The Lovely Bone

Perception: malignant mole. Reality: adorable beauty mark. Perception: bearded lady. Reality: a measly stray hair. Perception: cystic acne. Reality: microscopic zit.

You’re a pro at blowing things out of proportion.

For some perspective, head to Berkeley’s Herringbone Apothecary, makeup whiz Shawn Burke’s pint-size beauty boutique. African impala skulls hang above the mantel of a salvaged-wood faux fireplace, and a ’70s white leather couch invites shoppers to chill out.

Burke carries a selection of organic skin care lines — like Komenuka Bijin (Japan), Skyn Iceland, Trilogy (New Zealand), and Protective Nourishment (Los Angeles) — and just started offering customized facials and waxing. In the treatment room decorated with ’30s floral wallpaper, esthetician Erin Wong will give you a divine rubdown with luscious Mandy Aftel perfume oils.

Once you’re feeling, um, normal, stock up on makeup from Cargo and Julie Hewett, Lux barrettes, and Grooming Lounge gifts for your guy.

Doesn’t he deserve it for putting up with all of your hideous flaws?

Herringbone Apothecary, 1527 Shattuck Avenue, between Vine and Cedar Streets, Berkeley. (510-649-9442 or herringboneshop.com).

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1527 Shattuck Ave
bt Vine & Cedar Sts
Berkeley, CA 94709