By Amy Sciaretto


You don’t need to spend a fortune to look good for your beloved, or more importantly, yourself, this Valentine’s Day. In fact, we recommend three simple products that will have you looking glam and gorgeous with minimal effort. Whatever your relationship status, we recommend that this be the day you try something new and have a love affair with yourself. These tips and suggestions will also last you well into the new year, beyond this holiday. We picked two features – the lips and the décolletage- to play up and catch the wandering eye of any man in the room!

Your lips are the feature you should be playing up most on this most romantic of Hallmark holidays, because it really is just a commercial holiday, whether you are a hopeless romantic or not, so remember that! Whether you plan to be smooching the night away with that special guy or if you are happily single, pay special attention to your lips. Nothing will make you feel more sexy or confident than vibrant, Old Hollywood red lips. Even if you fear this look, throw caution to the wind and do it once and for all. Try Kat Von D Painted Love Lipstick in Underage, a rosy red that will suit all skin tones. The line features several shades of red, from deeply bloody to soft crimson, so you can mix and match or pick which works best for you and your personality, be it vixen, vamp or virginal.

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Before or after you choose your shade of Painted Love Lipstick, you want to condition your lips with the cult fave Smith’s Rosebud Salve. The product now comes in a convenient (and more sanitary) tube! Finally! After years of the product’s fans raving about the cute vintage tin all the while expressing concern about the hygiene issues that are implicit in finger/pot application, the company has responded with an easy-to-use tube. While certainly not as adorable as the iconic tin, the product is still the same: an ultra-moisturizing balm with a gloss-like sheen and light rose scent that is soft and never synthetic. You can also slick SRS over top your shade of Painted Love to up your lip look’s ante with shine.

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Jennifer Lopez’s makeup artist Scott Barnes, who just penned a book dubbed About Face, which features his insider tips for women of all ages, is re-launching his product line with his signature product, the radiant, mother of all self-tanners, Body Bling. This Hollywood-approved body bronzer, which adds a dose of glow and sheen to the décolletage and other exposed, bare skin, returns with a new formulation, in Original (for those desiring a deeper, warmer color) and Platinum (for those who prefer more shimmer and less color) editions and ultra-sleek packaging. Even in the blistery winds of February, you will appear tanned, without the risk of sun damage. So it’s a win-win when you let Body Bling kiss your skin. Barnes was happy to offer some tips to Beauty News readers, too!

His motto “is about always looking beautiful in your own skin and style and it’s more about looking healthy in glowing skin, as that ‘look’ never goes out of style.” He also expects people to be very body conscious in the new year, beyond Valentine’s Day, and in the upcoming spring season, as more skin is exposed, he recommends making sure skin is hydrated as that’s your ultimate canvas and then incorporating his Body Bling on exposed skin, achieving instant glowing skin and enhancing the most important accessory.

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Originally published February 2010



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