HOW TO INDULGE A BEAUTY LOVER THIS VALENTINE’S DAY

Words: Grace Gargini.

Whatever their beauty vice, our Beauty Editor has the perfect gift, ready to wow.

HOW TO INDULGE A BEAUTY LOVER THIS VALENTINE’S DAY


Words: Grace Gargini.

Whatever their beauty vice, our Beauty Editor has the perfect gift, ready to wow.

Looking for a gift to please the beauty lover in your life? Or in the mood for a little self-gifting, perhaps? (Go on, you deserve it.) When it comes to gifting, we’re of the mind that going down the personal route is always best. Ask yourself: what’s their ‘thing’? How do they like to unwind? Are they a ‘killer red lipstick’ or ‘luxurious bath oil’ kind of person? Whether they’re a serial soaker, a fragrance hoarder or master of a many-stepped morning routine, these are the gifts to truly indulge their guilty pleasures, no matter what their beauty vice.

FOR THE FRAGRANCE FANATIC 

There’s no denying the mood-boosting effects of a great scent; some simply can’t go a day without spritzing one in order to feel *properly* ready for the day. But fragrance is arguably the most personal part of our beauty routine, so gifting one can be a tricky business. It’s a good idea to think about (or gain intel on) what they currently have in their line-up to give you an inkling into their favoured fragrance family. If bold, sexy scents are their thing, check out Tom Ford’s Bitter Peach – the blend of sweet orange, smooth vanilla and jasmine creates something special that’ll turn heads – or perhaps Maison Margiela’s play on traditionally feminine and masculine scents in Wicked Love will drive them (and you) wild. For a more elegant affair, Portrait of a Lady blends Turkish rose, patchouli, crisp blackcurrant and sandalwood for a grown-up scent that’s bursting with character. 

FOR THE SKINCARE SAVVY

OK, hands up if you have anyone in your life who spends a solid 10 minutes before bed expertly layering skincare while performing an array of facial massage techniques. Sounds familiar? If so, a new addition to their arsenal is always welcome. For all-out luxury, look to La Mer whose beautiful formulas soothe and hydrate all skin types. This Radiant Hydration set is a great all-rounder; it includes its bestselling The Treatment Lotion with a lifting eye serum and the Moisturizing Cream. For those hot on the latest skin trends, this Sunday Riley duo is packed with cutting-edge ingredients that make up its retinol-based Luna Sleeping Night Oil and its Good Genes Glycolic Acid Treatment. These are the products that’ll make them go “oh, wow. How did you know about these?”.




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FOR THE CHAMPIONS OF COLOUR 

For the make-up maestros out there, we’ve got an array of gifts sure to surprise and delight. This brand new (and exclusive-to-Selfridges) Byredo Prismic Eyeshadow Palette includes 18 stunning shades that range from copper red to ethereal lilac and soft matte navy – it really is something to behold. But if it’s lipstick that floats their boat, these gorgeous satin lipsticks from Gucci come in three shades of red and live in Art Deco-inspired cases that look like collectors’ items. Also sitting pretty in our wishlist is the Hourglass Sculpture Ambient Lighting Edit Palette – six brilliant cruelty-free and vegan powders that are universally flattering – and this Shanghai limited-edition set from Westman Atelier, which contains its clever Lip Suede Lip Colour compact and mascara.

 FOR THE ULTIMATE GROOMER 

Any dashing men in your life that love that extra two (or 10) minutes in the bathroom? Treat them to this stylish gift from grooming experts Aqua di Parma, whose kit contains their shaving oil, beard serum (which smells so divine it basically doubles up as a fragrance) and mini Iconic Colonia. If you ask us, Aesop is a safe bet for all gifting opportunities and if pressed to pick just one product, we’re plumping for their brilliant shower gels that come in chic pump bottles and are a favourite with both the sexes. And finally, riding the wave of fashion brand Bottega Veneta’s success (haven’t you heard, ‘it’s so hot right now’), its fragrances are also having a bit of a moment. With notes of bergamot, pine, black pepper and leather, Pour Homme is a zesty, spicy rich number.




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FOR THE SOPHISTICATED SOAKER 

If the giftee in question loves nothing more than locking the bathroom door and escaping with a spa-like set-up (think: bath oils, face mask, candles – the lot) then this one’s sure to please. Take their baths to the next level with these Himalayan Detox Salts that work to revitalise the body and mind, balance energy levels and alleviate stress – they’re also the perfect antidote to wiping out a cold on first signs! For an indulgent gift they may not necessarily purchase themselves (but will certainly thank you for) opt for a body scrub, hair mask or gorgeous candle to really set the scene and eke out that self-care moment a little longer. All that’s left is a bath caddy and an episode of Schitt’s Creek on the iPad…