10 Products That Will Make You Feel Like Your Sexiest Self
The countdown to Valentine's Day is on, and it's time to solidify your plans. But for us it's less about what you're doing that night and more about how you get ready. You know, the part where you primp and prepare for hours before you hit the town. Whether you're planning a night with the girls or a date with your significant other, you'll need the proper tools to look and feel your sexiest. We're talking hair, makeup, manicures, and maybe even a bikini wax (cough cough). Even if you're planning a solo evening, Valentine's Day is really synonymous with pampering — candles, bubble bath, Sam Smith on repeat. Regardless of your Feb. 14 schedule, these beauty buys will get you in the mood.
The product: Violet Grey The Crimson Lolita Set ($165)
The date: A weekend rendezvous with your long-distance lover
Why you'll feel sexy: Being away from your significant other can take the fire out of the most secure relationships (Skype dates just aren't the same). When you finally see your honey, this sultry Fleur du Mal lingerie will make him remember why you're worth waiting for. The duet also comes with a matching crimson Lipstick Queen lipstick. So, go ahead and leave a few red lip prints on his collar to remember you by.
Meeting the Parents
The product: Ralph Lauren Fragrances Valentine's Day Gift Set ($88-$105, in stores only)
The date: Brunch with your mom and dad
Why you'll feel sexy: Chilling with the parents probably wasn't how you saw Valentine's Day working out, but your mom and dad were the ones always providing the candy hearts and cutout cards. This is one way to repay them. The limited-edition set includes a dozen candy roses from Dylan's Candy Bar in addition to a full-size Romance fragrance.
A Night In
The product: Make Up For Ever Give In to Me Kit ($79)
The date: A homemade dinner with the spouse or significant other
Why you'll feel sexy: This makeup kit inspired by the Fifty Shades of Grey film is full of neutrals and rosy tones to play up your inner innocence (handcuffs not included). Apply the coppery-gray shadow to your lids, pile on the mascara, and plump your pout with pink gloss. The combination is perfect for a date-night staycation. There's also a secret compartment to store your naughtiest cosmetic crushes.
The product: Dermovia Lace Your Face Mask ($15)
The date: A night in with your favorite movie hunks. Hey, Ryan Gosling . . .
Why you'll feel sexy: This year it's all about you, and this mask is step one in your spa day (followed by a pedicure and body scrub). This lacy appliqué feels like cotton, but it delivers serious skin benefits through a potent serum. While some cloth masks are too slimy and slide down the face, this one hooks over the ears and chin for a more comfortable fit.
Drinks With the Girls
The product: NCLA Love Shades Nail Wraps ($16)
The date: A night in with your best girlfriends and a pitcher of margaritas
Why you'll feel sexy: No date, no big deal. These sassy nail wraps will be fun to apply on friends at your girls-only sleepover. You can deck out all 10 fingers in a set or just use them as an accent nail. Plus you won't have to worry about them chipping as you pour yourself another glass of tequila.
The product: Prescriptives Menage a Trois Lip Trio ($45)
The date: A marathon night of Tinder dates
Why you'll feel sexy: Why should you have to choose just one lip color (or just one Valentine's date)? Mix up your beauty look from brunch to happy hour to dinner with this three-shade box set. We suggest you start with the orange shade and make your way to the brick hue for late-night drinks. Perhaps in the process you'll find your new signature hue . . . and a steady significant other.
Dinner With Your Next Boyfriend
The product: Sally Hansen Patent Gloss ($6)
The date: Dinner and Champagne with a new beau
Why you'll feel sexy: He doesn't know it yet, but your Valentine's Day crush is about to be your next long-term love. You've already been on a few dates, so he knows you're addicted to Girls and regularly attend Spin class. Now, it's time to show off your saucy side. This high-gloss nail polish will send the message that you're a woman who likes to have fun and take risks.
The product: La Maison du Chocolate x Sephora Collection ($20, in stores only)
The date: A much-needed R&R session after a nasty breakup
Why you'll feel sexy: Valentine's Day, bah humbug! There might not be a date on your calendar or flowers in your future, but make "treat yo' self" this year's mantra. Indulge in these praline chocolates from La Maison du Chocolat, while you shred the last evidence of your lost love and binge on Sex and the City reruns. The matte fuchsia lipstick is just the cherry on top.
The Singles Club
The product: Too Faced Soul Mates Blushing Bronzer ($34)
The date: Working the dance floor until you sweat out your blowout and end up kissing a stranger
Why you'll feel sexy: Make like you're living in Miami, and don your sexiest club dress (the one with a neckline down to your navel). Accentuate your best assets by sweeping this bronzer deep into your décolletage and along the sides of your legs. Finish off the femme fatale look with your favorite high heels as you channel Beyoncé.
The product: Hanky Panky Perfume Spray ($70)
The date: A double date with your best couple friends
Why you'll feel sexy: While you might think it's ideal to have alone time on Valentine's Day, you'll enjoy all the silent flirting you can do on a group date. Your significant other will love the floral scent of this fragrance when he snuggles close. The notes of bergamot, lily of the valley, jasmine, and gardenia will remind him of the lacy lingerie you're saving for after dinner.