Maybe it won’t pop up on your iCal as an official holiday. But this isn’t some strange typo of Valentine’s Day. For those who haven’t heard of it, Galentine’s Day – or G-Day – is the best made-up holiday there ever was.
Usually celebrated the day before Valentine’s, this is a day dedicated solely to the girl gang. It was invented by the character Leslie Knope from Parks and Recreation, and she described it like this: “Every February 13, my ladyfriends and I leave our husbands and our boyfriends at home, and we just come and kick it, breakfast-style. Ladies celebrating ladies.” G-Day is all about celebrating fun times, health, and beauty with our dearest gal pals. Really, why isn’t this an official holiday?
Whether you’re single, dating, married, or whatever you want to call it – there’s always room to celebrate your friendships and womanhood. There’s no better excuse to make a whole day of it than the idea of Galentine’s Day. Get inspired by our top picks for all things pampering, indulging, and empowering. Oh, and we know that sometimes organizing and booking things can be a real pain, so we’ve also included some D.I.Y. options for an at-home spa day. That’s the best kind, after all.
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First things first, of course. This is the staple of all girls’ nights in. Put on Romi and Michelle’s High School Reunion (a ridiculously good film), kick back in your masks, and enjoy the glow.
- Lush Mask of Maganminty (315g)
One of our favourite treats, this is a mask that does it all. Treat your beautiful face (or body) with gentle but effective natural ingredients including honey, kaolin, peppermint oil and adzuki beans which all serve to exfoliate, nourish, and smooth your skin. This is a sure pick for glowing skin, and it’s subtle minty aroma will refresh all your senses. Honestly, your skin looks and feels magnificent after.
- Glamglow supermud clearing treatment
First of all, we love the name ‘supermud’. Secondly, this face mask makes us actually feel our skin glowing. The blend of activated charcoal and K-17 clay fights skin imperfections by loosening dead cells to leave fresh, smooth skin behind. We won’t lie – we also love this mask because the colour and texture looks really cool.
- Dr Jart+ Shake & Shot Luminous Shot Shaking Rubber Mask
If you’re looking for a little more fun with your face mask mission, this is the way to go. It’s a perfect product to celebrate Galentine’s because it will remind you of both those glitzy cocktail nights with your girlfriends and those science classes you messed around in together. Mix the solutions together, shake them up, apply the mixture on to your face with the spatula, and let your skin drink up the luminising cocktail of juicy vitamins and minerals. Warning: you’ll probably make a mess.
D.I.Y Face Mask
Our pick for a D.I.Y. recipe uses papaya because living in Thailand means we have pretty easy access to this amazing skin food and we should definitely take advantage of it. The combination with honey means the mask is especially good for dealing with hyper-pigmentation, sun spots, and uneven skin tone.
How to make it:
- Blend together two tablespoons of honey and a half-cup of mashed papaya.
- Gently apply the mixture over your face for 15-20 minutes.
- Wash it off and moisturise
All the single ladies, put your hands up. (And show off your killer manicure).
- N.I.C. Nail Salon
Book a full afternoon in the plush spa chairs of this stylish salon in Central World. N.I.C is one of the first salons in Thailand to offer the full pampering package of mani/pedis, nail spas, waxing and eyelash extensions. For some luxurious TLC, go for the Spa Nail (THB 1400). They also do excellent jobs of gel and acrylic extensions (THB 2200). The manicurists here are like skilled artists; they can create anything you can think up. Walk-ins are accepted, but to make sure you can fit your whole gang in it’s best to book in advance.
- The CHABA
With a few branches, CHABA’s must-go has to be their flagship store at Gaysorn Village. It’s the largest one, offering the full session of deluxe hand and foot spas (THB 1300) as well as nail art and eyelash services. They stand out for using very high quality products from Elemis UK and tools from Japan. Their nail artisans constantly stay in the know with the latest nail trends and nail health research. It’s not hard to see why they’ve got quite a following on Instagram. They also post some really useful How-tos on their Facebook page.
- Treat Nail Spa and Salon
They’ve definitely chosen the right name here as this salon is a real treat. As well as full mani-pedi services, they also offer hair, hand, and foot spas, so you’ll all be served up a day’s worth of pampering. For Nail art (Starting at THB 1000), the artists can bring any of your ideas to life. However, the stunning signature at Treat is the marble nature designs on luxe metallic colours, finished with jewelled accessories and is definitely worth going for. A little tip: they’re often doing big promotions like the L’Occitane Hand & Feet Spa with nail polish for THB 1990. Make sure to keep a look out for these!
- Nail Parfait
As sweet as its name, the homey interiors at Nail Parfait make it a perfect spot to properly catch-up or gossip with a friend. While being quite affordable, the service and expertise of the nail artists have been very highly rated. As well as having limitless options of nail designs, they also offer a range of their own products made to nourish and treat your nails depending on their conditions. Go for a hand and foot spa with nail polish (from THB 1100) and you’ll have a parfaitly relaxed pamper day with your girlfriends.
Take these home and paint each other’s; there’s no better bonding activity.
- Nails Inc Holler-Graphic Nail polish duo (Limited Edition)
- essie Galentines Valentine Collection ‘Between Us’ Pink Glitter
- Paul and Joe Nail Polish Kit
Delicious and so much better for you than smooth talkers. Here’s our favourite recipe using coconut water. It’s vegan and brilliant for your skin.
1 ½ cup coconut water
1 cup baby carrots
1 cup frozen strawberries
1 cup frozen mango
Method: Just blend everything together until smooth! Easiest treat ever.
Only the comfy kind, though. (No lace allowed).
Finally, find the perfect gift to show your (other) soulmate how much you love them.
- The Gospel According to Coco Chanel, by Karen Karbo
A funny, enlightening, very readable book about what we can learn from the most famously independent and stylish woman. It’s like a go-to consultant on all life issues from relationships to careers.
- Ban.do gym bag
For the girls who work hard and eat hard.
- Elie Saab Girl of Now Forever Perfume
Elie Saab’s Girl of Now collection is a special tribute to female empowerment. The perfumes come in various feminine scents like sparkling raspberry or rose. It’s a perfect choice for celebrating just being girls.