Valentine’s Day gifts — a joy for the receiver, but a pain for the frantic giver who aims to please without coming across as insincere, or worse, lazy. Take it from us, I-heart-you teddy bears and overpriced bouquets don’t have to be the only way you show care on this commercialised “holiday”.
Anyone who thinks the world of beauty is a mystifying alien region will find it exceptionally difficult to buy Valentine’s Day gifts for a beauty junkie. Especially if they’re picky, or have certain complexion concerns, and you can’t tell the difference between a contour powder and a bronzer. In the interest of assuaging your panic, we’ve come up with a list of five fool-proof products to get beauty addicts of all persuasions, whether skincare, nails, or makeup.
Tom Ford’s lipstick formula is top notch, and so is the price, but getting one for your lipstick lover is a definite win. The Lips & Boys lipsticks come in mini-sizes, so you can nab yourself a couple to really show sincerity. Pro-tip: Go for the matte or luminous finishes.
Available at Robinsons.
There are no limitations to what goes into your beauty box, making this an easy gift that packs a whole lot of sincerity into one custom kit. All you have to do is spend S$140 worth of Shiseido products at any of their boutiques, and you get a pretty box, a dried flower bouquet and a card. If you need help, just approach any of the counter staff for advice on what to buy.
Available at Shiseido.
Is it justifiable to spend S$95 on an eyeshadow kit with no useful transition shades and an incoherent colour concept? No, but it’s Valentine’s Day, and sometimes, appealing to the impracticality of your loved one is a win. This collaboration between Too Faced and Kat Von D is a beautifully designed palette, and it’ll be a winning gift for makeup collectors. Trust us.
Available at Sephora.
A unicorn horn-looking applicator with an oil slick pattern, and glitter chrome polish? Sounds like a dream come true for any manicure fiend. These Loubichrome polishes come in three unique shades, each packed full of coloured glitters for a multi-dimensional finish. The packaging alone will score you serious points, but the polish formula is pretty bomb, too.
Available on Net-A-Porter.