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Friday, 12 February 2016

A Single Girl's Guide to Valentine's

With Valentine’s Day on the horizon, we're on the brink of being bombarded with stories of love and relationships. Now that's all well and good for those of you who are in relationships, but for singles like me, Valentine's can be a bit anti-climactic. So this year, I thought I'd share with you my “Survival Guide” to Valentine's Day. Why not treat ourselves?
My first step in my solo Valentine's is always a Lush bath and face mask. What better way to relax? I'm using the Cosmetic Warrior face mask at the moment, to try and combat the spots I seem to have rediscovered. I thought 22 was a bit old for acne. Now when it comes to choosing a Lush bath bomb, that's a bit trickier, there are so many. Next on my list to try is the Candy Mountain bubble bar - quite an apt choice of bubble bar, I'd say. Once you're sorted, it's time to sit back and relax. I like to read in the bath, or catch up with some of my favourite YouTubers.
Talking of books, I love reading when I want to take the time to relax. Being able to curl up with a good book is the perfect way for me to destress. Just because it's Valentine's Day, you don't have to read something romantic. I quite like the idea of picking something I can really sink my teeth into, something like Night Film by Marisha Pessl. In this book, you're the detective, faced with all the evidence. What better way to spend an evening than trying to work out what happened to the victim. If you do fancy something romantic though, I'd always recommend Nicholas Sparks. He writes amazing love stories. The Longest Ride is my favourite novel from Sparks that I've read, but this Valentine's I might pick up his latest release, The Choice.
Once I'm relaxed and refreshed, the time is the perfect time for me to paint my nails. I bought Olivia Palermo's nail varnish for Ciaté in Hutch recently, the perfect Valentine's colour for anyone. This is Olivia's go-to red, and I've been on the hunt for this for ages. It retails for £17, which seems a little pricey to me, but I found this in TK Maxx for just £4.99*, bargain!
For me, though, the most important thing for any relaxing evening in is the atmosphere. Find a comfy spot, and settle in for the long haul. I love retreating to my bed at times like this. With all my cushions and pillows I can get really comfy. I love using fairy lights and candles when I'm relaxing in my room. I recently picked up these copper lanterns from Primark, for just £6. I know these will get a lot of use. My candle of choice this Valentine's is the Copenhagen Candle Company in the scent Vanilla with Orchid. I love sweet scents like this, so when I saw this in HomeSense for just £6.99*, I figured this would be perfect for my Valentine's Night In!
So with all these little steps, I think I'll have survive Valentine's Day on my own this year.  I'll be relaxed and pampered, it'll be a great chance to recharge my batteries. I hope you've found my little guide helpful!
Until next time,

* I was gifted a gift card for PR purposes. All views and opinions are my own.

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