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Valentine’s Day Gift Giving SOS Guide

Love it or loathe it, Valentine’s Day is a national institution. At allbeauty, we’re fairly unanimous in that it’s a nice way to break up the winter doldrums and inject some excitement into what would otherwise be the long slog between Christmas and Easter. 

But, and there is a but, we know that for many people Valentine’s Day can bring with it a fair amount of hair-pulling. The panic shopping that occurs over those 24 hours is a sight to be seen. Ideally from a great distance. If you would rather be shot with an arrow than find yourself desperately trying to rip the price tag off the last bouquet of petrol station flowers, this Gift Giving SOS Guide is for you.


The Newly Besotted

You’re in a new relationship and want to buy your special someone a gift, but don’t know them well enough to narrow down your gift options? We hear you. A gift set may seem like a safe choice, but if chosen well, can be incredibly romantic. Scented shower gels and indulgent lotions can make for an ideal night in for two!

 

For Him

With scents such as Fireside and Whisky and Water, the Noble Isle Warm Cocoon Gift Set is the perfect gift for the new man in your life. Containing three luxury shower gels, he can smell great whether at home, the gym, or staying at your place.

Noble Isle Gift Set
Warm & Spicy Bath and Shower Trio – 3 x 75ml

Our Price: £20.00

 

For Her

Presented in a beautiful gift box, The Ritual of Ayurveda Rebalancing Ceremony Extra Large Gift Set contains four products to balance mind, body and soul. Enriched with sweet almond oil and Indian rose, it offers the ultimate aromatic experience.

Rituals – The Ritual of Ayurveda
Rebalancing Ceremony Extra Large Gift Set
RRP £69.90

Our Price: £62.90


Are We, Aren’t We?

 

If you’re on that awkward middle ground of not knowing whether you’re ‘a thing’ or not, buying Valentine’s gifts can send you into a tailspin.

For Him

Acqua Di Parma
Collezione Barbiere Shaving Cream 125g
RRP £46.00

Our Price: £34.95

For Her

Dior Rouge – Dior Couture Colour
999 Celebrity Red 3.5g
RRP £30.00

Our Price: £27.00


No Gifts This Year…

How many times has this one caught you out? One of you declares that you won’t be buying gifts this year, only to blindside you with something at the last minute. Don’t get caught out this Valentine’s Day, have a little something on standby. The best part? These gifts won’t cost the earth and can easily be gifted later in the year on the off chance your other half stays true to their declaration.

 

For Him

Keep it simple with this beautifully presented set of toiletries by Rituals. The Ritual of Samurai Invigorating Medium Gift Set includes everything he needs to look and smell fabulous for a weekend away, so you could even pair it with the promise of a city break if he really pushes the boat out on your surprise gift this Valentine’s.
Rituals – The Ritual of Samurai
Invigorating Ritual Medium Gift Set
RRP £29.90

Our Price: £26.90

 

For Her

From french beauty giant L’Occitane comes the Collection Voyage, including travel-sized versions of eight of their top-selling products. Rich in ingredients such as shea butter and almond oil, you can buy this with confidence that whatever her skin type, it will be well received.

L’Occitane GIfts
Collection Voyage
RRP £24.00

Our Price: £21.60


Time To Up The Ante

Are you ready to push the boat out on a luxury gift this Valentine’s Day? There’s no better way to say “I Love You” than with the perfect fragrance. But how do you choose from the thousands of options available? While buying a tried and true favourite is a safe option, why not surprise your significant other with one of these top picks?

 

For Him

Winner of a Cosmopolitan Beauty Award, Fragrance Foundation Award and GQ Grooming Award, Tom Ford Fabulous Eau de Parfum is an ideal gift for the discerning gent. Combining the deep scent of leather with notes of lavender, vanilla and almond, this fragrance is sure to be a new favourite.
Tom Ford Fabulous
Eau de Parfum Spray 50ml
RRP £218.00

Our Price: £185.30

For Her

Designed for the strong, contemporary woman, Yves Saint Laurent Libre Eau de Parfum is a feast for the senses. From its couture bottle to its effortless combination of floral, aromatic and citrus, it’s no surprise that this perfume has gained a cult following. 

