Valentine’s Day is all about celebrating love and if it takes a commercial holiday to make you take that extra step to say ‘I love you’ to someone special than so be it! In fact, Valentine’s Day can be as untraditional as you like it – rather than a boyfriend or a girlfriend/husband or wife, maybe use it as an excuse to express love to family and friends or treat yourself. I’ve got some amazing luxe products in my Valentine’s Day Gift Guide that will really treat someone to something extra special…
Making plans to jet set off on a romantic getaway for Valentine’s Day? If you are a guy reading this then not only will you get super points for whisking your loved one away on a romantic trip but also making sure he or she has a gift when they arrive to the destination. I love this Anne Semonin Travel Essentials Gift Set – it’s pretty and petite and comes with some amazing little travel essentials that will help you feel pampered while being away.
The set contains a Botanical Milk which is a great cleanser – very gentle and smells amazing and also a Botanical Toner to help rebalance skin whilst travelling as it’s easy for skin to lose its way. And my favourite thing? The Daily Musts Mini Coffret with 4 x 10g facial masks – an Exfoliating Mask, Gel Mask, Cream Mask and Mineral Mask. What better way to treat yourself whilst on a getaway?
I love a good treatment but they are often really expensive to go out and get them done so I am a huge fan of treatments that you can do at home, time and time again. For most people, we live in an online world meaning we are always on our phones or the computers and this can lead to squinting and eye strain and just having a general fatigued look around the eyes.
I am in love with the new Eyecicle which is a temperature conditioning tool which you can chill in the fridge and then use around the eyes to increase circulation and improve ageing. The glass is smooth and seamless and it feels like a dream on the eyes, especially in the morning when your eyes might be puffy. The whole set comes presented in a beautiful box with the tools themselves wrapped in velvet so it makes such a beautiful gift for a woman obsessed with beauty. When you use it on the eye area at a low temperature, it increase circulation which then feeds the cells and provides fresh oxygen. The result? Your eyes look fresher and more awake!
For a woman on-the-go this would make a perfect gift for Valentine’s Day because it’s such a luxurious treat. The set comes with a Triple-Peptides Active Commander Eye Concentrate that you can use with the Eyecicle Tool for a better glide and also comes with different massage techniques so you can get the most benefit out of the Eyecicle tool.
I nearly fell off my seat when I saw this show-stopper of a fragrance. Isn’t she beautiful? The latest fragrance from Carolina Herrera is super luxe from the juice to the bottle, which comes in the shape of a black stiletto heel. I was lucky enough to attend the launch and even got to see Karlie Kloss, the face of the fragrance. This is a sensual fragrance so it’s perfect for Valentine’s Day. It’s kind of like that fragrance you wear when you want to impress someone of the opposite sex or that kind of secret joy you feel when you and only you know that you are wearing the most fabulous set (matching) of lingerie under your clothes. When your fragrance is on point and your lingerie matches, well you know you’ve nailed it at life.
Good Girl is about a good girl with an edge – light with dark. The brightness in this fragrance comes from jasmine with the darker vibes of cocoa, tonka, tuberose, almond and tonka. This is a sexy gourmand if you will and it will make you feel like a show stopper, just like the bottle. As they say, it’s good to be bad.
Oh, Versace you babe. I sometimes do judge a fragrance by its bottle and the prettiest bottles take up residence on my vanity table, where there is very limited real estate. Only the finest properties are shown on the vanity table and the new Versace Pour Femme Dylan Blue certainly deserves a place at the table with the painted blue glass bottle a throwback to Greek mythology.
This is a fresh and fruity scent with blackcurrent and apple sorbet and it’s instantly uplifting as you take the first whiff. It’s definitely a feminine scent but one with an edge with woody notes of patchouli, styrax and white woods. I can also smell something aqueous about this fragrance and it reminds of sitting next to a fresh lake with blooming flowers all around. A great scent for Valentine’s Day because it will remind you of summer, and the promise of warmer weather to come.
Oh JO. Can you go wrong? I’ve always been a fan of a Jo Malone candle, for years and years. It’s a candle you treasure, that’s for sure because the scents are always unique. The Jo Malone Peony & Blush Suede candle reminds me of spring – it’s fresh and floral.
Peonies are in fact, one of my favourite flowers and this candle smells like a fine medley of them with a bit of red apple thrown in for good measure. The scent throw in this candle is good and I found it quickly filled the room with an opulent fragrance. My favourite way to unwind with a candle is in the bathtub. Light this whilst reading your favourite novel in a hot bath and you will be transported to bliss! Gift it to your best friend for a gal pal themed Valentine’s Day or just keep it for yourself (I won’t judge).
