While we are clearly OBSESSED with all things wedding and romance, we are also suckers for some good old self-love. And being beauty addicts that we are, one of our favourite acts of self-care involves personal care.
Read on as we break down the TOP 10 ways to treat yourself to some self-love this Valentine’s day. With both DIY and Splurge options, you’ll be sure to find something that makes your heart happy!
Give yourself the gift of Pearly Whites…
When it comes to DIY teeth whitening there are so many options from the yummy sounding (strawberry paste) to the not so yummy sounding (apple cider vinegar rinse – the smell!) for our favourites though we have to go with the tried tested and true options – Activated Charcoal, Coconut Oil, and Baking Soda/Hydrogen Peroxide.
1. Charcoal – In one of the most ironic beauty hacks out there, pitch-black activated charcoal will actually whiten teeth! As far as a DIY remedy it is not too difficult to do, though it can be quite messy (so watch those white countertops). Activated charcoal can be purchased at your local pharmacy, usually in capsule or powder form. If using capsules, open two up and add just enough water to form a paste. Gently dab (don’t rub, charcoal is abrasive and will damage enamel if rubbed) onto your teeth and leave on for 3 minutes. Rinse thoroughly, brush your teeth clean and post that pearly white on social media!
2. Coconut Oil – this has literally become the ULTIMATE beauty product and a quick search on the internet reveals that it does just about EVERYTHING, including teeth whitening. We cannot quite get behind the whole “oil pulling” thing (so gross!), so we suggest a simple tweak – heat a tablespoon of coconut oil until liquid, add 2 teaspoons of baking soda and throw in about 10 drops of spearmint essential oil (for flavour and antimicrobial benefits). Rub the paste over the teeth for 2 minutes and then rinse clear.
3. Baking Soda/Hydrogen Peroxide – This list wouldn’t be complete without two of the oldest DIY teeth whitening options out there. Combine them together to make a paste to gently brush on teeth or use them individually for real results.
Combo-paste: Mix a couple of teaspoons of baking powder with diluted (no more than 3%) Hydrogen Peroxide until it forms a paste (aiming for thick, not gritty!), gently brush on your teeth for 2 minutes, then thoroughly rinse.
Rinse: Dilute Hydrogen Peroxide in a 1:1 ration with water (example: ¼ cup water and ¼ cup hydrogen peroxide). Swish for 30 seconds (not longer than 1 minute) and rinse thoroughly.
SPLURGE; Bluetooth Whitening
Not interested in spitting, gurgling or pasting and have a little money to spend? Then show yourself a little self-love with our SPLURGE option: Glo Science’s Glo Lit Teeth Whitening Tech Kit – the next evolution of teeth whitening that uses Bluetooth technology. And we LOVE the 5x whiter in 5 days promise. Get that camera ready!
LET’S FACE IT…
As makeup lovers and skincare enthusiasts we will always espouse the benefits of a professional facial, however, they can be pricey and for some of us they are “birthday, anniversary, special occasion” budget only. But not to worry if you can’t make it rain monthly facials because we have just the recommendation for you! Juice Beauty’s Stem Cellular Exfoliating Peel Spray is THE product to have in your beauty arsenal and is a great DIY-ish alternative to in-salon facials. It plumps, firms, and smooths, and resurfaces for a fraction of the cost of professional treatments, PLUS, it’s certified organic (learn more about greening your beauty routine here).
Talk about a WIN-WIN!
Hands down The Freeze Clinic has our vote for the best Splurge option! Using cold laser therapy, microdermabrasion, and something called cold laser panel with oxygen – the benefits of which literally make us weak in the knees, the Cryotherapy Facial promises “a tighter, fresher and more luminous face for you to meet the world with.” Um, yes, please!
Our founder and beauty expert Shira Ben had one recently and is still raving about it today. Bonus? You get $50 off if you mention Shira when you book. Shall we call this splurge-ish then?
FACETUNE (no, not that one)…
Skin as we all know, is oh so changeable, depending on the seasons, the day, or the time of the month (thanks Aunt Flo!). Given its chameleon-like properties, masks are essential in keeping all the variations of your skin radiant. And while Masks are not that expensive, those of us with a bend toward organic or with an eye to the environment (bye, bye single-use plastics) will appreciate these DIY mask options, covering Dull Skin, Dry Skin, and Oily skin.
Dull Skin: Looking for a glow-up? Then look no further than your local grocery store. A Papaya, Egg White, and honey DIY mask will first exfoliate that dull skin layer and then nourish and smooth the new skin underneath. Hello gorgeous! Mix ½ cup of mashed Papaya, 1 teaspoon of honey and 1 egg white (whipped) until smooth and creamy. Spread on a clean face and wait (10-15 min) to reveal your radiant self!
Dry Skin: For those with dry skin, think breakfast foods: Avocado, Yogurt and honey. Undoubtedly delicious, each has properties that help to nourish, hydrate, and calm the skin. Mash ¼ of ripe avocado in a bowl until smooth and then add 1 teaspoon of plain organic yoghurt and ½ teaspoon of honey. Stir into a thick, smooth paste. Get that Insta scroll finger ready and leave on for 10-15 minutes or until it dries out.
Oily Skin: The astringent properties of the lemon, mixed with the antimicrobial elements found in the egg whites and the soothing properties of the honey make this one skin-loving DIY option for clearer, lighter skin. 1 egg white, 1 teaspoon of lemon and ½ teaspoon of honey. Mix egg whites and lemon in a bowl until frothy, then add in the honey, stir well. Clean your face with warm water to open your pores, then with a clean cotton ball rub the mask over your face, Netflix and mask for 15 minutes
No SPLURGE Required…
A big thanks to Sephora for making our Mask Splurges, not really splurges! Their sheet mask collection is AMAZING and covers every possible skincare need. At $8 a package, you can definitely buy in bulk and they will probably will come in at less money than some of our DIY self-love options if you can skip the other aisles that is (but who can right?!).
It’s a good thing that this is not a video or podcast because we can’t talk with these DIY masks hardening on our faces! We hope you LOVED this list and that you are inspired to show yourself a little self-love this Valentine’s day.
And for the ultimate in self-love? How about your very own tutorial with our very own Shira Ben, Founder, Makeup Maven and Influencer extraordinaire over at Stop, Drop, and Makeup? Join us for her essential tutorial: The 10-Step Face on February 27th at 7 pm.
Wanna splurge? Sign up for one of her 1:1 Tutorials, covering all skill levels, you reap the benefits of her expertise, insider tricks, tips and general beauty acumen.
PS – book your tutorial today and save 15% with our V-Day special (use code VDAY)