Yves Saint Laurent
Libre Eau de Parfum Spray 50ml
RRP £78.00

Our Price: £66.00


Treat Yourself

Whilst buying gifts for others is rewarding, why not treat yourself to a new signature fragrance at the same time? The new fragrance Daisy Daze Eau de Toilette by Marc Jacobs is the perfect way to gift yourself this Valentines Day!

Marc Jacobs Daisy Daze
Eau de Toilette Spray 50ml
RRP £59.00

Our Price: £50.15


To shop all of our incredible Valentine’s Day gifts, visit allbeauty.com or click the image below.  Happy Valentine’s Day, love allbeauty!

How To: Get Date Night Ready

Whether you’re new to a relationship or are trying to bring some romance back into your life, adding date night as a regular fixture in your calendar is a must. But if you’re anything like us, the pressure of getting all dolled up for a meal out with the other half can seem like more effort than it’s worth.

And it’s not just married date night grinches that find the build-up overwhelming. If you’re newly dating, the pressure to look just right, not too overdressed, not too casual, is a minefield.

Here’s a handy guide to getting date night ready with just a few easy tips. 


1. “Be prepared”

Those boy scouts are onto a good thing with this handy motto. If you know it’s date night, leave yourself time to get ready. There is nothing worse than sweatily trying to apply eyeliner as your Uber waits outside. For bonus points, try to get to bed early the night before so you don’t find yourself dozing during the dessert course. A relaxing fragrance, like the Pillow Spray from ThisWorks, can be a great help for encouraging sleep.


2. Defuzz, or don’t

If you play your cards right, date night could easily become date morning. With this in mind it’s worth a last minute defuzz, if that’s the way you usually roll. Whether you epilate, shave or wax, avoid any unwelcome razor rash by applying a good quality moisturiser to the skin post-treatment. Clarins Moisture-Rich Body Lotion with Shea Butter is one fantastic choice.

Au naturale? You’re good to go!


3. Keep your makeup simple

First of all, let me preface this by saying if you enjoy putting on a full face of makeup before you go out, you do you girl! We are not here to tell you the ‘right’ way to get ready for date night, simply how to make the whole process as easy and breezy as possible.

With that in mind,  keeping your makeup simple is a great choice. A good mascara and bright lip (preferably kiss-proof) can go a long way, and take seconds to apply. Unless you have time to kill, date night is not the time to experiment with new eyeshadow techniques or to try out contouring. Play it safe, keep it simple and stay you,  your last-minute jitters will thank you. 


4. Let your crown shine

Your hair is your crowning glory, make sure it’s looked after. Again, simplicity is key on date night, particularly if you have a small window to get ready in. A quick squirt of antifrizz or volumising spray will ensure you look great the whole night through, finished with a shot of setting hairspray depending on whether you plan on breaking some moves on the dance floor.


5. Pack the essentials

Finding the balance when it comes to packing a handbag is an intricate art that can take decades to master. However, a few tips for date night: you probably don’t need your entire purse complete with 4 different coffee rewards cards, but you probably do need gum (because garlic bread shouldn’t stand between you and your sweetheart), that new lipstick, your phone, and, ahem, any relevant protection, aka umbrella.


6. Treat every sense

We’ve saved this one until last because it’s too often forgotten. Smell is an incredibly powerful sense but can often be overlooked when it comes to romance. Before you head out the door, make sure you smell great, but don’t overdo it. When it comes to perfume, less is more. Which fragrance is best for date night? One that fills you with confidence. If you’re not sure where to start, check out our list of favourites below, shop all our fragrance by clicking here or try our fragrance finder to help you be date night ready.

Stella McCartney Stella
Eau de Parfum Spray 100ml
RRP £78.00 (Save 53%)

Our Price: £36.95
Jimmy Choo
Eau de Parfum Spray 100ml
RRP £79.00 (Save 51%)

Our Price: £38.75
Calvin Klein CK One
Eau de Toilette Spray 200ml
RRP £59.00 (Save 56%)

Our Price: £25.95
Cerruti 1881 Pour Femme
Eau de Toilette Spray 100ml
RRP £52.00 (Save 58%)

Our Price: £21.95


While all of our tips will hep you be prepared for the big day the most important thing to remember is to enjoy yourself! To shop all of our Valentines Day products click the image below or go to allbeauty.com.

