The 2019 Valentine’s Luxury Gift Guide

The 2019 Valentine’s Luxury Gift Guide

Valentine’s Day is almost upon us, so I thought I’d gather together a selection of gorgeous luxury beauty products to share with you. Many are new releases, as well as a few other special treats – I hope you enjoy!

Let’s start with a couple of beautiful Rodin Olio Lusso x Vanessa Traina products.

‘Inspired by her fascination with the natural beauty of florals, the RODIN x Vanessa Traina collection of Luxury Lipsticks and Lip & Cheek Oils features sheer, softly-pigmented hues that simulate the look of crushed-petal stains of color.’

I have the Luxury Lip & Cheek Oil in Lilium, a sheer nude shade. This oil contains a combination of natural oils plus conditioners such as Turmeric Extract and Ceramides. It gives a light nourishing tint of colour, which is perfect for a subtle, healthy-looking flush. And I also have the Luxury Lipstick in shade Dianthus, also a pretty sheer nude. This lipstick contains RODIN’s signature Jasmine & Neroli Oil as well as Vitamin C and E to keep lips soft and supple. These are definitely worth checking out if you love light, natural looking makeup.

Moving over to fragrance, I have the brand new, super sweet Cacharel Yes I Am EDP. Housed in a striking red lipstick shaped bottle, this beautiful floral oriental fragrance opens with top notes of zesty mandarin, sweet raspberry and cardamom, developing into a heart of white floral accords including ginger flower, jasmine and gardenia, leading to a spicy and creamy base of milk and sandalwood.

I also have the latest from Jean Paul Gaultier’s Classique line. Jean Paul Gaultier Classique Cabaret Edition EDP is a brand new take on this classic scent. This new Eau de Parfum unveils an irresistible oriental orange blossom with ginger and soft vanilla. The scent opens with surge of aphrodisiac top notes which are unveiled by the Classique version’s signature bold Ginger note, exalted by the gourmand heart of Orange blossom, and countered by an addictive base of sensual Vanilla and amber notes. This really is a beautiful take on the Classique fragrance – a must try for fans of the original.

Michael Kors Sparkling Blush is another scent that would make a lovely gift. Radiant, bright and sensual, this oriental floral woody fragrance opens with a burst of pink pepper, infused with rare rose petals. Its heart includes notes of mouth watering lychee and vivid vanilla, wrapped in a finish of sultry sandalwood.

  • Top Notes: Bergamot, Lychee, Pear, Pink Pepper, Cassis
  • Heart Notes: Jasmine, Lily, Pink Frangipani, Magnolia, Rose Petals
  • Base Notes: Sandalwood, Amber, Vanilla Bean, Vetiver

And Carven L’Eau Intense EDT – though not a female scent, I wanted to include this as it smells beautiful and would still make a lovely gift. This EDT combines top notes of fresh mint, sparkling grapefruit and Italian lemon, layered with aromatic lavender, birch leaves and warming ginger at the heart. The base is rounded off with a captivating base of cardamom, cedarwood and amber.

I wanted to mention that The Hut Group also have their very own Gift Guide on their site, you can check it out here 🙂

I also wanted to include a few new fragrance releases – Jimmy Choo Blossom EDP Special Edition would make the perfect every day scent. Opening with a sweet accord of exotic fruits, this fragrance is given a sparkling edge with its heart of frangipani flower, leading to a smooth sensual base of warm sandalwood. 

Another new launch is MOR Rosa Noir EDP – I have a few MOR skin and bath products, and I love their gorgeous scents and affordable prices. Rosa Noir EDP is described as a modern romantic scent, with an abundance of floral notes bringing together a wonderfully elegant and feminine fragrance.

  • Top Notes: Freesia, Ivy Leaves, Petitgrain
  • Heart Notes: Carnation, Rose, Lily of the Valley
  • Base Notes: Sandalwood, Tonka Bean, Musk

I also had to include Emporio Armani In Love With You EDP. This is a new version of Emporio Armani’s Because it’s You, and I absolutely love it! This oriental cherry scent is wonderfully sensual, sweet and fruity, capturing the feeling of first love.

