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Autumn Skincare Routine

Autumn skincare tips to live by 2019- Love your skin

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Autumn Skincare RoutineWhile we’re all for cosy Autumnal nights in, accompanied by a mountain of blankets, hot chocolate and a lineup of rom-com films, the change in weather unfortunately isn’t good news for your skin. As we transition seasons, it’s time to curate an Autumn skincare routine that soothes and smooths your post-summer skin whilst simultaneously prepping your skin for winter. The Vanity Van team have gathered up our best skincare tips to supercharge your skincare routine as we make our way into the crisp Autumn months. 

After a Summer of long beach days and hours in the beating sun, your complexion is more likely to suffer from uneven skin texture, congested pores and breakouts. There’s a common misconception that exfoliation causes dry, flaky skin, but we’re here to tell you that you’re totally wrong. Gentle exfoliation is the best way to treat dehydrated, dull skin as it scrubs away dead skin cells and allows your skin to resurface, revealing a healthy, radiant glow. Removing damaged skin cells and dried up oils also means that the skin is able to absorb beneficial ingredients deeper, so you get more bang for your buck when it comes to skincare products. We’re ready to jump on the exfoliating bandwagon, are you?

Autumn Skincare RoutineMoisturising throughout the year is non-negotiable, but as the colder months creep in, it’s essential to upgrade your skincare products to more hydrating, nourishing formulas. Autumn months typically cause your skin to produce less oil, stripping it of acids that naturally occur in the skin. If you have dry skin, it’s officially the time to knuckle down on hydration boosters to stop your skin from getting flaky. Opt for a moisturiser specifically designed to prevent moisture loss and replenish and resurface the skin barrier. For those of you with oily skin, applying a full-duty night-cream can feel a little heavy on the skin, so opt for a moisturiser formulated for oily skin with a matte finish to prevent your skin producing more oilsIs your skin still feeling a little thirsty? Indulge in a weekly treatment mask to brighten your skin tone and replenish your skin. Leave the mask to settle overnight and remove in the morning with a soft cloth to unveil beautiful, Autumn ready skin!

Which of these Autumn skincare tips will you be trying out when the weather takes a turn for the worse?

How to maintain or fake a glowing Summer tan- Tanning routine

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Tanning Routine

Catching that “fresh from the beach” tan after a long Summer’s day is sometimes unavoidable, even if you have slathered your body in SPF. As Summer comes to an end, we’re all in a slump about the sunshine saying goodbye. But, while your holiday may be a thing of the past, it doesn’t mean your tan needs to. We’ve gathered up our best hints and tips for prolonging the life of your tan as we make our way into the Autumn months. If you haven’t had a chance to catch some rays and have remained the same pasty hue all Summer long, do not fear because we’ve got the perfect no-stress, no-mess tanning routine for a flawless summer glow.

Pre-sun prepping is incredibly important, but post-sun aftercare is equally as vital to achieving a flawless, picture perfect tan. A rich and nourishing after-sun treatment not only soothes the skin but also hydrates it, which is key for when you’re hoping to maintain your glow long after you return home. Just as you would SPF, slather after-sun on your face and body daily to replenish moisture your skin may have lost throughout the day, and to restore the natural protective barrier of your skin. While you’re loading up on the lotions, add a gradual tanning moisturiser to your basket as it is a great and effective option to extend the life of your tan and give your skin a youthful, glow boost as your tan fades.

The first step in a seamless tanning routine is exfoliation to slough off the top layer of dead skin cells and form a smooth base for your tan to stick to. Renowned as the “juice cleanse of the beauty world”, dry brushing is a new, revolutionary exfoliating technique that is incredibly effective and easy to incorporate into your daily routine. Begin at your feet and brush upwards using gentle, small strokes, or work in a circular motion. Take a shower afterwards to rinse away the dead skin cells and follow up with a hydrating moisturiser to replenish your skin. Regular body brushing primes your skin to absorb the ingredients in your skincare products, keeps ingrown hairs and clogged pores at bay and helps reduce the appearance of cellulite. A long list of beneficial properties, plus prepping your skin for a perfect fake tan application? Sign us up!

Tanning Routine Glowing BronzedOnce your skin is scrubbed and prepped, it’s time to choose the right formula of fake tan for your skin type. Faking a tan has become a whole lot easier recently thanks to a new crop of mousse, gel and water-based tanning products becoming readily available on our doorsteps, but which is the right formula for you? Suffer with shiny skin throughout the Summer months? Opt for a oil-free mousse that contains lightweight, natural soothers as it has a light consistency and isn’t heavy on the skin. If you suffer from dry skin, even throughout the warmer months, opt for a tan that contains hydrating properties to keep them pesky dry batches at bay. 

