Beauty expert and entrepreneur Nyakio Grieco has plenty of perennial beauty favorites, but when it comes to Valentine’s Day, it’s her ideal time to shower friends and loved ones with the products that bring joy and connectivity.

Here, she shares her go-to items for giving (and getting) and why they make the month of love even sweeter.

Rele-Kiss Moisture-Wrap Lip Gloss
A must have for the beauty bag! I love gifting these to my girlfriends. The shade range is inclusive and gorgeous on all skin tones. The formula is a favorite of everyone who’s tried it - a hydrating cushion of high-shine gloss that is never sticky. Plus, the skin-loving peptides make for the perfectly plump pout for Valentine’s Day and beyond.



Relevant | 13 Stems EDP
Earthy, floral and beautifully grounded, 13 Stems is my absolute everyday go-to fragrance. I often get stopped and asked what scent I’m wearing. It’s become a favorite for so many and sure to attract some attention.




Brown Girl Jane | Casablanca Love EDP
I love a brand with a great story and passionate founders. Brown Girl Jane has that plus beautiful products and scents that are on their way to becoming iconic. Casablanca is perfect for Valentine’s Day or any time you want to dial up mystery and allure. The smoky, spicy scent is balanced with vanilla and musk for a sultry fragrance that will leave everyone intrigued.

Harlem Candle Company | 22K Gold James Bladwin "Love" Luxury Candle
Another favorite gift to give and, ahem, get. Harlem Candle Company creates candles in vessels that can be used as cocktail glasses once the candle is finished. Plus, each one has a meaningful quote, like this one from James Baldwin.

There is truly a scent for every palette, but I especially adore 22K Gold James Baldwin Love Luxury Candle for the romantic blend of apple, clove, rose and sandalwood. A beautiful scent to burn year-round but especially in these cozy, cold months.
Ami Colé | Lip Treatment Oil - Romance
Ami Colé Lip Oils have become a cult favorite for the luxe hydrating formula and stunning sheer wash of color. Romance is a perfect “just bitten” berry shade that truly looks gorgeous on all skin tones and is sure to bring just the right amount of drama to a date night look.

Mintty Makeup | Empowermintt Eyeshadow - Sunset Sherbert
There’s nothing more romantic than a sunset and Mintty Makeup is bringing all of that golden glamour to a gorgeous palette. My daughter loves a palette, particularly with pops of color that can make for a fun and creative beauty look.

CTZN Cosmetics | Code Red Lipstick
I love CTZN’s take on creating a range of inclusive reds for skin tone. Few things say drama like a bold red lip and there is a stunning shade here for everyone. When doing a bold red lip, be sure to line the lips with a slightly darker lip liner to define the lip shape and prevent any color bleed.

Golf Le Fleur | French Waltz EDP
An absolute fan favorite for those who like Tyler the Creator or anyone who loves a classic, fun-to-wear scent. Not only is French Waltz a beautiful rose musk, it comes in a bottle that you’ll look forward to displaying on your counter or vanity.

Maude | Drop All Body Massager
Set the mood with this best-selling body massager that happens to come in a chic color and packaging. Perfect for giving as a gift to a special someone.

Lip Love Line | Lip Exfoliator
Lip exfoliation is always a good idea, especially during the dry cold season. Prep your lips for a night out or bold color with this silicone lip scrubber that sloughs away dead skin while also increasing circulation and volume.

MZ Skin | Lightmax Supercharged LED Mask 2.0
This flexible LED mask works to rejuvenate skin, calm inflammation and fight signs of aging. The comfortable design makes it easy to wear and use regularly for maximum benefits.

Beauty Done Right | Rose Gold Sculpting Massager
Another self-care must-have this Valentine’s Day is this beautiful rose gold sculpting massager. The vibrating tool works to stimulate lymphatic drainage, reduce puffiness and lift and firm the skin.

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