By BR Tabatha
What do you imagine when you think 'Valentine's Day'?
I imagine couples staring into each other's eyes over a restaurant table.
Or two people walking hand-in-hand down a stretch of sand.
Or a woman's (or man's) hand fluttering to her chest as she breathlessly says 'yes, I will', her eyes not leaving the dazzling rock that has been thrust before her.
You know what the problem is with all of the above? It requires another person. Two people. A couple. It's like if you're not attached then Valentine's Day isn't for you. Well I call a big load of hooey on that. Valentine's Day is for ALL. And just because you're not in a relationship it doesn't mean you can't show yourself some love, because self-love is the best love of all.
And the greatest way to show some self-love - in my consumerist beauty-loving opinion - is to TREAT YOURSELF!
Valentine's Day is the BEST excuse to buy a little something you've had your eye on and haven't been able to quite justify.
So what's on our love list? Check these pretties out...
Yes, you could buy yourself a bouquet on V-Day, or you could level up and buy yourself a beautiful perfume that will last a whole lot longer than a vase of flowers. Our pick? Marc Jacobs Daisy Love. Because, well, it's got the word 'love' in it and it features the iconic Daisy, both of which make it very Valentine's Day worthy.
Want to own something that's nearly as special as you are? This limited edition lippie from Yves Saint Laurent may well tick that box. How cute is that packaging? Cute, and yet it's still sophisticated and gorgeous and as wantable and wonderful as you are!
Ah, the sweet flush of romantically self-loving yourself. (Erm, that came out a little more risque than intended... but, ykwim.) How beautiful is this trio of blushes from Milani? And wait... it's called Flowers of Love, making it the perfect pressie to gift one's self.
What better excuse for a pedicure/manicure pamper sesh than V-Day? Pop on a rom-com (or any movie or tv series that floats your boat), then soak, clip, file and buff your toe and fingernails to perfection, then pop a little Essie Lovie Dovie on them and spend the rest of the day admiring your gorgeous self.
Smother yourself in love from top to toe with Evolu's Seeds of Love Superflora Dry Oil. Created to be used on your hair, body and face, it's designed to nourish, smooth, hydrate and repair and includes divine ingredients such as camellia, kawakawa, grapeseed and more. Swoon.
You don't need any old someone whispering sweet nothings into your ear, not when this fabulous candle from Linden Leaves can tell you how great you are, not just on Valentine's Day but on every day of the year! (Pro upcycle tip - once the candle's done its dash use the jar to hold your makeup brushes/eyeliners/mascaras/lipsticks.)
So will you be treating yourself this Valentine's Day? Or do you lean towards 'V-Day? No way!'