Smokey. Woody. Spicy. This is how I would describe the Jo Malone Dark Amber + Ginger Cologne Intense. The great thing about this cologne is that it is unisex, making it a great gift for Valentine’s Day for either a man or a woman. For both sexes, this is a sensual scent with notes of rare Kyara wood, which is a prized wood from the Japanese Kohdo ceremony. This is actually exactly the kind of scent I like and perfect for the colder winter months because above all, this is a warming scent with cardamom, ginger and water lily. It reminds me of a fireplace or burning incense – it’s exotic and heady and certainly a scent to fall in love over.
I absolutely love a good body oil. I find them so relaxing and indulgent after a shower and I especially love body oils which are natural and also have aromatherapy benefits to help me wind down before bed. Applying body oil is a beauty ritual I love and it helps me to relax and get into a peaceful mode before bedtime. The Beautitude Patience Body Oil is one of those oils that helps relieve fatigue and lift the spirits at the same time. The oil smells amazing with rosemary, lavender, ginger and juniperberry. It’s warming, calming and soothing for the mind and body. I love that it also doesn’t feel greasy at all and sinks into the skin. It’s also 100% natural – what’s not to love?
I love to massage my face because my jaw gets so tight and tense after a day of running around. And when you use the Sensse Facial Contour Definer you will be able to immediately feel that tension relief in your face. I didn’t realise how much tension I carry in my face until I started using this and using it also makes my skin look more refreshed and plump by increasing the circulation. And when the circulation in your skin is increased, you naturally have healthier skin. The Sensse Facial Contour Definer also rolls 360 degrees so you have a wide range of motion when using it. I love rolling it along the jawline and between my brows where I can feel myself furrowing my brows.
This is lovely to use right before going to bed and the rose gold design makes this the perfect luxe gift for Valentine’s Day!
Palettes – another thing you simply can’t go wrong with on Valentine’s Day. The Tarte Tarlette Toasted Palette (available exclusively at QVC Beauty) is absolutely STUNNING! And I love that the shades are warm and neutral meaning they are shades that you can wear every single day. This is a palette that will work hard for you with all 12 shades being super wearable and also in a variety of mattes and shimmers. I love that the shadows are really easy to blend and the pigment is fabulous, meaning they are long-wearing as well. A gift that can’t go wrong, really.
I’ve tried hundreds of lipsticks in my beauty blogger life but this one is one of the best I’ve tried which is why it has made my Valentine’s Day Gift Guide. Give this to a girl and she will love you for life. This is super pigmented paint for the lips and with one swipe it does the job. It’s so richly pigmented you can even go over your lip line to create even fuller lips – sort of like a lip job in a bottle. It is the perfect shade of red, suitable for all skin tones so you simply cannot go wrong with it. Also it’s so pretty that it’s just nice to look at as well. And it lasts for 12 hours, maybe even through a hot, steamy kiss?
There is nothing nicer than treating yourself to a nice mud mask. This one from bareMinerals is a detoxifying mud mask that makes the perfect gift for a girl who loves a bit of at-home pamper. Who needs a five-star night out when you can sit at home with a good mask and Netflix? This one contains four mineral-rich clays with charcoal and papaya enzyme to smooth and purify. So basically you get a skin detoxifying and exfoliating experience all in one. The mask also smells amazing so it’s a real treat to put on your skin!
I have literally owned one of these brushes for several years and by far it’s my favourite make-up brush. I was even featured on Get The Gloss talking about this brush – that’s just how much I love it. It’s a brush that really does it all and it’s so soft and fluffy on the skin. For Valentine’s Day, what could be better than the perfect make-up brush? Get one for yourself and your best gal pal!
Because this hair mask had the word LOVE in it I thought it was only appropriate that I included it in my Valentine’s Day gift guide. This is one for the girls with curls or waves (I have naturally wavy hair). I love Davines products because they are also really good for fine hair, never weighing down and always nourishing. Perhaps this would make a lovely Galentine’s Day Gift for a best gal pal. The formula helps boost shine and minimize breakage with almond extract from heirloom nuts that are chock-a-block full of healthy fats. The mask also smells amazing so is a great weekend treat for the hair.
Again, a great gift for your best friend or even a male friend this is a mask that helps repair distressed tresses. The mask restores vitality to hair after stressful situations such as long flights, nights out or exposure to extreme temperatures (I’m thinking post-Christmas holidays here!). The masks both detoxes and repairs hair and scalp with detoxifying purple clay and rebalancing rhodiola. And with such cute packaging this makes a great gift for hair in need.
Women these days love luxury make-up so you can’t go wrong with a gift from Yves St. Laurent Beauty. Just the packaging and beauty of the products themselves make using them such a treat. The iconic TOUCHE ÉCLAT pen (any girl knows about this!) has actually now been expanded into colour-correcting shades as well such as rose, violet and mint-tinted formulas that neutralize dark spots, brighten and balance out skin perfections. And every girl loves the TE pen and with these new colour-coded versions you can’t go wrong.
