We Heart V-Day
Whether or not you realize it (back-to-back shows and minimal sleep have a way of making it easy to lose track of time), today is Valentine’s Day. If you’re lucky enough to have the time and energy to celebrate the holiday, we’ve compiled a short list of treats to get you primped for tonight. Rolling solo this year? Not to worry. The Soho House’s Cowshed spa has a little something in store for you and your girlfriends; its package of pampering and indulgence is strictly no-boys-allowed.
The Perfume: Agent Provocateur L’Agent
Whether you want to seduce your live-in boyfriend or woo that bearded waiter you’ve been stalking from afar, this intoxicating floral blend of tuberose and jasmine mixed with warm and spicy notes like patchouli, amber, black incense, and musk should do the trick.
Agent Provocateur L’Agent Eau de Parfum, $85, www.agentprovocateur.com.
The Pout Perfector: NARS Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil in New Lover
Drawing attention to your mouth is never a bad thing on February 14. NARS’ new Velvet Gloss Pencil in New Lover imparts mouths with a creamy shade of warm red and provides long-lasting wear to get you through an entire romantic dinner—and whatever comes next. If you’re local, you should pick one up at the brand’s new Bleecker Street boutique, where the films on François Nars’ personal Netflix queue are available for purchase—including the erotic thriller Belle de Jour. The famed face painter calls it a “must-see.”
NARS Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil in New Lover, $24, www.barneys.com.
The Festive Compact: Physicians Formula Happy Booster Glow
Sure, a heart-embossed powder may seem a bit gratuitous today, but this one is infused with a violet scent said to cause “elation” and plant extracts shown to “evoke happiness,” and on top of that, it leaves skin with a rosy glow. Think of it as a triple-threat purchase, no matter what your Facebook relationship status says.
Physicians Formula Happy Booster Glow & Mood Boosting Blush, $11.99, www.ulta.com.
The Polish for Lovers: Priti Bunch of Roses Polish Set
The fact that no one cared to send you a dozen roses today stings a little less when you have ten pretty rose-colored fingers to stare at. Priti’s natural nail lacquer set comes in four shades ranging from pale pink to ruby red.
Priti Bunch of Roses Polish Set, $37.50, www.pritinyc.com.
The Couples Therapy: Caudalie Spa’s Lessons in Love
What’s better than giving your loved one a sensual massage? Getting a lesson so you actually know what you’re doing. Caudalie’s massage therapist will instruct you and your partner in the ways of deep tissue pressure. Sure, having a third party in the room during this kind of intimate experience could get weird. That’s where the on-site sommelier comes in.
Caudalie Vinothérapie Lessons in Love, $425 for 90 minutes, www.caudalie-usa.com.
The Singles’ Night: Cowshed’s Pretty Party
Feeling anti-V-day this year? Gathering up your girlfriends and heading over to the Soho House’s spa for this women-only party is a great way to give the chocolates-and-flowers establishment the finger. The pampering package includes a night of treatments, dinner, and drinks—all of which are blissfully man-free.
Cowshed Pretty Party; for more information, visit www.cowshedonline.com.
Photo: Courtesy Agent Provocateur; NARS Cosmetics; Physicians’ Formula