Love Alert

Valentine’s Day falls on Sunday this year, and that’s something of a game changer. The expectations will be high, and there is no excuse not to go all out. No pressure or anything. Just because you’ve locked down a beau, doesn’t mean your life is all red roses and lingerie – there are still serious challenges: First, picking a gift that best reflect how long you have been together. Translation: where are you on the relationship scale from socks to whiskey rocks to hoverboard!?? Second, remember that the thought counts more than the money spent. So, if he has a super sweet tooth, the retro V-Day candies could be the best gift out there! Third, remember any clothing you buy him is free reign for you to borrow (hello, cashmere sweatshirt!).

There are so many ways to express feelings of love: some are sweet and sentimental, others are bold and celebratory. Going out on Valentine’s Day can be the worst. Most fancy-shmancy restaurants offer prix-fixe menus and expensive champagne that can leave you wondering if you got enough bang for your buck. And that’s if you even managed to get a decent reservation at an over-booked favorite place. An evening at home is much more low-key and fiscally responsible, but can the atmosphere be as romantic? Heres how to make V-Day 2016 live up to—dare I say exceed?—the hype.Let the stress of DTR-ing commence!

1. Make your home into a spa. If you’re on a fixed income or just trying to save money, get some sushi at the grocery store, draw a bubble bath, and give each other massages. Keep it simple and romantic.tumblr_l9oy42uCXc1qdj9rao1_500

2. Cover your significant other’s mirror with Post-it notes listing all the things you love about him/her. Make a heart shape with the notes or spell out something fun and cute.

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3. Build a cozy blanket fort for an all-day movie marathon. If you haven’t built a blanket fort in a while, you’ve probably forgotten how fun they are to make and hang out in. Set yours up in front of the TV, make some popcorn, and cuddle up to watch movies for as long as you want.

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4. Cover the room with love-note filled balloons for your significant other to pop. Cut little slivers of paper and write down all the things you love about the other person or about you as a couple. Fill empty balloons with as many rolled-up notes as you want, and then blow up the balloons and spread them all over the room. At first glance, the balloons will just look like V-Day decorations, but once the balloons get popped, your little love-note surprises will be there waiting.

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5. Make a “Valen-timeline” of your relationship that highlights all your favorite past moments spent together. Print out photos you love from moments you’ve shared and write down details of that event on the back. Try to remember as much as you can from each event so you can both look back on all the good times and compare memories. Hang them in order on a piece of ribbon (like a timeline) for him/her to find.

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6. Take your significant other on a scavenger hunt to all your favorite places and spend the day visiting each one. You can’t celebrate V-Day without some kind of cheesy poem, so turn your clues into little love poems and then hide them at each spot for your loved one to find.

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7. Give the gift of handmade love coupons. Come up with a list of inexpensive things your guy/girl would love (a massage, a movie night where he/she gets to pick the movie, etc.) and make little coupons they can redeem whenever they want.

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8. Sneak little love notes all around your significant other’s home, car, coat pockets, etc. for him/her to find throughout the day. You know how good it feels to find a dollar in your pocket, so imagine how sweet it would be to find little random love-note surprises everywhere.

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Well, what are you waiting for? Show your guy/girl/someone that your love don’t cost a thing.

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Paint The Town

Want a pout that’s sexy, bold and daring during these winter season? Craving some color? The street-style lip-color goddesses have spoken, and their commandments are as follows: Rule the bold lip! Be brave! Be outrageous! Well you guessed it: red is the go-to-color! But, its not as limiting as you may think. Play with crimson, wine, berry, oxblood and cherry shades. And experiment with stains, glosses, matte lipsticks. Reimagine the classic and create your own magic!

Finding the colors you love, but not burning a hole in your wallet is not an easy task. In such case, where to look other than your nearby drugstore! We raided some to find the freshest shades and textures for the season. Here, the creamy nudes, glossy violets, and matte reds that are sure to satisfy your taste-and your budget.

