Friday, February 12, 2021

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide 2021

Valentine’s Day won’t be the same this year but we can still find new ways to celebrate. A cozy night in can be very romantic and there is still time to find the perfect gift.
Makeup, candy and skincare is always a good idea so today I’m sharing some of my V-Day faves. 

Lancome’s L’Absolu Rouge Intimatte Lipsticks ($42.00) are gorgeous! There are 16 stylish shades to compliment a variety of skin tones and the soft, powdery formula is outstanding. The lightweight color glides on smooth, buttery and matte with sheer to medium coverage and a supple, hydrating finish. 

 Left to right: 888 Kind of Sexy, 274 Killing Me Softly and 196 Pleasure First
Lancome is available at department stores and online at 

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Juicy Couture has released Viva La Juicy Bubbly ($119.00 /100 ml) – inspired by pink champagne and glamorous parties. The composition includes fizzy notes of pink berry, sweet jasmine, gardenia, vanilla, golden amber, praline and creamy woods.
If you’re a fan of Juicy Couture this fragrance will smell very familiar. It is fresh, trendy, light and youthful – perfect for everyday wear. Juice Couture is available at department store counters including Hudson’s Bay, London Drugs, Jean Coutu, Ulta Beauty and

Elizabeth Arden’s Beautiful Color Moisturizing Lipstick ($33.50) in the shade Red Door is a classic Valentines red that makes a great gift for you or someone you love. The formula is clinically proven to keep lips hydrated all day (even during winter) and the vibrant satin color makes your pout appear soft and voluptuous.
If you want your eyes to pop (even while wearing a mask), Elizabeth Arden’s Grand Entrance Mascara ($33.00) provides dramatic volume, length and lift. The pigment is water resistant so it doesn’t smudge, run or clump and the vitamin-rich formula is infused with olive oil to nourish and protect your lashes. 

Elizabeth Arden is available at department stores including Hudson’s Bay, London Drugs, Shoppers Drug Mart and

I’ve been wearing a lot of neutral eye shadow recently and Vasanti’s Kajal x Kolors Palette ($39.00) has everything I need to create beautiful daytime looks. There are a variety of wearable mattes and shimmers that compliment all complexions and I love the smooth, creamy pigment. The brand also sells beautiful lipstick and fabulous skincare for women of color so check them out at
Visiting a nail salon is not really an option during the pandemic which means it might be time to update your polish collection. When it comes to cruelty-free, vegan, non-toxic nail lacquer, Bio Sculpture has a range of beautiful colors and finishes. For Valentine’s Day my favorite shades are 215 More is Definitely Better (a stunning shimmery pink) and 2025 Vibrant Violet. For more info visit
Also featured in the photo above are The Face Shop’s Rouge Satin Moisture Lipsticks ($26.00) available at If you’re getting dressed up for date night, Fever Red or Midnight Rose are perfect for the occasion. The rich colors are lightweight, easy to apply and comfortable with a moisturizing satin finish. 

This winter has been incredibly dry so nothing beats the gift of soft, healthy skin. I recommend Avon’s new Moisture Therapy Balance + Sooth Body Lotion ($35.00) and Body Wash ($33.00). This line was designed to support the skin’s invisible microbiome – a layer of beneficial micro-flora that balances and protects. The collection is infused with shea butter, macadamia oil, prebiotics and plant extracts to cleanse, deeply hydrate, soften, and strengthen. The products are formulated for extra dry, damaged skin. You can find them at
Sugar Mommy Chocolates has over 30 years of candy making experience and their huge Valentine’s Day platter is delicious! It includes a variety of chocolate covered goodies – Oreos, potato chips, toffee, pretzels, gram crackers, marshmallows, cereal clusters and more! This is a treat the whole family will enjoy. For more information visit
Happy Valentine’s Day!
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