Valentine’s Day is the happy time of the year when decorations are all red, white and pink. Glitter-covered paper hearts are everywhere, and the air practically shimmers with fun and excitement. No matter if you are single, married, or in a relationship Valentine’s Day can be a fun and exciting time of the year when everyone wants to feel (and look) fabulous. Here are few simple tips for having a fabulous time enjoying this lovely season.

 

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Go Ahead And Wear Red Lipstick

Got a shade of red lipstick in your collection that you have been saving for just the right occasion? Go ahead and wear it. The whole month of February the colors of red and pink are everywhere so why not go ahead a let your lips match the season? Valentine’s Day would be the perfect holiday give that crimson, or firecracker red shade a try. Bright, and bold red not your color? Try instead a cute shade of pink. It is still flirtatious but in a more subdued way.

 

Take A Luxurious Bubble Bath

No matter if you are just spending a quiet night in or relaxing after exciting date or party, a bubble bath is almost always great way to end your day. Want to really spoil yourself? Consider tossing in some rose petals. If you really want to have an at-home spa experience consider playing some soothing tunes as you soak. Feeling adventurous? Ever thought about bathing in chocolate? Although the idea of really in bathing in chocolate may be too sticky of an idea, consider instead a chocolate scented bubble bath like Philip B Chocolate Milk Body Wash & Bubble Bath.

Philip B Chocolate Milk Body Wash & Bubble Bath 350ml/11.8oz

 

 

Indulge In Something Sweet

Have your eye on those red-and-white cupcakes? Go ahead and eat one. Allow yourself to enjoy a sweet treat (or two ) this Valentine’s Day. Looking for a lower calorie treat? Try out  a sweet sugar body scrub, like Payot Gommage Mineral Brown Sugar Body Scrub that will leave your skin super-smooth, and smells nearly good enough to eat.  In a hurry? You can still enjoy a  sweet sugar rush, when you are in a rush. Try a spritz of candy-sweet perfume like Pink Sugar. Don’t be surprised if people might linger when they hug you. This perfume smells extremely sweet and delicious. Some people just can’t get enough of a sweet smelling perfume.

Pink Sugar Pink Sugar Eau De Toilette Spray 50ml/1.7oz

 

 

No matter what your relationship status is on February 14th, you can still have a fun, exciting, Valentine’s Day. Trying out a few of these simple and fun tips are sure help you to have a memorable and happy Valentine’s Day that you will likely be able to enjoy and remember fondly for years to come.

 

 

Recently it was recommended that I check out this product, by the folks at OrganicThermalPro.com, called “organic heat protectant spray.”

I’m impressed. Granted, my review of the product is based on the website and the research that is presented on the website, but I’m not new to the game, either.

First, what is Organic Thermal Pro?

Organic Thermal Pro is an all-natural product that can be used on your hair to help restore it to its natural beauty. Let’s face it, with all of the heat and chemicals that we add to our hair, we don’t come out with the most natural, stress-free hair when we are done. However, we often feel inclined to get that next perm, color our hair, use the pro-level (extra hot) curling iron or straightener… and the list can grow quick long… But, it comes with a price and that price is paid by our hair.

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My Background

I have been known to color my hair 😉 I also decided to add a couple of perms. At points, I felt like my head of hair was like straw pieces crying out for moisture. For me, I tried olive oil. It didn’t soften my hair, but it can get tricky. When I reviewed the products that are contained in Organic Thermal Pro, it makes sense, based on my experience how this would really nurture the hair. We aren’t talking chemicals, we are talking the very nutrients that our hair craves and needs.

The Mission Statement

After reading about the founder and CEO, Nicole, I am very impressed by how she states her mission statement:

“My mission is simple: To create affordable, effective, 100% organic hair care products.”

So many places have high-priced products that may or may not be better than hair products that are 75% cheaper. Mind you, we are not looking for “cheap,” but there have been companies who have raised their prices for the illusion of higher quality soley on the price.

In this case, it is comforting that the founder herself states that she wants to help you, but not empty your bank account.

In Conclusion

It’s time for me to order this Organic Thermal Pro product for MY hair! Will you join me?

