As my phone blinks at a Facebook invite to an anti-Valentine's event (cheers Hannah, Ben appreciates it), I realised that with the concept of anti-Valentine's spreading like wildfire, almost everyone now celebrates Valentine's in one form or another. So I've put together a rosey feature for the perfect Valentine's.. and one raspberry thrown in for good measure. Everyone loves raspberry. Right? Raspberry macaroons, my fave.
For the prep..
For the smoothest skin with a waft of genuine rose, I recommend a soak in the REN's Moroccan Rose Otto Bath Oil to start. It'll relax you if you're nervous for a first date, and it's also super nourishing so your skin will feel soft and supple for the big night. I also love their scrub, and they also have a body wash, a body oil and a body cream to ramp up the rose. If you're not sure about it, try out their Gift Set for £18.
If you're going to be curling your hair for romantic locks, keep it in place with Fudge Urban's Iced Raspberry & Vanilla Hair Spray. Not only will your hair smell of subtle sweet vanilla with a hint of raspberry, it'll keep your hard work in place with its strong hold yet soft-to-the-touch formula.
A Finishing Touch..
I've recently be spritzing the L'Occitane Rose 4 Reines Eau de Toilette for a fresh rosey aroma. You might think it's too much to smell of pure rose, which is why this EDT is so great. Its top notes include violet leaves, Sicilian bergamote and blackcurrant leaves, while its heart notes are an array of various roses - Grasse rose, Bulgarian rose, Turkish rose and Moroccan rose to be precise. The base notes are some of my favourites, with musk, sandalwood, heliotrope and white cedar. So as you can imagine, it's a complex and gorgeous rose-dominated scent with a solid base notes and light top notes.
On to the Make Up..
I'm a firm believer to keep the make-up fresh and to the minimum on truly romantic dates - something I took from Tanya Burr's Valentine's videos years ago. Two things are a must though - lipstick and blush.
Continuing with the rose theme, I bring to you Chanel's Rouge Coco Shine in Secret. Now which shade you choose is up to you, but these lipsticks have a gorgeous rose scent to it. I chose Secret because it's a gorgeous pale pink with a hint of warmth. The Rouge Coco Shine give you the purest light gloss and just enough pigment to keep your lips looking fresh and "you".
For blush, I've chosen Stila's Convertible Color in Rose. It looks scary in the pan, but actually, it's a truly natural blush that'll give you that, "just come in from the cold" cheeks. If you fancy a darker colour lip than Chanel's Secret, this formula can also be used on the lips. The packaging's also super slim with a nice mirror, so it'll be great for touch ups during the night.
Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Secret; Stila Convertible Color in Rose
Whatever your plans are for Valentine's Day later this week, have a lovely lovely evening ;)