The top 8 Best Gifts for your Girlies on Galentine’s Day

by Nicole Collins
There are two types of people in the world. People who cannot wait for their pre-fixe dinner, red roses and chocolates in a heart shaped box on February 14th and people who cannot fathom why anyone would be interested in any of those things. There’s kinda no in between. Right?
I’d be willing to bet that 99.9% of people on planet earth could not tell you the origin or history of Valentine’s Day. I’m sure that makes Hallmark really happy because it would likely cut deeply into their profits.
I won’t bore anyone with the actual long winded history of Valentine’s Day, but it is (er was) a Christian feast day honoring a martyr named Valentine. Really had nothing to do with love. I wholeheartedly subscribe to the notion that one should never let the truth get in the way of a good story, though! So let’s let Hallmark and the flower growers and chocolatiers have their day to celebrate love.

Whether you’re a Valentine’s Day lover or hater, I think we can all agree that there are few
things as great as getting a gift from a gal pal. Your girlfriends know you better than anyone else, don’t they? That’s why they always know just what to get you.

So if you celebrate Galentine’s Day or you’re a genius and are reading this looking for something outside the box to get your love interest for Valentine’s Day or just need something great to give an Aquarius on their birthday, here are some of my fav 213Deli picks to gift!!
The Sundae Collection

THE SUNDAE

The gift of a Sundae without the guilt of the calories! Consider your face & body the ice cream in this Sundae. Add Half Magic’s Mouth Cloud in Magic Brownie for a light-as-air, decadent base to the lips. Spray some of Vacation’s creamy Classic Whip SPF 30 Sunscreen Mousse on for protection, then top things off with Lawless’s Forget the Filler Lip Plumper Line-Filling Gloss in Cherry Vanilla for nostalgic tint and scent.
If any of these brands or products are new to you, you’re in for a treat. Half Magic’s Mouth Cloud in Magic Brownie (a rosy brown shade) is an addictive, velvety-soft lip cream that gives all day matte coverage but never looks or feels dry.
Vacation’s Classic Whip SPF 30 is a lighter-than-air (Oxybenzone & Octinoxate free) sunscreen made with eco-friendly propellants and an authentic whip cream “tilt valve” that produces the perfect star-shaped foam just like your fav whip does! It’s derm tested and safe for sensitive skin and smells divine.
Lawless Forget the Filler Gloss in Cherry Vanilla (a sheer red with a nostalgic cherry vanilla flavor) should be a staple in your arsenal. It’s a clinically proven high-shine plumper that plumps without stinging or irritating the lips. The magic is in the maxi-lip, shea butter and rosehip oil.

GLOW BUSINESS

I’ve been in the glow business since I started my career in beauty nearly twenty years ago. I’ve said it a million times before, and I’ll keep saying it. Women are gorgeous. We’re powerful and smart and amazing, and none of us need makeup. But makeup sure does give us all a kick of confidence. When you wake up not feeling 100% that bitch, all you need is a swipe of red lipstick and you’re instantly taller, faster, smarter, thinner and back to your best. Right?!
These three products will get you glowy and definitely give you that little kick of confidence we all look for every now and again.
The Saie glowy supergel in universal champagne is the ultimate multi-tasker. You can use it as a glowy primer under your foundation or dab it onto your high points as a highlighter or mix it into your skincare or liquid foundation to turn matte into shimmer or use it on your body for an all over glow. This is the ultimate must-have for all glow-ups!!
GLOW BUSINESS
The Urban Decay 24/7 Moondust Glitter Eyeshadow in Space Cowboy is perhaps the very best shimmer shadow on planet earth. I said it. This high-performance (ahem stay all night), vegan eyeshadow delivers microfine eye glitter for the most sparkly, supercharged color and shimmery finish, and it will last all night long!
The about face Light Lock Lip Gloss in Prelude is a vegan lip oil slash buttery gloss infused with coconut oil to soften the pout. Prelude goes on sheer leaving a glassy shine with lasting power. It’s perfect alone or over a red lip if you want to add shine!
The LA Face