Are you trying to maintain your tan or nail your fake tanning routine?

Are you looking for easy and quick at-home massage treatments to incorporate into your self-care routine? Check out our last blog post!

Our 5 go-to beach beauty essentials- Hit the beach

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Beach Beauty Favourites

Whether you’re hitting the beach all day, or visiting on a late evening excursion, a trip to the beach calls for the perfect line-up of good books, cocktails on tap and, of course, a fool-proof batch of beach beauty products. Although packing your seaside essentials may seem like a walk in the park, you can never be too prepared when it comes to humidity, heat, sun and sand. We’re here to cover all bases so you don’t have to. From revitalising facial mist to must-have accessories, we’ve rounded up our beach beauty essentials to keep you polished and protected in the sun all day long.

  1. SPF: Of course we’re starting off with the holy-grail, ride or die product of beach beauty- SPF. No matter how much joy it brings, the sun is not your friend, so it’s important to load up on sun protection to shield your skin from the sun’s harmful rays. It can be difficult to find a sunscreen that feels good, or one that doesn’t leave a white, chalky film, but our prayers have finally been answered. 2019 is the year of revolutionary beauty products, and with a plethora of SPF’s readily available in the high-street, our search for a non-greasy, weightless SPF has come to a halt. The key is to reapply often, as even water resistant formulas only last for a maximum of 80 minutes before wearing off. The perfect cocktail for your skin throughout a long Summer’s day!
  2. Cooling mist: In the hot summer sun, a facial mist is the perfect way to cool down and refresh your skin when you’re feeling frazzled. Stash a revitalising, purifying spray toner or cooling mist in your bag to give your face and body the hydration hit it needs throughout the day. It not only works to remove any dirt that may have built up throughout the day, but it also restores moisture to dry, congested skin, leaving you feeling fresh and reenergised to return to your beachside activities. 
  3. Makeup wipes: Every girl is no stranger to a trusty makeup wipe, whether it’s for a quick and easy makeup removal after a night out, or as part of your lazy Sunday beauty regime. But, did you know they’re also perfect for a quick pick-me-up at the beach too? Even if you’re going au naturel, a makeup wipe will help you remove any sand, salt or sweat that may be clogging up your pores, instantly giving you a boost of freshness. Thankfully, there are a ton of biodegradable and reusable makeup wipes on the market that combine the convenience and practicality of a typical wipe, without harming the environment. A fresh face and a clear conscience! 
  4. Sunglasses: Though sunglasses are a staple in completing any Summer look, they’re also essential for providing eye protection from the sun on a trip to the beach. They don’t only protect your eyes from harmful UV rays,  but they also reduce the risk of acquiring wrinkles due to squinting in the sun. Opt for a pair of sunglasses with wide frames that will provide your eyes with coverage, and if it has a high UV rating, that’s a huge bonus! Sun protection has never looked so fabulous. 
  5. Beach beauty essentials Hair-care: Salt water and wind at the beach can leave your hair feeling a little lack-lustre and parched, while the sun can take a toll on your colour. If your hair has taken a beating from the salty waves, try spritzing in a detangler before tackling your tangles to ensure there isn’t any tugging or snapping of your hair. Follow up with a wet brush, designed specifically to comb through wet hair, leaving it tangle and frizz free. Hot and humid weather is a perfect recipe for frizzy hair, so if you need an extra hand keeping your frizz at bay, spray and smooth a de-frizzing product into hair. It not only tames fly-aways, but it also replenishes your hair’s natural oils, making it shiny and soft in the process. 

What are your beach beauty essentials for the Summer?

Check out our last blog on the hottest Summer nail trends this year, so you can dig your digits all Summer long!

Summer Makeup Lip Brush

How to avoid a Summer makeup meltdown – Long-lasting makeup tips

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Long-lasting Summer Makeup When temperatures rise in the Summer months, you may think it’s pointless to even wear makeup. If your summer makeup is prone to sliding off your face by 2pm in the heat, we’ve got your back. We’ve rounded up a list of essential steps to ensuring your makeup remains locked in, even through the sweat. From primers, to blotting cushions, to lipstick layering, the beauty world has offered up some new products and techniques for you to try out this Summer.

