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Valentine’s Day doesn’t always need to be red roses, champagne and chocolate. Try something a little outside the box this year by taking your beloved on a culinary adventure in your own kitchen, a look at the universe night’s sky or a simple movie and dessert at home.

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Valentine’s Day is about love and passion, so why not ignite some of your senses by cooking a meal together. Whether you love it or loathe it, cooking is a sensual activity that can be fun, yummy and builds couple’s skills. If you’re not good in the kitchen try a food delivery service like Blue Apron. Blue Apron specializes in fresh pre-measured ingredients along with the corresponding recipe and step by step instructions right to your front door. All you have to do is wear something flirty, light the candles and you’re ready to go.

If you live in a warm climate you can goto to an outdoor star gazing party. Likewise if you live in a cold climate you can check with your local planetarium to see if they have any shows or perhaps an open observatory night. A cute way to top off this outing is to add a book on astronomy or a portable telescope. You can have your sweetheart open the gift beforehand and give them a few hints as to where you’re going. Check ahead of time to see if alcohol is allowed and if not the a thermos of hot chocolate will be delicious!

Whether you’re spending the day with your beloved, friends or even alone (and yes this is normal!)There is nothing like a movie and favorite take out food at home. Get a bunch of white candles and light them all over the room for the best lighting that makes everyone feel happy and relaxed. Order in your favorite food and watch your favorite rom-com.

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For all you men reading this jewelry is still loved by all and we don’t necessarily need diamonds. Take a look at two of our favorite jewelry sites for ideas for your special someone. The Courtney Lee Collection offers couture and fine jewelry   http://www.courtneyleecollection.com use code vday 15 for 15% off all! If you want something more earthy but still incredibly beautiful and trend setting try Merchant Society http://www.themerchantsociety.com.

Another thoughtful gift and fun way to give back is to purchase our Hands to Heart hand treatment. Not only will this transform, soften and repair damaged and dry skin, we also donate 10% of all proceeds to The American Heart Association!

Whatever your choice for Saturday remember to show some love to the most important person, yourself. Happy Valentine’s Day!

We’re all about flowers and chocolate, but we certainly don’t think that we need to limit ourselves to receiving them just one day throughout the year, right? Valentines Day for us is all about showing the people around you that you love them, including yourself, so why not be a little indulgent this Love Day and treat yourself to a little beauty makeover. 

We were so inspired by Chanel’s Paris Spring Show (floral galore with fresh faces and a red lip) so we wanted to emulate the fresh look of the new season with our favorite beauty essentials this Valentines Day. 

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— The Night Before —

Skin Prep: We call this the one-two punch! Anytime that we have a big night out we immediately turn to Goldfaden MD’s Fresh A Peel. It packs a punch when it comes to the amount of things that it delivers. For starters, it works like a serum, but you only leave it on for 2-3 minutes before rinsing off (perfect for when we’re in a rush) and it exfoliates, brightens and increases radiance immediately. Our skin is left glowing, vibrate, smooth and ready for our makeup the next day.

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Hydrate, Plump and Brighten: YES…Everything you want in a product within one jar is what Fleuressence is to us. This magical oil does everything that is promises – hydrates, repairs and creates this incredible glow. Rich in powerful Omega fatty acids and Vitamins A, C & E, the botanical actives work to diminish the appearance of fine lines, discoloration, inflammation, and reduce pore size. Added powerful oils – Kalahari Oil, Mongongo Oil and Baobab Oil – protect and shield the skin against environmental stresses, support the rejuvenation and renewing of skin cells, improve skin elasticity and promote accelerated skin cell turnover. The best part is that the oils are all non-comeogenic so they don’t clog pores and the formula penetrates deep within the skin so there’s not a thick layer of product that sits on the surface. Perfect for oily/combination and dry skin. 

— The Day Of — 

Flawless Complexion: Looking for the ultimate flawless complexion? Giorgio Armani makes the most incredible silky-smooth, weightless and almost airbrushed look with their Luminous Silk Foundation. It’s a favorite among industries top makeup artists and we have to agree that it’s our favorite foundation on the market at the moment. 

Makeup Artist Insider Trick: Add a drop of the Fleuressence “Native Botanical Cell Oil” to your foundation for the most gorgeous luminescent glow and hydrated complexion without it being greasy, slimy or sticky.

Lashes to die for: We recently picked up Cover Girl’s new mascara, Lash Bloom, and WOW, this one does wonders to our thin and short lashes. 

Go RED: Our favorite and goto red lipstick is from Lip Stick Queen; she’s the lip whisperer of the lip stick world and the Medieval color literally looks good on ALL skin types, we promise. Plus, the super soft and hydrating texture keeps our lips plump and hydrated all day and night.

The Finale: We love RMS’s living luminizer. This naturally-based color line is one of our goto’s and their highlighting products are our favorite. They offer that dewey and youthful-glow without the sticky and shiny residue. Add it to your cheekbones, eye lids and underneath your brows to accentuate your best facial features! Glow on.

Today is Valentines Day or the one day a year that people celebrate love. During the month of February we are writing posts about all things heart healthy. The heart is also refered to in romantic terms and symbolically linked to feelings of love and loss. Of course the truth is, it is our brains doing the “feeling”, but if you have ever loved or lost you may have felt an actual joy or pain in your ticker.

When we are falling in love our brain releases endorphins. Endorphins are neurotransmitters in our brain that make us feel amazing! Exercising, having sex and laughing all cause endorphins to be released.  Eating chocolate has also been linked to endorphin ‘highs’. Endorphins are naturally produced in our brains and are addictive in the sense that we keep repeating actions that will give us these feelings of happiness and euphoria. This may explain why no matter how many times we get our hearts broken we still seeking out and fall in love.

So whether you have a Valentine today or not, do something that is good for your heart! Watch a funny movie, go do your favorite exercise, buy some delicious chocolate or love your partner! The path to a healthy heart is not only what you put in, it is also about what you put out!

Happy Valentine’s Day!!