Hot Valentine’s Day Date? We’ve Got Your Back!
Whether you’re planning a romantic evening at home with your hubby, a night out salsa dancing with your latest man or a dinner date with the boyfriend, here are a few suggestions to help you set an intimate setting, and have you looking, smelling and feeling your best. You are now Mighty Aphrodite. Go get him!
14.5 oz. Slatkin & Co. Passion Fruit & Guava Candle, $19.50. Available at BathAndBodyWorks.com
If you’ve got a candlelit dinner at home in mind or maybe a nice soak in the tub surrounded by candlelight, consider making this exotic fruit blend a part of the equation. The pink color is perfect for the occasion and the tropical scent will bring out the friskiness within!
Pur Minerals Pout Plumping Lip Gloss in Deep Amethyst, Bronze Sassolite, and Rose Zircon, $15 each. Visit PurMinerals.com
Kissable lips are a must for Valentine’s Day. Make your lips inviting with these Pur Minerals lip glosses, which add color, shine, moisture and volume to that pout of yours.
Trance Essence Genie in a Bottle Roll-On Fragrance Oil, $52. Visit TranceEssence.com for more information or log onto BeautyHabit.com
Going out for the evening? Dab some of Trance Essence’s Genie in a Bottle fragrance oil to pulse points (behind the ears, on your wrists, etc.) before heading out the door, then place the 1/8 oz. tube in your clutch and reapply as needed. The mystical scent includes notes of jasmine,vanilla, frankincense, bittersweet chocolate, and black pepper.
Tarte Cosmetics A Perfect Whirled Natural Cheek Stain, $28. Visit TarteCosmetics.com
To give your cheeks natural-looking color, rub on some of Tarte’s A Perfect Whirled Cheek Stain, then blend until your cheekbones radiate with a subtle pink glow. Your face will brighten up instantly.
Pureology Pure Volume Blow Dry Amplifier, $19.99 for 7 oz. bottle. Available at professional salons and spas. Visit Pureology.com for more information or to find a salon near you.
If you plan on using your hair as a weapon (yes, ladies, you know what I’m talking about — twirling it, flipping it, etc.), then you have to make sure it’s in top form. With Pureology’s Pure Volume Blow Dry Amplifier, your tresses will have an irresistible bounce.
Travel down memory lane with this compilation of Motown hits, which includes songs like “Stop In The Name Of Love,” “Your Love Is Like A Heat Wave,” and “Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I’m Yours).”
Hershey’s Pot of Gold Truffles Designer Collection, $9.95. Available at retailers nationwide.
I’m a sucker for Hershey’s truffles — that creamy filling is so delicious, it feels sinful. For Valentine’s Day ’09, customers can get these chocolates in designer heart-shaped boxes such as this pink-and-black one with its adorable lace motif.
Diptyque “Pink Roses” Candle, $68. Available at Diptyque stores in New York and San Francisco, as well as Saks Fifth Avenue, Barneys and Bergdorf Goodman, and RonRobinson.com
This newly released candle seeks to capture the inherent romance and innocence of the pink rose. And judging from Diptyque’s track record, you’ll surely be more than satisfied with the scent!
Dempsey & Carroll Heart on Purple and Pink Correspondence Cards, $45 for box set (10 cards and 10 envelopes). Visit DempseyAndCarroll.com
Origins Smileage Plus Lip Tint, $11. Visit Origins.com
Get some mileage out of that smile with this 95% organic lip tint which, in addition to color, soothes your lips with organic jojoba oil, organic cocoa butter, organic coconut oil, organic aloe vera, organic sunflower oil and an organic essential oil blend of tangerine and lime.
Michael Aram “I Love You” Serving Set, $179. Visit MichaelAram.com
If love is in the air, then let it reside on your dinner table as well with this sterling silver serving set by Michael Aram. Notice how the knife makes an “I” shape, the spoon is cleverly molded to resemble a heart, and the two-prong fork is sculpted to mimic a “U” shape — how genius is that?
Crate & Barrel Valentine’s Day plate, $5.95. Visit CrateandBarrel.com
Maybe you just want a casual dinner at home with your boo, or you want to skip right on to the dessert. Have some cherry pie with your cherry pie with this cutesy, heart-themed Crate & Barrel plates (and save the whipped cream for later! ha!).
Umberto Beverly Hills Roman Oil Serum, $9.99. Available at Target stores and at Target.com
I swear by this lightweight serum, which moisturizes your hair (and somehow detangles it, which is a pleasant surprise) without weighing it down and which adds a nice, long-lasting sheen.
Binaca FastBlast Breath Spray Single Pack in Peppermint and Cinnamon, $2.49 each. Available at most major food, drug and mass market retailers.
Stank breath is a deal breaker. Even if he’s coming in for the landing, if he gets a whiff of turbulence (i.e. you indulged in too much garlic at dinner), he’ll reroute the whole trip to another airport (meaning another girl — stay with me here!). Keep your breath minty fresh (or cinnamon-y crisp) with Binaca FastBlast Breath Spray. Each pack should last about 300 sprays, so don’t worry about running out!
DAVINES Love Shampoo and Conditioner, $19.50 and $22.00. Visit Davines.com to find a retailer near you.
When you hop into the shower to start your pre-date primping, reach for Davines’s LOVE shampoo and conditioner to smooth out frizzy hair and give it a silky texture.
N.Y.C. Cosmetics Kiss Gloss in Cherry and Pink Lemonade, $2.99 each. Available at national drugstores and mass merchandisers. Visit NewYorkColor.com for more information.
In addition to shine, these N.Y.C. Cosmetics Kiss Glosses add delicious, candy-like flavors that will make smooching all the more tasty.
Lippman Collection “Stop and Stare” Nail Lacquer, $16. Available at Barney’s New York, Neiman Marcus and LippmanCollection.com
When he reaches for your hand, make sure your nails are freshly manicured. Lippman Collection’s Stop and Stare polish is perfect for a Valentine’s Day dating scenario.
Beauty Addicts GLIMMERsheer in Motivate, $30. Visit BeautyAddicts.com
Add a slight, dewy glimmer to your brow bones, eyelids or cheekbones with this two-sided luminizer set by Beauty Addicts. You’ll look positively angelic (worry about showing him your naughty side later, ok?!)
nude skincare nude lips, £9.79. Visit nudeskincare.com
Sure, you want to have a nice shade of lipstick on for your big date. But if your lips are cracked, peeling and hideously dry, all the color in the world won’t do you much good. Keep them moist and healthy with nude lips, a lip balm containing vanilla monoi, cupuacu and organic shea butter.
Supersmile Quikee, $16. Visit Supersmile.com
Don’t have time for a tooth whitening treatment? Just dab some of this toothpaste-like cream onto your teeth and swirl around with your tongue — you’ll have fresh breath and whiter teeth in minutes.
Pro Flowers Potted Kaleidoscopic Orchid, $99.99. Visit ProFlowers.com
Want to give your man flowers? Well, while they don’t tend to respond all that graciously to roses or mixed bouquets, most guys can appreciate a potted plant. This orchid will make you feel more at home when you visit his place (hey, you have to add a nice decorative touch whenever possible), and he’ll have something to add some life to his pad.