Valentine’s Day Ideas to Enjoy with Your Pet

Whether single or just not in the same location as your sweetheart, spending Valentine’s Day alone can be a bummer. You might be alone, but it doesn’t mean you have to be completely lonely, though! Consider spending some quality time with your pet dog or cat on Valentine’s Day so you remember how much love there is in the world.

Spending time with pets can be therapeutic on so many levels, even if you aren’t sad. You can play, go for a walk, have a play date with friends and their pets, go to the pet-friendly pet supply store, or just snuggle up and watch a movie together. Consider these special ideas for spending Valentine’s Day or any day with your favorite pet.

•    Relax – Veg out on the couch and watch a movie together. Enjoy snacks that you love and give your dog or cat some of their favorite treats, too.

•    Visit – Take your pet for a visit to a friend or family member’s house so you can all enjoy the evening together.

•    Shop – Go buy some presents for yourselves! Take your pet to your local pet-friendly store or boutique and pick out a few cute or cool new items, treats, or toys.

•    Play – Even if you don’t go anywhere at all, spend some quality time playing ball, chase, keep-away, Frisbee, or your pet’s other favorite game.

•    Walk – If nothing else, take your pet for a walk around the block. You can enjoy a peaceful stroll and clear your mind. Plus, the exercise is great for both of you!

No matter what you decide to do for Valentine’s Day, be sure to spend a few special moments with your pet. Pets are a very meaningful part of the family and sadly are not around forever. Take advantage of the time you have together, take some photos, and enjoy the memories you create!

Yoga and Weight Loss

With the NY Times writing an article (January 23, 2011) about a 29-year-old ex-dancer model who now teaches yoga and has penned a booked called “Slim, Calm, Sexy,” you might think yoga is the answer to all your weight loss goals. However, the operative words here are 29, dancer, and model. Having been in the modeling world myself, although it was way back in the (yikes!) 80’s and dabbled with a food disorder in college (one does not dabble actually, it is an emotional nightmare and a true call for help while others may be envying your thin-ness), I would suggest that yoga is a great way to stay physically and mentally fit and avoid the stereotypes of the ultra thin model who was either blessed to be born with thin genes or starves herself. The teacher featured in the article is undoubtedly a lovely young woman who is herself slim, calm, and sexy.

In the twenty-six years that I have been teaching tens of thousands of classes to women of all ages and shapes in various environments, I would say that the most important thing yoga can give us is self acceptance. The climate of yoga has become varied, which gives women a choice in why and how they practice yoga. At first women may attend a class as a great workout (A beautiful young woman said to me in class last week – “which yoga will help me lose this?” as she pulled up her yoga top to show a beautiful little tummy, no fat hanging over it, just a beautiful soft woman with, if I would label it, a slim build.) but then decide to add meditation and other helpful aspects.

If we take our yoga practice seriously, not too seriously (it should be fun too!), like any workout that will show results, we need to do it at least two to three times a week. It is important to find a type of yoga that you like, a teacher you like and someone you trust. Some people prefer to go to class where there is no inspiring talk; they want to do the physical poses only. Others like the encouragement and tidbits of yoga lifestyle / philosophy that may be woven into a class. It is all individual taste. Once you decide which type of practice you like – though Vinyasa, Ashtanga and Power yoga (and of course the hot yoga Bikram) can break a great sweat, Iyengar, Restorative and Kundalini can also give you a good sustainable workout – then you can see where the practice takes you.

Often a yoga practice will take you deep into one type of yoga or maybe it will cause you to explore, experimenting with other types and teachers, mixing it up. From there you might become aware of other aspects of your health, like what you are eating and how it affects your mood, your yoga practice, and your weight. Some yoga devotees eat only raw food, on the one extreme, to vegan, lacto-ovo vegetarian (includes dairy) or pescatarian, eating mostly vegetarian but including fish. Others still include meat in their diet. As food habits become more conscious and change in these directions, weight will change, if it’s meant to, or you will stay in your own healthy weight but feel better for the changes, which is the real goal.
“Can yoga help you lose weight?” Yes, if you are overweight, no, if you are at your healthy weight. I have seen big women do amazing yoga practice and thin ones not so strong and flexible. Yoga will help you feel more strong and flexible, no matter what your body type. And when you feel that way, you radiate health and beauty at any age and weight.

