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Gift Guide 2015: After dark treats

Gift Guide 2015: After dark treats

Sensual pleasures

Text: Wei Yeen Loh


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Our after dark gift guide includes all you need for an indulgent night in with your better half

Instead of the usual pretty gifts you'll be giving your significant other this year, get frisky in the bedroom and surprise him with a night that's all perfectly planned out. We've included all the essentials you and your partner need to have a luxurious night in, from decadent truffle chocolates to boudoir pieces that will pique his fancy. 

 

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A robe is always necessary in the bedroom, but ditch that terrycloth robe and invest in a sheer lacey piece to let his imagination stray. This L'Agent by Agent Provocateur 'Grace' robe is inspired by the height of rock 'n' roll glamour and has delicate black eyelash lace trimmings flecked with gold thread. A satin ribbon waist tie helps to define your silhouette as well.

 

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All the underpinnings in your wardrobe can't compare to an intricate lace bra and thong in a vivid shade of red, such as Stella McCartney's 'Isabel Floating' bra and matching thong. Intricately crafted from corded Japanese Leavers lace, the bra is has a wide underband and side boning, along with ruched straps and pretty scalloped edging to flatter your decolletage. The matching thong combines an elegant vintage style with a modern elasticated band and stretch-silk base.

 

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Get comfortable first in a 100% silk bias-cut slip while you both are sipping on bubbly and engaging in conversation (or somewhere along those lines). This pretty blush piece from Fleur du Mal is perfect for your night, and silk slip dresses are SS16's biggest trend so we guarantee that you may be reusing this staple again in the near future.

 

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Illuminate your bedroom with candles, as we all know that bright lights (or no lights at all) don't make for a fun experience. Annick Goutal Ambre perfumed candle is a heady mix of vanilla, patchouli and musk, combined with the resins of benzoin and labdanum, providing a decadently pleasant scent and romantic lighting to set the mood for the night.

 

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We all know that chocolate is one of the better-tasting aphrodisiacs out there, thanks to the chemicals in its composition, so a box of Godiva Truffes Liquer (how can you possibly resist truffles and liquor?) can come in handy during your night in.

 

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If you're all for massages to loosen up your muscles after a long day at work, start the night out with Neal's Yard Remedies Aromatic Massage Oil. Its soothing scent is made of balancing geranium, relaxing lavender and warming marjoram essential oils in a light moisturising base of organic sunflower, almond and wheatgerm oils.

 

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A night in doesn't require a thick layer of makeup (or any at all!) but a rich red lipstick can take you further because nothing spells sexy like a brilliant red pout. MAC Cosmetics' Ruby Woo lipstick is the quintessential red lippie every woman needs in her makeup kit.

 

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A spritz of perfume on your pulse points (behind your ear, the base of your throat, the inside of your wrist) will guarantee a delectably-scented experience. Michael Kors 24K Brilliant Gold Eau de Parfum is a sweet concoction of orange mandarin, fresh florals and a rousing creamy spark of woodiness.

 

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Perfectly comfortable sheets are integral to an amorous night. While Egyptian high-thread-count cotton sheets are pretty overrated in our books, luxurious European linens can offer an equally wonderful experience as well. Sferra Cane-Embroidered bedding set is a simplistic yet palatial choice to use in your bedroom.

 

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A string of pearls is all you need to complete your lingerie-and-red-lipstick look if you're feeling classy. Tiffany & Co.'s Paloma Venezia Goldoni Heart Pearl Necklace is made of sterling silver and freshwater cultured pearls, featuring an intricately-designed clasp inspired by Venetian cast-iron window gates.