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Baby, It’s cold outside

As we head into winter, we need to be prepped. It’s getting cold outside and we are not about to get sick with our overstuffed social calendar. We bet you’re pretty busy too and want to be top of your game. And winter is kind of totally really awful to our skin.

That’s why we assembled a collection of products and our favorite cold weather essentials to keep your skin looking beautiful like a sparkly fairy princess. No need to thank us, it’s what we do. So, keep yourself warm and healthy.

 

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Beauty Resolutions Worth Making

It seems that when Jan.1 rolls in, a lot of pressure comes with it – hit the gym, bring your “A” game at work, or whatever made to the “things I need to improve” list. Quite often, resolutions turn into not-so-fun obligations, and, quite honestly we are over it.

A week later? Ah! forget all that. Instead of thinking about things you could have done differently, make your mission to feel the best you possibly can – to treat yourself. We find that when we take time to pamper ourselves, we are able to handle stress more easily and generally kick ass at life. And perhaps, we are biased, but we find beauty resolutions most fun and relaxing of all.

After all, who wouldn’t agree that trying a daring lip color is much more appealing than, keeping check on carb intake?  Yes, we think so too. Ahead, you will find some new beauty trends that easy, achievable and totally worth making. Don’t believe us? Just try one out – trust us, we guarantee you will feel spectacular.

Give your limbs some extra TLC

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It’s no secret that a countless of variables – like stress and weather – can take tool on our bodies. So, pretend that your body is a friend who had a rough day, and give it some extra love. Not sure where to start? With winter officially here and dropping temperature, most of us are suffering from annoying skin ailments like dry skin and irritation. Try bath with essential oils, or using Ponds body cream to bring yourself back to life. Massage over face and neck in morning to smooth and soften skin before applying make-up, or in the evening for deep, overnight hydration. The rich and creamy formula is easily absorbed by skin to nourish deeply while significantly reducing dryness caused during winters.

Mask It

tea-tree-face-mask_l-1Hair and face masks are perfect ways to pamper – not to mention, they offer both immediate and long-lasting results. If you’re looking for instant gratification in your appearance, we highly recommend trying one of these a couple times a week. As for your locks, treat them to a reparative mask. Stay on track by marking your mask days on your calendar.

Pencil In A Spa Day

spaSpeaking of your calendar, if there’s one mantra to prep yourself for the week, it’s indulging yourself in a spa day – or night – once a week. This can be as simple as putting on a mask, lighting some candles and listening to some relaxing music. Or, you can go all-out with a facial and a mani-pedi. Whatever your style is, make it your own and make it blissful.

Go Outside Your Makeup Comfort Zone

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It’s easy to stick to your fail-proof, safe makeup menus – the ones we can practically do with our eyes closed. But, since it is new year, we suggest venturing outside your normal routine, finding new you, and trying something new and daring. You can never go wrong with a statement lip or switching your basic black liner for an eye-catching ombré. Prepare yourself for bountiful compliments.

Make Exfoliation A Priority

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Everybody loves baby-soft skin. In order to achieve the soft, glowing skin we all crave, proper exfoliation is essential. Cleaning off dead cells two to three times a week (depending on skin type) leaves you feeling super refreshed, gives you a gorgeous glow keeping your skin youthful and allowing other products to work better. There’s nothing worse than spending your hard earned #money on quality skin care products and finding that your skin isn’t getting any benefit from them.

Try A New Brand

newbrandYou don’t need to be a beauty buff to be familiar wit brands like NARS, MAC, and Urban Decay. These labels constantly impress us with new releases but it’s easy to forget that beauty is a world full products working hard to themselves known. Sometimes, a local brand can do wonder that an expensive brand can only promise.

When In Doubt, Chop It

We always encourage going with your gut. If you’re sick of the same hairstyle you’ve had for years, or yours are looking lifeless, it’s time for an update. Many celebs have made the change from long to lob this past year – and if they can take the plunge, so can you. Merely chopping off couple of inches can make you look few years younger. Otherwise, changing color or adding highlights can do wonders.