Valentines’ Day is just round the corner, and this year put together a small gift guide for those looking for a little inspiration. Whether you are looking to treat yourself, a bff or a loved one, there is something here for every budget.
Chanel is the only brand that still maintains all its fashion, beauty and fragrances in-house, so everything comes with the same high standards befitting of the double-C emblem. You don’t have to splurge with a handbag, but even their small leather goods are extremely luxurious, and definitely go for something bearing the famed quilted leather design. There are also a couple of truly outstanding makeup pieces this season, including the Premieres Fleurs Harmony of Powders compact which bears the same design first seen on another palette (the Coromandels de Chanel Eye & Cheek Palette) from 2005. It speaks of Coco Chanel’s love for Oriental designs, and was inspired by a Chinese coromandel screen she used to own. Also not to be missed, the Signe du Lion Powder (reviewed here) in Or Rose is finally in stores in Singapore, get it while stocks last. But I want to draw your attention to the new limited edition Chance Body Oil Spray. Available in the 4 difference Chance fragrances, these are as soothing on dry wintry skin as you can imagine, while being equally lightweight for any weather you find yourself in. I suggest Eau Tendre for those looking for something fresh, and Eau Vivre for a warmer cozy embrace.
You can’t get past Valentines Day without a bunch of roses, and nobody does it quite as fine as Diptyque. For the 5th consecutive year (that I can remember!), the venerated Parisian perfumer introduces a special limited edition rose-themed candle for spring. Rose Delight takes its inspiration from the lush scented garden of a lover, filled with Turkish Delight. It is housed in the most beautiful glass jar ever made, and is bound to delight. To accompany the launch, Diptyque has also re-introduced its classic Eau Rose range in a beautiful limited edition packaging adorned with a pastel pattern inspired by French toile de Jouy infused with a Middle Eastern sensibility. The hair mist is simply beautiful and a luxury that most women fail to pamper themselves with… it would truly be a heart-felt touch of thoughtfulness to be gifted something so exquisite!
La Prairie is the purveyor of the finest skincare in the world, and it recently launched the most exquisite potion I’ve ever laid eyes on – the Platinum Rare Cellular Night Elixir. From the luxurious purple crystal bottle, to the mesmerising pearlized drop of elixir, right down to the silky texture and heavenly scent… La Prairie has perfected every sensory delight. Platinum Rare Cellular Night Elixir offers the highest concentration of La Prairie’s exclusive Cellular Complex, and is combined with the Advanced Platinum Complex bearing a unique blend of rare, active ingredients. It supports the four functions essential to skin’s complete regeneration process, helping it to detoxify and be nourished, to breathe and boost its own immunity. With just a single drop at night, skin is completely transformed by the morning.
Korean beauty has been all the rage lately, and cushion makeup has taken off all across the world. Sulwhasoo is one of the most luxurious brands in the market and I’ve tried several of their cushions over the years. The latest release is the Perfecting Cushion EX which offers buildable coverage while keeping skin hydrated. There is a wider range of shades in different undertones to suit more skintones. To complement the new cushion, Sulwhasoo has also released a Multi Cushion Highlighter for a subtle on-the-go glow, and a Powder for Cushion for a flawless finish.
Shiseido has been releasing a beauty powder every holiday season, which is often hoarded by beauty junkies for their pretty cases, but most people overlook the actual beautifying property. Now for the first time, Shiseido has brought the beauty powder back and made it a permanent offering as the White Lucent Brightening Skincare Powder N. This exceptional powder is designed to be used as a last step of skincare, to seal in all the goodness and keep complexion shine-free and velvety smooth. It is formulated with Shiseido’s powerful spot-targeting ingredients, to effectively reduce the appearance of dark spots and even out skin tone. The puff is so fluffy and luxurious, it is a decadent treat for anybody!
Guerlain used to be a heritage brand for me… the famed tin of meteorites is a tradition passed down from generations of stylish women. Everything the brand releases is of the highest quality and always beautifully packaged. In recent years, Guerlain has taken on a more youthful sensibility, and this spring’s collection is not just adorable to look at, they smell incredible too. The highlight of the collection, most apt for this Valentines’ Day, is the Meteorites Heart Shape Face Palette. A pretty pink palette bearing adorable heart prints on the case, the palette features 2 pink blush shades and a luminous highlighter. Use all over the face or on the cheeks for a fresh fallen-in-love glow. There are also several other items in limited edition packaging for the coming Chinese New Year, and all of them are cherished old friends for me such as the L’Or gold-flecked primer, Rouge G and Abeille Royale Youth Watery Oil… any of them will make a girl happy so shop at will!
There is no better way to set the mood than with a Lush-filled bath! Even if you are just spending the night at home by yourself, or simply stocking up, these seasonal bath bombs are guaranteed to cheer up your day and help ease away tension.
This post featured products that were generously provided for consideration.