Donna Amrita Davidge / www.sewallhouse.com Yoga Retreat Island Falls, Maine/NYC

 

Valentine’s Day Cocktails and Drink Recipes

Sweet Surrender Valentine's Day CocktailValentine’s Day is a romantic time to enjoy a special cocktail or drink recipe with your loved one. You can enjoy a romantic martini or mixer, a fun and fruity frozen drink, something pink or red, or even a nice glass of wine. Choose Valentine’s Day cocktails and alcoholic beverages that complement what you are eating, whether an entire meal, an appetizer, or just dessert. Try these Valentine’s Day drink recipes for some fun beverages that are sure to impress!

Just a few words of caution – observe the legal drinking age and remember not to drink and drive! Now let’s have some fun with these red and pink and super flirty Valentine’s Day drink recipes!

Cherry Kiss Valentine's Day DrinkValentine’s Day Drink #1: Cherry Kiss
Ingredients:

1 part UV Cherry
2 parts champagne

Instructions:

Shake with ice and strain into a champagne flute.

Sweet Surrender Valentine's Day CocktailValentine Cocktail #2: Sweet Surrender
Ingredients:

2 parts UV Lemonade
2 parts cranberry juice
Splash of triple sec

Instructions:
Shake with ice and strain into a martini glass.

Love Potion #9 Valentine's Day CocktailValentine’s Day Alcoholic Beverage #3: Love Potion #9
Ingredients:

1.5 oz   Prairie Organic Vodka
.5 oz     Peach Schnapps
3 oz      Blood Orange Juice

Instructions:
Combine with ice in shaker, pour into a pink sugar rimmed martini glass and garnish with a blood orange and cherry. (If blood oranges are not available, you can soak regular oranges in grenadine for the garnish).

Broken Hearts Club Martini Valentine's Day CocktailValentine Drink #4: Broken Hearts Club Martini
Ingredients:

4 parts Prairie Organic Vodka
(choice of adding vermouth or olive juice to taste)

Instructions:
1.    Pour Prairie into a shaker over ice and strain into a chilled martini glass.
2.    Garnish with three olives.

– Recipes courtesy of Phillips Distilling Company.

If you are in an anti-Valentine’s Day mood, you can also make these drink recipes into Anti-Valentine cocktails and alcoholic beverages. Simply change the names of the different cocktails to be more fitting of the occasion. Change “The Cherry Kiss” into “The Heartbreaker,” swap “Sweet Surrender” with  “Single and Ready to Mingle,” and turn “Love Potion # 9” into “The Prairie Prowler.” You can also make up your own Valentine’s Day drinks and cocktails or find more recipes online. Enjoy!

 

Mary Kay: “Thinking of You Eau de Parfum”

Giving perfume is a tricky business, unless you happen to know the preferred brand of your target. But for those brave enough to take a risk (or looking to fill a gift basket) Mary Kay’s ‘Thinking of You’ is a good compromise.

The perfume comes in an attractive and understated rounded bottle that fits smoothly in the hand. The fragrance comes out punching from the bottle — it’s very strong. But no fear for those of us who shy away from strong scents. The perfume lingers in the location it’s sprayed, but doesn’t cling as fiercely to the body. Instead, you get a pleasant scent that trails lightly after you.

Mary Kay suggests the presence of a lot of fruity notes (mandarin, white peach, and plum), however I mostly smelled the lower notes — vanilla and musk, and lily of the valley. These smells are pleasant winter scents and Mary Kay does them richly. So if you know a vanilla girl, this perfume will be right up her alley.

