Let’s be brutally honest buddy, gifting us itchy, kinky lingerie that gives us a permanent wedgie is more for your benefit than ours… My unsolicited advice? Don’t bother unless they look like granny knickers, are made of organic cotton and have super kawaii prints of Hello Kitty emblazoned all over them.
What a woman really appreciates, is a gift that shows her that you listened to her as she droned on and on about things she liked and saw and shared on her Pinterest board – so the next time she opens her mouth to speak, be sure to tune in.
Here is a list of gifts that I would definitely love to get from my man (if I had one) and I think a lot of girls out there would definitely appreciate:
No woman would say no to a curated basket of beautifully scented organic skin care products. We are loving the Jeanie Botanicals Citrus Mango Body Polish, $22. Its clarifying blend of organic cupuacu seeds, rosehips, brown sugar and Himalayan salt with zesty citrus essential oils gently polishes away dead skin cells. Enriched with exotic mango butter and rice bran oil, prized for its emollient properties, this deliciously scented scrub will leave her skin toned, glowing and silky soft. They also have a deliciously scented coffee body scrub, so if your bae can’t function without her morning espresso….
After a good scrub, she will need a decadent body moisturiser and their Vanilla Citrus Body Buttercream, $20 fits the bill perfectly. This decadent buttery cream packed with shea butter is the ultimate skin healer that works together with cocoa butter to moisturize, nourish and protect dry skin. Enriched with silky organic argan and sunflower oils that are high in antioxidant vitamin E, it rejuvenates dry skin. Delightfully scented with a blend of orange, pink grapefruit and a hint of vanilla and butter extracts, she’s sure to be in the mood for some cuddle action.
To create your own basket of curated skincare goodies this Valentine’s Day, go here.
I only recently discovered the joy of a good scented candle, thanks to my editor. Since then, I have been hooked. If the lady in your life likes candles, coffee or perfume, she will love the Max Benjamin Coffee Patchouli Candle, $44.10. Each Max Benjamin candle is designed and hand-made in County Wicklow, Ireland using a blend of 100% pure natural waxes, lead-free Italian cotton wicks and a custom blend of essential oils.
Enjoy a rich bouquet of patchouli, rose and Jasmine with light undertones of dark roasted coffee. Totally seductive and a very thoughtful gift if she is into the finer things in life.
Delivery takes 1-3 working days. You can order the item here.
Valentine’s Day Special Box of 9, $42 (Pre Order) This would make for such a beautiful gift and it won’t even burn a hole in your wallet. This Valentine’s, Janice Wong Singapore collaborates with Fiore Dorato to present a special Valentine’s Day Chocolate box set of 9 flavours developed based on a floral perfume by Janice Wong. This perfume Flowers of Venus was created in Grasse, a town in the French Riviera in France, world-renowned for their perfumery.
Available for Collection 12th February – 14th February 2019 *Paragon outlet only
Express Delivery $20.40 (orders placed after 6pm will be sent out on the following day). Order here.
If bae suffers from dry or dull skin, show her you noticed (not in a critical way of course) and care with LIERAC Body Hydra+ Hydro-Plumping Lotion, $48. This luxuriously silky smooth concentrated lotion with a hydra-plumping complex that combines the action of two Hyaluronic acids for deeper and more sustained hydration, organic silicon for its collagen stimulating properties and Hibiscus Extract for its cell renewal benefits, would make for a very thoughtful gift.
This lotion will both rehydrate and visibly plump parched skin, leaving it looking smoother and more toned. LIERAC products can be purchased at all My Beaute Paris stores and online at Redmart, Lazada, Shopee, Zalora and Zilingo.
If bae loves her hair and likes to do her own colouring, she will love the PHYTO Limited Edition PhytoColor Box, $68. This lovely tin box provides a professional salon quality finish in the comfort of her own bedroom.
Available in five-shades, the box contains: 1 Pre-Colour Care tube 15ml – to apply on the length of the hair before the application to ensure that the application is uniform and the hair strands don’t become dry, 1 Hair Line Protection Cream sachet – non-greasy cream to protect the surrounding skin from the hair dye, 1 Colouring Cream tube – with a high concentration of plant pigments to perfectly cover grey hairs, enriched with Huile D’Ales oil, which reinforces the colour and gives the hair shine a boost, 1 Milk Developer bottle – to perfectly blend the colouring cream, it provides intense and vibrant colour, 1 Colour Beautifying Conditioner sachet 12ml – to remove hair colour residue and close the cuticle to fix the colour, 1 Phytomillesime Color Protecting Mist in travel size 30ml – a spray that protects the coloured hair and can be applied throughout the day, 1 Hair Salon Cape – to protect your clothes when applying the hair dye, 1 Pair of Gloves – to protect your hands during application, 1 Hair Dye Brush – for the precise application of the hair dye and 1 leaflet with instructions.
The PHYTO Colour Box can be purchased at all My Beaute Paris stores and online at Redmart, Lazada, Shopee, Zalora and Zilingo.
