Valentine’s Day gift guide for 2024: Tom Ford Beauty, Drunk Elephant, The Landmark Mandarin Oriental and more
By: Stephenie Gee
February 7, 2024
An assortment of unique gifts that are sweeter than any chocolate bar
Joining the brand’s range of moisturisers as its thickest and richest formula yet, the new Bora Barrier Repair Cream harnesses the power of 6-butter lipid complex to encourage the natural production of collagen, lipids and hyaluronic acid, as well as soothe and strengthen the skin barrier. Redness-reducing zinc and copper salt minerals provide antioxidants. Alpha glucan – derived from rice – rounds out the formula, offering a boost of extra hydration. Keeping with its “Suspicious 6” philosophy, the cream is free of essential oils, drying alcohols, silicones, chemical sunscreens, fragrances/dyes, and sulfates, as well as vegan and cruelty-free.
The talented perfumers at house Giorgio Armani have released a refined duo of fragrances, comprising the latest additions to their Armani/Privé Couture Fragrances collection: Blanc Kogane and Noir Cogane. Respectively crafted in ivory and deep black tones, each flacon is adorned with gold patterns as a tribute to the ancestral Japanese art of Kintsugi. Contrasting yet complementary, the two fragrances make a compelling scent pairing. Blanc Kogane is a luminous, addictive, and deconstructed musk scent, shaped around precious white jasmine notes. Noir Kogane, meanwhile, is a woody and leathery vetiver fragrance, enhanced by warm and spicy saffron notes.
Burberry Beauty’s new Burberry Eye Quad combines four complementing colours, inspired by heritage Burberry colours, in matte, satin and shimmer finishes, to create customisable looks from natural and soft to intense and dramatic. Effortlessly blendable and buildable, the powders offer up to eight hours of flawless, smudge-proof wear. The Burberry beige and gold compact case includes a mirror and a double-ended applicator for precise, multi-effect looks. The inner grid is removable after use to keep a perfect mirror compact. The palettes are available in four variations: Iconic Honey, Dusty Caramel, Blush Beige, and Midnight.
Tom Ford Beauty
Tom Ford captures vanilla, one of the most sought-after ingredients in modern perfumery, in its purest form in its new Private Blend Vanilla Parfum. An exquisite ultravanil accord bonds to vanilla’s leathery qualities for an exhilarating spiciness, enhanced by the presence of jasmine, sandalwood and orris notes.
Evoking vanilla’s alter ego, the beguiling Vanille Fatale has been updated with a new two-layer bottle design that combines a vanilla hue with deep chocolate brown, reflecting its dark, carnal character.
Sleek and discreet, the new Slim Lip Color Shine takes a stance of undiluted, vivid glamour in a covetable, stiletto-slim case. It’s formulated with a combination of waxes and rich emollients for a thin, silky film of high-coverage colour. Choose from ten shades – eight new and two iconic – that embody the eternal polish of the Tom Ford runway.
Each year, come spring, the Japanese gather to admire the sakuras in bloom. A poetic ritual that Guerlain now celebrates yearly with an exceptional, limited and numbered edition of their iconic floral fragrance, Cherry Blossom. For its 2024 Millésime, Guerlain has partnered with the French jeweller Philippe Ferrandis, who enhances the emblematic bee bottle with a ring decorated with two Sakura flowers enamelled in pale pink, finely gilded in 24-carat gold, and set off with sparkling crystals. A real declaration of love, the ring can also be worn as an item of jewellery. The perfect embrace between fragrance and jewellery, brought together in the same piece.
The Landmark Mandarin Oriental
The Landmark Mandarin Oriental is here to nourish and pamper you and yours with an array of new statement facial and body treatments. Designed for the city dweller, the “Intelligent Movement Retreat” provides relief from your hectic schedule, beginning with a 60-minute group yoga session to warm your muscles and prepare you for the indulgent intelligent movement massage that follows. The 90-minute treatment helps to improve your posture and reduce muscle pain through trigger point release. After, delight in healthy treats from the Light and Slim menu at the Spa Café.
Looking for something beautifying, “The Face – Ultimate” utilises radio frequency and ultrasound waves to stimulate collagen growth. Then, there’s “Empowering Me”, a 150-minute journey that weaves the strength and wisdom of the Wood Dragon into a tapestry of female rejuvenation. Last but not least, “Fit & Detox” includes a 60-minute personal training session and a 45-minute slim-firm-shape body experience – perfect for the fitness aficionados.
The Peninsula Hong Kong
The Peninsula Hong Kong is presenting two Valentine’s Day spa specials. Take your pick from Swedish, aromatherapy or deeply therapeutic massage in the 75-minute “Together in Serenity” package. Or, for something a little more comprehensive, the “Ultimate Renewal” begins with pre-treatment time in the private whirlpool and steam room, continuing with a heat experience in the private spa suite. Next, guests can opt for VOYA’s “Moon and Tides” spa experiences, featuring “Awakening Moon” and “Nourishing Moon”. To end is a three-course poolside meal complete with a glass of white wine.
The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong
The “Blissful Escape Spa Package” at the The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Hong Kong, offers couples a 90-minute couple’s suite session, a milk and honey bubble bath, three-course spa cuisine, two glasses of champagne, dessert and a 150-minute personalised treatment. Extend the romance with a one-night stay in the luxurious Deluxe Room. Sitting on the 116th floor of the hotel, this all comes with panoramic harbour views, of course.