NEW Emporio Armani In Love With You & Stronger With You Intensely

NEW Emporio Armani In Love With You & Stronger With You Intensely + Your Chance To Win!

Together we are shooting stars… NEW Emporio Armani In Love With You and Stronger With You Intensely, plus your chance to win!

Discover Emporio Armani In Love With You and Stronger With You Intensely. The next instalment in the ‘Together Stronger’ campaign, these audacious, addictive scents reflect the personalities of today’s young men and women in search of their own profound love stories. Together, irrisistably in love; every day, stronger.

Emporio Armani In Love With You & Stronger With You Intensely allbeauty blogIn Love With You

A contemporary and passionate blend of raw materials, In Love With You features sweet andaddictive black cherry combined with an ultra-feminine heart of jasmine and elegant notes of patchouli. The champagne rosé tint subtly represents the modern personality of the new fragrance: fruity, floriental and intense.

In Love With You is available in 30ml, 50ml or 100ml at allbeauty.com

Emporio Armani In Love With You & Stronger With You Intensely allbeauty blogStronger With You Intensely

An audacious fragrance due to a contrastful fresh & spicy aromatic top notes obtained thanks to the pink pepper. More addictive, with its signature Sugar Coated Chetsnut Accord in overdose. Warm and spicy notes of Cinnamon push the Chestnut at the very heart of the fragrance.

Stonger With You Intensely is available in 50ml or 100ml at allbeauty.com

 

Your Chance To Win!

The perfect his and hers for Valentine’s Day, we’ve teamed up with Armani Beauty to give one lucky winner the chance to win In Love With You 100ml and Stronger With You Intensely 100ml! To enter, simply fill in the form below and tell us about your ideal Valentine’s day. Good luck ❤

Get The Look: Valentine’s Date Night With Benefit Cosmetics

Get The Look: Valentine’s Date Night, With Benefit Cosmetics

This look is all about giving your make up that little Valentine’s glow… after all: there’s no such thing as too much pink! Check out our video with Benefit Make-Up Artist Amy-Louise to see how it’s done: 

Get The Look:

Step one:

Start with a finished base (foundation, concealer). Apply They’re Real! Mascara to top and bottom lashes, wiggling the wand from the base upward. Use the ball to seperate lashes for an even more dramatic look!

Step two:

To create a rosy glow, sweep Rockateur Cheek Powder across the apples of your cheeks for a romantic look.

Step three:

For cheekbones that glisten in the candlelight, apply Watt’s Up! Highlighter to cheek bones, nose and Cupid’s bow and blend to create a subtle, glowy look.

Step four:

To finish the look  and create gorgeous, fuller lips, sweep They’re Real! Double The Lip 2-in1 lip liner and lipstick to lips. Mwah!

You can shop the entire Roller range from Benefit Costmetics at allbeauty.com!

WIN! Neom Intensive Skin Treatment Candle

WIN! Neom Intensive Skin Treatment Candle

Whatever your relationship status may be, this Valentine’s Day make sure you take some time out to love yourself… and your skin!  

Whether you’re single and loving it, o b s e s s e d with your new boyfriend or girlfriend, or planning to dance the funky chicken on your 75th wedding anniversary (per Baz Lurhman’s famous song Everybody’s Free (To Wear Suncreen), February 14th – aka Valentine’s Day – is a day to celebrate love in all forms, and that includes ourselves!

True Love = A Pamper Session

We’ve teamed up with the wellbeing experts at Neom Organics to give you the chance to win the ultimate pamper session essential: an Intensive Skin Treatment Candle worth £36.00!
A unique. deeply nourishing treatment that’s perfect for all over the body, simply burn your Intensive Skin Treatment Candle  for 30 minutes to create a pool of precious oil (just enough time to soak in a warm bath!). Then simply then blow out the candle flame, allow the oil to cool for 2 minutes and drizzle over any part of the body in need of repair and rehydration. Made with 24 essential oils, you’ll be feeling truly pampered in no time! After all, you deserve it.

