Forget about chocolate, what women really want on Valentine’s Day is to feel gorgeous and irresistibly sexy. Here’s a roundup of the hottest luxe beauty treatments, products and places to make you look and feel your best. Enjoy lovers!
Craving chic but effortless-looking bedroom hair for Valentine’s Day? Famed stylist Chris McMillan recommends a partial updo that puts a relaxed spin on a classic style. The McMillan Canale Salon is hair heaven for a bevy of Hollywood beauties and any woman looking to get her hair cut, colored or styled like the celebrities. Chris McMillan and colorist Michael Canale, the team behind Jennifer Aniston’s legendary “Rachel” ‘do’ have rejoined forces after building their own individual salons in Beverly Hills, to create a signature salon in Malibu. Together, the two have worked with Hollywood A-listers such as Victoria Beckham, Heidi Klum, Penelope Cruz, Faith Hill, Denise Richard and even Hugh Jackman. Don’t let Malibu’s laid-back feel fool you, this is one of the best salons you will find anywhere in the country! The staff is impeccable and you will leave looking like a star. The McMillan Canale salon can be reached at (310) 456-9973.
According to Michael Canale, another great way to extend the life of hair color is to use dry shampoo. It also gives instant body to limp jetlagged tresses, blends roots and extends blowouts too! Just sprinkle a little in your hair to absorb excess oils and product, and voile--you have fresh full-bodied hair. I’m a fan of principessa beauty’s award winning Bianco Breeze.
Talc free, this refreshing treat comes in a pretty pink bottle. Available at www.principessabeauty.com.
The Blow Out
The thing about a fabulous cut and color is that at some point, you need to blow it out yourself. Trust me, once you try the Ibiza brush, you won’t go back! The Ibiza’s extended cork handle replaces the stiff heavy wooden handle of your typical blow out brush with one that’s light as a feather. In my book, it’s the most innovative design in a round brush ever! Available at the McMillan Canale Salon in Malibu or www.Ibizahair.com.
With celebrity fans like Kate Moss, Mandy Moore, Hilary Swank, and Rihanna, it’s not hard to understand why butter LONDON has become an elite cult polish. The Valentine’s Day Collection features three of the hottest reds ever created, one of which will certainly get your heart pumping. Whether you chose Come to Bed Red, the crushed glitter red Chancer, or my personal favorite, Pillar Box Red, plenty of love letters are sure to come your way! Free of formaldehyde, toluene, and DBP, butter London products are sold online at www.butterlondon.com.
Iconic red lips are right on trend at the moment and have arrived in the form of a limited edition Dolce & Gabbana Lip Jewels palette presented in an exquisite ruby jewel compact. Featuring four sublime shades of The Classic Cream Lipstick: Dahlia, Devil, Ultra and Nude, there are three variations on red and a fourth shade, Nude, that provides a delicate complement to the red trio. The Lip Jewels palette is available exclusively at Saks Fifth Avenue stores and www.Saksfifthavenue.com.
The Scent of Romance
From the simplicity of French soap to the sophistication of mahogany, Baroness von Neumann’s candle collection takes you on a journey around the world. This former Dior and YSL model model is known within the most elite circles of society as an authority on everything “luxury”. Inspired by romantic, exotic locales—from the speedy streets of Modena to her cozy library in Bel Air—each candle balances the modern with the classic, conjuring a fresh, mysterious and regal essence. One of these four scents is sure to appeal to even your most discerning friends: Atlas is a mixture of sandalwood, Ceylon cinnamon and mahogany; Fete: clove bud, mandarin and Norwegian pine; Modena: orange blossom and lemon leaf, and Savon is composed of jasmine, damask rose and red amber. Elegantly packaged, the candles are available at www.baronessmonicavonneumann.com.
Exotic Lingerie Bag
Nothing promises a bit of upscale boho pleasure like the rich hues of this Ikat lingerie bag by Madeline Weinrib. The use of hand woven Ikat fabrics adds a modern, unexpected twist to the traditional lingerie bag. Lined in quilted silk, this glamorous and romantic accessory is ideal for the boudoir or sophisticated traveler. Available at www.MadelineWeinrib.com.
The Romantic Getaway
Looking for an amorous escape steeped in history? Laguna Beach has managed to retain the same charm that originally attracted stars like Bette Davis Mary Pickford, Judy Garland, Rudolph Valentino, Charlie Chaplin and writers such as Tennesse Williams and John Steinbeck to summer and play among the rich and famous. The Surf and Sand Resort has been pampering locals and Hollywood royalty for over six decades. I recently had the pleasure of enjoying the weekend unwinding at the newly renovated Acquaterra Spa and spending time enjoying the sunset and cocktails on the Catalina Terrace where the Surf & Sand hosts beautiful ocean front weddings and private events. The property has just finished a $3 million refresh, and the luxe rooms and restaurant perched just above the ocean have been transformed with modern touches that maintain a zen-like tranquility. The Surf and Sand’s restaurant Splashes now boasts a new executive chef, Jeff Armstrong--who has already been named the best new chef in Orange County by Modern Luxury. To book your romantic retreat, please go to www.SurfandSandResort.com.
Here’s to staying red hot and beautiful until we meet again!
Fashion designer Mary Jo Matsumoto writes a nationally syndicated style blog at www.trustyourstyle.com. She is debuting her natural perfume, as a new as well as expanding her successful line of fine jewelry, women's couture line, and luxury handbag line. For more information, please visit www.maryjomatsumoto.com.