I’m not really that big on holidays. I like decorating a Christmas tree as much as the next girl, but I’m not the one sewing Halloween costumes or anything. That said, I simply adore Valentine’s Day. For some reason, starting Feb. 1, I turn into this weird variation of my mother (who is a first grade teacher) and I’m wearing pink sweaters and writing in red ink! While we’re all aware that Valentine’s gifts have come well beyond the sad box of chocolates and lame stuffed bears, there’s a one stop shop that is sure to make anyone smile, and not because they’re mocking your gift!
Sephora (online and in stores) is offering a slew of goodies that make Valentine’s Day shopping a complete breeze. Whether you’re shopping for a younger sister, boyfriend, grandmother or friend, there’s literally something for everyone at every price point. If you’re not sure what you’re in the market for, there’s such a selection that you’re bound to come across something because Sephora has taken care of every desire possible. From sexy, tasty lotions and bubbles, to an array of tiny, portable lip glosses in the most precious packaging, there’s something to fit everyone. I love it as a gift destination because you’re able to give things that the recipient may not buy for themselves on a normal basis. While yours truly spends a solid half hour every time she’s in a Sephora, we must remember that not every woman in the world is a beauty junkie and knows the difference between a lip stain and lip gloss. The site is easy to navigate and offers a lot without being overwhelming. Currently, Sephora.com is running a promotion for free shipping with any purchase of $75 or more (feel free to grab yourself some fun things and get them gift wrapped!), so you can get your shopping over and done with in a few clicks of your mouse.
If you’re shopping for your mom, it’s nice to give something she’ll actually use but is still age appropriate. Philosophy’s Falling in Love fragrance set ($45) includes a 2 oz. perfume and an 8 oz. shower gel, perfect for layering and making the scent last. With its vanilla and jasmine notes, the scent is soft and inviting and perfect for anyone who loves a clean scent. For any mom who is at a desk all day,
Bliss’ Super Hydrating Hand Aid System($28) is heaven-sent! Anyone who has tried Bliss knows the products deliver and the handy 2.5 oz bottle of their High Intensity Hand $18. is perfect for keeping in a purse or desk drawer. The set also includes the amazing Cuticle Super Groom Cuticle Cream, which works wonders when applied just a few times a week. Calvin Klein’s new fragrance, Euphoria ($40-$70) comes in a sleek, sexy bottle and is infused with notes of pomegranate and black orchid creating a sexy, modern scent that is timeless for women of many lifestyles. <a href= http://www.sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml?id=P12307&shouldPaginate=true&categoryId=4164Murad’s Vitamin C Infusion Home Facial ($60) kit is a great gift that will keep on giving. Packed with vitamin c and tons of antioxidants, it cleanses one’s skin of environmental damage and leaves skin with a punch of life. The three-step system allows you to do the facial at your own convenience which is perfect for a busy woman on the go. A chic blush will also do the trick for mom, so give her the best, as in Nars blush” http://www.sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml?id=P2855&categoryId=C10476 ($25) in one of their best selling colors. Everyone’s favorite is Orgasm (a peachy shimmer) and with that name, it’s sure to make mom “blush.” Other favorites include Exhibit A (a brilliant sheer flush of red) and Sin (a soft pink with gold flecks). Perfect, and always classic, is Chanel No. 5 ($42 – $85). One of the most recognizable bottles and oozing with a fuse of amber and patchouli, the scent is easy to wear day or night during any season. It’s really a fragrance every woman should own at one point in her life and giving it to a mother is a timeless gesture.
When shopping for any tween, teen or college girl, keep in mind that Sephora offers the plethora of celebrity fragrances, as well as a huge selection of new, fun products from trusty brands. Precious for storing all of her goodies is Sephora’s own Tickled Pink Deluxe Tool Box ($50). With plenty of room for makeup and a special travel compartment for brushes, it’s the perfect travel companion in every girl’s favorite color. Sephora’s Piiink line has an adorable My Chiiic makeup bag ($20) that is metallic pink with a fun heart on the front. Packed with Lola’s La Petite Menagerie lip glosses ($20), they make a great gift together. The glosses are shimmer neutrals that are the perfect compliment to the metallic bag. Even better, the glosses come with a nifty key ring that allows one of the four glosses to snap onto it making it easy to tote around with your keys. It seems these days that a celebrity launches a fragrance every five minutes. Functional and fabulous is Britney Spears’ Two Tempting double ended lip gloss/perfume duo ($25). A soft pink lip gloss tops one end, while the other touts Britney’s Irresistible Curious fragrance which is a concoction of Louisiana magnolia and sandalwood, making a flirty, fun scent that any girl would love. For the less girly, and more rebel type, Urban Decay’s Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliner set has three glitter liquid eyeliners. Easy to apply, and in the label’s best selling shade (Pyrotechnics – an all-out glam silver), and two new shades, they make a great gift for a girl who’s a little wild at heart.
If you’re buying a gift for a best friend, co-worker or sister, stick with cult favorites that everyone should try. DuWop’s infamous Lip Venom ($15) is for the not so faint at heart, but it’s a great way to plump lips on a daily basis without the commitment or dollars of cosmetic procedures. If she’s already a fan of Lip Venom, kick it up a notch with Fusion Beauty’s LipFusion XL ($50), a topical lip plumping gloss that when applied nightly, gives a permanent look of a fuller pout the next morning. Another fun staple is Shu Uemura’s Eyelash Curler ($18) which is functional, easy to use and gentle even for sensitive eyes. Hard Candy’s Lollipop Lip Gloss ($6) comes in four great sheer shades. They come in small pots of swirling gloss in a lollipop-like container makes a perfect Valentine’s Day gift with a small card.
Shopping for men becomes more difficult with every holiday, but Sephora has a wide selection of things for boyfriends, brothers, husbands and dads. Anthony Logistics for Men makes a great moisturizer ($30) that can be applied after a morning face wash to protect a guy’s skin from the sun and environment. Perricone’s Face Finishing Moisturizer ($55) can be used in the same way and is a little heavier for colder, drier climates. For something he can easily implement into his morning/nighttime routine, give the GoSMILE Morning Rush & Nighttime Therapy toothpaste set ($30). The se
t includes two 3.5 oz. bottles of toothpaste, the only clinically proven toothpaste on the market to lift stains and strengthen and maintain brilliant tooth enamel. Anything bearing the name John Varvatos is the epitome of modern chic, so it’s no wonder his self-titled colange ($48-$65) is a deep, woodsy scent perfect for any man. The sleek brown bottle and subtle aroma make a great gift for a man of any age. If you want to stick to something more classic, Ralph Lauren’s Polo Blue ($45-$59.50) is a crisp scent that makes any man feel like a million bucks. Its clean, cool scent is peppered with verbena and sage, and with its soft musk base note, it’s sure to be loved.
Whatever you’re giving this Valentine’s Day, be sure to include a hand written card or note. It’s a simple gesture that makes an awesome gift even better. If you’re feeing especially fun, drop Dessert’s Deliciously Kissable Powdered Sugar Body Shimmer (sheesh! Say that fives times fast!) in your significant other’s gift. It will make the better gift simply irresistible!