When my boyfriend told me he had planned a romantic surprise weekend, I was pretty sure that there was an engagement in the cards. But not totally sure.
Still, I didn’t want to look like a slouch for the occasion, and like most girls I spruced up with some beauty products. A whole lotta beauty products. In fact, I didn’t even realize how many products we use to get ready for a big night until I thought about it today. Here’s a snapshot at my pre-engagement beauty routine:
I used Sara Happ Vanilla Bean Body Scrub, which has extra large sugar crystals and smells delicious. There’s no shortage of shampoos and conditioners in my shower, but I grabbed Kerastase Bain Force and Frederick Fekkai Technician Color Care Masque since I love the way they smell [Note to self: Kerastase running unusually low. Strong suspicions that boyfriend has made friends with it]. Then, I used Living Proof Prime as my leave-in to ensure my blow-drying handiwork stayed in tact throughout the weekend. (It did! Still going strong after 5:00p.m. on Monday!)
As for my nails, I’m a diehard DIY manicure kind of girl, so if I’m going to outsource the job it’s gotta be a special occasion. I headed to Deva Spa in Soho for one of their notoriously particular manicures (read more about this here). The technician took one look at me and insisted “I have a color for you.” She layered a sheer bubblegum pink over a sheer iridescent pink, both by Zoya. See it (and the ring!) above.
Then, much to my chagrin, I realized there was no time for a spray tan (I’m obsessed) and threw a container of Prtty Peaushun in my weekend bag instead. At least I could smooth on this tinted lotion (with light-reflecting particles) and make my legs look a little tan for an hour or two.
Finally, I packed my favorite cheek color: Sue Devitt Gel Bronzer (the best bronzer EVER), two concealers (Bobbi Brown and Laura Mercier), Blinc primer and eyeliner, and Clinique High Impact Mascara (if you haven’t tried Clinique mascara, do it. They’re all amazing.)
Phew. Do you use more or less products than that? Have you counted? Let us know your go-to beauty products for a special occasion below.