Thursday, February 14th, 2008

There are few days out of the year where I really go all out to look my very best in every single way; this Valentine’s Day was one of those such occasions. As the first Valentine’s Day I get to actually spend with my boyfriend [in person], I wanted to pamper and primp myself to the nines. Even though we didn’t (and didn’t intend to) go out, I still wanted to work hard to be at my prettiest! (But those are my flowers pictured above!)

Temptalia’s Pampering & Primping Routine

  • Cleansed, exfoliated, and soft from head to toe. My usual shower is ten to fifteen minutes, but today I was in there for at least a half hour. I shampooed and conditioned my hair (with Herbal Essences Long Term Relationship), exfoliated my body (with cake’s sweet cheeks scrub), and shaved (with Every Man Jack Shave Gel). Oh, plus took a loofah to every inch (with philosophy’s raspberry sorbet shower gel).
  • Moisturized from head to toe. Pretty standard, but I chose a scent I knew my boy would really enjoy, which meant I pulled out bliss’ vanilla+bergamot body butter. I hate feeling cold lotion on warm skin, so I always make sure to whip the body butter between my palms to help warm it up before I apply it to my skin.
  • Thoroughly prepped the face ’til it was baby soft. Although I’d like to think I pay a lot of attention to my face on a day to day basis, I made sure not to miss a pore. I exfoliated (with Prescriptives’ Instant Gratification, my love) first, and then I followed with a healthy layer of moisturizer (Estee Lauder’s Re-Nutriv Ultimate Youth Creme).
  • Blow dried my hair for five minutes at a time inbetween steps. I don’t particularly like standing around blow drying my hair, so I tend to do it in shorter intervals while I’m getting ready, but I definitely did this!
  • Highlighted my decolletage. Really! I dusted MAC’s Daisylight beauty powder on my shoulders and cleavage for subtle highlighting and some shimmer.
  • Get polished with makeup (everyone’s favorite part). I already posted the look I wore for Valentine’s Day earlier this afternoon, but I want to tell you why I chose to do that look. My boyfriend doesn’t hate on bright looks, but he does prefer more natural ones, so that was a definite factor that weighed into my decision. Secondly, I think it’s important to enhance natural beauty on an occasion like Valentine’s Day, which is about loving and appreciating each other. I wanted to go for a look that was subtle, but eye-catching, and something that would suit my skintone and incorporate a touch of color. I opted for darker pink-red lips rather than a brighter pink or a deep red, because my boyfriend loves me in pink lips (and hates me in red lips!). I also made sure to properly contour and highlight my cheeks so they would be more prominent.
  • Total Pampering & Primping Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes

What’s your ultimate pampering and primping routine? What do you do when you want to look your very, very best?

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6 thoughts on “Valentine’s Day – Pampered & Primped – What’s your ultimate primping routine?

  1. Hi Christine..glad to know you had a nice time on Vday. I had a really nice candle-light dinner with bubbly at home. My ultimate primping routine definitely includes full body scrub (especially my back and soles), shaving my legs and arms, moisturing with St Ives firming lotion, and (oh I use peppermint scrub for my feet, it smells delish!). My usual face lotion (Happyderm) and loads of my fav perfume (just dabs, not sprays). Perfume decides the occasion – I have 4-5 fav ones. I also make sure my toes and fingernails are neatly cut and shaped and painted evenly.

  2. My superprimp mode is quite like yours lol. Definitely exfoliating and shaving. Yummy lotion , face mask (sometimes a steam if i have time) facial scrub and good face cream.
    Then i really take my time with my makeup i have different methods for different time constraints LOL.
    Last week i left the house with just moisturiser and sunscreen which i haven’t done since i was a teenager! My new skincare regime is the bombbb!

  3. heychew

    can u put up a pic of your boyfriend