Sweets, roses, and mushy cards—eh. Instead of gifting the expected for Valentine’s Day, try one of these out-of-the-box ideas. From heart-shaped palettes and red nail polish to our fave lip exfoliator of the moment, we have everything you need right here on Beautylish. In our opinion, the best person to treat with one of these romance-inspired must-haves is you!
How irresistible is this pretty palette?! Crafted with Anna Sui’s signature rose scent, the blush inside gives a natural-looking glow with the slightest hint of sparkle. There are actually six different shade variations from oranges and reds to pastel blues and purples—but this is our pick for V-Day.
There’s no better time of year for a pink lip, and Love Buzz is the perfect go-to; blue undertones give it a violet-pink hue. The color is pretty bold on its own, but for an extra pop, try layering it over a lipstick in a similar shade like ILIA Lipstick in Pink Kashmir. If you’re not a pink person, Heartbeat, a classic red, is our second choice.
If you’ve ever wanted to add a heart-shaped compact to your vanity, ’tis the season. Something About Berry is one of two new shades in Too Faced’s Sweethearts range. You get three cheek colors in one: rose, coral, and peach, which work well alone or blended to your liking. The formula builds well for more oomph, but because it’s on the sheer side, it’s hard to overdo it.
Everyone needs a classic red polish in their collection, Valentine’s Day or not. If you’ve been searching for a new one, you can’t go wrong with Too Red. It’s easy to apply, super opaque, and a great shade for both everyday and special occasions. As always with RGB, the formula is five-free (meaning, it contains none of the top-five polish irritants: formaldehyde, toulene, DBP, formaldehyde resin, or camphor).
There’s no denying that winter takes a toll on your skin, and lips are no exception. To give your kisser the TLC it needs before the big day, try this routine, which consists of four Bliss favorites (Foaming Lip Cleanser, Sugar Lip Scrub, Instant Lip Plumper, and Softening Lip Balm). We tried it out and got soft, smooth lips in less than five minutes—follow along here.
A makeup mixing palette is always helpful—not to mention hygienic. What’s so genius about Paw Palettes is that you can wear them (on your wrist, palm, or back of your hand) thanks to a sturdy elastic band. Your hands stay free, so you can more easily maneuver between your brushes and products and easy-to-clean plexiglass surface.
You never need an excuse to wear glitter, but a slightly ridiculous holiday is a good one. True Romance is the hot pink color you’ll find us wearing this month, but we also have a soft spot for Love Me Tender, a light purple-mauve that feels extra fun for a night out. Apply some to your lids to finish an eye look or on your lips for more unexpected shimmer.
This lip exfoliator comes in a handy stick form: swipe it on as you would a balm, massage in, and then wipe off with a warm washcloth, and your lips will instantly feel so much better. ILIA is known for sourcing the cleanest possible raw ingredients; in this case it’s volcanic stone powder (the scrub ingredient) and a blend of organic, plant-derived oils. It’s a little pick-me-up to whisk away dead skin and get yourself smooch-ready.