I was very lucky to receive a personalised My Armani To Go The Cushion Foundation and I have to say this is something I’m never letting go! This is the perfect gift for the woman on-the-go who likes to look good but doesn’t always have much time. You can use this Cushion Foundation to touch up on-the-go or create buildable coverage that will last all day. The sensation of a cushion foundation is amazing – it feels really weightless and is great for giving you that no-makeup look. It also comes in a sleek compact with a mirror and professional applicator. It’s the perfect handbag hero, really. And did I also say it comes with SPF 23 and contains Litchi Extract, Glycerin and Hyaluronic Acid?
Good skin sometimes costs money so I always like to give skincare as a gift to others because it’s such a treat. However, this one I’m keeping for myself because it’s the newest from Kiehl’s Dermatologist Solutions line. This Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate looks like an absolute dream in the fight against wrinkles – we’re talking Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamin C (12.5% to be exact) ok? You can’t get much better than that. And a good serum is priceless really so whoever gets this on V-Day will be thanking you for the next two months.
We lose volume in the skin as we age, losing that full-faced look of our youth. Sigh. But then in marches Previse Hydrofoam Hyaluronic Moisturizer which uses micro-bubble technology to deliver all the goods to your skin like hyaluronic acid, ceramides, vitamin B5 and powerful marine and botanical antioxidants. Treat a gal pal or a girlfriend/wife with this and she will be so happy you did. The product sinks in like a dream and really does make your skin look more plumped. A bonus is that you can even use it around the eyes which saves money on an eye cream and helps out a time-poor woman who will be thankful to save an extra step in her beauty routine. Of course, this can also be used by men so if you have a man who is one step away from a silver fox then this would be a great gift.
Love is good hair. I know I’ve put a couple of hair product in here as a suggestion but honestly they won’t go unappreciated. If you have a friend or girlfriend who is a serial dyer (as in hair) then this Olaplex Hair Perfector Take Home will be a Godsend. This is a bit of a scientific miracle for dry, brittle hair in that the advanced formula utilises a Bond Multiplying System; which seeks to reconnect broken disulphide sulphur bonds in hair, effectively resetting the hair from within to allow enhanced regrowth, structure and integrity. I mean, this means you can have your cake (or Valentine’s chocolate) and eat it too.
For a that loved-up glow in a bottle the new Yves St. Laurent Touch Eclat Glow Shot is the perfect pick. This is literally glow in a bottle – a liquid concentrate that you can apply to the areas of your face that hit the light naturally such as cheekbones, arches under the brow, corners of the eyes, nose bridge, Cupid’s bow. It’s beautiful, shimmery and it’s longwearing – meaning it might just last through whatever Valentine’s Day shenanigans you might have planned. You can apply it to naked skin or add it into your foundation for that ‘glow shot’.
I was super excited when I saw this because this product is perfect for date night. So it seemed only natural that it would appear in my Valentine’s Day Gift Guide. This is a blurring primer/moisturiser hybrid that both locks in moisture but also blurs and make skin soft and satin-like for perfectly prepped date night skin. All you have to do is apply it over the face before make-up for smooth skin. It’s kind of like applying a real-life filter to your face and works a treat before big events including a fabulous date night.
For a girl who loves her skincare then this 5-Piece Gift Set from Deciem is the perfect pick. Deciem is a bit of a disruptor in the beauty world, created by Brandon Truaxe and their products are innovative and effective as well as at a reasonable price point. This set comprises of 5 items from the different Deciem ranges including NIOD, The Ordinary, Hylamide, The Chemistry Brand and Fountain.
I love that the set covers it all really so you cannot go wrong with a gift like this for Valentine’s Day. So what’s inside? First off there is the pamper product of The Ordinary AHA 30% / BHA 2% Peeling Solution (30ml) which is a peeling mask that you simply apply for 10 minutes to exfoliate the skin. It’s really nice if you feel like your skin has been dull and you need a brightening boost. For winter I love The Chemistry Brand The Hand Chemistry treatment which is an anti-ageing hand cream that helps hydrate and target the signs of ageing for the hands. I mean who wants to hold hands with someone who has dry, cracked skin?
For plump, smooth date night skin there is the Hylamide HA Blur (30ml) which is a serum that also blurs fine lines/wrinkles whilst also keeping skin smooth and hydrated. To nourish skin from the inside there is the Fountain Hyaluronic Molecule (240ml) which is a water-soluble supplement you can take every day. This also tastes delicious with a hint of ginger and is the best supplement I’ve found for getting in my daily hit of hyaluronic acid!
And last but not least for youthful skin there is the NIOD Multi-Molecular Hyaluronic Complex which contains 15 forms of hyaluronic compounds in a ‘peptide-charged delivery system to help offer visible hydration, working to plump and even out the appearance of your complexion and leave it feeling comfortable and moisturized.’ I mean what more could you want?
I hope you found some inspiration from my Valentine’s Day Gift Guide! Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram @beautyrocksblog for all my latest adventures in beautyland.