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Valentine’s Day Special - From Office To Date in Minutes

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Tips to get you from drab to wow for your Valentine’s Day date

Men appreciate a woman who specially dress up for them - looking gorgeous, smelling great and spotting a beautiful smile. And the fact that you care to look nice for them means more than you can think.

Don't get us wrong. You don't have to look like a runway model, spot outrageous makeup or dress. We women kid ourselves that those are what men want, but most men whom we have spoken to, just want their spouse or girlfriend to be themselves, be confident, and to look natural. After all, beauty is in the eyes of the beholder right?

Looking naturally beautiful is actually more work than men can fathom. There are, however, a few tips to prepare you for your Valentine's Day date without you having to prop yourself in a salon chair for hours on end, or make an embarrassing mess in the office restroom. These tips get you from office to date in minutes!

It's no secret that men deploy their visual and olfactory (smell) senses when it comes to attraction. So, there is where we are going to spend our precious minutes in.


Open Up Your Eyes (and His!)

Lovers gaze into each other's eyes. The power of eye contact has been expounded, underlined and bolded. Eye contact gives us a sense of intimacy and honesty. It sends an intoxicating shot to the emotional center of the brain. To make your eyes sparkle and smile:

1. Eyebrows - Keep them neat. Fill in empty spaces with a dark brown eyebrow shadow, or a color that matches your hair color. Looking straight into the mirror, the highest curve of your brows should align with the outer edges of your pupils. Extend your brows to a tapered tip. Using your pencil/brush, the end of the tapered tip should form a straight line from your nose to the outer edge of your eyes.

2. Eyeliner - Line the top of your eyelids and do a slight wing at the ends to make your eyes look bigger. Avoid a strong hand at doing the cat eye makeup which can look fierce and intimidating. Finely line the bottom of your eyelids with a soft pencil and use a cotton bud to soften the stroke.

3. Highlighter - Highlight the area on your brow bone with a shimmery white/gold/silver eyeshadow. Blend with your fingers to achieve a natural look.

4. Mascara - Curl your lashes, and apply 1-2 coats of mascara to your top and bottom lashes. Remove any unsightly clumps.

Benefit Dandelion Brightening
Face Powder


A smile is so hard to resist. When you smile, it’s not just lips and teeth. Your eyes twinkle and the apples of your cheeks extends out. Lightly apply a sweet pink or a radiant orange blush on the apples of your cheeks to give a rosy, healthy glow. Extend the blush ever so slightly from your cheekbones and blend to avoid the passé racing stripe of the 80s.



Soft Kissable Lips

Men pay notable attention to our lips. It is hardly any surprise, seeing that it is a sensual part of our face. To get soft kissable lips:

1. Exfoliate - Gently scrub off dead skin with a warm wet cloth or a toothbrush. Using a little Vaseline to soften the lips will make for a more effective scrub. Remember to be gentle.

2. Prep - Nourish and moisturize your lips with a lip balm.

3. Color - Add a dash of color to your lips - one that makes you feel confident and pretty. We recommend going for sweet pinks and cool nudes for a natural look. Avoid sticky gloss.


Jill Stuart Crystal Body Powder


Guys have a thing for collarbones. They call out to them like a beacon in the sea. To accentuate your collarbones, dust some perfumed body powder with light shimmer in the hollows of your collarbones. Don’t overdo it, or risk looking like you are going onstage for a song-and-dance.



Smell sends alert signals to our brains, and we want them to be good, alluring signals. Apply your favorite perfume on your pulse points, especially behind your ears, behind your knees, at the back of your wrists, and at the base of your throat near to your collarbones.



Shiny, Bouncy Hair

We neglect this, but guys do smell our hair. It sends electrifying signals to their being. It might be because they are of a certain height where getting a whiff is effortless. Or, it is more likely that whenever we swing our heads, the air molecules carry our scent straight across to their noses. Shampoo of course, and never ever skip the conditioner! It makes your hair soft and touchable. Pay special attention to choosing a conditioner with an aroma that you like, or think that he would love! If you are heading from the office, or if it is a specially hot day, freshen the roots of your hair with dry shampoo.

Now that you are refreshed and prepped, flash your winning smile and enjoy the lovely company of your Valentine’s Day date. Happy Valentine’s Day!

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