Valentine’s Day is a beauty buff’s dream come true! What better excuse to pamper your loves ones (and yourself?!) Here’s our lowdown on the best of beauty gifting. Enjoy!
Get utterly kissable lips with British skincare brand Bee Good’s collection of nourishing and replenishing beeswax lip balms, £10 each. Choose from: raspberry and white chocolate; lime blossom and honey; vanilla and honey and seed ball. Since launching in 2014, the Bee Good range has created a real buzz in the beauty industry, winning several awards including the 2015 & 2016 CEW Award for ‘best new brand’ and launching in over 100 Waitrose stores, on QVC and The Hut Group. www.beegood.co.uk
TOOLS OF THE TRADE
Instaworthy beauty brand Lily England are fresh on the scene and have brought a collection of super pretty and high end products with them. Their current collection includes a variety of hair brushes, makeup brushes and beauty tools to keep you and your makeup bag looking effortlessly luxe. Cruelty free and vegan friendly? Check. Cute packaging? Check. Aesthetically pleasing? Double check. Everything’s prettier in rose gold! The Rose Gold Detangler is £10 while The Rose Gold Hair Brush Set is £24.99. www.lilyengland.com
Bored of blow drying? Speed up drying time by up to 50% with KMS Free Shape Quick Blow Dry. The fab product is formulated to reduce friction while still conditioning hair and leaves locks looking and feeling soft, smooth and in control. Perfect for the girl who never has enough time! The formula also contains rhodiola and watermint, known for thermal stress protection, so it’s super refreshing and cooling. £14 from www.feelunique.com
Algenist has launched its hydrating, setting mist to liven skin and set makeup. Containing a mix of seawater, watermelon, electrolytes, minerals and the brand’s iconic alguronic acid, a quick spritz of Splash Mist ensures long lasting makeup application with a youthful glow. If used on bare skin, Splash Mist, £29.82, is the ultimate tool for an instantly hydrated and balanced complexion. algenist.borderfree.com
The Eye Lift Firming Treatment, £45, is the first in the Murad Professional collection, designed to deliver younger looking eyes in an instant. Featuring exclusive surface-filling spheres to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and deliver filler-like results. Plus, a unique firming technology to instantly lift, firm and tighten the skin around the eyes.
Murad Professional is a range of professional-strength formulas, traditionally used by Dr Murad in his world-renowned dermatology practice, now available for at-home use for immediate and long-term results without any downtime. www.murad.co.uk
Curls are in! For years naturally curly haired women have been straightening the life out of their hair to achieve the poker straight look but the now tables have turned and we’re embracing and enhancing the natural texture of our hair. So put down your straighteners and pick up the Lee Stafford Chopstick Styler, £19.99, from Argos. Lee says: “My Chopstick Styler has an extra skinny rectangular barrel so is the perfect tool for women who want to define and enhance individual curls that have gone a bit awry. All you need to do to sort this out is to take the individual curls that have lost their shape and wrap them around Chopstick Styler away from your face. You might only need to curl a few pieces to make them blend in with the rest of your hair, leaving you with polished, defined and showstopping curls.” www.argos.co.uk
Want to whiten your teeth the natural way? Diamond Whites Black Edition teeth whitening charcoal, £16.99, is 100% natural tooth polish made from 100% activated coconut shell charcoal. It will not only change the way you whiten your teeth but also strengths gums, removes toxins from the mouth and absorbs bacteria! You simply dip your wet toothbrush in the powder, gently brush your teeth in circular motions and spit. It’s available from www.diamondwhites.co.uk and www.superdrug.com
Fall in love with grey this Valentine’s and check out Rimmel’s new limited edition inspired by the film Fifty Shades Darker for sultry eyes, striking lips, chic nails and matte skin. Designed exclusively by Rita Ora, this collection is sure to get pulses racing. There’s Extra Super Lash Mascara, £4.99, Shadow Stick in Guilty Grey, £4.49, 60 Seconds Nail Polish in My Grey, £2.99, Lasting Finish Lipstick in Rita’s Red, £4.99, and Stay Matte Powder, £3.99. uk.rimmellondon.com
Jaguar Pace is the ideal gift for the man in your life this Valentine’s Day. You will both be left thrilled with this fragrance’s masculine scent and the cool iconic bottle. Designed to mark the arrival of the all-new Jaguar F-Pace family sports car, the fragrance is an expression of true masculinity, emanating power, confidence and charisma. Top perfumers Alexandra Monet and Philippe Romano transformed the magic of a car into a sensational, intoxicating fragrance. Alexandra said: “We imagined the fragrance of warm, damp asphalt after light summer rain: an aromatic and mystical aroma. Jaguar Pace is a very mysterious fragrance, which is both modern and classical, fresh and warm, clean and sexy.” The eau de toilette, 60ml, is £28 while 100ml is £44. Available from www.marksandspencer.com
MUST HAVE MASCARA
The perfect mascara is a girl’s best friend! It’ s a make-up bag essential, but finding the right one is no easy task; not too heavy but then not too light and definitely with no clumps! That’s where Avante Dynamic Effect Mascara steps in. This revolutionary mascara comes with a hefty price tag at £59 but it’s cosmetically formulated to lengthen and strengthen lashes, offering a lightweight and smudge proof finish for everyday wear. The tapered curved wand ensures that lashes are evenly coated, darkened and curved to perfection, delivering volumised and defined lashes after every use. www.incavante.com
British make-up brand Iconic London’s new Limited Edition Illuminator drops, as used by Jourdan Dunn & Chloe Lewis, were re-stocked online over the weekend, and sold out in just 10 minutes. Like no other item in your make-up bag, these concentrated shimmer drops allow you to customise any product; add them to your foundation, primer, moisturiser or even use them on their own for a super highlighted golden glow. Already a huge hit amongst make-up lovers, the Illuminator drops are £29.99 but selling out fast at www.iconiclondoninc.com, so grab yours quick!