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Scent with love
6:00am Saturday 8th February 2014 in Lifestyle
Transform Valentine's Day cliches into pampering bliss. Lisa Haynes reveals how to bring some hearts and flowers to your bathroom.
After that first flush of romance, gifts on Valentine's Day can go downhill, but nobody wants a droopy service station rose or card from the bargain bin.
Create your own air of romance on February 14 with hearts, flowers, strawberries and champagne - of the beauty variety.
Whether you're getting ready for a hot date or a romcom on Sky+, make yourself feel like a million dollars with some indulgent beauty loving beforehand.
Transform your bathroom into a love shack with these heartfelt products.
:: A beauty product with a keepsake always deserves more love. Alice + Eliza's Heart Tin Gift is filled with an Amber And Black Plum Shower Gel, Powdered Violet Hand Cream and votive candle. Keep the printed tin to stash all your Valentine love letters and cards, £12 (www.marksandspencer.com).
:: Prime your lips for Valentine's Day smooches. MAD Beauty's Pop Heart Lip Gloss tins feature iconic Fifties art. Choose your pout flavour from Kiss in Cocoa Butter, Purrfect in Wild Berry, or Gossip in Aloe Vera, £3.99 each (www.madbeauty.com).
:: Show your make-up the love it deserves with a new designer home. Love Moschino's Peace And Love Multi Coloured Cosmetic Bag is worthy of your best red lippies, £49 (House of Fraser).
:: Who needs a bouquet when you've got a dramatic fragrance bottle? Vera Wang's Lovestruck Floral Rush Eau De Parfum includes a bunch of indigo blooms on the lid and the fragrance is packed with pink passion flower notes to sweep you off your feet, from £35 (Debenhams).
:: Re-create the flush of love for date night. Lancome's Limited Spring Edition Blush Highlighter is in the form of a beautifully embossed rose. Sweep onto the apples of your cheeks for a fresh, pink glow, £35 (www.lancome.co.uk).
:: Crank up the love songs and light a candle as you get ready. Neom's Limited Edition Love Candle will fill the room with the floral scent of tuberose, mimosa and jasmine, £42, available February 1 (www.neomorganics.com).
:: Stay tee-total in the tub with beauty bubbly. Bliss 'Berry' Bubbly Raspberry Champagne Duo includes Spa-kling Raspberry Champagne Soapy Suds and Body Butter for guaranteed intoxicating skin, £23.20 (www.blissworld.co.uk).
:: Is there a better suited couple than strawberries and chocolate? The Body Shop has combined the two - minus the calories - with a Chocolate & Strawberry Shower Gel Duo for a super-sweet combo, £6, available February 1 (www.thebodyshop.co.uk).
:: Show your body some love with a top-to-toe spa kit. Baylis & Harding's Limited Edition Strawberries & Cream five-piece gift set includes Shower Creme, Body Lotion, Body Wash, Body Polisher and Soap to make you smell good enough to eat, £18 (Tesco).
Tried & tested
The forecast is snow flakes - on your fingertips. Our testers brace the chills with Jack Frost-effect nails:
:: Models Own Wonderland Collection in Snowflakes, £5 (www.modelsownit.com)
This polish has oversized shimmering flakes but they were sparse with one coat. After two, it's a statement look but I almost had to strategically place the flakes on my nail using the brush.
:: Essie Encrusted in Hors d'Oeuvres, £9.99 (Boots/Superdrug), available Feb 1
Just one coat is enough for a metallic sheen with a scattering of delicate silver flakes. This works as a top coat or standalone polish and it's fast-drying too. Ideal for sparkle magpies.
:: Nails Inc Kensington Church Street Snowflake Effect Polish, £12 (www.nailsinc.com)
Like mini snowflakes in a bottle. But on the nail, it's made up of finer white particles and larger little circles. After two coats, it almost looks like I've dipped my fingertips in snow.
Buy it now
The ultimate display of coupledom is surely a his 'n' hers scent duo. Complement each other with Burberry's new fragrance Brit Rhythm, available for men and women. The female eau de toilette, from £40, includes notes of English lavender and neroli while the male version, from £34, features a blend of basil verveina, black leather and cedarwood (uk.burberry.com).
:: Beauty quick-fix
Lazy Brits are on the hunt for quick-fix products that save them time and effort. More than a third (38%) crave an instant hair wash pill that prevents hair from getting greasy, according to a survey to mark the 2014 Product of the Year. Convenience products top the winners list, with Nivea In-Shower Body Moisturiser scooping the Moisturiser category and Head & Shoulders Leave on Treatment triumphant for best Shampoo & Hair Treatment. See the full list of winning products, as voted by 12,000 consumers nationwide, at www.productoftheyear.co.uk/winning-products-2014
To celebrate Valentine's Day, Carven fragrances has a romantic offering. With every Carven Le Parfum EDP purchased receive a free, limited edition Carven Le Parfum scented candle. Offer available with 50ml or 100ml fragrances (from £55) in Debenhams, Selfridges and Harvey Nichols stores from February 1.
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