Skip to main content

5 Things That Will Definitely Ruin Your Valentine’s Day Date

Uncheck these must-not-do boxes for maximum V-day success.

5 Things That Will Definitely Ruin Your Valentine’s Day Date

The dating game is complicated, and everyone is looking for different things. But despite that, and whether it’s a first date (or even a second or third, or tenth) or that all-important Valentine’s Day dinner, there are certain no-nos and deal breakers. As you prep for roses, chocolates, champagne and romance (and maybe a little more?) on February 14, here are a few tips on the must-not-dos for the day. Feel free to take these suggestions way beyond V-day and deep into your relationship or marriage!

#1: When your date keeps looking at their phone and checking their devices

A date who can’t take their eyes off their phone is a real turn-off, especially if you’re just kicking off a relationship. If you can’t even spare a device-free couple of hours to get to know your date properly, it’s unlikely you’ll advance to a second date.

A no-no: When she just can’t put down her phone. (Photo: Pexels)

Resist the urge to check your emails, social media or WhatsApp messages, leave your phone in your bag or face down on the table if you really need it to be near you. Devote time and attention to the person you’ve chosen to hang out with. If you really need to, keep screen time to a minimum — take that selfie or wefie, snap those food shots, then put the smartphone away. Real life, and your real date, won’t wait!

#2: Poor dental hygiene

Don’t get caught with unsavoury breath when the face masks get removed. (Photo: iStock)

The moment you take off your masks and sit down to a meal, and you catch a whiff of breath of death from your date — pew! Suffice to say, poor dental hygiene and bad breath is a real mood killer and could end a relationship even before it begins.

Fortunately, there are easy ways to get fresh breath, even if it’s late in the evening and it’s been hours since you’ve brushed your teeth.

Dentiste’ Nighttime Herbapeutic Toothpaste & Dentiste’ Breath Spray

Dentiste’ Nighttime Herbapeutic Toothpaste is powered with 14 natural extracts, Xylitol, Vitamin C and other essential natural ingredients, and is specially formulated to freshen morning breath (and provide long-lasting fresh breath at all times of the day) by inhibiting oral bacteria, which grow rapidly in the mouth while you are sleeping. And for fresh breath on the go, there’s the Dentiste' Fresh Breath Spray — a spritz might just save your entire date, or prep you for something a little more special.

Which leads us to… the morning after.

Waking up with fresh breath is a surefire way to brighten your day. (Photo: Shutterstock)

If things progress so well during your date that it leads to a sleepover, let’s just say you won’t have to worry about dragon breath when you wake up and feel kissy, if you’re using Dentiste’ Nighttime Herbapeutic Toothpaste, which is the world’s first nighttime toothpaste.

After all, its specialty is busting nighttime oral bacteria, the major cause of bad morning breath. We’ve tried it and a straw poll among our loved ones range from “okay lah” to “not bad”. Well, to be fair, no one likes having morning breath exhaled in their face at 8am — at least they didn’t run away or faint!

According to Dentiste’, 93 per cent of users who used the Nighttime Herbapeutic Toothpaste before going to bed experienced a decrease in bad morning breath after just one night of using it. Guess there’s a reason it’s called the “Lovers’ Toothpaste”!

#3: When your date can’t stop talking about him or herself

Not going well: When he’s only talking about himself. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Another date deal breaker. Of course, it’s okay to talk about yourself as a way for your date to get to know you better. But to talk non-stop about nothing but yourself, what you like to do, your job, your dog, your mother, your favourite food, your ex — it’s enough to make your dinner companion excuse him or herself to go to the loo, then run for the hills. Instead of yakking about numero uno, listen. Find topics that might interest the both of you, whether it’s Mexican food, K-pop or your shared love of spin classes.

#4: Looking sloppy and unkempt

Dressing well and appropriately would greatly improve your chances of a successful date. (Photo: Pexels)

Turning up for a V-day date, or any date, in a ratty tee or a crumpled shirt, bermudas that look like you slept in them, and slippers? A big no-no. Also sure to leave a bad impression is not bothering to dress for the venue, like wearing a camisole and denim shorts to a fancy restaurant.

Looking like you made an effort to look nice and neat is attractive. According to experts, it takes just 15 minutes to kill a first date — rolling up looking crappy will probably ruin your chances of a second date in half that time.

#5: Exuding negativity and bad-mouthing others

When the vibes aren’t good: Keep things positive and don’t forget to smile. (Photo: Shutterstock)

While you don’t have to be all #goodvibesonly, coming across as a grump who complains non-stop about everyone and everything is a turn-off. If your date is bad-mouthing the waiter, the food, their sister and their best friend and whining about everything from the weather to the traffic to the hors d'oeuvres, we’d say no to a future date, ’cos no one needs that much negativity.

Instead, smile more, complain less. According to stats, 47 per cent of people say that a person’s smile is the first thing they notice when meeting people. And if you’re using Dentiste’ Nighttime Herbapeutic Toothpaste, then that smile will come with lovely breath as well.

Dentiste’ Nighttime Herbapeutic Toothpaste is $9.50 to $16.90, at Watsons, Guardian, Cold Storage and other retailers. From now till Feb 28, there’s a Spend & Save promotion $6 off with a min spend of $30, and $12 off with a min spend of $50, and giveaways of Dentiste’ Nighttime Toothpaste 20g and Sukkiri Love Mint sachet 2’s at

More info at

Want More? Check These Out

You May Also Like