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For beauty enthusiasts like us, receiving chocolates and flowers is undoubtedly lovely, but there’s just nothing quite like the bliss of getting our hands on that beauty product we’ve been not-so-secretly lusting after.

Come 14 February, it really doesn’t matter if you have a date or not, because Valentine’s isn’t reserved for the lovers – it’s a great excuse to show your appreciation for everyone you care for, and that includes yourself!

So whether you’re looking for a Valentine’s Day gift to pamper a special someone or as an act of self-love, read on to explore our picks to suit every budget.

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1. Like Saturdays Customisable Silk Pillowcase

Sweet dreams are truly made of these. Made from the highest grade 100% mulberry silk, these pillowcases from homegrown brand Like Saturdays are not only aesthetically pleasing and so comfortable, they protect your hair and skin while you get your beauty rest so you can wake up looking your best.

Make this gift extra special by getting your sweetheart’s name embroidered at an additional S$10 per pillowcase.

Retails for S$89 on Like Saturdays.

2. Pixi Beauty Rose Essence Oil

The fresh, pink, ice cream-like colours of this pretty Essence Oil are sure to put any skincare lover in a great mood. A makeup primer and skincare product in one, this tri-phase nourishing essence oil contains antioxidant-rich rose water that balances pH levels. Ceramide NP pampers skin with time-release moisture, leaving your complexion revitalised and ready for the day.

Retails for S$41 in Sephora stores and online

3. Christian Louboutin Loubikiss Eau de Parfum

Just look at that amazing bottle – need we say more? This drop-dead gorgeous Christian Louboutin fragrance is perfect for the strong and sexy warrior in your life. The bottle’s intricate details are absolutely stunning, from the Calavera skull’s heart-shaped eyes and nose to its flower crown and blood-red lips.

Created by master nose Daphné Bugey as ‘an ode to eternal love’, what could be more fitting for a romantic present? With its hypnotic white floral scent, this bewitching gift is sure to be a hit.

Retails for S$360 on Selfridges and Cult Beauty.

4. Sol de Janeiro Bum Bum Cream

This tub of yellow sunshine will put a huge smile on your beloved’s face. Pronounced “boom boom” in Brazil, the Bum Bum Cream is the secret to smooth and tight skin and has quickly become a global obsession.

Numerous bloggers and influencers have raved about its delectable pistachio and salted caramel scent that lingers for hours on the skin and will leave your date (or yourself) smelling good enough to eat!

Its non-greasy formula is enriched with caffeine-rich Guaraná sourced from the Amazon, which stimulates circulation and keeps your best asset looking perky, while Cupuaçu Butter nourishes and locks in moisture.

Retails for S$29 on Selfridges and Cult Beauty

5. Gucci Sérum De Beauté Fluide Matifiant

The first makeup priming product from Gucci Beauty, the Sérum De Beauté Fluide Matifiant seems to be tailor-made for the heat and humidity of the tropics and is a must-have for foundation wearers.

The refreshing gel formula is infused with moambe jaune tree extract, salicylic acid, and bamboo powders, which blurs the pores and controls shine for hours – all while keeping your foundation and concealer intact. Having to wear face masks presents a bigger challenge, as they tend to trap moisture and rub off face products throughout the day.

With its heavy frosted glass bottle and fancy gold pump, any makeup wearer would be thrilled to receive this!

Retails for S$90 at Sephora stores and Gucci Beauty counters at Takashimaya, Tangs, BHG, and Metro. 

6. Maison Margiela Replica By The Fireplace scented candle

Picture this: a crackling fireplace in the French Alps, fresh snow outside the frozen window, cosying up under cashmere blankets. In these frustrating times of travel restrictions, quell your wanderlust and transport your date to another world with Maison Margiela’s exquisite candles.

Take comfort in the sweet scent of warm wood, soft smoke, and spicy clove, guaranteed to transform the atmosphere of any room.

Retails for S$95 at Maison Margiela’s flagship boutique.

7. Charlotte Tilbury Kissing Look of Love Lipstick in Nude Romance

From the adorably retro heart design on the bullet to the refillable jewelled case, we’re just so in love with this romantic lippie from legendary makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury. Nude Romance is a universally flattering shade that cloaks lips with conditioning pigments and creates the illusion of a fuller pout while protecting fragile skin against UV damage and pollutants.

In Charlotte’s own words, the Look of Love™ collection. was inspired by the ‘beautifying secrets of falling in love’, and we’d say she’s absolutely nailed it.

Retails for S$52 on Sephora.

8. Le Cushion Encre de Peau CNY & VDay 2022 Collector

Let’s just say this stunning collector’s foundation compact isn’t meant for the girl next door. Featuring the striking black and red colour codes made iconic by M.Saint Laurent, this limited edition Le Cushion Encre de Peau screams passion and desire.

The exclusive case is made with sumptuous dévoré velvet and topped with the gorgeous Cassandre logo. Gift this glamorous token of love to your favourite fashionista.

