Valentines Day Beauty
Whether you’re spending your Valentines Day going out for the day, enjoying a special dinner out or are being whipped away on romantic weekend break, then you’ll want to be making yourself feel and look fabulous. The art of beauty that is behind beauty is that it’s so incredible versatile, there are so many things you can do with a foundation and many ways in which you can sculpt your face, whether it’s toned down for a simple look or amped up a notch into something really spectacular and dazzling. What better a day than Valentines to create a look that makes you feel confident and glam, whether it's being spent with friends, family or your loved one.
An important step into beautiful makeup is the prep, making sure you’ve got a clean, healthy base, cleansed hair and a smooth lip. Starting your pamper off with a bath or shower, Valentines Day is the time to get out the luxurious treats. For a relaxing, unwinding bath add a few drops of a lavender bath oil under running water and feel the oils soaking your skin in goodness, leaving you with glistening limbs. Slather yourself in your favourite moisturiser or body oil, (my favourites are Jurlique Rose Body Oil* and Clarins Body Lotion), to soften and hydrate your skin for the day/evening ahead. I’ll either clean my face before or after the bath with a cleansing balm to replenish any moisture loss and help promote a luminous complexion, then will apply a thick mask, depending on how my skin feels. To amp up the glow, I’ll use my LUSH Brazened Honey or Antipodes Manuka Honey* as both leave a beautifully radiant complexion.
If you’re going to be wearing a lipstick this Valentines, then you need to make sure you’ve got a hydrated lip, I love using my Rodial Lip Scrub* which contains Mango and Vitamin E, making it incredibly gentle on the lip but extremely effective. I’ll then apply a good layer of the Balance Me Lip Quench Balm* a new 100% natural lip balm that is oozing in Cocoa and Mango Butters that deeply hydrate and replenish the lip, whilst the hint of Spearmint oil adds a zingy tang. Perfect for prepping those lips but also great to carry around on the go for glossy touch ups. Available from Beauty Expert soon!
Embracing the healthy glow, this Valentines I’ll be wearing layers of moisture, hydrating primers and plenty of natural looking highlights to create the upmost glowy, beautiful and sophisticated makeup look. Starting with my Dior Glow Maximising Primer, a must have makeup bag product to create that glossy skin effect. Mixed in with my By Terry Light Expert Click Brush Foundation, this creates a flawless, perfected base that is beaming with radiance. For freshly flushed cheeks, I’ll apply some MAC Lady Blush, a creamy formula that melts into the base for that natural glow and then go in with some Kevyn Aucoin highlight for a ethereal glow on the tops of my cheeks. Keeping the eyes simple, I’ll use my Rosie HW Autograph Eye Shadow Stick in Almond Eyes and create a flick with NARS Coconut Grove Eye Shadow which looks a lot more natural than a thick liner and the brown powder blends well with a champagne shimmer. After applying some mascara, it’s time to create the ideal lip. You can go two ways with a lip on Valentines, a bold red that is sexy, glamorous and striking or a subtle nude, keeping everything in tone and a lot less high maintenance. My red lipstick pick is YSL Rouge Pur Couture Lipstick in 204 and for a nude offering, I’d use my Rosie HW Autograph Nude Minky.
Finishing off the look with a spritz of your favourite scent is the perfect way to take your look to the top. I’ve got two perfume picks for this Valentines, whether you’re looking to treat yourself or your looking to buy someone something special, these are two scents that are the perfect fit for the occasion. Calvin Klein Euphoria* (£52) is the scent for the women who wants to feel attractive and confident this Valentines Day, with notes of pomegranate and black orchid, combined this is a beautifully luxe smelling scent. Debenham’s have created a valentines perfume page for him and her where you can find a perfect scent for your loved one and receive £10 their favourites. Estée Lauder Modern Muse (£54) is an alluring scent for the girl who loves florals and woods whereas Hugo Boss The Scent (£54) is full of exotic, exclusive and potent notes that develop over time. There’s something for everyone so go & pick your perfect Valentines scent!
Dolce and Gabbana Dolce Rosa Excelsa Eau de Parfum*, a beautiful new scent from D&G which is perfect for Valentines day coming it’s soft pink bottle with a true red rose lid. With delicate Rose notes, this is a delectable scent that smells beautiful and is packaged to perfection. The ‘boldness and pure spirit of the rose with essence of fresh petals in bloom’ makes this such a unique scent that no other Rose scent can reach, sticking to Dolce and Gabbana’s tradition of feminine smelling perfumes, it’s a timeless, iconic perfume that reflects the Dolce collection. Exclusive notes of neroli, and papaya open the fragrance, ready for the Rose Absolute to come to life to be finished with a musky note of Sandalwood for an earthy and spicy tone. Treat your valentine or yourself this February 14th with £10 off from Fragrance Direct on the Dolce and Gabbana Rose Excelsa*.
What makeup and scent will you be wearing this Valentines?