P.S. Before I go, here are a couple other sites that I recently found and you may want to visit:

12+ Essential Items for Your Makeup Bag

12+ Essential Items for Your Makeup Bag

Many of us already know what we carry in our makeup bag (or loosely in our purses) and know what is important to us. Recently, I chatted with Lisa Gibson, Hollywood Studio Makeup Artist and asked her what she carries in her makeup bag and what she recommends. Her list surprised me. Many of the items were already in my own makeup bag, but there were also some great suggestions to add.

I was expecting to get a list of hot new makeup trends, colors, products, etc. Oh, don’t get me wrong. She has suggestions for those, too, but that is a different article. Instead, Lisa provided a list of helpful tools for the “just in case” moments and items that are tried and true in her business as makeup artist having worked with the celebrities, especially in their times of need.

I got to thinking. Have I had some of the “emergencies” that she referenced in our chat? Well, yes, I probably have, but I would just take a trip to the store and take care of the problem. What if you could be prepared for the incident, keep your cool, and continue to look like a diva, without stopping to visit the store in the middle of an important event or appointment? In Los Angeles, that is essential!

So, without further adieu, let’s look at the list of items, tools, etc., that Lisa Gibson, Pro Glam Chick, recommends for that makeup bag. Now, don’t toss out your favorite makeup that is already in that bag, but if you have the room, consider adding some of these items.

  • 2 lip colors (day/night)

    If you are really organized, you may want to keep the one lip color in your “day” bag and the night lip color in your “evening” bag, but if that is too much work, you can keep two in your main cosmetic bag. For me, I actually use a tinted lip balm for my day color, so that I get some color and some moisturizer at the same time, then I carry a darker color for the evening look (one that has a gloss on one end, just in case). Also consider adding the lip liners to go with them, or a neutral color that will work with both colors.

  • vitamin E stick

    Lisa recommends that we carry a vitamin E stick that can be used to moisturize our lips and other dry spots that need some touch-up. A stick is less messy to carry than moisturizer that may get squished and leak out. However, there are also small containers of moisturizer that may suit your needs. Lisa suggested, for those who really want some serious on-the-spot moisturizer, to get vitamin E capsules and poke a hole in them (see safety pin, below) and spread the vitamin E on the skin.

  • safety pin

    The safety pin is for those emergencies (also poking the hole in those vitamine E capsules). An obvious emergency would be the loss of a button in a particular needed spot. A safety pin can take care of that situation until you get home. Another option is to carry a travel size sewing kit, but many times there is not enough time to sew that button back on and a quick trip to the ladies room with the safety pin will suffice. Also, with being so prepared, you may be there in the hour of need for a friend who has a button pop, and doesn’t have a safety pin.

  • powder compact

    The obvious thing, with a powder compact, is to touch up on that shine. However, the mirror is also essential to make sure you don’t have any lunch stuck in your teeth.

  • dental floss

    In case you truly do have some lunch traveling with you in your teeth, that dental floss comes in handy to take care of it right away.

  • sunscreen stick

    Hopefully, the foundation makeup that you are using, before you leave the house, has some SPF in it. Many do. However, carrying a sunscreen stick is a good idea, for touch-up, especially if you live in Southern California and other similar places, but it is good advice for anyone, anywhere, for good health.

  • nail clipper and nail files

    The nail clipper is definitely one of the essentials that I don’t leave home without, including in my bag. When you get that nasty hangnail or even a thread on your outfit, a nail clipper will take care of it. Also, when you snag a nail, you can get a better look, and lose less of your nail if you use a nail clipper on it rather than ripping it off (or chewing it off). The nail files are a good addition, to also smooth those nails. I have found that if I am limited on space, that I can take care of most nail snags with a nail clipper, alone, but, if you have the space, throwing in a travel size nail file may be helpful, as well, and the actual nail files are easier on your nails than the files that come with the clippers.

  • pack of tissue

    This is more of a purse thing than a cosmetic bag thing, but comes in handy if you need some help on touch-up makeup.

