5 Essential Local Valentine's Day Gifts

Valentine’s Day isn’t just for lovers. Celebrate ALL the women in your life (and treat yourself), with one or more of these fabulous gifts. And the best part, they’re all from local businesses owned by women. What better way to spread the love than to support hardworking female entrepreneurs.

1. “So This Is Love” Candle

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Candles are the perfect gift for all occasions. You can pretty much find one to fit any theme. And Moderncity + Main has a candle that not only smells delicious but has a beautiful backstory, too.

So This Is Love” represents the pure love the owner of M+M felt once becoming a mother. She describes it as an evolving love story grounded in an unbreakable, beautiful, bond. (Can you imagine a better gift to give to your own mom, or any of your friends who are moms?)

The fragrance contains notes of tart gooseberries, crisp apple, pear, and citrus with green and floral notes of rose, jasmine and geranium, and the warmth of balsam, rhubarb and musk.

2. A Cozy Cardigan

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Give the gift of style and coziness with a cardigan from Nicole J Boutique, one of our local go-to-shopping spots.

NJB’s selection of cardigans range from classic neutrals to fun color block prints. And she even has leopard for ladies who love animal print.

3. A Sweet Heart Themed Treat

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Not that we need an excuse to go to Half Baked Patisserie, but if you’ve never been, there’s no better time than Valentine’s Day to snag a sweet treat for your BFF.

Their daily menu includes a wide range of freshly baked gourmet cupcakes and cake pops. And currently they have a variety of Valentine-themed sweet treats while supplies last. Preorders are highly recommended.

Also keep them in mind for special events. They recently did my baby shower and their shower treats not only were gorgeous, but so yummy. (Note: Orders over a dozen require a 24 hour pre-order).

4. An Airbrush Spray Tan

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There’s something about having a bronze glow that instantly makes you feel relaxed and happy, even if you didn’t take a trip to the islands.

Give the gift of sun-kissed skin THE HEALTHY WAY with an airbrush spray tan from Walkin On Sunshine. Choose from a variety of packages.

5. Gift Certificates Make Great Gifts, Too

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From lashes to facials to brows, a La Belle gift certificate gives the recipient endless options. Available online and in-store for purchase.

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Got Lash Extensions? Easy 3 Step Makeup Routine

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The beautiful thing about lash extensions is they’re a time saver. You wake up in the morning with full fringe, giving you the option to skip the mascara and still look put together.

But what if you want to add a little glam? Can you still wear eye makeup with lash extensions? The answer is YES!

3 Step makeup routine

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This three-step makeup routine only requires three products: a primer, an eyeshadow palette, and an eyeliner. You’ve already got beautiful lashes so, we’re skipping the mascara.

1. Apply Primer. First, apply an oil-free primer as a base to help your eye makeup last longer. (Laura Mercier has a great oil-free foundation primer.)

2. Sweep on Eyeshadow. Next, sweep a neutral powder shadow over the lid, a darker shadow in the crease, and a highlighting shadow in the inner corner of your eyes. Like your primer, make sure you’re using an oil-free product.

Now you can stop here, but if you want to add a little more glam, proceed to step 3…

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3. Line Eyes. Finally, apply liner along the lash line. Be sure to use an oil-free gel, pencil, or powder eyeliner. There are a variety out there like Stila’s Smudge Pot.

TIP: Use eyeshadow as a liner, it’s easier to remove!

Make Sure Your Products Are Oil-Free

Using the right kind of products will ensure you don’t inadvertently weaken the bond of your lash extensions.

When purchasing your products make sure they’re OIL-FREE. Products containing oil can break down the lash bond. Also steer clear of waterproof products which are difficult to remove and can irritate the eyes.

How to Remove Your Eye Makeup

When it’s time to wash away the day’s glam, we recommend Fresh Faced Gentle Cleanser and Foam Pump Bottle (both are available at La Belle, $20). It removes makeup and is pH balanced for the eyes.

READY FOR BEAUTIFUL LASHES?

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Call 302-656-0555, 302-378-8880 to schedule your appointment. And for more great lash care tips, check out our post Lash Care: Maintaining Your Fringe.