Getting a tousled blowout and a crimson manicure on Valentine's Day may feel a little bit scripted, but it also feels so right. See, sometimes giving into archetypes can be intoxicatingly freeing. (Just ask all the women going to see Fifty Shades of Gray on opening night, which conveniently happens to be February 15.) If you'd like to look your very best while celebrating true love—or toasting to a fleeting crush, or reveling in your freedom—these five beauty specials are more than happy to help you embrace the clichéd nature of it all.
Whiskey and Manicures at Milk Handmade
Stop by Milk Handmade (5137 N. Clarke St., milkhandmade.com) this Sunday afternoon for a free tasting of KOVAL, a Chicago brand that makes organic spirits. If you buy a bottle, you'll get a certificate for a free manicure. It's all part of Andersonville Loves Local 2015, a neighborhood shopping event happening February 7 and 8.
Three-Pack Treatments at The Spa @ Equinox
Want to take your two best friends out for massages and Valentine's-themed facials? The Spa at Equinox (Highland Park, Gold Coast, Lincoln Park, equinox.com/spa) has packaged a few of their services in groups of threes. A three-pack of 50-minute deep tissue massages is $295; a three-pack of chocolate or strawberry facials is $395. Plus, anyone who books a service gets free access to the gym on the day of the service.
Full service for $100 at Civello
In anticipation of the day of love, Civello (1637 W. Belmont Ave., civello.com) is offering a $100 gift card—now until February 15—that includes a 30-minute massage, a signature manicure, and their signature pedicure. You won't be wearing open-toed sandals, surely, but it's all about knowing that you could.
$30 blowouts for Equinox members
Equinox has partnered with DreamDry (904 W. Armitage Ave., dreamdry.com) for the month of February to make sure that you're seriously looking good from head to toe. Mention you're an Equinox member when you're making an appointment—be prepared to show your card at the salon—and you'll get a $30 blowout.
Complimentary makeup and Burberry at Blowtique
Blowtique and Burberry teamed up this Valentine's Day to create the perfect prepping experience. Stop by Blowtique's newest location (520 N. Michigan Ave., blowtique.com) for a blowout on Saturday, February 14 between 1 and 5 pm, and you'll get a complimentary makeup application, too. Purchase two Burberry products and you'll get a complimentary Blowtique shower cap plus $5 credit towards future services. Perhaps most important? There will be a “build your own mimosa” bar on hand.