5 places to help get ready for Valentine’s Day


A nail technician polishes a model’s nails using a trio of pastel Zoya nail polishes. (Sara Bauknecht/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette/MCT)

Aiyi Kang

All lovebirds are looking forward to their prefect day with their partners. Tips: Don’t let the “profiteers” drain your wallets! Here are some affordable and close-by places to get ready for your special date.

A nail technician polishes a model’s nails using a trio of pastel Zoya nail polishes. (Sara Bauknecht/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette/MCT)

Happy Hands & Hair

Don’t forget to get your nails done before Valentine’s Day! Happy Hands & Hair is one of the best hidden nail salon in Northridge. If you are looking for the newest in nail trends and personalized nail art, this is your place. They personalize your nails to fit your style, and explain the process while they are doing your nails. They also offer customers drinks and snacks while getting pedicures. So, enjoy a cup of coffee with delicious cookies, and soon your beautiful nails are done!

Now with Yelp or LivingSocial check in, it’s only $17 ($35 value) for a gel manicure, and $33 ($70 value) for a gel manicure and a spa pedicure. Be sure to schedule your appointment before you go there.

Number: (818) 993-1143

Location: 9352 Corbin Ave, Unit 10, Northridge, CA 91324

Hours: Tuesday – Friday: 9 a.m.- 6 p.m.; Saturday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The Tanning Edge

Want to have your body look prefect on Valentine’s Day? The Tanning Edge offers multiple services from tanning, skin rejuvenation, detox, weight loss and teeth whitening. I really recommend the infrared body wrap, which is a weight loss program, and can potentially leave skin looking firmer.

Some people may not understand what the infrared body wrap system is. It applies infrared heat to the body, burning up to 900 to 1400 calories, in one 60 minute session. Your body will continue to burn off calories throughout the day.

Now, they offer the Super Sunday Special, of half off single tanning sessions in any level tanning bed. With the New Customers Special, you can buy two sessions, and get one free for any service.

Number: (818) 993-4844

Location: 8968 Corbin Ave, Northridge, CA 91324

Hours: Monday – Friday: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Saturday: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Some women get their hair done with a curling iron for their dates. (Allison Long/Kansas City Star/MCT)

Larisa Beauty Salon and Spa

If you are looking to making your hair glamorous and your eyes pop, Larisa Beauty Salon and Spa have run their business for 19 years in San Fernando Valley.

They have the Brazilian blowout, which is a professional hair smoothing treatment that improves the healthy of hair. Their individual eyelash extensions are amazing! They are semi-permanent and made from synthetic fibers. Each lash is applied, one by one, to your own natural lashes. With proper care, they can last up to four to six weeks.

They also have a Brazilian bikini wax for only $25. With LivingSocial check-in, you can have one full set of eyelash extensions for $70 ($150 value), and a Brazilian blowout and haircut for $99 ($365 value).

Number: (818) 705-3500

Location: 6002 Reseda Blvd, Tarzana, CA 91356

Hours: Tuesday – Saturday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sunday: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Monday: Closed

Lady Fortunes

Want to give your boyfriend or girlfriend something special? Customized cookies is one of the best choices! You can make your own fortune cookies, and put your design on them. You can also put your boyfriend or girlfriend’s favorite pictures on graham crackers, crispy rice bars, sugar cookies, brownies and so many other sweets.

They also have an enormous 7-inch high and about a pound-and-a-half heavy fortune cookie. The huge fortune cookie tastes just like any regular sized fortune cookie, but even more delicious. You can put your favorite topping on it, like M&M;’s with chocolate milk, Oreos and etc.

For your money saving plans, Yelp offers a deal to spend $30 and get $50 for using. LivingSocial has a deal $10 for $20 spend on customized cookies, and $25 ($49.99 value) for a Super Giant customized fortune cookie.

Number: (818) 993-1277

Location: 21609 Parthenia St, Canoga Park, CA 91304

Hours: Monday- Friday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday – Sunday: Closed


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