Valentine's Day is here, so whether you're looking for something to pamper yourself with, to prep for that big date night or a last minute gift, take a look at these beauty, hair and skincare must-haves.
- Aubrey Natural Lips Sheer Tints ($7.50) give lips colorful shimmer, shine and soft, translucent color to your lips. They smooth and condition lips with organic shea butter and other rich emollients, and come in eight natural shades for different looks and a fabulous smile.
- Aubrey Silken Earth Powder Blushes ($11.95) add some sweet and sexy color to cheeks. They're made of a silk-based contour powder that adds color and contrast where needed to highlight your best features and brighten your complexion for a soft, natural look. Use with Silken Earth Translucent Base for best results. Natural colors made with sustainable and agricultural ingredients.
- Aubrey Silken Earth Translucent Bases and Body Shimmer ($23.95) are feather-light, loose base powder that blends with your own skin tone to even out color, soften imperfections and give your complexion a healthy glow. They're formulated with rich, nourishing powdered silk and natural colors. Follow with one of Silken Earth Powder Blushes to complete your look. Natural colors made with sustainable and agricultural ingredients.
- IT Cosmetics (Innovative Technology) is all about high performance, skin loving and problem solutions! Two beauty must-haves from IT Cosmetics for flirty lashes and luscious lips are:
- IT Cosmetics® Tightline™ Full Lash Line & Length Black Mascara Primer is a true game changer in achieving the absolute best and most voluptuous lashes yet! Tightline™ allows you to get the full eyeliner and mascara lash look minus the goop, mess and high cost of fake lashes. The first of its kind, this multi-tasking beauty essential utilizes an ultra-skinny wand, allowing you to coat your lashes from root to top and address those hard to reach areas close to the eyelid. The skinny wand also allows the conditioning serum to infuse a blend of lash-enhancing ingredients including peptides, collagen, proteins, biotin, nettle extract, green tea, jojoba, and vitamins all the way down to the root of your lashes, giving them the most effective dosage of nourishment and protection. Tightline is paraben-free, fragrance-free, phthalate-free, sulfate-free, and is it great for even the most sensitive eyes. So, get ready to replace your old mascara and treat your eyes to Tightline™ - the perfect 3-in-1 solution to perfect lashes! $24, at Ulta.com
- Vitality Lip Flush Butter Gloss is an ultra-hydrating gloss that's infused with oils and butters for the most luxurious, soft lips. It goes on smooth, not sticky at all, and pampers lips with beautiful coverage and a naturally pretty flush of color. This is one of the best lip glosses, as it delivers high shine and rich pigment. It glides on like a lightweight serum and instantly hydrates, repairs and protects lips, which is much needed this cold winter season. $24, at Ulta.com
- Japonesque Color Collection, which consists of a stunning 72 SKU Collection, is specifically formulated to deliver refined, second-skin textures and pro performance color. Its Luminous Foundation is a wonderful, flawless liquid makeup that will make your skin look dewy, silky, smooth! This liquid foundation is moisturizing (great for dry winter skin) creamy, light, not heavy at all, and has wonderful texture perfect for blending, customizing and layering. It covers up imperfections, looks very natural all day and blends very well, which is very helpful in finding a shade that matches a specific skin tone.
- Miracle Skin Transformer Tinted Sculpting Balm gives cheek a healthly, natural blush color, and soft, smooth coverage that lasts all day long! It gives skin a beautiful and healthy glow, and can also be used on lips and eye lids for some gorgeous color. This is a skin sculpting and reshaping color blush stick that is infused with anti-aging, skin contouring benefits. Miracle Skin Transformer Tinted Sculpting Balm is a velvety soft, cream color stick that sweeps sheer, natural looking color to deliver a beautiful, flushed look. The light, blendable, smooth texture instantly brightens uneven skin tone, so your skin looks flawless. With skin-silkening natural actives, Miracle Skin Transformer Tinted Sculpting balm provides the perfect finish to compliment any skin tone while improving skin’s radiance and texture.
