Do you have your hair and makeup all set for a night out this Valentine’s Day? Already bought a great gift for your significant other? No, well we’re here to help. We’ve got you covered with everything from the best hair products, makeup tools and more to have you looking red hot this weekend. And don’t forget to pick up that perfect gift…we’ve got some ideas on that too!
You’ve got to look your best, starting with fresh skin. Puffy eyes are a result of loose blood vessels, weakened skin and excess water retention. A great solution would be applying a cold compress to alleviate pressure to the under-eye area and following with a product designed specifically for the eye area with ingredients like Caffeine to lift and tighten, like DDF’s Advanced Eye Firming Concentrate, $88, ddfskincare.com, which helps to reduce and prevent puffy eyes with consistent use over time.
Give yourself the gift of beautiful skin with Clarisonic Mia FIT, $189. Clarisonic invented the sonic cleansing category over a decade ago, with the device that’s since become a beauty icon. And they’re ready to shake things up again with a new look and feel, one that makes sense for the way we live today…introducing MIA FIT. Today’s woman on the go needs a beauty routine that works outside the confines of her bathroom. The compact, travel-friendly and freestanding design feels comfortable in the palm of the hand and fits easily wherever it’s stashed, from the bathroom cabinet to the gym locker. The modernized shape and new preprogrammed speed settings of Mia Fit were created for that woman. Utilizing Clarisonic’s patented sonic technology, Mia Fit gently removes everyday impurities, sunscreen and makeup for smooth, radiant skin that feels as good as it looks. The gentle daily cleansing device features the Radiance Brush Head, with smooth, luxe filaments that deliver a comforting, effective cleanse on even the most sensitive skin.
Prep the skin prior to makeup application with Lumene! Lumene Bright Now Vitamin C Hyaluronic Essence, $24.99, plumps up the skin providing smoother, brighter and suppler complexion. Hyaluronic essence combines the brightening benefits of Vitamin C and intensive hydration and wrinkle smoothing efficacy of hyaluronic acid. Vitamin C brightens and helps to support skin’s natural collagen synthesis for firmer, smoother skin.
Made with real wild rose petals, KORRES Wild Rose Vitamin C Active Brightening Oil, $54, is a modernized version of the bestselling original product and the first ingredient used in the KORRES homeopathic pharmacy: the classic Wild Rose Oil.
This updated formula is boosted with Super C to deliver advanced brightening, tone repairing, and fine line reduction, while soothing & nourishing for a supple, radiant, youthful complexion that glows with health.
This multi-tasking brightening booster can be worn alone, with serums and moisturizers, or mixed into your favorite moisturizer for a dewy glow on Valentine’s Day. Available at KorresUSA, Sephora, and HSN.
The Beautyblender is the ultimate in makeup application-it’s a must have. It is the first elliptically shaped, non-disposable, environmentally friendly, hi definition cosmetics sponge created to leave you with a professional finish and a flawless complexion! And it’s simple to use either wet or dry. Use the pointed side for hard-to-reach spots like around the nose and mouth, and under the eyes. The round base is great for foundation and blush on the larger areas of your face such as your forehead, cheeks, and chin. And Beautyblender comes in a variety of colors, not only the original pink ($20), but red, white and more. The white Beautyblender, Pure ($19.95), is still the same amazing cosmetic applicator but without the color. The red Beautyblender, Red.Carpet ($20), is perfect for awards season when you want to feel like a celeb who’s red-carpet ready! Don’t forget to clean your Beautyblender with Blendercleanser, ($18) or Blendercleanser Solid, ($16.95).
Makeup should enhance, not mask, the skin! When applying foundation, concealer or powder, the less is more approach is always best. Always start in the center of the face and blend up/down and out. Really only applying product where you need it so skin still shines through. Try Smashbox Liquid Halo, $42.– Lori Taylor-Davis, Smashbox Pro Lead Makeup Artist
Building on the success of the previous INTIMATE Lipsticks, 3 new shades arrive for Spring, Youngblood Cosmetics INTIMATE Mineral Matte Lipsticks, $19. Super-rich, on-trend, perfectly matte lipsticks provide high-impact payoff and are ultra-pigmented. Enriched with emollients and Vitamin E, each luxurious shade glides on effortlessly with a beautiful matte finish. Available in three shades.
