Ah, Valentine’s Day. You creep up on us and take over the whole first half of the month. I don’t so much love the day as much as I do all the stuff that goes with it—flowers (I like mine from Miho Kosuda), fancy chocolates (Jean-Paul Hévin, please), notes (homemade gets me every time), and, as my dad might say, “smell goods”. But we all know there’s more to V-Day beauty-related treats than perfume alone, so I teamed up with Barneys and spent a morning scouring their counters for new and noteworthy goodies. Some are more in keeping with the theme than others (a gorgeous red candle from Frédéric Malle); some I just couldn’t resist taking home because they are awesome (Sunday Riley’s dreamy mousse-like primer). Perhaps my favorite item from the lot—and it’s so February 14th—is By Terry’s Masque Nutri-Rose. I’ve been getting reacquainted with By Terry since meeting the founder, Terry de Gunzburg, in December. She’s French, she’s wise, she invented Yves Saint Laurent’s Touche Éclat. So…yeah. She also told me to use blue mascara to bring out the sparkle in my brown eyes, and I kid you not, that tube of Terrybleu is my new best friend. Her Baume de Rose was something I splurged on years ago—think of it like really, really decadent Aquaphor meets Eight Hour Cream, for your lips, cuticles, wherever. And if you’re a rose kind of gal, you’ll die and go to heaven over the scent. The nourishing mask is one of those leave-on-for-as-long-as-you-want types (though the bottle says 5-10 minutes) and I like to use a thick layer as an overnight moisture treatment…or, as I’ll likely be doing on a certain upcoming evening, putting it on and lounging around while eating handmade truffles, admiring my bouquet of peonies and reading love letters at home, because, really, who is getting a reservation anywhere this late in the game.
02.01.12 / The Extras