At $30 for a 1 oz bottle, it’s a bit expensive for a ‘just because’ gift, and a little pricey for me to want to take a risk. These drawbacks are countered by the attractive packaging, which includes a place for a personalized note, and a keepsake charm the recipient could add to a bracelet or necklace. So if you’re looking for the perfect gift for a perfume-wearing friend — or yourself — call up your local Mary Kay representative and give it a whiff for yourself. 

The perfume is exclusively available through Mary Kay. To learn more about Mary Kay or find a Mary Kay representative near you, log onto www.marykay.com or call 1-800-MARYKAY.

Winter 2010 – 2011 Hot Nail Polish Colors Preview

It’s hard to believe winter is here again in full swing! Many places had their first big snowfall just a few weeks ago, and again this week. It’s time to break out the hottest nail polish colors for winter 2010 – 2011 so you can rock a sexy manicure for New Year’s Eve, January, and February, especially Valentine’s Day. No matter if you like reds, pinks, metallic nail polish, or something else entirely, you are sure to find hot nail polish colors to love for the wintertime.

This is our preview for winter 2010 – 2011 hot nail polish colors so you can stay on top of the nail trends. Consider these hot and sexy nail polish colors for winter.

Winter 2010 – 2011 Nail Polish Trend #1: Metallics Are Still in Style, but Don’t Forget Sparkle!

As always, nail polish brand OPI is on top of the hottest nail colors and shades for the season, in this case winter. OPI offers the Katy Perry Collection, which includes colors such as Last Friday Night NL K10, a beautiful glitter blue that is as bright and pretty as it is sparkly, Teenage Dream NL K07, which is another swirly, glittery nail color but this time in a captivating rosy pink, the subtle sparkling Simply Smashing NL S17, which is a lovely cross of fresh lime and olive green, Not Like the Movies NL K09, which is a tough color to peg – I think it is a kind of grayish green, and finally another gorgeous shade – The One that Got Away NL K08, which is a vibrant and sparkly magenta color that is great for making a statement!

The glittery nail colors for winter are extra fun, boasting large, chunky sparkles and glitter instead of the usual subtle sheen. Perhaps the most exciting new offering from OPI (in my humble opinion of course) is the Black Shatter topcoat, which can give your manicures and pedicures an edgy look with great ease. To create a shattered manicure, simply apply one coat of the Black Shatter polish over any completely dry Katy Perry shade of OPI nail color.

Perfect Formula is another nail polish brand keeping up with the trends in metallic nail polish colors. Chambord is one of my new favorite nail colors, showing off the look of wonderful wine before you even open the bottle. The nail color goes on smoothly and evenly and looks great with two coats. Where OPI The One that Got Away is more in the pink family, Chambord is more in the purple family. It is a really fun and sexy nail color for winter. Beyond the color though, I am honestly amazed at how quickly my nails dried when I painted them with Perfect Formula nail polish!

Another metallic nail shade for winter 2011 from Perfect Formula is Mystic, which can best be described as liquid opal in a bottle. While I love the look of the nail polish in the bottle, it gets a little washed out on my nails when I apply it. I can’t really see the opal tones as well as I wish I could. The moral is this – if you want va-va-voom color for winter, Mystic is not your shade. However, if you are interested in a subtle nail color for a job interview or a nice understated look on your manicure or pedicure, this color could be perfect for you. In fact, if you prefer the natural look of your nails, this color adds a bit of shine without taking away from the natural beauty.

Dazzle Dry nail colors offer two sparkly shades for winter, a slightly sheer mauve-type shade known as Bleu Rosé and a gorgeous, glittering silver sparkle shade of nail color, Silver Lamé, which is reminiscent of minx nails. Bleu Rosé seems to dry into a flat shade rather than an overly sparkly shade. Silver Lamé, on the other hand, allows you to live all your sparkling dreams with a wild and reckless glitter coat. Nail colors by Dazzle Dry really do dry in a flash, with or without the three-piece vegan nail care kit offered by VB Cosmetics, the parent company of Dazzle Dry.

