February. The month of love. The month that every girl in a relationship looks forward to like an end of season sale. The month that every single gal dreads like the freshmen fifteen. But why? So what if there’s no stud staring into your eyes over flickering candlelight! View this occasion as an excuse to celebrate (and spoil) all the females you hold dear, including your not-so secret admirer: yourself.
You: Odette New York + MCMC Fragrances Valentine Gift Set, $99 Shamelessly buy yourself a clutch of peonies (roses are so overrated), then dab this Love roller ball perfume onto your pulse points. Crafted by MCMC fragrances, a boutique perfumery in Brooklyn, New York, its hand-blended soft spicy scent of Japanese yuzu citrus, magnolia and basil is truly a one-of-a-kind. Ring your finger with this handmade brass Arrow gem from Brooklyn jeweler Odette (nudge the tip and tail feathers together to adjust it to just the right size) to remind yourself you’re a heartbreaker, dream maker and love taker.
Your Best Friend: NARS Love Rite, $55 Through fad diets, bad dates (and bad boys), questionable fashion choices and beauty disasters, she’s always been there for you. Let her know that she’s your emergency contact by gifting her NARS’ Love Rite set (P.S. Makeup artists love this brand for its stellar formulations and spot-on colors!). Its romantic pink and peach lip glosses, blush and illuminator will light up her skin with a healthy, fresh glow. And since you guys always share, know that you’ll be getting some use out of it, too.
Your Sister: Stephanie Johnson Lima Natural Pouch, $35/$30 Growing up together wasn’t always easy, but you wouldn’t change it for the world. Who else can you tickle until they cry? Older or younger, she’s bound to love the Stephanie Johnson Lima Natural makeup bags. The rockin’ python print is sexy, yet sophisticated and totally on-trend. Whether she chooses to stash makeup, receipts, electronic cable or jewelry, these nylon-lined zip-ups are super durable and designed to impress.
Your Aunt: Terrain Organic Lavender Bath Tea, id="mce_marker"2 Give your super sweet aunt a little something that she can savor, like R&R with a flower-infused bath. The handmade Organic Lavender Bath Tea by Terrain is just the ticket. Load the muslin bag with the dried lavender, calendula and rose petals and chamomile blossoms. Brew it as you would a cup of tea, then pour it into your bath. The Napa Valley essential oils will hydrate her skin while the calming flower aroma nourishes her soul.
Your Mom: Edward Bess Back to Basics Makeup Palette, $75 Mommy dearest taught you to always look your best—even for a quick trip to the grocery store. Help her do the same with a handy palette stacked with classic colors that flatter every skin tone. With four neutral eye shadows, two pigmented lip glosses, and a cream blush and highlighter, the Edward Bess Back to Basics Makeup Palette is all she’ll need to look like one chic chick on-the-go. The super sleek case ensures she’ll be eager, not embarrassed, to touch-up anywhere and everywhere.
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