats for sunny szn
A selection of feel-good things that you may not think about spending your payday money on but may well appreciate having in your life!
image The White Lotus, 2021, HBO
words Rhys Thomas
It's summer, also known as sunny szn, feral szn, the szn where loads of people just decide to go on holiday – whether around the UK, to festivals, or elsewhere. The szn where we look out of the window at the sun and the shorts and t-shirts and no shoes, and think: _to heck with work, I want to just go and lay down with a book and vibe all day, and then see people and occupy beer gardens all night.
It’s a feel-good time of year, sun is good for us after all, provided you’re slathering on the sweet SPF. But there’s one thing that makes this start to summer even better, it’s payday week! That’s right, it’s time to look at the budget and make a little space for thinking about your summer and how you plan to elevate it (we have some suggestions below).
Whether you’re looking for pampering products, boosters to help you feel less tired after partying all weekend, cute caps, sleek shirts, delicate cleansers, a speaker that you can literally take anywhere you decide to adventure (it’ll go through streams, up mountains, whatever!) these payday treats will provide answers.
With brands including Hæckels, Bang & Olufsen and Garbstore, on display, it’s well worth a little browse on our marketplace as you eye up the. Besides, some of these will last much longer than just the summer…
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Handmade from a combination of wooden, glass and faux pearl beads, this bag is as unique and head-turning as it is beautiful and feel-good. Imagine this arriving, you hold it, you marvel at the gold lining, you picture a bageutte you bought from a market in the south of France sticking out of it. You remember that you got it half price (yup, it's on sale). Blissful!
Now, you’re thinking about treats, but you’re not thinking about a heated eye wand, are you? Fair enough, it’s a wildcard, buuuuut hear us out. This heated eye wand is a great addition to your daily routine. The 'heat only' setting effectively works like a hot compress (without all the fiddliness), which is great for dry eyes (and actually, relieving hayfever symptoms). Other settings include massages and red LED light in combination with heat. The ways in which your eyes will feel better is honestly surprising.
Hæckels came from Margate and took over the world with their seaweed-laced beauty and wellness products, now they’ve taken things a step further. Spiraglow™ is a type of algae which the brand has literally invented. It’s in this serum and is unique, containing hydrating, anti-ageing, calming and other properties we get from a variety of seaweed all in one place.
Also, Hæckels make great candles, a fair few of them, but this one smells like the sea. Clean, fresh, salted air, yes, but also all those other lonely beach smells that the real heads will know and crave: crushed up sea shells, petrichor, seawater, the slight coppery smell (probably iodine really) you get off the seaweed. It’s all there. Lighting this candle is completely transformative. A treat, a little holiday in your room.
a sound investment
There’s outdoor speakers, and then there’s outdoor speakers. This one can be taken to the park and it’ll play great quality tunes for up to 27 hours, sure, but let’s think bigger. Mountain climbing, cave diving, use your imagination. It’s waterproof (if it gets muddy you can just wash it in a stream), it clips onto a backpacks, the controls are glove-friendly. Endless limits, good vibrations.
Are you magnesium curious yet? Heard people saying how their sleep is soooooo much better since they started taking magnesium, and that they feel soooooo much better as a result?Well, magnesium is one of the minerals we tend to not get enough of in Western diets, so they could be on to something. Either way, payday is the time to find out, right?
A soak in a bath with some salts can transport you to any seaside you like, while offering the aromas and pamper of a spa. Post-festival recovery, self-care Sunday mornings before meeting friends, just for absolute vibes, bath salts will help you to ease muscles, aid you in sleeping through the heat, they do it all. The exfoliator will leave your skin both radiate with glow and feel fantastic to touch.
Heated eye masks are great for when your eyes are tired (including from looking at screens all day) and relieving headaches. Plus it just feels nice and calming, thanks to the chamomile along with the general heat and vibe. A great way to end the day. Buy a few in and thank yourself later. They travel well too.
Speaking of those warm summer nights, sleep's often a difficult one. Too warm to not have the window open, of course, but the sun sure does come out early, which can wake people up. One thing that can help is a good eye mask, made from silk because we've gotta keep that skin and hair on point. Ideal if you're travelling, too!
This high-waisted jogger and oversized sweatshirt are made from super soft organic cotton, they work well as a set to lounge around the house or stroll to the park with an iced coffee in, but the real magic is that as individual pieces they are sleek enough to dress up for any occasion. And also, obviously, they make ideal airport drip.
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