  • eye drops, if contact wearer

    The eye drops may only apply to contact wearers or those with sensitive eyes and likely these people are already carrying the drops. If you do have sensitive eyes that tend to burn, you may want to consider adding this to your bag.

  • Q tips, pointed

    Lisa had a great idea with the Q tips, and pointed ones, at that. They can take care of oopsies with mascara, lipstick, lip liner, and more. Another one of those tools that has many uses. Lisa shared how she used some waterproof mascara as “eye liner” for a celebrity about to go on stage, at the Oscars. In that case (and others), Lisa saved the day for the celebrity. Tools like Q tips can help you save your day, as well.

  • stick perfume and breath spray

    Unless you live in a place that bans perfume, you may want to consider carrying a perfume stick (to avoid leakage) or a fragrance atomizer that seals well, for those scent pick-me-up moments. Breath spray is also a nice addition.

  • concealer pencil

    For those uninvited blemish visits, have a little concealer pencil or stick available for a quick touch-up.

  • travel size vaseline

    I added this one to my list, after a radio interview that I did one time. Oh, thankfully it was a radio interview! I had lipstick on my teeth. Yuck! The photographer captured it in a photo (which was promptly destroyed!). Vaseline may not be for everyone, but if you find yourself in a position of frequent pictures, even the smart phone snapshots for Facebook and Instagram, you may want to have it, at least in your larger “day” bag. Smear a little vaseline on your teeth and the lipstick won’t go there! I know. It sounds gross, but it really isn’t that bad and I’d rather have the vaseline than the lipstick on the teeth during a video interview.

You may notice that many of these items are “pencils” and “sticks” which help to fit in your makeup bag. You can visit the travel section of any drug store and stock up on goodies for your makeup bag and purse. Now, if only purses could be the size that we need, without the strain on the shoulder! What I do, personally, is have a very small cosmetic bag, with the very minimum of essentials and then a bit larger cosmetic bag with additional items. I can throw the small cosmetic bag into the larger one as I’m on my way out the door. This works the same for purses. Ideally, you buy enough products for two cosmetic bags, your small one and your big one and grab the one that fits in the particular purse you are using that day or evening. You may need a “tiny version” for the special evening bag at that cocktail party.

There you have it, some ideas for the cosmetic bag. Stay tuned for articles on fun things like trendy purses, here on Chic Beauty Tips!

Review: Romance Eau De Parfum by Ralph Lauren

Ralph Lauren Romance is a woman’s fragrance that has a crisp, warm, outdoorsy scent. It is very reminiscent of a cozy, romantic night under the stars. Think soft guitar ballads sung next to an open camp fire, while toasting marshmallows. Think cool, crisp nights snuggled close to your sweetie, as you drift off into a peaceful slummer.

Ralph Lauren Romance Eau De Parfum Spray 50ml/1.7oz

 

In my opinion I think that this perfume could best be described as a woodsy, yet also faintly floral scent. The perfume has a sweet,  rich, earthy, woodsy fragrance that comes from this perfume’s ingredients such as Oakmoss and Musk. It has as a soft floral scent to it as well. It contains floral bouquet of ingredients such as Day Lily, White Violet, Lotus Flower, Yellow Freesia, Marigold and Sungoddess Rose. It also contains both the invigorating essences of Patchouli, and Chamomile Oil. In addition, this perfume contains a hint of ginger too, which I think gives it a warm and slightly spicy aroma. Together these scents combine to create a soft, comforting, romantic fragrance.

 

Because it is such an elegant and sophisticated scent, I would not suggest this be perfume you would wear doing the day. I would rather suggest that this be good perfume to wear in the evening.  This would be a good choice for a cool, breezy evening night. I imagine this as a perfume you would wear on at the end of a carefree summer night, perhaps leisurely reclining on a porch-swing, with your crush with the cool summer breeze flowing through you hair as you gaze up at the stars. The lush green glass cool under your feet,  the crickets chirping in the distance, as you savor every moment of the summer, before work and school start up again the fall. In years to come when you look back fondly on those happy summer days you will be sure to think of the memorable fragrance of  Ralph Lauren’s Romance