When you think of Valentine’s Day, the image of chocolates, red and pink hearts and a romantic partner by your side comes to mind. What’s up with that? Newsflash: it’s 2021, and I’m so over the Hallmark traditions in which I was told to partake. And while I’ll never say no to chocolates, I *will* say yes to products that make me feel my best self. The cold, hard truth? You don’t need to be in a relationship to enjoy Valentine’s Day. I say bring on the self-love! And if you know anything about me, you know that my version of self-love is all about feeling beautiful in the simplest way possible—with multitasking skincare and makeup finds. So, I went ahead and rounded up five of my can’t-live-without favorites. Here’s how I’m celebrating V-Day this year:
A Plant-Based Niacinamide Serum That Exfoliates, Reduces Inflammation and Fades Stubborn Discoloration
Doing more with less is the ultimate form of self-love for a low-maintenance babe like myself. That’s why I developed Otto’s low-maintenance Multitasker Night Serum: exfoliating fruit acids soften and smooth your skin, while Niacinamide (a powerful multitasking ingredient on its own!) helps reduce inflammation, clarify and calm redness. Meanwhile, licorice root and bearberry leaf extract even your complexion and fade stubborn discoloration. It’s your problem-solver serum in one easy-to-use product! Shop it here.
Ilia Beauty does it again with their two-in-one Multi-Stick! This perfectly creamy formula easily swipes on your cheeks and lips for a romantic evening out or just around the house. I love their bright and berry “A Fine Romance” shade! Go ahead and toss this on-the-go must-have in your bag—it replaces two products with just one! Shop it here.
This creamy, antioxidant-rich balm is a multitasking dream come true—it’s a makeup remover, hydrating mask, and ultra-rich moisturizing cream, all in one reach! As if it couldn’t get any better than that, this skin savior’s a lifesaver for your hands in the winter (especially after all that frequent hand-washing we’ve done over the past year!). Bottom line? This wonder balm is pure perfection. Shop it here.
Need a boost of hydration from the harsh winter air? Ouai’s best-selling multitasking hair oil not only leaves your tresses sleek and protected from heat damage—it also works wonders as an overnight mask for dry, stubborn flyaways. Using a combination of Ama, Borage and Baobab oils, consider this smoothing and hydrating formula your new BFF. Perfect to use on wet or dry hair! Shop it here.
Not only is this all-in-one brush simple to use and perfect for your foundation application—it can replace up to nine of your makeup brushes and sponges! Yep, this need-now beauty applies all your makeup and skincare products in one cute, easy-to-use brush. Plus, its patented design leaves a streak-free finish and helps reduce the appearance of pores and fine lines with each application. Not into makeup? Apply your sunscreen cast-free and seamlessly! Shop it here.
How else can you show yourself self-love but with the gift of time? These five products will have your skin glowing and refreshed with very little effort, so you can spend more time doing the things you actually enjoy—whether that’s quality time with family and friends, exercising, reading, walking outdoors or doing absolutely anything that brings you joy! Happy love day xoxo