Friday 4 February 2022

Your Handy Valentine's Gift Guide 2022

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The month of love is upon us, there are pink hearts and fluff everywhere you look and it's heart-shaped chocolate galore - now it's not for everyone but in keeping with the spirit of seasonal fun I have a handy Valentine's Gift Guide to share. Filled with some of my favourite brands, a couple of newbies and the non-alcoholic drink that saw me through my most recent pregnancy, I am sure you're going to love it. There's something for every budget - I'm excited and I hope you are too.

Let's get stuck in...

I discovered Sunday Moon Jewellery recently as it's created by two Hampshire based women I follow on Instagram. The jewellery brand handpicks good quality, fashionable jewellery that doesn't have to break the bank - most pieces have a celestial theme so you'll find plenty of stars and moons, something I adore. 

I wanted to start wearing earrings again and felt that Huggies would be safer with children so I have the Silver Pave Cubic Zirconia Huggies (£29.00) and the Silver Plain Huggies (£29.00). The pieces are really well made, look great and are presented so beautifully - they make such perfect gifts. 

I already have my eye on some studs and an ear cuff.

You can get £3 off your purchase using my referral link - Sunday Moon

A treat for anyone that enjoys something a little bit special when it comes to non-alcoholic options is Lyre's Spirits. I first discovered Lyre's in 2021 when I was looking for a non-alcoholic option to Aperol during my pregnancy last summer and just fell for the brand. They've recently released Pink London Spirit, an oh so gorgeous 'gin' dressed up in pink making it perfect for Valentine's Day. 

Pink London Spirit (£23.50) is uniquely crafted to capture the essence of a pink gin - its flavours are distinct, rich and perfectly fragrant. With rose, cherry, red berry and blackberry it pairs really well with a light tonic (or my favourite Fever-Tree Mediterranean tonic) and a fresh fruit garnish. 

Lyre's is like no non-alcoholic spirit you've ever tested. The best of the best.

Next, I have the most beautiful botanical candle to show you! Sunday of London create handcrafted fragrances in their workshop in Hackney Wick. Harnessing the properties of nature, wild herbs and botanicals, each product is formulated using natural oils and solely plant-based ingredients.

If you head to their website, you can take a quiz that will match your personality with your perfect scent. I think this is such a beautifully personal way to choose a gift for someone you love. I was matched with Rooftop Garden (£26.00) which is inspired by their very own rooftop in the sky. The luxury candle has rich and natural tones of earthy, herby scents such as thyme and basil, the lingering floral touch of lavender and ylang-ylang and the vibrancy of Bergamot.

It's a dream to use and something I'll be keeping in mind for friends' birthdays this year.

I find fragrance can be quite an obvious gift for Valentine's however they can be quite personal and it's something I always love receiving. Fragrances have a way of holding memories and even years later some scents can be quite emotive so it's something I personally invest in.

Floral Street are quite a new fragrance brand to me, created by Michelle Feeney their mission is to bring fine fragrance to the modern woman - so that she might build an entire fragrance wardrobe that can express the many facets of who she is. I recently spent a virtual evening with the brand and found the background, their stance on eco-responsibility and the way they want to change fragrance inspiring. 

For this guide, there could only be one that was perfect for Valentine's Day and that is Neon Rose eau de parfum (£64.00). It's a super-clean, super floral perfume but not in the way you'd assume you knew a rose fragrance. Think freshly-chopped jasmine and roses while crisp, green angelica leaves bring a botanical dimension, with fresh bergamot floating overhead. It's intoxicating and I'd be surprised if you didn't fall head over heels for it.

If the apple of your eye cares about what they're putting in their body and likes to look after the beauty within then The Beauty Chef is a great brand to look at. 

The Beauty Chef Collagen Inner Beauty Boost (£16.00) works by strengthening skin from within helping to boost natural collagen production for a radiant complexion. Grape seed extract, zinc and vitamin C combine to leave skin looking smoother and firmer, while a hefty dose of certified organic maqui berry, acai, papaya, blueberry, goji berry and pomegranate make your hair and nails longer and stronger. There are also supplements such as The Beauty Chef Glow Inner Beauty (£40.00) available which you can add to water and smoothies. 

Such a great way to care for someone or yourself, inside and out. 

L'Occitane, my skincare true love has a gorgeous twist on their much-loved Shea products and have welcomed Delicate Shea to the collection. The limited-edition range features a Hand-Cream, Ultra Light Cream, Lip Balm and Nail & Cuticle Oil. The packaging is gorgeous - cream and pink shades adorned with pink stars, branch-like illustrations and polka dots. 

The Delicate Shea Ultra Light Cream (£22.00) has an incredible airy texture that leaves the skin feeling supple and comfortable - paired with the Delicate Shea Hand Cream (£21.50) it's a match made in heaven. The L'Occitane hand creams are some of my most used items as the hydration and weightlessness of the hand cream leaves hands soft but not sticky - a total dream.

Temple Spa have some wonderful gifting options and something like the My Essence Wind Me Down (£55.00) will surely make someone smile. Featuring the go-to restoring body duo, you'll find their Eau de Toilette and luxurious bathing oil inside the gift box. The pairing features an oh so gorgeous fragrance that awakens the senses with zesty tones of bergamot & petitgrain bloom, jasmine, neroli and rose absolute as well as a base of cedarwood and amber. 

It's totally blissful, totally relaxing and totally unique.

I always feature Spectrum Collections within my gift guides because I just adore their products - if there's a makeup lover in your life then they're such a great brand to rely on. I use their makeup brushes for just about everything and I've recently tried out their makeup which is excellent. The Glowful Discovery Set (£44.00) is perfect for someone that loves to GLOW - it includes favourites such as the Glowful Mist, Glowful Primer, Dark Matter Mascara and Microfibre Pad all beautifully enclosed in a gorgeously pink patent makeup bag.  

The Glowful Primer and Dark Matter Mascara are personal favourites, especially as they both last for hours! 

Pretty in pink and perfect for Valentine's, the final piece of my gift guide is also from Spectrum. The 10 Piece Blush Signature Set (£54.99) is the perfect brush set for any budding makeup fan. Featuring five face brushes and five eye brushes in gorgeous blush and gold tones - it's everything someone would need to achieve flawless makeup. 

The super-soft synthetic vegan bristles offer a softer touch on the skin and better blending plus each brush washes so well with little to no shedding. There's a reason you'll only find Spectrum on my dressing table. 

You can shop all the items via the links above - Happy Valentine's xo

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