The Gritty Pretty Valentine’s Day Gift Guide 2023
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For the single, taken, or somewhere in between, Valentine’s Day 2023 is the perfect excuse to spend on a little self-care. As February 14 nears, look beyond giving a bouquet or dressed up desserts and consider a thoughtful offering that will make date night (or Galentine’s Day) a little unexpected.
Whether they’re a hair care enthusiast, cocktail artisan or fragrance connoisseur—it’s time to swap out wilted roses for Byredo’s Rose Of No Man’s Land, Chanel’s Camellia Repair Mask or perhaps French Bloom’s non-alcoholic sparkling. Below, we have our curation of swoon-worthy gifts to make even the love-adverse weak at the knees.
Hourglass Scattered Light Glitter Eyeshadow
The tale as old as time is that the windows are the eyes to the souls. So, why not frame them with a delicate creamy glitter that at first swatch draws you in. The Hourglass Scattered Light Eyeshadows act as beautiful toppers that can be applied liberally and easily with the swipe of a finger. It’s a seamless addition for the makeup enthusiast who loves a little luxury that’s fuss free.
Tom Ford Lip Color
Calling for a more romantic decoration? Tom Ford’s Lip Colour in Scarlet Rouge is as sumptuous as it is saturated. Delivering hydration in a comfortable-to-wear formula it contains exotic Soja seed extract, Brazilian murumuru butter and chamomilla flower oil that creates a creamy, smooth and long-wearing finish. Vibrant reds are always the rage.
SHOP NOW: Tom Ford Lip Color Scarlet Rouge, $82
Stila Convertible Colour
For the beauty aficionado who loves a multi-use, time-saving product, Stila’s Convertible Colour should be at the top of your gifting list. The cheek and lip tint polishes the skin with a natural looking rosy-flush and glow. Not to mention Blake Lively has dubbed the two-in-one product a must-have and it’s also part of leading lady, Daphne Bridgerton’s signature makeup look. We wouldn’t be hard-pressed to call it an underrated icon.
SHOP NOW: Stila Convertible Colour, $38
Dior Addict Lip Glow Oil
The TikTok viral verdict is that you can’t go wrong with the Dior Addict Lip Glow Oil. For good reason it’s almost always sold out and that’s because the formula is infused with cherry oil which is both long-lasting (key, as glosses can slip) and deeply hydrating. It leaves behind plumped lips and a sheen of subtle but natural tint.
SHOP NOW: Dior Addict Lip Glow Oil, $60
Gucci Rouge À Lèvres Liquide Mat Lip Colour
For the liquid lipstick person in your life, the Gucci Rouge À Lèvres Liquide Mat Lip Colour is a sturdy choice of gift. The most appealing feature of a liquid lippie is its longevity and non-transfer nature and the Gucci formulation lives up to this. It’s easy to re-apply, doesn’t settle in fine lines and doesn’t transfer. The soft-matte finish is innovative as it doesn’t feel drying thanks to a nourishing trio of black rose oil, hyaluronic acid and vitamin E.
Blow Bar Co Deluxe Bundle
Gifting an experience is thoughtful, fun and practical and for the ultimate beauty experience look no further than Blow Bar Co’s deluxe bundle offering. Valid from February 13 to February 18, your special someone could find themselves in a pampering session that includes plenty of bubbles, a voluminous blow dry and a makeup session. It’s the perfect wind down and prep before a romantic evening in town.
SHOP NOW: To purchase and book visit blowbarco.com.au, from $150
Nontre Pure Silk Pillowcase
Add a touch of sustainable luxury to your home—and bedroom in particular—with Nontre’s Pure Silk Pillowcase. Made from premium 22-momme silk fabric it will have your skin and hair feeling cool in summer and warm in winter. It’ll also eliminate tugging on the skin and friction-related damage to the hair.
SHOP NOW: Nontre Pure Silk Pillowcase, $120
Ouai Scalp and Body Scrub
If you haven’t already heard, scalp and body care is in. For avid hair care, the Ouai Scalp and Body Scrub is a two-in-one that adds a sense of ritual as a weekly deep-cleanse. The sweet properties of sugar and coconut oil cut through with a gentle exfoliation no matter the hair or skin type.
SHOP NOW: Ouai Scalp and Body Scrub, $58
Oribe Gold Lust Transformative Hair Mask
Give the gift of smooth textured hair with soft hydrated ends. Oribe’s Gold Lust Hair Mask is for the friend, or special someone that talks endlessly about taking care of her hair. This product is lightweight and enriched with a blend of biotin, baobab tree oil and jasmine extracts to nourish, condition and restore overworked hair.
Tatcha The Camellia Cleansing Oil
This luxurious two-in-one makeup remover and cleanser is a gentle powerhouse rich in antioxidants. Not only does it take the day away as the oil emulsifies when water touches, but it doesn’t leave behind an oily residue or waxy film. Containing the brand’s famous Hadasei-3 cocktail that leaves behind a youthful glow—the cleansing oil creates a peaceful and sensorial wind down after a big night out or a long day at work. A feeling that’s equivalent to taking off one’s bra. If you know, you know. Plus, it’s Tatcha.
SHOP NOW: Tatcha The Camellia Cleansing Oil, $75
Sunday Riley Good Genes All-In-One Lactic Acid Treatment
There are skincare fanatics, and then there are skincare fanatics. Sunday Riley Good Genes is often found in the bags of the latter and for good reason. A chemical exfoliant formulated with high-potency lactic acid, it aids in skin cell turnover to reveal radiant skin, faded pigmentation and clear pores. It’s the gift that keeps on giving.