Your Chance To Win

Simply enter below for your chance to win a Neom Intensive Skin Treatment Candle in time for Valentine’s Day!

WIN! Tickets To Valentine’s Cinema Screening At The Natural History Museum In Collaboration With Luna Cinema

WIN! Tickets To Valentine’s Cinema Screening At The Natural History Museum In Collaboration With The Luna Cinema

Looking for some alternative plans for Valentine’s Day this year? Look no further! We’ve teamed up with the Natural History Museum in collaboration with The Luna Cinema to give you the chance to win 1 of 3 pairs of tickets to the Valentine’s Cinema in London…

Following a sell-out Halloween season in October, the Luna big screen is returning to the main hall (underneath Hope the blue whale!) at the Natural History Museum for three evenings of incredible Valentine’s cinema from 14-16th February.

With four Valentine’s-themed events, including Golden Globe award-winning ‘A Star is Born’, the romantic classics such as ‘The Notebook’, ‘Pretty Woman’, and ‘Love Actually’, and two anti-Valentine’s screenings –  ‘Kill Bill Vol. 1’ and ‘Thelma and Louise’ – there’s something for everyone.

Luna Cinema Valentine's Movie Sceenings allbeauty blog competition

So whether you’re looking for a classic romcom to snuggle up to, or the perfect antidote to all the sentimental mush, you grab the popcorn and we’ll take care of the rest!

Your Chance To Win!

To be in with a chance of winning 1 of 3 pairs of tickets to the Valentine’s Cinema event at the Natural History Museum, simply answer the following question:

Which animal will you be sitting under at The Luna Cinema, in the Natural History Museum?

  1. Shark
  2. Blue whale
  3. Goldfish

Enter via the form below. Entries close at 11:59PM on Wednesday 6th February 2019. Full T&Cs below.  Good luck!

For more information about Movie Nights At The Museum, or to book tickets, visit www.thelunacinema.com. 

Valentine’s Day 2019: Gift Guide For Him and For Her

This Valentine’s Day we’re playing cupid! So whether you’re shopping for your boyfriend, girlfriend, husband, wife or even your girl-friends, aim for the perfect gift with allbeauty…

 

Looking for more gift ideas? Shop Valentine’s Day 2019 at allbeauty.com – for her, for him, for love.

Prices correct at time of publish

Get The Look – Sexy Waves

This Valentine’s Day, get beautiful sexy waves with our easy tips!

Whatever your hair type, it’s never been easier to get gorgeous sexy waves, and be date night ready. Shop women’s haircare online at allbeauty and shop all Valentine’s Day here.

Sexy Waves – Preparation

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Preparation is 90% of any ‘curl look’ so get your groundwork in and the rest will follow. Skip the heavy treatments this week! Curls stay in best on hair that’s not weighed down, so we recommend using Redken Clean Maniac for perfectly clean, primed hair. If you have fine hair, apply a volumiser to the roots (remember waves add volume of their own, so no need to add it to the lengths). You’ll probably use heat along the way, so a heat protector is vital, and if you find it hard to hold curl, then apply a product to wet hair (after heat protector) to hold everything in place. Seems a lot? Try this genius product from Uniq One that does it all!

How To Get Sexy Waves – Hot Or Cold?

Now you’re ready to start, decide whether you want to use hot tools or a cold method to create your waves. Hot tools give you more control and a groomed finish. Cold methods take longer (usually overnight) but look more ‘un-done’. We’ll focus on hot tools for this post, but for super-easy ways to get heatless curls, see our blog post here (with video guides!)

Party Season Hair Trends 2017For a glamorous ‘done’ look like this one, you’ll want to use curling irons or rollers after you blow-dry. Apply your preparation as above, and make sure you use a curl-setting product before you style, such as TIGI Catwalk Strong Hold Mousse. Be sure to let the hair cool completely before touching, and for extra hold, clip curls in place while they cool. Finish with a spritz of hairspray with added shine to hold the look – for really great hold, try Schwarzkopf Osis+ Session Extreme Hold.