Retails for S$102 at all YSL Beauty stores and on the YSL Beauty eBoutique

9. Beauty Works x Molly Mae The Waver Kit

You don’t have to be a fan of Molly Mae to appreciate the stylish pink hue of this monochromatic hair waver that comes with eight setting clips, a comb, a carrying case, and a glove, all in the same pretty shade.

The triple-barrels are coated with ceramic which works to ensure that the hair cuticles are not disturbed, avoiding the appearance of frizz, split ends and flyaway hairs. It also heats up in just 60 seconds to create the flowing mermaid look of your dreams!

Retails for S$150 on Lookfantastic.

10. Kérastase Nutritive Most Loved Nourishing Haircare Set (Limited Edition)

This set from French luxury haircare brand Kérastase contains the wildly popular Nutritive 8H Magic Night Serum, a leave-in treatment that nourishes and repairs damaged hair while you sleep.

It’s been touted as a miracle for your crowning glory and smells divine to boot. Best of all, you’re helping your giftee save so much time getting ready in the mornings when they wake up to frizz-free, moisturised, and bouncy hair.

Retails for S$82.40 (now 20% off for a limited time) on Sephora

11. Kocostar Lip Mask Set

Keep those luscious lips soft and kissable with K Beauty brand Kocostar’s hydrogel lip masks. It adheres closely to the contours of your lips and works in just ten minutes.

The irresistible packaging reminds us of Lulu Guinness clutches and can be repurposed or used as a display piece when you’ve finished the masks.

Retails for S$57 on Anthropologie.

12. Maison Francis Kurkdjian Baccarat Rouge 540

Created by Francis Kurkdjian to commemorate Baccarat’s 250th anniversary, Baccarat Rouge 540 is a sugary, woody fragrance with facets of saffron and jasmine that leaves an intoxicating scent trail. It smells clean, sweet, and unquestionably decadent without being overly cloying. It’s no wonder this opulent perfume is so highly-coveted amongst fragrance connoisseurs.

If your Valentine loves a little glamour and mystery, this extravagant niche gourmand is sure to leave her – and everyone around her – completely spellbound.

Retails for $400 at the Maison Francis Kurkdjian store at Ngee Ann City and on Selfridges and Tangs.

13. LUSH Love Trip Gift Set

What’s a staycation without a long soak in the tub? If you’re planning one this February, be sure to take this absolutely delightful Lush gift set with you!

The set contains a duo of joyful bath bombs: Love Bug dissolves into an enchanting psychedelic rainbow in the bath for a fun, fizzy experience, while the hilariously-named Mr Loba Loba has ‘boombastic, romantic, fantastic’ notes of benzoin and tonka to soothe and relax. Who cares if you’re single or not – armed with these bubbly delights, you’re simply guaranteed a good time!

Retails for S$30 at Lush stores and online.

14. Tom Ford Beauty Soleil Lip Blush

The Soleil Lip Blush from Tom Ford would probably be considered the Ferrari of lip balms. This moisturising lipstick balm glides on clear and transforms into a natural pink stain on the lips that lasts. With luxurious gold flecks suspended within the clear bullet, every application is a satisfying experience that your recipient will relish.

Retails for S$77 on Sephora.

15. Lottie London x Laila Loves Ph Reactive Balm

If the Tom Ford is a little out of your price range – or you simply refuse to spend that much on a lip balm – don’t worry ‘cos we’ve got you covered!

This Lottie London balm has a similar colour-changing formula at a fraction of the price, with the gold flecks replaced with sparkly bio-glitter. Formulated with nourishing butters, it hydrates your lips while giving them a hint of colour and shine.

Retails for S$9.50 on Lookfantastic.

16. NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Cushion Foundation Case (Limited Edition)

When it comes to the Valentine’s Day theme, NARS definitely understood the assignment. The deluxe gold case is speckled with charming hearts that perfectly evoke the spirit of the occasion and lets you touch up your makeup in style. This limited edition case is designed to hold the bestselling Natural Radiant Longwear Cushion Foundation from NARS.

Retails for S$20 on Sephora

17. RMS Beauty Love Life Collection

This curated set of deluxe minis and one full-size pressed blush helps you achieve the perfect natural blush on a base of lusciously hydrated skin.

The KORA Organics Turmeric Brightening & Exfoliating Mask polishes and brightens your visage, while the Noni Glow Face Oil smooths and nourishes. Add a flush of color to the cheeks and lips with RMS Beauty’s exclusive pressed blush in ‘Heart’ and Wild With Desire lipstick mini in ‘Randy’ to complete your romantic Valentine look.

Retails for S$82 on Sephora

18. ColourPop Secret Admirer Collection

ColourPop’s huge 2022 Valentines’ Day collection features nearly 20 products that are certain to make your heart flutter. Be quick to get your hands on them because these collections sell out fast!

Our must-have item is the Pressed Powder blush, which comes in six buildable shades that match their precious heart-shaped compacts.

Retails for ~$13.50 on ColourPop

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