A primer is the first step and an essential aspect of flawless summer makeup application. The purpose of a primer is to build an extra layer between your skin and your foundation, helping the product stick to the skin whilst brightening and smoothing the area. We know what you’re thinking… Why would I slather yet another layer of product onto my skin in the heat? If you have oily skin, an oil-free, mattifing primer can work wonders, especially around the t-zone area. If you’re not a fan of the fully matte look, concentrate an illuminating primer on your cheeks and temples to bring life back into skin. The combination of primers will instantly give you that much-needed radiance boost whilst eliminating any unwanted shine. You’ll be ready to take on the humidity all day long!

Summer Long-Wearing MakeupSay goodbye to pieces of greasy, scrunched up blotting papers taking refuge at the bottom of your bag, because a new blotting tool is taking the summer makeup world by storm: the game-changing miracle blotting cushions. Gently press the sponge across the problem areas on your face to smooth, absorb oils and keep your makeup fresh and shine-free all day long. 

If you’re someone who loves a statement lip, you’ve no doubt spent time pondering how to make it last the entire day. The first port of call for making your lipstick last the day is layering it up. Although liquid lipsticks promise longevity, they have a tendency of cracking and flaking by the time the day is up. If you want to make a normal bullet lipstick last, apply a layer, blot off the excess and repeat as many times as you deem necessary. A lip-brush is crucial to the application process as they are designed to apply products with precision and to prevent them from smudging, leaving you with a smudge-proof pout. 

Summer Makeup Lip BrushWe’ve been told time and again that setting spray is the hero product for shine control and smudge proof summer makeup. A setting spray should be the last step in your beauty regime to ensure that your makeup is locked in before you’re out the door. Keep your spray by your side while you’re out as just a few spritzes can instantly revive and refresh your makeup, giving the skin a well-needed pick-me-up during a humid day. Do you have any long-lasting makeup tips?

Summer Skincare Healthy Skin

Summer skincare our teams must-haves- beat the summer heat

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Summer Skincare Must-HavesWith summer officially upon us it’s the time to rethink your summer skincare routine. When the weather is hot and humid, your skin may experience more oil than usual and is more vulnerable to sun damage, so tweaking your usual regime can help you score clear, glowing skin this summer. Check out these summer skin care tips to keep your skin hydrated and protected in the heat. 

Sweat, bacteria, and heavy sun creams can cause our skin to break out if we don’t treat it right after a long day in the sun. When a sweat-induced breakout is on the horizon, reduce lumps and bumps with a glycolic mask once or twice a week. These exfoliating masks refine and smooth skin texture that’s irritated by sun and help to reduce the likelihood of blemishes and breakouts resurfacing. Body acne is also common during sweatier, humid months as your body produces more oil. Washing in the morning with an acne-fighting body wash and following up with anti-blemish pads can help to reduce inflammation of the skin and unclog pores. Goodbye acne, and welcome flawless, glowing Summer skin!   

Although we recommend wearing SPF all year round, it should definitely be an essential step in your Summer skincare routine. A lot of sun-creams can be heavy and greasy on your skin, which can contribute to breakouts and shine throughout the warmer months. Swap your SPF for a lightweight serum that will soak into skin underneath your makeup without leaving a casper white cast. Sun protection doesn’t just stop at the skin, but the sensitive skin along your hairline can get neglected when it comes to SPF application. Apply a scalp sunscreen over damp hair by working the product from the scalp through the layers after getting out of the shower. Scalp SPF is extremely lightweight and works to replenish any depleted moisture whilst protecting your hair from the harmful UV rays. 

Summer Skincare Healthy SkinAntioxidant-rich skincare products can offer massive benefits for the appearance of your skin by fighting visible signs of ageing and aiding the recovery of sun-damaged skin. If your skin is looking a little dull and lifeless in the morning opt for a cleanser with lycopene as it promotes collagen and protects against cell damage. For your daily moisturiser, bring out the big guns with an multi-purpose, antioxidant infused day cream. Long gone are the days of applying a multitude of products to achieve sun defence, moisture, and colour correction, because this hero product does it all. With all of these beneficial properties, it is impossible to deny the superiority of antioxidants in skincare. 

What are your Summer skincare must-haves?

Pre and post workout essentials- our best gym beauty tips

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Pre and Post Workout Gym BeautyWhile we’re all for getting our sweat on, we’re not ready to sacrifice our beauty regime. We’ve compiled the ultimate guide for gym beauty pre-workout preparation and post-workout pampering for gym bag heroes, so you can look and feel refreshed before, throughout and after your gym session.