Avène Cleanance Cleansing Gel
While they may not be synonymous with each other, the French seem to do romance and skincare better. If your best friend, sister, aunt or your perfect match have been in search of a gentle yet effective cleanser look no further. Avène’s Cleanance Cleansing Gel clears pores without drying the skin and sensitive-skin friendly. Not only does it gently purify the skin, it can be used on body acne and act as a shaving cream for any oily-skinned beaus.
CHANEL Hydra Beauty Camellia Repair Mask
Treat your loved one with the soothing and comforting Chanel Hydra Camellia Mask. Containing camellia wax, an ingredient that protects the skin barrier against external aggressors, this mask locks in hydration deep into the epidermis. Rich, creamy and luxurious it’s the perfect ally for a moment away, to unwind after a big day.
Georg Jensen Jewellery
Contemporary Scandinavian jewellery brand, Georg Jensen, makes for an elegant gift anchored in timeless design heritage. Opt to give earrings that will be on heavy rotation long past February 14. Our pick? The Reflect Small Earhoop designed by Jacqueline Rabun—it’s a perfect addition to any collectors wardrobe. Or perhaps a ring from the Mercy range!
SHOP NOW: Georg Jensen Jewellery
French Bloom Alcohol Free Organic Sparkling
Blooms in all forms are evocative and reminiscent of Valentine’s Day. Fittingly, French Bloom’s organic alcohol-free sparkling has become a fan favourite. Crafted in the South West of France the brand is female-led, and founded on the ethos of inclusivity and wellbeing. It’s also 100 percent natural and vegan. Let the romance fuelled festivities begin!
Maison Balzac Champagne Coupes
For something a little playful (yet useful) the Maison Balzac Champagne Coupes add an element of flamboyant celebration. It’s a perfect pairing for dinner dates with friends or more than.
SHOP NOW: Maison Balzac Champagne Coupes, $139
Perrier-Jouët Blason Rose
With fruity notes Perrier-Jouët Blason Rose is effortlessly romantic and sweet. It’s the perfect accompaniment to any Galentine’s dinner party or post-date dinner drinks at home. We all know love and wine are ever the ally. It’s made to be shared.
SHOP NOW: Perrier-Jouët Blason Rose, $124.99
Kye Intimates are considered, functional, modern and romantic. Made with sustainability and conscious production at the forefront, the brand’s pieces are timeless, personal and inspired by genuine connection.
SHOP NOW: Kye Intimates
BAINA Essential Bathroom Set
Contemporary organic towelling brand BAINA creates with the principles of season-less that disrupt the bathroom space. It’s mindful craftsmanship at its best—using colour and texture to elevate the bathing routine—the towelling set is the perfect extension of personal aesthetic, created for the interior and beauty lover at heart.
SHOP NOW: BAINA Essential Bathroom Set, $368
Gentle Habits Body Bundle
The Gentle Habits Body Bundle emphasises the power of slowing down for a moment of self-care. And just like we take care of the skin around our faces, self-care extends to the skin below our necks. Containing the Ritual Shower Oil, Ritual Body Balm and The Body Brush this set plays on aromatics of cedarwood and rosalina and will sit chic in any bathroom.
SHOP NOW: Gentle Habits Body Bundle, $99
LBDO Essensual Lube
There’s no time for irritation this Valentine’s Day. Made with certified organic aloe vera, native Australian Kakadu plum extract and quandong extract, the LBDO Essensual Lube will not go amiss.
La Mer The Hand Treatment
This silky hand cream is the perfect trinket to add to your handbag and to give to hardworking hands. Combining La Mer’s smart seaweed and miracle broth, you’ll find it restores natural skin moisture, prevents dehydration and stimulates collagen and elastin production. We’ll say that’s handy alright.
SHOP NOW: La Mer The Hand Treatment, $150
Byredo Rose Of No Man’s Land
Inspired by the name given to nurses who saved thousands of lives in WW1, Byredo’s Rose Of No Man’s Land is a tribute to selflessness and compassion. The fragrance is earthy yet sweet and opens with top notes of pink pepper and Turkish rose petals, has a berry-infused heart note and dries down to a soft white amber and papyrus.
SHOP NOW: Byredo Rose Of No Man’s Land EDP, $240
Santa Maria Novella L’Iris
Santa Maria Novella’s L’Iris is an interpretation of the history of Florence. Softly sweet and floral, it plays on the olfactory sense with bright top notes of neroli, timur and galbanum. The heart of the fragrance is flowery, hinting at geranium, jasmine, sambach and magnolia champaca before it finally unfolds into a base of classic florentine iris.
SHOP NOW: Santa Maria Novella L’Iris, $375
Trudon Vesta Candle
Housed in a soft, milky alabaster case, the Trudon Vesta candle will ignite a floral and fruity fuelled romance. A mix of freesia, jasmine and rose will engulf the space, followed by tangerine, moss and musk. A gift for all to enjoy.
SHOP NOW: Trudon Vesta Candle, $260
Jo Malone Special-Edition Red Roses Cologne
As Jo Malone describes, the essence of modern romance is an “ode to the rose”, and the Special-Edition Red Roses Cologne encapsulates this premise in a bottle. Opening with zesty top notes of lemon, the fragrance slowly unfolds into a sweet bouquet with an accord of red roses at the heart and honeycomb at the base.
SHOP NOW: Special-Edition Red Roses Cologne, $170