With February 14th right around the corner, you might want to start collecting some Valentine's Day essentials that'll make you look and feel H-O-T on V-day. But, if you're anything like me, preparing for Valentine's Day is sometimes easier said than done.
I have this problem, wherein I hem and haw about special occasions—what I'll wear, how I'll do my hair, obsessively checking the weather to figure out if I'll be able to wear the fun shoes I've been "saving" for the "right occasion." Ah, the road to hell was paved with good intentions (usually me trying to plan ahead). Instead of my obsessiveness paying off, I usually end up getting down to the wire of said event and suddenly having a meltdown. I don't want to wear anything I own, my skin is not cooperating at all, and I can't do a cat's-eye to save my life. And then I feel like the whole night is ruined and I grumpily throw an outfit on that I'm not jazzed about and tell my boyfriend I'm ready to go.
Of course, as the night goes on I start feeling better (being around people you like will do that to you), but I always think to myself how much easier it would be if I just had a little more confidence leaving the house to begin with. And yes, confidence does come from within, but we also all want to feel like some version of our best selves when we're getting all dressed up for a night out on the town! With Valentine's Day quickly approaching, I challenged myself to think of the products that make me feel sexy and ready for a date night ahead of time so I could remember to use them to prepare for V-day instead of panicking the day of. It's all about preparation, my friends.
A few of my favorites require a little upkeep and a bit of planning (a.k.a., you should start some of them ASAP and not wait until the day before Valentines' Day), but they're my favorites for a reason and I hope if you try them out they make you feel confident and ready for your date night out (or in!). Of course, the only thing that really matters on Valentine's Day is being with loved ones—but if you're still looking to add a little sizzle to your February 14th look, these 10 Valentine's Day essentials are all you need.