While it may be tempting to head straight to the gym from work with your full face of make-up on, this can cause the products to mix with the build-up of sweat, resulting in clogged pores and an uneven skin texture. Thankfully, there is a new crop of gym beauty and skincare products on the market that are guaranteed to outlive a sweat session, without effecting your skin. If you feel that your skin is looking a little dull and lack-lustre, a glow enhancing face lotion can provide light coverage, while quickly perking up and injecting radiance into your complexion. A glowing lotion is also perfect for applying after your gym session to amplify and enhance your post-work out glow. 

After your workout, spritz on a cooling mist to replenish the moisture you lost while sweating. Opt for a cooling spray that contains cucumber extracts to cool and calm down your skin. A new gym beauty product that has taken the beauty sphere by storm is self-tanning water, the new revolutionary method of tanning at home. The transparent water hydrates the skin whilst it gradually tans, going on clear and transforming into a subtle glow. The lightweight feel of the water on the skin, along with the hydrating benefits and instant absorption, makes it a perfect product to use after working out, whilst making tanning feel like less of a chore. Who doesn’t love a multi-purpose product?

If your exercise shine wasn’t a burden enough, you may also get a severe case of post-workout red face. Created specifically for Gym Beauty Essentialsgym junkies, a yellow-toned primer will help to combat all redness before the problem even begins. It works as a quick fix before or after heading to the gym and can be used without the need for make-up on top, similar to a tinted moisturiser.

For when a primer isn’t enough to tackle that post-gym flush, game-changing colour-correcting loose powder has hit the shelves and will be your new best friend. A yellow toned powder will instantly calm redness, the yellow pigment and natural mineral working to neutralise redness and absorb excess oil and shine. Pop a light dusting over your problem areas before leaving the gym and everyone will be none the wiser!

Which of these essential gym beauty products will you be adding to your gym bag?  

Sustainable Makeup Shampoo Bar

Sustainable beauty – how to go green with your beauty routine

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Waste free sustainable beautyIt’s no secret that the beauty industry takes a toll on the environment, whether it’s non-recyclable packaging, unethical sources or water waste. Here at Vanity Van, we’ve decided to look at our entire product range this year to determine how we can adapt it to make it sustainable for the environment. Now we’re encouraging you to do the same! In the quest for sustainable beauty, we’ve compiled a list of products that will reduce your carbon footprint, without having to compromise on the luxuries. 

With a whole range of gel, foam and cream cleansers on the market, it’s difficult to pick the one that’s right for you. Welcome to our new summer skincare obsession: powdered cleansers. While definitely not new, powdered cleansers have recently been on our beauty radar, not only for their cleansing and exfoliation properties, but also for their sustainability. Simply place the product in the palm of your hands, add water and then mix until you’ve achieved your ideal texture and lather. Powdered cleansers don’t contain any water, so all active ingredients remain undiluted, and because they’re dry, which means they last longer. The majority are made from sustainably harvested essential oils, and are packaged in a recycled and recyclable refill package, meaning that your skin remains clean and nourished without impacting the environment. We couldn’t ask any more of a cleanser! 

Shampoo bars are a revolutionary product that will take you one step closer to establishing a sustainable beauty hair care routine. These bars are more concentrated than traditional shampoos so you can use less product per hair wash, saving you money and extra trips to the shop when your (sustainable) dry shampoo is no longer cutting it. If you need more convincing, there is no need for plastic packaging as most shampoo bars come wrapped in recycled paper or in paper boxes, occasionally needing no packaging at all. While many traditional shampoos are jam packed with with preservatives and chemicals that can strip hair of its natural oils, shampoo bars contain essential oils and natural ingredients so you can say goodbye to injecting harmful chemicals into your hair and the environment. 

Sustainable Beauty Shampoo BarOne major area of the beauty industry has been overlooked is water waste. Water-free skincare products are the eco-friendly step that your sustainable beauty regime is missing, one of our favourites being the game-changing dry sheet mask. A sheet mask is typically a thin sheet drenched with serum, but with a dry sheet mask, active ingredients are infused into the fabric, meaning there’s no need for water in the formulation. Without water, fewer preservatives are needed. While the concept may seem strange, these dry sheet masks will instantly amp up your skincare game, providing hydration for your skin without any water waste.

How are you planning on making your beauty routine more sustainable?  

