Sunday, 12 February 2017

Beauty | Valentine's Lips & Nails

As Valentine's Day is on Tuesday (which also happens to be my Nanna's birthday, so happy birthday in advance Nanna!) I think it's nice to give a nod to the day through your choice of make up, and so I thought I would share with you my top three nail varnish and lipstick/lipgloss choices for the day. These can cover a meal out to a night in depending on what you have planned! Tom and I do not really celebrate the day as it's so close to our anniversary, other than make each other a card and hope we get lucky on a scratchcard! This year we're also getting takeaway curry which I am super excited for. 

Nails:
Essie 'Watermelon' - This is a bright pink colour, and is one that I'll be wearing on the day because I don't know about you, but all this dreary weather is a downer and I need some bright colours in my life! I really like the formula of the Essie nail varnishes; they're long lasting, and can be used in one layer or two depending on how deep a colour you want.
Barry M Gelly 'Blood Orange' - Despite the name, this is your more 'classic red' for Valentine's Day. If you want to go for that love-heart red then this is the one for you! I find that the Gelly formulas only last for a few days but I love the shine that they give.
Barry M 'Raspberry' - This is more of a reddy purple colour, which is great for this time of year as we're still in the midst of winter and there's something about a dark red/purple that is cosy isn't there? The formula for this one still gives a shine (not as much as the Gelly's) and you definitely need two coats for the deep colour you see in the bottle.

Lips:
Mac 'Crosswires' - Crosswires is an orangey red, which like 'Watermelon' is a nod towards brighter colours and spring. As a cremesheen it's not massively pigmented but rather gives a shine to the lips like the rimmel lip butters do. This is great for during the day as it's not gapingly obvious when it starts to rub off and so you can either leave it or reapply throughout as you wish!
Rimmel//Kate Moss '107' - This is a lovely deep red that will definitely need topping up throughout the day as you eat/drink! I love this lipstick and I've been wearing it since about September and it's still going strong into the winter. I'm not sure I would wear this in spring/summer so I'm definitely going to get a lot of use out of it now while I can! This lipstick starts off creamy but throughout the day becomes more matte. If you have a lip liner it would be good to use it with this.
Tanya Burr Cosmetics 'Martha Moo' - This is a more natural lip and surprisingly pigmented as a gloss, and is one of those 'your lips but better' shades. You only need to put a thin layer on as otherwise you get that sticky residue as you do with all glosses, but this would go well with a dramatic smokey eye.

I hope this has given you some inspiration for how you can celebrate Valentine's Day through your choice of nail varnish or lipstick/gloss on the day; I hope you have a lovely one with whatever you have planned!

Jess x 
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