6 beautiful beauty gifts for Valentine’s Day

If Valentine’s Day isn’t looking any more romantic than a boring Monday, don’t worry; a little mid-month splurge might be all you need to get your heart racing.

Spring is upon us and with it comes a slew of gorgeous new beauty purchases.

Here are six of our top picks:


Whether you have someone to lock lips with or not, Lancôme’s L’Absolu Rouge Drama Matte is the gift of self that’s guaranteed to knock your frown down.

The formula’s signature skincare ingredient is tall rose extract and it’s infused with skin-hydrating hyaluronic acid microspheres, to create dramatic impact without the drama of dry lips.

Two bold new shades, a bright new red and a deep burgundy, make their Valentine’s Day debut and the lipstick comes complete in a sexy new heart-shaped and velvet packaging.

Treat yourself: Lancôme’s Absolu Rouge in ‘Lucky in Love’ and ‘Love Bluff’ is €34, Brown Thomas Cork


Look, you can’t watch talent closely if your peepers are puffy. Whether your puffiness is caused by lack of sleep, allergies, aging, or salty foods, Dermalogica’s new Awaken Peptide Eye Gel is your new secret weapon to deflate those puffiness under your eyes.

The lightweight formula feels great on tired eyes and active ingredients like tetrapeptides, caffeine and rosemary leaf extract minimize dark circles and fine lines. It also contains bio-engineered succinic acid to keep eyes bright and voandzeia subterranea seed extract to leave skin looking smoother and brighter.

Treat yourself: Dermalogica Awaken Peptide Eye Gel is €65 from dermalogica.ie.


Great mascara is a girl’s best friend and YSL Beauty’s new Lash Clash changes that.

One sweep of this babe (designed with a patent-pending formula and patent-pending brush) delivers massive volume in an instant, with the brand’s signature overnoir couture black finish.

An innovative cocktail of oil-in-water wax, complex film-forming polymers and wear boosters, Lash Clash’s thick yet creamy texture adds up to 200% more volume in just five strokes.

TRICK : Start applying at the root of the eyelashes on the inner corner of the eye. Sweep brush over lashes, pushing up and out.

Treat yourself: YSL Lash Clash (€34) is available from February 23, 2022 at Boots and Brown Thomas.


The only serum foundation that actually reduces excess sebum, Clarins’ iconic serum foundation, Skin Illusion, now comes in a new matte finish.

If you like to keep things simple, this one’s for you; a few drops of Skin Illusion Velvet are enough to reduce skin shine and blur imperfections.

Available in 28 shades, it blends instantly and lets the skin breathe, leaving behind an invisible matte veil without any buildup.

Treat yourself: Skin Illusion Velvet is €36 at Clarins retailers in France.


Even if you won’t be holding hands with the guy or girl of your dreams this week, there’s no need to neglect your poor hard-working numbers.

We use our hands for everything and often forget to show them some attention.

Patchology’s self-heating, softening hand mask uses the same insulation technology as the space blankets, locking in your body’s natural heat to allow the coconut-infused formula inside to penetrate the skin . Ten glorious minutes later, chapped, dry hands are rejuvenated and cuticles are softened.

Treat yourself: Patchology Perfect Ten is available (€10) at Lloyds Pharmacy, McCabes and selected retailers.


Blended for all of us craving some fresh air after a long streak of lockdowns, “When The Rain Stops” is the latest scent in the Maison Margiela Replica collection…and one of our favorites so far.

A woody aquatic fragrance, it opens with a vibrant blend of pink peppercorn essence and fresh, luminous rose petal; warm smells of damp wood and fresh flowers wet from the rain.

“I wanted to recall this precise moment when the sound of the rain fades to give way to a soft light filtered by the branches of the surrounding conifers and the mist”, explains the nose at the origin of the perfume, the perfumer Fanny Bal.

Treat yourself: Maison Margiela When The Rain Stops is €56 (30ml) and available at Brown Thomas Cork.

Donovan B. Sanford