Gift Guide: Be Your Own Valentine 2012

Anyone who knows me, will know that I am not really a Valentines person. I think that if you really love someone, you should not need a day in the year specially designated to show them just how much.  You know that Valentines episode in the first season of The O.C. where Sandy says that Valentines day is just a day promoted by Hershey’s and Hallmark to sell cards and candy? I 100% agree with him (and look how trying to do something for Valentines ended up for everyones relationships in that episode!)

All of that being said, I do love all the pretty pink luxury items that crop up in the marketplace every February, so why don’t you turn Valentines day into a day you take a moment to actually appreciate yourself for a change? I’ve picked out some of the things I’d love to treat myself to this year, as well as a  few little luxuries that I already own and love, and want to share with you!

Smythson of Bond Street Pink Notebook: £45 | Benefit Thrrrob Face Powers: £23.50 | Diptyque Rosa Mundi Limited Edition Scented Candle: £40 | Essie Nail Polish in ‘Bachelorette Bash’: £9.95 | Mulberry Heart Shaped Coin Purse: £100 | Alexander McQueen Pink Skull Ring: £75 | Monica Viander Rose Gold Bracelet: £195 | Touche Eclat by Yves Saint Laurent: £25

Benefit’s Thrrrob ‘Turned On Face Power’ was actually the first ever Benefit product I ever got, and a product I still use on occasion when I want to create a nice, rosy, flushed look. Also down makeup alley, I have been raving about the superpowers of Yves Saint Laurent’s Touche Eclat ever since I got it, and I have been a big fan of Essie nail polishes ever since they first started gracing my nails in 2010. 

A special mention has to go to my latest scent obsession, Diptyque’s new Rose Mundi scent. I first caught a whiff of it in Selfridges, and took a little scent stick home which I kept on smelling for about a week before the scent faded. I’m not actually a big fan of Liberty, but I keep on wondering in via their Carnaby Street entrance, past the chocolate and through a room dedicated to Diptyque just so I can spritz and bury myself in the beautiful rose scent. I’d describe it as very similar to Paul Smith’s ‘Rose’ perfume, but a lot more refined with a much greater range of notes. I wish I could afford to fork out for the whole collection; the fragrance, the candle to scent my room and the room spray to keep in my bathroom. 

Will you be treating yourself to something special, or have you been dropping hints regarding certain little luxuries to someone special?