Giving a gift always feels better than receiving one and beauty gifts are my favorite token of appreciation.
Galentine’s Day, originating from the NBC show “Parks and Recreation” in 2010, is celebrated each year on Feb. 13. It was the creation of the beloved fictional deputy director of Parks and Recreation in Pawnee, Indiana, Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) where she paid homage to the female friendships in her life. It gained such popularity from the show that it permeated into real life and stuck around.
Galentine’s Day is a great excuse to show your ladies some love and there’s no better way than gifting them a seriously great beauty product.
I typically give my girls some sort of self-care present so here are some of the best gifts to give to your girlfriend, sister, mom or any other woman in your life. Girl power.
You’ll never go wrong gifting a luxury lipstick. This color is a universally flattering taupe that can be dressed up or down. One of the best formulas on the market, it’s creamy and hydrating, with a squared tip that makes application super easy. The gorgeous rose-gold packaging feels heavy and the cap delivers a seriously satisfying “click.”
Everyone can use a product that makes them feel like a queen, sitting down to apply their lotions and potions in beautiful jars. The signature purple packaging and tiny gold spatula alone makes this gift a showstopper, but the cream inside is the secret to dewy, plump skin. It’s also filled with amino acids and ceramides to strengthen elasticity as well as Tatcha’s super blend of botanical extracts, oils and antioxidant-filled Japanese purple rice for overall bounce. Truly a product fit for royalty.
Elle Magazine’s first ever fragrance, the scent blends fresh notes of lemon, mandarin orange, freesia and sweet autumn pear in its opening. The floral heart of the fragrance combines jasmine, peony, lily and rose, with a creamy hint of summer peach. It then dries down to sandalwood, cedarwood and musk. It’s playful, bold and effortlessly chic, just like your BFF.
Remember in middle school when you gifted your BFF a sweet scented body wash? This is the grown-up version. Just like the buttery, silky oil cleansers we use on our faces, this oil body wash is made up of seven blended oils to attract grime and sweat like a magnet, lifting it from your skin and washing it away without drying it out. The best part is the orange blossom neroli scent, which is light and subtle but gorgeous.
Body oils make great gifts because they’re inherently more luxe than a body lotion. This one is hydration, shine and fragrance for your body AND hair. The oil absorbs fast to moisturize while still leaving a dewy sheen on skin and quenching your hair without weighing it down. It’s scent is the brand’s Melrose Place fragrance, an intoxicating blend of rose, bergamot, lychee, cedarwood and white musk.
Give your girl a boost with these holographic undereye patches that help hydrate and de-puff stressed out skin and brighten dark circles. Vegetable-derived serum moisturizes and smooths for a refreshed, awake look in minutes. The patches also hug the curve of your eye contour to stay put. Throw on these masks together and hop on FaceTime for a self-care gossip session.
With giant 24-pan palettes on the market, a back-to-basics five-pan palette of matte neutrals is perfect for anyone’s collection. These eyeshadow formulas are buttery, soft and easy to blend and fits right in a makeup bag to take on-the-go.
It’s like giving someone a fancy facial without them having to leave their house. Made for the dry, tired skin jet lag causes, this is the perfect all-in-one face mask to plump, brighten and smooth skin as well as boost moisture. It can be used as a rinse-off mask, a leave-on treatment, an undereye mask or a moisturizer.
Gia Mazur is an award-winning staff writer and beauty obsessive who joined The Times-Tribune’s Lifestyles department in 2015. She’s a product enthusiast who can’t live without an eyelash curler. A proud Virgo, Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Pillow Talk is her go-to. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org; 570-348-9127; @gmazurTT