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We love sporting big, bold lashes, even if we’re wearing a more natural-looking makeup look. Our new favorite is L’Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black Mascara. It delivers clump-free, look-at-me lashes, and we can’t get enough. Not only does it give us the blackest lashes to frame and add the finishing touch to our eye looks, but it never dries stiff , flakes or ends up making us look like raccoons. $7.50,


Every girl loves to receive roses, but there’s something we beauty-loving gals would rather have; they have a rose scent or color to them, they’ll make us smell, look and feel great, and they won’t die in a week. That’s right, rose-themed beauty items. Take a look at what we’d love to receive (or even buy for ourselves) this Valentine’s Day. 



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Pop Beauty Rose Belle Blush Kit features enough colors to give yourself a new rosy glow everyday. We love the rose, pink and mauve options that work on every skintone- wear each shade alone or together to create your own perfect flush. $28,




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Jo Malone Red Roses Cologne is like waering a fabulous, fresh bouquet of flowers. This fragrance is made from seven different rose types, and delivers a suprisingly clean scent. $55,





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Healing Garden Sugar Cane Body Scrub in Passionate Rose cleans and exfoliates beautifully, and we can’t get enough of the intoxicating smell. $7.49, 




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Bobbi Brown Rose Shimmer Brick Compact is one of our favorite multi-tasking products. We like to use the individual shades on eyelids as a shadow, and swept over our cheeks to give them a soft, shimmer glow. $38,




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John Masters Organic Rose Foaming Face Wash is gentle enough for even the most sensitive skin, and contains botanicals to nourish and soothe. With essential rose oil to revitalize the skin, this green cleanser gets skin beautifully clean but leaves it feeling soft and hydrated. $19,




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L’OCCITANE Bon Bon Rose Lip Gloss gives our lips a “my lips, but better” look when worn alone, but also adds a great dose of moisture and shine to our lips over our favorite lipcolor. $10,

We asked our friend and celebrity makeup artist, Melissa Walsh, to put together a fabulous and time-friendly routine to help you put together a look on Valentine’s Day that would be sure to make you feel and look your best. Whether you plan a romantic night out with the one you love, or a night out with the girls, don’t hesitate to try these tips (along with product suggestions), and have a great Love Day!


Melissa says:

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“Start with a light serum that smooths the skin and sinks in immediately without leaving an oily residue - Janson Beckett Vitamin C&C Facial Serum ($44.50, is perfect for this.”




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“Then, dust a powder foundation all over, being careful to blend well - Smashbox Halo Hydrating Powder ($59, gives a really natural glow with great coverage.”




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“Using a fluffy brush, swirl a sheen powder blush onto the apples of your cheeks - I love Cargo’s Catalina blush ($24, as it is a perfect pinky-coral shade.”



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“As you don’t have much time, use one shade of eyeshadow all over the lid and into the crease; think soft sheeny, muted shades like taupe, heather and moss, and take it under the lower lashline too. Line the top lashes with a soft matte pencil and soften the edges with a cotton bud. A few coats of thickening mascara (try Lash Venom by DuWop, $24, finish the eyes.”



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“For your lips use a stain or a cream tint like the ones by Jouer ($20, ), which can also be used as a blush - Amaryllis is especially pretty - and smooth into the lips for a barely there flush.”



**Melissa’s tips if you only have 5 minutes:

“Spray your face with a refreshing mist like Caudalie Beauty Elixir (from $15,, which I always use to smooth my skin and freshen my makeup after a long day. Let it dry for a few seconds and then, using a cream tint in a versatile shade like a soft gold or bronze, smooth onto eyelids, cheeks and lips. Lots of mascara for definition and a light colored eyeliner in the lower lashline will open up your eyes. You should be finished in less than 5 minutes but still will sweep your man off of his feet!”

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Anastasia Brow Gel isn’t something we could easily live without. We know that well-groomed brows keep our look polished, and keeping them in place with just any brow gel won’t do. Even with the best looking brows, we can’t risk any embarrassing flakes showing up in the middle of the day or a product failing us. This amazing gel keeps our brows in place, never flakes and nourishes our brows with botanical and essential oils. So, needless to say, we only use this. Available in three shades. $21,

With Valentine’s Day only a couple of weeks away, we have found that the best gifts for this romantic holiday are those that make us not only feel great, but look it, too. Don’t get us wrong, we do enjoy our chocolate just as much as the next gal, but with so many chocolate-themed beauty goodies out there, we’ll sacrifice our sweet tooth (at least for a time) for these calorie-free treats instead.


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Bare Escentuals Sweet Decadence Eyeshadows feature four silky shades to make you look oh-so gorgeous and sweet.These, like all BE products, are made with pure minerals so we’ll always feel good about using them. $28,





100% pure chocolate mocha body scrub.jpg100% Pure Dark Chocolate Body Scrub makes us think we might start to crave taking more than one shower a day. With the smell of chocolate, and knowing that we’d never see the consequences of the indulgence on our hips, using this antioxidant-rich skin smoother to bring radiance to our skin might almost be as good as eating the real thing. $22,



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Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzing Powder will give a sun-kissed glow to your winter skin. Combining both the natural, deep and skin-soothing effects of real cocoa powder with the signature Too Faced bronzing pigments, this is a “delicious” deep tan in a compact. $28,



elf mocha maniac gloss.jpgElf Candy Shop Lipgloss in Mocha Maniac will keep the chocolate lover in you satisfied with high shine, great taste and moisture to keep those lips looking their best. $2,



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KLS Beauty Chocolate Shimmer Powder works to give a fabulous and smells like amazing chocolate. We love that is can be dusted on for a hint of shimmer or mixed with our favorite body moisturizer for a delectable glow. $24,



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Essie Nail Color in Chocolate Kisses has a yummy name and looks oh-so chocolately. This shade could easily be mistaken for a bottle of milk belgian chocolate sauce. Eating, however, it is not advised. $8,



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Philip B Chocolate Milk Body Wash & Bubble Bath nurtures and conditions skin with ingredients like cocoa butter, oat protein, and aloe. But it’s the amazing, rich scent of chocolate and milk that will make you feel like being a kid again. This body wash and bubble bath— yes, that means can soak in it— will indulge your senses, and just make you happy. $35,



**Beauty Chef Recipe: Make your own Chocolate Facial Mask at home. This mask is actually an excellent moisturizer, leaving your skin baby soft.

1/3 cup cocoa powder

3 tbsp. heavy cream

2 tsp. cottage cheese

¼ cup honey

3 tsp. oatmeal

Mix all ingredients together (a bullet blender works great) and smooth onto face. Relax for 10 minutes, then wash off with warm water.

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