Valentine’s Day is just in 7 days time, some of you may celebrate it, some of you may not, personally, me and my boyfriend don’t spend it as the only day we show how much we love each other but it seems, we always end up getting something for the other one. I usually bake something more different and interesting and he surprises me with a thoughtful gift or like last year (when he broke our deal) with a short trip to our favourite London.
Today, I’m attempting to show you a few gift ideas which are something a little bit more special for your loved one but still not with the craziest price tag you’ve ever seen. I just wanted to gather up products that is almost impossible to go wrong with but to also be a nice surprise.
I really wanted to include a skincare product although it’s the hardest thing to get for someone else but I picked out a product that is suitable for all skin types. Dior Instant Gentle Exfoliant with Pure Lily Extract is very gentle on the skin and makes it look brighter and smoother. The particles are very small, they exfoliate well but without irritating the skin.
For lips, be sure to take a look at the Clinique counter and their Clinique Pop Lip Colour + Primer lipsticks because they are creamy, moisturising, opaque and they have a ton of different colours. My personal favourite is 23 Blush Pop* which is a nude brown with a hint of pink and would suit many different skin tones. Also, the Dior Addict Lip Glow in Lilac from their new spring collection would make a great gift because it looks different on everyone. It brings out the natural colour of the lips and enhances it by reacting to the unique chemistry of each woman’s lips and just gives a natural flush of colour while conditioning the lips.
When it comes to body, a great hand cream or body lotion is something that I love so much! L’Occitane create some of my favourite hand creams because they are rich but non-sticky, Arlésienne Velvet Hand Cream has delicate, feminine and beautiful fragrance. Rituals have such nice body products that aren’t mentioned enough, try their Honey Touch Rich and Nourishing Body Cream, for example. If you want your loved one to have a more luxurious shower experience, treat her to the Lancôme Bocage Foaming Shower Gel with AHAs for a smoother skin. It’s soap-free and really gentle.
As to fragrances, it’s really personal, but two of my favourite ones are YSL Black Opium EDP and Giorgio Armani Si EDT. The latter takes me back to summer 2015 and so many great memories, so best would be if you know which fragrance makes your partner recall amazing times.
I have two skincare items to show you, a face wash and a face cream. Clinique for Men and their Face Wash are great because the products are fragrance-free and even people with sensitive skin can use them. The face wash is gentle, leaves the skin feeling clean but without drying it out…that’s what my boyfriend’s experience is. HYDRIX Micro-Nutrient Moisturising Balm is a moisturiser with Vitamin E and Shea Butter by Lancôme Men. I love the way this one smells! It looks pretty thick in the jar but it feels light on the skin and absorbs really quickly, it’s not greasy or sticky.
Once again, fragrances are something pretty individual, but the ones I love smelling on my boyfriend the most are Giorgio Armani Acqua di Gio and Armani Code (don’t think you can go wrong with Armani fragrances) and YSL L’Homme, all three of them are masculine but without being too heavy and making you feel hard to breathe around the man wearing them, there’s a bit of freshness to these scents, so give them a sniff, if you haven’t already.
I also wanted to mention two Origins products because I think they are unisex, there are so many men and women using them because of their amazing skincare properties, so I think they’d make a really nice gift. The GinZing Energy-Boosting Moisturiser has a lovely orange scent, it’s very refreshing, the cream is lightweight but hydrating and I’ve done a review on it here. Their Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask (review here) is loved by me and my boyfriend, I’m with combination skin, he has super dry skin and works great on both of us!
No matter what you’re doing on Valentine’s Day this year, remember that we should show our loved ones how much they mean to us every single day and not only with material gifts!