Finally, Unforgettable Moments nail colors, distributed by Payless ShoeSource Worldwide Inc, arrive in a fine array of sparkly, metallic nail shades for the winter season. Bringing back the gemstone outlook, the nail colors come in trios of mini nail polish bottles in colors such as Sapphire, Amethyst, Garnet, and of course, the metal tones, Gold, Bronze, and Platinum. These rich metallic nail polishes make a great winter statement and look especially great with dresses or even with jeans. These sparkly shades go on your nails nice and evenly and can look great even with one coat. Zoe&Zac Naturals, another nail brand offered by Payless, also has a fun and rich sparkly brown nail color known as Bronze Lady. What a lovely change from the typical nail polish colors!

Rachele Greco, Spa Director at Viana Hotel & Spa in Westbury, NY, shares her outlook on nails trends and colors for winter 2011. She recommends the following nail polish products this winter:

Gold: OPI’s Rising Star takes on a rich hue, and is not too yellow,” Greco says. “Unless you are a nail biter, this will look good on any nail length. Want to be daring? Use gold as the base for a French manicure instead of pale pink.”

Silver/Platinum: “A completely silver nail looks great for evening wear, but for a day look, it might be too flashy,” Greco tips. “I’ve used it just on the tip of my nails for a subdued yet elegant option. Nars’ Full Metal Jacket fits the bill.”

Reds:

“Always a great winter choice on nails and lips… Be careful to select a shade that complements your skin color,” Greco cautions. “If you are a woman of color, or just got back from San Tropez, select a more orange-based red like Zoya’s Haley. Those who have more of a pink tone to their skin should look for “true red” nail colors or ones with more of a blue pigment such as Le Vernis Pulsion from Chanel.”

Winter 2010 – 2011 Nail Polish Trend #2: Bright Colors…


Mardi Gras Party Favors, Centerpieces, and Fat Tuesday Decorating Ideas

Mardi Gras parties can be a lot of fun no matter what time of year, but they are especially popular in the first few months of the year, especially during the month of February. You can easily plan a Mardi Gras party at your home with a little advanced planning. Choose authentic New Orleans style cuisine and get ready to decorate to your heart’s content. You can also find a variety of fun and exciting Mardi Gras party favors and centerpiece ideas to try.

To fully capture the theme of Mardi Gras, be sure to choose a color scheme of gold, purple, and green, the three colors of Mardi Gras.

 

Mardi Gras Party Favors
The most important Mardi Gras party favors to have at your Fat Tuesday party or Carnival party are Mardi Gras beads. You can find beads in countless colors, shapes, and sizes. You can even find the more expensive Mardi Gras beads that the krewes throw from their floats in New Orleans during Carnival. Depending on the number of guests you are inviting, you can purchase Mardi Gras beads in bulk or you can look for some of the specialized beads and give each guest a gift of one special set of beads.

If you would like to give out other party favors at your Mardi Gras part, consider the other items that the krewe members throw at Mardi Gras. Small stuffed animals, plastic cups from each krewe, doubloons, and decorated coconuts are a few great options for Mardi Gras party favors you can give out at your party. If you are looking for specific Fat Tuesday party favors, consider giving each guest his or her own Mardi Gras mask. You can find lots of fun and unique ways to dress up your Mardi Gras party. Check out the selection of Mardi Gras party supplies from PartyMart for starters!

Mardi Gras Centerpieces
Mardi Gras centerpieces can be created or purchased in many shapes and sizes. Consider making your own Fat Tuesday centerpieces for your Mardi Gras party. Use your creativity to help you come up with the perfect centerpiece idea for your festivities. Here are a few suggestions for Mardi Gras themed table decorations:

•    Colorful Beads in Bowls and Vases – Order your Mardi Gras beads in bulk and use them to decorate your tables. You can strew the beads across the tables randomly or place lots of colorful beads in a glass or crystal vase or decorative bowl.

