Looking for gifts for your loved ones this Valentine’s Day? Treat them to good skin with these finds—it’s guaranteed love at first swipe!
It’s February, finally! After a short holiday respite, January served us with pandemic scares all over again. Thankfully, this month ushers in a renewed excitement to re-emerge and reconnect with loved ones.
With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, this is the time to pull out all the stops for your amores. And while we’re at it, let’s forego the usual dozen roses and box of chocolates, shall we? Instead, surprise your mom, sister, daughter, and girlfriends with the latest in cosmetics, skin, and hair systems. Let them try vegan nail lacquers, fruit-based massage oils, and charcoal masks. Gift ideas run the gamut this Valentine’s Day after all.
To help you pick out that perfect Valentine’s Day present, here is a list of fabulous beauty finds to give your loved ones.
French brand Avéne boasts of centuries worth of history and efficacy. At the very core of this skincare brand is the healing power of thermal spring which has been bottled, sold, and loved worldwide. The Eau Thermale Spring Water (PHP2,060 per 300ml duo pack), for example, can be used to hydrate, soothe, refresh the skin, set make up or dampen the skin in between product applications. In fact, testimonials reveal that it’s even good for your scalp!
Meanwhile, its Hydrance line is one of the most popular in its extensive range of skin collections. Specially formulated for dehydrated skin, these products lock in water and lipids to restore skin hydration—revealing a smoother, more luminous complexion. Two of my favorites are the Hydrance Intense Serum for 24-hour hydration and the Aqua Gel for dewy skin.
Manufactured by pharmaceutical giant Unilab, Celeteque Dermoscience + Dermocosmetics continues to innovate by introducing more products to its existing lines: Anti-Aging, Brightening, Hydration, and Acne Solutions.
The latest addition is the Skin Defense System, which includes a Matte Moisturizer (PHP297 per 50ml), Face and Body Cream (PHP597 per 120ml), and a Tinted Face Stick (PHP360 per 10g). All three contain SPF 50, lest we forget that sun exposure causes premature aging; antioxidants, since pollution may induce inflammatory diseases, acne, and skin cancer; and UVA/UVB, Blue Light protection, since we must fight against pigmentation and wrinkles caused by frequent screen exposure!
The trio may be used together or separately and will work just as hard to keep your skin healthy and protected from harmful indoor and outdoor factors. Moreover, this brand enjoys a loyal following and attracts new converts due to its wide range of choices, effectiveness, and affordability.
Available in Mercury Drug, Watson’s, supermarkets and departments, and online at Lazada, Shopee, and BeautyMnl.
Cuccio Colour can be found in the most elite salons all over the world. With over 200 glam shades in its lacquer roster, you’ll surely have a fun time choosing nail polish colors (PHP450 per bottle) for all your GALentines!
In fact, Managing Director Des Ong enthuses, “You can be sure [that] Cuccio’s healthy formulation will keep you and your nails looking great day after day!” All are vegan, 25-free (formulated with no harmful chemicals or toxins found in most brands), and safe for children and pregnant women alike.
Nourish the skin inside out with Cuccio Naturale’s Hydrating Massage Oils. Made from a variety of premium ingredients, the product improves overall skin texture after every use. In addition, the aroma ensures an enjoyable massage experience as the oils deliver all the skin benefits with every stroke.
I love that it’s easily absorbed and has no greasy after-feel. Plus, the lingering fragrance that each scent leavesis just so good! Choose from Pomegranate and Fig, White Limetta and Aloe Vera, and the brand’s bestseller—Milk and Honey. Definitely perfect Valentine’s Day gifts, if you ask me.
Create glamorous curls effortlessly with HerStyler wands (PHP2,150). These hair tools come in bright candy color bases and feature tapered barrels and are easy to use, too. Just spritz on your favorite hair product and curl away!
The wand uses negative ion technology that eliminates frizz, while the clipless Teflon barrel creates shiny curls without tugging or breaking hair. Try sporting big waves or tight locks—the possibilities are endless!
For more versatile beauty products, check out @hemera.ph on Facebook and Instagram.
