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I see so many people (mainly on social media) complain about how Valentine’s Day is silly or you don’t need a certain day to show someone you love them, this is very true and I can see their point but do we need a certain day to eat pancakes? No? Do we do it throughout the year? Of course but are we going to celebrate it anyway? ABSOLUTELY.
It’s fun, it’s playful and it’s better than another mundane Wednesday or a happy hump day we have this Wednesday, today, to celebrate love! 
We all should and do show it throughout the year but it is nice to have this one day to celebrate love and how important it is for everybody to feel it. 
Whether you’ve been with your partner a decade or 1 month it’s still nice to send them a little card or if you have kids, take your children out for a huge pizza to celebrate, popping in to see your grandparents or even just having an extra special pamper night with your girls - or better yet a spa day! 
Valentine’s isn’t just for couples, it’s for families, friends, neighbours it’s for everybody. I have really hated people slamming this holiday because there’s enough negative crap in this world we could really do with being nice to eachother on this one occasion even if it is just this one day everybody is nice. If you really don’t like this holiday then please just let others enjoy it, if you feel the need to write it down, jot it on some paper and bin it, don’t voice it on social media. Try commenting some nice things on someone’s blog post, or like a pic on Instagram just spread a little love today if you can whether you celebrate or not. 

Happy Valentine’s Day! 
Lots of love

Whether your having a 'Galentine's' with your besties or a Valentine's with your babe, It's always nice to roll with a theme. 

When I think of Valentine's Day I think of all the pinks and all the reds. Pinks are perfect if your going for lunch with the girls or a little day date with your love. A super pretty pink.
I like opting for a pink when I'm feeling super girly and want to feel 'pretty' I think pink is a super flirty colour lip and it looks so pretty on everyone, if your not into pinks you can always try to lean more towards the nude pinks or any shade you feel comfortable, remember this is just the colours I go for and I tried to pick ones that suit a range of skin tones and hair colours.

Red is definitely a colour that springs to mind when I think of valentine's day. It's that universal colour which everybody reaches for when they are feeling bold or want to make a statement. There are such a range of red tones, some prefer more orange reds, post box red, I really love cherry reds or dark reds I think depending what hair colour I have (I change it a lot!)

I thought I would put together a little post on my go-to lipsticks for Valentine's Day!
I have sorted through all of my collection and narrowed it down to my personal favourite red and pink shades that I think would suit this holiday.

MAC - Russian Red 
This is one of my favourite shades of red! Its a gorgeous dark red that is super sultry and sexy, I really like this on me but it looks insanely beautiful on darker skin tones
This is perfect if your feeling a little more daring or want to make a statement, it is honestly such a beautiful shade and so perfect for a Valentine's Date or A night with the gals! Also its a matte finish so it really lasts a decent amount of time. This is a pretty good universal shade in my opinion because I haven't found someone that doesn't suit it! you can find it 'here'

MAC - Ruby Woo
Ruby Woo is a slightly more red than the Russian Red, This is more of a ... well, Ruby colour as you'd imagine. This to me is quite the iconic red that you'd imagine the likes of Marilyn Monroe wearing with her gorgeous platinum hair but it suits a range of skin tones and hair colours - redheads rock Ruby Woo beautifully in my opinion! 

I love these lipsticks, they are perfect in this harsh cold weather at the moment they keep my lips super hydrated without looking really glossy. I actually prefer this colour on me if I have fake tan on it seems to look a lot nicer when I personally have a little tan. This isn't as bold as the Russian Red so I feel like if you want to rock a red lip for a lunchtime date or a day date this wouldn't look too much.
I loved this colour with a tan as I just said but with my new ashy blonde I am obsessed I have been wearing it all week since going back to blonde, I'm kind of glad because this isn't cheap so I can finally get more wear out of it, its become my everyday lip. It doesn't last very long but you can apply lipcote on top to make it last a bit better.
NYX Liquid Suede - Tea & Cookies
If your not feeling the red this year you can always opt for a muted pink. I love these liquid lipsticks, they have been in my collection for a while. This is a super pretty muted pink, it suits light medium and dark skin tones it's so wearable it looks amazing day right through to night and its so flattering.

Bellápierre cosmetics Kiss Proof Lip Crème - Nude
This stuff is incredible, Seriously! I wore this all day the other day and I had like 3-4 drinks, and ate and it didn't budge in the slightest, this to me is a muted pinky nude but they have a shade called 'Antique Pink' which I really want to purchase. I've raved about too faced liquid lipsticks for months because their staying power is phenomenal but I would honestly go as far as saying these are better! This is the first and only thing I've used of this brand I think and its honestly amazing, perfect for valentine's if you want a nudey pink that is going to last through everything! I had to include it because it's not kiss proof for nothing!