Opening with a beautiful top note of black cherry essence, the scent leads to a floral heart of feminine jasmine absolute, and a seductive base of ambery facets – this truly is a beautiful scent, perfect for those that love sweet, feminine fragrances.

For those that are interested in niche or lesser known brands, the Le Couvent Des Minimes Botanical Colognes fragrances are definitely worth checking out. I have two of them –

Aqua Mysteri – Reminiscent of strolls through the orange gardens of Le Couvent des Minimes, this scent combines orange blossom with palmarosa and cedarwood to create a memorable olfactory experience.

Aqua Solis – This is a beautifully intense fragrance with distinct spicy citrus notes. The top opens with mandarin and cardamom, leading to a heart of rosemary and vetiver and musk at the base.

You may notice there’s also a beautiful jewellery item in front of the fragrance. This is the lovely gold plated Morse Code Bracelet from Buckley London. The cubic zirconia stones in the bracelet have been placed to represent morse code dots and dashes, spelling out ‘I Love You’ – how sweet!

Charlotte Tilbury have some gorgeous gifts available on their site. The Hollywood Lips set includes two best-selling shades of Hollywood Liquid Lipsticks, in Too Bad I’m Bad: a nourishing rosy pink matte, and Show Girl: a warm deep berry shade – this is a lovely affordable gift set.

Or how about the Magical Mini Brush Set? This is the 2nd edition collection of Charlotte’s best-selling makeup brushes, housed in a gorgeous mini glitter gold clutch, which is perfect for throwing your bank card and lippie in on a night out. The Mini Brush Set includes a Blusher Brush, Eye Blender Brush, Eye Smudger Brush and Lip Brush.

I recently received this seriously cute L’Occitane Rose Discovery Collection, which includes mini versions of their new Rose Fragrance Waters and Rose EDT scent. The fragrance Waters are available in three rose scents – Burst of Vitality, Cheerfulness and Relaxation. L’Occitane recommend you combine the Rose Eau de Toilette with a Fragrance Water of your choice to customise your scent according to your mood. I’m a big fan of the Rose EDT with the Burst of Vitality Fragrance Water – it adds a touch of citrus which is just beautiful.

The L’Occitane Rose Collection also includes a few divinely scented bath and body products too. There’s a Shower Gel, Body Lotion, Hand Cream and Soap, each fragranced with L’Occitane’s new fresh floral rose scent.

And lastly, I think luxury skincare products should definitely be considered for Valentine’s Day – if you’re a fan of high end skincare then these could be right up your street –

The Perricone MD Cold Plasma Plus Serum is enriched with Copper Peptides to improve elasticity and firmness, Vitamin C to brighten the skin and combat discolouration and Omega 3, 6 and 9 to smooth out the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The gentle yet effective formula promises to soothe redness, balance skin tone and visibly lift the facial contours for clearer, younger-looking and noticeably healthy looking skin.

The Aqua Reotier Mineral Mask is another new launch from L’Occitane. It’s an ultra-hydrating mask made with mineral-rich Réotier water, hyaluronic acid and water-binding molecules, to intensely quench skin’s thirst. Its non-oily texture helps to minimise the appearance of pores, leaving skin feeling recharged for a healthy-looking glow.  

The Givenchy Hydra Sparkling range is also worth looking at if you’re into light, refreshing skincare products. The Moisturising Bubbling Face Lotion gives skin an intensely refreshing sensation on application, leaving the complexion feeling toned, visibly revitalised and radiant. And the Rich Luminescence Moisturising Jelly Cream has a velvety fluid texture offering a delightfully refreshing effect on this skin, whilst promising to leave the complexion visibly smoothed and plumped. 

And lastly, I have the new Murad Revitalixir Recovery Serum – this sphere-infused serum for the face and eyes promises to smooth stress lines, reduce under-eye puffiness and dark circles, and renew vibrancy. It contains Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil to help smooth the skin, while boosting softness and moisture. This sounds like it’s just what my skin needs – I’ll let you know how I get on with this one 🙂 

Please note this post includes press samples. 

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