•    Mardi Gras Masks on Sticks – Instead of flowers, place pretty decorated Mardi Gras masks supported by sticks or thin dowels inside vases on your tables. These centerpieces can be just as pretty as flowers, showing off feathers and sequins in the festive Mardi Gras colors.

•    Mardi Gras King Cake – Rather than making an elaborate centerpiece for your Fat Tuesday party, consider making king cakes for each table so your guests can all enjoy and participate in this great tradition. The guest who gets the plastic baby is supposed to buy the next king cake. You could also award that guest with a prize!

Mardi Gras Ceiling and Wall Decorations
To complete your decorating scheme, don’t forget to look for festive Mardi Gras decorations to hang from your ceiling and walls. You can find tons of pretty Mardi Gras decorations in yellow, purple, and green, from regular party streamers to Mardi Gras door panels, street sign decorations, banners, and so much more. Make sure you create a special decoration for Bourbon Street!

If you want to add a little extra pizzazz to your party decorations, consider festive Mardi Gras lights, Mardi Gras masks, and feather boas. Pretty much anything you do in yellow, green, and purple should look great as well!

What other ideas do you have for decorating your home or apartment for a Mardi Gras party or Fat Tuesday celebration? Please share in our comments below.

Romantic Travel Destinations for Valentine’s Day (or Anytime)

Traveling for Valentine’s Day can be a special and memorable way to celebrate the holiday with the one you love. You can plan a long weekend for Valentine’s Day or even a full week away or longer. The most important thing in planning your romantic Valentine’s getaway is to choose a nice destination that you and your sweetheart will both enjoy.

Before you start planning your Valentine’s Day getaway, be sure you have a budget in mind. You don’t want to break the bank, but it will be good to have an idea of how much you can comfortably spend. Consider these romantic travel destinations for Valentine’s Day.

•    Wine Country in California – Check out Napa Valley or Sonoma Valley for an unforgettable week or weekend of tasting wine, touring, and enjoying the gorgeous scenery.

•    Florida’s sunny beaches – Whether you enjoy golf or sunbathing, you can have a great time relaxing and soaking up the sunshine in Florida. Stay at the Radisson Resort Orlando Celebration or one of the many other vacation resorts. Be sure you check out the sand, the surf, and the delightful activities that await in one of America’s favorite vacation hotspots!

•    A Caribbean cruise – For a memorable and unique Valentine’s vacation, plan a romantic cruise where you can enjoy countless activities, excursions, and cuisine options.

•    A ski trip in Colorado or Vermont – If you and your sweetheart are the athletic or outdoorsy type, consider a ski trip or other athletic themed getaway for Valentine’s Day weekend.

•    Hawaiian escape – If price is no object, a trip to Hawaii could be the perfect escape in February. Time to dream of palm trees, tropical drinks, and relaxing on the beach!

These are just a few options to help you plan a Valentine’s getaway. You might also be able to find something closer to home for a long weekend, like a bed and breakfast or couples resort. Please feel free to share any other ideas you have for romantic couples travel in our comments section!

White Sands Moisturizing Conditioner Product Review

In harsh winter months we subject our hair to cruel extremes: cold drying weather outside, intense heat from the hair dryer inside, not to mention hats, earmuffs, holiday parties. Forget trying to keep your color looking fresh: it’s amazing we still have hair come spring.

White Sands wants to give hair the TLC it deserves. They promise a lightweight formula that will provide long-lasting moisture that maintains shine and body and keeps color bright. I cannot speak to the color as I recently stopped color-treating my hair, but I can agree that my hair has body and shine. The best part of the White Sands Moisturizing Conditioner is that it saves hair from one more indignity: harsh sulfates. The formula is sulfate-free.