Too Faced Melted Liquid Lipstick - Peony
I couldn't leave my all time favourite pink lipstick out! Too Faced lip products are amazing. This is a gorgeous pink and again the lasting power is so good so you haven't got to keep checking your makeup if your busy with your friends or other half. I have mentioned this so many times so I won't bore you with the details but its the perfect pink. As you can tell I much prefer muted or nudey pinks just because I find them more flattering and more suited for valentine's day in my opinion.

Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat - Pillow Talk

MAC - Pure Zen
I paired these together because they go together perfectly. The Charlotte Tilbury lipliner is gorgeous, it's the only lipliner I can successfully over draw my lips without it looking cakey or obviously false. This is so close to my natural lip colour I think it help it being pretty much undetectable that I have it on. I then pop over MAC's Pure Zen this is a creme sheen which I never opt for from MAC I much prefer matte finishes but these two together are so perfect especially if you just dot it in the centre so it looked little ombre with a nice sheen.

They are the favourites that I picked from my own collection and ones I'm thinking of using. 
At the moment I'm undecided I think it's between the Charlotte Tilbury/MAC combo or the Burberry Military Red because I am loving that against my new blonde hair! (What do you think by the way?!)
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I thought I would share with you my every day makeup base, the look that hold the rest of it down, I think the base of your makeup is the main important thing if you have a flawless base its a great canvas to work on whether you're going all out bold makeup or super subtle. I rarely change my base up, I'm pretty happy with it right now and have been for a while I like a little subtle contour, a pop of highlight for a healthy glow and a base that will last all day!

If you would like to see the skincare I use, you can find that 'here
Foundation: Now I'm all hydrated I start with foundation - obvs! I'm currently using the Revlon Colorstay foundation because I heard so many good things about it! It is honestly as good as you've heard I don't know why I waited so long to use it! I have the colour Natural Beige and its perfect for when I fake tan, it lasts a decent amount of time and its a good decent coverage too!

Concealer: I am loving the L'oreal true match concealer in shade !!!!!! and I have been loving it for a while now, I don't really need much after the foundation to be honest so I use this just to brighten up my under eye.  I did use the MAC longwear concealer but with the Revlon foundation it's not really needed but this L'Oreal is perfect for brightening my eyes, its super creamy and blends seamlessly into the skin.

Setting Powder: I use the Hourglass Ambient lighting powder in the shade !!!!! I use a tiny amount just over my some of my face (not my cheekbones) to set the foundation and concealer a little bit, this is such a good powder for setting foundation without looking to matte, I like my base to be quite dewy so this does just that while making my foundation stay in place.

Contour: I then like to contour a little bit using the Too Faced contour palette. Its the perfect contour shade and you only need a tiny amount for daytime, a little goes a long way. This kit is actually really good I also love the highlight that's in here too and I usually use this too.

Highlight: As much as I love the highlight in the contour kit I use, I have recently fell head over heels with the makeup revolution highlighter it is gorgeous it blends beautifully and the shade 'Champagne' is honestly stunning! 
Occasionally I put a tiny amount of the makeup revolution highlight powder on top just to keep it in place like I do the foundation. So I look super glowy, contoured and well...more polished.

Everyday Lip: This is part of the base right? I don't know but I love lip products more than any other  product. If I've got super dry lips or I'm on the go I have currently been using the Dr Pawpaw multipurpose soothing balm this makes my lips super super soft. If I'm opting for a lipstick then I usually reach for the Charlotte Tilbury lipliner in !!!!! and I just put MAC's pure zen lipstick on top! and that completes my base.

That is my full makeup base, that's the canvas I work with then I add eyeshadow sometimes or liner and some mascara and I'm good to go! 
Do you have a set routine for your base? I hardly change it up at all unless the season changes but right now this is my everyday base! What do you think?
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It's February! Finally! January dragged didn't it? Not that I'm complaining it gave me time to really get organised and get myself and my blog into a little routine. Something I look forward to at the beginning of the month is receiving the LookFantastic beauty box! This month looks especially pretty  and looks very much Valentine's inspired which I'm super happy about. I have fell in love with a bunch of new brands that I'd never heard of thanks to these beauty LF sub boxes, not to mention the epic advent calendars. This months box is full of all the radiant, hydrating products so I'm super excited about this one! Here are my thoughts on the February box...

Caudalie - Vinosource SOS Thirst Quenching Serum

This is a hydrating serum which diffuses water to restore moisture balance leaving your skin soft and supple. The extra grape water and hyaluronic acid added to the formula it will give your complexion a radiant and dewy look.

How to use: On clean skin, use it morning & night and then apply your moisturiser on top.

My thoughts: One brand that I have fell for thanks to these sub boxes is this brand called Caudalie I have received lots of different products from this brand in the sub boxes and there I haven't found one that I wouldn't repurchase - this included! It is super super hydrating which as you know I live for hydrating skincare products and this does not disappoint Caudalie products always smell amazing and my skin reacts so well with these products.

