My Valentine's Day Beauty Essentials

by - Sunday, February 12, 2017

Twas the weekend before Valentine's Day
And all through the land
Were beauty products galore
From a bunch of wonderful brands... 

Excuse my little poetry outburst, I just couldn't resist! Valentine's Day is a much loved day all over the world. It's a time to be thankful and appreciate what you have, while showing the your loved ones just how much they mean to you. Although the world has got very commercialised, and there seems to be a sense of competition between couples as to who can get the most extravagant bunch of flowers, or the most delicious chocolates. When I'd much prefer getting dressed up, and enjoying a date night with my love. So, if you're a girl after my own heart, then keep reading as I've selected my favourite beauty products to make me feel glam this Valentine's. 

The last thing you want on your date night, is the start of an unwanted blemish. This is my all time favourite primer as it doesn't leave your skin sticky, but leaves your skin feeling fresh and prepared for make-up application. BareMinerals Mattifying Prep Gel contains Aspen Bark and Tea Tree Oil which helps promote healthy skin. You can read my full review here

Confidence is key, and Vichy's DermaBlend foundation gives you the best confidence boost ever. Whether you have imperfections, acne or blemishes or just love a higher coverage foundation, DermaBlend is for you! I don't think I could go out without this on. During the day, I mix with my BareMinerals Primer to make a lighter-yet-still-going-strong foundation, and at night I wear as recommended. Remember to check out my full review here

Valentine's Day is the perfect excuse to go all out. And by all out I mean shine! So on this day, forget about your favourite blushers and pick out the best bronzer you can find. I use my illuminating bronzer as a contour powder to sculpt my face while giving me that much desired glow. This particular bronzer was in Estee Lauder's limited edition collection last year, but you can get similar here

Before I start this part, can we just take a moment to appreciate how beautiful this highlighter is. Dior have pulled out all the stops on this eye catcher of a highlighter. And Valentine's Day wouldn't be right without your cheekbones, brow bones, nose and cupids bow glowing like a unicorn. I seriously love a good highlighter, but Valentine's Day is the perfect excuse to double apply with your favourite glow dust. 

I like my lashes longer than my legs and blacker than my soul - which isn't hard considering I'm only 5 ft 2. This mascara is the holy grail of all mascaras. Blacker. Bigger. Badder than ever. No need for falsies when using the Perversion Mascara, and if you fancy being even badder, they also do a primer known as Subversion. Remember to check out my full review here.

There's nothing worse than being on a date, or night out and your make-up smudging or becoming patchy. It happens to the best of us, and sometimes there just isn't anything we can do about it. Well, that was before Urban Decay released their All Nighter Make-Up Setting Spray. Just a few spritz over your finished face and voila! You're good to go, and your face will be here to stay.

You can't celebrate Valentine's Day without a red lip. Ever since I saw Kendall Jenner as the face of Estee Lauder, I was lusting over that iconic red lipstick. Although I can't say for sure whether this is that lipstick, this red lipstick is my current go-to. The pigment is insane, and it lasts for hours without smudging, while the creaminess keeps your lips hydrated and kissable all night long! 

My number one rule on a night out, is make sure your nails match or at least co-ordinate with your lips. Personally, I lack a little colour within my wardrobe and you'll often find me in plain or neutral tones, so red lips and red nails is the perfect combo to make me feel powerful and sexy. Ciate nail polish has great pigment and great strength (so no need to worry about chipping) and the shade Mistress is just the perfect shade to feel glam. 

To complete your glamorous look, you need a signature fragrance to feel fierce and capture your loved ones attention. Chanel Coco Mademoiselle is my all time favourite fragrance, shortly followed my Miss Dior by Christian Dior. Not only will a good perfume stay on your skin for hours, but to give this a boost I highly recommend a perfumed hair mist. Just spritz through your hair after styling and you're ready to go!

What are your plans for Valentine's Day? What are your beauty essentials?

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