Love it (lol) or hate it, it’s coming upon us like a giant unstoppable steam train. I am personally not one to do anything exciting on Valentine’s day with my husband…a card may be exchanged and that’s about it. However it doesn’t stop me from seeing *ALL* the gorgeous things and haven’t a wishlist of lustful things. Whether you are single, loved up or somehwhere miserably in between, everyone deserves a little pamper on Valentine’s day and I’ve selected a few of my favourite bits for the perfect gift of affection.
M A K E U P
LOVE IS…receiving something beautiful that makes you feel beautiful. The rose gold packaging of the Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipsticks (£23) are enough to get any girls’ heart racing. Be bold and opt for the ‘Red Carpet Red‘ for sexy, hollywood glamour lips. The By Terry Baume De Rose is (£39) A cult beauty classic and a perfect gift ; A rose-based balm for lips that gives a soft petal pink pout. If you fancy something a little glossier (and a bit easier on the wallet) then look no further than Bareminerals Moxie lipglosses (£16). A lovely texture and finish and a great selection of wearable shades to choose from. Pink to make the boys wink? Then opt for ‘Show Off.
I am currently obsessed with anything from Too Faced and pretty much anything from this gorgeous range of makeup would be welcome to open arms. The Too Faced Love Flush Blushers (£19) have lovely shades and obvs can’t go wrong with a bit of the heart-shaped vibe. I have also just seen they have a limited edition Love Flush Blush Wardrobe which is an absolute must-buy ; it’s so pretty!
B E A U T Y
I always like the pampering gifts as often it is things we don’t necessarily buy ourselves as they are more of a ‘treat’. The Jurlique Rose Moisture plus moistursing Cream Mask (£32.50) is a gorgeous, nourishing rose-based mask and is great for all skin types and is really soothing, relaxing and a great once-a-week moisture surge. For the beauty guru who has *everything*…they probably won’t have the Aromatherapy Associates Relax Eye Mask(£47). It’s not just your bog-standard eye mask though…of course not…this contains *actual* lavender inside the super soft holistic silk (natch) mask. It surrounds you with that instant sense of calm & tranquility, and the inside is soft velvet which is lovely and soothing on the eyes. Great for restless nights and as a travel companion.
Some kind of fragrance is a lovely Valentine’s gift ; but not one that doesn’t need a bit of thought and a touch of research to get the right one (hint ; get a gift receipt, just in case). I love Serge Lutens (from £75) for luxury and unique scents…Un bois Vanille is one of the most romantic & sumptuous I think. For a budget beauty option or an add-on gift, then KIKO have just launched their BFF collection, a valentine’s day-esque range of makeup and beauty. I really love the pink nail polish ‘Sweet Fuschia’ (£3.90) which is a hot pink with a matte, textured finish.
The Oskia Rose De Mai Massage Candle (£34.50)is a great gift for anyone and anytime, and is a massage oil, treatment & candle all-in-one. Contains natural waxes and oils and when it burns, it smells wonderful and then the warm oil can be poured onto the skin for a sensual massage straight from the jar. This could combine nicely with a potent bath oil, solely for unwinding, relaxing and helping you sleep ; the This Works Deep Sleep Bath oil (£80).I love their whole sleep range (it works!) and this decadent oil is made with precious patchouli, lavender & chamomile oils for the perfect pre-bed therapeutic soak.
F L O W E R S
We all love Valentines Day Flowers…they don’t have to be roses, just anything pretty and colourful. I LOVE this gorgeous bouquet of roses from Appleyard London and they come beautifully boxed and their flowers always seem to last for ages. I also have a discount code which entitles you to 33% off orders (excluding flowers by post) which is BLOG33, so you have a good amount of time to get ordering for them to arrive by the big day.
O T H E R
Agent Provocateur...Or some fancy lacy underwear. Black or neutrals is always a safe option….red…just isn’t for everyone. I love Agent Provocateur and their lacy stuff is always great quality and, I think, worth the splurge. Plus we all get very excited at seeing one of those pink and black bags! They also do some gorgeous body-suits and slips, and if you really want to splurge, the silk kimono’s are gorgeous. A spa treatment / mini-break is something you can gift a loved one and also muscle in on & get some pampering too. In London I love the Mandarin Oriental & Cowshed spas. Country retreats worth looking into, if you are wanting a night or two away are Soho Farmhouse (dreamy), Cowley Manor, Babington House & Limewood. Last but certainly not least…something foodie-related will never go amiss ; avoid the cheap box of dairy milk and think a little more decadent with Lola’s cupcakes, some mouth-watering macaroons from Laduree or even a fun cookery class. A romantic meal out is obviously a lovely gesture but maybe avoid the Valentine’s day cheesy-ness and book around it..sitting in a restaurant amongst smoochy couples is not the one. Live in London? Check out some of my favourite romantic eateries including Roux at The Landau, Rules & The Clove Club for something a little different.
Basically, husband, you need to absord this in, and buy me some decent shit for Valetine’s day, thanks.