Traditional Valentine’s Day gift essentials

Clichés aren’t necessarily a bad thing. Going back to the roots of something can be really fun and upholding traditions is a beautiful thing. Today I want to share five of the most popular Valentine’s Day gift ideas for women and share my personal favorites in each of the categories. Take a look!

Chocolates

You can never ever ever go wrong with chocolates on Valentine’s Day, especially not with Belgian chocolates, which are simply THE best chocolates in the world. And no, I am not just saying that because I was born and bred there. My personal favorite? Neuhaus of course!

Belgian chocolates Neuhaus chocolate

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Availability: from 23 euro in all Neuhaus stores and Neuhaus corners.

Jewelry

Diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but if we can’t get the real deal most of us are more than happy to settle for Swarovski crystals. I personally think this gorgeous little rose gold infinity necklace would make the perfect Valentine’s Day gift as it symbolizes eternity and never-ending love. T’awwww, so romantic…!

Swarovski Exist infinity pendant necklace Swarovski spring summer 2016 collection

Availability: 119 CHF at Swarovski and Swarovski jewellers.

Watch

Not only jewelry but also watches are a great Valentine’s Day present. For me there is no better think-of-me gift than a pretty watch, because every time you look at it – which is a lot – you’ll be reminded of the person you got it from. One of my most recent favorites is this gorgeous Daniel Wellington Classy St Mawes rose gold watch.

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Availability: 165 CHF in the Daniel Wellington online store. Use promo code Kiss&MakeUp for a sitewide 15% discount until March 15.

Perfume

Another popular Valentine’s Day gift is perfume, with sexy seductive fragrances and sweet happy scents being the top picks. One of my absolute favorites for V-day this year is the brand new Estée Lauder Modern Muse Eau de Rouge, a deliciously fruity fragrance with a youthful bubbly character.

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Availability: 55 CHF (30 ml), 78 CHF (50 ml) and 113 CHF (100 ml) at all Estée Lauder counters and in the Estée Lauder online store.

Massage oil

Why not buy a gift that the both of you can enjoy? There’s nothing more romantic than giving each other a nice long massage and nothing says foreplay more than a sexy backrub. Lately the hubby and I have been really enjoying the Rituals Tao Xiu Xi calming body and massage oil with white lotus and yi yi ren.

Review Rituals Tao Xiu Xi calming body massage oil

Availability: 17 CHF at Rituals.

What are some of your favorite Valentine’s Day gifts? See anything in my top five that you’d like to get from your partner or get for yourself this V-day?

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Review | Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector (08 Plum Shimmer)

Late last month Clarins launched its brand new Instant Glow make-up collection for the spring of 2016 here in Switzerland and today I’m reviewing one of two new Instant Light Natural Lip Perfectors from the collection for you. Take a look!

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The Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector is probably one of Clarin’s most-tauted products and there’s a good reason for that, because the formula is truly amazing. For the spring of 2016 the brand added two new shades to the existing Lip Perfector range of which I got one: 08 Plum Shimmer. Plum Shimmer is a pretty shimmery plum that – as you can tell by the natural brown line along my upper lip still shining through – offers sheer coverage and has a glossy finish.

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The Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector comes in a 12 ml sponge-tipped squeeze tube and applies like a dream. And I’m talking a ‘being the cheese in an Alexander Skarsgard and Ian Somerhalder sandwich’ dream here. Seriously girls, this gloss goes on so smoothly, so evenly and so flawlessly that you couldn’t mess up the application even if you wanted to. As I said: like a dream.

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And there’s more to rave about, because the Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector is also non-sticky, smells yummy, wears beautifully and keeps my lips pleasantly moisturized for a good couple of hours.

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In conclusion? The Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector formula deserves a big thumbs up and I definitely don’t intend to wait until spring to wear Plum Shimmer. This kind of pretty needs to be showcased for all to see. Stat.

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The new Clarins Instant Glow Spring 2016 make-up collection is available now with the Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector retailing for 26.50 CHF.

Are you a fan of the Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector formula? What do you think of Plum Shimmer?

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Review | Covergirl The Super Sizer Mascara versus Covergirl LashBlast Volume Mascara

It’s time for another beauty battle! This time the fight is between two Covergirl mascaras that both claim to add insane volume. Let’s find out which of the two gives my lashes the biggest boost!

Covergirl The Super Sizer by LashBlast Mascara

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Covergirl The Super Sizer Mascara has a special lash styler brush that you need to twist while applying your mascara. The promised result? Lashes that are are 400% more voluminous, from corner to corner.

