Every year on February 14th, we devote 24 hours to cherishing the ones we love. Simple, right? If only. The meaning behind Valentine’s Day often gets muddled with questions of how best to show your affection: gift or no gift? Flowers or chocolate? Dine out or in? And while we can’t help you pick between a home-cooked dinner or a reservation at a fancy restaurant, we can help you find some awesome gift alternatives so you never feel the need to buy a stuffed bear ever again. Here’s what the women in your life – that might be your significant other, your best friend, or your sister – will actually get heart eyes over (and all for under £20!).
PAMPER NIGHT ESSENTIALS
– Beauty Protector Beauty Wash Body Cleanser (£14.50)
We’re yet to find someone who doesn’t adore the refreshing floral scent of Birchbox-exclusive brand, Beauty Protector. Long-time fans of the best selling Protect & Detangle will love lathering up in this body wash. The rich, foamy gel leaves skin fresh and clean – and smells just as amazing as the rest of the line!
– STARSKIN® DREAMKISS™ Plumping & Hydrating Bio-Cellulose Second Skin Lip Masks (£8.50)
On Valentine’s Day, ordinary lip balm just won’t cut it. Specially created for the delicate skin on your lips, this bio-cellulose mask is drenched with a super-nourishing serum enriched with plumping sea fern, nourishing mango, and a whole host of other moisturising ingredients that leave lips soft and smooth. Top tip! For a pout that’s worthy of an A-lister, this mask is a great prep step before lipstick.
– Caudalie Divine Oil – 50ml (£18)
When it comes to a truly decadent beauty gift, you can’t go wrong with French skincare brand Caudalie. Their beloved dry oil is the perfect gift for anyone who likes to indulge in me-time and anyone who can’t resist a multi-tasker. It hydrates parched skin, nourishes cuticles, and adds shine to the ends of dry hair – all while imparting a beautiful scent of Moroccan rose, grapefruit, and vanilla.
DATE NIGHT PICKS
– Smith & Cult Nail Lacquer in Kundalini Hustle (£19)
A glossy red mani is always a good idea – especially when it comes in a bottle as beautiful as this one from Smith & Cult! Smith & Cult strikes that perfect balance between gorgeous and edgy – a beauty lover’s dream. Bonus: this covetable, opaque polish is vibrant, chip-resistant, and 8-free — meaning the formula is free of not-so-nice ingredients like dibutyl phthalate, toluene, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, camphor, xylene, ethyl tosylamide, and triphenyl phosphate.
– LOC Ultra-Gloss Lip Pencil – Cupid’s Bow (£9)
Okay, we admit it – we picked this one for on-point shade name. But it’s a great gift for any lipstick lovers in your life, too! Just like a grown-up version of a gloss, it’s packed with hydrating ingredients that keep lips smooth with a high-shine finish. Plus, it’s handbag-sized so they can take it with them for touch-ups if you are planning on hitting the town for V-day.
ALL WRAPPED UP
– Birchbox Glitter Kit: The Perfect Pamper Edit (£10)
Know someone that loves a luxurious pamper evening at home? The contents of this gorgeous glitter bag will help even the most stressed-out person to feel zen after a long week. From a nourishing foot cream to brightening eye patches, this pamper kit really is the dream team for ultimate relaxation. Extra brownie points for the keepsake bag!