I don’t actually know anyone that celebrates Valentine’s Day. I mean, it’s a weird holiday that seems OK in theory but we rarely see it in practice. Honestly, I only put together these gift guides because it gives me an excuse to talk about rose-scented things, champagne and other things that I like.
If you feel like treating yourself in the middle of February, when we’re all so over winter, here are my suggestions:
Pretty makeup picks to make us feel beautiful even if it isn’t pretty outside –
Clinique Sweet Pots Sugar Scrub & Balm in Candied Cassis – This new product has both a lip scrub and a lip balm that are perfect for prepping lips for bolder shades or just for making lips look healthy. Plus, I like the packaging which reminds me of a macaron. There’s a few colors available. I like the “juiciness” of this shade. Retails for about $20 at Sephora.
Too Faced Love Flush Blush – These are powder blushes in a heart-shaped compact with glorious names like “Love Hangover” and “Justify My Love”. They’re adorable. Retails for $26 at Sephora.
Christian Louboutin Matte Rouge Lip Color in Rouge Louboutin – This is the sexiest lipstick packaging ever. The color is a matte red. Of course, the color is gorgeous but with this product, it’s all about that dagger/heel-esque tube. Retails for $90 at Nordstrom.
Physicians Formula Argan Wear Kohl Kajal Eyeliner – Smoky eyes are sexy and well, you can pair it with a lippie that won’t smear with snogging. I love the packaging of this soft, black eyeliner. Retails for about $10 at Ulta.
For Smooth Skin
Winter skin needs some extra TLC –
Jurlique Love Notes Gift Set – It’s a gift set of rose body products (oil, mist and cream). Now you can really smell like rose from head to toe. Retails for $72 at Beauty.com.
Providence Perfume Co. Amber Cream Body Oil – This is a natural, sweet smelling body oil that leaves my skin feeling so soft. The aroma layers nicely with everything. No joke. I can’t think of a genre of perfume that doesn’t “work” with this. Retails for $26 at Providence Perfume Co. Full review here.
Simply Divine Botanicals How Now Brown Cacao Body Dessert – Here’s another way to indulge in your chocolate craving. This is a natural body butter that smells good enough to eat. It smells like chocolate. Retails for about $30 at Beautyhabit.
Perfumes to make your February be even more romantic –
Parfums DelRae Coup de Foudre EDP – This is one of the few perfumes out there that I think actually smells “pink”. It’s a flirty blend of rose and peony. Retails for $150 at Beautyhabit. Full review here.
Papillon Salome EDP – If you want to smell like the sexiest person on the planet, then wear this. This is an in-your-face animalic oriental that brings to mind Old Hollywood glamour. Retails for $160 at Luckyscent.
Sabé Masson Solid Perfume in Striptease Flowers – Close-wearing perfumes can say just as much as those that project for miles. This is a subtle orange blossom gourmand. Retails for $25 at Beautyhabit.
An excuse to burn candles –
Kilian Scented Tassel in Song of Songs – I’m going to be a total <insert explicative of your choice here> and recommend a $185 fancy tassel that smells like amber incense. In my fantasy world where I have a dressing room and wear maribou slippers, I’d have one of these. Or a few. It’s my fantasy universe. Available at Saks.
Jonathan Adler Pop Candle in Champagne – This is a candle that smells like fizzy champagne that is in a very on-trend copper vessel. Retails for $42 at Nordstrom. And it’ll last longer than an open bottle of champagne too!
Lauderee Candle in Caramel – If you can’t get French macarons, then get this. It’s in a totally kawaii pastel vessel and smells like salted caramel. Retails for $68 at Luckyscent.
So, do any of these stand out to you?
If you would like more ideas, here’s my gift guide from 2015.
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