The Best Romantic Beauty Buys For Your Valentine

Make sure your gift giving is on target with these romantic but fun tokens of affection, says Janetta Mackay


(From left) Maison Balzac La Rose Candle; Papinelle Fluffy Eye Mask; YSL Valentine’s Day Rouge Volupte Shine Heart & Arrow Collector Edition; Salt By Hendrix Pink Ylang Ylang Bath Salts; Elie Saab Girl of Now Forever 50ml eau de parfum; Essie Love Collection in Crush and Blush. Ruby necklace $29 and earrings $29; Queen Of The Foxes lace bralette, $35, from Superette. Stylist / Ashleigh Cometti. Photo / Rosie Herdman

1. Maison Balzac La Rose Candle $35
Throw light and romantic scent with this mini candle. Designed to recall the French childhood of its Sydney-based creator Elise Pioch, whose grandmother would dry rose petals and keep them in glass jars, this creates a rosy aroma rather more effortlessly. From Superette stores and Superette.co.nz

2. Papinelle Fluffy Eye Mask $27
Play to her old-school Hollywood diva dreams with this faux fur mask with a satin lining. For the ultimate beauty sleep team it with a pair of pink and white gingham shortie PJs for summer snoozing, or go glam with Papinelle’s silk slips. 2 Teed St, Newmarket or at Papinelle.com

3. YSL Valentine’s Day Rouge Volupte Shine Heart & Arrow Collector Edition $66
To borrow a phrase from Bon Jovi we’re shot through the heart by the look of YSL’s signature glide-on lipstick. This covetable canister encases four shades, including red, and this coral choice. The Cupid-worthy design also adorns a special Touche Eclat highlighting pen, $69. Available for a limited time from department stores and pharmacies

4. Salt By Hendrix Pink Ylang Ylang Bath Salts $29
A cool bath is a great way to de-stress and reinvigorate. All the better with the aid of this pretty coral jar of bath salts in which magnesium is mixed with French pink clay and an uplifting ylang ylang fragrance. Superette.co.nz

5. Elie Saab Girl of Now Forever 50ml eau de parfum $165
The peachy petals decorating this latest edition of Elie Saab’s addictive melding of almond and orange hint at the extra fruitiness within. Atop a base of patchouli and vanilla, the Forever mix ramps up Girl of Now’s youthful edge with a lemonade citrus zing, plus raspberry, rose and blackcurrant notes. From selected department stores and pharmacies

6. Essie Love Collection in Crush and Blush $18
This cute collection of polishes will ensure your nails are in tip-top condition for romantic date nights. There’s four fun heart bedecked-bottles to choose from in pretty shades. This one is a sheer pale pink with ruby iridescence. From selected pharmacies and department stores

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Diptyque Damascena candle, $63. Photo / Supplied

Purity Fragrance Skin Silks, $49 each
Fans of natural skincare and seekers of unadulterated scent should check out a trio of body lotions designed by Purity Fragrances founder Debbie Cope. She has now created Skin Silks: moisturisers that feature each of her delicate but long-lasting and toxin-free natural fragrances. The Auckland- made Purity range is also vegan-friendly and features an eco-certified essential oil concentrate base. The easily absorbed lotions cost $49 each (or $35 for a trial pack of all three) and are available at Purityfragrances.co.nz.

Purity Fragrance Skin Silks trial pack, $35. Photo / Supplied

Diptyque Damask and Centifolia Roses Range, from $39
Damask and centifolia roses are those most emblematic in perfumery, reflecting different dimensions when used alone or together. Diptyque is celebrating their delicacy and depths in a collection that encompasses candles, solid perfumes, scented hanging ovals, scented drawer liners, hair mist and eau de toilette. Perfectly timed for Valentine’s Day, these are roses that won’t wilt in the heat. The candles (which come in two sizes for $115 and $63) particularly stand out, thanks to the collection’s great packaging carrying over to their vivid ceramic containers. From Mecca Cosmetica and at Meccabeauty.co.nz

Chuan Spa treatment, $195
Spa vouchers make great indulgent Valentine’s Day gifts as any lucky recipients will attest — and you can share the fun by booking a double treatment — our pick of the pack at this time of year is Chuan Spa at the Cordis hotel (formerly the Langham), where access to the hotel’s enticing outdoor pool is included. The spa’s weekday Chuan Love package includes a back scrub and body massage, with a small dessert selection and a glass of sparkling wine served afterwards. The special cost per person is $195, including valet parking during your treatment time, and the promotion can be enjoyed until March 31. Chuanspa.co.nz

Jo Malone London's Peony & Blush Suede cologne, 100ml from $236. Photo / Supplied

Jo Malone London’s Peony & Blush Suede, from $236
Peony makes a nice twist on a classic rose scent and Jo Malone London’s Peony & Blush Suede version is a refined choice. This, and any other 100ml cologne bottle (priced from $236), including perennial favourite Red Roses, can be topped with a red cap for $10 extra for a limited time. Customers can also opt to pop their present into a heart-shaped version of the brand’s elegant cream and black box or try to snaffle (by pre-order only) one of a small number of complimentary floral boxes to house their 100ml cologne purchase. Jomalone.co.nz

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