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Did… did they just say 400%? Damn. Talk about setting the bar high. At first I didn’t have much faith in the mascara’s tiny rubber bristles, but I actually found the brush surprisingly pleasant and easy to work with. It does a great job separating and lengthening my lashes and the formula never gets clumpy or hard, not even after applying several coats.

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In terms of volumizing however the Covergirl The Super Sizer Mascara really doesn’t do much for my lashes. Length? Check. Curl? Check. Separation? Check. But thickness? Not seeing it.

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Suggested retail price: 11.90 CHF (Very Black) and 12.50 CHF (Very Black Waterproof).

Covergirl LashBlast Volume Mascara

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The Covergirl LashBlast Volume Mascara has a big flexible rubber-bristled brush for ‘mega volume’.

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In terms of size this is more my kind of mascara brush, because – daunting as they may seem to some – I find that big brushes always do the best job when it comes to fattening up my lashes.

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So is this the case with the Covergirl LashBlast Volume Mascara as well? Absolutely! In just a few swipes the mascara dramatically boosts my lashes and adds much-wanted volume and thickness. And this without clumping or hardening.

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Suggested retail price: 11.90 CHF (Very Black) and 12.50 CHF (Very Black Waterproof).

Bottom line? If you like your lashes plump and fat the Covergirl LashBlast Volume Mascara is where it’s at! And if you purely want to focus on length the Covergirl The Super Sizer Mascara is a good choice.

Have you tried these mascaras yet? What do you look for in a mascara?

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Make-up look | Going aquatic in seafoam green, coral pink and rosy salmon

When it comes to make-up I love working with themes. Not only is it super fun to work around a specific idea, but using themes also inspires me to do different things and challenges me to stay creative. For today’s make-up look I decided to go aquatic with seafoam green eyeshadow, coral pink blush and rosy salmon lipstick. Time to dive in!

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On my lids I used a matte seafoam green from my Revlon Eclectic Photoready Primer, Shadow + Sparkle palette combined with a hint of deep brown along the lash line and in the crease and outer corner of the eye for contrast and depth. I tightlined my eyes, applied a few licks of mascara et voilà, all done with the eyes.

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On my skin I used my Smashbox Photo Finish Pore Mimizing Primer, my MAC Studio Waterweight Foundation and my NYD HD Finishing Powder as a base and then I added some color to my cheeks with my crushed MAC x Pedro Lourenço Corol Powder Blush.

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Spot the sea turtle earrings! 

And on my lips I used MAC Sushi Kiss – talk about going all out with the theme – , a creamy salmon pink.

What do you think of the look? Do you like working with themes when you do your make-up?

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Review | Cuccio Naturalé Butter for hands, feet and body

For me nothing ruins a sandwich more than a thick layer of butter, but oddly enough when it comes to beauty I’m a sucker for all things buttery. Needless to say I got very excited when I received this gorgeous little set of eight hydrating butter blends for hands, feet and body from Cuccio Naturalé.

Review (Cuccio Naturalé Butter for hands, feet and body) (1)Don’t they look adorable?! Just look at the pretty colors and the cute little tins! Seriously you guys, THIS. THIS is the kind of thing that instantly boosts my mood and brings happiness to my day. And I haven’t even mentioned the smells yet! The Cuccio Naturalé Butters come in eight delicious blends: vanilla bean & sugar, papaya & guava, white limetta & aloe vera, tuscan citrus & herb, milk & honey, lemongrass & lavender, pomegranate & fig and coconut & white ginger.

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top left to right: vanilla bean & sugar, papaya & guava, white limetta & aloe vera, tuscan citrus & herb
bottom left to right: milk & honey, lemongrass & lavender, pomegranate & fig, coconut & white ginger

All I can say is yuh-UM! Literally every single butter blend smells good enough to eat and the thick luscious texture only makes me want to stick a dessert spoon in them even more. What a treat for the senses! It’s like LUSH, Rituals and The Body Shop all rolled into one! And the butters are not just a delight for the eyes and nose. They’re a delight for the hands as well thanks to the rich formula that provides instant moisture and absorbs within seconds without leaving any greasy or sticky residue.

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my favorites: milk & honey (left) + papaya & guava (right)

My absolute favorite of the bunch has to be either papaya & guava or milk & honey. One smells exotic and fruity while the other smells warm and rich, but I really love both and I simply can’t decide between the two.

In Switzerland Cuccio Naturalé Butter is available at www.beautykosm.ch where the minis (42 g) are currently sold for 13.30 CHF down from 19 CHF and the full-sized tins (226 g) are currently sold for 23.10 CHF down from 33 CHF.

Do you like buttery formulas in skincare? What are your thoughts on these Cuccio Naturalé Butters?

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