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Give Valentine’s Day The Bird: 3 Alternative Ways To Celebrate Love.

Ahhh… Valentine’s Day. It’s a time to celebrate love. From chocolates and flowers from a secret admirer to a fancy dinner date or surprise proposal from your bpf (best partner forever)... we love those warm and fuzzy feels that love can bring.

But while Valentine’s Day is fundamentally all about love, who’s to define what love should look like for you or for me. I am a traditionalist at heart, but this Valentine’s Day, why not also celebrate love on a universal level?

Give some of these loved-up Valentine’s Day alternatives a go… I promise that, secret admirer or not… feel-good heart flutters are guaranteed!

#1 Random Act Of Love Sprinkle your love like the glittery gold it is and pay it forward with a random act of love. It can be as simple as writing a beautiful message on a post-it-note and sticking it to the bathroom mirror at the office. Or paying for the next-in-line’s coffee on Valentine’s Day morning. Even just a simple smile and ‘Happy Valentine’s Day’ to a total stranger will give you some super love-up feels. You might just change the course of someone’s day without them even knowing it!… now, that’s true unedited love.

#2 Fall In Love With Yourself Self-love can be a difficult concept to grasp for many of us. We’ve been conditioned to look outside ourselves for love, acceptance and approval - basing our self-worth on the amount of each of these we receive from others, rather than ensuring we first and foremost nurture it within ourselves. Whether it be on Valentine’s Day or any other day of the year, gift yourself with love. Have a barefoot picnic in the park. Buy that packet of TimTams and binge-watch Outlander on Netflix. Go ahead and have that facial or body massage or both… not because you need to fix your dry skin or your sore back but simply because your soul deserves it. Don’t seek external permission to love yourself… indulge in the things that flood you with good energy and fuel your happiness. Try these soul saving suggestions offered by the team at Brazilian Beauty:

R&R 60 Minute Facial + 60 Minute Massage Relax and unwind with a professional massage Therapists and enjoy the therapeutic benefits of a full body massage. Using Swedish massage techniques you will enjoy a thoroughly invigorating and relaxing full body massage and a customised 60 minute facial using Australian made cosmeceuticals from ASI.

ASI Custom Facial This skin treatment uses fresh, preservative-free skincare from The Australian Skin Institute using highly active ingredients for clinically-proven results. Pure, potent Vitamin C lightens and brightens skin tone for a highly effective anti-ageing facial.

6 Step HydraFacial uses a combination of medical grade skin resurfacing and advanced biotechnologies to deeply clean, smooth, hydrate and firm the skin – giving you an immediately visible result while promoting long-term skin health – so that your skin will not only look younger, but act younger too!

#3 Champion A Cause Coming from the Greek words ‘philo’ (for the love of) and ‘anthropos’ (humanity); Philanthropy is by definition the very meaning of love. And what better way to spread the love than to participate in some charitable work for a day. There are many ways to get involved, from volunteering at local organisations to simply reaching out to those in need. A quick look through your community newsletter or searching online will give you plenty of inspiration.

At Brazilian Beauty, we proudly support a number of local charities such as:

Women’s Legal Service QLD who offer free legal help for Queensland women with domestic violence, complex family law and sexual assault matters. Ending violence against women involves support from the whole community and as such, our very own CEO and founder of Brazilian Beauty, Francesca Webster will be swapping the boardroom for the dance floor in front of 1000 guests to support the prevention of domestic violence at the 2021 ‘Dancing CEO’s’ fundraising gala event.

Share The Dignity a Brisbane based charity who work to make a real, on the ground difference in the lives of those experiencing homelessness, fleeing domestic violence, or just generally doing it tough. Share The Dignity assist those in need through collecting thousands of period products through yearly collection drives set up at Brazilian Beauty clinics across Brisbane and other like-minded business across Australia. Volunteers are always welcome, or you can host a ‘DigniTea’ event with your work colleagues, friends and family.

Ravishing Fashionistas a fashion event which raises money for Dignifying Women, a charity raising awareness of domestic violence. This beauty and fashion event encourages women of all ages, sizes and backgrounds to embrace themselves by confidently breaking through stereotypes in the fashion industry. Become a volunteer for this event or purchase a ticket to the Fashionistas Fashion Show event.