THE LA FACE

Los Angeles. The City of Angels. Lala Land. My hometown is by far one of the world’s most amazing cities. The sun shines all year. There are more stars on the streets than in the sky. And everyone is beautiful.
LA is a story telling town, and the beauty industry is a story telling industry. You buy products because you fall in love with the story behind the brand even if you don’t realize it. The people talking about a brand, the stores it’s sold in, the images you see of the models wearing the products. Those are all part of the story of a brand, and it’s what draws you in. You buy a second time because it’s good, but that first purchase is because of the story.
So many utterly amazing brands were born in LA: Hard Candy, Smashbox, Too Faced, and the list goes on.
These three gorgeous, versatile products take you from the beach to the red carpet and anywhere in between.
You’ll find the Tower 28 Make Waves Mascara Black (an Allure Best in Beauty winner) on just about every list of Best Mascaras on the world wide web because it does it all. It lengthens, adds volume and even curls the lashes. It’s safe for sensitive eyes and has a curved “Triple-Wave Wand” made of three flexible suspended bands to pick up every single lash. Best thing about it, though, is the patented technology that keeps it from running even in high humidity! It’s a tubing mascara, which means the liquid forms a tube around each of your lashes. That’s what makes it smudge proof. When you wash it off, the tubes effortlessly slide right off the lashes and your whole face isn’t black.
Tower28 was founded by a beauty industry vet, Amy Liu. She launched the brand with the express aim of creating products for people with sensitive skin like her. The brand has become an indie darling and one of our favs. What’s the name about? Tower28 is a real lifeguard tower in LA and a literal sign of safety, community, healthy fun and clean living.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Freeze is arguably the best brow product on earth from the Godmother of the eyebrow herself, Anastasia Soare. Made with glycerin, Brow Freeze is conditioning and gives your brows a flexible hold that stays all day! Simply brush a tiny bit of the gel-wax through your brows with the included spoolie and shape your desired arches.
Anastasia is living the American dream. She moved to LA from her native Romania in the 80s and became an esthetician. She quickly realized that the brows were her ticket to stardom and created her signature brow shaping technique. She’s perfected the brows of mega celebs from Cindy Crawford to Oprah! She launched her beauty brand Anastasia Beverly Hills in 2000 and is now sold all over the world.
Plumped lips are in, and (whether you’re into fillers or not) you can instantly get that kiss-me- now pout with Caliray’s Big Swell Hydrating Glassy Lip Plumper. This hydrating lip plumper will give you up to 40% fuller lips and a little tingle. The jelly cream texture of this clean formula goes on clear via the hourglass applicator and pops illuminating iridescence + high glassy shine. Wear it alone or over your favorite lipstick.
Caliray was founded by Wende Zomnir (who also founded Urban Decay and later sold it to L’Oreal) and her soul sister Jenna Dover. Two California girls with deep beauty industry experience came together to launch a brand paying tribute to the California girl in all of us. The brand’s mantra is “life’s too short to spend it getting ready. so let your hair down and come play. maybe even take your top off if you’re feeling it.” Amen.

WELL TRAVELED

Whether you’re gifting someone who is into a Korean inspired 15 step routine or like to keep it simple, hydration is the key in any good skincare routine. The Well Traveled Collection is inspired by tried and true skincare savers that deliver extra hydration. The Well Traveled Collection includes three of my favorite skincare staples. The Summer Fridays Rich Cushion Cream + the travel sized Summer Friday’s Jet Lag Mask + 111Skin Rose Gold Facial Brightening Treatment.
“The key to keeping your skin in check while traveling? Products that won’t add any more stress. We have been longtime fans of Summer Fridays whose first launch ever was the cult-favorite Jet Lag Mask. It’s a great skin pick-me-up with ingredients like glycerin and antioxidants. Plus, you can use it in a variety of ways, not just as a mask.
WELL TRAVELED
The brand’s newest launch, the Rich Cushion Cream Plumping Moisturizer, supports your moisture barrier and includes chamomile and allantoin to calm your skin too — anyone whose skin can’t get enough moisture will love this! Both have the National Eczema Association’s Seal of Acceptance so you can use them care-free.
And for when you’re traveling for a big event, having 111Skin’s Rose Gold Facial Brightening Treatment is a total treat. We’ve been told by various makeup artists throughout our careers that they keep these in their kits to get their client relaxed and ready for makeup application before red carpets, and we love it because it gives instant results when you need them. Ingredients like colloidal gold, peptides and rose demask tighten and plump the skin while reducing inflammation. You can use the leftover essence on your skin by patting it in. Plus, the mask itself is biodegradable.” Kirbie & Sara, co-hosts of the best beauty podcast out there Gloss Angeles.
KOPARI GOLDEN AURA BODY OIL

KOPARI GOLDEN AURA BODY OIL with 24K GOLD & HYALURONIC ACID

Kopari’s Golden Aura Body Oil With 24K Gold & Hyaluronic Acid is perfect for those looking to add a little zhuzh to their self-care routine! Simply give it a quick shake then rub it into every inch of your body (or someone else’s) and watch the 24 carat gold flakes naturally melt into your skin.
Formulated with literal 24 carat gold, along with miracle ingredient hyaluronic acid (a much-loved hydrator), and squalane (another much loved hydrator), expect this clean, vegan, and cruelty-free product to leave each and every inch of your skin to feeling softer, smoother, and look more radiant with every use.

