All the bookings, books, presents, tips, hair and make-up tricks from the beauty world – plus, the alternative way to spend February 14 if romance isn’t on the cards
Find your perfect match – in the lip colour stakes at least – with Boots’ nifty skin-tone measuring device. Originally designed for foundation purposes, the gadget works just as well at cherry-picking your most flattering lip colour too, from reds and pinks to neutrals and taupes. “Groundbreaking new research by No7 Colour Scientists has led to the launch of a range of new lipstick colours specifically created to flatter specific skin tones,” says Boots, which luckily now has 43 colours to set you up with for Valentine’s Day
Available at Boots nationwide
The department store is offering personalised engraving on all perfume purchases over 100ml, turning your perennial perfume gift for Valentine’s into something rather more thoughtful
Available at Selfridges Oxford Street only
Founder of Voga, Juliet Murrell, is holding a heartfelt class at midday on February 14, as a way to get physical if romance isn’t on the cards. Describing itself as a “expressive, energetic style of yoga combining a stretching and posing routine set to an iconic ’80s beat,” (DJ Alex Gromadzki is on the decks by the way) this yoga hybrid is “the alternative way to get your heart racing,” says Murrell
The Haggerston, 438 Kingsland Rd, E8 4AA, Saturday 12-1pm, to book go to vogalondon.co.uk
Love your toothbrush
According to a survey by Oral B, only 63 per cent of women brush their teeth twice daily, compaired to 73 per cent of men – not so ideal for the most romantic day of the year says Oral-B’s ambassador Dr.Uchenna Okoye, who understandably has lent us some top tips to help us perfect our loving smile instead.
– “Follow the ‘whiter than white diet,’ avoiding (where possible!) red wine, coffee, cola and curry which stain the teeth, whilst topping up on plenty of crunchy vegetables including broccoli, cauliflower, celery and apples, as these foods actively help clean and protect your teeth.
– “Use fast-acting whitening toothpaste: I always recommend using Oral-B 3D White Luxe Glamorous Shine toothpaste. Paired with Oral-B Pro 3000 White & Clean, visible whitening results are guaranteed!
– “Hydrate: you are more likely to get bad breath if you’re dehydrated, so drink lots of water and pack your sugar-free gum to neutralise the effect of bad breath”
Knowing that the getting ready bit can be just as fun as the date itself, Cheeky Parlour is inviting us to get date-night ready with romance-themed manicures – there are six nail-art prints to choose from including True Love and Dotted Hearts.
If you did want to save time or up the ante of your beauty prep, take advantage of the Valentine’s packages and tack on a Brazilian or Hollywood and toe-shine pedicure totalling £75, or scrap the wax and pick up a bottle of Gradual Tan instead, all for £37
An excellent razor for perfect pins; a balmy salve for what Glossybox describes as “kissable lips,” and a slate mineral eyeshadow inspired by Fifty Shades of Grey, the Love Box takes Valentine’s seriously. You’ll also find four full-size products packed in the limited edition beauty box, which although worth £45, is available to snap up for a tenner
GLOSSYBOX gift subscriptions start at £28.50
Him & Hair
According to a study conducted by Wella haircare, which surveyed 1600 singles on dating website match.com, men find wavy, curly, free-flowing hair the most irresistible – even though over half of women say poker straight locks is what makes them feel the most confidence. So if romance is in the air, step away from the flattening irons and instead pick up some curling tongs and products to boost your inner curl girl, as well as a bit of self-belief
Fertility expert Zita West is releasing her book on baby-making just in time for Valentine’s by way of a recipe book, full of foods to boost your mood, libido and fertility. “The love hormone oxytocin is produced in times of passion, but to produce healthy eggs, sperm, successful fertilisation and a healthy pregnancy, you need vital ingredients from food,” says Zita West in her new book, Eat Yourself Pregnant. Fertility pizza anyone? (made with fertility-boosting spelt, mangense and magnesium, turn to page 70 if you do)
Milk Beauty (London’s friendly mobile beauty company whizzing around the capital by way of its branded Fiats to preen and pamper us on-demand) has renamed its ‘Staying in Service’ as the Anti-Valentine’s Beauty Service. So if none of the above appeal, spend February 14 (and beyond – the offer is on till March 31) with your nearest and dearest friends instead while having your nails painted by the professionals