Valentine’s Day Gift Guide 2014

Valentine’s Day is just round the corner.  Not only is it a day of romance and celebration, it can also be one of great stress.  There can even be pressure to top past years or compete with friends.  How do you show your beloved how much they mean to you?  Men generally can never go wrong with a fancy dinner, flowers and/or chocolates, but let us “count” the ways or more accurately check out some of the things ladies can do to add some pizazz to the night …

V-Day Prep:

C&E English Honey & Peach Blossom

Crabtree & Evelyn English Honey and Peach Blossom collection

First, you can start in advance pampering and conditioning your skin with Crabtree & Evelyn’s English Honey and Peach Blossom extreme hydrating skin conditioning collection. Alternatively, Lush Cosmetics’ Prince Charming shower gel is a grapefruit-pomegranate combo that’s a sure-fire pick-me-up if you are feeling lethargic and is easy to use after the gym.

Maybelline New York Baby Lips Dr. Rescue Medicated Lip Balm

Dr. Rescue Medicated Lip Balm from Maybelline New York (comes in several shades)

You can also begin from now using nightly Maybelline New York Baby Lips Dr. Rescue Medicated Lip Balm with Menthol external analgesic in preparation for Valentine’s Day; a sure-fire way to make your lips oh so kissable.   On Valentine’s Day itself, this year’s must-have choice for lip colour is Maybelline New York Color Whisper by Color Sensational, which is a weightless gel that is sexy, soft and uber shiny.

Also check out Joico Shiseido cross promotion pack (Shiseido perfect mascara full definition, K-PAK colour therapy shampoo, K-PAK Revitaluxe) as it’s a handy way to try certain brand’s most popular products and pamper yourself.

göt2b 2sexy Voluptuous Volume Hairspray

göt2b 2sexy Voluptuous Volume Hairspray

A key scent this Valentine’s Day is Juicy Viva La Juicy Noir which features both my personal favourite scents: honeysuckle and sandalwood.  For your hair, a must-have is göt2b 2sexy Voluptuous Volume Hairspray which is fabulous for a freeze, volumizing or strut effect.

Add a Massage Element to the Night – the gift of tenderness

LUSH Tender is the Night

Tender is the Night from LUSH

The Body Shop has a wonderful Sensual Massage Oil containing Polynesian ylang ylang, kukui and Tahitian vanilla, which are known for their “aphrodisiac properties and their sweet sensual fragrance as they help soothe the skin.”  If body butters are more your thing, The Body Shop also has a decadent Chocomania Body Butter that is uber hydrating.  If you prefer the scent of Moroccanoil, consider their new Moroccanoil Body ButterLUSH Cosmetics also has a great, new massaged bar titled Tender is the Night.  Inspired by Blur’s song Tender and 1920’s author F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel of the same name, the scent of this bar is out of this world, full of  romantic essential oils, including vanilla absolute, jasmine absolute and ylang ylang oil. Shea and murumuru also ensure this bar melts on your skin upon contact.

Set the Mood – the gift of relaxation

LUSH Love Locket

LUSH’s Love Locket Bath Bomb

If you want to relax before your special night out or with your man, have a bubble bath.  Put on your old Sade or Keith Sweat CDs, light up Moroccanoil Body’s Moroccanoil Candle with Glass Vase.  Then, indulge in LUSH Cosmetics’ Love Locket bath bomb.  The sensual blend of vanilla, jasmine and neroli essential oils top off the luxurious and indulgent experience.


About T. U. Dawood

T U Dawood is a freelance journalist as well as the former Canadian representative to the YNS, the youth wing of the Associated Press. She is a specialist on entrepreneurship and is on a mission to educate girls in need throughout the world. Check out her Educate a Girl charity.

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