Beauty Blog: Loved up or single – there’s just no avoiding V-day

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Our beauty blogger, Catherine McCurry, reveals what she bought her other half for Valentine’s Day…

HAS romance gone down like a lead balloon or do couples still warmly embrace the novelty and expense of Valentine’s Day more now than ever.

While for some couples the recession has swallowed up any notion on spending money idly on a date like Valentine’s Day, for others it’s still big business.

This year couples and singletons across the North are expected to spend over £45m on Valentine’s Day – which is up some £8m compared to 2013.

And, according to research compiled by, the average spend per person is approximately £55.70.

For me, that sounds about right because I bought my other half a Garth Brooks ticket, much to his  dubious excitement, for an alternative gift which cost me €70.

My Valentine’s was celebrated at the weekend with a trip to an Australian restaurant, aptly named Uluru, followed by an evening at the VIP cinema screen at the Odyssey in Belfast to see Last Vegas.

I highly recommend a trip to the cinema where you can lye back in a leather recliner with tea and coffee on tap with free popcorn and soft drink re-fillers and feel like you’re the only people there.

It is estimated that almost 40 percent of married couples won’t spend anything to celebrate this V-day, while 29% of couples who live with their partner plan to be a Valentine Scrooge.

But, if you’re fed up with the usual Valentine gifts like chocolates, bouquets of flowers, romantic candlelit dinners or sending cards to declare your love to your other half and instead want to opt for something spontaneous then look no further than Beyonce’s Yours/Mine boxers and boyshorts collection.

However, if you prefer to whisk that special someone in your life a little further than Fermanagh then check out Victoria Square in Belfast as they are hosting love themed activities which will take place this weekend.

Some of these include Belfast’s first ever Wishing Love Tree which allows people to share messages of love and well wishes or get your photo taken in the love photo booth.

Couples and visitors can take a seat in cupid’s Love Zone while you can indulge in free love heart sweets, and get the opportunity to win a diamond sparkler and designer watch worth £6,000.

There is also a wide-range of activities for the family which includes arts and crafts, balloon modelling, face painting and caricaturists.


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