Filgora Meso-Mask

This mask is said to be a 'super star' product It claims to give your complexion radiance and luminosity, whilst also diminishing the appearance of wrinkles and help to prevent them. It will also relieve your face of any signs of fatigue and even out your skin tone. All of these in one little mask! - Amazing!

How to use: Apply a generous amount to your face, neck, décolleté and eye contour, leave for 15-30 minutes and remove using a damo cotton wool pad.

My thoughts: Firstly, this smells amazing. Honestly this smells incredible I've been using it in the bath while I relax and the scent just relaxes me, I love it. It is such a good hydrating mask and it really has made my skin so glowy, it gives my skin a good pick me up and I have loved using this, hopefully it'll prevent my wrinkles too!

Dr. Pawpaw Original Multipurpose Clear Balm

This multipurpose balm can be used for any need you have lips, your face if you have dry patches, elbows, feet, cuticles, sunburn, skin irritation, literally everywhere - you get the picture. Using 3 all-natural ingredients Pawpaw (Papaya), Aloe Vera & Olive Oil, making this balm a natural beauty must-have!

How to use: It's pretty self explanatory just apply it to the desired area. (LF also say that you can pop it on your cheek bones for a subtle highlight, or dab a tiny amount on your eyes for a glossy lid! - Amazing!)

Wow. Why I have never tried Dr Pawpaw before I will never know. I have used this mainly on my lips and it is honestly hands down the best lip balm I have used and I consider myself as a bit of a lip balm connoisseur to be honest. It soothes and it has actually treated my dry lips instead of oiling them up and disguising the issue it actually helped it after the first use. A definite repurchase will be needed when I run out of this beauty.

Bellapierre Shimmer roll in 'Champagne

This easy-application shimmer roll can be used as an eyeshadow or a highlighter, the Champagne shade will suit all skin types too which is a bonus.

How to use: You can use to help create a full look by applying all over the eyelid or use just in the middle of the eyelid to make any colour underneath 'pop'. It also doubles up as a highlighter if you blend it into the cheekbones.

My thoughts: I wasn't sure about this product at first, in all honesty I was so unsure on the packaging and I know you can't judge a product or anything for that matter for its appearance The packaging looks fine to be honest its just the lid feels a little cheap and because it's a roll on applicator it just reminds me of a 90's product that I'd get out of an old teen magazine. However, This product is amazing the pay off is incredible and the shade is beautiful, definitely a shade perfect for summer, I envision this with a gorgeous sun kissed bronze look I absolutely love using this all over the eyelid it makes my blue eyes pop! It is super easy to blend and looks gorgeous as a highlight too!

Trifle Cosmetics Sublime Lip Scrub in Sugar Pear

This is a crunchy but not too crunchy sugar scrub that will make your lips super smooth, It is formulated with Cacao Butter, Sweet Almond Oil & Pecan Seed Oil so it hydrates and nourishes your lips while taking away all the dead skin cells. It is also infused with toffee mixture and pear extract which feels like an extra little treat.

How to use: Scoop some product with your fingers and using circular motions scrub your lips until smooth. Wash it off with some water.

My thoughts: As you can imagine with all the ingredients inside this lip scrub it smells beyond amazing and sweet but not sickly, I love lip products and its a really good exfoliator and not drying at all and this paired with the Dr Pawpaw multipurpose balm is a match made in heaven, they honestly work together perfectly. I love this product!

Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine cream

A 'bestseller within the skincare world' This cream is perfect for all skin types and is designed to increase hydration and help improve appearance of dull skin and fine lines. Super hydrating yet not sticky, the lightweight formula makes it perfect to apply it as a primer. The powerful anti-ageing ingredients of the award-winning Pro-collagen Marine cream have been shown to reduce the depth of wrinkles, improve skin firmness and hydration in 2 weeks!

How to use: If you have a full skincare routine, then this cream is best applied after the serum or oil. The formula is concentrated and super light so just a pea sized amount is needed. Place onto your hands and warm together before applying and gently smooth over face, neck and décolleté every morning.

Again, I honestly am like a beagle! I smell every product without even realising what I'm doing but this smells beautiful too, it smells and feels super luxurious and expensive. It is super lightweight and you can also use it instead of a mist when your skins looking a little dull and just press it into the skin for an instant skin pick me up (LookFantastics handy tip!) It makes my skin look super radiant and I have loved using this on no makeup days. I can't wait to keep using this for another week to see the results and see if it lives up to its promise! 

I am overly impressed with this month's box I honestly would buy this box on its own if it was for sale because every single product is amazing I have been using all of these products in this box and I would genuinely repurchase most if not all of these. 100% my favourite LF sub box to date!
Have you tried any of these products? Do you have any subscription boxes your signed up too?
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