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02-12-14 | Posted by

Some of my favorite beauty products of all time are Tocca’s perfumes, and they come with a wise saying on each bottle: Love Yourself. Of course, Tocca didn’t come up with that saying, but it rings true to both beauty and Valentine’s Day.

For this year’s gift guide, I focused on innovative products that make you look and feel good about yourself. These could be gifts that you present to yourself—or your loved one—and they’re clever, beautiful, and smart enough to make anyone feel truly special.

Aedes de Venustas Purse Spray ($195)

This elegant million dollar looking purse spray is all about the bling: so much so, that people will think you’re part of the Shahs of Sunset cast. But take heart, the new purse spray with the iconic Aedes motif is all about a mysterious and sensuous iris and incense accord. The Iris Nazarena Eau de Parfum combines one of the world’s most precious aromatic materials (the Nazareth iris) with one of the most ancient (incense). This rare flower mostly grows on the mountains east of Nazareth, and became the muse for perfumer Ralf Schwieger. The spray is a collectible and a hefty romantic gesture, and comes with three refills.

Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette ($52)

Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette

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Nude is always sexy, and now Urban Decay’s latest Naked 3 Palette celebrates neutrals in 12 shades, from a pale, shimmery pink to a deep, black matte with red micro glitter. It has matte, pearl, and glimmering metallic finishes, running the gamut of a modern nude rainbow.

bliss fabulips ‘pout’-o-matic ($52)

bliss fabulips poutomaticPhoto Credit: Sephora

Think of it as a Clarisonic for your lips (yes, can you believe a purring machine takes care of your pout?). The new fabulips ‘pout’-o-matic is the first whirling lip perfecting tool that uses a custom-designed oscillating polishing head and massaging nubs to stimulate and exfoliate the lips (you’ll need to use the sugar lip scrub for best results). It’s a major boon if you want lipstick and gloss to go on evenly. We tried it once and were instantly hooked because everything from moisturizing balm to lipstick got a major boost in the longevity department. The best part? Our lips were baby soft and all buttery—just the kind you want every day, especially on Valentine’s Day.

Sephora Hamptons Brush Set ($60)

Sephora Hamptons Brush SetPhoto Credit: Sephora

This glamorous, ombre colored seven-piece brush set will have you feeling like Marilyn Monroe when you use it. All the brushes are made with synthetic fiber and the pink, purple and orange ombre design adds a pop of color to your regular brush routine. You get everything from an angled Blush Brush, Flat Powder Brush, and Pointed Foundation Brush to a Large Shadow Brush, Small Shadow Brush, Crease Brush, and Angled Liner Brush.

Juara Coffee Scrub ($37)

Juara-Coffee-Scrub-1024x580Photo Credit: Juara

Say “I love you” with this fine addition to any one’s shower routine. Juara’s Coffee Scrub will wake you up in the morning with its energizing zing (it’s made with fresh Indonesian coffee beans), and also contains gentle sulfate-free cleansing agents, so those who want a greener routine will be happy. Coffee has long been used to stimulate circulation in the skin, and is also a good antioxidant. Follow your shower routine with a cup of your favorite pour over coffee to be fully awake.



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