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Valentines-day-gift-guide

Get Gorgeous: Valentine’s Day Lust-Haves

Valentine’s Day, on Saturday, February 14, is a great excuse to get glam, grab your beloved, and hit the town for a date night, so here’s some handy, new tools for your beauty arsenal. Single and ready to mingle? Fear not – the celebration of romantic love is also an opportune time to pamper and gift thyself! These are a few of my favourite things, new-to-counter. Here’s hoping they help you activate your mojo! Love (and good beauty products) is all your need…

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Love me, thrill me: Pucker up, baby, with the new Guerlain Kisskiss Lipstick, $41, in bold, vampy 324 Red Love. The elegant and versatile lipstick has a silky texture, ensuring softness and long-lasting comfort. What’s more, it’s the perfect, easy-wearing shade of red. Va va voom! Find it at David Jones via www.davidjones.com.au.

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Fifty shades of sex: The clever people at OPI are cashing in on the February 12 film release of Fifty Shades of Grey with six new limited-edition nail lacquers, including five grey nail lacquers in varying shades and textures, along with one rich red hue. Sexy stuff! Individual nail lacquers are $19.95, or a Fifty Shades of Grey Mini Pack, containing six nail lacquers, is $29.95. The collection will be on-counter from late January at selected Myer, David Jones, Sephora stores and salons nationally.

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Smoking hot scents: The latest fragrance collection by Juliette Has A Gun – The Luxury Collection – which features seductive, new scents Oil Fiction Eau de Parfum, $390 (pictured at top), and Moon Dance Eau de Parfum, $350 (pictured), is a great way to spoil yourself this V Day. Oil Fiction plays with oriental notes of saffron amber and iris, whereas Moon Dance is an extravagant mix of violet, bergamot, rose and Aphrodite’s flower, heightened by a touch of musk. Find them at Libertine Parfumerie via www.libertineparfumerie.com.au, selected David Jones and Myer department stores and niche perfumeries.

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A crowning glory: Shower time doesn’t have to be boring – add some razzle dazzle to your routine, and protect your blow-dry, with the divine Louvelle Dahlia Turban, $40, at Lulu and Lipstick. Created from stretch, quick-dry fabric with waterproof lining, the pleated turban style is fabulously fun and practical; it also doubles as a hair protector when removing or applying make-up. Visit www.luluandlipstick.com.

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Fresh as a daisy: You’ll be irresistibly sweet thanks to the new Daisy Marc Jacobs Sorbet Editions: two seasonal scents on-counter this February. The first, Daisy Marc Jacobs Sorbet Edition Eau De Toilette Spray, $79 (pictured), is a succulent blend of sheer florals with a hint of fruit. Lush and playfully fresh, it opens with a juicy blend of pear and passion fruit, as crisp jasmine brightens the floral muguet and woody notes leave a warm dry down on the skin. Next up, Daisy Eau So Fresh Marc Jacobs Sorbet Edition Eau De Toilette Spray, $89, is dewy, fresh and fun and said to evoke happiness with a sweet blend of fruity florals. Find the collection at major department stores. Phone 1800 812 663.

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Eyes on the prize: Your beloved may be spellbound by your mesmerising eyes this Valentine’s Day thanks to Issada’s pretty, new Ultimate Eyeliner collection of mineral gel eyeliner pencils, $36 each. On-counter in February, this baby is said to deliver the budge-proof benefits of a gel with the versatility and ease of a pencil. What’s more, it treats the delicate eye area with anti-aging botanicals and minerals. The 10 runway-inspired colours include turquoise, emerald, gold and more. Gorgeous! Paraben-free, gluten-free and vegan, find them at selected salons, spas and clinics and Issada Concept Stores. Visit www.issada.com.

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Colour your world: Love yourself sick this V Day with the new Juuce Love Conditioning Colour Treatment, $25.95. An Australian hair care brand, Juuce blends quality ingredients with styling performance and is developed by hair care experts. Its Love Conditioning Colour Treatments are infused with Argan Oil and said to restore colour intensity and shine, refresh brightness and tone in between salon visits, and revitalise dry and dull hair. The colour treatment comes in seven colour levels for all hair types. Find it at Price Attack stores, salons and stockists nationally.

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5 Sexy Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

Miss Tickles, resident sexpert and sex toy party princess at Tickle and Delight, shares her top five sexy Valentine’s Day gift ideas.

As Valentine’s Day approaches I’m starting to feel the usual chocolates and roses are just a bit thoughtless. With so many fabulous gift ideas available, why are we sticking to the same overpriced and expensive effortless attempts at romance? So I’ve put together a selection of my top five gifts – guaranteed not to break the bank but will get you both in the mood this Valentine’s Day.

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Romantic Rose Petals
At $9.99 this little bargain will seduce your partner without breaking the bank. The organza bag contains 200 faux red rose petals along with scented candles to set the mood. Use the petals to spell out a message of love or to guide your partner to a special place. Team with a few bedroom accessories and you’ll create your very own romantic rose garden.

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Lovers Decision Dice
A cheap and cheerful gift, but one that keeps on giving. Of the two metal dice, one contains different body parts on each side whilst the other contains the actions to perform on that body part – i.e. Kiss and Below Waist. With endless combinations I guarantee you’ll be playing this game long after the 14th February.

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Kama Sutra Weekender Kit
Perfectly sized to take on a romantic getaway or simply keep in the bottom drawer, this miniature collection of Kama Sutra lotions and potions will have you diving headfirst into a luxurious liaison. Enclosed in an attractive box are massage oils, lubricants, pleasure balms and a feather tickler. The exploration is all yours…

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Massage Candles
One of the most luxurious candles you will ever come across is the Flickering Touch Massage Candle from Lelo. This natural soy wax and shea butter candle melts into a luscious oil enabling you to heat up your passion. The oil can be used in couples massage or simply massaged into your skin after a long bath before the Valentine’s Events unfold. These candles come in two flavours – Black Pepper and Pomegranate or Vanilla and Creme De Cacao.

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Nookii
The grown-up game for playful couples. Containing 90 naughty and nice suggestion cards, as well as 2 x dice, a timer, a sheer scarf and play guidelines, In this game of love, you don’t move around a board – you move around each other.

For more gift ideas, visit www.tickleanddelight.com.

Miss Tickles and her team travel the country bringing Sex-U-Cation to Australian and New Zealand women in the privacy of their own homes, where they can laugh and learn together. Find out more at www.tickleanddelight.com.