Fed up of store bought chocolate boxes and petrol station flowers, we have thoughtfully put together this go-to list of eight pampering beauty essentials for girls hankering after a little Tender Loving Care this Valentines. From beautiful scents to vampy lipsticks, we highlight the current best beauty buys, and the best bit is, they are affordable too! So why wait for your significant other to show you how much he cares, go on, treat yourself instead!
Every gal should invest in a good eyelash curler as a minimum essential for her makeup arsenal. So treat yourself this Valentine’s Day. Be sure to choose a pair with good quality rubber pads to protect your natural lashes and ensure a natural curl. If your own lashes lack a little oomphf, simply fake it! With many high street stores now stocking false lashes, you are spoilt for choice. Due to their disposable nature, buying overly expensive lashes is simply not cost effective. We recommend Claire’s Accessories and Primark – both budget chains offer a great range of lashes, from long and flirty to finer, shorter lashes for a more natural look and feel.
For the Go-Getter
For a gal in a hurry, you can’t beat a no-nonsense all in one beauty palette. Compact and ultimately transportable, there are a good range of high quality sets to choose from on the market today. Good sets often include a miniature blush, a few eye colours and even a bronzer too. We like ‘Instant Look in a Palette by Charlotte Tilbury’. Hailed the ‘5 minute face on the go’, at £49.00 this fab compact has everything you need to achieve that natural, glowing complexion. Containing two eye-brightening eye shadows, a contrasting eye shadow for the ultimate smokey eye, bronzer, cheek highlighter and blusher, this handy kit is just what a busy gal needs to take from day to night in an instant. Better still, the neutral shades have been carefully selected to ensure they will suit a variety of complexions too!
The Perfect Brow Kit
Of course, no eye makeup would be complete without a handy brow kit to smooth warrant hairs, highlight beautiful eyes and open up the face. Benefits ‘BrowZings Eyebrow Shaping Kit’ is a handy, pocket sized compact that even comes with its very own tweezers for perfect eyebrows on the go! Available in three great shades, the kit includes an eyebrow colour wax and setting powder for guaranteed all-day brow success! At around £26 for the kit it isn’t cheap, but well worth the investment!
For the Talon obsessive
‘OPI’s Iceland 2-17 Nail Polish Collection Mini Lacquer Set’ is a great starter kit for girls looking to DIY their nailcare and at £9.95 for the set is the perfect way to ease to strain on the monthly purse. With colours inspired by the Icelandic weather, these beaut bottles offer a refreshing change from the usual nail colours of pink and red.
If your nail painting skills leave something to be desired, why why not get in touch today and purchase one of our Beauty Salon vouchers and leave the fingertips to the experts!
Perfume is a Girl’s Second Best Friend
Well come on, we all know diamonds are at no.1! If your love lust budget won’t stretch as far a sparkler this Valentines, then you can’t go far wrong than a classic and long-lasting fragrance. Us ladies all love a good scent, and in our opinion one of the best just has to be ‘Flowerbomb by Viktor & Rolf’. Retailing at £60-£70 for a 50ml bottle, it is certainly one of the pricier perfumes on the market, but for good reason. It has distinct floral undertones of jasmine, rose, freesia and orchids, and its well thought out classic packaging and geometric bottle look good on a girl’s dresser too! This is a perfume designed to linger with style.
Rapunzel, Rapunzel….let down your hair!
The combination of cold winter months, excessive colour treatments and incessant use of central heating can play real havoc with the condition of a girl’s hair. If you are suffering from dry and brittle locks or simply have dull and lifeless hair, look no further than good old argan oil. This magic potion in a bottle is guaranteed to bring your hair back to life and inject a certain shnazz back into your locks!
Hugely beneficial when used as a leave-in conditioner due to its high vitamin E content, this fabulous oil promotes hair growth, encourages shine and repairs damage done to hair by over treatment with hair styling products and salon products. There are some great conditioners out there varying a great deal in price, but we like ‘The Bodyshop Wild Argan Oil’ which retailing around £14, doesn’t break the bank.
For the Sexy Vixen
Here at Vermont, we always recommend our clients to use a moisturizing lipstick during the colder winter months. As our lips tend to be the first to suffer the effects of the winter weather, slicking on a layer of lipstick that not only protects our smackers but makes them look shmmazing too! For vintage style old school glamour, choose the ‘Joli Rouge range from Clarins’. With 28 delectable shades to choose from, there is guaranteed one to suit you. Its rich and creamy formula not only provides long lasting moisturization, it is long-lasting too for that flawless finish; guaranteed to get heads turning!
‘Clarins Hand and Nail Treatment Cream’, available in a 100ml tube and priced at just over £20 is a luxuriously smelling hand and nail cream from the team at Clarins to soothe dry and chapped hands. Long lasting jam packed full of protective anti-oxidants and softening agents, this powerful cream also works to strengthen your nails and cuticles for an all-round hand and nail care treatment.
So there you have it ladies! What you waiting for…why wait for the other half to take the hint, start browsing and update that beauty kit today.