The leader in bold makeup looks, comes the perfect red lip for the holiday all about love. Treat yourself to a kiss proof lip with ultra-long-wear products from MAKE UP FOR EVER to make this Valentine’s Day flawless using Aqua Rouge!
For an extra treat to have you looking Valentine’s-date-ready, stop by one of the MAKE UP FOR EVER Boutiques to receive a makeup consultation with one of the MAKE UP FOR EVER Pro Artists. Look your absolute best as Artists give you any desired look for the holiday, from simple to sultry, the artists are here to get you ready for the big night.
Use Josie Maran Argan Love Your Lips Hydrated Lipstick in Spirited Red ($22) to turn heads. Your boyfriend won’t know what him when he sees your red hot lips. And brighten your cheeks to get a fresh rosy glow with Josie Maran Argan Color Stick in Red ($22).
A girl can’t go wrong with red nails. Try Lauren B. Nail Lacquer in Rodeo Drive ($18) for a sexy nail look to make you stand out or tone your nails down with a pale pink like Lauren B. Nail Lacquer in City of Angels ($18).
Get sexy and healthy hair while also being date night ready this Valentine’s Day with some of the latest and greatest hair products from Joico:
Hair Shake ($18) – Amp up the volume and help enhance waves and style by giving it texture with Joico’s Hair Shake.
Gold Dust Shimmering Finishing Spray ($8)– Finish off any look and give hair an added sparkle with Joico’s Gold Dust Shimmering Finishing Spray.
Color Infuse Brown Shampoo ($15.99) and Conditioner ($17.99)– Give hair the added brown hue it deserves with Joico’s Color Infuse Brown Shampoo and Conditioner that helps infuse pigment into hair leaving it stronger, vibrant and shiner.
Color Infuse Copper Shampoo ($15.99) and Conditioner ($17.99)– Perfect for copper toned hair Joico’s Color Infuse Copper Shampoo and Conditioner will infuse copper tone hues into hair to leave hair less dull, stronger and shiner.
Color Infuse Red Shampoo ($15.99) and Conditioner ($17.99) – Perfect for redheads infuse red pigment into hair (perfect for Valentine’s Day) and leave hair stronger, vibrant and shiner.
If you don’t have time to ramp up your hair color before date night, John Frieda can change your shade quickly and easily – in the shower! The John Frieda Brilliant Brunette Visibly Brighter Collection illuminates warm honey and caramel tones in brunette hair to make it look naturally lightened by the sun, while the John Frieda Brilliant Brunette Visibly Deeper Collection noticeably deepens and enriches brunette color in the shower. Or if you need a quick fix for your roots – John Frieda’s Root Blur Colour Blending Concealer is a temporary root cover-up that lets you blend your ideal colour match to disguise dark roots or grey re-growth instantly and seamlessly. Brilliant Brunette Collections $9.99 each, Root Blur $19.99 each; food, drug and mass retailers nationwide.
Add a touch of sexy to your look with some added length and fullness. “Hair extensions give a natural, fuller, longer and healthier hair look. When placing clip-ins in your hair do not put the clip-ins above the temple of the head. This will ensure that the clips will not show and your natural layers will more easily blend in. Everyone’s head is different so placement is crucial. Start with the nape and work upwards section by section.” – Lisa Richards, RPZL Co-Founder. 16″ – 18″ size : $250.00, 18″ – 20″ size : $350.00 at rpzl.com
Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Victoria’s Secret is launching a new fragrance, Love Me More ($52), a sultry and warm fragrance with notes of Golden Grapefruit, French Canelé, Liquid Amber, which is available as Eau De Parfum, body mist, lotion and is also included in some of the gift sets available below.
Chloé Love Story Eau De Toilette, $115 (75ml) is a new love story it’s fresher, more floral, more sensual. It is a special morning, where she remembers their laugher and their love. The flower is given as a simple of love by someone who is ready to bare their heart. The fragrance of orange blossom, fresh and floral, mingles with the scent of the dew. The Prunus flower reveals its intense green facet, utterly refined, and heightened by a dewy floral accord, marked with carefree joy. Available at Sephora.
Carefree and vibrant, Daisy Eau So Fresh Marc Jacobs Blush Edition, $92, is warm and radiant with an effervescent blend of fruity florals, blissful notes of pink grapefruit and a floral heart of freesia and rose. A velvety apricot nectar rounds out the base. Available at Sephora.
