For my fellow procrastinators | Five Last-Minute Valentine’s Gift Ideas

5. L’Occitane Cherry Blossom

New this February to mark the fifth anniversary of their Cherry Blossom range, L’Occitane has released a limited-edition Cherry Princesscollection. The super-cute fruity-floral collection is available in a number of separates (here), but they have a few sets on for a great deal as well – their five-piece Cherry Princess Romantic Escape kit looks particularly lovely, despite its cheesy name.

4. Ellis Faas

My relationship with Ellis is rather hot-and-cold, which I think could be said for many beauty bloggers (not just me). Their products are always absolutely breathtaking, both in formula and shade, but the packaging is a thorn in my side. Skip their eyeliners and anything with a showerhead applicator (these clog more easily), but do try their other products – anything with a brush tip, and keep a sample jar on-hand in case of overflow.

Ellis is running a surprise at the moment for all lip products, so if you’ve been thinking about ordering, now’s your chance.

Love is in the air and Saint Valentine is on his way. So until Valentine’s Day, we have a lovely deal: for each Ellis Lips you buy from our webshop, you will get a surprise that will double the pleasure of your Ellis Lips order! Why? Because you have two lips? Not really – we simply believe in “the lippier the better”.

So start browsing now: Creamy Lips, Milky Lips and Glazed Lips, order and get yourself our Valentine’s present(s).

Check out Ellis Faas’ lip products here.


It wouldn’t be Valentine’s without some cheeky products from LUSH, now, would it? ;) There’s the little blue Ex-Factor bath bomb, the tongue-in-cheek Leap Frog (described as an–and I quote–“amorous amphibian for the tub”), and (for the lip balm junkies out there) the scarlet A Million Kisses lip tint.

2. Pink, pink, pink


It’s Valentine’s Day. Enough said.

(Translation, from a beauty junkie’s mind to the real world: an excuse to buy pink products! And you may as well get something you’ve had your eye on for a while, right? After all, this only happens once a year, and a pink lipstick is so very much better for you than an entire pint of ice cream. Or an entire bottle of wine.)

1. The Classic


I’m kind of crazy about fragrance minis at the moment, whether they’re adorable samples, petite sizes, or travel sprays. While not released specifically for Valentine’s, the Love, Chloé purse spray is just too cute to miss.

Canadians should be able to find this set (one container with three 10ml refills) at Holt Renfew and select Bay stores, while Americans will see this on shelves at Saks (this month) and Sephora (in March).

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  • mostlysunnybunny

    Hahaha I thought you were going to share ideas about what we can get for the boys of our lives, but apparently I should buy myself a present as well (which I already did with Guerlain Rouge Automatique 120 Coque d'Or. It's not pink but this sheer and juicy red with excellent formula makes my lips look so sculpted) :p
    My recent post This Week’s FOTDs: MAC Shale, Wet n’ Wild Comfort Zone, Urban Decay Naked Palette

    • Ha! Nope, I'm nabbing this holiday as an excuse to indulge in more makeup/skincare (of course) :D I've been majorly lemming the Rouge Automatique line recently – and you're doing nothing for my resolve! /flails

      • mostlysunnybunny

        Let me make things a little worse for you: if you want to wear anything else on your lips and be happy with it, don't go the Guerlain way. Most lip balms I've tried (and loved) don't have such an amazing texture!
        My recent post Swatch & Review: OPI Royal Rajah Ruby

  • OMG @ that lip picture! It took me a while to figure out what it was. :D

    Why are you making me want EVERYTHING in this post???? I've already been good about saying no to L'Occitane Cherry stuff, all the Chloe perfumes, Ellis Faas and even Lush. I think my real test is going to be this Chanel stuff.. and I don't even like pink! This post has some kind of voodoo lemming magic.
    My recent post China Glaze "For Audrey" and Anna Sui #107

    • Same here! There were a few seconds of, "wait, what?" followed by, "oh, that's brilliant!"

      Also: :D. You always make me feel like I've accomplished some sort of wonderful (but initially unintended) mission.

  • Stephanie

    Hey Rae! Not really related to this post (at all), but I wanted to ask, do you prefer your Marcelle cleansing milk over the cleansing water? And what are the differences between the two (besides the obvious lotion/water one!) Thanks!

    • Hi, Stephanie! No worries about the off-topic comment; irrelevance is completely OK with me :P

      The cleaning milk and cleansing water are pretty different, in my opinion – the former is a really good everyday cleanser (esp. for dry skin), but the latter is a phenomenal makeup remover. If I'm wearing a lot of product (particularly eye makeup), I'll use the cleaning water; if I'm just washing off a normal day's worth of makeup, I'll use the cleansing milk.

      Does that help clear things up? (If not, let me know what you're looking for in a cleansing product, and I'll see if I can recommend one over the other for you!)

  • Aimey

    Hi, I was wondering if it were possible to request product prices in future blogs? I hope it's not too much of a hassle. I just feel like they would be an exceptionally added bonus to your already wonderful posts! :P

    • Hi, Aimey :) I usually do tuck product prices into the post somewhere, but it didn't make a lot of sense to do so for this one – the Love, Chloé was the only actual "product" per se; the rest were all product ranges (with varying price points for each product therein).

      If you were wondering about pricing for a certain product in this post, though, let me know and I'll track down the price for you! : )