Meet Our Celebrity Guest Blogger: Real Housewives of New York's Cindy Barshop!
When we heard Completely Bare owner and guru on all things skin care Cindy Barshop was joining the cast of The Real Housewives of New York, we shrieked with joy for the hair removal expert getting her chance to shine among the other ladies. And though the season was recently pushed back until spring, you can get your monthly dose of Barshop now, as our new celebrity guest blogger. Every month, she'll be dishing her tips and tricks to be your sexiest self yet. What better month to start than February, as Barshop shares the best ways to prep yourself for Valentine's Day, no matter what your plans are.
To me, Valentine's Day is more about looking and feeling your sexiest than anything else more Cupid related. When you're getting prepped don't forget that feeling sexy is all about pampering yourself, so don't rush through anything. Take the time and embrace it.
Nails: Manicures and pedicures should be done up to a week before (or try CND's Shellac to get that checked off your list up to two weeks before). Tip: Whatever you do, don't make the mistake of polishing hours before your date - you'll end up completely tense, with hot pink nail polish all over your textured tights.
Hair: If time and funds allow, splurge on a blowout the morning of your big night. I always feel sexier when I get my hair done - what girl doesn't? Since Valentine's Day falls on a Monday this year and work may inevitably hinder your plans, amp up your morning routine with a volumizer and blow-dry hair upside down for all-day glam that will last through the night. Tip: To refresh volume before you leave the office, flip hair upside down and spritz with volumizer or your favorite hair spray.
The Rest: When putting on your makeup, accentuate your eyes by rimming them with a dark eyeliner and carefully applying false eyelashes. If you would rather emphasize your lips, try a vampy lipstain, which is less likely to smudge or end up on your teeth. Tip: Lipstains will also stay put if you happen to get that goodnight kiss.
I don't want to forget about those girls who are in long distance relationships and won't be seeing their significant other on Valentine's Day. Yes, it can be difficult, but don't let that stop you from making each other's day special. Think outside the box. Send home-baked cookies with a framed photo, or plan to make a dinner with a sexy dessert and eat it together while you Skype.
Whether you're planning a night with your boyfriend, a new flame, your Webcam, or your girlfriends, Make this Valentine's Day your hottest one yet!
Cindy Barshop is the expert on all things beauty. Since opening her national chain of spas, Completely Bare, she has been a media darling for all things lifestyle and especially hair removal. She's the go-to gal for info on how to stay gorgeous, a mom to two darling daughters, and the newest housewife on The Real Housewives of New York.