Valentine’s Day Prep 101
From Your Head to Your Toes
By: Brit Linton, Blogger – Happy, Healthy and Hilarious
When it comes to Valentine’s Day, people tend to fall into either one of two categories, so to speak. There are those who zealously pledge to boycott anything, and everything, associated with cinnamon hearts and cheesy romance, while others shamelessly display a seemingly endless parade of non-stop, twenty-four hour PDA. But whether you’re hittin’ the clubs with your fierce female counterparts in a “Love Day” protest, or canoodling on the couch with your significant other, there’s absolutely no denying that Valentine’s Day requires a little groom and prep situation!
So ladies, have your waxing kits and hair wands at the ready… because we’re sharing a totally foolproof guide on how to ensure that you’re looking fierce and fabulous come Valentine’s Day, regardless of your current relationship status!
Soft, subtle waves or romantic curls are, of course, a long withstanding hairstyle hallmark of Valentine’s Day. You simply cannot go wrong with this particular look, and while the logistics of achieving this fun, flirty hairstyle may seem a bit daunting, we PROMISE, it’s easier than it appears!
In order to properly prep your curls, you’re going to want to ensure that a heat-protecting serum or spray is applied to your hair, prior to blow-drying or curling. ABBA Thermal Protect acts as a protective barrier to hot temperatures emitted from styling tools, and contains plant-based proteins like the ProQuinoa Complex to strengthen and provide even further protection for your hair. Simply spritz ABBA Thermal Protect on damp hair, and you’re good to go!
TS Pro Tip: Heat-protecting serums or sprays are total necessities, and this first step is absolutely essential to keeping your hair healthy, while still achieving a sense of style when utilizing heating tools!
Once you’ve applied a serum, and the blow-drying process is complete, next comes the super fun – yet intimidating – part… CURLS!!!! Either a curling iron OR wand, like the GS Curlflex, would be ideal for this particular step!
For effortless, romantic waves, begin curling half way to three quarters up each strand of hair; be sure that you’re curling away from the face! Once your curls are complete, take a comb and lightly brush through your hair to loosen the curls, creating a chic, yet “I woke up like this” kind of vibe that works for both a night IN or OUT!
Makeup has this incredible potential to completely transform or create a look, so you should decide what you want your makeup to convey come February 14th. Are you going for something a little more subtle and “Flirty Fun” or bold, and “Sexy Vixen” this Valentine’s Day? Small makeup modifications can make a big difference and even something as seemingly simple as lip colour can alter or determine your whole vibe for the evening.
Lips are arguably THE most versatile and important makeup essential on Valentine’s Day! A perfect pout should be your best accessory, and Deca Cosmetics offers an incredible line of mineral lipsticks packed with lip-healthy and moisturizing nutrients like avocado oil and vitamin E! Not to mention, each shade is rich in beautiful, kissable, pigments.
Here are a couple of different ways to play with Decca’s lip products:
For “Flirty Fun”: Looking for something a little more on the innocent and fun side of things? Winged eyeliner, pink or nude lips, and a little mascara can go a long way! Either line with a soft pink or nude (think Elegant Rose or Pink Delight), and finish off with Antique Rose or Lavender Rose lipstick!
TS Pro-tip: To prevent lipstick or gloss from bleeding onto the skin – just, the worst – lightly blend concealer around the lips before lipstick application. For a pouty, wet look, try dabbing a little lip gloss of a similar shade as your lipstick onto the middle of your lower lip.
Dry, flaky skin is definitely not a cute look for one of THE most intimate nights of the year, and assuming that your boo doesn’t have some sort of sandpaper fetish, this is an issue we’re thinking you might want solved!
The first step toward flawless skin on Valentine’s Day is exfoliation, exfoliation, and you guessed it… exfoliation!! Why exfoliate? This process removes any dead skin cell buildup, and allows your body to regenerate new ones, leading to brighter, glowing skin with an even tone! Uhm… SIGN. US. UP!!
The Konjac Bamboo Charcoal Sponge helps cleanse, detoxify, AND exfoliate skin, and is made utilizing 100% natural vegetable fibers; AKA it’s PACKED with minerals and antioxidants!
TS Pro Tip: Depending on the sensitivity level of your skin, try to exfoliate once or twice in the week leading up to Valentine’s Day, for simply irresistible, touchable skin!
Finish off your new fabulously polished skin with either a romantic scented lotion or spray! We’re thinking theInfinitely Loving, Chinese Jasmineline from SpaRitual couldn’t be more perfect for the occasion! This natural body lotion helps hydrate, moisturize and soften the skin, all the while exuding an enticing, alluring floral fragrance… done, and done!
Pssssst.. the Infinitely Loving, Chinese Jasmine line from SpaRitual is only in stores for a limited time! So be sure to pick yours up well before Valentine’s Day!
Although a perfectly glossed set of nails may not seem like the most integral step of your Valentine’s Day prep, it does help create a more put together, polished look that surely won’t go unnoticed… even if it is just on a subconscious level!
Pinks, nudes, reds or an elegant French manicure are all quintessential “Valentine’s Day”! Side Note: If you really can’t decide between the pink or red colour scheme, why not do both?! Colour blocking is becoming a major nail art trend this 2017, so this sweet holiday would be a fun opportunity to test this new fad out for yourself!
TS Pro Tip: Doing your nails at home, and in a rush for date night?! Sometimes you need those nails to dry ASAP, so fill a bowl with cold water and a couple of ice cubes. Submerge the tips of your fingers, and wet nails into the water; let it sit for 2-3 minutes! Remove your fingertips and POOF… dry nails!
Okay, we get it… although it may seem like a bit of a contradiction to stick your nails into WATER to DRY them… this little pro tip TOTALLY works, and is life changing quite frankly. You’re welcome ladies!
How do we put this lightly… you don’t want to find yourself in a “hairy situation” come Valentine’s Day, so we’re thinking the Clean & Easy, Waxing Kit may be a bit of a good investment. Catch our drift?
If you do want to take on the task of an at-home, waxing session – we promise, it’s not as complicated as it seems – be sure to exfoliate FIRST! Remember good ol’ step number three on this prep list? Well, exfoliation also helps prevent any unwanted ingrown hairs during the waxing process, because let’s be real… they’re not the most appealing blemish to “inherit”, so to speak!
Sensitive skin? Clean & Easy offers a Sensitive Blend to help prevent irritation and redness by utilizing natural ingredients like Chamomile and Azulene which contain soothing or calming properties.
TS Pro Tip: You want to make sure that your hair is the appropriate length for waxing, because in order for the wax to take hold of the hair, it needs to be long enough! A general rule of thumb is to wait roughly three weeks between waxes.
Aside from this, be sure to follow the directions on your specific waxing kit carefully!!
So, now that we’ve got you covered from head to toe in the grooming department… all you have to do is figure out just exactly how you’re going to celebrate on the big day 😉