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Today marks International Best Friends Day, so first thing’s first — text your bestie or give ’em a hug if you’re close by! If you plan on spending this monumental day with your BFF, why not orchestrate a little pamper sesh that’ll give you both the chance to relax and enjoy one another’s company?
We’ve rounded up a list of go-to pamper ideas that will leave you both feeling relaxed, refreshed and ready to take on the world — plus, of course, super strong as BFFs. Keep on reading to discover our guide to spending International Best Friends Day in style!
We all love the feeling of fresh nails, but the price tag that comes with regular manicures can be hefty, especially if you prefer a shellac finish. Between visits (because in no way are we asking you to give up your nail lady), though, it might pay off to learn how to maintain your own nails. Grab your BFF and get crackin’.
Start off by trimming, buffing and filing your nails, using quality tools like the ones from OPI. Need to take off existing polish? Use the Red Carpet Manicure Removal Kit for fresh, healthy nails ready for a new coat of colour. Then, opt for a gel-look polish that will give the impression of a trip to the nail salon, and ensure you’re using both base and top coat to strengthen and maintain.
Winter can dry your locks right out, leaving them feeling coarse, frizzy and damaged. It’s important to restore your hair with some moisturising must-haves, so why not do it with your BFF? Throw on your favourite PJs or chill clothes, blast the 90s tunes and apply your ideal hair mask for softer, smoother locks.
If your hair is damaged through heated styling, colouring or bleaching, opt for something that will seal the hair follicles to protect and restore. The Moroccanoil Restorative Hair Mask is an absolute essential. Those prone to frizz and flyaways should go for something smoothing, like the Redken Frizz Dismiss Mask, whereas dry-haired girls and guys will love the Pureology Hydrate Superfood Vitality Treatment, which is also designed to protect against hair ageing. Hello, gorgeous hair!
We tend to get stuck in ruts when it comes to our beauty routines, applying the same items every day and never really trying anything new. Well, girl — here’s your chance! Invite your bestie over and break out those products you’ve always wanted to try, but never have. You just know she’ll give you the honest-to-goodness truth on whether you suit them or should leave ’em at home.
From winged liner to excessive glitter, dark lipsticks and more, we’re talking those out-there trends that constantly grace the Instagram explore page. Play with bold colours, different application techniques and unique finishes to your heart’s content. Who knows, you might find your next Splendour makeup look….
Sheet masks are an ever-growing skincare trend, especially as K Beauty catapults its way into mainstream beauty routines all over the world. They’re easy to use, aren’t messy and impart multiple benefits onto the skin in practically no time. Grab your BFF(s), pick a mask and pop it on in front of your fave TV show. We recommend anything makeover-y (the Queer Eye reboot is a must-see).
Dry skin: Try the Lonvitalite Red Wine Collagen Silk Sheet Mask for some firming and moisturising action. Perfect for dry complexions, this product draws on ultra-beneficial Hyaluronic Acid to lock moisture to the skin. Red wine on your skin…red wine in your glass? We think so.
Breakouts: Opt for the Garnier Skin Naturals Hydra Bomb Mask in Black Algae. This unique ingredient will help refine the pores and eliminate excess oil and impurities, leaving your skin clearer and totally glowing. Did we mention it costs less than a cup of coffee?
Pigmentation & Dullness: The Kocostar Brightening Mask is a complete essential. This Korean brand knows skincare, providing cute and kitschy packaging with active ingredients. Pop this on for brighter, fresher skin in minutes.
Anti-Ageing: FaceInc by NailsInc offer the 40 Winks Anti-Ageing Sheet Mask, which is ideal for mature skins looking to tone, firm and brighten. Collagen, multivitamins and Hyaluronic Acid work in perfect harmony to deliver amazing, transformative results.
Creating the perfect curl or wave is a tough task, as it requires total mastery of your heated tool of choice. With straighteners, curlers and totally unique devices available, it’s easy to get a little overwhelmed, so we don’t blame you if you’re still not entirely a pro at styling your own hair just yet!
Sit down with your BFF and practice basic techniques, such as straightener curls and wand curls, learning how to vary between tight ringlets and soft waves. For a detailed guide, be sure to check out How to Create the Perfect ghd Curls and Different Curling Irons and How to Use Them. To get you started, though, here are our must-have tools for perfecting your curling abilities.
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I'm a journalism grad and avid makeup fan with an unhealthy addiction to buying nude lipsticks, no matter how similar they all may seem. I love chatting to anyone who will listen about my new favourite products, skincare dos and don'ts and practically any other beauty-related topic under the sun. That doesn't mean I'm frivolous with my recommendations, though--you can count on me to give you the nitty gritty on all your wishlist products. In my spare time, you'll find me binge-watching old episodes of Gilmore Girls or at brunch with a large iced coffee in my hand.
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