October 26, 2016

Hot! Gallery #treatyoself: Valentine’s Day Edition

You heard us. Valentine’s Day is just a few days away and whether you’ve got big plans with your beau, a cozy night in scheduled with the gals, or an early bedtime as part of your “me” time, you’ll want to take a peek at our roundup of treats all the same. We’ve gathered some trinkets, treasures, and treatments in the spirit of the holiday that are either just a click (to purchase) or subway ride away.

Valentine’s Day is all about love, and let’s not forget in order to love others we must love ourselves. So… #treatyoself.


Undoubtedly with all the hype, you've heard that the Fifty Shades of Grey movie is finally about to hit theaters on Valentine's Day. Psyched about that as you may already be... MAKE UP FOR EVER has the ultimate beauty treat for you.

The iconic brand's special Give In To Me Makeup Kit: Inspired by the movie Fifty Shades of Grey contains everything you need to create looks fit for Ana Steele (and you) - from naturally innocent to sensual and sultry. The kit contains a shadow palette with neutral shades, Graphic eyeliner, Smoky Extravagant Mascara, Rouge Artist Natural Lipstick in N4 (we are obsessed with this right now), and Lab Shine lip gloss in D14. It all comes neatly packaged in an exclusive keepsake box that is adorned with phrases from the book, and even a key to a secret compartment inside. You'll also find an easy to follow guide from Victoria Down (Head of Makeup Department/Fifty Shades of Grey), who used MAKE UP FOR EVER products every day on set, on how to create the variety of looks seen in the film using the kit's products.

$79.00 at Sephora

Speaking of Fifty Shades... how's this: you can star in your own, customized romance novel. Swap out the Ana Steele and Christian Grey names with yours and your boo's. U Star Novels has several romance books specially designed to have its main characters personalized!

It's as simple as filling out an online form answering questions on eye/hair color, favorite food and drinks, etc. It may sound kitschy but it's worth experiencing -- step into a plot straight out of a Bond movie and share this story of steamy romance with your love. We tried it and were surprised by just how accurate some of the sentences seemed to be when personalized with our details.

Both hard copy and e-copy options are available for customization. To receive yours in time for V-Day entertainment, choose the e-book.

$17.95 (ebook), $39.95 (paperback), or $47.90 for both at U Star Novels

Upgrade your at-home evening wear with the Kylie Kimono by Sapphire Bliss.

Featuring kimono sleeves and a drawstring waistline, this 100% silk robe in champagne is comfortable in its relaxed fit and is versatile -- it can be worn in multiple ways.

$368.00 at Sapphire Bliss

Step into the oasis of Townhouse Spa in Midtown West to unwind and give both your body and face a pampering treatment with the spa's innovative THÉMAÉ CEREMONY (Body & Face) package.

While you treat yourself to some "me time," you'll experience a soothing foot bath, body (legs, back, and scalp) massage, and Hydration Strategy-Brilliance facial. The result: ultimate relaxation.

$195 (90 minutes) at Townhouse Spa
Townhouse Spa is located at 39 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019. Phone: (212) 245-8006.

This Volte Pendant Necklace by MAS BISJOUX is a wonderfully modern twist on the classic "message in a bottle" concept. The lovely sleek design fashionably hides your small love notes, photos, or whatever close-to-your-heart item you'd like to store in it.

The piece is luxe as it is, but you can also choose to have it personalized with an engraving. Available in rose gold and gold plating, or upgraded to a full solid piece of either tone.

Available online or in-store at INTERMIX (Soho or Madison Avenue locations)

A girl can never have too much stationery. Erin Condren has a selection of heart-themed designs that can be used as Valentine's Day cards just as easily as they can be your method of sending a personal, love-filled greeting to friends and family anytime of the year.

$1.70 per note card / $34 (pack of 20), $68 (pack of 40), and additional quantity options

SinfulColors has a new collection out for Valentine's Day called "Flirt With Hearts" that does not disappoint (color and quality wise). Our favorite pinks in this collection are the specialty polishes -- Pinky Glitter (just as it sounds), and Love Sprinkles (limited edition), which contains effervescent pink heart-shaped glitter.

There are eight sensuous hues in total, including a fun teal that was thrown into the mix for anyone who's looking for something less traditional.

Drop one of these polishes in your bag for your next manicure appointment or DIY your V-Day date night mani at home -- either way, you'll be pleased with the rich color that lasts for days.

$1.99 each at Walgreens, Rite Aid and other mass retailers

We know it's cold outside, so sailing in NYC right now is not an option. But if you plan ahead, you'll get rewarded! Manhattan by Sail is offering a special for Valentine's Day - buy your tickets for a Wine Tasting of Craft Beer Sail before or on Valentine's Day and you'll receive 10% off your ticket. Just use the discount code MBSVDAY15!

This can be a fun outing with the girls (2 hours of wine tasting with views of New York Harbor) or romantic way to spend an afternoon with your S.O. Please note that sails start in late spring and run through early fall.

$95 (retail value, each)

Call 212-619-6900 or email [email protected] to purchase. Tickets or gift certificates will be emailed or mailed the day of purchase for your convenience.

Valentine's Day is practically synonymous with chocolate, and it doesn't have to be a bad thing. One of Oprah's favorite things also happens to be Superfood Chocolate by ALOHA.

What's so special about this? Check out the list of characteristics that read: "guilt-free."
- Vegan, gluten-free & soy-free
- This chocolate has an antioxidant score ten times higher than goji berries!
- It's low in calories (180 calories per serving)
- It contains Vitamin D (in whole-food form) and is packed with fruits, vegetables & superfoods
- Organic Moringa is also one of the ingredients (it is one of the most nutrient-dense superfoods containing over 92 vitamins, minerals, and phyto-nutrients)
- Free of artificial & “natural” flavors, sweeteners, chemicals and fillers​

$9.00 (2.2 oz bar) / $39.00 (a six pack) at ALOHA

kate spade's Posy Court Small Heart Dish is an adorable holder of trinkets and a trinket in its own right. The blush color is a lovely ode to the Valentine's Day color palette and fitting to house your delicate items like rings and small earrings.

What a simple way to brighten up your home decor!

$20.00 at kate spade

Skipping the celebration of Valentine's Day altogether? Did our mention of that possible "early bedtime" strike a chord with you? Make sure your sleep is the ultimate beauty sleep with boscia Tsubaki Deep Hydration Sleeping Mask. It's a deeply moisturizing mask that you apply before bed and leave on overnight, allowing botanical blend of oils to absorb fully into skin and nourish it overnight. Wake up with smoother, baby-soft skin -- it works great on dry skin!

$34.00 at Sephora

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