It may be freezing cold and raining outside, but love IS in the air this weekend as couples prepare for Valentine's Day next week. If you're searching for a gift for your loved one, here are some of my suggestions across a range of different price points.
For Makeup Addicts: Pür Love Your Selfie 2 Palette* (£34, link)
Shopping for a makeup addict but not sure what to get them? Palettes make great gifts and have that added extra 'wow' factor as you get lots of products all together in one handy kit. Neutral colours are always a good safe bet and this Love Your Selfie 2 palette from Pür has a beautiful mix of wearable day-to-night shades including some stunning earthy shimmery tones.
The cruelty-free palette comprises of eight eyeshadows, a baking/setting powder, a peachy/gold-toned highlighter, a bronzer, a great everyday medium pink lipgloss, a velvet matte lip pencil in a berry shade, and a black volumising mascara. The mineral based powders are all silky soft, pigmented and easy to work with, and I particularly love the mascara for big lashes, whilst the lip products are also gorgeous additions to have in a set like this. It's a fab palette for travelling (there's a huge mirror included) with as you only need to pack foundation and concealer with it, and you're good to go!
For Luxury Pampering: Mauli Rituals Reawaken Hand & Body Wash* (250ml, £23, link)
This is the gift for someone who truly appreciates the art of luxury pampering. I'm a big fan of Mauli Rituals bath products and their Reawaken Hand & Body Wash has a sensuous fragrance that's both relaxing and uplifting at the same time. Their unique blend is composed of over 80% organic ingredients and features highly therapeutic essential oils such as Lime, Blood Orange, Jasmine, Grapefruit, Rose, Sandalwood and Frankincense. SLS and 'nasties' free, it lathers up a treat and makes the skin feel soft and fresh. A pampering treat fit for a Queen.
For Fragrance Fans: Sarah Jessica Parker Lovely Eau de Parfum* (30ml, usually around £25 - currently on offer at Debenhams for £11, link)
Perfume is always a popular big seller for Valentine's Day and there are lots of amazing bargains happening right now, both online and in stores on the high street. A personal favourite that I've spotted is Sarah Jessica Parker's contemporary classic fragrance, Lovely, which is currently on sale for a mere £11 at Debenhams - what a steal! Lovely is a sophisticated and unashamedly feminine perfume with top notes of Bergamot, Lavender and Apple Martini, mixed with middle notes of Patchouli, Paperwhites and Creamy Orchid, on sultry base notes of Cedarwood, White Amber, and Musk, and comes in a chic vintage inspired bottle.
For Him: Gucci Guilty Absolute Pour Homme Eau de Parfum* (50ml, £54, link)
The new Gucci fragrance for men which launched earlier this month has been getting some rave reviews and I imagine that it'll be a highly desired gift for this Valentine's Day. Treat your favourite man to Gucci Guilty Absolute and keep him smelling good with an exquisite blend of exclusive Gucci trademarked ingredients such as Woodleather and Golden Wood, mixed with a trio of Patchouli Oils and Vetiver. This is a seriously sexy masculine fragrance - just check out Jared Leto in the accompanying ad campaign! Well if it's good enough for Jared...
For Budget Friendly Beauties: The English Soap Company Luxury Guest Soaps* (£2.95 per pack, link)
Not feeling the commercialism of V-Day or simply on a budget or after a small gift? These adorable heart-shaped soaps from The English Soap Company offer a cute luxury-feeling gift for less than £3 per pack. They come in a wide range of different fragrances which all smell incredible making them ideal for using in the shower and bath, as well as a hand soap. I'd recommend the Oriental Spice and Cherry Blossom scent for something different and Spring-like.
For The Beauty Fan Who Has Everything: Ecotools Limited Edition Anniversary Collection* (£19.99, link)
You may have heard that Ecotools, one of my all time favourite makeup brush brands, has undergone a makeover recently to celebrate their 10 year anniversary. The new updated design sees their brushes get a brand new look, whilst still retaining their wonderful eco-friendly credentials such as using handles made from only renewable bamboo and recycled aluminium ferrules.
This awesome Limited Edition Anniversary Collection set features six full-size makeup brushes; an Airbrushed Finishing Brush, a Controlled Setting Brush, a Spoolie Brush, an Angled Crease Brush, a Flat Eye Liner Brush and an Eye/Lip Blur Brush. These are all made with high-quality, cruelty-free, vegan-friendly synthetic bristles which are really soft and blend beautifully with both cream and powder formulas. All of the brushes come housed in a rose gold recycled aluminium, travel-friendly brush holder too - what a great set!
Part Two of this special Valentine's Day Gift Guide will be uploaded tomorrow!