As I come closer to hitting the big 30, I have come to realise that every woman should have a few pieces of good jewellery (not the cheap costume stuff) that she can wear to accessorise any outfit. I recently discovered this homegrown jewellery brand by self-taught designer Anaita Thakkar that uses semi-precious stones set in gold plated sterling silver. While I love all their items, I felt that this bracelet would make a wonderful gift for your better half.
Lustre Jewellery Pillow Cut Multicoloured Gemstones, $129. With multicoloured Gemstones like Amethyst, Citrine, Rose Quartz and Smoky Quartz, this is such a beautiful gift for any girl to receive and show off to her colleagues and friends. A side note, we girls love to show-off.
To order this beautiful piece or any of their semi-precious jewellery designs, go here.
Women love makeup. We may not use it all, but we just love to collect these beautiful, shiny, pigmented wonders and nothing is more desirable than a set of luxury lipsticks that are also in limited edition colours with names like All of me and Loves all of you and its also from Hourglass, so need I say more? Hourglass Confession Ultra Slim High-Intensity Refillable Lipstick – Limited Edition Valentine’s Day Set, $120
This limited edition Valentine’s Day release comes in ultra slim refillable applicators and delivers saturated, long-wearing colour with a satin finish. Featuring the ultimate luxury lip accessory, the sleek gold applicator is designed to be used interchangeably with the entire collection of Confession Ultra and would look so glam when you whip it out of your handbag in the ladies! This beautiful set of lippies is available at Tangs Orchard and online here.
NU SKIN NU COLOUR® POWERLIPS FLUID Powerlips Fluid six shade set, $234 or Powerlips Fluid Duo, $78. Who doesn’t love a good matte liquid lipstick? But the problem I have had with many brands is that they can be quite drying and uncomfortable to wear. Full disclosure, this is my first experience with the brand Nu Skin and I must say that I am highly impressed and loving their ultra-long-lasting lip colour! It glided on so smoothly (I am not exaggerating, it was so precise, it was like using a lip liner) and it contains a special blend of good-for-you, skin-nourishing ingredients to help soothe, smooth, and prevent dry-out over time and that it did. I tried them out on bare lips and didn’t apply any balm over (as I would normally do to prevent flaking and overdrying) and my lips looked and felt cushioney and comfortable.
These highly pigmented liquid lipsticks (one swipe and my lips were popping) come in 12 stunning shades and are infused with their Sueded Comfort Cushion, to keep your lips smooth, soft and comfortable the whole day through.
I particularly love the fact that this is a makeup/skincare hybrid that works. Your bae no longer needs to worry about smudged lipstick after a heated makeout session, these pigments stay put, so feel free to kiss and kiss and kiss! You can get your hands on these beauties at Nu Skin Singapore, 8 Eu Tong Sen St, #25-89 The Central, Singapore 059818.
If you send a bouquet of flowers to your girlfriend’s office this Valentine’s Day, she is going to be one happy lady and I am sure you will reap the reward later that evening (wink wink). Every girl fantasises about getting a beautiful bunch of roses to her office, while all her colleagues watch on with envy. The Copper Blush Rose Bloom Box from The Floral Atelier, $325 looks stunning both on her desk and in her arms when she leaves for home in the MRT. To order these unique blooms, go here.
Bae is going to love you to bits if you get her the NU SKIN ageLOC® LumiSpa® Pink Edition Starter Pack, $372. For a very limited time, this super kawaii pink LumiSpa® can be yours (well hers, but you can share).
If she already has a cleansing device and it’s not a LumiSpa, trust me, she will want this! With its soft silicone treatment head and its proprietary Micropulse Oscillation technology enables the device to move at the precise frequency to promote skin renewal to reveal smoother and softer skin after just one use and it truly feels like nothing I have ever used before. At the same time, it gently, yet effectively cleanses away dirt, oil, makeup, and toxins through its proprietary oscillation, pore-tightening action, leaving skin smoother and purer while reducing the appearance of pores.
Unlike the other cleansing devices available in the market, which feature abrasive brush or bristle heads, the ageLOC LumiSpa features a gentle, more hygienic silicone treatment head that won’t damage the skin or lift skin cells. Its also much more hygienic as its easier to clean after every use. After washing my face with this device, I am totally hooked!
To sweeten the deal further, your gift to her will also give to charity, because LumiSpa® will donate USD$1.00 for every ageLOC® LumiSpa® Pink Edition cleansing device purchased, to Southeast Asia Children’s Heart Fund to help children with congenital heart disease. The ageLOC LumiSpa is available at Nu Skin Singapore, 8 Eu Tong Sen St, #25-89 The Central, Singapore 059818.
If you get your lady any of these wonderful gifts that I spent a week researching and then trying out, she is going to be super happy. Gifting is not so much about how much you spend, but about how well you know her and her likes and dislikes. A thoughtful gift no matter how much it costs will be more precious to her than something that costs an arm, leg and a kidney if it is something that she doesn’t even like or will ever use.
So from all of us here at Lifestyle Collective, Happy Valentine’s Day!