On the down side, I have not noticed a substantial difference in my hair since switching from cheaper conditioners from the drugstore. Additionally, I hated the smell of the conditioner: it’s a pretty heavy baby-powder smell. The lightweight formula does not go on easily; it’s a bit sticky – which would be fine if it were worth it. For $15 for a 7.6 oz bottle or $34 for a 33.8 oz bottle, it’s not good enough.

Product provided free to writer for reviewAll White Sands products can be purchased through their Web site: www.whitesandsproducts.com.

Celebrating Groundhog Day: Dates, Ideas, and Activities

Groundhog Day comes once a year, often without much change in pace from a normal day. Rather than letting this once-a-year event pass you by, you can celebrate Groundhog Day, or even just recognize it with an activity with your family or significant other. You can plan a Groundhog Day date to enjoy with your sweetheart or plan activities for the day with your kids or family. Try these suggestions for a fun and festive Groundhog Day this year!

Celebrated each year on February 2, Groundhog Day is a holiday where a groundhog leaves its burrow to help determine whether winter will end soon or if we will have six more weeks of winter. The biggest celebration for Groundhog Day takes place in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, where the famous groundhog Punxsutawney Phil makes an appearance each year.

 

If you are interested in celebrating Groundhog Day with your boyfriend, girlfriend, husband, wife, or family, consider these suggestions for Groundhog Day dates, ideas, and activities:

•    Visit Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania for the biggest Groundhog Day celebration ever. Crowds as large as 40,000 have gathered to celebrate this annual holiday.

•    Find Groundhog Day celebrations in other parts of Pennsylvania, including Quarryville in Lancaster County, the Anthracite Region of Schuylkill County, the Sinnamahoning Valley, and Bucks County. You can also check out groundhog celebrations around Frederick and Hagerstown, Maryland; Shenandoah Valley, Virginia; Woodstock, Illinois; Lilburn, Georgia; and various Amish populations throughout the United States (Credit: Wikipedia).

•    Enjoy Groundhog Day celebrations in Wiarton, Ontario and Shubenacadie, Nova Scotia in Canada.

•    Stay home and watch the movie Groundhog Day featuring actor Bill Murray.

•    See if the groundhog “Queen Charlotte” sees her shadow at the Charlotte Nature Center in North Carolina.

•    Snuggle up under blankets and watch movies to avoid more weeks of winter.

•    Do Groundhog Day crafts and games with your kids, including word finds, coloring pages, and making cutout groundhogs.

•    Play board games, eat snacks, and relax in the comforts of your home.

•    Go out for dinner and dancing and pretend you are in on the Punxsutawney festivities.

•    Make groundhog cookies using a sugar cookie cutouts recipe and circle or oval cookie cutters. Use frosting to make the groundhog’s face.

Relaxing and enjoying movies and snacks may be the easiest way of all to enjoy Groundhog Day with those you love. What other things can you think of doing for Groundhog Day?

Valentine’s Day Cards, Messages, Greetings, and Wishes for Loved Ones

Valentine’s Day is a special time to enjoy with the one you love. It’s also a great time to share Valentine’s Day greeting cards, e-cards, and messages with those you love. Even if you don’t have a significant other, you can still share special thoughts and greetings with your family and friends. Your Valentine’s greeting can be as simple as a phone call or an email or as involved as a handmade Valentine card. You can even send a Valentine SMS text message to your family, friends, or significant other.

When it comes to expressing your emotions, Valentine’s Day is a great time to do it. You can handwrite a love letter to your sweetheart for Valentine’s Day, or use an existing love letter template to help give you some inspiration. You can also let your family and friends know you are thinking of them on this love-filled holiday.

