It can be hard spending Valentine’s Day by yourself, but it doesn’t have to be. If you’re not coupled up, there’s always merit to pulling together a Palentine’s or Galentine’s day, but even if you’re not feeling up to the company, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with making it a day of self-care and treats with an early bedtime. It was Carrie Bradshaw who famously said that the most significant relationship is the one you have with yourself, and to that end, V-Day is just another day for you to nurture this relationship. If you’re feeling spendy and splurge-ready this V-Day, here are some items worth treating yourself to for some timely self-love:
Get a jump on your spring/summer wardrobe with these Lolita-inspired pink sunglasses from buzzy French brand Le Specs. The retro-inspired shape of these Adam Selman x Le Spec Luxe The Last Lolita Pink Sunglasses ($155) take cues from the mischievous character from Stanley Kubrick’s classic film and feel oh-so-right for flirtatious moments.
If you’re looking for something to up the ante with your eye makeup, consider the Natasha Denona Duo Chrome Top Coat ($35) for a little razzle dazzle — few brands are better at delivering high-intensity shine alongside high chroma pigment, and this item is a way to capture the Natasha Denona dazzle without paying big bucks for a whole new palette.
Add a little extra shine to your wardrobe with a pair of these sparkly danglers. The Swarovski Lifelong Hoop Pierced Earrings ($149) combine classic hoops with knotted lengths covered in rose-gold plating and crystal pavé for a look that feels both minimal and occasion-worthy at once. Plus, they’ll go with virtually any outfit and make you look instantly polished.
Valentine’s Day also coincides with the heart of winter in Canada, so it’s the perfect time to check in with how your skin is doing and decide whether it needs some extra lovin’ to make it through the cold. If it does, few serums are as restorative and luminizing as Lancôme’s Advanced Génifique Youth Activating Serum ($132), which is prohibitively pricey but does visibly correct skin tone and texture.
Not everyone can afford fancy sheet masks on the daily, and in fact, most of us are unlikely to shell out anything more than a solid tenner for a one-time use mask. However, Estée Lauder’s Micro Essence Infusion Mask ($80) is steeped in a more potent essence than most, and is perfectly tailored to revive even the roughest, most tired skin. If treating yourself is the objective, few masks would deliver better than this one, and Valentine’s Day is the perfect occasion to invest in a full set of masks. (Don’t worry—you’re assuredly worth it.)
When was the last time you splurged on a proper bag for yourself? We love the graphic lines of the Valery Mini Satchel from chic accessories brand Complet ($537). Carry this bag as a clutch using the ring handle or go hands-free and use the cross-body detachable strap. Made in Italy of luxe cowhide, you’ll have this bag forever.
If you’re looking for something that really caters to the beauty junkie in you, freshen up your kit with something you might sorely need. Re-up your brushes, level up your concealer or invest in a new blush; if nothing else comes to mind, breathe new life into your lip kit with a small set of velvety lipsticks a la Bite Beauty’s The Perfect Bite Amuse Bouche Lipstick Set ($29).
What could be more perfect for Valentine’s Day than these lipstick-red siletto-heel booties? Made of nappa leather, the Stuart Weitzman PUREAOK ankle booties ($695) are certainly a splurge, but their timeless style and statement-making colour will elevate any outift, from a simple white shirt and jeans to a mid-length dress and duster coat.