Valentine’s Day is supposed to be about love and romance, so it’s no surprise that it’s become more of a divisive holiday than one that is universally celebrated. For every person who loves showering their partner with typical gifts like chocolates and roses, there are about 5 critics rolling their eyes.
Instead of a basic gift guide, this is for the three main types of people on Valentine’s Day: the romantics, those staying in with girlfriends, and anyone who needs to go out for a few stiff drinks. If you’re a staunch Valentine’s Day opponent, use this holiday as an excuse to celebrate yourself and your best friends, as they did on the Galentine’s Day episode of Parks and Recreation. It’s a much healthier use of your time to drink wine with friends than it is to sulk on the couch alone, but…that’s okay too. It can also be a good time to go out and meet like-minded people who are as sick of seeing #relationshipgoals on their Instagram feed as you are.
Whatever group you fall into, treat yourself and your loved ones this Valentine’s Day, and remember that it’s always a good time to tell people in your life how much you love them.
Rose is the perfect scent for a romantic evening, but not just any old perfume will do. Diptyque’s Eau Rose is sophisticated and sensual and will elevate your average date night.
If you’re prepping for date night, this Aqua Jelly Lip Mask is so necessary, and I’m not just saying that because the product promises “smooth, kissable lips”. It’s also because lipstick will go on better if your lips and moisturized and plump!
There’s a whole Valentine’s Day section to choose from on Savage X Fenty. From sexy lingerie to accessories to classic bra sets, Rihanna’s got you covered…mostly (get it?). This sheer pink bra set is on sale right now so you better move fast, but no matter what style you go with your partner will appreciate it.
GALENTINE’S NIGHT IN
So, you’re staying in with your best friends to celebrate friendship and avoid all things Valentine’s Day. I commend you. May I suggest this chic rose gold wine cup that will keep your wine at the perfect temperature all night- if it lasts that long.
Set the mood for the ultimate night of female friendship with these incense cones. The scent Moon Mix is described as dreamy, soft, and feminine, which will create the perfect environment for hanging out with girlfriends and casually planning the downfall of the patriarchy.
You can’t treat yourself without a good face mask, and I think a night with friends is the perfect time to tackle this intimidating mask by Dr. Jart+. Putting together this mask is an easy and fun way to pamper yourself and get smooth, glowing skin.
If you’re feeling down about this holiday and need a little pick me up, this book was made to remind you of all the badass women who came before you. Author and skincare enthusiast Ann Shen highlights 100 important activists, artists, and other strong women who changed history and paved the way for us.
SINGLES NIGHT OUT
For a night out with friends, you need a lipstick that will last. The shade Beso is a true red that’s perfect for Valentine’s Day, whether you love it or hate it. The color is rich and won’t transfer so you can have fun without worrying about constant touch-ups.
Surprise! Press-on nails are making a comeback. I know, I didn’t see it coming either, but I’m happy they’re back because there are so many cool options to choose from. This set by kiss contains 28 nails that come in a matte oxblood, rose gold chrome, and gold glitter. They’ll make your night a little more exciting and can stay on for up to a week.
A leopard dress is the perfect way to show you’re just here to have fun this Valentine’s Day. This one from Nasty Gal is on sale so you won’t feel guilty about buying a new dress for the occasion.