The Ultimate Guide
Febuary 14th marks the day full of love and however you’re spending yours this year, whether you’re going out for dinner with your significant other, staying in with Netflix and plenty of snacks or hitting the town with your girls for cocktails, there’s nothing like spending that little bit of ‘me’ time to get ready!
Not only that, taking that little bit of time out just to treat yourself is the perfect opportunity to remember to love and treat yourself too. Valentine’s day used to just be about couples, mushy cards and Facebook timelines full of roses and gift but slowly but surely, we’re also coming round to the idea that Valentine’s day isn’t just about that, but about friends and about ourselves too. Whatever you’re doing tomorrow, spending a little bit of time tonight to dedicate to just you and feeling great is a perfect way to spend the pre-Valentines evening!
So, light some of your favourite scented candles (the Diptyque Roses candle is my current favourite plus it’s so perfect for Valentines day!), pour yourself a glass of wine or even make yourself a cuppa and run yourself a hot bath full of oils, bath bombs or whatever takes your fancy and gather some lovely products to use ready for Valentine’s day! I’ve rounded up some of my favourite Valentines Day preparation products to make you, your skin and body feel, look and smell beautiful without massively breaking the bank. Just those little extras to make yourself feel amazing, perfect for whatever you’re doing February 14th!
Soap and Glory
Whenever my skin is feeling a bit dryer than normal and could do with some TLC, I always reach into my Soap and Glory stash for one of their scrubs, my current favourite being the Sugar Crush scrub. Anyone who’s given this a whiff will tell you just how amazing the scent is; a vibrant citrusy lime scent that whilst strong doesn’t have that off-putting artificial addition that some product scents do have. This contains sea salt, brown sugar and macadamia grains to gently exfoliate the skin removing any dry patches with ease. Your skin is left feeling soft and energised and a little really goes a long way with this!
Yes To Tomatoes
The Face Mask
Sheet masks are one of the easiest ways to give your skin the TLC it deserves without any mess or hassle. They are my favourite way to prevent and combat any skin problems and the Yes To Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Mask is the perfect pre-Valentines mask! Charcoal is a natural detoxifier helping to remove impurities and helps to avoid you getting any pesky spots on the day! This helps to clean your pores and keep your skin feeling refreshed and ready for Valentines! Leave on for ten minutes and let the mask do all the work for you!
Whenever I think of Impulse, it definitely reminds me of my school days and spritzing a pretty unhealthy amount of their body sprays in the school toilets before skipping off to classes but I’m pleasantly surprised to say that I really love the scents of these still! Perfect for those who perhaps find perfume too strong or don’t wear it day-to-day, this little can of fresh, fruity goodness is just the ideal size to chuck into your handbag allowing you to top-up throughout the day to keep the scent. Instant Crush is the perfect Valentines day scent with notes of blackberry, pear and vanilla; it’s soft and not too overpowering, the perfect accessory for your Valentines date.
Sure Maximum Protection
When you’re out and about enjoying your Valentines activities, the last thing you want to worry about is anything other than if you’re enjoying yourself. Sure Maximum Protection in Confidence is the boost you’ll want to keep you feeling confident all day. You can apply this the night before when your sweat glands are less active giving you the maximum protection throughout the following day. This also has a beautiful subtle scent which is nice addition! Not forgetting to mention this is a wonderfully creamy product meaning your delicate underarm area doesn’t feel too sensitive or dry.
The Body Oil
As much as thick and creamy moisturisers can feel beautifully luxurious and obviously do wonders for your skin, they can sometimes border on the greasy side and take a little bit longer to settle into the skin. More and more I’m reaching for body oils and Dove’s Dermaspa Uplifted Oil is really wonderful, it still gives your skin that luxurious, soft, moisturised feel without that greasy feeling or having to hang around for ages for it sink it. Not only that, it’s subtle cucumber and musk scent is really light and refreshing. I love this and I find it definitely keeps your skin feeling soft and lovely for a while afterwards too!
Sally Hansen and Barry M
Finally, the last point is the manicure. There’s nothing like freshly painted nails to make you feel put together! The Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure is one of my favourite formulas on the market; creamy, long-lasting, shiny and a beautiful colour range to go alongside. A statement red is such a classic shade for Valentines Day and All Fired Up is the perfect pillar-box red. If red isn’t really your thing, the Barry M Coconut Fushion ‘Surfboard’ shade is lovely, a lilac colour with a tiny little bit of pink infused. The polish is lovely, long-lasting and also helps to moisturise and look after your nails too!
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Soap and Glory Sugar Crush Scrub
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