The Valentine’s Day tradition of depending on a significant other for a gift is dead and gone in our eyes. Spread the self-love around and treat yourself with any of these gorgeous beauty buys – all way better than a card, TBH.
Clarins Skin Illusion Blush, €20
What I love about this new limited-edition release blush from Clinique is that you can literally buff-and-go. No mess, no fuss and (even better) no need for a blusher brush. It has a sheen when applied that makes you look dewy and naturally flushed. These blushes come in three shades and suit every skin tone.
Diptyque x Antoinette Poisson Eau Rose Eau de Toilette (Limited Edition), from €70
This limited edition was created especially for V-Day. Dyptique partnered with Antoinette Poisson, a creator and restorer of Domino paper who drew inspiration from the Rosa Mundi and designed a floral motif for various rose themed creations of the house. A light, delicate scent of rose; this is a multi-purpose scent and a drop can even be used as an alternative to fabric softener.
French brand L’Occitane is well known for its Shea Butter products, produced by women from Burkina Faso and offering potent, skin-nourishing comfort for multiple uses. Starting 2017 with purpose, the new, violet-scented Solidarity Balm is a little tin of bliss for lips, hands, cuticles and parched skin, €5, where 100 per cent of profits will go to support women’s leadership in developing countries. L’Occitane’s always on-point packaging sees each tin decorated with bright patterns, evocative of the wax-print fabrics worn by Burkinabé women.
Jo Malone London Michael Angove Soaps, €16 each
Five of the much-loved perfumes in bar form? Yes please. Choose from Lime Basil & Mandarin, English Pear & Freesia, Blackberry & Bay, Red Roses and Pomegranate Noir all wrapped in a beautiful design, created by renowned British artist and designer Michael Angove. Guaranteed to create serious bathroom envy.