Instead of being that blog that spouts some regurgitated old press release at you about what you should buy this Valentines Day (i'm tired of reading them already and it's not even February!) I thought i'd show you my own personal favorite things to spoil yourself with on this annual love day. It doesn't matter if you're single, married, divorced or just happy in a relationship (like me) you should always take time to spoil yourself. This shouldn't even just be a one off thing, this should be at least once a week - but seeing as it's Valentines Day it's a good place to start and a good way to remind yourself about you. I don't believe in moonpig cards and expensive chocolates, and Del and I have always taken Valentines Day as a chance to spend time with each other - the old fashioned way it should be. I always take Valentines Day as a good chance to ensure I get some Zozo time too - well i'll be honest I take any day I can as a chance to get Zozo time, there's only so much playstation in the flat I can handle! So I thought i'd show you ladies how you can take the time to love yourself, and heck, even if you are looking for love this Valentines Day/weekend, at least you'll look your very best!
Treats on a budget
| Accessorize Nail Polishes - £4 - Superdrug |
Spoiling yourself shouldn't and doesn't have to cost the earth. One of the nicest and easiest ways to make yourself feel glam, or better about yourself at home is to simply paint your nails gorgeously. These sparkly two-tone Accessorize polishes are perfect for doing just that. They come in loads of different shades but after the recent hype and then let down of the Models Own Beetlejuice collection, you can easily fulfill your duochrome desires with these fab performing polishes. I find they last a good amount of time, have great coverage with just one coat and are in much prettier colours than that over hyped collection. They've been out for over a year as well... you'll kick yourself for not spotting them sooner! I love painting my nails and these polishes are totally sure to get a big smile back on your face!
The gift that keeps on giving
| GlossyBox - £12.95 inc postage - glossybox.co.uk |
What better way to treat yourself than to keep treating yourself? GlossyBox is a beauty subscription service that arrives in a gorgeous box once a month to your door. The special edition Valentines one (as featured) includes everything you need for a hot date, even if it's just in front of the tellybox! How ridiculously amazing is the pink colour? I want to eat it! GlossyBox is very widely known amongst beauty bloggers but for the other half of my readership that aren't beauty bloggers, it's an investment well worth having. I spend about £12.95 on my lunch for two days in the city, let alone being able to have some beauty products sent to me for the same price. At least one of the products in each beauty box is a make up item, and at least one but very often more of them are always full size. You always get your money back, it's a great return. If you find something in your box from a brand you really like there's usually always an exclusive GlossyBox money off code for that brand too - it's the perfect money saving all rounder for any beauty loving woman. You can also buy it as a gift now - what a lovely way to treat a friend on Valentines? I'd buy one for Lily if she didn't already have a million GlossyBoxes... !
A gift with rewards to share with friends
| The Sanctuary 30 Day Youth Revolution Spa at Home kit - £22.50 - Boots |
Bring the spa home for Valentines weekend with this kit from The Sanctuary. It's designed as a 30 day kit to pamper your skin and help fight any signs of ageing. It even includes a gorgeous brush for ensuring you apply the product perfectly. The way I see this, yes you could use it for 30 days and reap the benefits (love yourself for a month!) or, you could invite over your best girlie pals and pamper them all! The brush means you can wash inbetween applying and is hygenic, and the whole feeling of it is totally spa based. It's a peel, so you keep it on for 20 minutes - loads of time to watch an episode of your favourite show - before all descending on the bathroom in fits of giggles as you peel it all off your face. Think Damien in Mean Girls with ham on his face, it'll be hilarious. I will be using this on myself for a 30 day treat (as it's intended) but I think just one application if you were to do it in a group would still feel lovely, especially when you live in the grimy city like I do.
A gift that you and your boy will love
| Decleor Aroma Cleanse Exfoliating Body Cream - £29 - HQ Hair |
This is quite an expensive gift but chances are if you don't have a partner you'll have a little bit of extra money anyway (I know this because Del costs me a fortune in food!) and well, who doesn't love a bit of Decleor? This really thick body cream exfoliates while it cleanses and ooomg it is lush. I'm quite particular with exfoliators, especially on my body. My face often takes the brunt of the world, wind, rain, elements and general London dirt - but my body usually stays covered up and cushy. So the skin on my body is a lot softer and needs a little bit of extra soft care - Decleor of course know all about pampering and have created the most perfect body cream with soft round exfoliating beads to gently bring the skin back round to it's best. I absolutely love this, and I find it works so well getting all the dead skin off the rest of my body. And well, if you are in a relationship or heading out on a hot date, your man will find your gorgeous soft skin so irresistible!
All out Luxury
| Body Scrub by Ila Spa - £50 - Ila Spa UK |
I went and met the founder of Ila Spa recently and ever since I haven't been able to get this brand out of my head. I recently treated my Mum with an Ila Spa candle and the smell of it is ridiculously divine. She pops it on when in the bath and it provides full mind relaxation. This is the luxury Body Scrub and it's thick, soft, full of minerals and Himalayan salt crystals to remove all impurities. It's very expensive, but it's handmade in a barn in the gorgeous Cotswolds and I can ensure you, you'll never smell a better skin/body care range than the Ila Spa range. At the event I was treated to a facial using some of the skincare products and it was so good I almost fell asleep in the poor womans hands, and then walked around London afterwards in a sleepy relaxed daze. Every time I use this scrub at home I feel like i'm in the middle of a forest, at one with nature, falling asleep in the gorgeous scents. I know it sounds like i'm gushing, but you know how much I love good body products and especially one with a good ethos and that actually not only helps your skin but works the mind and soul too. The best way I find to use it is to wash my hair, get out of the bath, rub this all over my body on slightly damp skin and then chill out for a few mins on the side of the bath (i'm usually playing Bejewelled!) then get back into the bath (run a little more hot in) letting it all wash off and all sink into the bathwater. Bliss!
There you have it ladies! A different spin on Valentines, and ample opportunities to ensure you take time out with the person you should love the most - yourself. I even feel relaxed just thinking about these products!
What do you think of my Valentines guide? Do you have any of these products or will you be tempted to buy any of them on Valentines? Let me know! Happy Sunday, i'm off to pop that Ila Spa mask on!
Disclaimer: Everything in this post was provided for me for review free for consideration by each of the brands. None of them were provided for a 'valentines' feature, but i'd been saving them for a pampering feature and I think they work perfectly! I am also a glossybox ambassador but not paid to feature the glossybox.