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11
Feb 13

Valentine’s Day Beauty Guide: as inspired by the Seven Deadly Sins

Whether you consider Valentine’s Day to be a romantic occasion or just another commercial calendar date, chances are you’ll be celebrating it somehow anyway; either with your lover, your friends or yourself! After all, it’s a great excuse to treat yourself to some TLC.

Love is blind

Love is blind

However you decide to spend Valentine’s Day this year, there’s no doubt that beauty products will be involved. Enter Yesterface’s Valentine’s Day Beauty Guide; here you’ll find a variety of products, all of which are designed to make you look and feel good this Valentine’s Day.

Each item has been handpicked and tested by yours truly, and each correlates with one of the Seven Deadly Sins. After all, love is a complex emotion which has the ability to evoke darker feelings such as lust and envy. So, read on and find out which products suit which sin…

  1. Lust   2. Gluttony   3. Greed   4. Sloth   5. Wrath   6. Envy   7. Pride

 


11
Feb 13

Valentine’s Day Beauty Guide; relaxing products inspired by Sloth

If you’re too lazy to do anything big this Valentine’s Day, one simple solution is to run a bath for you and your partner - or just for yourself!

Cleopatra was a big fan of the rose, and ensured her banqueting hall was filled with two feet of fragrant roses for Mark Anthony’s first visit from Rome. If you fancy following in the Pharaoh’s footsteps, then I recommend using Ancienne Ambience’s beautifully scented Mini Rosa Bath Salts, £4 from ancienneambiance.com.

Before bathing, set the mood with the huge Red Heart Rose Candle pictured below, £32, also by Ancienne Ambience. The candle is created with the softest rose fragrance, which is reminiscent of roses from ancient Damascus where for centuries the Damask Rose was a symbol of beauty and love. Can’t get much more romantic than that.

Ancienne Ambience Heart Candle

Ancienne Ambience Heart Candle

Once you’re out of the bath, lather yourself with Arbonne’s luxurious Aromassentials Unwind Massage Oil. I absolutely love this product as it boasts a calming yet refreshing scent thanks to its camomile and ylang ylang ingredients. Its silky texture feels lovely when massaged into your skin, too. I suffer from psoriasis and find this oil particularly soothing for affected areas. Available for £29 from arbonneinternational.co.uk.

Another nice, relaxing product is Petits JouJoux’s aramomatherapy candle which doubles up as massage oil.  The candle, which has a lovely scent, comes in a pretty white ceramic container with a discreet spout. The wax melts into a warm massage oil ready to use on either your own skin or your partner’s – or both!

I was surprised the first time I used this product as I was expecting the oil to be piping hot, but once you extinguish the flame you can pour the warm oil straight onto skin. The oil contains nourishing ingredients such as jojoba oil and shea butter which leave your skin feeling soft and moisturised. Prices start at £14.99 and there are six scents to choose from in total. Available to buy from Nice’n'Naughty and La Coquette.

For more sinfully satisfying products, read the rest of Yesterface’s Valentine’s Day Beauty Guide as inspired by the Seven Deadly Sins.

Arbonne Aromassentials Unwind Massage Oil

Arbonne Aromassentials Unwind Massage Oil

 


11
Feb 13

Valentine’s Day Beauty Guide; edible cosmetics inspired by Gluttony

If you think your lover is good enough to eat, or if you have an insatiable appetite for dark chocolate, or both, then indulge your gluttonous side this Valentine’s eve by decorating your object of affection with edible massage oil.

Bijoux Kissable Massage Oil‘s dark chocolate flavour has sharp, citrusy notes and tastes like a luxurious version of Cadbury Roses’ Tangy Orange Creme. “Forente”, a subcategory of the sin gluttony, means “to eat wildly”, and there’s no way you’ll fail to commit this cardinal crime with this product to hand. Available from cuckooland.com for £26.95 (reduced from £34).

For more seductive products, read the rest of Yesterface’s Valentine’s Day Beauty Guide as inspired by the Seven Deadly Sins.

Bijoux Edible Massage Oil

Bijoux Edible Massage Oil


15
Jan 13

Bath Products for a Relaxing Night In

In the folklore of India and the Orient, the scented bath has been used to attract good spirits, new lovers and to obtain and preserve happiness. Whether you believe in that or not, there’s no denying that a nice bath can lift your spirits, be a great way to relax with your lover, and has the ability to make you feel calm and happy.

The joy of soaking in a hot tub is further heightened when bath salts are thrown into the mix. My favourite kind at the moment are the Dead Sea Aromatherapy Bath Salts, which include frankincense and rose petals. These bath salts have a delicious aroma and make for a truly invigorating bathing experience. I used the salts while I had the flu and felt my chest felt much clearer afterwards! Available for £6.59 from Boots.

Dead Sea Aromatherapy Bath Salts

Dead Sea Aromatherapy Bath Salts

During Tudor Times, Mary Queen of Scots bathed in wine, and while it’s probably not advisable to bathe in a tub of merlot these days, you can still emulate old Mary by adding a cup of cider or wine vinegar to your bath as it helps soothe dry skin. Just avoid adding any other spirits, otherwise you’ll bring a whole new meaning to the term gin-soaked.

Speaking of boozy bathing, in 2012 The Cadogan Hotel in London launched its Champagne Bath Menu which invites uber-rich guests to submerge themselves in 84 litres of champagne. Yummy! Forget bubble baths, a bath of bubbly sounds far more luxurious.

Having said that, the price ranges from £4,000 to £25,000 per bath depending on the amount and brand of champagne used. So, unless you have wads of money to burn, a champagne bath is probably off the menu.

In which case I recommend replacing Dom Pérignon Vintage with Forever’s Relaxation Bath Salts which include Lavender, Dead Sea Salt and other essential oils to soften your skin. Follow up with Forever’s Relaxation Massage Lotion to complete your relaxing bathing experience. Both products can be bought separately or as part of Forever’s Aroma Spa Collection from foreverliving.com.

Forever Aroma Spa Kit

Forever Aroma Spa Kit

Another nice bath product is Rejuvenate Bath Oil by BFAromatherapy. Part of the SplashTherapy range, the product contains Sweet Almond Oil and pure essential oils of Geranium, Juniperberry, Lime, Rosemary and Peppermint. Available from bfaromatherapy.com for £15.00. And while you’re zenning out in the tub, why not apply a face mask? Cosmecology Paris’ Mask Hydra contains sweet-smelling raspberry extract and, after leaving on for ten minutes, makes your skin look radiant and luminous.

You can also make your own scented bath using home ingredients; just add a few drops of perfume and unfragranced baby oil, or alternatively you can add a cup of powdered skimmed milk to your bath. It’s said that Cleopatra enjoyed the softening and whitening properties of milk. Well, if it’s good enough for a pharaoh…

However you decide to bathe, try and take some time out to relax in the tub this month. Lock the bathroom door, grab a good book, light a scented candle, and let your anxieties melt away. Sure, you’ll be a bathing cliché, but you’ll look and feel so much better for it!

Elizabeth Taylor portraying Cleopatra in a milk bath

Elizabeth Taylor portraying Cleopatra in a milk bath (image: fanpop.com)

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