Date nights are always exciting, but things get especially fun when it’s Valentine’s Day! Do you know what you will wear? Where will you go? How about your beauty routine—are you ready to do something special?
This month, I headed to Shoppers Drug Mart to select 7 products that will make the process of getting ready fun, easy and quick!
1. Life Brand Pore Refining Face Mask with Siberian Ginseng
Let’s start with the basics: before you put anything on your face, it’s important to ensure that the skin is in prime condition. This wonderful peel-off face mask will do the trick, by reducing pores and leaving you feeling refreshed and re-energized. It will also improve the overall texture of your skin.
The mask contains Siberian ginseng and lemongrass, which are both renowned for their tightening properties. Other key ingredients include papaya, vitamin A and vitamin E, so your skin will feel softer and deeply nourished.
Retailing at $1.99.
2. No7 Youthful Replenishing Facial Oil
Following the mask, I would recommend something that would add a boost of hydration, which is so necessary in the dreadfully cold and dry month of February. If you are looking for a naturally soft glow, opt for this replenishing facial oil. No7 is one of the top brands in the U.K., so their range of products is very highly recommended by beauty experts around the world.
If you are looking for a natural glow, this product is an absolute must. The oil will give your skin an instant surge of moisture, revealing a softer, younger and more radiant-looking complexion. One of the reasons I picked this product is because the oil is designed to work with all skin types. It immediately nourishes and starts working to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The lightweight, non-greasy formula locks in moisture and keeps skin supple.
I’m a big fan of anything rosehip-related, so this product gets bonus points from me for its rosehip oil key ingredient. Other key ingredients include jojoba oil that helps restore and maintain the skin’s barrier without blocking pores, and vitamins C and E that provide antioxidant protection.
Retailing at $25.
3. Joe Fresh Lash Focus Extending Mascara
The eyes and lips are everything on a date night, so onto the next step: your mascara. Lengthen your lashes with one of Canada’s favourite brands: Joe Fresh.
This particular product has a soft and creamy formula that will do the trick. The cone-shaped brush will help fan out the lashes and create a fuller effect.
You will be all set in a matter of minutes!
Retailing at $10.
4. Soap & Glory Sexy Motherpucker Lip Plumping Gloss
We just can’t get enough of this product after we reviewed it as one of our top choices for getting Red Carpet ready last year! If this product gets you ready for the cameras at special events, then why not choose it for a special evening with someone you love?
Available in three brilliant colours—Candy Queen, Spun Sugar and Nude Star—the lip gloss will activate on contact and you will feel a very light tingling sensation. It will create fuller, plumper lips, while keeping them soft and hydrated. The sparkle of these colours is another nice bonus.
Retailing at $14 each.
5. GLISS Oil Nutritive Weightless Oil Spray
Onto the hair: I’m a big fan of all things Schwarzkopf, and that’s one of the main reasons why I picked this product.
This fabulous oil will do the two things you need in winter: nourishment and repair. It will especially help target split ends, resulting in smoother and softer locks. The product features a non-greasy formula with eight beauty oils and keratin. It’s very light and helps to curb the frizz, without leaving any residue.
Retailing at $9.99.
6. göt2b GLAM FORCE Hairspray and Sculpting Gel
Once you start styling your hair, I would recommend two options, which would ultimately depend on your hair type, hair needs and the hair style you are going for.
The göt2b GLAM FORCE High Hold Hairspray is a fine, humidity-resistant mist that provides secure 48-hour, non-sticky, frizz-free hold. It also smells much nicer than most hair sprays, which is a pleasant bonus.
The göt2b GLAM FORCE Sculpting Gel is another option and will provide a 24-hour hold, which should safely take you through the date night, no matter the weather. I would particularly recommend this if you have straight hair and are looking to create waves or curls—you can easily do so with a minimum amount of this product.
Retailing at $7.99 each.
7. Quo by ORLY Breathable Nail Polish
Last but certainly not least: your nails!
Orly is a fabulous brand created by Jeff Pink, who also happens to be the creator of the French manicure. In this collaboration, Quo Cosmetics has partnered with ORLY for a diverse and colourful nail polish selection. I would particularly recommend the following new colours: Pep in Your Step, Namaste Healthy, You Go Girl, Heaven Scent, Almond Milk. They are all equally fun and will suit any personality.
The formula of this product operates under the same context as a contact lens—Breathable Treatment + Color allows oxygen and hydration to pass through, promoting nail growth, increasing nail thickness and helping heal damaged nails. This new technology features a blend of Argan Oil, Vitamin B5 and Vitamin C. It’s a fabulous all-in-one product with adhesion promoters and shine additives that eliminate the need for a basecoat and topcoat.
Retailing at $10.99.
Enjoy the date night and Happy Valentine’s Day!