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Celebrating Galentine’s Day

While I absolutely plan to celebrate Valentine’s Day with the loves of my life—my husband and kiddos—I’ve also got plans to honor my besties. I wish I could take credit for the brilliance of Galentine’s Day, but since I can’t, let’s honor its originator: Leslie Knope, the fictional Deputy Director in the comedy series, Parks and Recreation.

Leslie, thank you for granting us the official opportunity to love on our besties every February.

What’s Galentine’s Day? Oh, it’s only the best day of the year. Every February 13th, my lady friends and I leave our husbands and our boyfriends at home, and we just come and kick it, breakfast-style. Ladies celebrating ladies. It’s like Lilith Fair, minus the angst. Plus frittatas.

— “Galentine’s Day,” Parks and Recreation, 2010

The purpose of G-Day is to honor and celebrate the friends in our lives by showering them with love—and perhaps gifts and champagne, too. But there are no rules! Here are some ideas to celebrate this fabulous holiday.

Celebrating Galentine’s Day
Celebrating Galentine’s Day

Spa day

Whether you’re pampering yourself or being pampered, you’re sure to walk away refreshed and feeling good about yourself. You could book your go-to nail salon for group mani-pedis, but I also love an at-home spa celebration with my besties!

While at-home spa party options are endless, I’ve selected some favorites to inspire your Galentine’s Day.

  • Invite everyone to wear their jammies—cute PJ will set the tone for your spa day. Shein, Old Navy, and Nasty Gal have pairs we’re loving for everyone in your squad, and Hanna Andersson even offers sizes for furry galentines!
  • Set the spa vibe by delighting every sense during your soiree with a good-for-your-soul playlist, smells-like-a-five-star-spa essential oils in a decorative diffuser, minimal party decor for a truly relaxing atmosphere, and spa-inspired drinks and food like fruit-infused waters, tea, and light finger foods.
  • Neatly roll a bunch of dark-colored washcloths and place them in your crock pot with about a cup of water and a few drops of essential oil. Hand out the warm towels before facial treatments to ensure fresh, clean skin and maximum relaxation.
  • Set up mini stations where you and your guests can do treatments on themselves or each other, like nail care and hand masks, eye masks, eyebrow tinting, or DIY cocktails/mocktails. I highly recommend the Auria Vita’s microdermabrasion treatment for your at-home spa day. Immediately bask in the benefits of ridding your face of dead skin cells: softer, smoother skin that will absorb topical products much better! Follow your treatment with a sheet mask and experience legit glow.
  • Ask everyone to bring a self-care product they love. Exchange products and share your most beloved tips and tricks for looking fab and maintaining your sanity!
Celebrating Galentine’s Day
Celebrating Galentine’s Day
Celebrating Galentine’s Day

Currently loving

  • These Kitsch towel scrunchies seriously speed up my hair’s air drying time.
  • I have combo skin, but the oil around my eyes leaves me with a racoon look whether I want it or not. To avoid my mascara looking like a mess, I have been using this L’Oreal tubing mascara for as long as I can remember.
  • Babe Lash makes the best lash serum. I use this a few times a week, and when I don’t, I can tell!
  • Auria’s Renew and Brighten serums have become an everyday staple in my morning and evening routines. Both are packed with ingredients perfect for use every single day. To prevent breakouts, I also use our Refine serum at least two times a week on the evenings I don’t do any other exfoliation.
  • I have been using Supergoop’s Unseen Sunscreen for a couple of years, and love how it layers with my other daytime products—including cosmetics!
Celebrating Galentine’s Day

Happy celebrating, babes!

XO, Machel