- Tata Harper Lip Treatments keep lips smooth and soft. These lip-plumpling and antiaging lipcare come in three unique treatments for naturally fuller and healthier lips:
- Be Adored is a ruby-tinted, plumping and line-reducing treatment that visibly restores vitality to lackluster lips. It helps to reduce the appearance of irksome signs of aging, and deeply hydrates and conditions to preserve lips’ youthful look
- Be Fierce is a sheer, hydrating, deeply conditioning lip treatment that's packed with antioxidants, vitamins and nutrients to protect against free radicals. It helps fight signs of aging and nourishes lips, leaving them silky, soft and supple.
- Be True is a sheer, plumping and line-reducing treatment that visibly restores vitality to lackluster lips in order to reduce the signs of aging. It deeply hydrates, conditions and preserves lips’ youthful look
Price/Availability: Be Fierce ($24), Be True ($28) and Be Adored ($28) at TataHarperSkincare.com.
- güd® By Burt’s Bees Natural Cleansing Wipes are new soft, natural towelettes that can be used to remove dirt and sweat from head to toe, leaving behind an invigorating cooling sensation, instant deodorizing effect, and intoxicating scent so you feel fresh and clean. Formulated with güd-for-you natural botanicals and extracts, these gentle wipes not only take away the day, but also leave skin smelling amazing with fun, uplifting scents like Orange Petalooza, Pearanormal Activity, and beloved Red Ruby Groovy. 10 Wipes for $2.99, available at leading drug, grocery and mass retailers and on güdhappens.com
- The cold winter weather can make skin look dry and dull. To obtain bright, glowing, radiant skin, be sure to try Burt’s Bees Brightening Line. It's clinically proven to brighten and even out skin tone when used as part of a daily regimen over eight weeks. The Daily Facial Cleanser, Refining Tonic, Moisturizer Cream and Eye Treatment will help diminish discoloration. The Dark Spot Corrector is a light serum, that goes on skin smoothly, and absorbs and dries quickly. It is a must try, especially to target specific areas that have age spots, dark spots or sun spots. Results are apparent after just two weeks of use (the product description mentions eight weeks but I personally experienced brighter skin in two weeks)! After eight weeks, you can visibly see much less dark spots, discoloration, and skin will look brighter and clearer. In addition to the face, it works on dark sports on the hands too. Burt's Bees Brightening Dark Sport Corrector is amazing and a miracle spot corrector!
- La Roche-Posay Rosaliac Anti-Redness Moisturizer is a daily moisturizer with a weightless, light green tinted formula that relieves discomfort and helps neutralize redness. It also helps to restore lasting comfort and luminosity. Fragrance-free; retail price $37.99 at laroche-posay.us. La Roche-Posay, based in France, is renowned for its body care, face care, hair care, sun protection, and cosmetics for sensitive skin for more than 30 years.
- Origins Feel Good Hug is great must-have for everyone who enjoys hugs and massages. It's a pampering treat, like you just finished a spa session. It's very easy to use. Simply heat this to a desired temperature, lay down, and relax. For those who suffer from sore backs, shoulders or necks, or those who have achy muscles after a work out, this is a guilty pleasure. The warmth and calming scent will relax your entire body, as if you're at a spa. Origins Feel Good Hug is wonderful, soothing and relaxing body wrap that boasts of a sensuous blend of Cinnamon and Clove herbs in addition to Ginger, Cinnamon and Lemon essential oils.
- RITUALS Home & Body Cosmetics one of Europe's top favorite beauty brands, is now available at Barneys New York nationwide, Barneys.com, and its new store located in Soho, NY. Founded in Amsterdam, RITUALS offer luxury home and body cosmetics from nourishing creams and scented candles to facial skincare and precious mineral makeup. Valentine's Day is here so be sure to pamper someone special with RITUALS' bath, body and home cosmetics, such as these below.