 

Consider these tips and suggestions for things to say on Valentine’s Day:

Valentine’s Greetings for Mom, Dad, Stepmom, Stepdad, Mother-in-Law, and Father-in-Law
Even if you don’t mention it all the time, you should reach out to your parents once in a while and let them know how much you appreciate them. Try these sweet things to say to your mom, dad, stepmom, stepdad, mother-in-law, or father-in-law for Valentine’s Day, either in person, on the phone, or via greeting card or Valentine e-card:

–    Happy Valentine’s Day! Thinking of you and hoping you have a special day.
–    Thank you for all that you’ve done for us. We love you! Happy Valentine’s Day!
–    Wishing you lots of love today and always!

Special Valentine’s Day Wishes for Grandmother and Grandfather
Be sure to keep in touch with your grandparents, especially around the various holidays. Your grandmom and grandpop will love hearing from you. Consider sending a Valentine through the mail especially for your grandparents. Here are some things you can say in your card:

–    Wishing you all the love in the world and everything that’s wonderful today and always!
–    Happy Valentine’s Day! Sending all our love and wishing you happiness!
–    Just wanted you to know you are in our thoughts. We can’t wait to see you soon! Happy Valentine’s Day!

Romantic Things to Write to Your Boyfriend, Girlfriend, Husband, or Wife for Valentine’s Day
Sharing your thoughts and emotions with your significant other is the most important part of Valentine’s Day. The gifts and candlelit dinner are so material, but the way you feel is what matters most. Be sure to express your true feelings with your sweetheart on Valentine’s Day, whether you write them in a Valentine card or speak them out loud. Here are a few suggestions of romantic things you can say or write to the one you love:

–    Sweetheart, you make every day incredible. I love you and look forward to forever.
–    Happy Valentine’s Day to the one I love.
–    So glad I have you in my life – you make me so happy and I hope I do the same for you.
–    You mean the world to me. But you know I don’t need a special holiday to tell you that. 
–    I’m so in love with you! Happy Valentine’s Day!

Sweet Valentine’s Day Sentiments for Friends, Colleagues, and Everyone Else
If you would like to wish your friends and colleagues a special Valentine’s Day, you might consider sending a Valentine’s Day text message (SMS) or posting a Valentine message on your Facebook page. You can also make a phone call or send real valentines if you feel so inclined. If you have a friend who recently became single, it would be a nice gesture to make a personal contact with that friend on or around Valentine’s Day. Remember to focus on the positive – especially your excellent friendship!

What is the most romantic thing anyone ever said to you? Please share it in our comments below if you don’t mind!

Valentine’s Day Heart Nail Art

Valentine’s Day heart nail art can be some of the easiest nail art designs you ever create. You can paint cupid hearts with arrows for your Valentine’s Day manicure or simple hearts with cool backgrounds for an easier option. Think about different styles of hearts you can paint on your nails for Valentine’s Day this February 14. You might enjoy conversation hearts (candy hearts), red hearts, pink hearts, Valentines with the lacy edges, or so many other styles of heart nail art designs. Your Valentine nails may also include a broken heart for the opposite effect, especially if you are feeling sad.

For a pretty Valentine’s manicure, be sure you have lots of pink, red, and white nail polish on hand, as well as nail art brushes or toothpicks. You should also be sure to have some paper towels, cotton balls, and nail polish remover.

 

Consider these different styles of heart nail art designs that you can use for a beautiful Valentine’s Day manicure:

Lacy Valentine Heart Nail Design
To create a lacy valentine heart nail art design, follow these steps:

1.    Paint your nails in a background color other than pink, red, or white.

2.    Once dry, paint a heart using pink or red nail polish. (To paint a heart, paint an upward curve to the left and an upward curve to the right, with both curves meeting in a point below.)

3.    Using a small nail art brush or pointed toothpick, apply dabs of white nail polish around the edges of the heart. This creates the lace border.

