Scent with love

After that first flush of romance, gifts on Valentine's Day can go downhill, but nobody wants a droopy service station rose or card from the bargain bin.

a woman holding a sweet treat
a woman holding a sweet treat

Create your own air of romance on February 14 with hearts, flowers, strawberries and champagne - of the beauty variety.

Whether you're getting ready for a hot date or a romcom on Sky+, make yourself feel like a million dollars with some indulgent beauty loving beforehand.

Transform your bathroom into a love shack with these heartfelt products.

Heart you

A beauty product with a keepsake always deserves more love. Alice + Eliza's Heart Tin Gift is filled with an Amber And Black Plum Shower Gel, Powdered Violet Hand Cream and votive candle. Keep the printed tin to stash all your Valentine love letters and cards, £12 (www.marksandspencer.com).

Prime your lips for Valentine's Day smooches. MAD Beauty's Pop Heart Lip Gloss tins feature iconic Fifties art. Choose your pout flavour from Kiss in Cocoa Butter, Purrfect in Wild Berry, or Gossip in Aloe Vera, £3.99 each (www.madbeauty.com).

Show your make-up the love it deserves with a new designer home. Love Moschino's Peace And Love Multi Coloured Cosmetic Bag is worthy of your best red lippies, £49 (House of Fraser).

Hey, petal

Who needs a bouquet when you've got a dramatic fragrance bottle? Vera Wang's Lovestruck Floral Rush Eau De Parfum includes a bunch of indigo blooms on the lid and the fragrance is packed with pink passion flower notes to sweep you off your feet, from £35 (Debenhams).

Re-create the flush of love for date night. Lancome's Limited Spring Edition Blush Highlighter is in the form of a beautifully embossed rose. Sweep onto the apples of your cheeks for a fresh, pink glow, £35 (www.lancome.co.uk).

Crank up the love songs and light a candle as you get ready. Neom's Limited Edition Love Candle will fill the room with the floral scent of tuberose, mimosa and jasmine, £42, available February 1 (www.neomorganics.com).

Feeling sweet

Stay tee-total in the tub with beauty bubbly. Bliss 'Berry' Bubbly Raspberry Champagne Duo includes Spa-kling Raspberry Champagne Soapy Suds and Body Butter for guaranteed intoxicating skin, £23.20 (www.blissworld.co.uk).

Is there a better suited couple than strawberries and chocolate? The Body Shop has combined the two - minus the calories - with a Chocolate & Strawberry Shower Gel Duo for a super-sweet combo, £6, available February 1 (www.thebodyshop.co.uk).

Show your body some love with a top-to-toe spa kit. Baylis & Harding's Limited Edition Strawberries & Cream five-piece gift set includes Shower Creme, Body Lotion, Body Wash, Body Polisher and Soap to make you smell good enough to eat, £18 (Tesco).

Tried & tested

The forecast is snow flakes - on your fingertips. Our testers brace the chills with Jack Frost-effect nails:

Models Own Wonderland Collection in Snowflakes, £5 (www.modelsownit.com)

2/5

Essie Encrusted in Hors d'Oeuvres, £9.99 (Boots/Superdrug), available Feb 1

4/5

Nails Inc Kensington Church Street Snowflake Effect Polish, £12 (www.nailsinc.com)

5/5

Buy it now

The ultimate display of coupledom is surely a his 'n' hers scent duo. Complement each other with Burberry's new fragrance Brit Rhythm, available for men and women. The female eau de toilette, from £40, includes notes of English lavender and neroli while the male version, from £34, features a blend of basil verveina, black leather and cedarwood (uk.burberry.com).

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