Full disclosure, Valentine’s Day has never really been a day I’ve enjoyed celebrating.
Restaurants pump up their dinner prices, flowers are double the price, with roses being triple, and the amount of loved up advertisements online and plastered all over shop fronts and shopping centres, often leaves me seeing actual red.
But, whether you love it or hate it, Valentine’s Day has finally arrived.
And this year, instead of making plans with my partner (who feels the same way about Valentine’s Day as I do), I will be giving giving myself some self-love.
Self-love is probably best described as a fusion of wellbeing and happiness giving something back to yourself. Whether that be timeout in the bath reading a few pages of your favourite book, getting a massage, having your hair done or maybe taking yourself out to dinner.
Between balancing a career, family, a social life and everything in-between, we often consider self-love a luxury rather than a necessity. but, every once in a while when you can, switching off to everything around you; whether that be for half an hour or more, really helps you unwind, reset and recharge both your physical and mental wellbeing.
For me, I will be spending the evening giving myself an at home pamper of self love, which starts with a hair treatment whilst relaxing in the bath and finishing with a luxurious skincare routine.
So light the candles, lock the door and bubble up the bath, because you’re about to get some serious self-love on.
This will turn your bath into a beautiful shade of peachy pinks from warm orange. Scented using natural oils of Grapefruit and Davina your bath will be infused with Vitamins A, E and K, and fresh peach juice, all of which helps to maintain healthy skin, giving you a gorgeous glow.
This candle is a decadent scent of Arabian violets, sandalwood, oceanic notes and musk. Sit back and let this candle help you drift off to a far away land of exotic Arabian nights where the sun meets the sand and the stars always shine.
It’s cruelty-free, vegan and made from the best botanical ingredients to help your hair shine, de-frizz and get hydrated. Although specifically designed for girls with the curls, this treatment does work for frizzy prone hair struggling against heat styling and environment pressures.
A beautiful NEW Australian owned and made beauty brand, which uses the best natural botanicals from our beautiful country. The smell of this cleansing gel reminds me of a high end luxury day spa, which is perfect for an evening at the end of a long day.
Sand & Sky have seriously nailed the whole clay mask concept, using some of Australia’s best ingredients. Keeping with their signature pink clay key ingredient, this mask has the inclusion of Australian Glow berries, Vitamin C and Kakadu Plum. A little goes a long way this mask and five minutes is all you need for this mask to work its magic.
Yes please, I want to smell like a traditional 19th Century English Rose Garden. This gel is super luxurious and skin is left feeling plump, rosy, well hydrated and glowing. Using rose-stem technology, this mask works to restore skin back to it’s youthful look after using the clay mask.
The Jojoba Face oil makes a great replacement for any night moisturiser as it is rich in vitamins and provides intense hydration. This oil is soft to use and is unscented. Jojoba is also great for treating blemish prone skin, as it works to balance excess sebum build up, which is known to block pores.
Fun fact about Jojoba: Did you know in order for the Jojoba plant to germinate, you need one female plant planted to five male plants. When the time is right, the male plants will let their seeds fly and impregnate the female plant so the flowers will grow and the plant will then be ready for harvesting, which can take up to eight years.
This seriously powerful serum will smooth out skin, leaving it well hydrated, brighter in appearance and it also contains a natural blush colour which illuminates the skin. The texture is soft and melts into the skin beautifully, making it easy to wear under any other makeup product.
Don’t forget your lips, they need a little self-love too. Burt’s Bees new Naturally Tinted Lip Balm in Pink Blossom gives you eight hours of hydration and moisture. It’s made with Shea Butter and Botanical Waxes to support lip health. This balm has been coloured using natural carmine.
Finish your self love pampering with a spritz of the the new fragrance by Ariana Grande. It’s summery, fruity and made with raspberry notes combined with coconut, pink rose petals and macaroon. It is a sweet scent, but a total mood booster. Ariana says the scent represents moving forward from a challenging life chapter.
Or if you’re looking for a more remedial scent to finish of your self-love pampering night, try the Balance Me NEW Aromatherapy scent by Raww Cosmetics. It’s for calming the senses and restoring harmony. The oil combo is of Lavender, Geranium, Roman Chamomile and Tangerine – Hmm heaven. Simply roll onto the skin and enjoy the scent.
Known for their successful sunscreen range, Sun Bum have now released a fabulous new haircare range, perfect for cleansing the hair after a day at the beach and even provides UV protection for your beautiful locks.
The texture of this shampoo and conditioner is seriously silky and smells like a banana milkshake – yum. And yes, your hair will smell like bananas for at least a whole day, so if bananas are not your thing – steer clear.
It’s loaded with ingredients like Coconut Oil, Banana Pulp, Quinoa Protein, Banana Peel and Leaf and Sunflower Seed Oil – all of which protect, nourish, hydrate and revitalise the hair.
As I tend to lean more towards frizz free focused haircare products, I was a little apprehensive about these products actually working for my intense and very thick curly hair. However, my locks are left feeling and looking soft and shiny after using this shampoo and conditioner, restoring my faith in non-frizz management haircare products.
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