14 Valentine’s Day beauty must-haves under $25

Philosophy bath set

Philosophy bath set

We hate to break your heart right before Valentine's Day, but we just couldn't lock down Ryan Gosling's availability on February 14. (Seriously — we're numbing our sadness with heart-shaped chocolates, too.)

But we want you to look hot — dare we say haute? — for whoever's at the receiving end of your cupid's bow this year. And, because we love you (weren't those the three little words you've been waiting to hear all along?), we don't want you to spend more on your lipstick than your date's spending on your dinner.

As you complete your look for the loveliest (literally!) holiday of the year, nab these 14 beauty must-haves in honor of the 14th. From the sweetest nail polish color to some kiss-worthy gloss, you have better things to swoon over than Mr. Gosling's abs.

1. Philosophy X's and O's Bath and Body Set, $24

This box of goodies might be even sweeter than those pink candies you're eying. Complete with a vanilla cream-scented beauty triple threat — that is, suds that can be used as shampoo, shower gel and bubble bath — and matching lotion, you'll feel (and smell!) like a total treat for your lucky date. And this lush dessert comes with a cherry on top … in the form of a sugar-rush red gloss that tastes just as delish (re: kissable) as it makes your lips feel.

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2. Stila Valentine's Day Cheek Palette, $14

So, you know when your crush gives you an out-of-the-blue compliment and you blush just ever so slightly, ever so pink, in response? Yup, it's not as embarrassing as you think.

Capture that coveted flush with this multicolor palette (complete with a gold overspray for the perfect glow) that is to skin tones what the little black dress is to body types.

The best part: The gold letters spell out our favorite four-letter word right now (love, obviously).

3. Love Me Paint Pen Eye Liner by Smashbox, $24

In the utopian world inside our minds, we'd like to imagine our dates are staring deep into our eyes (not what we may or may not be showing off in our dresses) on our respective candle-lit dinners.

We'll make it extra easy for them with this jet-black liquid liner (one of the few non-pink and red goods on our shopping lists). Inspired by artist Curtis Kulig, who wrote the ultimate love letters to the world with his "Love Me" graffiti tag, edge up your look with a thick lining (lay the pen on its side) or a thinner contour (just use the tip). (Photo: Courtesy of Smashbox)

Nail art

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4. Color Club Hearts Nail Art, $5

We want you to nail your V-Day look … and we're talking about your manicure. Don't just settle for polish — we want to see you put some real heart into it.

These red hologram hearts can be worn on your unpolished nails or a pretty pink hue if you're feeling festive.

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5. The Lip Scrub by Sara Happ, $24

Want to give your Valentine the ultimate kiss of approval?

Step one: Prepare to pucker up with this blood orange exfoliator, which will remove dry, flaky, pesky skin to give you super-soft, smooch-worthy lips. Just massage this scrub onto your lips, and wipe away the excess with a tissue.

Kissing Booth Duo
6. Kissing Elixirs Kissing Booth Duo, $18

Now that you have lip-locking on the brain, you'll want this in your purse. This two-piece set is all about smelling your best — which begins with your breath.

Start with the 100 percent natural mist, which will cover damage control for anything garlicky and/or smothered in onions that ends up on your plate. Compliment your kissing booth-ready breath with a dab of pure vanilla perfume. For real — it's like cupid himself paired these two products together.

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7. OPI Nicole by OPI Nail Lacquer, Have a Heart, $6.99

If nail art isn't your thing, fear not: you and the festive mani of your dreams are totally compatible.

This shimmery, confetti-filled polish shade cuts out all the labor (of love, of course), so wearing your heart on your sleeve, er, fingernails is just a swipe of polish away.

Romance rollerball fragrance

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8. Ralph Lauren Romance Rollerball, $20

Let's face it: This is the one time of the year you can be a total hopeless romantic, and your friends can't even judge you for the rom-com caricature you've become (with all due respect, Katherine Heigl).

So embrace the spirit of the season with a perfume scent that promises to capture "the timeless essence of falling in love." Yes, finding your soul mate smells a lot like sun goddess rose, marigold, ginger, chamomile oil, yellow freesia, white violet, lotus flower, day lily, patchouli, oakmoss and musk, natch.

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9. Victoria's Secret Dust-Up Kissable Body Shimmer, $24

Whether or not you're at that point in your relationship where a diamond-anything is in your future, you should sparkle from head-to-toe in your V-Day get-up.

Dust this along your shoulders, décolleté and anywhere else you want to add a boost of shimmer. Did we mention it's edible? Enough said.

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10. Rimmel Lasting Finish Lip Stick – Kate Moss Collection, $3.99

Is there anything sexier than bold red lips? Crickets. That's what we thought.

If you've shied away from love's signature shade, we're daring you to throw your signature nude hue deep into your makeup bag (at least until February 15). You'll have two reasons to smile: Your lips will pop, and your teeth will look whiter.

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11. Sephora Collection Glitter Eyeliner and Mascara, $13

You've been batting your eyelashes — and throwing in a wink or two — since you mastered the art of flirting. Up your game with a dash of sparkle in the form of this dual-purpose product that multi-tasks as mascara and eyeliner.

For an eye-catching look, swipe the sweetheart pink mascara over your everyday color. And if you want some extra-special bling, use the liner applicator, too.

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12. The Ex-Factor by Lush, $4.95

Don't think our chocolate-induced sugar high has erased all of those other feelings we get around Valentine's Day. Yeah, we know it's not all roses and love songs, so go ahead, think of your ex. Better yet, wash those not-so-lovely memories away with this vanilla-musk bath bomb.

Shaped like a voodoo doll, savor that special moment when that little red heart dissolves into suds and you remember, why yes, revenge is sweet indeed.

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Photo: Courtesy of Urban Decay

13. Heartless Eyeshadow by Urban Decay, $18

As usual, Urban Decay has an eye shadow color for every occasional under the sun (and the moon, for that matter).

This pale pink will brighten up your eyes without a makeup overload (or glitter) for a more natural look. Just ignore the hue's name for the purpose of this holiday.

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14. Aquolina Pink Sugar Hair Perfume Spray, $15

You'll fuss in the mirror all night if it means flawless, flyaway-less tresses. But the combination of beauty products and heat-up devises makes your hair stink like you haven't shampooed in weeks. Yes, weeks. Spritz on this hair perfume, which features notes of vanilla, caramel, fig leaves and musk, and your locks will alas smell as good as they look.

Tell us in the comments below: What's on your shopping list for Valentine's Day?

Note: This blog was written by Fashionate contributor, Ali Brooke.

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