Valentines Day is a terribly polarizing occasion. Hardly surprising really. I mean, who wants to hear about their friend's Mister buying them a new Hermes bangle when all you've got is a heated up container of left-over Thai and the first season of Revenge on Foxtel IQ at home?
Anyway, my point is that no matter whether you are loved up or flying solo this V-day, get your mitts on some beauty products to make you feel the part. And the part, is the part of a stunning, beautiful, happy individual, who loves herself as well as others. Sounds pretty good to me! Here are our top product picks to put your best self forward this V-day, no matter who you would like to impress!
Bold lips are one of the biggest beauty joys in any ladies life (says me). So, if you haven't given them a go, please, please, for the love of 'roses are red' poems, do! Got a big date coming up? Try a lip stain. These babies are long wearing, meaning they won't smudge all over your face, even if you order a big bowl of fettuccine on your date (but maybe try penne instead) or even if you get to make out afterwards, you little devil, you! For a pretty in pink V-day look, try the MeMeMe Poppy Tint Cheek and Lip Stain - so romantic! If you won't be workin' it on a date, then step right up to lipstick town! A lippy might smudge when it comes to kissing, but let me just say, my love for a creamy, smooth powerful pigmented bullet is almost unparallelled, and is my choice of lip product hands down. For a bold, beautiful pick-me-up, try the Savoir Faire Lipstick range, and keep an eye on the red Risque shade. Stunning!
Ever heard a guy say, 'gosh I LOVE that black nail polish you're wearing, babe'? Nope? Me either. In fact, I've personally been the recipient of the total opposite. But you know what? I wore it anyway. Because I LOVED it! But if you think your black enamel might scare your loved one off (they might just not 'get' fashion. And we can't really blame them, can we?) try a grey or charcoal shade instead. We love the new Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure range and one of my top picks is the metallic, shimmery shade 'Shoot the Moon'. Still high fashion, without the goth factor, and totally date appropriate. Don't care what anyone thinks and love yourself a bit of nail art? Try the cute range from Fing'rs. We love how they look like the delish frosting from our favourite cupcakes!
There is a reason women go into full on beauty melt-down mode when their hair isn't working for them, and I say that reason is because of this simple fact; hair is kind of like a cross between your beauty, fashion and actual personality as well as your comfort blanket thrown in for good measure. It can mean A LOT to your overall look, which is why when a special date night rolls around, you'll probably find yourself wanting to really ace your 'do. For a special occasion, mega-watt shine is always in order. However, as Feb falls at the very end of summer, your strands might be a little more straw than silken. If so, get your paws on a serum to turn that frizz into manageable tresses. We love the U Little Beauty Natural Shine Hair Serum which seriously has the power to calm and control any hair type. Worth its weight in gold, it's also 50% off right now in the bb store. Treat yourself, why don't ya?
However, if you are one of those Single Ladies Beyonce wrote an anthem for, you can get away with a cute pony tail with a signature Twistband Hair Tie thrown in for that extra sweet factor, as well as every woman's favourite hair care prod: the can of dry shampoo (Try the new Batiste Dry Shampoo out for kicks!) Honestly, I can't think of a better 'do to wear whilst watching Revenge and eating Thai food, can you? (Can you tell what my plans are yet?)
Of course, whether you are hitched, or single, or somewhere in between, the best beauty advice we can give you is to wear whatever beauty prods you love the most. Impress others with your individuality and go ahead and love yourself more than anyone else. No, this doesn't make you selfish, but appreciative of how beautiful you truly are! And that my friends, is A-OK, on V-day or any other - Lauren