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Couples Therapy

A sexy alternative to eating out on Valentine’s Day.

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Soak It Up: Two's company in Silk Day Spa's tub.  

No tables left at your favorite bistro this Valentine’s Day? For an even more romantic date, try a spa couple’s treatment. At Silk Day Spa (47 West 13th Street; 212-255-6457), the three-hour, $480 Emperor/Empress package begins with an essential-oil-and-herb-enriched tub soak and includes a full-body mask with mud, a massage, and more. Sports Club L.A.’s Spa Splash (330 East 61st Street; 212-355-5100) offers a couple’s package that ends with a meal from the club’s restaurant, Sixty One, for $280. And $975 gets you the VIP Spa Suite at the Mandarin Oriental hotel (80 Columbus Circle; 212-805-8880), complete with a private steam room, body scrubs, mini-facials, and massage. After fruit and tea, you’re left to collapse in a bath strewn with flower petals overlooking the Hudson.


Lip Lock: Kiss Up to These Hot Colors
New spring lipsticks are out in February, just in time for you to pucker up for Valentine’s Day.

Bobbi Brown’s V-Day Palette of Burnt Red, Scarlet, and Red ($27 at Saks).

Estée Lauder’s “Switched On” Electric Intense LipCreme ($22 at Bergdorf).

Clé de Peau Beauté’s Lip Palette ($75 at Bergdorf).

Chanel’s Hydrabase Creme in Pink Sugar ($23 at Bloomingdale’s).

Beauty Spots
Grand Scent
Back in the eighties, $100 for a bottle of Joy was considered pure extravagance. That seems like a bargain now: Clive Christian’s No. 1 is $1,820, and this month, couture designer Shalini introduces a $900 scent exclusively at Bergdorf Goodman. Developed by renowned French nose Maurice Roucel and packaged in Lalique crystal, Shalini is made from tuberose, neroli, musk, ylang-ylang, and vanilla from Madagascar. So what makes it worth almost a thousand dollars? “The oils are in their purest forms,’’ assures a spokeswoman.

Here Comes the Grooming
The high-end barbershop The Art of Shaving is right on the cutting edge of this metrosexual moment. On sale: the house line of facial washes, body scrubs, hair gels, manicure sets, bath brushes, masques, and lip balms. Next month, the company plans to introduce rosewater, which it uses as an after- shave in its barbershops. “Men are begging for it, but they don’t know what it is,’’ says president Eric Malka. “A therapeutic gift of nature should be available to both sexes, and it's addictive.’’ (A third New York location opens this week, in the Time Warner complex; call 800-493-2212 for addresses and hours.)


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