Easter Nail Art Mini Egg Design

Eggstatic for nail art: Easter nails design inspiration 2019

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Easter Nails InspiriationThe arrival of Spring is a joyous time for us all: blooming flowers, heaps of sunshine and an overpowering compulsion to dig out all of the easter nails pastel nail polish we own. When Easter comes along, Pinterest and Instagram are booming with seasonal hints and tips from beauty and nail fanatics – from speckled mini eggs to eye-catching pastel gradient French tips, we’ve rounded up 2 of best, wearable easter nails manicure ideas from a select few of our favourite Instagram nail heroes.  

A firm chocolate favourite of ours, mini eggs, are replicated beautifully in this speckled nail art by @beautyworksbyamy. Mimicking the chocolate eggs and their pastel palette, this easter nails designs is perfect to rock throughout Easter, and after the chocolate craze is over. While these delicious nails aren’t edible, they will definitely have us dreaming about when we can finally get our hands on our easter eggs. If you want to amp up the glam this Easter, replace the brown specks for a metallic gold. Now that’s a boujee easter egg if we’ve ever seen one. 

  1. Easter Nail Art Mini Egg DesignBegin by painting each nail with a pastel nail polish.  
  2. Using a light brown nail polish, paint a light layer across a stippling brush and then lightly press the brush across the nails.  
  3. To clean everything up, use a Q-tip and nail polish remover to wipe off any excess polish on your skin. 
  4. Apply a coat of matte nail polish to create a dusty mini egg effect.  

Although baby chicks and cartoon bunnies may seem like the appropriate nail wear this holiday, they won’t be appropriate for running errands or going out on the town once Easter is over. If you want a long-wearing easter nails that you’ll be able to rock once the Easter festivities are over, this minimalist approach to Easter nail art is a great go-to. We’re taking it back to basics with this pastel gradient French tip nail design by @hannahroxit as it’s incredibly easy for beginners to perfect, yet it screams “I just left the nail salon”.  You can choose to go with a monochromatic gradient look, or you can create a swoon-worthy colour melt effect by incorporating different colours.  

  1. Using the a white nail polish, paint the tips of your nails and and form a draft for the french tip.
  2. Easter Nails Pastel Gradient French TipPlace a piece of scotch tape across the nail, as close to the white polish as possible. 
  3. Grab your sponge and paint three stripes of pastel colours in the order you desire onto the sponge. Let the polishes overlap a little to allow the colours to melt together.  
  4. Slowly roll the sponge over the tip of the nail to apply the colours. If you want your gradient look to be more intense, let your nails dry and apply a second coat to each nail. 
  5. Remove the tape and, using a fine nail art brush, carefully sculpt the french tip and clean up any excess polish on the skin.
  6. Apply a generous coat of top coat to your final look to protect your nails and give it a glossy, shiny finish. 

What design will you be gracing your nails with this Easter?

The ultimate Mother’s Day self-care guide

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Prioritising self-care is not always easy, especially as a working Mum, but it’s important to take the time you need for rest and self-restoration. This Mother’s Day, we encourage you to create space to take care of yourself, whether it’s just for an hour of relaxation or an extended pamper weekend.  

Mother's Day Manicure close upA simple way to infuse some self-love into your daily routine is by creating small luxuries that you can work into your everyday life. No time or money for a manicure? We get it. Thankfully, we have gotten our hands on a luxurious DIY hand lotion recipe that can serve as a low-maintenance care package for yourself, on Mother’s Day and all year round.  

Ingredients:

  • 120ml sweet almond oil
  • 60ml coconut oil 
  • 2tbsp shea butter 
  • 10-20 drops of essential oils  

Set up a bowl over a pot of gently simmering water and add the almond oil, coconut oil, and shea butter to the bowl. If you are adding essential oils, add them in at this point and give the ingredients a mix. Pour the mixture into any jar or container that you wish to store it in, and let it cool. This recipe is perfect for keeping your hard-working hands moisturised, and is a great option for a quick pick-me-up each day.  

Mother's Day foot care

As important as your feet are, they are usually only thought of when there is a problem with them. So, some tootsie TLC to treat tired, worn-out feet is the perfect treat to indulge in on Mother’s Day. Begin by soaking your feet in warm water for 5 minutes and scrub with a gentle exfoliator to remove the excess dead skin. For tough, stubborn areas, invest in a diamond crystal roller, or a pumice stone as a cheaper alternative, and apply gentle pressure to remove all hard skin and replenish the area. Push back the cuticles of your toenails with a metal cuticle pusher and rub cuticle oil in with your fingers. Slather on a generous layer of foot cream to your feet and heels and immediately chuck on the fluffiest pair of socks you can find to lock in the moisture. 

