Month: January 2014

Girl Talk: First Date Prep 101

Okay so you meet a great guy, he asks you out, you giddily accept, then you freak out. In that order. What should you wear? Which YouTube makeup tutorial should you re-create? How should you wear your hair? Suddenly none of your cute clothes are cute enough and you feel the onset of an anxiety attack coming on. Relax, girl. First off, you should always wear what accentuates your best features. If you have great legs, then pull those bad boys (or girls) out. Most importantly, you should wear what you feel comfortable in. Beauty is not pain, pain is pain. The more comfortable you feel, the more relaxed you’ll be. *Woo!*

Now for the beauty prep. With date night beauty, the proof is in the prep. You need to make yourself accessible to being hugged, smooched, and touched. Below are some helpful tips to get you ready for a romantic night with your honey that’ll rock his socks off.

1. The Prep

How to prep in the shower or bath: Hop in the shower and apply a moisture mask. Vitamin E oil also works great too. The heat of the shower will allow the moisturization to penetrate skin. This will create a dewy, touchable face that is snuggle ready. And while you’re at it, apply some whitening strips to your teeth for a picture perfect smile (Instagram selfie anyone?).

2. Soak & De-Bloat

If you don’t feel as fit or maybe need to reduce a little bloating, take an Epsom Salt bath. Add in two cups of Epsom salt to your bath and soak for ten minutes. The Magnesium in the salt will help pull toxins and excess fluids from your body.

3. Exfoliate

All you need for this step is a gentle scrub and exfoliating gloves. The gloves will make getting every nook of your body a cakewalk, and the texture of them will rev up your circulation and energy. Vroom vroom! Remember to exfoliate your hands and feet to get them mani/pedi ready. He won’t be able to let them go.

4. De-Hair

Post exfoliation is the perfect time to de-fuzz your body. Since the dead skin cells have been removed, this allows a closer shave. Apply a moisturizing shaving cream and get to it woman.

5. Fragrance Yourself

Next lather up with a scented, moisturizing body wash. Are you noticing a pattern here? Moisturizing is vital for healthy skin. Now its time to start layering your favorite scent. It should be one that makes you feel sexy and beautiful. Mine is Pure Seduction by Victoria’s Secret. The smell of red plums and freesia send me into fits of sheer euphoria, and the body butter leaves my skin soft, supple, and ripe for the picking. I like to start with the body wash, follow with the body spray, and finish with the body butter. I found using the butter after the spray helps lock in the fragrance for a more lasting effect.

6. Mini Mani/Pedi Time

After your shower apply cuticle oil to your nails (hands and feet). Then push back your cuticles and apply a therapeutic moisturizer (yes again) to your hands and feet. And finally, choose a shade of polish that you love. I usually do bold colors, but my last mani I went with a pretty green with a teal undertone. It was a nice change from the black I had my last go-round. You can really get a feel for the teal (rhyming master, what what!) in natural light, and under florescent light its a gorgeous green. I loves it.

7. Romantic Hair

If your hair is long, loose curls with a one inch curling iron or a nice side braid is a lovely look. If you choose the curls: After sectioning your hair in to equal parts, take another section (about an inch thick) and curl it with the curling iron. Once released hold the curl in your hand and let it cool, this will give it more volume and bounce. If you’re feeling waves: Follow these steps and once you’re finished curling, brush out the curls. Take a dime sized amount of your favorite volumizing conditioner and rub it into your palms until it becomes translucent. Next, scruntch it in starting in the middle and work your way down to the bottom. Use what’s left on your hands and massage it into your roots. Bam! And short lock babes fret not, there’s some sexy for you too. If you’re rocking a bob, try a deep side part with a swept bang for a sophisticated and romantic look. Waves on short hair look absolutely amazing as well, so go for it sister!

8. Romantic Makeup

Start with an illuminizing primer and follow with a foundation to give the skin a dewy, fresh look.The illumination will shine through and give the illusion of glowing skin, while the primer provides the perfect base. Next apply a pink-toned blush to the apples of your cheeks. Eyes can be pale and soft or extra smokey.

For sultry, smoky eyes: Try a grey-toned palette. Begin by applying the darkest color by your lash line and gradually lighten the shade as you move up. Follow with black eyeliner rimming your top and bottom lashes. Finish with two coats of black mascara. And for a softer look: Get romantic with a nice pale color and sweep it across the lid. Add a soft brown liner on top and bottom. Follow with two coats of brown mascara.

9. Soft Brows

If you are a brunette, try lightening your eyebrows 2 shades to create a soft, feminine look. If you have blond hair, your eyebrows should be 1-2 shades darker, but be careful not to make them too dark. And try to keep the shape and length as natural as possible ladies, no one likes Anime eyebrows.

10. A Smoochable Kisser

Exfoliating is not just for the face, show a little love to those lips too. Exfoliate your lips with baking soda and a cotton swab to create a nice, smooth feel. Take  about a  teaspoon of baking soda and mix it with water to make a paste. Next, use an old toothbrush (with soft and straight bristles) or washcloth to rub the paste across your lips in a circular motion. Rinse off your lips. Neither baking soda nor water moisturize your lips, which is why you should apply a moisturizing lip balm after the treatment. Follow with a red, pink or nude gloss. If you use a hydrating gloss it’ll soften the look of your colored lips without skimping on the drama.

Well girlies, I hope this helped. You’re all set for a romantic night with your cutie. You look amazing which also means you feel amazing as well. Have fun, be safe, and stay beautiful ❤ 🙂