Oh, ’tis the season for heart-shaped chocolates, red roses, and lovey dovey greeting cards. It must be Valentine’s Day, darlings. So while we could share gift ideas for you and your special someone, we feel it’s best to leave that to you and focus, instead, on that good old fashioned self-love. Remember how our EIC told you to be your own Valentine last year? Well, we’re continuing that theme and getting expert advice from our beauty guru Kelvin X. Dumé as he introduces us to some products that are lovable and perfectly treat-worthy. So go ahead, splurge on a special little something for yourself, or simply remind yourself how loved you are. Because you, my friend, are the cat’s meow! Whatever your pleasure, find the beauty in being your very own Valentine, today and everyday.

From Kelvin

Valentine’s Day can be super fun and playful. Whether you’re sharing a date with a special someone or treating yourself to a night out, here are some beauty buys that will have you in top kissable and touchable shape.

I’ve always been a fan of oils, and the Nuxe Multi-Purpose Oil is my current favorite. This fast-absorbing, lightweight formula is a great way to add extra hydration where needed. Apply all over your body right after showering to lock in lasting moisture with a subtle floral scent.

Valentine’s Day is right in the middle of winter, when our skin is most dry and vulnerable. BareMinerals Complexion Rescue instantly hydrates and nourishes the skin for an even complexion and radiant finish. The 16 available shades blend in seamlessly and all you’re left with is smooth, radiant skin.

This NARS concealer is an absolute beauty bag must-have. The formula is great for covering dark undereyes while the natural finish is suitable for covering any other imperfections you may have. It’s a great way of adding additional coverage wherever you may need it without looking “baked” or cakey.

I love using cream formulas because they’re easy to apply, and the RMS Buriti Bronzer is a total multi-tasker. Gently pat this flattering brown shade on your eyelids for a subtle hint of color and add dimension to your cheeks. The soft shimmer in this product is perfect for adding extra radiance and looks great on the lips, too.

No look is complete without a fluttering set of eyelashes. Finish off your eyes with a great volumizing mascara like Diorshow Iconic Overcurl Mascara and fill in any gaps with individual lashes to maximize your sultry gaze.

We all want a perfectly kissable pout, and this 3-piece collection from Bite will give you just that! The lip scrub uses brown sugar and pineapple enzymes to polish and exfoliate the lips. Follow with the agave lip mask overnight for intense hydration and wake up to perfectly smooth lips. Finish off by applying the lip balm, which is infused with agave and vanilla extracts that nourish and protect your lips throughout the day.

I truly believe confidence is the ultimate form of sexiness and the best way to show it is by rocking a bold red lip. Stila’s liquid lipstick in Beso is a stunning red that suits everyone and stays put so you can still have your Valentine’s Day kiss, or two!

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