It’s that time of year again — the one when you shower your girlfriends with gifts they’ll actually like and use. Thank your closest girlfriends for being there for you not just on Valentine’s Day, but year round.
Thankfully, some of your favorite beauty brands are making it easier than ever to spread the love with a full spectrum of pink, red, sparkly, and rose-scented beauty products for the plucking. From the nostalgic BFF nail polish duo besties to the blush she won’t be able to stop applying, read on for the products your friends never knew she needed (she does!). And don’t forget to scoop some up for yourself along the way.
Lush Lovestruck Bubble Bar
Everyone has that one friend who’s always on her phone. Give her the gift of bringing her favorite emoji to the tub via this Lovestruck bubble bar from Lush. It’s infused with energizing lemon and geranium for re-creating that same fuzzy feeling you get when you see those heart-eyes pop up in your feed.
L’Occitane Relaxing Voyage Gift Set in Lavender
This new gift set from L’Occitane contains a pretty soap, body wash, and lotion in the brand’s signature lavender scent. Plus, there are four samples. Give it to the friend who’s always traveling so she has relaxing-scented goodies to use wherever she goes. The “XO”-printed packaging alone is enough to make her feel loved.
L’Occitane Relaxing Voyage Gift Set in Lavender ($25); other scents available
Bite Beauty The Perfect Pair Amuse Bouche Set
Bite Beauty is doubling up on its beloved (add to that creamy!) Amuse Bouche lipsticks with two perfect pairings. We suggest you or, ahem, a friend keep the Meringue/Fig duo shown for everyday, and then try the Thistle/Rhubarb duo for times when you want to spice things up.
NCLA Los Angeles Friends Forever Duo
Remember when you were younger and the term “best friends” meant everything? Rekindle the flame by gifting your bestie one of these nostalgic NCLA nail polishes, available in Friends (red) and Forever (sparkly pink). Tip: if you live far apart, take pics of you both wearing the polishes and share to show you’re thinking of one another.
Sephora Favorites Give Me Some Nude Lip Set
Sephora’s “Favorites” collections offer a great way for beauty-lovers to test-drive beloved items and brands for less. This one — featuring a spectrum of six nude lipsticks, glosses, and pencils — just happens to be shaped like a giant kiss. Give it to the lip-product junkie or spread the love by splitting it up among a few of your own personal “favorites.”
Herbivore Coco Rose Coconut Oil Body Polish
This body scrub from Herbivore is formulated with sugar for sloughing off dead cells, along with all-natural oils (the hero being coconut) for leaving skin feeling moisturized. The infusion of Moroccan rose not only lends to the polish’s intoxicating scent, but is said to help fight aging and cellular damage. Scoop up a jar for yourself and anyone else who could use a little extra TLC.
Too Faced Better Together Bestselling Mascara & Liner Duo
This set from the Too Faced and Kat Von D Better Together collaboration features the best of both worlds combined. You can use Kat Von D’s Tattoo Liner to finally create the perfect cat eye, then top your lashes with Too Faced’s Better Than Sex Mascara — it is! — for mega volume. If you really want to splurge (either on yourself of friends), there’s also an eye shadow set featuring full-size versions of these two.
Philosophy Shampoo, Bath & Shower Gel in Unconditional Love
There’s nothing quite like unconditional love. Show the leading lady (maybe it’s your mom or sister) in your life just how much she means with this three-in-one shampoo, bath, and shower. It’s infused with black raspberry for a soothing yet subtly sweet scent that suits just about anyone.
Clarins Limited-Edition Skin Illusion Blush in Luminous Coral
This new limited-edition blush from Clarins looks as pretty on as it does nestled in its heart and “love”-scribbled packaging. Stash one or all three — shades range from soft pink to bronze — for days when you could use a little pick-me-up, and give them to friends for when they could use the same.
London Soho New York Flat Clutch
Last but not least, scoop up this adorable flat clutch from London Soho New York for your friend who’s always out on the town (or the one who could serve to go out more) as a constant reminder to “live a little.” It’s big enough to store the other items in this gallery and chic enough to wear outside.
London Soho New York Flat Clutch ($10; available at Walgreens)