Be Mine – Valentine’s Day Want List

I’m a sucker for Valentine’s Day merch. Everywhere I look there are red and pink hearts, kisses and bows smacked on everything from cupcakes, to shoes, lip gloss, jewelry and handbags. Maybe the fact that my birthday is two days after Valentine’s Day makes me love the commercial holiday so much, but I like to think that it’s because I’m a lover of all things hopelessly kitsch in fashion, beauty and design. To celebrate Valentine’s Day, I’ve compiled some of my favourite fashion items that get my heart all aflutter.

ALDO GIRIDDIN SHOULDER BAG
This cross-body heart-shaped bag by Aldo gives a new meaning to the phrase “arm candy.” The heart candy-inspired bag comes in light pink, green or yellow and reminds me of a similar-looking Charlotte Olympia clutch, but for a fraction of the price tag.

Aldo Giriddin Shoulder Bag, $30

Aldo Giriddin Shoulder Bag, $30

VON FOLLIES LINGERIE BY DITA VON TEESE
There’s nothing sexier than retro-inspired lingerie and Dita Von Teese does it right. I know most women would be hesitant to buy their lingerie online, but I purchased pieces from Teese’s Von Follies line through ASOS and found they were true to size. The quality is great, the price is pretty sweet and if you’re a lover of retro-tailored lingerie (high-waisted, slimming and smoothing) then give this collection a try.

Her Sexellency Suspender and Her Sexellency Overwire Bra, &73.71 and $80.03 at asos.com

Her Sexellency Suspender and Her Sexellency Overwire Bra, $73.71 and $80.03 at asos.com

KATE SPADE OOH LA LA TOBYN
Kate Spade is the queen of cool kitsch with a good dose of posh, upper east side, pretty sophistication. I just knew she would deliver a Valentine’s-inspired collection that would have me oohing and aaahing. One of my favourite pieces is the Ooh La La Tobyn cross-body bag with top handle, which has just the right amount of quirk and ladylike polish.

Kate Spade Ooh La La Tobyn, $348

Kate Spade Ooh La La Tobyn, $348

BATH & BODY WORKS SWEET SHOP CANDLES
The Sweet Shop candle collection from Bath & Body Works not only has a range of sweet, mouth-watering scents perfect for anyone with a sweet tooth, but it’s also cute as hell. The Mason Jar Candles would look perfect anywhere in your home and the Sweet Shop Pedestals elevate your candles to chic new heights.

Bath & Body Works Raspberry Peach Macaron Mason Jar Candle, $12.50

Bath & Body Works Raspberry Peach Macaron Mason Jar Candle, $12.50

TOO FACED TEDDY BEAR HAIR 5 PIECE BRUSH SET
Don’t be fooled by the cutesy name or heart-print cosmetic bag, because this is one fierce brush set. These five essential brushes – powder, contour, all-over shadow, blender and liner – may be made of synthetic materials, but they feel identical to real hair.

Too Faced Teddy Bear Hair 5 Piece Brush Set, $79 at Sephora

Too Faced Teddy Bear Hair 5 Piece Brush Set, $79 at Sephora

BATH & BODY WORKS VELVET SUGAR BODY LOTION
Get super soft and smooth skin that will leave you irresistible to touch and smelling good enough to eat. This shea and vitamin E rich lotion smells divine thanks to its sweet blend of red velvet crème, golden plum, sugared musk, pink jasmine and strawberry.

Bath & Body Works Velvet Sugar Body Lotion, $12.50

Bath & Body Works Velvet Sugar Body Lotion, $12.50

MAYBELLINE COLOR ELIXIR BY COLOR SENSATIONAL
To get a look-at-me pout for Valentine’s Day – or any day of the year, for that matter – look no further than this lip product hyphenate from Maybelline that delivers the colour of a lipstick, the cushiony feel of a balm and the glassy shine of a gloss. I have a few shades on rotation in my makeup arsenal right now, including Caramel Infused, a neutral rose, and Dashing Orchid, a bright purple that’s in line with Pantone’s colour of the year.

Maybelline Color Elixir By Color Sensational, $10.99 at drugstores

Maybelline Color Elixir By Color Sensational, $10.99 at drugstores

– Jodi Goulart

Too Faced’s Royal Treatment

Remember how I wrote about my obsession with the French Revolution in “Vive Le Lancome Revolution” about Lancome’s royally chic Declaring Indigo collection? Well, you can imagine my delight when I discovered that Too Faced’s holiday collection is inspired by Marie Antoinette – mon dieu! Too Faced, experts at making me fawn over their sexy fun and retro chic collections that make my heart go pitter-patter when I enter Sephora, have unveiled four limited-edition kits filled with “everything a glamour queen needs to overthrow an old beauty routine.”

The punk rock by way of boudoir packaging is reminiscent of Sofia Coppola’s film Marie Antoinette and the eyeshadow and lipgloss shades aren’t far off from the film’s sugary colours of pink frosting, turquoise, dusty rose, mint green and lemon cream yellow.

Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette

Sofia Coppola's "Marie Antoinette"

There’s the French & Fabulous palette, travel-size Glamour To Go III kit and Queen For A Day makeup bag filled with popular and exclusive products. The piece de resistance is the Glamour Revolution makeup book that contains nine eyeshadows, three lipglosses, bronzer, blush and an eyeshadow primer along with cards on how to create different looks. So run out, pick up one of these kits and have fun — just don’t lose your head in the process.

Too Faced Queen For A Day Set, $58.50 at Sephora

Too Faced Queen For A Day Set, $58.50 at Sephora

Too Faced Glamour Revolution Kit, $52 at Sephora

Too Faced Glamour Revolution Kit, $52 at Sephora

— Jodi Goulart

A Little Mermaid

Maybe it’s the fact that I’m an Aquarius, but when I saw photos of go-to glamour gal Katy Perry performing at the Vienna Life Ball in a starfish and glitter encrusted dress with strategically-placed seashells, I couldn’t help but feel an urge for the life aquatic.

Katy Perry Performing at the Life Ball in Vienna

Katy Perry Performing at the Life Ball in Vienna

To channel your inner Ariel, Too Faced‘s Mermaid’s Treasure Beauty Collection inspired by the sea comes with a treasure trove of goodies in a metallic aqua blue makeup bag with mermaid decals. In the bag, you get the Sun Bunny Bronzer, Lip Bronzer in Sun Bunny, Mini Lash Injection in black and a Flatbuki Brush for only $40.50 at Sephora.

Too Faced Mermaid's Treasure, $40.50 at Sephora

Too Faced Mermaid's Treasure Beauty Collection, $40.50 at Sephora

If you’re looking for something a little more intense then pick up Urban Decay‘s new Liquid Liner and Eyeshadow both in Minx (a rich metallic teal) and Ecstasy (a deep metallic violet).

Urban Decay Eyeshadow in "Ecstasy," $19 at Sephora

Urban Decay Eyeshadow in "Ecstasy", $19 at Sephora

Urban Decay Liquid Liner in "Minx", $22 at Sephora

Urban Decay Liquid Liner in "Minx", $22 at Sephora

And don’t forget your hair. To get soft and sculpted glamorous waves, use Sunsilk’s Waves Of Envy Gel & Cream Twist. I like the combination of the two formulas for a nice soft hold. No one wants a piecey mess of hair, no matter how much it makes you look like Daryl Hannah in Mermaid.

Sunsilk Waves Of Envy Gel & Cream Twist, $3.49 at Shopper's Drug Mart

Sunsilk Waves Of Envy Gel & Cream Twist, $3.49 at Shopper's Drug Mart

— Jodi Goulart