$5 At-Home Spa Night Ideas

I miss the days where I’d roll up my glow-in-the-dark Barbie sleeping bag and get dropped off at my friend’s house for pizza, the Lizzie McGuire movie, and late night truth or dare. In those days, I never wore makeup or face masks, so sleepovers were the time to experiment with beauty products and makeup.

5 dollar at-home spa night ideas

I remember one of my friend’s and I would go into her parent’s master bathroom and raid her mother’s medicine cabinet. We’d lather sticky masks onto our faces while we tried to learn to curl our hair and paint our finger nails without getting the polish all over the place.

Nowadays, spa days require appointments and they come with bubbly and a bill at the end. It’s fun every once and a while for a special occasion, but when you’re on a budget, it can’t be a weekly thing.

I believe in pampering yourself every day. Whether that’s taking a bubble bath just because or putting on a face mask while you answer emails, I think it’s important to give your hair, skin, and nails some extra love.

I’ve been gravitating towards a few specific products lately to have spa night and I thought I’d share them with you as all together it adds up to about $5! So here’s how to have a spa night on a budget:

at-home spa night ideas to relax

Use things you already have to create a spa-like atmosphere

Spa water: I’m assuming you have water in your house and probably some form of fruit. There are loads of recipes for fruit infused water that are really simple to make. I like to make my sisters and I strawberry-lemon water on nights like these!

Candles: If you’re anything like me, you have too many of these. I love this one for a sweet, summer scent. I also have two Scentsy’s and an essential oils diffuser, so I’ll definitely break out those bad boys for a spa night party.

Twinkle lights: At school, I drape these over my bed frame so that when I’m relaxing I can turn off all lights except for them. It really gives the room a relaxed vibe! (Check your garage for Christmas lights and borrow for the occasion if you don’t already have some in your room!)

Music: I like to find spa music on iTunes radio and I also have several “chill” playlists on my Spotify. Play one of those if you’re not watching a movie or Netflix show for background noise!

  hask deep conditioner

Deep conditioner

Spa night for me starts in the shower because I like to exfoliate and just feel clean, you know? To add in that extra bit of pamper, I do a deep conditioner. I love the Hask ones because they smell amazing, make my hair super soft, and I can get about 5 uses out of a $2 packet! Pick a couple up at the store for you and your friends to try out whether you’re having a sleepover or on a staycation.

hask deep conditioner for an at-home spa night

Essie polish: Van D’Go

Face Mask

You have to leave the deep conditioner on for 10 minutes before rinsing, so this is a perfect time to do a face mask. We all know that I love the Que Bella ones from Target, since they are only $2! I love doing these with my sisters or friends. Plus, they are super hydrating for your skin and can really give it a pick-me-up.

healthy late night snack

Late-night snacks

Now, after you rinse out your conditioner and rinse off your face mask, you’re going to feel totally relaxed. Unwind with Netflix or read your favorite beach novels. For a good late night snack, slice up one banana and add cinnamon and honey on top. I put it in the freezer for 3 minutes so it’s nice and cool. Since bananas are super cheap for a bunch, this will keep your spa night at about $5 total!

If you or your spa night guests aren’t fans of bananas, get strawberries and melt a chocolate bar to dip them in. I think this would wind up costing you about $3, but it’s still an inexpensive and delicious spa night treat.

Ready for a relaxing spa-night? Send me a picture if you try any of these products or you have your own $5 spa night!



  • I love spa nights at home! They’re so relaxing!
    -Anna | http://www.fivefootandfabulous.com

  • I love these ideas- I love having a little me time by putting on a face mask and just relaxing at the end of a busy day!


    • cristina

      Same! What’s your favorite face mask?!

  • An at home spa night sounds just lovely. I want to get a bath bomb and pamper myself one night this week.

    xoxo, Jenny

    • cristina

      Ooh that sounds amazing! I should do that too 🙂

  • Love these ideas! I always forget how much I loved my twinkle lights in my freshman dorm, I really should put them up again. It makes the room feel so much cozier!


    • cristina

      I was just thinking the same thing! I’m putting them all over my apartment in August for sure 🙂

  • Great ideas! I love doing a hair mask and a face mask. Also, the Relax & Unwind playlist on Spotify is my favorite! I’ve had it on repeat for days!

    • cristina

      Isn’t it great?! So relaxing!

  • I really want to try out some more DIY face masks with things that I have in my home as that’ll make it even cheaper! I love your ideas for an easy spa day. I have lots of great playlists on my Pandora account so I’d probably use that instead.

    xo, Kimberly

  • Spa nights are the cats pajamas! When I was little, my aunt and I would have spa nights and I’d make her give me a pedi and foot massage! Love all your tips.

    Rachel / http://www.seashellsandsparkles.com

    • cristina

      So fun!! When you visit again, we’ll have to do a full blown spa night! (And be able to open the wine this time haha)

  • Love me a good smelling candle! And refreshing, fruity water always reminds me of a spa- so yummy.

    Alix | http://www.apintsizedlife.com

  • This is so great! I love beauty on a budget and DIY beauty! Will definitely have to try these out on my next girls night in.

    • cristina

      Yes!! Send me a picture or tweet if you do! 🙂

  • My mom and I have spa nights all the time, Its a lot of fun just to relax!! I really wanna try your home made face masks!


  • I love at home spa night! I love task products!! So awesome 🙂


  • Ooh yes this is such a great idea! I’m really into self-care and I think it’s so important (I actually just got a 90 minute massage today… such a treat!). But when I don’t feel like splurging, some soft music and my favorite Diptyque candle will do the trick, too!
    Kayla || Keynotes from Kay

    • cristina

      I get massages a couple times a year and they are HEAVEN! Sometimes you just gotta splurge for your own well being!

  • Such a good idea! I’m definitely going to use these ideas this weekend! Great ideas for a DIY spa day with my mom!
    Shaguna | gold&hearts

    • cristina

      Awh yay! Send me a tweet or something if you do, I’d love to see how you create your spa night!

  • I love those deep conditioners! And that late night snack is calling my name!

    How 2 Wear It [] http://how2wearit.com

    • cristina

      Let me know if you try any of it out! 🙂

  • Laura

    I love a good spa night!

    Laura B. | http://www.LauraWears.com

  • Teresa

    Love all of these ideas. I definitely miss the nights of sleepovers and Lizzie McGuire movies as well! My friends and I like to still plan sleepovers even though we’re in our 20s. It’s so nostalgic!

  • Oh, I need to put your ideas to work this weekend! I’ve been so exhausted from working at the house, so your post couldn’t have come at a better time! XO

  • Absolutely love this post! As a girl on a budget, (got to love college) a spa trip isn’t always an option. I’ll definitely be trying out these ideas soon!