RMS BEAUTY LIP2CHEEK + GXVE BEAUTY FEELIN CHEEKY BLUSH DUO

The RMS Beauty Lip2Cheek delivers EVERY. SINGLE. TIME.

The shades are always brilliant. Not brilliant in the sense of being bright, necessarily, but rather, smart. They pick up hues that are naturally present in your skin, so you look like you just blushed, or finished racing down a mountain, rather than applied a ton of makeup. I love that they are made with buriti oil, which is one of Rose-Marie’s favorite ingredients, because it has antioxidant protection in addition to doing so much good on skin.

The shade Demure is a bit of an outlier in terms of its color. It almost looks like an idealized piece of proto-makeup: perfectly soft pink; very Barbie, a rosy cheek at arm’s length. But once on skin, Demure does something else. It makes your whole cheek glow. Lately I find myself attempting a higher blush placement in an effort to play with something new, dabbing closer under my eyes and across the bridge of the nose. It’s less about a sharp contour and more about healthy looking skin. I’ll dab some on my lips for a non-glittery 60s pout, and even put the excess on my eyelids.

Gwen Stefani‘s GXVE Beauty Feelin’ Cheeky Amplifying Blush Duo in the shade Ex- Girlfriend is giving dimension and staying power to a powerfully pink look. I’ve always loved and trusted Gwen’s take on beauty, and her brand is all about clean makeup that does not compromise on boldness, which feels so her.

What I love about this blush duo is that it is SO silky to the touch, which is really impressive, considering it is talc-free. There is a Natural Radiant super-pigmented shade on bottom and a Sheer Satin sparkly paler shade on top. I use the one on the bottom as a colored contour, going under my cheekbone and extending lightly to my temples; and the one on top dusted across my cheeks to give a little extra shimmer or on its own as a highlighter. I have actually played with using all three of these together for a long-lasting multidimensional cheek that really pops, but you can use one or two or all three and the result is always pretty.
RMS BEAUTY REDIMENSION HYDRA DEW LUMINIZER

RMS BEAUTY REDIMENSION HYDRA DEW LUMINIZER

The Hydra Dew Luminizer from rms Beauty is a multi-dimensional, long wear luminizer/highlighter/eyeshadow that glides onto your skin effortlessly. You’ll see that the glow is hitting its stride when you pop it on the high points of your face (your cheekbones, brow
bones, nose, and cupid’s bow). You can also use it as an eyeshadow.

The luminosity is perfection and it’s made with skin-loving, clean ingredients like everything else from rms – specifically Gel2Powder technology, wildcrafted buriti oil, and organic jojoba oil. The Gel2Powder technology is what you can thank for the lovely light weight of the formula. It helps the texture feel bouncy and provides long lasting, multi-dimensional color. The oils work to protect your skin’s barrier, provide antioxidant protection, and help your skin retain moisture.
This little gem gives the ultimate glow up and is a perfect little pressie!

KJAER WEISS IM POSSIBLE MASCARA ICONIC EDITION IN BLACK

Kjær Weis’s Im-Possible Mascara is aptly named, because it seems impossible. Certified organic mascara that is buildable, volumizing, lengthening, lasts all day, and is easy to remove?

Packaging that is recyclable and can be infinitely refilled? Impossible. Until now. Kjær Weis, the pioneer of organic, luxury beauty, made it happen.
The brush is a dream! Dual-sided, with one curvy side for buildable volume and drama, and a flat side for detail and definition. I like to use both, starting with the curve to get the length and fullness going, then flip to the flat side for precision. I don’t personally wear mascara on the bottom lashes, but the flat side would be perfect for applying there if you do.
KJAER WEISS IM POSSIBLE MASCARA ICONIC EDITION IN BLACK

The formula is a bold black. Just a few coats make my lashes really pop. It dries quickly so I don’t have to deal with smudges, but not so quick that it causes clumps. And the ingredients are gorgeous. Sustainably sourced beeswax with acacia gum creates the creamy texture and clump-
free hold. Marula oil nourishes the lashes. Raspberry fruit water and sunflower seed oil condition and support growth. It’s like a built-in lash treatment.

Another perfect pressie! Happy gifting…or shopping for yourself!

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