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Having a warm, fragrant salt bath is a wonderful way to relax and soothe sore, tired muscles, especially if you’re a busy, working Mum. The pre-game is very important here, so make sure to dial in to whatever self-care settings apply to you. While your bath is bubbling away, we suggest lighting candles and switching on an inspiring podcast to shift your mindset and mood. The key to the perfect bath is using a mixture of salts and oils which will give you the perfect balance of aromatics and hydration. For this, we have the perfect DIY bath salt recipe which will not only fill your bathroom with a heavenly scent, but will also rehydrate your skin with a burst of essential oils. 

Ingredients:  

 – 230ml rock salt or sea salt & 230ml epsom salts 

– 2 tablespoons bicarbonate of soda & 10- 15 drops of essential oil  

 

Simply mix together the salts in a glass mixing bowl and sift in the bi-carbonate of soda. Add your essential oil of choice, and mix the salts together thoroughly. When it comes to putting your creation to the test, dissolve a handful of bath salts under running water, and lay back and relax! 

Follow our hints and tips this Mother’s Day and your self-care barometer will be off the chart! Which of these will you be testing out?  

Valentine’s day hair and make up get the look

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Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to step out of your usual make-up and hair comfort zone and crank up the romance. Whether you’re a hopeless romantic, or an anti-valentines villain, these looks are sure to be a head turner this Valentine’s Day.

Go sexy

A cat eye is a classic, sultry look that is perfect for a Valentine’s Day date night, or a night out on the town with your girl gang. Using a jet black liquid or gel eyeliner, follow along the edge of your eyeshadow to create an angle and drag it back to your lash-Valentine's Day Sexy Lookline to create the perfect wing. If winged eyeliner isn’t your forte, use a deep brown eyeshadow and repeat the same steps, but diffuse the colour by blending the wing into the outer corner and crease of your eye.

As a classic cat eye is the ultimate sexy makeup look, it is only fitting that we pair it with a tousled, sexy bed hair look. To achieve this effortless “I just got lucky” hair look, begin by adding a volumizing mousse to damp hair and blow dry using a round brush head. Taking big sections of your hair, curl with a 1.5″ curling iron before brushing out your work loosely. Polish off the look by backcombing at the crown of your head and seal the deal with a coating of extra hold hairspray. Although this hairstyle takes a while to perfect, it looks so effortless that your date will be none the wiser.

Go romantic 

This Valentine’s Day, if you wanna crank up the romance, why not go for the ‘no-makeup makeup’ look? Keep your eyes minimal by dusting a light wash of colour over your eyelids, such as a reflective gold or shimmery pink. For skin, begin by Valentine's Day Romantic Lookexfoliating and moisturising. Then, apply a glow-enhancing primer and follow up with an illuminating tinted moisturiser to give your date the illusion that you are glowing from within. If the ‘no-makeup’ look leaves you feeling a little too naked, pop on some individual lashes on the outer corner of your eye for a fluttery, flirty touch.

If you’re a fan of the classic romantic up-do, this is your chance to get creative with it by trying different techniques or by adding hair accessories for some extra glam. To create this simple, effortless look, begin by gathering your hair into a ponytail, making sure to leave a few strands of hair out. Make a bun out of your ponytail, either by using a hair doughnut, or if you’re lucky enough to have naturally thick locks, secure it with a hair elastic. Curl the strands at the front of your head loosely with a curling iron and secure a few of them towards the back of your head. This elegant bun is bursting with femininity and is sure to be a hit with your date.

Go vampy

If your look is more Dita Von Teese than Kate Winslet, the work is all in the prep. Are your lips ready to pucker up? Before applying your lipstick, use a gentle lip scrub to get rid of the dead skin cells and achieve the Valentine's Day Vampy Lookperfect pout. If you’re spending this Valentine’s day single, nothing quite says anti-valentine’s cheer like a dark, grunge lip, so whack on a lipstick as dark as your soul and show them what they’re missing. Team with a smoky dark eye to create a really vampy impact.

Kim Kardashian’s iconic sleek look is one of the most sought-after styles, making it perfect for Valentine’s Day. To achieve this look, start by running a small amount of serum through the ends of your hair. As you straighten your hair, the product will melt in, giving you the high-shine, poker-straight effect. Finally, polish off the look by spritzing some shine spray. Although this hairstyle may be the epitome of elegance and glamour, it can easily be vamped up with a dark lip and some staple pieces of jewellery for a date night look that’s out of the box.

What look will you be going for this Valentine’s Day?