An easy to way to get a more ‘un-done’ version of this look, from office to date, is to roll the hair while damp into a chignon (like this or even easier like this), then shake it loose for the evening.

Party Season Hair Trends 2017

Putting curls into a bob gives you instant wow! This Emma-Stone inspired look is gorgeous and is best achieved using curling irons to get the exact size of curl that you want. For an easy method on shorter hair, twist hair into pin curls and grip to the head with bobby pins. Then clamp each ‘curl’ with the straightening irons for a count of 5 and allow to cool completely before loosening. Shake out the curls with your fingers for a loose look. Be sure to set your straightening irons to a high heat setting before you start, as they need serious heat to lock the cuticle in place.

For faster curl-while-you-style, Click N Curl is a great solution.

More Products We Love To Get Sexy Waves

product imagediva professional Intelligent Digital Beach Curls Wand

The dimples on the wand create loose curls for you, while the barrel is infused with Argan Oil for added shine.

product imagePaul Mitchell Hot Off The Press Thermal Protection Spray

Protects hair from heat while also locking in curls. Can also be used as a finishing spray and is vegan and colour safe.

product imageKMS CurlUp Wave Foam

Enhances wave formation and creates long-lasting waves. Plus up to 72 hours frizz and humidity protection – who doesn’t want that!

product imageMOROCCANOIL Beach Waves Mousse

For those not a fan of salt spray, this mousse creates beachy waves without salt and leaves hair feeling soft and hydrated.

 Kerastase Mousse Bouffante Volumsing Mousse

Creates all-over volume with heat protection and adds all-day hold.

product imageSACHAJUAN  Normal Hair Shampoo

A superb every day shampoo, that leaves hair in superb condition whilst gently cleansing.

Valentine’s Day Moschino Fragrance Giveaway

We’re giving away FIVE bottles of Moschino fragrance just in time for Valentine’s Day – just tell us your most romantic memory!

Our Moschino fragrance giveaway promises a real treat five lucky winners, who’ll each win a bottle of Moschino Gold Fresh Couture Eau de Parfum. Just tell us your most romantic memory below for your chance to win. Entry closes midnight 4th February 2018 and is open to the UK & EIRE.

moschino fragrance fresh couture gold

This Valentine’s Day 2018, we’re giving away five bottles of the gorgeous limited edition release of the fragrance for her by Moschino. The original Fresh Couture fragrance in limited edition gold packaging, Moschino’s Fresh Couture combines fresh and joyful accents to produce a Floral/Woody perfume of tempting femininity. The concept was to juxtapose the most mundane and commonplace of products, the household cleaner, with something so precious, the juice of a luxury brand’s fragrance.

 

  • Top notes of bright accord of mandarin, bergamot and intense, exotic, ylang ylang
  • Middle notes of white peony, osmanthus and raspberry
  • Base notes of clear woods, white patchouli and ambrox

10 Romantic Perfume Bottles We Want To Receive

Our 10 romantic perfume bottles are beauties we’d love to unwrap! Is your favourite listed here?

If in doubt, a romantic perfume bottle makes a great ‘blind buy’! We’ve picked scents – and bottles – that are both romantic and perfect for gifting.

romantic perfume bottles
Diesel Loverdose Eau de Toilette

 

 

 

 

 

 

romantic perfume bottles
Viktor & Rolf Bonbon Eau de Parfum

romantic perfume bottles
Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream Eau de Toilette

 

romantic perfume bottles
Vera Wang Love Struck Eau de Parfum

 

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Anna Sui La Nuit de Boheme Eau de Parfum

 

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DKNY MYNY Eau de Parfum

 

romantic perfume bottles
Dolce Rosa Excelsa Eau de Parfum

 

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Nina Ricci Mademoiselle Eau de Parfum

 

romantic perfume bottles
Juicy Couture Couture La La Eau de Parfum

 

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Chloe Signature Eau de Parfum

 

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Romantic Perfume Bottles