It’s that time of year where love is in the air. For many of us romantics, it’s the time to express affection to loved ones and find the perfect way to say “I Love You.” It’s also an excuse to indulge in yummy heart-shaped chocolates, expensive lingerie and bouquets of red roses. Whether celebrating with your sweetheart or not, make this Valentine’s Day extra special with the following beauty must-haves that will make you feel beautiful anytime of the year.
Make your mate’s heart flutter by swiping cheeks with Stila’s make me blush compact. Not only does this blush enhance complexions by giving a sexy rosy glow with hints of golden shimmer, but it has the cutest packaging containing beautiful embossed conversation hearts in three on-trend shades: pink, coral and gold. The velvety soft colors feel nice on skin and last long. $14, www.stila.com
Show off your fabulous skin and hair with Philosophy’s unconditional love shampoo, bath and shower gel. This three-in-one wash is my new shower go-to and instantly puts me in a lovey mood. The beautiful lilac color and refreshing floral scent leaves skin soft, squeaky clean and smelling great. $22 www.philosophy.com
Smooth your bod with Carol’s Daughter Love Butter. This ultra-rich body moisturizer, which contains shea and cocoa butters, jojoba and sweet almond oil, works wonders on parched wintery skin. Scented with honey, brown sugar and cinnamon–yes, there’s a real cinnamon stick in there–skin is left with a subtle sheen and no flake in sight, perfect for that special date night. $18 www.carolsdaughter.com
This spring it’s all about the color pink and you can get a head start with NARS Tainted Love Lip Cheek and Nail Set. Play up your lips with a shiny gloss in Angelika, a sheer cotton-candy pink; go bold with nails painted in Schiap, a bright hot pink; and give cheeks a healthy pink flush with the Multiple stick in Angelika, which features gold particles for a subtle shimmer. $59 www.narscosmetics.com
He loves me, he loves me not. Whatever your mood may be this Valentine’s Day, paint nails in one of the fun festive date-themed colors by Barielle. The four petite shades provide long-lasting color and are free of formaldehyde, toluene and dibutylphthalate. You can choose from Cherish, a sheer pink; Elated, a deep coral; Expressive; a deep violet; and Ecstasy, a fire engine red. $15 www.barielle.com
LUSH’s PS. I Love You gift set will make anyone smile–and smell divine—this Valentine’s Day. The kit contains four bath and body products, all handmade with vegetarian ingredients, no synthetic fragrances or parabens, and wrapped in eco-friendly hearts and lovebird paper. The kit includes It Started With a Kiss lip tint, Strawberry Feels Forever massage bar, Love Birds soap and Magic Mushroom bubble bar. $24.95 www.lushusa.com
Flaunt a kissable pout with Maybelline’s SuperStay 24 Lipcolor. This new long-wear lip color features an innovative two-step formula, made with MicroFlex silicone resin waxes, which keep lips in kissable shape for up to 24 hours. The patented color won’t fade, feather or crack nor will it transfer onto skin or clothing. Color lasts long without any hint of dryness and comes in 30 shades. $10 www.maybelline.com