4.    Seal and protect your valentine heart nail designs with a clear topcoat of nail polish.

Valentine’s Nail Art: Cupid Hearts with Arrows
To create clever and cute cupid heart arrow nail designs, follow these steps:

1.    Paint the desired background color for your Valentine’s nail art.

2.    Once dry, paint a thin diagonal line across your nails.

3.    On one end, paint a heart that has the pointy end on the outside and the curved parts attached to the arrow shaft. This is to be the tip of the arrow.

4.    On the other end, paint a few diagonal lines for feathers.

5.    Finish off your design with a clear gloss topcoat.

Candy Conversation Heart Nail Designs
To paint the popular candy conversation heart nail designs for your Valentine’s manicure, follow these steps:

1.    Paint your nails in the desired background color – perhaps red, burgundy, or white.

2.    Paint a heart in light pink or another pastel color of nail polish.

3.    Using a toothpick, pin, or very fine nail art pen, write something on the heart that is similar to what you would find on a candy conversation heart. Consider something like “luv u,” “ur cute,” or “xoxo.”

4.    Consider tracing around the border of the heart with a slightly darker color in the same family as the heart color.

5.    Paint a clear gloss coat to seal and protect your valentine nail designs.

These are just a few styles of nail art for Valentine’s Day that we are able to share. What other kinds of heart nail art would you suggest for a pretty and romantic manicure?

Deep Sea by KC Kang Product Review

Totally blown away. Being that it was crunch time between my son’s birthday and Christmas, when I began using these products, I’ve done things completely backwards. I usually like to research a product thoroughly before testing it. Instead, I jumped in with both feet. Hydration with water, what a concept!

Ok, humor aside, most moisturizers use petroleum, or other oil-based products, to help seal moisture into skin. Deep Sea uses water to moisturize at a cellular level. Granted, it’s deep sea water from depths of over 2400 meters by Kume Island near Okinawa, Japan. At that depth the water is full of minerals and nutrients, free from pollutants and bacteria. The deep sea water is closer to the chemical composition in our bodies, which makes it easier for the cells to absorb and use.

The products themselves are fabulous. The Coral Wash starts as a paste, very thick. You only need a little to do the job, but it lathers nicely and rinses clean. It cleans deep into pores yet leaves them minimized, feeling fresh and smooth. My skin does not feel dry, or tight, at all and it looks brighter overall. The product uses coral powder, sea kelp, and natural sources of AHA to gentle exfoliate and stimulate new cell growth.

The Hydrating Rejuvenation Lotion combines the deep sea water with marine collagen to hydrate the skin at a more basic level and protect it from free-radical damage. It is very light. It feels watery with a lotion after-feel. It’s not greasy, but you can feel the lotion aspect. It absorbs quickly and even controls flaky winter skin. It is light enough to not clog pores, but binding enough to wear under makeup and achieve a smooth finish. You can apply it generously multiple times throughout the day to refresh your skin, or simply as a morning application. 

I am very impressed, and pleased, to say that I have actually gotten compliments on my complexion since starting these two products alone. I am a mom of four, toddler to young adult, with dry skin prone to blemishes and irritation. It’s nice to be complimented. It’s very nice to have dry skin relief!

The Highly Absorbable Marine Collagen Gel is definitely a gel. It may be highly absorbable, but it takes a few moments to absorb. Once again though, I am impressed. It is great as a night treatment to help rebuild collagen for firmer skin. It is also great under makeup for a smooth finish, once again without clogging pores.

Delving into the research portion of testing these products, I like them even more. I love history and Japan has long been revered for its skincare secrets. These products were developed by KC Kang, a clinical hypnotherapist and holistic health practitioner searching for relief for her own allergies and eczema. Realizing the mind-body connection and believing that natural beauty starts from within, she delved into the positive attributes of the mineral rich deep sea waters of Okinawa’s Kume Island. With the help of a local manufacturer, Deep Sea was born. It is the first of its kind to be released in the U.S., also paraben free and untested on animals. It may be a tad pricier than expected, but you get generous amounts and great results. All in all, it’s a very nice product line.