Through this collection, Founder and Creative Director Francois Nars pays tribute to his stylish mother and original muse by collaborating with her in this project. The playful packaging in black and red is adorned with little butterflies, clovers, hearts, and stars—details that echo her favorite textile prints.
Meanwhile, the rich shades of the Audacious lipsticks and the six warm, neutral hues in matte, satin, and shimmer finishes of the St. Germain Des Prés Eye Shadow Palette all form a harmonious ode to the timeless beauty that is Claudette.
NARS is available in major department stores and online at Lazada.
“If there’s one beauty device that’s a must-have in your beauty arsenal, it’s the award-winning, multifunctional AgeLOC Lumispa. It’s a waterproof and rechargeable handheld tool which features three treatment heads (gentle, normal, and firm) to suit your particular needs while making skin more receptive to different products,” says Maidee Tan, NUSKIN Senior Brand Director.
A favorite among beauty enthusiasts, the device is known to deliver seven skin benefits (clarity, minimized pores, purified skin, radiance, softness, smoothness, and improved appearance of skin density or firmness) with just two minutes of use, twice daily. It also promotes skin renewal and is safe to use inside the shower.
What’s more, one activating cleanser of your choice will be included in the kit (PHP7,350 SRP). Personally, I prefer the sensitive variant which gently cleans delicate skin.
Let an anti-aging consultant assist you through their hotline at 0922-8518882 or via Instagram @nuskinph.
Savonille means soap from Manila—its provenance. Birthed by one woman’s desire to formulate the perfect product that’s gentle for sensitive skin yet potent enough to whiten and brighten it, the soap bars (PHP250 per 135g) are manufactured using premium ingredients to deliver the best results. And for this, founder Pia Sy collaborated with skincare experts to realize her vision.
The outcome? These Brightening Bars prevent premature aging (antioxidant), reduce redness and irritation (anti-inflammatory, proven to alleviate psoriasis, rosacea, and atopic dermatitis), and promote skin lightening (fights free radicals that causes hyperpigmentation).
Meanwhile, their Moisturizing Hand Soaps (PHP450 per 350ml) keep skin hydrated and smooth after every use. The Citrus Boost gets my vote as the top scent and I’m sure your loved ones will love this Valentine’s Day gift, too!
Wouldn’t it be amazing if you could cleanse and hydrate your skin with just one product? Snailwhite’s Pink Vitamin C Micellar Soap (PHP119 per 60g) does exactly that.
“Our newest beauty bar is formulated with Snailwhite’s signature potion which is a blend of Snail Mucin, Vitamin C, and Bamboo Water. Now it’s possible for anyone to reveal their glow—even those with oily or acne-prone skin,” shares Brand Head Denise Castro. And just like its cult-favorite Whipp Soap, Pink is made with the same micellar foam technology which allows for effortless cleansing—owing to the micelles that absorb dirt and excess oil.
My personal favorites are the Glow Potion Toner (PHP395), the Miracle Intensive Repair Serum (PHP1,695), and the Gold Moisture Facial Cream (PHP1,500).
Products are available in Watsons, SM Beauty, and online at Lazada and Shopee.
A mask that works wonders for the face and your privates? Yes! Two Lips is the world’s first luxury intimate care range for the vulva. The Sleepover Repairing Overnight Mask (PHP4,500) is a no-rinse, all-in-one sleeping mask that deeply nourishes and restores tired skin. With just two drops, the prebiotics in this gel-cream work with olive leaf extract to activate skin repair, while other key ingredients calm and moisturize. And yes, the best results are achieved after 30 days of continuous use.
Meanwhile, the Blackout Activated Charcoal Mask (PHP1,126) is an organic infrared black lace mask that serves as a magnet to draw out toxins and improve lymphatic drainage. It’s proven effective to brighten, detoxify, and moisturize the vulva area.
I’m sure you’ll want to get something for yourself from this list, too. And by all means, go! Go ahead and indulge in self-care. After all, you are only able to give love when you have it. Happy Valentine’s Day!
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