If you’ve looked at swatches (or even tried it on in-store) of Strayin’ lipstick from MAC’s Hello Kitty Collection and thought to yourself, “This is just too bright!” I urge you to think again! First, whenever a lipstick seems too bold or bright for you, remember you can always sheer it down by using less, mixing it with clear gloss/balm, or blotting after applying.
But more importantly, you can always use a lipgloss to blend the color and adjust it to the perfect hue flattering for you. Strayin’ runs on the cool side, and I tend to look better with warmer tones. By adding Nice To Be Nice Lipglass (a glittery orange-y gloss) on top, I was able to warm up the lipstick to just the right shade that works well with my skin tone.
So what do you do when you’re staying in for Valentine’s Day? Pamper yourself, of course! To the utmost. Here at Temptalia, if you’re single, Valentine’s Day is PAMPER YOURSELF DAY! I’ve had many a single Valentine’s Days before finding the love of my life. Last year, I wrote up a good guide to making the most of Pamper Yourself Day, and I pretty much think it covers it well, but I’ll reiterate and add some things here as an update
Indulge yourself. The day is about making yourself feel like a goddess, whether that means giving in and having a decadent molten chocolate cupcake or your favorite pasta. Get take out from your favorite restaurant and chow down with your favorite movie (and maybe curl up with a pet, if you have one!). Give yourself an at-home manicure and pedicure, or take a luxurious bath.
For a relaxing bath, Liz Earle tells us, “For the ultimate relaxation add a few drops of essential oils to a warm bath. For a Valentine’s Day treat, we recommend Bliss. Its joyous and sensual blend transports you to a calmer, more contented space. With floral accents of jasmine and ylang ylang to enhance your mood, sensual rosewood and patchouli to banish stress and sandalwood to soothe.” If you’re feeling a little feisty, opt for Philosophy’s Cinnamon Hot Dots three-in-one gel for a fun bubble bath. Or body wash, if you’re pressed for time!
One thing I always loved to do on Pamper Yourself Day was to hang out with my best friend. Then it becomes a total girls’ night in/out, and you can gab and dish on all that’s going on in your lives.