Whether you are celebrating via zoom, skype or snap chat, having a cook- at- home dinner, a restaurant take-away or just sharing a phone call there’s no excuse not to dress and makeup for the occasion.

Valentine’s Day going to be different this year, of that there is no doubt, but there’s still the opportunity to lavish affection and some TLC to those you love, be it your partner, best friends, family or most importantly yourself.

We’ve picked out some sensuous scents, luscious lipsticks, glow boosting cosmetics and fun-time bath-time products to make you and yours have a Valentine’s Day that is special.


Take a tip from some of the most sensuous stars of Hollywood – Red is sexy, sensuous and powerful on the lips.  In the 1931 film  Dishonoured the iconic screen siren, Marlene Dietrich removed her blindfold as she faced the firing squad and applied a slick of red lipstick, 30’s sex symbol, Jean Harlow was renown for her red lips and the 40’s and 50’s saw stars such as Veronica Lake, Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor with sexy red pouts – even today stars such as Madonna and Taylor Swift are seen wearing red and Gwen Stefani is never seen without her trademark red lipstick.

So we’ve picked out six of the best red lip colours to suit all preferences and as they say in Strictly and Dancing on Ice – in no particular order.











The new Rouge Allure Laque Ultra Wear Shine Liquid Lip Colour in Timeless . Delicate and creamy it is first 12 hour long-wear lip colour with shine and intensity.

L’Oreal Colour Rich Satin Lipstick in Red Passion

Sisley Phyto Rouge in Rouge Rio

MAC Powder Kiss Liquid Lip Colour in Haute Pants

Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint in Uncensored

Nars Audacious Sheer Matte Lipstick in Sandrine


And don’t forget the nails with polish by who else our own fabulous nail expert Leighton Denny – Passion available from the Leighton Denny Expert Nails












Give yourself a romantic golden glow. Using a fake tan on your face during lockdown certainly makes  you feel better and look better if you don’t want to apply a foundation and enhances the overall look of your foundation. It’s also a life-saver if you leave most of your foundation on your mask  there’s no white patches when you remove your mask.

Having a tan also makes you look good when you dress for a date night whether in the lockdown confines of your own four walls or sharing a date night on zoom. Pop on a date night dress, tan your arms, decolletage and shoulders and you will certainly feel and look better with that tanfastic glow











Tanologist is one of the newest brands of self tan. It’s cruelty free and vegan. The range includes various self tan products for the face and body most of which come in three shades light/medium/ dark along with an eraser product for those little mistakes. We love the Self Tan Drops that are a made to measure self tan serum for both face and body. Visit for more information.











Want to surprise your best friend with a useful and uplifting Valentine gift then Sanctuary Spa have the answer with their gift sets one of which is Time to Glow which contains a liquid gold bath elixir, body scrub, wet skin moisture miracle, daily glow mask and daily glow radiance tonic. Available from Boots and Amazon.













The creme de la creme of makeup collections for a date night comes from that cruelty free amazing luxury brand Hourglass with their At Night Collection.

The collection includes a ultra slim high intensity lipstick in a new shade – At Night – a brick red shade. It’s slim design means you can control for accentuating, contouring and defining the lips with precision. No.28 Lip Treatment Oil also comes in a new shade At Night giving lips a wonderful treatment and a rich flush of brick red colour and you can wear it alone day or night.

But is the ground breaking Ambient Lighting Blush in the new shade At Night which will excite both those who have already discovered this ground breaking hybrid that gives breath taking modern hues. The At Night Blush is a flattering brick red combined with Ambient Radiant Light to recreate a soft yet vibrant fireside gleam and it really create a unique glow, revives a tired complexion and knocks years of an mature complexion.  Available



Fragrance is often referred to as seduction’s most powerful weapon – so you cannot ignore it on Valentine’s Day.











Rose Calisson from L’Occitane pays homage to the timeless scene of the rose associated with love, romance and passion. Joining the fragrance is a must have selection of products including two gift sets,  a shower gel, body lotion and handcream and a web exclusive of a 15ml perfumed gel.  Available,83,1,83704,1622727.htm












From luxury brand Cartier comes Declaration Red – a limited edition EDP. It’s an extra-ordinary alliance between cool cardamom and woody notes. This is a bold scent for him which is intensely spicy and woody.












Cupid approved from the Body Shop comes Valentine’s Love heart. A gift box filled with skin-loving, body popping pampering, sweet strawberry goodies – softening body butter, shower gel and lip butter.

















What else would you expect from those lovely people at Lush but lots of Valentine inspired fun, pampering and very desirable gift from a Love Lockett Bath Bomb, and Blow Me a Kiss Bubble Blower to gift sets including a Lock Down Valentine Bath Set, A Love Yourself Gift Set and the Lots of Love Gift Set  illustrated at the top of our page.











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