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.
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, sephora.com
100% 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, beauty.com
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, nordstrom.com
Elf 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, eyeslipsface.com
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, beauty.com
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, essie.com
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.com
**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.