Red & roses: My top picks for Valentine’s Day

My favourite thing about February? Why Valentine’s Day of course!

I’ve always loved Valentine’s Day, even before I had a boyfriend. Since I like to think of myself as a real girl’s girl, I’ve always had a thing for the pink and red romantic holiday. I mean, what’s not to love about celebrating love?!

Whether you’re planning on spending V-Day with your boyfriend/husband/partner, girlfriends, dog, or family, there are so many items that make the cut for gifting this season (or even buying for yourself since you deserve some self love as well!).

Here are my top picks for Valentine’s Day!

Nest Fragrances Rose Noir & Oud

Nest Fragrances Rose Noir & Oud candle and reed diffuser

Okay, so this one is a repeater since I talked about it last Valentine’s Day, but honestly I’ll probably mention this candle and home fragrance every Valentine’s Day since it’s such a romantic and warm scent.

Rose Noir & Oud is a scent that feature rose de mai and a smoky oud with hints of incense, black leather, and patchouli. It’s the perfect blend of feminine and masculine which is sure to please just about anyone. It’s dark but also floral. It’s light but heavy. Seriously, you need to sniff this if you happen to come across it in store since I know you’ll fall in love with it as much as I have.

You can find this fragrance available in a variety of candles, including a votive (C$23), classic candle (C$56), and a three-wick candle (C$90) as well a reed diffuser (C$56) and liquid soap. Nest has also released this candle in a special-edition three-wick design inspired by LA-based art studio MJ Atelier for this year as well.

Miss Dior Roses n Roses perfume

Dior Miss Dior Roses N’Roses perfume

Speaking of fragrance, perfumes are synonymous with Valentine’s Day and my top pick for this year is the Miss Dior Roses N’Roses Eau de Toilette.

This fragrance (available in either 50 ml, C$104; and 100 ml, C$142) is a floral scent with key notes of grasse rose absolue, Italian mandarin, and white musk accord. The perfume comes housed in a beautiful bottle that shows off its pink colour, whereas the crystal is inspired by the brand’s men’s and women’s couture. It features a houndstooth motif engraved into the glass, emulating menswear, whereas the signature Miss Dior bow speaks to the elegant femininity of Dior.

If you are looking to gift a fragrance this season, I really love this one since it’s so pleasant to wear and really spring appropriate as well. It does have a sparkling opening to it before it settles to a floral scent.  Plus it’s Dior, and I mean, who wouldn’t love something Dior?

Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood lips Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Lips in Charlotte Darling

Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Lips in Charlotte Darling

You guys know I love a good nude matte liquid lipstick, so when I got in Charlotte Tilbury’s Hollywood Lips in Charlotte Darling (C$39), I knew it would be love at first sight.

This lip product is a buildable light-beige nude liquid lipstick that dries down to a matte finish. This particular lipstick is available in 10 other shades and is weightless on the lips and hydrating, thanks to beeswax in the formula.

The applicator hugs the contours of your lips for an easy and smooth application and the colour glides on opaque with just one swipe.  I try out a lot of matte liquid lipsticks but love the texture and finish of this one (and the wear!). If nude isn’t your jam (it just goes with so many different looks!), they also have a variety of pinks and reds to choose from as well.

Avon Valentine's Day items Avon Strawberry Bubble Bath

Avon Valentine’s Day Collection

If you are a bath person, then you will absolutely love what Avon has in store for you this season.

Starting off with some bubble bath, the Avon Senses Strawberry & Cream Bubble Bath is a sweet-smelling bubble bath that will delight the senses thanks to the scent of juicy strawberries and a dollop of rich cream.  Add some of this delightful serum to your bath water for a delectable smelling bubble bath.

To top it off, sprinkle some of their Love Me, Loves Me A Lot Bath Petals (C$12, on sale for C$10), which includes nine buds that is designed to be separated and added to your bath water for a romantic night in. The pedals actually disintegrate in the water to create a light, silky foam for a luxurious bath.

Avon Love Me, Loves Me A Lot Bath Petals

Out of all the Avon products they sent for Valentine’s Day, these were my favourite since adding rose petals to your bath is such a romantic gesture and these were actually designed to be put in your bath, so they are such a nice touch if you are planning a little me time or a romantic night in (and they actually look like real rose petals).

Finally, for the lipstick lover, gift the ultimate lipstick set with their So Many Kisses Lipstick Tin (C$50). This rose gold lip-shaped tin opens up to 50 mini Avon True Color Nourishing Lipstick minis.

Now when I say “mini”, I mean mini since these are very tiny, but the good part is that it includes five of each shade in here (and there’s 10 shades included – Delicate Date, Raspberry Rosé, Black Cherry, Toasted Cashew, Dragonfruit Blush, Brown Sugar, Mellow Melon, Spring Lilac, and Peony Blush). This would be a good Galentine’s Day gift to pick up as well since there are multiples of the same colours, so you and your girlfriends don’t have to fight on who wants what colour.

Avon So Many Kisses Lipstick Tin

If you don’t want to gift flowers this year (which are always so overpriced and die after a week anyways), any of these gift would make great options. Really though, I feel like anything goes with Valentine’s Day and I’m sure that what you gift or get this year you’ll love anyways.

What’s on your wish list for Valentine’s Day this year?

Please note, I received these product for review. All opinions are my own.

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