Valentines Day Beauty Tips

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Feel and Look Your Best This Valentines Day

Maximize Your Lashes

lashes

1. Start by curling your lashes. Gently pinch lashes at the roots and then move along the length, making pulse-like squeezes as you go.

2. Apply mascara by wiggling the wand back and forth at the roots to deposit as much of it as possible before pulling the wand straight up.

3. To make lashes look long and separated, apply three coats of mascara—but comb through the mascara while it’s still wet with a clean, dry spooley brush.

 

Get Smooth Lips

lips

1. Exfoliate: Slather on a nice lip scrub with your fingers.2. Moisturize: Apply a creamy balm containing petrolatum, shea butter, hyaluronic acid, dimethicone, or ceramides. Avoid waxy formulas (their ingredients may not penetrate) as well as anything heavily flavored or fragranced (which can make chapping even worse).

3. Add color: Try a tinted balm like Fresh Sugar Rosé Tinted Lip Treatment SPF 15, Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmer, or Benefit Benetint Lip Balm SPF 15.

 

Refresh Your Complexion

complexion

Exfoliate once or twice a week with an at home masque.For normal skin: Try a hydrating enzyme masque that will gently exfoliate the build up of dull, dry skin. The Vital C Masque from Image Skincare is a perfect choice.

For oily or combination skin: Use Image Skincare’s Total Resurfacing Masque with alpha hydroxyl acids that will help to resurface and rejuvenate your skin.

For sensitive skin: Use a gentle masque to help balance your complexion. Try Image Skincare’s Balancing Gel Masque. It’s an ultra gentle, organic masque to help soothe skin.

 

Apply Fragrance Like a Pro

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Spritz fragrance on your pulse points, which give off heat and release the scent: your wrists, inner elbows, temples, neck hollow, behind the ears, and behind the knees. Apply no more than two drops of perfume, three sprays of eau de parfum, and four hits of eau de toilette. And since, over time, you become desensitized to the smell of a fragrance, resist the urge to pile it on, and stick to the amount you used when you first wore the fragrance.

 

Give Yourself a Flush

blush

Don’t underestimate how good blush can make you look. A cream formula looks the most natural, goes on sheer, and is easy to blend. To find your best shade, gently pinch your cheeks and match the blush to the color you get.

 

Try a Scented Body Oil

nars

For smooth, glowing skin all over, switch from your normal lotion and apply a lightly fragranced body oil. Some great choices are:  Nars Monoï Body Glow II, which is scented with the Tahitian tiare flower, a type of gardenia; the clean-smelling Neutrogena Light Sesame Oil; and Lisa Hoffman Spa Shower Body Oil, with bergamot and ginger

 

Get a Great Wax

waxing

There is nothing romantic about getting a bikini wax. But here’s how to make the best of it

Book it: Your hair has to be long enough—about a quarter-inch—for wax to work. Book your appointment accordingly, about every two to four weeks.

Prep your skin: For the closest wax, exfoliate with a body wash containing salicylic acid before your appointment, but don’t apply any lotion.

Manage the pain:  Ask the waxer to tackle small areas at a time. And if you get red bumps afterward, apply aloe lotion or hydrocortisone cream. DO NOT take any pain medication as it could make you bleed more.

 

 

 

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