My Valentine’s Luxury Lust List…

luxury gifts for women valentines

Mr AMR would rather repeatedly stick a screwdriver into his eye sockets than do anything for Valentine’s, but I, for one, think that it’s the perfect excuse to receive a little treat. Something beautifully scented, something flirty and pink, or pale and expensive and understated. Here are my own picks for Valentine’s Day presents – a mini gift guide, if you will…

(I threw in the cashmere socks from The White Company (top right of photo) at the very last minute, because – well – why not? You can find them here, they’re £35. The Love notebook, shown throughout, is £7.95 from Ohh Deer.)

diptyque rosamundi candle

The standout Valentine’s candle: Rosa Mundi by Diptyque. Do you recall me talking about the Parisian print atelier, Antoinette Poisson? They design beautiful things for high-end clients such as Darphin (see recent post here) and they’ve created the print for this Diptyque limited edition candle – it’s just gorgeous. Scent-wise, Rosa Mundi is an avalanche of fresh, almost fruity rose – not at all overbearing or chintzy, very modern and crisp. I love it. Find it at Space NK – it’s £48, and you can get £15 back on a spend of £60 and over, at time of publishing.

hush homewear gift set

The sweet-as-candy sweater: Hush’s neon pink cashmere, with a bar of (amazingly addictive) rose chocolate thrown into the gift box for good measure. Yes, the jumper is that bright in real life – if you feel as though you want to inject some easy colour into your wardrobe to lift these grey days, this is the perfect investment! £127 online here.

love in idleness perfume

The non-standard non-rose fragrance: Atkinsons’ Love In Idleness. I have a full review of this waiting in the wings (should have put it out this week, really, but I’ve been rather sleep-deprived and everything has gone to pot!) but for now, concisely, this is a violet-packed perfume with a candied, lightweight sort of feel to it. Nothing serious about it whatsoever – if fairies wore fragrance (or indeed existed) then this is what they’d be spritzing. Find it at Selfridges; it’s £105 for a huge hip-flask-style bottle of scent.

kiko heart lipsticks

The oh-so-cute lipsticks: matte, heart-shaped and just £6.90 from KIKO. These keep on selling out online, but you can grab one in-store if you have one nearby…

peter thomas roth stem cell rose mask

The completely-unromantic-but-good-excuse-to-buy-it-because-it’s-rose face mask: Rose Stem Cell from Peter Thomas Roth. I really, really like this mask for toning and firming – you’ve got your cleansing masks and your moisturising masks and this one feels as though it’s the “missing peg”. Instant freshness and hydration, brilliant pre-makeup or for revitalising hungover skin. Read about more benefits/how to use at Cult Beauty  – it’s £34.50 for a hefty 150ml.

lk bennett serafina boots

The boots! Oh man, the boots. I have never, ever been so excited to put on a pair of boots – roll on post-partum recovery when I have stomach muscles back and can actually stand upright without clinging onto something! The Serafina from LK Bennett are the height of retro cool – look at those disco stripes! I’ll be wearing these with the darkest skinny jeans and something appropriately drapey (read baggy!) on the top half. Serafina are £350 here – they also come in black, equally amazing but not so Valentine’s-flatlay-friendly.

charlotte tilbury valentine lipstick

The cult-buy lipsticks: Pillow Talk and Valentine from Charlotte Tilbury. Pillow Talk, a dark nude matte, is getting raved about here there and everywhere, but I have to say that it’s “Valentine” that floats my boat – it has a warmth to it that suits my skintone far better and I love the creamy texture. Both shades can be found at Charlotte Tilbury online – the luxe packaging makes this small gift feel really special.

Oh – you can just about see Jo Malone’s Red Roses bath oil peeking into shot here, too – always a crowd-pleaser. Find it here. Though if you wanted something more “lifestyle” and less “beauty”, I can highly recommend the Scent Surround diffuser sticks in the same rose fragrance (here) – I’ve still not found “sticks in a jar” that last longer than this particular version…

I had a baby! Read about my new arrival… 

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  1. Evelyn
    February 10, 2017 / 9:18 pm

    Wait… fairies don’t exist…?!!

  2. Lily
    February 10, 2017 / 10:47 pm

    Congratulations and well done Ruth!

  3. Stephanie-M-M
    February 10, 2017 / 11:20 pm

    Dear Mr AMR,
    your wonderful wife, who presented you with two beautiful healthy children (one just arrived a few days before) really deserves a little present for Valentine’s Day, don’t you think!? She’s smart, kind, beautiful and even with a huge baby bump she can pull the sexy lady off. There are great ideas on her blog. One present is enough, well, two don’t hurt either, but just a little attentiveness would be very welcome.
    My best wishes and congratulations on your amazing baby boy! Good job!

    • February 11, 2017 / 12:09 am

      LOL! Don’t you worry, I do VERY well on birthdays, anniversaries and at Christmas! : )

      • February 13, 2017 / 3:55 am

        Must try your new rose fragrance recommendation. Love them all. Can’t wait to read the full and exclusive review. Hope you and Mr. AMR (begrudging as he is to the holiday) have a great Valentine”s Day with the two human children, and your dog and cat children.

  4. February 10, 2017 / 11:58 pm

    Sending lots of love xx

  5. February 11, 2017 / 7:10 am

    Dear Ruth, I got kicked out of my subscription as something ‘bad juju’ happened to my email and so have totally missed the baby birth news and when you actually had it-Boy? Girl? Im looking around your site, but cant find news anywhere, but I know you have had it by now!
    Hugest congratulations and wishing you and Mr AMR and family a fabulous year.
    Rachel xxx

  6. February 11, 2017 / 9:31 am

    Superb list Ruth. That face mask is going right on my Amex card! Hope you and your little family are all doing well.

    Ali x

  7. Ginger griff
    February 11, 2017 / 9:45 am

    Super list love it all my husband is the same not even a card in over 30 years he doesn’t like valentine at all but like you I do ok on other occasions xxx :)

  8. February 11, 2017 / 1:45 pm

    These are some great valentines picks – may have to treat myself! Congratulations on your new arrival!

  9. February 11, 2017 / 7:01 pm

    Personally I’m not a big fan of pink, but those boots are really awesome. Also, I didn’t know about KIKO new heart-shaped lipsticks… they are really cool!
    P.S: Congratulations on your beautiful baby boy!

  10. February 11, 2017 / 10:15 pm

    Omg those heart shaped lipsticks are just the cutest thing I’ve ever seen! SO adorable! And I love the boots!

    x Annabelle

  11. bella
    February 19, 2017 / 6:17 pm

    I love pink and my best friend from high school also loves pink! I think that’s why we are besties! LOL
    Great post and I love Valentine’s Day, even if I don’t have a sweetie.

  12. February 27, 2017 / 3:39 pm

    I love Hush Clothing but Its too bloody short on my body!! I am 5ft 10″ and often the lovely cashmere jumpers look like crop tops which is just so not my cup of tea.

    Leanne |

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