WHY I WANTED TO MAKE A VALENTINE'S DAY GIFT GUIDE:
I've seen a LOT of these guides and reviews for plenty of holidays AND Valentine's Day is NO exception! That being said, I also find that a lot of them aren't really that helpful other than showing some cute products that you would never buy for yourself or maybe someone else for that matter! I've split mine up into 3 parts: Part 1- for that special someone in your life, Part 2- for a girlfriend or long-time friend, & of course Part 3 - a little something for yourself! ;)
PART 1: For that special guy/girl in your life :)
JACK BLACK- SUPERFLY FIRST CLASS TRAVEL ESSENTIALS $18.50
Forumlated with NO: Parabens, Sulfates, or Phthalates- this kit is an awesome kit for the price and fantastic for your skin with all the GOOD ingredients! The Intense Therapy Lip Balm IS the BEST item in the kit as it REALLY does work in improving lip texture and roughness! It's also an excellent kit for those with sensitive skin with a price that's fairly easy on the wallet :)
JOSIE MARAN-WINTER DREAMS ARGAN SKINCARE $39
This set includes 6 awesome products ALL from Josie Maran! If you've never tried the brand- they make good quality beauty products and are great a packaging seasonal kits! These kits are also usually their best deals so I'm always on the lookout for them! As for the ingredients, there are NO Parabens, Sulfates, OR Phthalates! The Argan Cleansing Oil included in THIS kit is going to be in my opinion the BEST item in the whole caboodle! It's one of Josie Maran's first and greatest products and bottle included is a generous 1.9 oz. size!
This set contains:
- 1.9 oz Argan Cleansing Oil
- Pure Argan Milk Intensive Hydrating Treatment
- 0.5 100% Pure Argan Oil
- 0.5 oz Argan Infinity Intensive Creamy Oil
- 0.5 oz Argan Daily Moisturizer SPF 47
- 1 oz Whipped Argan Oil Intensive Hand Cream
ANTHONY-THE PERFECT SHAVE KIT
A great essentials kit for almost ANY man in your life! It has a little bit of everything :)! All the products are GOOD quality and I highly recommend them if he has SENSITIVE skin. The smell also is NOT overpowering so most guys will love that fact alone! Ingredient-wise it has NO Parabens and the set contains the following generous-sized items:
- 8 oz Glycolic Facial Cleanser
- 2 oz Facial Scrub
- 2 oz Pre-Shave Oil
- 6 oz Shave Cream
- 3 oz After Shave Balm
PART TWO: FOR A FRIEND
SEPHORA COLLECTION: FLATTER YOURSELF CONTOUR BRUSH SET $48
This is one of the BEST brush kits for contouring I've been able to find at THIS price! There are THREE fantastic brushes in the set for: Stippling, Buffing, & Angling! The best part about the kit?- in addition to all the great brushes, there's a PRO Team Brush Tutorial with an adorable case and blotting papers as well :) You really get what you pay for and a good value with this set. I think almost ANY one would LOVE this item since contouring is definitely one of the hot trends in beauty right now too!
PETER THOMAS ROTH-21ST BIRTHDAY KIT $38
I can NOT say enough awesome stuff about this kit! I was lucky to buy it for myself on a whim a couple of years ago and I was REALLY happy with ALL the products included. That's really rare for these types of kits which are a lot of times "thrown" together by many companies and there's usually at least a couple of products you may never use or are interested in! This is NOT the case with Peter's kit- you actually get the feeling he took great time and care in selecting just the right products for the set and it ended up being a GREAT combination of products. The BEST item in the kit is most likely the Peeling Gel- it will gently use a chemical reaction to slough off dead skin and the results are awesome-very smooth skin and less breakouts! It's not a formula that is harsh either- even for those with sensitive skin so you can use the peel once a week with no irritation :)
BENEFIT COSMETICS-PRETTY PARFAIT $38
I picked this kit for my list as it's a cute, sweet, and affordable option to give a friend for Valentine's Day. It includes some of Benefit's most popular full-sized products in addition to a couple of sample-sized items so it IS a really GREAT buy! The adorable tin container is great for future storage or decor!
This set contains:
- 0.3 oz They’re real! mascara
- 0.4 oz Benetint rose-tinted lip & cheek stain
- 0.25 oz Deluxe sample of the POREfessional primer
- 0.05 oz Mini Laugh with me LeeLee fragrance
- Collectible tin
Julep nail polish-HARTLEIGH $6.99
I just LOVE this nail polish from Julep!!! It's really FUN and in the Valentine's Day spirit! Plus-it's at a REALLY great price! Julep's nail polish is fantastic quality which is why I like them so much-it takes weeks to chip! It's also SUPER cute!!! :)
part three: for yourself ;)
JULEP-VALENTINE'S WELCOME BOX ~* USE CODE: BEMINE *~ AND THIS IS FREE....YES....I SAID CORRECTLY!!!!
Right now Julep IS having an awesome deal if you join Maven then your Welcome Box is ON them!!! AND...the BEST part IS...you DO NOT have to choose a prepaid plan to get this offer. BUT....IF you do, you also get 20% OFF every month , you get a $120 value for only $39.98 > that's at $19.99 a month, for 3 months of awesome beauty boxes from Julep!!!!
TARTE-BURST OF ENERGY SKINTUITIVE LIP SET $12
Tarte usually does a fairly good job at putting together well-priced kits that are super affordable and really let you try out their products without the full commitment to price! This set is absolutely NO different at $12 and 2 DELUXE-sized items, it's a great buy :) Their formula also includes NO: Parabens, Phthalates AND it's dermatologist tested! Their lip products are really good-I've tried all of them :) They aren't sticky and tend to be long-lasting.
TOO FACED-CAUSE A SCANDAL $65
There are 13 total items in the kit that are included with the palette so it's a decent buy! The 3 way lash lining tool is a really unique idea that lets making last dots, tight-lining, and lash lining easy! The palette includes 9 total eye shadows with good pigmentation and wide variety of light-to-dark colors that should compliment most skin tones. Their formulas do NOT include: Sulfates and Phthalates!
This set contains:
- 0.02 oz 3 Way Lash Lining Tool
- 0.27 oz Better Than Sex Mascara
- 0.35 oz Shadow Insurance *eye shadow primer!
- 3 x 0.07 oz Eye Shadow in In The Buff, Satin Sheets, Birthday Suit
- 6 x 0.03 oz Eye Shadow in Fuzzy Handcuffs, Voulez-Vous, Sugar Walls, Garter Belt, Lap Dance, French Tickler
FRESH-SUGAR LIP TREATMENT *NEW LIMITED EDITION COLOR! sUGAR ROSE EXTREME TINTED $22.50
If you're going to treat yourself- do it right! Fresh shows you how to do it just right with this limited edition with ultra-cute packaging just in time for Valentine's Day :) I just LOVE Fresh's take on an SPF Lip Treatment with a pretty, rosy tint with a floral scent AND flavor to boot! AND...of course their formula does NOT include harsh ingredients like: Parabens, Sulfates, and Phthalates! I use this daily and it has REALLY improved the overall texture, appearance, and dryness of my lips.