There’s something about a holiday that’s all pink and red and hearts and flowers that makes a woman want to look her prettiest. Staying in or going out, we want to look (and smell) our best. Lucky for us, Valentine’s Day is just the excuse we need to splurge on some new and special pampering products. Read on for our roundup of the most decadent beauty treats your face and body have ever had the pleasure of wearing.
BEST MAKEUP If there’s one thing we know and love, it’s getting Naked. Urban Decay’s kind, anyway. Devotees of Naked 1, 2, and Basic (yes, that’s us!) dare you to find a better nude palette eye shadow anywhere. We’ve been holding our breath for the appearance of Naked3, and it just takes our breath away. The palette contains 12 stunning and flattering rose-hued neutrals – from pale, shimmery pink to deep black matte with red microglitter – in ultrasmooth matte, pearl, and glimmering metallic finishes. What makes it so special? The shades are gorgeous on everyone, they’ve got a velvety texture, rich colour, serious staying power, and they have unbelievable blendability. Buy at Sephora. What’s prettier than a heart-shaped blush compact? The three shades in the Two-Faced Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush are so lovely you’ll probably want to stare at them for awhile before using your brush. Swirl them together or wear them separately for a sweet romantic flush. Be blase about your date prep with a natural and un-made up Oh, this? It was nothing… look. Buy at Sephora.
BEST HAIR This is not the time for a bad hair day. Don’t worry, though. All is not lost with a Matrix Together Forever Hair Set ($16 each). The five product sets help cure any hair problem from adding volume to keeping your colour vibrant. Choose from one of the following: Heat Resist, Sleek, Amplify, Repair and Colour Care. Buy at one of these salons listed at Matrix Canada. Got the February flats and fly-aways? The Kevin.Murphy Powder.Puff ($27.50) will give you that just-rolled-out of-bed look – but in a good way. It’s a miracle volume powder that morphs into paste when applied, becoming an invisible support for your hair. Smelling of fresh seaweed from France along with extracts from apples, plums, cranberries and citrus, the little container is just the cutest thing ever. Buy at select professional salons across Canada.
BEST OILS, GLOSSES & POLISHES So whose idea was it to schedul e V-Day in mid-winter when our skin is at its dullest and driest? Never fear, it’s Moroccanoil Body Butter ($52) to your rescue. Just like the company’s ubiquitous hair oil moisturizes your mane, this concentrated body cream delivers on its mission save your skin. It soothes and fortifies with a vitamin and protein rich blend of argan, shea, cocoa and mango butters. Buy at luxury spas, fine salons and at Ben and Tournesol in Montreal. For the pro experience, discover signature services and products through prestige spa partners, including Quartz Crystal Spa (Trump Hotel Toronto), The Spa at Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Spa Vida.[slideshow_deploy id=’2596′]
Get ready to pucker up with Bare Love Lips ($18). Brimming with antioxidants and Safflower Oil, this amazing lip conditioner nourishes your pout with a time-release delivery system of pure oils that provide instant moisture and fullness. It also boasts Brassica Alba Sprout Extract, an all-natural balm that plumps and adds a natural definition for fuller, firmer – more kissable – lips, while reducing those pesky fine lip lines. To buy, visit Bare Love Beauty. Buxom’s lip glosses and polishes give your lips the attention they deserve. We adore the long-lasting, high-shine and non-sticky colour, and the refreshing tingling sensation gives us the look and feel of fuller, more voluptuous (read: sexy) lips. Plus, Vitamins A and E keeps our mouth soft and smooth and ready for smooching. Buy at Sephora.
Get your nails in on the Valentine’s party, too, with Carnival Cotton Candy ($10.99) sugar pink polish. Part of the limited edition Carrie Underwood collection, this OPI colour is brand new and inspired by the country music beauty. Buy at Shoppers Drug Mart, Target Canada, Walmart Canada, Jean Coutu, London Drug, and Loblaws.
BEST SCENTS Matching outfits may be out of style but wearing matching scents creates a chemistry balance in any relationship. There’s nothing sexier than nuzzling your man’s neck, especially when it smells this good. Try CK one RED Edition for him (from $48) and her (from $48). Now you won’t feel guilty for buying yourself a new bottle of perfume. Buy at The Bay and Shoppers Drug Mart. Want to recreate falling in love? philosophy’s loveswept ($50) was designed to make you feel swept off your feet. Kickstart the romance this month with this delicate fragrance. Buy at Sephora.