- Foaming Shower Gel is a luxurious, lovely scented shower foam with organic ingredients such as sweet almond oil to gently clean and moisturize skin.
- Sakura Sugar Body Scrub contains organic sugar and softening oils to gently exfoliate, nourish and revitalise dry winter skin. Use once or twice a week for soft, smooth and glowing skin.
- Rich and Nourishing Body Cream is decadent and hydrates skin after a bath or shower. Use during a massage to hydrate and nourish skin, and increase blood circulation.
- TwinLuxe Essentials Gift Set for Men is one of the best skincare gift sets that a man can get! There aren't enough skincare products that are made specifically for men, but thanks to TwinLuxe, men can easily acquire top quality skincare products to meet their special needs. This handsome grooming and shaving kit was a top favorite item at the Annual Grammy Awards Gift Bag given to presenters and performers, so you know it's creme de la creme. The set includes a booster Serum (pre & post shave), Smooth Shave Cream (shave) and Soothing Face Balm (post shave). The serum makes skin feels smooth, but firm and is great for even the most sensitive skin. The shave cream is top quality, allows for a clean close shave (no more razer bumps) without drying or irritating skin. Finally the face balm is great for dry winter skin!
- Cantu Argan Oil Leave-In Conditioning Repair Cream is formulated for dry or coarse hair, infused with 100% pure Argan Oil. It stops and mends hair breakage while leaving hair soft, shiny and manageable. This Argan Oil infused deep penetrating conditioning treatment that is made with 100% Pure Argan Oil and other natural oils to help protect hair from the damage of every day styling. When used daily, it helps promote strong, long healthy hair. $7.99 at Wal-Mart and drugstores nationwide.
- Cantu Coconut Curling Cream will define, condition, and add manageability to curls, leaving them soft, shiny, and deeply moisturized. It's made with 100% Pure Shea Butter and formulated without chemicals or harsh ingredients, no Mineral Oil, Sulfates, Parabens, Silicone, Phthalates, Gluten, Paraffin, Propylene, PABA or DEA. $7.99 at Wal-Mart and drugstores nationwide.
- Cantu Shea Butter Leave in Conditioning Repair Cream is formulated for severely damaged, dry or coarse hair and made with pure Shea butter. This is an intensive deep penetrating leave in cream conditioning treatment that is made with pure Shea Butter and other natural oils to stop and mend breakage, repair split ends, and add manageability and shine with every application. $7.99 at Wal-Mart and drugstores nationwide.
- ColorProof Evolved Color Care WickedGood Weightless Shine Spray is just what dry, dull, frizzy winter hair needs to look gorgeous for Valentine's Day! ColorProof WickedGood™ Weightless Shine Spray is developed exclusively for color treated hair. This shine spray boasts of featherlight illuminating mist that delivers luminous, glossy, mega-watt shine with the ultimate in color protection, and instantly infuses long-lasting brilliant shine while locking in moisture for gorgeously healthy, youth-infused locks. Its new ingredient technology allows for ultra-fine particle size to envelop hair in a weightless halo of shine, and is formulated with a unique blend of Abyssinian and Camellia Oils. WickedGood retails for $26 at salons and spas nationwide.
- ColorProof Evolved Color Care DrySpell Color Protect Dry Shampoo is the first dry shampoo exclusively for color treated hair. DrySpell is formulated with an invisible micro-fine powder that instantly absorbs excess oils while creating weightless texture and body when you need it most. Extends your blow dry by one to two days while providing the ultimate in color protection. DrySpell retails for $26 at salons and spas nationwide.
- Smooth ‘N Shine Go Pro Curls Curl-Licious Mist is formulated by celeb hairstylist, Larry Sims (clients include Victoria Beckham, Gabrielle Union and more). This new revitalizing mist refreshes and re-hydrates curly hair. Go Pro Curls Curl-Licious Mist helps re-activates curls, improves hair elasticity and protects against re-styling stress for an impeccable style. It’s professional haircare retails for $9.99 at beauty supply stores nationwide.