What’s better than roses on Valentine’s Day?

Rose-inspired beauty products, of course. Cosmetics brands capture the fragrance, colour and regenerating power of the iconic flower.

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 12 February, 2014, 12:37pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 11 March, 2014, 12:12pm

Valentine’s Day is almost upon us, and you still haven’t found the perfect gift (or treat for yourself)? Before you rush out to the nearest florist, consider the bouquet of rose-inspired products at the beauty counter. Not only do they look good and smell great, these skincare and make-up must-haves will last a whole lot longer than a few pretty petals.

1. L’Occitane Rose Heart Ultra Soft Cream and Hand Cream
Perfect for winter but offering a hint of spring thanks to their delicate rose scent, these nourishing creams absorb quickly to soften and protect delicate skin. The newly launched Ultra Soft Cream (HK$210) features 10 per cent shea butter while the Hand Cream (HK$235) boasts 20 per cent. Available at L’Occitane

2. By Terry Baume de Rose 10 Year Anniversary Edition
Terry de Gunzburg’s iconic balm marks its tenth birthday with limited-edition packaging perfect for Valentine’s Day. The cult product – made with the nectar of Rose Essential Wax – was designed to be “the Rolls-Royce of lip balms” and has since become a must-have for cuticles as well. Available at Joyce Beauty

3. Lancôme Highlighter Blush
“A vision of tulle and roses” is how the French beauty brand describes its spring make-up collection, French Ballerine. The pastel series includes this new pink blush (HK$360), a silky powder formed into the shape of the brand’s signature rose. Available at Lancôme

4. Chantecaille Lip Chic in Wild Rose
A cross between a gloss and a lipstick, Chantecaille’s Lip Chic (HK$350) comes in two new shades for spring: Wild Rose, an intense pink, and Primrose, a softer coral. Both contain collagen for a plumping effect. Available at Chantecaille

5. Deborah Lippmann La Vie en Rose
Nail polish guru Deborah Lippmann is known for setting trends and if her Spring Reveries collection is anything to go by, we’ll all soon be in pastels. The collection includes La Vie en Rose, a shimmery pastel pink that can be worn alone or layered over another polish for a “magical” effect. Available at Joyce Beauty

6. Anna Sui Rose Cheek Color
Inspired by “the prettiness of a girl in love”, Anna Sui’s spring make-up collection is tailor-made for Valentine’s Day. The whimsical products include three new lip crayons, a lip balm and two limited-edition shades of Rose Cheek Color (HK$300). Each compact features four rose-inspired shades that can be worn alone or blended together. Available at Anna Sui counters and the concept shop at Telford Plaza 

7. Aromatherapy Associates Rose Infinity Collection
The British beauty brand’s latest skincare range harnesses the power of alpine rose stem cells to regenerate, illuminate and perfect ageing skin. The products include a serum (HK$1,635), moisturiser (HK$1,415) and eye cream (HK$890), each containing a blend of soy and yeast proteins along with plant botanicals and essential oils. Available at Lane Crawford IFC and Sense of Touch

8. Jurlique Rose Hand Cream
This bestselling hand cream (HK$495/100ml, HK$265/40ml) boasts macadamia and safflower seed oils to shield against moisture loss, vitamin E for antioxidant protection and a soothing rose scent for relaxation. Available at Jurlique  

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