Sofia Vergara’s newest fragrance, LOVE ($55), awakens the senses and conjures the emotions of romance. A sensual twist on the classic Sofia, this intoxicating scent evokes the depths of our sultriest desires. An oriental, fruity fragrance, it opens up with a bouquet of bright, fruity notes; the middle notes symbolize the love found in every heart; the base reveals a sweet sensuality that celebrates Sofia’s soulful journey to find the love of her life. Available at Perfumania and Perfumania.com
What is lovelier than Sarah Jessica Parker 10th Anniversary edition of LOVELY ($62), a timeless fragrance that ties the bond between memories and scent with her signature grosgrain ribbon. LOVELY blooms with the delicate balance of mandarin notes, a hint of lavender and a splash of playful apple martini. At its center, the sultry musk holds a heart of patchouli, paper whites and creamy orchid that speak to the classically modern and softly seductive essence of LOVELY. The 10th Anniversary edition of LOVELY is dedicated to fans looking to experience and remember the magic of pure innocence. Available at SarahJessicaParkerBeauty.com
Give the Gift of A Spa Experience:
What says love like a little TLC? You and your significant other can reap the relaxation benefits of a couple massages. Not gifting your boyfriend or girlfriend? Give a Red Door Spa gift-card perfect for anyone, which allows you to pick from a range of services at locations across the country that include massages, hair-styling, makeup, nail treatments and facial treatments just to name a few. Stop in your nearest Red Door Spa location to purchase or purchase as an e-gift card. For more information please visit RedDoorSpas.com.
- Relaxation Ritual with Two Massages: $280
- Swedish Couple’s Massage: $250
- From Here to Eternity: $728
-Includes: Red Door Signature Massage, Red Door Signature Facial, Spa Lunch, Warm Cream Pedicure, Warm Cream Manicure
Bliss offers a full collection of home fragrances including a line of spa-inspired candles with a soy-based wax and satin finish. This long-burning light is offered in a variety of mood enhancing scents that include Eucalyptus Mint, Ginger Flower, Grapefruit & Currant, Vanilla Lavender, Cucumber Water, and Lemon Verbena. $13 – $25; Available at blissworld.com
For the man in your life:
Gift the club to ensure he’s looking soft and smooth on Valentine’s Day, and beyond. A membership to Dollar Shave Club basically guarantees your man up to a year of great shaves. It’s simple: Go to DollarShaveClub.com, choose a length of time for the subscription, tell them where to send the boxes, and you’re officially the best V-DAY gift giver ever. The first box is like a sweet little gift in itself and includes: selected razor handle and corresponding razor cartridges, Dr. Carver’s Shave Butter and Dr. Carver’s Post Shave. Razor cartridges are then sent automatically each month for the designated amount of time. Voila – a gift that truly keeps on giving. $40 – $140, Available at DollarShaveClub.com/Gift
- 3 months ($40 for 4x, $50 for The Executive)
- 6 months ($60 for 4x, $80 for The Executive)
- 12 months ($100 for 4x, $140 for The Executive)
Spice up a new or established relationship this Valentine’s Day with Ralph Lauren’s bold, fiery men’s fragrance inspired by the thrill of extreme adventure. POLO RED INTENSE is available in a two-piece set, which includes a 4oz. and travel-size 1.3oz bottle. Your man will be intoxicated by the blend of red ginger, red leather and red roasted coffee. $93. Available at Macy’s, Belk, Bon Ton, Dillard’s, Boscov’s, Stage, Bloomingdale’s, Lord and Taylor, Von Maur, Century 21, RL Media, Perfumania, Military (AAFES, Navy Exchange, US Marine EX.)
These unique headphones protect your ears, monitor volume, yet deliver studio grade sound. They are lightweight and very durable, while the soft and supple ear cushion design provides amazing comfort. Puro headphones create the best sound you have ever heard into a headphone experience. Visit purosound.com for more amazing styles.
Maximize intimate moments by giving the man in your life exactly what he needs for a full service shave at home, no appointments needed with Anthony The Perfect Shave Kit, $65 . Smooth, protect and soothe with four full-size products designed to work together for the ultimate shaving experience. The kit includes Glycolic Facial Cleanser, Shave Cream, Pre-Shave Oil, and After Shave Balm. *Anthony donates a portion of the proceeds from the sale of all products to support prostate cancer research. Available at Anthony.com
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