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    Last minute Valentine’s Day gifting is practically a tradition for us. What with all the to-do lists and work meetings piled up.

    In a blur of work commitments, we’re all guilty of putting our loved ones on standby on Valentine’s Day. Not anymore. Here’s a list of places you could just swoop in and get a gift quite easily in the very last minute – because beauty gifts can earn you big brownie points. We made a list and you are now privy to it. Here are the best buys to look out for this Valentine’s Day. 

    RAS Luxury Oils 

    Organic and sustainable is a great choice to look for when it comes to gifting with a cause. RAS Luxury Oils is known to be a 100% natural, organic, paraben-free and sulphate-free skincare and wellness brand that not only creates some beautiful products, they’re also mindful of the environment. The “Farm to Bottle ” luxury skincare and wellness label retails the RAS Travel Essentials Gift Box that showcases their signature Radiance Beauty Boosting Face Elixir (A favourite of ours!), Lavender & Geranium Himalayan Salt Body Polish (A bestseller) and their popular Rose Nectar Face Spritz. Priced at Rs 1,500. 

    Vilvah Store 

    Known for their Goat Milk-infused products and ethical practices, Vilvah Store has created Him & Her kits that are not only simple but easy to gift. Each box contains four of the brand’s face and body care products from their iconic goat milk range. There’s a unisex box that showcases some great natural deos made from rose to vetiver to patchouli at Rs 1,350, a Skin Glow Gift Set for women that contains a goat milk soap, ubtans, a scrub and their coveted Moringa serum alongside some cute other lip goodies at Rs 3,250. There’s also another set for ‘Him’ that hosts some classic fare like a Coolwater’s Men’s soap, a beard oil, a charcoal facemask alongside a vetiver face spritz, priced at Rs 1,800

    The Body  Shop 

    Trust The Body Shop to always have your back with some great products and pretty packaging. Their beautilicious valentine gift hampers are 100% vegetarian and cruelty-free, and you could pick from a host of them catering to women and men. You can even customise your own box and we actually love the face mask box that’s just right for this weather. Pricing starts at Rs 1000. 

    Neemli Naturals

    Popular indie label, Neemli Naturals hopes to make Valentine’s Day easier for us by offering us a range of personalized beauty boxes, specially curated and beautifully packaged. Choose from a DIY  Sparkle Kit that pairs up the Hyaluronic And Vitamin C Serum, Argan Rose Day Cream, Rose and Patchouli Pore Tightening Facial Toner. Or the The Moisture Riser Kit that has some great options like the Hibiscus Night Cream,  Kokum and Tamarind Body Butter and the Argan Rose Day Cream. The sustainable label is sure to impress your loved one because their products are effective, environmentally friendly and effortless. 

    Ruby’s Organics 

    India’s most popular natural makeup label, Ruby’s Organics is known for their simple ideas and organically sourced ingredients. The label that advocates that their makeup is actually value added skin-care, is all about quality over quantity. This Valentine’s Day, they have created a new way for you to try their products by making your own DIY kit. You can choose their combos – a good kohl, a great lipstick and their famous blushes or highlighters. Priced at Rs 2,740, this one coveted kit. It also comes with a cool canvas bag too. 

    Jo Malone His & Hers

    If you’ve been a fan of British fragrance label, Jo Malone, now is the time to stock up on it with their Valentine offer, a his & her monogrammed perfumes. We love their delectable Vetiver and Golden Vanilla and decadent Velvet Rose and Oud options – perfect for Valentine’s Day. Price on Request. 

    Kama Ayurveda 

    Can’t think of the perfect gift this Valentine’s Day? Since Kama Ayurveda has some great skincare – the Kumkumadi Serum or the floral mists that are very popular, it’s great to give your loved one the gift of choice. Send them an e-gift card from the label and they can pick their own. Our personal favourite? Their new Moringa Oil.

    M.A.C Cosmetics India

    Trust M.A.C to create a new collection to celebrate Valentine’s Day. The M∙A∙C Lunar Illusions collection is all about giving you some good fortune, as the lunar cycle allows a peek into the future. The 12-piece collection is known to reimagine and revamp M∙A∙C classics remixed into new palettes and pairings. It is, of course, a limited edition collection and the range includes an Eye Shadow x 9 palette; a Blush Duo; four shimmery Lipglass hues; and Lipstick in four shades of red – the luckiest of all Lunar New Year colours. If you are a collector, just look no further than the Extra Dimension Skinfinish embossed with the image of a dragon, so chic.

     

    Latha Sunadh
    Deputy Editor
    When she's not trying on a new serum, researching on yet another classic fragrance and sharing lip balms with her 5-year old daughter, Latha Sunadh keeps it reined in with a nice song and a good book. Special skills include obsessing over handmade, home-made and handcrafted luxuries.