Everyday Essentials: Valentine’s Edition


Ah, Valentine’s Day. The most famous Hallmark holiday of the year. My favorite part? February 15th; when all of the yummy chocolate goes on sale.

As we get ready for this year’s flood of roses, dinner dates, and mushy romance movies (or if you’re me, rom-coms & thai take out for one) these are my rosey hued must-haves hanging out in my purse!


Mario Badescu Facial Spray (with aloe, herbs, & rosewater)

I’ve been on the fence about buying this spray for MONTHS. I am so indecisive when it comes to these extra face products because I hate wasting money on cosmetics that don’t work because there’s no alternative use for them! But, after only a few days I can already see a difference in my skin. My skin tone is more even, blemishes are reduced, and my skin smells amazing.

C.O. Bigelow Rose Salve

My cuticles SUCK, I have wicked dry lips, my elbows are dry like the Sahara… the list goes on and on. Winter is vicious on my skin and this Rose Salve is my savior for all things skin care.

Smashbox Lip Enhancing Gloss in “Ruby”

My old boss gave this to me as a Christmas gift last year and it is a staple in my makeup bag. I have this with me whether I’m running out for coffee or traveling internationally. Despite the rose filter, this is the PERFECT true red. It is well pigmented and not sticky; two super important basic lip gloss requirements. The perfect accessory for dinner out on Valentine’s Day? A fierce red lip.

Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Raspberry Baton

The last time I was abroad, my genius travel partner (Hey Mackenzie!) brought one of these in her carry-on. We ended up eating it on the road one day in just under two seconds. These are the most delicious pieces of chocolate ever, and let’s be real who isn’t addicted to Trader Joe’s? If you’ve never been, get there. I waited in a 15 minute grocery line on the UWS just to get three of these chocolate goodies. Best part? They’re 99 cents a piece (and perfect to snack on while you watch The Notebook on Feb 14th).

Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelée

I got this as a part of a gift set of mini/sample sized Josie Maran products. I love Josie Maran cosmetics and this cheek gel is such a cool product that I totally wouldn’t have tried otherwise but I’m now in love. It’s the perfect pink for pretty much any skin tone, is very light and not sticky, plus I’ve doubled its uses by using it as a lip tint when I’m going for the “no makeup” makeup.

These are all of the essentials for the season of Saint Valentine, whether you’re off to a date, a drink with friends, or a solid night at home.

Until next time,