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For the Lover in You

For the Lover in You

By Ilaria Jones

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and it’s the perfect time to do something you love. Whether it’s a cozy night in with that special someone or a night on the town with the girls, find out how to make this Valentine’s one to remember!

The Perfect Look

If you’re going out, ditch your normal makeup regimen and go for something adventurous and flat out sexy.



The Love in Paris collection by NYX is perfect for creating a sultry smokey eye. With different colorway palettes (all at $10!) you can go subtle or turn the intensity all the way up. For a Valentine’s Day switch, try substituting your usual grey toned smokey eye for a color based one. All you have to do is pick a color, say purple, and use those the darker purple tones along the crease and the lighter ones across the lid. Voilá!



Let your lips be the center of attention. Mineral Fusion has a line of lip products that are all natural, hypoallergenic, and gluten-free. With lipsticks, lip pencils, and two types of gloss, you can create an impeccable pout or a bold statement lip. Both lip-gloss styles are infused with Sunflower Seed Oil and Vitamin E so you don’t have to choose between moisture and color. Whichever you choose, you’re sure to achieve a flawless finish.  



Your lashes can pull together any look and draw your partner right in. For a boost in length and volume, try Mary Kay’s Lash Love Mascara. It separates lashes evenly so you avoid getting that spider legs look and also comes in green and plum in addition to the usual black and brown. In the end, you will have lashes you absolutely love!

Ideas You Both Will Love

Stay home and make dinner together. Whether you whip up something simple like a homemade pizza or spend hours concocting an extravagant three-course meal, cook and enjoy the dinner together. After all, enjoying each other’s company is what Valentine’s Day is meant for. It saves money rather than eating out at a restaurant, and you’ll be able to have intimate quality time bonding with each other.
Exchange homemade gifts. Homemade doesn’t have to be lame. You can make anything from homemade beer and desserts, to ceramics, blankets, scrapbooks and more. Print out photos from your early years and make a picture collage for her. Don’t assume a homemade gift isn’t worth the time, for you’ll find it will be the most appreciated and thoughtful gift you give your significant other.
Write your sweetheart a letter. Remind them of all the quirks you love about them. Not only women are charmed by love notes. Even the studliest and most masculine of men will get mushy over an old-fashioned love letter written from the soul.
Repeat a date that was special to you. If you’ve been together for a long time, recreate that special night he proposed, or the moment you realized you were falling in love and take them to that special place. Get reservations at the same restaurant, rent the same movie and try to rekindle that initial puppy love and raw infatuation.
Start a new tradition. Pick that new Japanese restaurant you’ve wanted to try and declare it your new go-to sushi spot for Valentine’s Day. Take a walk at the pier and gaze at the ocean, or grab ice cream and catch an old drive-in movie. With a new relationship comes exciting new traditions, and Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to start making memories with your sweetheart.

  • Yolanda

    I love these articles by Ilaria and I have tried several of her suggestion and like the product. Great ideas