Everyone celebrates Valentine’s Day a little differently. Some people go all out by planning an elaborate surprise, others are more low key and opt for a nice dinner, flowers and/or chocolate, while some of us prefer to celebrate by sharing a romantic home cooked meal and cozying up to our loved ones. However you decide to celebrate this year, make sure you look fabulous while doing it! We’ve rounded up our favourite beauty staples guaranteed to make an impact this Valentine’s Day! From red-hot nails and luscious lips, to a flawless face and sultry lashes – the 10 products below are sure to make things a little “hotter” this Valentine’s Day.
The perfect makeup look starts with a flawless canvas and to achieve it, we’ve been loving Guerlain’s L’Or Radiance Concentrate with Pure Gold Make-Up Base ($81 CAD) and Clarins BB Skin Detox ($44 CAD). Both products beautify the skin and leave it looking absolutely radiant. The primer contains pure gold complexion-perfecting flecks that enhance the skin, smooth out fine lines and tighten facial features. A primer also helps your makeup last all day! The Clarins BB Skin Detox evens out the complexion, while hydrating and protecting the skin with an SPF 25. It’s great for anyone looking for light-medium coverage with a sunscreen.
To give the cheeks a flirty pop of colour and a sexy, lit-from-within glow, Urban Decay’s Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Blush ($38 CAD) is a no-brainer. The blendable, finely milled powder sweeps on beautifully and delivers 8 hours of streak-free colour. X-Rated (shown below) is one of our favourite shades!!
Almay’s Complete Look Palettes make it easy to create personalized beauty looks at home or on the go. The “all-in-one”, expertly coordinated palettes contain six intensifying eye shadows, two creamy lip colours, two high-shine lip glosses and one glowing cheek colour designed specifically to compliment your skin tone. They have everything you need to look fabulous – but we especially love the day to-night neutral eye shadows in the #100 Light/Medium Skin Tones palette!
To take your look to the next level and add some va-va-va-voom, false lashes +/- a kick-butt mascara are absolute must haves. The Lash Couture Faux Mink Lashes ($8 CAD) by Kiss are not only easy to apply but they also look incredible on the eyes! They are so natural-looking and can be worn over 10 times! With this being said, just because someone like wearing lashes, does not mean you do. There’s nothing wrong with that, as beauty is all about personal preference. If you are on the journey to growing your lashes naturally rather than wearing lashes, it may benefit you to look at something like Xlash eyelashes for more information on how you can keep your lashes looked nourished and healthy looking. Good luck with your journey and hope you get the lashes you have always wanted. For me though, I think I will stick to wearing lashes until I find the time to grow them naturally. Our favs are Boudoir and Little Black Dress. Whether you decide to wear lashes or not, a good mascara is always essential. Maybelline’s Colossal Big Shot Mascara ($9 CAD) is this Spring’s “it” mascara! Its unique, wavy bristles cradle your lashes while its collagen-enriched formula delivers bold, girl boss volume!
For lips, we love Marcelle’s Rouge Expression Velvet Gel Lipstick in #975 Red Carpet topped with your choice of colour from L’Oreal Paris’ Color Riche Lip Palette in Ruby 01. Talk about colour obsessed! This sultry lip combo is perfect for Valentine’s Day date night!
Lastly, a few coats of OPI’s Got the Mean Reds nail lacquer (from the Breakfast at Tiffany’s Collection) can instantly take your nails from drab to fab. The classic red is glamorous and chic, just like Audrey Hepburn herself!
We can’t forget about fragrance!! Mugler’s Angel Eau Sucrée 2017 ($82 CAD/50ml) gets our top nod this Valentine’s Day! Its a delicious interpretation of the iconic Angel fragrance – a fruity combination of red fruit sorbet, caramelized meringue, patchouli and vanilla. Yum
What do you have planned for Valentine’s Day?