The Valentine's Day Guide to Going Out or Staying In

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Whether you're staying at home or hitting the town—we've got you covered.
Valentine's Day can be wonderful, but the amount of pressure surrounding appearances that day can grow tiresome, especially for those now in a serious relationship. Sometimes you just want to say to hell with the holiday to pamper yourself from the comfort of your own living room. In the immortal words of RuPaul: "If you can't love yourself, how in the hell you gonna love somebody else?" To help you naviagte a night in, or a night out, single or taken, we've put together the perfect products for a successful Valentine's Day. 
The Eyes Have It

Whether you're loving up on another person or practicing some self-love this Valentine's Day, you're going to want to focus some attention on your eyes. For those of you who are going out, a look done with Dior's 5 Couleurs eyeshadow palette in 067 Provoke can make any simple outfit dramatic. Try a smoky eye with the included hint of purple-mauve for an enticing late-night mode. If you're not feeling a smoky eye, or just don't have time to change after work, CoverFX's recently released, mutipurpose Shimmer Veil makes for a great eyeshadow on its own in any color. It's just enough to brighten your eyes.

If you're staying in, eye gels are a must. Skyn Iceland's Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels are a celebrity favorite, on top of winning multiple awards. They're wonderful for de-puffing, and will make you feel refreshed and ready for days to come.

Stay Bubbly

If you're staying in on Valentine's Day, there's no reason not to treat yourself and whomever may be with you to bottle of bubbly. It's infinitely cheaper from the liquor store than it would be at a restaurant or club, so those looking for some pampering can put the potential savings towards a better bottle. Moët Rosé Impérial is a fruity, crisp rosé champagne you'll likely be able to pick up at any retailer near you—perfect to pair with the fruits and cheeses typical of Valentine's Day.

For those who are going out but still need the assurance of champagne, Cuvée Beauty has got you covered. Developed when the founder recognized the advantages of using champagne in hair-care products, it's an entire line based around the bubbly stuff. Its Champagne Spray is a must have this V Day, acting like any salt spray you're used to, but working to strengthen your hair instead of causing damage. Your hair will smell like champagne, too, and who doesn't want that.

Treat Your Skin Right

Sheet masks are all the rage right now, but sometimes the excess goo associated with them makes them not worth the time or hassle. Give yourself a low-maintenance masking experience this holiday with Nannette de Gaspé's newest launch, Miss de Gaspé. They're dry sheet masks that activate upon contact with your skin, and actually have been proven more effective than wet sheet masks. (They're also reusable 3-6x each.)

However, going out and looking your best doesn't and shouldn't mean you should have to sacrifice your skin. Regardless of Valentine's Day makeup pressures, foundations like BareMinerals bareSkin are designed to nourish your face while you're out and on the go.

Luscious Lips

Let's face it, if things get hot and heavy, you don't really want your date to get caught up with lipstick who-knows-where. Luckily, the most beloved tones for lip colors right now are basic nudes and mauves. Marc Jacobs Beauty has proven to be a pack leader in these colors, with the Le Marc Lip Creme in "Slow Burn" and Liquid Lip Crayon in "Night Mauves" providing perfect barely-there tints for your lips.

If you're staying in, lip care is still essential. Bite Beauty's Agave Lip Mask range has been a smash hit ever since the first (clear) iteration came out, and for good reason. You can use it occasionally as a mask, or consistently as a balm. No matter how you use it, it will provide you with the perfect pout. And for those who don't want to wear lipstick on Valentine's Day, the tinted iterations are equally amazing.

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