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Valentine’s Day: The Beauty Guide

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Whether you’re a true believer in the holiday for lovers or believe it’s a money-making scheme thought up by the card companies and chocolate makers of America, Valentine’s Day is coming. So we’ve put together a Top Ten list of sultry scents, luxe lipstick, pretty polishes, and more for you to fall in love with—even if a busy New York fashion week schedule will keep you from properly celebrating. As far as we’re concerned, there’s nothing wrong with postponing the flowers and fancy dinner for February 16. Just saying.



The Evocative Bauble: Joya Heart Solid Perfume Brooch

Sure, we could make jokes about wearing your heart on your sleeve, but we’d prefer to wear it on a lapel. This brooch boasts a gorgeous ornate design that houses a solid fragrance brimming with a blend of jasmine, honeysuckle, and musk—a surprising treat for anyone who can get close enough to the cool curio to take it all in.

$38, www.beautyhabit.com.


The Pretty in Pink Polishes: New Black Ombré Nail Polish Set in Floyd

As most of us are clearly suckers for rose-colored anything this time of year, may we suggest a DIY gradient manicure, which goes from the palest pink to bright magenta?

$22, www.drugstore.com.


The Bubble Bath Meant for Two: Lollia in Love Bubble Bath

For those couples who prefer to stay home and avoid New York’s V-Day restaurant scene, filling up your bathtub with this rose and jasmine scented bubble bath might add that necessary touch of romance to an evening spent watching a House Hunters marathon and eating takeout.

$34, www.beautyhabit.com.


The Perfume of Persuasion: Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Love Me Tight Limited Edition

Viktor & Rolf has wrapped its signature floral scent up bondage-style this month to appeal to the sweet and the slightly perverse. Even if you already own the fragrance, adding this sexy bottle to your boudoir might give you some, er, creative ideas for how to spend your Tuesday night.

$107, www.nordstrom.com.


The Smooch Smoother: Jurlique Rose Love Balm

Help your lips look extra-kissable with this super-moisturizing wonder balm. And because you never know when an epic V-Day makeout session might arise, it conveniently fits in any purse—even those for-fashion-week-only clutches.

$6.50, www.beautyhabit.com.


The Mantra Mani: Butter London Give/Take Nail Stickers

Anyone in a long-term relationship knows that the secret to a lifetime of happiness is a little compromise, which is exactly the point these corresponding nail stickers hammer home. Keep that idea close at hand when your boyfriend presents you with a bouquet of carnations.

$10, www.drugstore.com.


The No-Cal Truffles: Vincent Longo Amaretti Diamond Collection for Eyes

Eschew all the usual cocoa-laced sweets for these dessert-inspired eye shadows. Because wearing the perfect chocolate-colored smoky eye will always be way sexier than devouring a heart-shaped box of Russell Stover.

$44, www.vincentlongo.com.


The Guy-Friendly Lip Color: Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick

Bold red lipstick, while seemingly perfect for Valentine’s Day, can be somewhat of a man repeller (there’s something about the confident shade that can be a little intimidating, we’ve been told). This more approachable rosy shade from Smashbox’s new lip color line is packed with nourishing shea butter and antioxidants to keep your mouth looking extra-alluring.

Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick in Pout, $19, www.sephora.com.


The Ultimate Excuse to Play Hooky: Red Door Spa Diamonds Are Forever Package

Fashion week be damned, there is nothing romantic about working a 12-hour day on February 14, so it may be the perfect opportunity to call in sick with your better half and book an over-the-top spa package. At Elizabeth Arden’s recently relocated New York City Red Door Spa, the two of you can indulge in an ultra-pampering day that includes the signature Ultimate Arden Facial and stress-melting hot stone massage, plus manicures and pedicures. Ask for Greta for the facial: She’ll change your life.

Diamonds Are Forever package, $1,688, Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa, 663 Fifth Ave., NYC, (212) 546-0200.


The Auspicious Eyeliner: Dolce & Gabbana Charm Eyeliner Pencil

The purpose of these pencils is twofold: to create smudgy bedroom eyes and to act as a lucky love charm, as they are adorned with the Italian horn, a symbol of good luck, and a heart. Consider them your Valentine’s Day one-two punch.

$33, www.saks.com.

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